The human mouth houses 32 teeth—which means that molars, incisors, canines, and wisdom teeth all need a place in your mouth. For some people, there just isn’t enough room for all their teeth. Due to genetics, some people have smaller mouths that aren’t able to accommodate every single tooth. When this happens, teeth...
Having an underbite is not only usually noticeable, it can also cause many different problems with your smile. These include problems eating or speaking, jaw pain, and uneven wear of your tooth enamel, which can cause tooth decay. The main cause of an underbite is usually genetic and not something that can...
Headgear is a broad term for orthodontic appliances that strap around the head to exert pressure from outside the patient’s mouth. Although not every child or adult who has braces will need headgear, headgear is important for certain cases and has its benefits. What are the benefits of needing orthodontic headgear? Here’s...
Invisalign retainers usually come in two variants which are the fixed and removable kind. The fixed retainers are stuck to the backs of your teeth using dental cement and can be worn for a couple of years at a single time whereas the removable types of braces can only be worn...
Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives to traditional braces. These sets of clear trays are custom-made to perfectly fit your teeth and gradually shift them into their correct positions over a period of time. In addition to straightening your teeth, Invisalign has several other benefits over regular braces. With everything this...
Getting braces can be an exciting time—you’re finally getting the smile you want! However, not everyone who gets braces is happy about their treatment. Many people ask how long the treatment will take before exploring orthodontic treatment options for their smile. Different types of braces will have different treatment times. Here’s what...
There are several major causes of crooked teeth that can impact your smile. Crooked teeth affect more than your appearance; they’re often responsible for tooth decay, jaw pain, and lack of self-confidence. What can cause crooked teeth in a person? The following are the four major causes of misaligned teeth. Genetics Genetics is the most...
We get it—not everyone wants braces. Although traditional braces are one of the most effective ways to move teeth in a relatively short period of time, kids are often reluctant to get braces, especially as they get older. By the time they enter their teenage years, your child might not want to...
A gap between two teeth in your smile is technically known as diastema. This gap could happen between your two front teeth or between any of your other teeth. You might also have a missing tooth that causes a gap you’d like to close. When it comes to your treatment for closing...
If you need braces, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your potential treatment. Or maybe your child needs braces and you’re worried about how long the treatment will be. While orthodontics can correct many issues with your smile, the length of treatment is discouraging to some people. Fortunately,...