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What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dentists who have completed an additional two-THree year residency program to specialize in the study, prevention and correction of irregularities in tooth and jaw relationships and deformities of the face produced by these conditions.

Orthodontists have traditionally been concerned with the correction of improper tooth alignment and occlusion (bite) primarily by movement of the teeth. In recent years, new techniques and a better understanding of growth and development have given orthodontists the ability to not only move teeth, but to modify poor skeletal and neuromuscular growth patterns. This results in a better bite, a nicer looking smile and a more pleasing facial structure.

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What Questions you should ask at your Orthodontic Consultation

When you visit Enoch Orthodontics for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

• How long will I have to wear braces?
• Will getting braces hurt?
• Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
• What can I eat when I have braces?
• Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
• How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
• How often will I need to come in for appointments?
• How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

The team at Enoch Orthodontics is here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. Your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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What are the most common problems corrected by Dr. Enoch’s Orthodontics Office:

Common Problems:

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Overbite

The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Crossbite

The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Dental midlines not matched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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How to handle an Orthodontic Emergency

  • If a wire is poking you, first try to bend it with a spoon or a pencil eraser. If you are unsuccessful, place a small piece of wax or wet cotton over it until you can get in for an appointment.
  • If a bracket or band is loose and still attached to the archwire, leave it in place. If it becomes uncomfortable, cover with wax and call for an appointment. If it comes completely out, bring it with you to your next appointment. Do not attempt to connect headgear or elastics to a loose band.
  • If the arch wire comes out of a tube, try to place the wire back into the tube with tweezers. Place wax if uncomfortable and call for an appointment.
  • If your teeth are sore after an orthodontic visit, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) as normally recommended. Another tip is to rinse your mouth with really warm water with a little bit of salt dissolved in it. This helps sooth the gums much like a hot-water bottle will do for sore muscles! Plan soft foods for meals until the discomfort goes away — which is usually 48 hours. If the discomfort gets progressively worse or remains the same after 4 days, please call Dr. Enoch’s office
  • If a part of your braces breaks, save the piece and call to set up a repair visit. If a retainer breaks, do not try to repair it yourself.
  • If you notice some small spaces developing between your teeth while you have braces on, don’t panic! This is usually normal and expected as teeth move into different positions, particularly in the early stages of treatment. They will be closed eventually.
  • If a rubber spacer falls out, you can try to replace it yourself by threading a couple pieces of floss through it and then pulling it under and up between the teeth. Then remove the floss.
  • If you experience any bleeding when brushing or flossing, that usually means there is a local area of infection. Continue to keep the area clean by brushing, flossing and rinsing with Listerine. If a particular area is painful or you notice a bump of any sort, you should address this to your DR. Enoch as soon as possible.
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ever wonder how braces go on your teeth?

The placement of the braces in Dr. Enoch’s Office follows these easly steps:

  • The teeth are polished with a non-flavored paste (this is similar to a dental polish after a cleaning).
  • A cheek retractor is placed to provide a dry field and make it easier to visualize the teeth.
  • The teeth are lightly air-dried, and the conditioner is placed onto the front surfaces of the teeth for about 30 seconds.
  • The conditioner is rinsed and the teeth are again dried using suction and air.
  • A primer is painted onto the teeth.
  • The bonding cement is placed onto the back sides of the braces, which are then placed onto the teeth.
  • The brackets are placed in a very precise position onto the teeth, and excess bonding cement is removed.
  • The bonding cement is light sensitive, a bright blue light is used to “cure” the glue.
  • The cheek retractor is removed and the wires are placed

The entire bonding procedure can take anywhere between 10-20 minutes.  The length is primarily due to the time required to properly position the braces, and time required for the curing light.  Recent advances in the curing lights have allowed use of LED lights, which narrow the wavelength of the light.  This reduces the time needed to cure the glue.

Bonding braces is quite painless, although the length of time required for the procedure is perhaps a bit annoying.  The cheek retractors, which are so essential to a successful bonding procedure, can stretch the cheeks and lips and make the whole mouth feel very dry when the bonding is completed.  The lips and cheeks recover very quickly.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The importance of Mouth Guards

If you are a patient of Dr. Enoch’s we will be happy to give you a mouth guard for use with braces. Just ask …

Dental injuries are the most common type of injuries to the face, and 60% of facial injuries occur during sports practice. An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. 

A mouth guard is a flexible piece of plastic that fits around the upper teeth and protects them from injury. In addition to protecting against direct damage to the teeth, by cushioning the lips and cheeks from the teeth or orthodontic appliances, a mouth guard helps prevent laceration and bruising. A mouth guard can also prevent serious injuries caused when the lower jaw is jammed into the upper jaw, including concussion, cerebral hemorrhage, jaw fractures and neck injuries. 

There are several types of mouth guards. When choosing one, remember that a mouth guard should be flexible, comfortable, durable, odorless, tasteless, and easy to clean. A mouth guard should fit properly so that it protects your mouth, but does not interfere with breathing or speaking. 

The least expensive mouth guard is a stock one sold in sporting goods stores. They come in small, medium, and large and are held in place by biting down. The disadvantage of these mouth guards is that the fit is not adjustable and may not protect your teeth as well as a more fitted model would. Holding these guards in place requires that you bite down, so they can interfere with speech and breathing. 

The most commonly used type of mouth guard is also sold in sporting goods stores. They’re called “boil and bite mouth guards,” because they’re softened in boiling water and then formed to fit your mouth ( DO NOT USE IF HAVE BRACES !) . This type of mouth guard costs a little more than the stock types, but because it is formed around your teeth, it fits and protects your mouth better. However, it still may not cover all your teeth properly. 

The best mouth guard for preventing injury is one that is custom made for you by your dentist. This type is a bit more expensive, but it is the most effective at protecting your mouth, face and head. Because it is custom fit to your teeth, it’s also the most comfortable to wear. When you consider that the cost of fixing one broken tooth is more expensive than having a mouth guard custom made, the value is obvious.

Whatever type of mouth guard you choose, you should wear it for any activity in which there is a chance of contact with other participants or hard surfaces. Mouth guards aren’t just for football and hockey. If you or your child rides a bicycle, participates in gymnastics, volleyball, skateboarding, or any sport or activity in which a facial or dental injury might occur, a mouth guard is a necessity. Half of all dental injuries can be prevented, and a mouth guard is an important aid in protecting your teeth, face and mouth. 

For more infomation on emergencies go to http://www.thesmilesolution.com/Patient-Info/Emergency-Info.aspx

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

When Am I Suppose to Get My Braces Off ?

The date that I am supposed to get my braces off is set in stone—When patients are told before treatment that they will be in braces for a certain time, it is very easy to focus on that date. Usually, I can judge from my experience what the typical time frame is to finish treatment. However this depends on many factors. Some factors that would slow down treatment include: broken braces, not brushing well, not coming in for regular appointments, and having dense bone. If you want to get your braces off on time, make sure you co-operate by brushing and flossing well, wearing your elastics, and showing up for your regular appointments.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Uncategorized