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Everything You Need To Know About Tooth Extraction

Every adult remembers the days of childhood excitement due to a missing tooth. As an adult, it is not so exciting. The knowledge that a missing tooth will grow back is enough comfort to make any fear cease to exist. Teeth only grow back once. Several adults have to face the terror of their teeth being removed and their main concern is what that newly proportioned smile will do to their face.

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Will having teeth removed ruin my face?

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Teeth extraction. There are many reasons a person could need to have many a tooth extracted. Although the most common reasons are because of decay or breakage, some of the other reasons include new teeth being blocked from growing in properly, ivories that need to be removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment, gum disease affecting the teeth’s bone structures and supporting tissues, cosmetic reasons and the installation of dentures. Whatever their reason is for having them removed, there are millions of people who share one common concern. These people are worried the appearance of their face will be ruined due to the extraction process.

Teeth Removal FAQ

Is it possible my appearance could change if I have multiple teeth removed?

Yes. There is the possibility that your face could experience a slight change upon completion of your orthodontic treatment for the removal of permanent fangs. It is important for people to understand that if any changes in your facial appearance do occur, they will be extremely minor. In fact, most people experience changes that are so small they are not able to be easily seen. So if you are worried that you will end up looking like the Elephant Man after your orthodontic procedure, you can now put those fears to bed for good. It is simply not going to happen.

Are teeth only removed if it is necessary?

If your orthodontist suggests that you have some of your teeth removed, he or she is not doing so on a whim. The extraction of teeth is a serious matter and should never be taken lightly. Your orthodontist understands this, so if a recommendation to extract teeth has been made, you obviously have a situation which is serious enough to make your orthodontist believe that extraction is the only course of action. A dental professional’s first priority is to attempt to save the teeth. This is sometimes not possible and extraction is called for. A lack of space in the mouth is a frequent cause for the removal of teeth. Models, pictures and x-rays will all be thoroughly studied before the decision to extract your teeth is made.

Will teeth removal preserve your profile?

A highly trained orthodontist will do everything in his or her power to make sure your appearance does not change after your procedure. The removal of teeth is a procedure that can not be reversed. Therefore, extra care must be taken before this course of action is decided upon. Your orthodontist will first try to come up with an alternative plan that will allow him or her to save every one of your teeth. The position of your lips, the size of your teeth and the size of your jaws are all important details that will be considered as part of the decision making process. If you have a profile you are happy with, your orthodontist will do their best to preserve it.


Can your face can still change if you don’t have teeth removed?

While it is possible that you will experience minor facial changes if you have teeth removed, these changes will undoubtedly be much more noticeable if you do not have the teeth removed when it is recommended. When a person’s teeth are crowded at a moderate or severe level, the teeth in the front will gradually be pushed forward as the arches start their alignment. Along with the front teeth, the overlying lips will also begin to make their slow journey forward. When this happens, the person will often end up with buck teeth. This will frequently result in a person having difficulty closing their lips. In a case like this, the person’s appearance is much worse than if the teeth had been removed.

Can your appearance be improved by having teeth extracted?

While the perception is that the extraction of teeth will only hurt a person’s appearance, the truth is that it is often improved in many cases. When teeth are removed from the side and braces are used to push the front teeth back, a person will no longer have buck teeth that protrude and look unappealing. There is another advantage to having this procedure performed. By pushing the front teeth back in the mouth, the lips will be able to close in a way that appears attractive and natural. This will help the profile of the patient to be improved.

Can teeth removal fight the aging process?

There are many people who believe they should avoid having any of their ivory removed at all costs. While a tooth should never be removed for a frivolous reason, it is important to remember that your orthodontist only has your best interest at heart. He or she would never make the recommendation to extract your teeth unless they thought it was going to help your appearance and orthodontic treatment in the long run. There is one other important thing you should keep in mind as you go along your orthodontic journey. A trained orthodontist will know all of the changes that naturally happen in a person’s face as they age. Because of this, they will be able to predict these changes before they happen and formulate a treatment plan to effectively combat them.

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SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION AT KING ORTHODONTICS

When you live in Ohio, it is easy to visit King Orthodontics. we have 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

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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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.

Fear

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 http://www.kingssmiles.com/ to schedule a consultation.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
Centerville
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830
https://www.kingssmiles.com

How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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3 Ways to a Better, Brighter Smile

 

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One Smile Can’t Change the World, but Your Smile Changes Mine

Few things enhance a person’s face more than a great smile. One way to achieve a great smile is with teeth that are shiny and straight. Not everyone has naturally perfect teeth, but an orthodontist can help almost anyone reach that goal. Giving its patients straight teeth is the goal of King Orthodontics.

 

The Problem of Misaligned Teeth

In addition to affecting one’s appearance, teeth that are crooked or improperly spaced can hamper the chewing process. Misaligned teeth can also be difficult to clean and are more susceptible to cavities and disease. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who is specifically concerned with straightening teeth. This can be accomplished with braces, devices that when worn will straighten misaligned teeth and close unsightly gaps between them. The following types of braces are available from King Orthodontics:

  • Traditional metal
  • Clear
  • Self-ligating (without ties)

 

The Magic of Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign aligners offer promise to many patients by the way they straighten teeth in a comfortable and inconspicuous manner. Using the latest technology, these devices “predict” the way in which a person’s teeth need to be straightened and carry out the task. They are worn in stages, which each set being replaced about every two weeks. By exerting a small amount of pressure, the aligners will slowly move the teeth into the desired position. These devices are also unique in the way they can be removed for cleaning or when eating. Additionally, they are virtually invisible to the outside.

 

Considering King Orthodontics

Only an orthodontist can determine the needs of each patient. Whether you are considering Invisalign aligners or conventional braces, you should consider turning to the services of Drs. Sam and Jack King. Its team of dental specialists is committed to giving patients the smile of their lives. Call for an appointment at 937-433-0830.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
Centerville
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830
https://www.kingssmiles.com

3 Ways to a Better, Brighter Smile

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Smile. You’re Never Fully Dressed Without One

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

A smile costs nothing, and yet it is one of the most precious gifts you can give. As you go throughout a busy day, don’t you always feel better when you take the time to smile at someone? Most of all do you know that smiling even to yourself about a happy memory or a funny joke can make you feel better. And thus strengthen your immune system? There are many reasons to smile, and we should not let our cares and concerns overshadow them, therefore, to make your smile its most beautiful, you may want to talk to an orthodontist. A proffesional who can address any dental issues you have.

Dental Exam

The orthodontic office staff will first take a complete dental history to find out any problems or dental work you have had in the past. An orthodontist will make a set of panoramic x-rays in addition to basic cavities or professional cleaning. This is so that your mouth structure and teeth placement can be evaluated for potential treatment with braces, including Invisalign, which is barely noticeable to observers.

Orthodontic Treatment

Consequently, the orthodontist may recommend a treatment like braces to correct crooked or missing teeth. In addition, an orthodontist can address problems such as an overbite or underbite as well as a tied tongue. As a result special issues like receding gum’s or the necessity of a dental implant can be referred to specialists. The specialist can work in conjunction with the orthodontist so that all work proceeds in order.

Follow Up Care

During and following treatment like Invisalign, the orthodontic staff will monitor and review your progress. A Patient can schedule an appointment upon completion. Thus ensuring everything is working as it should.

In conclusion, call Drs. Sam and Jack King for information on how we can help to give you the best smile of your life. To make an appointment contact us today.

King Orthodontics
400 East Dayton
Yellow Springs Road
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561
https://www.kingssmiles.com

 

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Smile. Be Someone’s Reason To Smile

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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
https://www.kingssmiles.com

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How Much Does Invisalign or Clear Aligner Cost?

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LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016 

Invisalign is used in order to correct the positions of the teeth over time by inducing slight pressure to move them. Since Invisalign is clear, they are hardly noticed even when smiling or talking. Aside from that, patients can also remove them while eating, brushing, or cleaning the appliances themselves. The device will have to be worn from 20 to 22 hours per day in order to yield the maximum effects and stick to the treatment’s duration plan. Aligners are replaced once every two weeks as they are made based on the stages simulated by the Align Technology. The aligners in different stages vary in shape and pressure applied to your teeth thus changing them regularly is required to achieve the desired results.

Invisalign FAQ

How is Invisalign made?

Undergoing treatment with the use of Invisalign is done by first evaluating the patient’s teeth. Dental impression systems are then used in order to acquire the patients’ teeth impressions which will be sent to Align Technology as basis for creating your aligners. Once all the details are sent, three dimensional simulations are used to predict the movement and placement of the teeth while undergoing the treatment. Hence, the Invisalign made in every stage will be based on these models.

How did Invisalign start?

Align Technology Inc. started up in 1997, received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in 1998, began sales of Invisalign to orthodontists in 1999, furthermore by late 2001 had manufactured one million unique clear aligners. In 2002, Invisalign became available to general dentistry practitioners, and after mid-2003 dental schools added Invisalign to their curricula. The Invisalign system is now available in more than 45 countries.

How much does Invisalign or clear aligner cost?

One of the first questions people ask about this or any similar orthodontic treatment with clear, removable tooth aligners is how much does Invisalign cost. As a result, some questioners find the cost of Invisalign treatment comparable to the average cost for traditional metal braces . Others also find the treatment price higher. Orthodontists set the price for each treatment, and the cost varies considerably from practitioner to practitioner.

How long does Invisalign take?

Of course, periodic follow-up dental appointments are necessary to check progress. Invisalign requires 20 to 30 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth, and most adults complete their treatment within a year. Identically, ClearCorrect treatment for moderate cases requires 32 steps delivered in eight phases and sometimes 12 steps in three phases. Consequently, treatment times vary according to specific alignment problems.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?

  Braces (irremovable)        vs  Invisalign (removable)  
Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel colorColorClear/invisible
24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needsTreatment time22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.MaintenanceInvisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water
About every monthFollow up visitsChange aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at nightFollow up to treatmentPositioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
  • More effective for more complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self discipline is needed for success
  • No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing
Pros
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • Zero issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • Some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • Difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
Cons
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining
Patients playing rough contact sports regularlyNOT ideal for

Patients with:

  • bridgework
  • back tooth bite issues
  • the need to rotate canines or premolars
  • the need to move teeth vertically
  • lack of discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily

Call Us Today

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

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

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

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

In addition, 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.

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

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

How Much Does Invisalign or Clear Aligner Cost?

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Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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

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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

 

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter , for greasing
  • 4 large free-range egg whites
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 350 g ground almonds
  • 30 ml amaretto liqueur
  • icing sugar

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas 3, and grease and line two baking sheets.In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm. Gently fold in the sugar, almonds and amaretto to make a smooth paste.Using a teaspoon or a piping bag, place dollops of the mixture on the trays, 2cm apart.Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, before dusting with icing sugar.

Recipe from http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/uncategorised-recipes/amaretti-biscuits/#4qt02UlH3Fjp4Yxg.99

Enjoy the Flavor of Almonds

To avoid breaking wires or brackets while wearing braces, you cannot eat hard foods such as nuts. However, it is still possible to enjoy gluten-free amaretti biscuits each day to enjoy the delicious taste of almonds. Gluten-free amaretti biscuits are made with almond flour instead of grain-based flour, leading to a food that has a mild nutty flavor. These biscuits are slightly crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside, and your orthodontist highly recommends this food as a tasty treat. It is also possible to add other ingredients to this gluten-free biscuit to have a variety of desserts and snacks.

Learn How to Bake Sweet Treats

If you are a parent of a teenager who must wear plastic Invisalign aligners, then they are probably worried that flavorful treats are off-limits, but with the right recipes, they can still eat sweet foods such as biscuits that are coated with sugar. Your orthodontist can provide an assortment of recipes that are acceptable to eat while undergoing orthodontic treatment. For patients with a gluten allergy, learning how to cook is essential in order to have baked goods that are safe to eat.

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

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits