Braces are an orthodontic method for helping you achieve a straighter smile by repositioning teeth that are crooked or out of place. Braces can also close gaps between teeth, as well as correct jaw and bite alignment issues. Several types of braces are available and our dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, can help you choose the right type to best suit your needs. For braces in the Norfolk area, visit Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry.
Are There Different Types of Braces?
We offer three main types of braces at our Norfolk dental practice, including conventional metal and clear ceramic. In general, most types of braces involve the use of brackets, wires, and bands. Brackets are affixed to the teeth in the front of the mouth, while bands are placed around the molars. Wires are used to join the brackets and bands affixed to each tooth together.
With both conventional metal braces and clear ceramic the brackets are generally placed on the front of the teeth. All types of braces are highly effective for straightening crooked teeth, closing large or small gaps between teeth, repositioning teeth that are out of place, and correcting jaw or bite alignment issues.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening your smile. Instead of brackets, band, and wires, Invisalign straightens the teeth and closes small gaps using aligner trays that fit over each row of teeth. Similar to braces, the trays gently exert pressure on the teeth to move them in the desired direction. A distinct feature that makes Invisalign an appealing option for some patients is that the aligner trays are clear, which makes them extremely discreet. The trays are also removable so they can be taken out to brush and floss more easily.
How Do I Care for My Teeth When I Have Braces?
Caring for your teeth when you have braces can require a bit more effort. The brackets, bands, and wires can make it challenging to thoroughly clean between and around teeth. However, there are several habits you can develop to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Helpful habits that can help you better care for your teeth with braces include:
- Avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods
- Avoid biting into hard candies and foods
- Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens or pencils
- Use a water pick when cleaning teeth
- Use a floss threader to clean between teeth
- Use an interdental brush to clean around brackets, bands, and wires
Braces can help you achieve the smile you desire by straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps, and aligning your bite. A dentist can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs. We offer a no-cost consult where we can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs and to achieve the best results. To learn more about braces, call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Minda or Shabtai Sapir.
Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Bite and alignment issues can impact your oral health and even affect your nutrition. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer braces as well as general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.
Fix Your Smile and Oral Health with Braces in Norfolk, MA
Orthodontic problems like crowding or crooked teeth can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene, which increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease by creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and plaque buildup.
Depending on the issue, some bite problems can cause pressure and damage to the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw (the temporomandibular joint), increasing your risk of TMJ disorder. In younger children, problems like an overbite or protruding teeth can also increase the risk of soft tissue injuries to the tongue, lips, or cheeks from impact during a fall or from sports injuries.
Types of Bite and Alignment Problems Corrected by Braces
Bite problems result when the upper and lower jaw don't match or align properly when the mouth is closed. Braces and orthodontic therapy helps to gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment. Although childhood is the best time to get orthodontic treatment, it is never too late, and many people get braces in adulthood to correct bite issues.
Braces can be used for bite problems including:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
Find a Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more information about braces and the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir today.
Oral cancer is diagnosed in 53,000 people in the US a year. Oral cancer is easily treated if discovered in the early stages, but can seriously affect the quality of life and be deadly when discovered late. At Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry, we will routinely screen for oral cancer at every exam appointment.
There are many risk factors that contribute to oral cancer, many of them can be controlled. They include tobacco use, smoking of any kind, excessive alcohol consumption, or a combined use of alcohol and tobacco, unprotected excessive exposure to the sun, low intake of fruits and vegetables. Another factor on the rise and seen in younger people is oral cancer due to infection with HPV16 (same cause as cervical cancer)
There are signs and symptoms to be aware of that will help with early discovery. They include red and/or white discolorations in the soft tissues of the mouth. Any sore or ulcer that does not heal within 14 days and may not be causing pain. Hoarseness which lasts for prolonged periods of time. Advanced indicators include a sensation that something is stuck in your throat, numbness, difficulty swallowing or moving the muscles of your mouth, lip or tongue, or a lump which develops in your mouth or on your neck. Should you experience any of the above contact us to make an appointment for a screening.
Mortality from oral cancer can be reduced by being screened yearly, avoiding risk factors, and involving your health care professional in suspicious lesions in the mouth or neck. Vaccinating your preteens for HPV can help them prevent cancer in the future as well.
For more information please contact Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850- 6992. You can also check out www.checkyourmouth.org .
Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which can lead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, can help relieve your anxiety.
What types of sedation dentistry are available?
There are several methods of sedation dentistry used by your Norfolk, MA, dentist. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with Drs. Sapir to discuss sedation:
- Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral conscious sedation will take a sedative pill about an hour before the procedure or take medication a night before, if that's something discussed with their doctor and is found to be a safer and more comfortable option for them. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and they may not remember the dental treatment occurring. Someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. There are various levels of oral conscious sedation, ranging from a person who is very much awake during their treatment, but are relaxed and at ease, to feeling more drowsy
- Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep, but can help you relax. It's effect is quick and does not leave a residual sedative in your body when you leave the office.
- IV Conscious Sedation: This is when sedatives are delivered directly into your bloodstream. This is more powerful than oral sedation and has an almost immediate effect. Your doctor monitors you with specialized equipment during treatment. It's advantageous because of its immediate effect and how quickly and easily it can be adjusted if need be.
If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, call (508) 850-6992 today!
Crooked teeth, poor bite, gaps, crowding. They're just some of the problems treated by braces. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir provide precise and comprehensive orthodontic care for qualified patients of every age. Whether you're a child who just needs some spaces maintained or are an adult who desires a beautifully straight smile, our dental team can help!
Why get braces?
Although cosmetic concerns definitely play a role in deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, there are other more important reasons. The Academy of General Dentistry maintains that crooked smiles, poor bite, and jaw misalignment contribute to tooth decay, migraine headaches, facial pain, and even periodontal disease. Some individuals have speech problems because of gapped, crowded, and missing teeth.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends evaluation for braces by age seven, and most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. However, more and more adults pursue orthodontic treatment these days because of the increasingly efficient diagnostic and treatment processes. As long as your teeth, bone, and gums are healthy, there's no good reason not to get braces!
What braces are right for you?
Your dentist in Norfolk will determine the course of your orthodontic treatment. Evaluation includes a complete oral examination, digital X-rays, and photographs and impressions.
Children and young teens typically receive correction conventional metal braces and archwires. Additionally, tooth-colored ceramic or lingual braces (mounted on the tongue side of teeth) may be options. Children have the advantage of growing bone structure which allows to correct skeletal problems. Dr. Sapir may leverage in planning treatments that are quicker and making full bracketing at a later date easier. This kind of pediatric orthodontic treatment is termed "interceptive."
Also, for older teens and adults, the dentist may consider Invisalign clear aligners. Favored because of their smooth texture, removability, and discreet appearance, Invisalign appliances can correct minor problems and relapses. They are easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing.
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Could you straighten your smile? Why not consult with Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry? They love treating patients of all ages and entire families in particular. Braces could be in your future! Call the office today for a consultation: (508) 850-6992.
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