Posts for: November, 2016
When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?
If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.
That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.
The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.
Â Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.
If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.
With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.
If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, 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 “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
A smile is a simple way to appear friendly and confident, but not everyone is confident in their smile. Whether due to missing, chipped, cracked, crooked or discolored teeth, many people feel their smile is less than perfect and might prefer to hide it. A perfect smile isn’t an impossible dream, though. Cosmetic dentistry offers many different treatments for transforming imperfect smiles into perfect ones. At the Baldwin Dental Group, Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin are your Madisonville, KY cosmetic dentistry specialists.
Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to dramatically transform your smile. Patients even report that having a cosmetic dentistry procedure done had a positive impact on them, as revealed in the results of a study conducted by the Journal of Dentistry. Not only can cosmetic dentistry correct an imperfect smile, but it also gives many patients a boost in self-esteem. Getting cosmetic dentistry in Madisonville, KY, can give you a perfect smile you’ll love and a boost in confidence.
There are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments for any type of dental problem imaginable. Many patients are in need of a specific procedure, while others might benefit from several cosmetic dentistry treatments. Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
- Dental Implants
- Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
Once you have any type of cosmetic dental procedure done, it is important to continue seeing your dentist regularly. Regular checkups that include a professional cleaning will help keep your cosmetic dental work in great shape for years to come. Regular dental checkups will also help you maintain good oral health overall and prevent problems that could result in the need for further cosmetic dental work down the road.
Whether you just want a brighter smile or need to replace missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your dream of a perfect smile. For cosmetic dentistry in Madisonville, KY, contact the Baldwin Dental Group by calling (270) 245-1547.