Orthodontics for Children

WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE THEIR FIRST VISIT TO AN ORTHODONTIST? It can be a common misconception that oral care is simply a luxury, and as adults with completely developed teeth this may be true. However, at a young age tooth care is extremely important for insuring healthy, functioning teeth. So, the important question is when should children begin to visit an Orthodontist? This question can be answered by observing the development of teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 12, when the facial structure and teeth further grow and develop, an...

Braces vs. Invisalign

The Healthy Smile by ADA (American Dental Association) It’s never too late to perfect your smile. Ask dental professionals about the health reasons for having a correct bite. When you have your teeth that are in cross bite, your teeth that are misaligned, and there is a great chance to have food buildup in between your teeth, then plaque buildup which has a trickle-down effect because the more food buildup, the more plaque you get. Therefore, the more concern for periodontal disease. Improper bite also means you can’t chew food...

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

BENEFITS OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT by Dr. Karnakova, DDS A lot of our patients ask about benefits of having orthodontic treatment. The benefits are not only cosmetic, although who can argue the deep social impact of a good healthy smile. What happens clinically, and what are the health benefits with braces? First of all, crowding and overlapping teeth trap food and bacteria. It is very difficult to clean the teeth that are overlapping and over time, people become more prone to developing cavities. In addition, infection in the gums eventually...

Orthodontic Treatment

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT by Dr. H. Kopel Phase one orthodontic treatment is sometimes referred to as interceptive orthodontics. Some orthodontic conditions are simply easier to correct if they’re corrected early. Leaving orthodontic conditions untreated until all the baby teeth fall out can cause damage to the surrounding permanent teeth, trap permanent teeth in the jaw and other problems. Interceptive orthodontic treatment is all about preventing more severe problems later on. It provides the opportunity for an orthodontist to have control...