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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  
CoaxingImpactedTeethtotheRightPositioncanImproveYourSmile

What makes an attractive smile? Of course, shiny, straight and defect-free teeth are a big factor. But there’s another equally important element: all your teeth have come in.

Sometimes, though, they don’t: one or more teeth may remain up in the gums, a condition known as impaction.¬†And if they’re in the front like the upper canines (the pointed teeth on either side of the front four incisors) your smile’s natural balance and symmetry can suffer.

Impaction usually happens due to lack of space on a small jaw. Previously erupted teeth crowd into the space of teeth yet to come in, preventing them from doing so. As a result the latter remain hidden within the gums.

While impaction can interfere with the smile appearance, it can cause health problems too. Impacted teeth are at higher risk for abscesses (localized areas of infection) and can damage the roots of other teeth they may be pressing against. That’s why it’s desirable for both form and function to treat them.

We begin first with an orthodontic examination to fully assess the situation. At some point we’ll want to pinpoint the impacted teeth’s precise location and position. While x-rays are useful for locating impacted teeth, many specialists use cone beam CT (CBCT) technology that produces highly detailed three-dimensional images viewable from different vantage points.

If the tooth is in too extreme a position, it might be best to remove it and later replace it with a dental impact or similar restoration once we’ve completed other necessary orthodontic treatment. But if the tooth is in a reasonable position, we might be able to “move” the tooth into its proper place in the jaw in coordination with these other tooth-movement efforts to make room for it.

To begin this process, an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically exposes the tooth crown (the normally visible portion) through the gums. They then bond a small bracket to the crown and attach a small gold chain. An orthodontist will attach the other end to orthodontic hardware that will exert downward pressure on the tooth to gradually bring it into normal position.

Dealing with impacted teeth of this nature is often part of a comprehensive effort to correct the bite. If we’re successful, it could permanently transform both the smile and overall dental health.

If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, 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 “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Are you looking for a solution to your crooked teeth? This invisible orthodontic system could be it.invisalign

Do you feel self-conscious every time you open your mouth because you worry that other people are noticing that gap between your front teeth? Do you hate that your teeth are crooked or overlapping one another? Do you wish that there was a simple solution for fixing these issues without having to wear metal braces? Well, your wish has been granted because our Naperville, IL, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik are here to tell you about how Invisalign could help.

Are you dealing with?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned smiles (e.g. underbite; overbite)
  • Overlapping or overcrowding
  • Gaps in your smile

If so, Invisalign could be the best approach for fixing these common dental issues. Most people aren’t born with the perfect smile, but not everyone is able to get braces as a child. Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean that you are too old to do something about your misaligned smile. This clear orthodontic system makes it possible to finally get the results you want without the embarrassing metal brackets and wires.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

There are many factors that play into your candidacy for treatment. Anyone who is interested in getting these invisible aligners will need to visit our Naperville, IL, general dentist for a consultation. Here are some of the factors that will determine whether or not you are right for Invisalign:

Your dental issues: While Invisalign can tackle everything from minor problems to more serious adjustments, it won’t be able to take on more complicated tooth movements or realign jaws.

Your age: Invisalign is a popular option for older teens and adults who still want to get a straighter smile; however, it’s not an option for children because their teeth are still growing. Since teeth are still developing, these custom-made aligners won’t offer the proper fit they need to in order to shift teeth into the proper position.

Your health: Are you someone who really knows how to care for your smile? Do you brush twice a day and floss every day? Do you visit us for routine cleanings? Are you dedicated to wearing your aligners all day, except when eating or caring for your smile? Since aligners are removable, it might be tempting to take them off whenever you feel like it, but you have to have a strong level of dedication to your treatment in order for it to work.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Naperville, IL, then give us a call today to book a consultation with us. We would be happy to examine your smile and determine if you are right for this amazing orthodontic system.

ALong-TermOrthodonticStrategyCouldHelpEnsureanAttractiveSmileLaterinLife

Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we've become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques.

But although cooperating effectively with the mouth's natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, there's another aspect to consider if that success will be long-term: the growth and development of oral and facial structure. And not just development during childhood and adolescence: indeed, facial structure continues to change throughout a lifetime, including the senior years. Research has shown that although the rate of growth slows over time, it doesn't stop even for someone 80 years or older.

Our emerging understanding in this area has had an important impact on how and when we perform orthodontic treatment. As we develop a treatment strategy for an individual patient we consider not only the immediate outcome of a treatment, but also how it may change their facial appearance in the future. By taking continuing facial growth into consideration, we're more likely to achieve a new smile appearance that remains attractive later in life.

A key factor is to be sure we're initiating treatments at appropriate ages. We may detect developing bite problems as early as age 6, which might prompt preventive treatment at that time to diminish or even eliminate the problem. But it may also be prudent to wait on full-scale orthodontic treatment until late childhood or puberty. Furthermore, some form of orthodontic treatment might need to continue into early adulthood to ensure the most optimal outcome.

By taking a longer view of the treatment process, we're better able to work within the natural growth and development taking place now and in the future. As a result, a person is more likely to enjoy an attractive and youthful appearance even in their later years.

If you would like more information on aging factors for cosmetic enhancement, 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 “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”