How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces


How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

Anyone who has worn braces will tell you that orthodontic treatment was worth it. Around 4 million Americans have some type of orthodontia, and one-fourth of them are adults. Straight teeth and a winning smile are confidence boosters at any age. Aside from enhancing appearance, treatment has a number of additional health benefits:

• Brushing and flossing are easier and more effective.
• Kids and adults alike have extra motivation for maintaining their smiles with better oral hygiene.
• The risk of developing cavities, gum disease or jaw problems is reduced.
• Correcting misaligned teeth helps prevent chips and other damage.
• Chewing problems, headaches and other complications caused by tightly packed teeth are avoided.
• Correcting problems as soon as possible reduces the cost of future care.

The outcomes of orthodontia are clearly positive. Still, it’s not unusual for patients to be apprehensive before treatment.

Maybe you’re a mom considering treatment for yourself. All things considered, maybe you just want to put your child at ease. In either case, fear about wearing braces can be alleviated with better information. Below are some commonly asked questions that will help you prepare.

Does it hurt? Is anesthesia necessary?

Fear of pain is completely understandable, and it would be unrealistic to say that orthodontia is 100 percent painless. If the orthodontist senses anxiety or panic about installation, he or she may use anesthesia. However, it is rarely needed.

Most soreness occurs in the few days after fitting and installation of the hardware. Consequently the adjustment of a retainer or other appliance might take a day or two to get used to as well.

A few mouth sores usually spring up, but they heal quickly and are nothing to worry about. These can be caused by the brackets rubbing against tissue or by accidentally biting the inside of your cheek. Chewing and talking will seem clumsy at first, but you’ll quickly adjust. As a result mouth tissue will become less sensitive, and you’ll stop getting sores.

Here are some tips for coping with minor pain:

• Use ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain remedy one hour before the appointment. Afterward, take as directed until the pain subsides.
• Eat soft foods for a couple of days. Scrambled eggs, soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are a few suggestions. Avoid acidic foods and drinks like fish, processed items, sodas and orange juice.
• Ask your orthodontist to recommend a wax product or soothing ointment.

I hate feeling out of control. How will I know what’s going on inside my mouth?

That’s a valid concern. It’s difficult to lie on your back for an hour or two without being able to see anything.

Do your best to relax. Your doctor is a professional who has done this many times. As a result, he’ll thoroughly explain the procedure before he begins, but here’s the typical installation process for most kinds of hardware:

• In the first place, he’ll thoroughly clean and dry your teeth and mouth.
• Bonding glue will be applied to your teeth. It may not taste very good, but it’s harmless.
• The bands and brackets that will hold the archwire in place will be affixed to the glue. The archwire will then be placed in the brackets.
• He’ll finish up with elastic bands that hold everything in place.

Is metal the only option?

No, due to advanced technology and new materials, patients have more choices than ever. Clear, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are popular varieties for people who are especially concerned with their looks. The appearance of metal appliances has also been improved over the years, and you can even choose from several colors.

The orthodontist will go over the pros and cons of each option. It’s important to trust his recommendation; the wrong approach could result in discomfort or in treatment taking longer.

Patients who are self-conscious about their appearance, particularly kids, can take comfort in knowing that they’re not alone. Leafing through any middle school yearbook will give you an idea of how many kids are in the process of getting their teeth straightened. Also, the embarrassment of having permanently crooked teeth far exceeds that of wearing braces for a year or two.


Will I have bad breath during treatment?

None of the materials used cause bad breath however. The only reason for a foul odor is disease or poor hygiene. It’s more important than ever to brush regularly, use a mouth rinse and use specially designed floss. Having routine checkups will ensure that your teeth and gums are in good shape. Furthermore a number of new products on the market were created with orthodontic patients in mind.

Will food get caught in the appliances?

Yes, but food gets caught between teeth to begin with. Again, brushing and flossing often will keep the hardware clean. When brushing is impossible at work or school, swishing water around in the mouth during and after meals is helpful.

Focus on that day in the future when all the gaps in your teeth will be closed. Less food will get trapped, and romantic, candlelit dinners will be less terrifying.

I’m afraid that treatment will take years. What’s the typical time frame?

Every patient is different. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your problems. For most people, treatment lasts a year or two. You’ll start seeing a difference sooner than you think. A retainer or other appliance may be recommended long term. It’s wise to trust the expert and not attempt to rush the process.

How will I afford it?

Most insurance plans have a coverage amount set aside for orthodontics. Thus the co-payments are designed to be affordable for families. Any investment you make will pay off.

At King Orthodontics in Centerville, Ohio, we respect your questions. Our caring, professional staff can fully inform you about our many treatment options and guide you to a good decision.

Don’t let fear stand in the way of a winning smile. Visit our website at to schedule a consultation.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces


Smile. Be Someone’s Reason To Smile


A smile brightens wherever you are, from a hospital room to a ballroom. furthermore Think of all the portraits of famous people you know of, and the way their smile lights up their face. Famous portraits without smiles would likely be even more attractive with one. You are the reason for someone to smile, and maybe many. when you think of those who give you happy, you might pause before showing your teeth due to insecurity about their appearance. Now there is no need to be embarrassed by your teeth, whether they are crooked, stained, or missing. With the following treatments, a competent orthodontist can transform your grin into a dazzling expression of joy that others will admire.

Missing teeth

An orthodontic office does not typically perform surgery to provide dental implants or remove broken teeth. However, a gap between teeth can be filled by having the patient wear braces to move teeth into desired positions. Newly-created gaps from moved teeth will be less noticeable and can be treated with a bridge.

Turned teeth

Teeth can tip or twist, in some cases almost horizontally. Due to good orthodontics, they can be pulled upright into a straight position with the help of braces. As a result adjoining teeth settle into their correct positions and balance them in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Embedded teeth

Sometimes a tooth will fail to emerge at the proper time, like a permanent tooth that remains buried in the gum tissue or soft palate of the mouth. Another thing is, an orthodontist can apply a tiny chain that helps to gently pull the tooth into its designated place.

If you think your teeth could be more attractive, contact King Orthodontics for a consultation. With professional treatment, your smile will become even more dazzling to others.

King Orthodontics
400 East Dayton
Yellow Springs Road
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561

Smile. Be Someone’s Reason To Smile 






Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili


  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt- added tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place pepper halves in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop peppers.
  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers, broth, squash, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions.

Recipe from Cooking Light

Eating with Braces

If you’ve been seeing an orthodontist for any length of time and you are preparing for corrective dental measures, you’ve probably been told at least once of a laundry list of foods you can’t eat. Braces of all types have restrictions on diet, usually because certain foods can damage or get inextricably stuck in the apparatus. Foods like caramels, seeds, popcorn, all can damage your braces or just get frustratingly wedged between teeth or wires, causing discomfort at best or a trip to your orthodontist for repairs at worst.

Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes available for you to enjoy, regardless of dietary or dental restrictions. This three-bean vegetarian chili is a great way to add some spice to your life without messing up your braces or hurting your teeth.

Healthy eating is an important part of any sensible lifestyle, but it’s doubly important when you’re enhancing the smile of yourself or a loved one. Even if you’re working with Invisalign trays instead of conventional aligners, this three-bean vegetarian chili recipe will still be a family favorite and one you can enjoy without worrying about how it will affect your progress.

Focusing on healthy, easy-to-eat foods is a great way to get proper nutrition, but it also helps relieve the stress of worrying about if a food is treatment-acceptable. Having an arsenal of family-approved recipes like this chili will go a long way to ensuring a happy crew, regardless of what their dietary restrictions might be. This hearty chili is easy to prepare, makes more than enough for leftovers for the next day’s lunch or dinner, and best of all, it’s incredibly delicious.

Call Us Today

In Ohio, adults, teenagers and children can visit King Orthodontics to have a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist. At our facilities, we have two experts, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

We have two offices where we examine and treat patients, and you can call:

• Fairborn – 937-433-0830
• Centerville – 937-433-0830

Our patients are treated with customized orthodontia that includes:

• Invisalign – for teens or adults
• Clear braces – made of color-matching ceramic materials
• Metal – traditional metal brackets and wires

Schedule an appointment with us today for a complete evaluation to learn about the type of orthodontia required for you or your child’s teeth, and remember to ask about our recipe for vegan sweet potato soup.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies


When it comes to orthodontic emergencies, they can be broken down into two categories: minor and major. Minor emergencies can generally be treated at home with a few supplies that you may already have while major emergencies require the help of an orthodontist who is specialized in this type of treatment. Luckily, individuals who have braces are not often faced with severe circumstances that would require immediate care. Discomfort and general inconveniences are a normal part of having orthodontic treatment. Let’s examine a few common problems and potential solutions for minor and major emergencies.

Minor Emergencies

Discomfort – When braces are first placed on a patient, discomfort can be normal for a few days. The pressure of having them adjusted each month can also bring on this feeling. This is both normal and temporary, generally relieved through the use of over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The easiest way to prevent further discomfort is through eating soft foods and limiting the movement of your mouth.

Loose Ties and Wire Ligatures – The colorful rubber bands that are changed out each month are known as ties. It is not uncommon for these to come off and if you catch it in time, they can easily be placed back in their original position. Wire ligatures are a bit more tricky and may have to be removed or bent back down to limit irritation.

Lip or Cheek Irritation – One of the most common complaints that an orthodontist hears from patients is that their mouth is irritated from the new hardware in their mouth. Dental wax was created for this purpose and can serve as the perfect buffer between brackets and a patient’s lips or cheeks. Often, your dental specialist will provide some wax at your visit but it can also be purchased at nearly any convenience store. Sores can be relieved through application of a topical anesthetic such as Ora-Gel.

Protruding Wires – In the event that a wire is protruding at the back of your mouth, a Q-tip or other soft utensil can be used to push the wire until it lays flat. If the wire is extremely bothersome, it can be clipped with nail clippers but caution must be taken to prevent the patient from swallowing the clipped piece. After this has been accomplished, wax can be placed over the edge of the wire to ensure comfort.

Major Emergencies

Loose Brackets – Most patients will experience a loose or broken bracket at some point during their treatment. Fortunately they are usually not urgent. There are times when they can cause problems such as frequent movement or being swallowed if the elastic tie falls off. Furthermore, it can off-set the treatment route and create an extension of care. If you are unable to get to the dentist office for awhile, the bracket can be removed at home and brought with to the next appointment. The best way to prevent loose or broken brackets is through following the guidelines set forth by your orthodontist including wearing a protective mouth guard during sports and shying away from hard or crunchy foods.

Loose Bands – The metal ring located on the back molars could potentially come loose. While it may not present immediate harm, if you do not address it soon, saliva and plaque could build up allowing bacteria to enter. This could lead to demineralization, decalcification, or cavities on the surface of the tooth. If the band comes completely out, it is advised to place it in an envelope so it can be brought to the office. In the mean time, the patient should chew on the opposite side of their mouth to lessen any further damage that may occur.

Swallowing of Appliances – Of all the orthodontic emergencies that may exist, swallowing part of an appliance is the most rare and dangerous. Signs such as coughing, difficulty breathing, or a feeling of something in the throat is a clear indicator that a part may have been swallowed or aspirated. If there is an immediate concern and the dentist’s office is closed, you should bring the patient to the emergency room. Once the appliance has been cleared or removed, the patient will be examined for problems that may result from the missing piece.

All About Invisalign

One relatively new form of orthodontic treatment is Invisalign. The potential emergencies that exist with this corrective treatment are much less than the traditional option. Invisalign is a set of custom-made aligners that are virtually invisible. There are no metal brackets or wires and it is a great option for those who need minor cosmetic corrections, but can also be used for more complex cases. Although some level of discomfort and irritation still exists with the aligners, there are generally no protruding obstacles that may cause pain. If the trays cut into the patient’s gums, they can be cut down at the office.

Although some patients may require cement “buttons” to be attached to their teeth for additional movement, if this substance breaks off or is swallowed, it is generally safe. Another concern with Invisalign is the potential for patient’s to swallow their aligners. Towards the end of the two week wear period, the trays begin to loosen and may present as a potential choking hazard. Lastly, the trays must be cleaned daily as they can be a breeding ground for bacteria that exists in your mouth. When brushing your teeth during the day and night, simple wash out the clear aligners as well.

Overall, the benefits of any form of orthodontic treatment far outweighs the disadvantages. Some normal discomfort and minor problems are common but generally not bothersome. Very few individuals have major complications during their treatment.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation at King Orthodontics

When you live in Ohio, it is easy to visit King Orthodontics at one of our two facilities that are located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

We offer a complimentary consultation after completing an examination with modern medical images. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

Our patients might need to wear orthodontic devices such as:

• Plastic Invisalign aligners created for adults and children
• Metal bracket and wire braces primarily worn by children
• Color-matching ceramic brackets that are not noticeable in your mouth
• Retainers that are worn when orthodontic treatment is almost completed

Call us at 937-433-0830 today to schedule your first appointment.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies


What does Braces Treatment Mean for the Emerging Musician?

Instruments and braces: Will they affect the way you play?

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Kids who play music often feel they will be limited to certain instruments after getting braces. Obviously, young musicians who play string instruments, piano, or percussion will not suffer any negative effects from braces. On the other hand, musicians who favor certain brass or woodwind instruments might find that their ability to play is negatively impacted by braces. Using wind instruments while wearing braces can be uncomfortable and will require adjustments to playing style.

Discomfort is Expected

It is likely that your young musician will suffer initial discomfort when they try to play instruments (such as the oboe or flute) after getting braces. This is perfectly normal as the child adjusts to the feeling of having a foreign object in the mouth when playing. Due to the rubbing movement that occurs in the mouth when blowing into an instrument, some musicians experience soreness or small lacerations in the mouth. This can be prevented by using special mouth protectors (as recommended by an orthodontist) or orthodontic wax.

It is possible your child’s problem is not one of discomfort, but rather an inability to use the instrument’s mouthpiece correctly. The protruding brackets and arch wires can sometimes interfere with a child’s lip placement on the mouthpiece. Overcoming this will require some assistance from a music teacher and some practice. However, there are many young people who figure out how to adjust their playing style all on their own.

Some Instruments Will be Harder to Play Than Others

Your child may find that some wind instruments are harder to play than others. Generally, the brass section of instruments tends to be the hardest because they require strong bursts of air. Some woodwinds such as the flute or clarinet may also be a little difficult to use. If your child is set on playing one of these instruments, it’s possible for them to continue using them in an enjoyable manner. Music teachers and orthodontists alike are familiar with the struggles of playing music which braces. Consulting each will provide helpful tips to make the music playing experience a rewarding and comfortable one.

The Invisalign Option

It may be necessary to try different types of braces to continue playing instruments as desired. A young one who gets Invisalign will have the option of removing the aligners during music practice and performances. Thus, they will be able to continue playing as they normally would. Orthodontists suggest discussing the type of instrument played and frequency of play with the them

. This will allow the orthodontist to make appropriate suggestions to ensure there is no detriment to the Invisalign treatment.

If you need a reliable and knowledgeable orthodontist for braces, contact our professionals at King Orthodontics as they are experienced about using braces with instruments, and can provide meaningful advice to address any of your concerns. You may contact us at our Centerville or Fairborn offices to schedule a complimentary consultation.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

What does Braces Treatment Mean for the Emerging Musician?

Braces can be Fashionably Customized

Braces Colors

Braces are becoming a highly fashionable way of restoring impeccable tooth alignment. Orthodontists are offering amazing options using a braces color selector that offers exciting new options for fashion-conscious individuals. Currently, patients are no longer confined to the standard metal braces and brackets. They are still extremely effective, but they are not the only option for discreet patients or patients who want to add an element of flair and style. Nowadays, dental patients can request products that suit their personalities and their lifestyles. Skilled orthodontists have the ability to make fashionable corrective practices work.

The Variation of Braces Colors

Patients can choose from a broad selection of braces colors even for the standard metal braces. They can choose warm colors such as soft blue to accent their denim jeans or shirt colors. Traditional braces are made of stainless steel, which is a sturdy texture that brings forth optimum results. It is still one of the most effective textures for pulling the teeth into perfect alignment. Modern stainless steel braces can have a wide variety of tints and hues such as gold, purple, yellow or blue. Additionally, the metal braces of today are much smaller and lighter than the ones that dentists used in earlier days. Lingual braces can go behind the teeth as a means of hiding the device. Self-ligating braces are available for patients who need to feel a high level of comfort. These special braces make it possible for the patient to visit the office less for tightening.

What are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are an amazing option for dental patients who do not want other people to know that they are using corrective devices. Patients have several options for such braces. Damon Clear braces are a version of clear braces that have the self-ligating feature. Invisalign is another wonderful alternative correction method. The Invisalign system consists of plastic aligners that the person can remove to brush his or her teeth and eat meals. Invisalign adds a whole new dimension to convenience. Additionally, Invisalign is virtually invisible. Therefore, tooth alignment restoration is a private matter between the dentist and his or her patient.

King Orthodontics

King Orthodontics is dedicated to giving patients the smile of their lives. The facility has been in business for many years, providing dental clients with effective corrective strategies and treatment. Any person who is suffering from a cross bite, under bite, overbite, gap or warped teeth can come into this reliable firm and develop a treatment plan for the condition. Specialists are available to discuss the multitude of options that are available. King Orthodontics services residents of the Centerville, Fairborn and surrounding areas.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Braces can be Fashionably Customized


The Plus Points of having Braces

Besides Straight Teeth, What Are The Benefits Of Braces?

As baby teeth fall out and adult teeth press into the jaw, children and pre-teens are faced with misaligned teeth struggling for space. At King Orthodontics, we know that braces for kids are critical for both physical and mental development. Even adults may want to consider braces as they see their children blossom with gorgeous smiles. There are more benefits to braces than just straight teeth. Take a look behind teeth braces to see all the health benefits you and your child can enjoy.

Better Chewing Power

Your teeth are meant to grind and cut food apart with an aligned jaw action. When teeth aren’t straightened, they are also subject to improper bites. Cross, under and over bites all contribute to poor chewing action. When food isn’t chewed correctly, each swallow moves large chunks into the digestive system. Over time, the stomach and intestines may be irritated with these food pieces. Braces align the teeth and the jaw to grind food as perfectly as possible. You’ll avoid gastrointestinal problems for a lifetime.

Food Buildup and Disease

Teeth growing at an angle typically overlap other teeth, creating unnatural crevices. When you eat, food becomes lodged in these areas. A toothbrush and floss can only reach certain areas, allowing the food particles to remain stuck in the teeth. Bacteria start to feed on the sugars left by the stuck food, creating harmful plaque. With a constant supply of food particles, plaque slowly eats away at tooth enamel, contributing to periodontal diseases. Braces move the teeth into correct positions, eliminating most crevices. Normal brushing and flossing are more effective, leaving the mouth and teeth free from disease with regular dental care.

Increased Self-Awareness

People with misaligned teeth and jaws go through life being aware of the issue. They may not smile as much, affecting everyday lifestyles and communication. With braces, each smile feels perfect with aligned teeth. Self-confidence increases with many people, improving life and possibly benefiting networking needs in future careers. Aligned teeth and jaws also improve a person’s profile. Facial growth becomes more symmetrical around the jaw, forming an attractive look. Self-awareness and mental health play large parts in childhood and adult lives. That new job could be yours with a bright smile to charm everyone.

Long-Term Health

As people age, they often chip teeth from accidents or poor eating habits. If teeth stick out from misalignment, they are more prone to breaking, for example. Aligned teeth create normal forces across the surfaces during chewing and even speaking. Wear patterns aren’t uneven, contributing to tooth health for almost a lifetime. There may be no need for crowns or other dental procedures to keep the teeth functioning properly.

For any questions or concerns about braces, contact King Orthodontics. We proudly quote braces for Centerville and Fairborn, OH residents. Improve your smile for a lifetime with an effective braces treatment. From kids to adults, it’s never too late to smile beautifully.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

The Plus Points of having Braces

Orthodontics: An Insight

Orthodontic Treatment and What it Entails…

Orthodontics is a medical field that specializes in correcting various teeth defects and offers various services such as fixing of braces to correct teeth related problems. Orthodontic treatment thus entails the incorporation of the recent technological advancement all in an aim geared towards offering better solutions to its patients. China has been ranked as one of the top countries that are offering these services in the whole world.

In explaining about orthodontic treatment, one needs to know the importance of this service and the possible consequences if this service is not administered. In addition to that, it is also equally important to know the various forms of administering this service. Some of the importances of carrying out this service to a patient includes, help in correcting teeth misalignments. Some of the cases that comes in with teeth misalignments includes, over biting which is a case experienced when the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw. The reverse of the above case is under biting which is a case when the lower jaw is bigger than the upper jaw.

It also helps in correcting cases of overlapping of teeth which may cause the victim to bite the tongue while chewing  or when talking .Crooked teeth can also be corrected using this method. The age of fixing these braces varies in different people; many people fix these braces immediately when these defects start appearing while others prefer to correct the defect at a later date. In extreme cases, fixing of the wrong braces has resulted in teeth removal. Teeth removal on the other hand comes with its own complications which are discussed below.

It tends to change the shape of the face as well as the size of both the upper and the lower lips, it is thus important to correct these defects at an early stage as a precautionary measure. Before fixing these braces one should weigh both fixing of these braces and use of other dental appliances. Second to that, the choice of the type of braces should be done by professionals as fixing of the wrong braces can call for teeth removal .The process of teeth treatment or teeth removal sometimes proves to be an uphill task, this implies that close examination is required before the process  starts. This examination makes use of beam of rays which may impact negatively on the patient’s health.

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Some of the complications that come in with use of these radioactive rays include, frequent headaches as well as loss of memory. Gamma rays have been proven by many specialists to trigger cancer cells which cause uncontrolled growth of body cells. Some examples of these braces includes the lingual braces, ceramic braces and lastly though not the least the Invisalign braces .Lingual braces are preferred by many patients as well as parents since they are invisible. In most cases the lingual braces are fixed on the upper set of teeth while on the other hand the ceramic braces are fixed on the lower set of teeth.

Kings Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments. Set up an appointment with us for expert advice on your orthodontic needs.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Orthodontics: An Insight

Avoid Teeth Extraction through Orthodontic Expanders

Is it possible to use Orthodontic Expanders on the Lower Teeth and Avoid Extractions?


Most patients dislike having their teeth removed as part of the orthodontic treatment. However, it is a scientific fact that some mouths are too small to have enough room for 32 teeth. In fact, a study shows that when we count wisdom teeth, it is only less than 15% of Americans who manage to keep their 32 teeth. When an orthodontist offers an option of expanding the upper arch, as an alternative to extractions, most parents feel relieved. Is it possible to use expanders for lower arch too?

According to the anatomy of the lower arch, it allows the usage of palatal expanders as the mid palatal suture. Among the children who are below the age of 15 years, suture growth is usually immature and flexible to stretch. If the child still has his or her  soft cartilage, then is it very possible to separate the two halves slowly by a series of small activations. Among patients who are still growing, there is a gap that develops a between the upper first two teeth, which is a clear sign that the suture has been opened.

The greatest problem of using an expander in the lower arch of the teeth is the fact the teeth lack suture close to them, and it is impossible to expand. The lower jaw has two growth plates. They are usually located in the lower joints and not down by the teeth. If any expansion is done on the lower side, this is strictly tooth movement. If there is sufficient bone and gum around the roots, this does not have a problem. There are terms that orthodontists use when they want to describe the expansion of teeth in the lower arch. “Up righting” is the term used if the teeth are inwardly tipped. On the other hand, “Flaring” is the term that they use if the teeth are already upright and they needed to get pushed over the edge of the bone.

There are so many methods that are used to flare or upright in the lower jaw, in order to rectify the crowding disorder. Sagittal appliances are used by some orthodontists and others use lip bumpers. Some doctors make use of a wire that has a spring on it, and place it behind the teeth. There are also instances where banded expanders that have jackscrews are used, just like those commonly used in the upper arch.

The best tip that helps to align teeth is the understanding that results will always be the same regardless of the method used. The wires and springs that are threaded to bring the teeth appear  closer to each other are additional expenses in the treatment of the lower arch. The main point that should be understood is that if you wish to resolve crowding in the lower arch, extractions or tipping of the teeth are the only available options. The nature of the bone and gums of the lower arch are key factors that affect the decision to expand or extract.

Please feel free to consult  King Orthodontics so that you know if you have enough bone to facilitate flaring, if you do not want to remove your teeth. Contact us today!

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Avoid Teeth Extraction through Orthodontic Expanders


TADs: An Easy Way to Control Teeth’s Movement

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices?

A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a device which is usually fixed temporarily in the bone with the aim of enhancing the orthodontic anchorage and is usually removed after being used. TADs may be used in a variety of cases in order to help fix a variety of orthodontic problems. They help to achieve comfort, as well as quicker teeth movement. TADs may be used alongside braces as an alternative headgear. Due to the complexity of replacement and expense, bone anchorage treatment method was not used regularly for teeth treatment. However, technological advancements have led to the discovery of newer anchorage devices that are even more safer and efficient than the old devices.

Traditional orthodontists made use of Newton’s third law of motion, which states that there is an equal and opposite reaction force for every action force. They used this reasoning when binding the teeth of their patients; it helped them to consider the undesired movement of the teeth after their anchorage.

Before bonding and moving of the teeth, an orthodontist extracts one or two premolars in order to create a space. During treatment of teeth, practitioners decide the teeth to remove on basis of size and the shape of their roots. The best thing about TADs is that they create additional anchorage that helps to stabilize moving teeth.

How do practitioners place Temporary Anchorage Devices?

TADs help in treating the  teeth  without the use of a needle. The jaw and gum tissue of the patient is administered with a strong anesthetic on the area where the TAD treatment is going to be placed. When the area is numb, the doctor will place the TAD on the gum tissue. The process of placing the TAD is usually a quick process and it does not involve any pain for the client. When the TAD is being placed, the patient may feel a little pressure but he or she will start to feel the TAD within a day. When your treatment is completed and you have achieved your desired results, then TAD is removed from the teeth. The process of removing TAD will take only a few minutes and it does not come with any pain. In case you have any discomfort in the TAD removal process, Ibuprofen or Tylenol is the recommended drug for reducing the pain.

When using TAD treatment to correct the shape of your teeth or bite, it is highly recommended to always keep it clean. A TAD is usually cleaned the same way braces are cleaned. You are supposed to brush your teeth at least three times in a day in order to keep your TAD clean. It also comes with an antimicrobial mouthwash that the patients are supposed to use two times on daily basis. The purpose of the mouthwash is to help you clean the mouth and kill any pathogens that could harm the TAD or make it smelly.

In case you still have any questions about TAD, please feel free to contact your very own King Orthodontics, where you get all the solutions.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

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