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Braces Revolution (for Teenagers)

Invisalign for Teens. So your teen has been to the orthodontist and they have been told that they need to get braces. Are they totally upset and disappointed because they don’t want to put their lives on hold due to metal braces? Now they don’t have to be.

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Tooth Extraction: (Reasons for Removal)

Tooth extraction – Why Do I Need Teeth Removed For Braces? When you want the perfect set of teeth, you might have to get yourself a set of braces. Braces are a type of metallic attachment added to the teeth so that it can force them to grow back into shape.

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The Appropriate age for Orthodontics

King-Fact4Orthodontic Fact #4: Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to lose all your teeth before you get braces. In fact, treatments can start at the young age of 7.

Braces Can Start Young

If your dentist has detected a problem with your child’s bite or tooth alignment, an orthodontist may be recommended as early as the age of seven. In many cases, the sooner you begin treatment, the better. It’s actually a misconception that children have to lose all of their baby teeth before they can have any orthodontic intervention. Beginning a course of treatment at a young age could actually act as a preventative measure, shortening the length of treatment and getting positive results sooner. It all depends on the needs of your child and your orthodontist’s recommendations.

Braces and Alternatives to Braces: You Have Choices

When it comes to braces for kids, there are many more options available today. Your child could enjoy color braces that are exciting and unique, grabbing attention everywhere your child goes. Clear brackets are also a popular option. Alternatives to braces include clear aligners that are removable and worn for about the same period of time as traditional braces. In some cases, your child may only need spacers or a retainer to resolve any orthodontic problems. The only way to find out the best course of action for your child is to make an appointment with your orthodontist. Stay on top of any issues that affect your child’s jaw and mouth to ensure your child has a healthy, attractive smile.

Make an Appointment Today
At King Orthodontics, you will find a dedicated team of professionals who are only too happy to assist you in determining what is best for your child’s smile. Call us today to set up a consultation and let the transformation begin. You can also set-up a session to discover how braces are changing lives one mouth at a time, thanks to our specialists at King Orthodontics.

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

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

The Appropriate age for Orthodontics

The Physics of Invisalign

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Are you embarrassed to open your mouth when you smile because your teeth are crooked? Do you place yourself in the back row in group photographs? Do you want straight teeth but can’t bear the discomfort and unsightliness of metal braces? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Invisalign dental treatment might be for you. A lot of people think that metal braces are for kids. With Invisalign, it’s never too late to have your teeth straightened and have a smile you can be proud to show off.

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign system is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Users wear a custom-designed clear, plastic tray that is fitted over the teeth to gently ease them into the correct position. Each tray is worn for two weeks and then changed.

What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?

  • The Invisalign trays snap on easily and comfortably.
  •  You can remove the trays to clean and floss your teeth.
  •  Invisalign produces the same result as conventional metal braces but without the fuss and discomfort.
  •  Invisalign trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours each day.

Invisalign trays have numerous advantages over metal braces

  • With metal braces, the user has to give up some of the foods they love, like raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, popcorn as well as sticky treats like chewing gum, taffy or caramel.
  • Metal braces take a long time to straighten teeth, particularly in adults, who need to wear them for anywhere between 18 months to three years. There is also a high possibility of relapse.
  • Users of metal braces have to wear a mouth guard when taking part in sports or other activities where there is a risk of a blow to the mouth. Metal braces can also interfere with singing and playing musical instruments.

Some individuals develop a lisp or other speech defect while wearing metal braces. While this may be charming in school children, since many of their peers are in the same boat. In adults, this can be embarrassing and have unpleasant social consequences, both in and out of the work place.

Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works everywhere. Where ever people want straight teeth without the pain and hassle of metal braces. We at King Orthodontics have been providing quality orthodontic care for children, teenagers and adults for more than sixty years. We offer both Invisalign treatment for adults and Invisalign Teen for teenagers. The Invisalign Teen system allows the removal of trays for sports, singing or playing musical instruments.
For the smile of your life, contact King Orthodontics.

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

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

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All Orthodontists are Dentists but All Dentists are not Orthodontists

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Orthodontic Fact #3: Here’s a fun fact: All orthodontists are dentists, but only 5 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Confusing, isn’t it?

Thinking About Braces? You’ll need an Orthodontist

When considering dental braces, don’t confuse a dentist and an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a type of specialist who has a primary focus on any irregularities that are dental or facial. Training is in depth and goes beyond the schooling and experience that is required to simply be a dentist. An orthodontist has the skills needed to diagnose a problem, head problems off at the pass when preventative measures are possible, and to prescribe treatment. It’s important to remember that all orthodontists are considered dentists, while only five percent of dentists have the additional training to be considered orthodontists. If you’re worried about crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or unsightly gaps, you’re going to need a qualified orthodontist to get to the root of your problem.

Your Options are Wide Open

Many will shy away from braces because they only picture metal brackets and wires for years to come. However, modern advances in orthodontics offer you many options when it comes to today’s treatment alternatives. You can opt for clear brackets or colorful brackets that are eye-catching. Clear braces in the form of aligners are gaining in popularity as well. The most important thing you need to remember is that braces are well worth the results. You’ll have a smile you can be proud of, be better able to maintain good oral hygiene, and be able to avoid more serious problems, such as sleep apnea or TMD.

An Orthodontic Specialist Can Help

To learn more about braces, the various types, and if this is the treatment you need, discuss your options with us at King Orthodontics. You can also visit our website to have a look at what our specialist has to offer. You will have an orthodontist and a dentist you can trust.

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

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

All Orthodontists are Dentists but All Dentists are not Orthodontists

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All about Orthodontic Appliances

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Orthodontic Fact #2: A brace is one type of dental appliance that an orthodontist can use depending on the patient’s needs. Other appliances may be suggested to treat a specific jaw or mouth deformity.

Do I Need Braces? Not Everyone Does

If you look in the mirror and you are not happy with what you see when it comes to your smile, you may wonder if braces are the answer. With so many options available today, from clear aligners to brackets that come in a variety of colors, braces have become more appealing. However, you need to be sure that braces are exactly what you need. In order to determine if you do, consider the following reasons an orthodontist will recommend braces:

  •  You have considerable gaps between your teeth.
  •  Your teeth are crooked in appearance.
  •  You have an overbite.
  •  You have an underbite.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces are designed to apply pressure to the teeth in order to gradually shift them into the proper position. Wires and brackets, as well as rubber bands, are used to offer a steady source of pressure. The orthodontist creates a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the patient through the use of molds, x-rays, and 3D imaging. Adjustments are made periodically to change the amount of pressure and progress is monitored. Most patients wear braces for two to four years, followed by a period in which a retainer is needed. It’s important to realize that braces not only make your smile look better, they can also help you to breathe easier at night and avoid problems with your jaw, such as a TMJ disorder. There is always the chance that you have a problem with your mouth or jaw that should be treated with various appliances. For example, a splint or mouth guard could resolve issues that have caused a misalignment of your jaw. Be aware however that only an orthodontist can determine the best route of treatment.

Contact King Orthodontics to Learn More

For the best orthodontics call King Orthodontics today to set up a consultation. It is time to find out if braces are the answer for you.

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

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

All about Orthodontic Appliances

What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?

Factors That Affect the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw

Plenty of people have jaws that are slightly misaligned, meaning that the lower jaw does not hinge perfectly into the upper jaw. While it’s possible this may not bother a person whatsoever, others may experience snapping or pain in the temporomandibular joints, which are the ‘hinges’ that allow the mouth to open. Others may have uneven wearing and stress on their teeth or think the misalignment of their jaw is just unsightly. Luckily, an orthodontic specialist can realign jaws to make them match up using surgery or affordable dental braces. It is impossible to give a one-size-fits-all estimate as to the cost of treatment, as there are a multitude of factors that will affect the final bill. Here are some factors that will impact the cost of treatment.

Dental or Medical Insurance Coverage

Some jaw misalignment’s are so severe that they are considered a health issue, especially if chewing, swallowing or speaking is being impaired. If the misalignment is not that severe, some of the treatment may be covered under dental insurance. Should there be no insurance coverage for the issue and you still want orthodontic treatment to fix it, credit options and payment plans are always available.

The Need for Surgical Intervention

Sometimes the best way to correct a misaligned jaw is to break it and reset it in a new position. While this may sound harrowing, it can be the fastest and least-painful option for those with moderate to severe misalignment. Breaking the jaw is usually accomplished under general anesthesia, in an operating room at a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Other cases of misaligned jaws may be due to the lower jaw being too large. This can be reduced via surgery wherein the surgeon cuts out a small portion of the jaw and then places plates to join the remaining halves together. Both of these surgical options will add to the total tally.

Headgear Expenses

If the upper jaw is a problem, headgear might be necessary. Depending on the type of headgear, the growth of the upper jaw can be slowed or stopped in order to prevent a severe overbite. Another type of headgear can coax the upper jaw forward if the patient has an underbite. Of course, headgear works best for children and teens who are still growing and have plenty of soft cartilage in their jaws and face. Just like surgical options, headgear may not be necessary for all patients. However, those who do need it will pay far more for treatment than those who do not.

Number and Type of Retainers Needed

Some people have their braces removed, get fitted with a retainer, wear it for a few years and then they are set for life, while others may need a series of retainers. Each retainer fitting will add to the total cost, as will any replacement retainers that need to be fabricated.

The cost to straighten out a jaw misalignment will vary greatly, depending on the needs of the patient. Once a treatment plan has been decided, your orthodontist’s office can give you a better idea of the total cost. If you or your child is in need of jaw realignment, call King Orthodontics for an appointment today!

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

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

What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?

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Feel Fresh, Live Fresh

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Words of Wisdom No.7 – Stay Fresh

There are actually various ways to stay fresh. Brushing your mouth on the prescribed frequency everyday can help remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Aside from brushing your teeth regularly, you could also use a mouthwash from time to time in order to freshen up your mouth. If you want to check how your mouth smells, you could lick your hand, and then smell it while it’s still wet. If it already stinks, then it’s time for you to take a sugar-free breath mint (if you’re in no place to use a mouthwash).

If you’re looking for a good mouthwash, consider those with less alcohol or are alcohol-free. Too much alcohol can actually dry up the tissues in your mouth making it more susceptible to bacteria. The more bacteria that thrive in your mouth, the more smelly it becomes. There’s also a higher risk of tooth decay especially if you happen to frequently use mouthwashes with more alcohol. Instead of making your mouth fresh, they may have an opposite effect.

If you really want to make sure that you’ve selected the best mouthwash you could use, try visiting the best dental clinic in your area. However, when it comes to misalignment issues, contact King Orthodontics right away. King Orthodontics has been in operation since 1953 and was founded by Dr. Ben King and joined by Dr. Melvin Mayerson. King Orthodontics specializes in children and adult orthodontics using the cutting edge technology in Invisalign and state of the art 3D x-ray unit for better diagnosis.

King Orthodontics is certified and qualified to perform orthodontic treatments to patients in Fairborn and Centerville. If you have problems with your smile or your overall oral health, don’t hesitate to contact King Orthodontics at Centerville or Fairborn offices.

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

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

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Your Day of Independence: How to Know When

When Do I Get My Braces Off?

As an experienced orthodontist, when to remove braces is a common question I often get from my patients. The treatment of every patient is different, during the removal of the braces. However, there are basic steps and requirements that are followed in the treatment process of most patients. Please read on if you have braces, and you would like to know how you are progressing.

In the office of a professional orthodontist, you are supposed to pass through a treatment process of three steps. The process includes spacing of the teeth, correcting the bite and aligning the teeth. They must nto always follow a discernible order, they can be switched or an overlap can be created between them.

During the initial phase, crowding is usually corrected by the removal of the teeth. It is not possible to correct teeth when there is no space between them. The orthodontist may choose to expand or to contract depending on a number of variables such as the size of the jaws, the size of the teeth and the size of the gum that is supporting the roots. The main aim of the first step is creating a room for aligning the teeth. In cases where patients have spaces between their teeth during this initial process, the spaces are closed in this step.

One room has been created; the following thing is alignment of the teeth. Alignment or straightening is accomplished by the use of wires, springs and elastic chains or any other gadgets that have the ability to rotate, as well as adjust the teeth into the desired direction. Reposition of individual teeth bracket is another activity that takes place during alignment. In some cases, it is not possible to put brackets in the right spaces because of a bite on the first day. When teeth have been aligned, it becomes easier to place the brackets at better positions.

The third phase of treatment entails correcting of the bite, or making the upper teeth to fit lower ones. The question of when you should get off the braces usually ensues in this phase of the treatment. At this time, the patient has well straightened teeth and he is happy and contented of the treatment. The results of the correction of the patients bite are stable and healthy. If you would like to know whether it’s time to get your braces off, please check for the following;

Have your teeth straightened?

Are there anymore spaces between your teeth?

Do you still have an overbite or under bite?

If there are still spaces between your teeth, or you still have an under bite or overbite, then it means you still have some more time. If you still have questions concerning your smile, feel free to contact King Orthodontics and you will get an explanation of the remaining aspects of your treatment. The orthodontist will ensure that your braces are only removed when you have achieved the best of results. Best of Luck!

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

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

Your Day of Independence: How to Know When