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Posts for: April, 2014

JawSurgerymaybeNecessarytoOvercomeSomeTeethMisalignments

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of misaligned teeth, or malocclusions. The goal is to help patients achieve better long-term oral health by improving teeth alignment. Sometimes, though, the misalignment is much more involved than the position of the teeth — it may be that the jaw structure is also misaligned. In that case, the skills of an oral surgeon may be in order.

The jaws are similar in shape to the arch of a horseshoe, hence the referral to either upper or lower sets of teeth as dental arches. In a normal jaw structure, the lower arch fits just inside the upper arch when you bite down and the teeth are able to function correctly. In some individuals, though, the lower arch closes in front of the upper arch, commonly known as an underbite. If the underbite is only slight, the malocclusion can be corrected by repositioning the teeth only, as with braces. If, though, the underbite is more severe it would require a surgical procedure to realign the jaws, also known as orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery can help relieve a number of functional complications caused by jaw-related malocclusions: difficulty chewing and swallowing; chronic jaw or head pain; or sleep apnea. It can also enhance the patient’s facial appearance by correcting an imbalance between the two lateral sides (asymmetry), or by minimizing a receding chin or protruding jaw.

Its primary benefit, though, is its effect on the patient’s bite and tooth alignment. For this purpose, the orthodontist and oral surgeon work together to achieve the best result possible. In some cases, the orthodontist may perform his or her work first by moving teeth into the proper position. This sets the stage for the oral surgeon to perform orthognathic surgery to complete the correction of the misalignment.

Each individual patient’s case is different — the best plan of action must begin with a full examination by an orthodontist, and a consultation with an oral surgeon if necessary. It may require time and the expertise of two specialties, but the final result will be better health and a better look.

If you would like more information on various orthodontic procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”


By Crystal Falls Dental
April 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Teeth Whitening  
veneersWhen you breathe in that fresh spring air, you know it’s time for a change. What kind of new beginning are you looking forward to? At Crystal Falls Dental, we are helping many patients revamp their smiles for the many festivities of spring and summer. Check out some of our services below to see if one fits your style!
 

Teeth Whitening: Let Your Smile Shine Above the Rest

It’s no competition to see who has the whitest smile, but it sure does make you feel confident when you need it most. A professional teeth whitening can be just the ticket. 
 
How long do you think it takes to whiten your teeth with over-the-counter whitening products? It takes at least 4-6 weeks, maybe even longer than that. If that’s the case, you will experience a longer period of tooth sensitivity.
 
In-office whitening products go along with customized instructions, and your dentist can ensure each tooth matches the next one in whiteness.
 

Veneers: Keep Your Teeth in a Straight Line

Teeth whitening and veneers are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments. If you just want to remove surface stains and boost your natural tooth shade, a whitening agent can do the trick. 
 
If you want to find coverage for an imperfection, such as a crack, chip or uneven tooth, veneers may be the best choice.
 
Since it’s permanent, our dentists make sure each custom shell fits perfectly and looks natural, yet new. 
 
Are you ready to bite down on a new smile? Contact our dentist office in Leander, TX at (512) 260-7400.
 

By Crystal Falls Dental
April 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TelevisionHostNancyODellProvidesAdviceforNewMothers

When her daughter Ashby was born in 2007, Nancy O'Dell was overjoyed; but she found the experience of pregnancy to be anxiety-provoking. O'Dell is host of the popular entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight.

After her baby was born she compiled her memories and thoughts into a book for first-time pregnant mothers. The book, “Full of Life: Mom to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant,” covers a wide range of topics — including oral health during pregnancy.

“While my dental health has always been relatively normal, pregnancy did cause me some concern about my teeth and gums. With my dentist's advice and treatment, the few problems I had were minimized,” O'Dell told Dear Doctor magazine. An example of her experience is a craving for milk that started at about the time the baby's teeth began to form. She felt that her body was telling her to consume more calcium.

As often happens with pregnant mothers, she developed sensitive gums and was diagnosed with “pregnancy gingivitis,” the result of hormonal changes that increase blood flow to the gums.

“I love to smile,” said O'Dell, “and smiles are so important to set people at ease, like when you walk into a room of people you don't know. When you genuinely smile you're able to dissolve that natural wall that exists between strangers.”

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about dental health during pregnancy. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nancy O'Dell.”