Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Brookside Dental Care
March 12, 2020
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 Brookside Dental Care
November 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
NBCStarDeliversaMessageaboutthePerfectSmile

Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Brookside Dental Care
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Brookside Dental Care
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Invisalign may be exactly what you’ve been looking for to get your dream smile.invisalign

We are going to give it to you straight: studies have found that those with crooked teeth weren’t perceived to be as successful as their straighter-smile counterparts. That’s right; whether it’s in the dating world or professional world, people with straighter smiles were considered more successful, smarter and more popular. So, is it time to straighten your smile? Our Stockton, CA, dentists, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar and Dr. Emil Tanase, can help!

What is Invisalign?

By now, you’ve probably read articles or seen Invisalign advertised on TV. Perhaps this information was what piqued your interest about this unique orthodontic system.

Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible medical-grade plastic aligners, which are customized to your specific treatment plan and designed to move your teeth into their proper position over time. The number of aligners you will need to wear will depend on several factors including the severity of the issue or issues you want to fix.

What will my daily life be like with Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but worry that braces will negatively impact their lives. Our Stockton general dentists are here to tell you that Invisalign will not hinder your daily routine.

While there is always an adjustment period with any new dental treatment, these aligners are removable which means that you won’t have to change your diet or change how you brush and floss. Your day-to-day routine can remain the same.

Of course, it’s important that you wear your aligners as much as possible. Aim for wearing your aligners about 22 hours each day. While it’s okay to remove them before mealtimes or before oral care, ideally you should be wearing them the rest of the day. Each aligner is worn for about one to two weeks, after which it is replaced with the next set of tighter aligners in your treatment plan.

Are you ready to find out whether Invisalign is the treatment for you? If so, then it’s time you called Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, to schedule your initial consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment options for a healthier smile.

By Brookside Dental Care
November 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

With all of the options and decisions that go into straightening your smile, choosing the best orthodontic treatment option for you can be invisaligna daunting task. However, your Stockton, CA, dentists can help you find the answers to your questions and get you started on a journey to a beautiful smile. Learn about Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, with Brookside Dental Care.

Is Invisalign right for me? 
Most patients over the age of 12 who wish to improve their bite and straighten their smile may benefit from Invisalign. As an Invisalign patient, you must have a strong commitment to wearing your trays for at least 22 hours a day. Failing to wear your trays for the proper amount of time results in longer treatment times or other complications. Additionally, Invisalign patients should have or be willing to adopt a strong at-home oral care routine involving both brushing and flossing to keep their teeth healthy and clean throughout treatment.

What does Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign treats the same problems as traditional braces, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite
  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth

If you have misaligned teeth or if your jaw does not line up properly, Invisalign can help you get a smile and bite that is both functional and beautiful. Consult your orthodontist at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, to determine if Invisalign is your best orthodontic treatment option.

Invisalign Orthodontic Care in Stockton, CA 
Invisalign’s process begins with your dentist taking a state-of-the-art, 3D model of your mouth. This model gives Invisalign’s laboratory a basis to begin the design of your trays. It also allows for a completely natural fit since the lab customizes each tray for you. Before receiving your ready-to-wear aligner trays, the laboratory sends your dentist a video showing the route on which your teeth will move throughout the treatment process. After approval, you will receive your aligner trays. You will wear each tray for about two weeks. After two weeks, you will wear the next tray in the series, switching them out until the end of treatment.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar or Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA. Call (209) 952-8804 to schedule your consultation with your dentist today!