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The Evolution of Braces

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Orthodontic Fact #6: The first braces were of a piece of flat metal in 1720. This was connected to the patient’s teeth by using several pieces of thread.

Braces Have Come a Long Way

If you’re thinking about an orthodontic treatment, you’ll be happy to know that braces have really made many advances over the years. Look back to the first set of braces that were worn in 1720. At that time, the patient wore a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by a string. Braces of today still involve metal brackets and wires. However, there are many other options as well, providing patients with versatile options that can suit their needs and preferences. Braces are not a one-size-fits-all approach. The whole idea is to create a treatment plan that works best for you.

Consider Different Types of Braces

In the past, if you had to have braces, you had one option. You would expect metal wires and brackets for two to four years. Today, you can choose from brackets that are made from plastic or ceramics. You can also opt for colored brackets, wires, and bands to add a little excitement to your life. Clear brackets and wires are a popular alternative, allowing you the opportunity to receive orthodontic treatment without it seeming obvious. Clear aligners are prescribed through the use of 3D imaging and involve wearing removable aligners that are replaced every two weeks to gradually align your teeth. If you need an orthodontic treatment, the door is wide open for treatment alternatives and many are comparable in price. Choose the option that you feel most comfortable with and get on the road to healthy, straight teeth that will give you the smile you always wanted.

Contact Your Orthodontist Specialist Today

To find out how braces can help you, browse the King Orthodontics website or contact our Centerville or Fairborn office to set up your initial consultation. Discover the advantages and options of braces.

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

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

The Evolution of Braces

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Feel Fresh, Live Fresh

Orthodontics

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

Feel Fresh, Live Fresh

X-rays: An Orthodontists Best Friend

Why are X-rays Important to Orthodontist?

A patient previously asked me this question, why do you want to have an X-ray of my teeth, yet I would only want to have my straightened? This is a very sensible question, and it can be explained with a variety of reasons. Before you know they reasons, you need to understand that teeth are very hard surfaces, and it is not possible to know what happens inside them without having an x-ray. Also, a tooth resembles an Iceberg since there is a huge space of the tooth that cannot be seen at any time unless we use an X-ray.

X-rays are images that are created when you pass a beam of radiation through a body. The beam of light hits a sensor, which take the image of the surface in a film on the other side. They can create pictures which can be used to show the differences of the surfaces of the body in terms of shape and density. The x-ray that is taken by a dentist is known as a bitewing. A bite wing helps the dentists to understand the nature of tooth in terms of the quality of the enamel, roots and inner canals. On the radiograph, fillings and the enamel appeal white color since they are dense. The decay, the root canal and the bone around the teeth usually appear to be less dark in the image since they are less dense. A dentist has a special training to read and understand the dark and light patterns so that they use them to distinguish between abnormal and normal tissues.

If you cannot see the root of the tooth, it is not possible to tell how healthy the tooth is. In fact treatment should begin with an X-ray to avoid damaging roots that are already weak when we are in the process of straightening. X-rays are also very resourceful since they help us to understand the shape and the size of the jaws. An X-ray will also help an orthodontist to understand the angle at which the teeth could be lying. The same angle is used during treatment to rectify or straighten the teeth.

There many reason x-rays are very critical for orthodontics. One of these reasons is the fact that orthodontists are also dentists. This means that they have to focus on different things and they have the responsibility of identifying any present pathogens in teeth.

In the process of treating orthodontic problems, they also require x-rays. The x-rays that they conduct focus more on the form of the teeth as well as the position of the jaws. These practitioners are interested in extra, missing, misplaced teeth, missing teeth, long, short and misshaped bones. For the problem with the jaws, they are especially interested in asymmetrical jaws, too big or too small jaws. These x-rays provide them with critical information that helps them to understand the nature of problems among their patients as well as formulate the best plans to solve the problems of their patients.

The experts at King Orthodontics are always ready to help you out with all your dental needs. Contact us today for further information

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

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

X-rays: An Orthodontists Best Friend

Tumors and Radiations

Do Dental X-rays Cause Brain Tumor?

A tumor refers to the uncontrolled growth of body cells and it can lead to swearing of a part of a body though in this case we put more emphasis on its effects on the brain cells.Cancer or in other words tumor have greatly been known to be triggered by radioactive rays such as gamma rays. In addition to that, one needs to know the component of X rays as it gives a room for body cells being exposed to extreme radiation.  Argument based on the natural composition of the environment reveals that radiation has severe effects on one’s health and thus this explains for the call against depleting of the ozone layer.

Some of the cases that have been reported by patients who have had frequent cases of X ray examination include memory loss and seizures. In addition to that, many patients have complained of frequent headaches accompanied with loss of memory.  High exposure to radiation in many cases has resulted in the destruction of thyroid glands. That notwithstanding x ray has been linked with causing multiple myeloma which is a case of destruction of the bone marrow that in many cases causes an overgrowth of the bone marrow tissues.

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In addition to causing of brain tumors, X ray treatment have been linked with causing genetic disorders.  A research on the equipment used for radiation purposes have revealed that many of them give out more rays than the necessary amount thus exposing the patient to a higher risk of getting cancer. More to brain tumors, other disease that have been linked to radiation includes cataract which is a heart related disorder and coronary heart problems.

However an x ray is equally important, in countries like Canada it is a requirement for one to have an X ray once a year. The major concern is the protective measures that are taken when carrying out the exercise. Proper clothing should be worn to reduce direct contact with the X ray or any other form of radiation.

Unless it is an emergency case or a situation that calls for great level of urgency,radiation examinations or treatments should be avoided. Relating to the teeth problems, serious cases of tooth decay or teeth removal sometimes call for a closer examination using beams of radioactive rays. Rather than x ray examination, the dentists or rather in this case the orthodontist should prioritize other methods that do not use beams of radioactive rays.

In extreme case, patients who have had several cases of X-ray treatments or examination have at a point in their life turned insane. However such cases have been reported on patients who have been undergoing cancer therapy. Teeth examination only calls for a very low level of gamma ray use hence reducing the risk that the patient is exposed to though frequent cases can result into minor problems such as headaches, loss of memory and frequent seizures. However with proper clothing, such cases can be avoided.

If you need any further assistance, help or information, contact Kings Orthodontics.  We offer all the best solutions for your orthodontic and medical needs.

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

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

Tumors and Radiations

Root Resorption

Do Braces Shorten the Roots of your teeth?

In the field of orthodontics, whether braces cause the roots of your teeth to get shorter is a common question. Others keep asking if the activities of an orthodontist could affect the growth of their teeth. In this article, I seek to let you understand how braces work, and how they affect the size of the teeth’s roots as well as the growth of your teeth.

Braces work on the principle of creating Charlie horses or little cramps around every tooth. Orthodontic forces summon enzymes that force old bone to dissolve in areas where there is pressure and new bone is formed in the process. These are normal processes and they are the main ideas behind orthodontic teeth movement. There is a research that indicated that teeth movement has an effect on the shape of the roots among all patients. Among 98% of the patients, it is not possible to detect these changes with the naked eye.

During routine treatment, root shorting occurs among 2% of the patients. It occurs  the patients are genetically vulnerable to root resorption. It is also clear that root shortening is a common case in families. I noticed root resorption in two children and after having a look at the records of their mother, I realized she had the same problem. This shows that the disorder runs in families. It is important to communicate this genetic predisposition to your orthodontist if you are aware about it on time.

Do orthodontists have available treatment options for preventing root resorption? Some of the practitioners have actually theorized that it occurs when teeth are moved too slowly or too quickly. They argue that teeth that are moved too quickly are usually subject to too much force. However, my experience with this disorder is that I have used the same amount of force and time for the same patients. When braces are worn for a longer period, there is a high chance that they can cause a problem. However, I have witnessed transfer cases that do not affect the size of the roots even after having worn braces for 5 years.

The question remains, what should be done in order to prevent root shortening in the process of treatment.  The only option is that the experts are supposed to monitor the patients by the use of regular X-rays. The X-rays could be taken on yearly basis as long as the patients still have the braces on. In case root shortening is noticed on time, there could be a discussion between the patient and the family too. Treatment could also be continued as normal depending on the degree of shortening. Root shortening may also cause an alteration in the period of treatment. For example, the treatment could be terminated after the spaces between the teeth have closed. In fact scientific proof has indicated that it is possible for a tooth to lose more than 50% of its root and still function as usual.

Do you want to know more about root resorption? Yes!  You should Contact King Orthodontics today for an appointment with our expert orthodontist.

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

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

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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

 TADs: An Easy Way to Control Teeth’s Movement