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If you’re a parent considering braces for your child, you may have questions about the treatment. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about orthodontia.
Q: What causes crooked teeth?
A: There are a few factors that can cause crooked teeth. A misaligned jaw can cause the mouth to close incorrectly. Malocclusion is a genetic condition that causes teeth to become crowded, crooked or protruding. Additionally, habits like thumb sucking can cause crowded teeth. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and lead to problems with the jaw.
Q: When should I take my child to get braces?
A: Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14, when a child’s face and mouth are usually still growing, making the teeth and jaw easier to adjust. The best age for braces is specific to the individual, so talk to your child’s dentist about the best plan of action.
Q: Why would my child need braces?
A: Sometimes crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw are genetic, while other times they develop from habits or accidents. Braces correct the appearance of teeth, but also improve chewing and speaking abilities when teeth create other problems.
Q: I’m an adult. How do I know if I need braces?
A: If you didn’t have braces as a child or didn’t follow your orthodontist’s advice after your braces were removed, you could have crooked teeth as an adult. Your dentist can tell you if braces are right for you.
Q: How long will my child have braces? How long do braces last?
A: Overbites and underbites generally take longer to correct than straightening crooked teeth. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate time frame. Most people wear braces for one to three years.
Q: How much do braces cost?
A: The cost of orthodontia depends on the method you choose and the length of your treatment plan. Metal or ceramic braces range from $3,000 to $8,000.
March 7th, 2019
Another day, another new diet to try.
It seems like there is a diet for just about everything these days. Some of the most trendy diets have become so mainstream, specialized food options have been integrated into just about every restaurant and fine dining menu.You can see it at the grocery store too when you pass by the gluten-free bread section or the baking section with its mass selection of flour alternatives.
The high demand for these specialized diet products has been integrated into our everyday lives. Dieting is much more accessible and convenient than it ever has been, with around 45 million Americans dieting each year. The problem with diets is that while some diet foods may be helpful for shedding weight, they have the potential to be problematic for your oral health.
If you’re on a diet now or thinking about trying on in the future, consider this list of diet foods and trends that could be dangerous to your teeth before you make a final decision.
Juice cleanses are a popular and equally tasty way to diet these days. It involves limiting your consumption to only juices and water for a certain period of time. While there isn’t much evidence out there that proves juice cleansing does anything good for your health, we do know that it can have a serious impact on your oral health. That’s because fruit naturally contains a lot of sugar. when the bacteria in your mouth consumes that sugar, it then gets turned into acid. This acid is what can do the most damage to your teeth.
Carbonated water has become a popular alternative for people looking to cut down on soda and other sugary drinks. In theory, this idea is good because carbonated water doesn’t have the same high levels of sugar that regular soda has. But the devil is in the details. Even when you take sugar away from the equation, you still have carbonation to worry about. The carbonation in soda and sparkling water can lead to enamel erosion.
The keto diet has become one of the more popular diets these days. It’s a low fat, high carb and high protein diet where you only consume around 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. When you do this, your body is forced into a process called ketosis. When this happens, your body starts to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs which some believe can help you lose weight. The problem with the keto diet is that when your body goes into ketosis, you end up with really bad breath. This is because during the ketosis process, your body has to expel ketones which. Ketones smell bad, but are ultimately harmless.
Article by Cassidy Rush, Delta Dental of WA