Many people associate orthodontic treatment with only a means to fix crooked teeth. True, orthodontic care can correct crowding, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites through a variety of means. Traditional braces and newer alternatives may be used.
Straighter teeth, however, can mean your teeth are easier to clean, allowing you to better tend to dental hygiene on a daily basis. They also make it easier to:
• Chew: A misaligned bite can make chewing inefficient and difficult; it might even be hard to eat altogether.
• Speak: Crooked teeth and misalignments can result in various speech problems that are hard to control without orthodontic treatment.
• Be confident: Straighter teeth mean a more desirable appearance, and your self-confidence many improve in social situations.
Straight teeth can be good for your oral health, eating and speaking ability, confidence, and even your career. After all, success in the job market typically depends on self-confidence and a great smile.
Orthodontists have many ways to move teeth into the correct places. Newer treatments can get the job done faster and achieve results with less pain and discomfort. Learn more about the benefits of correcting crooked teeth with Labbe Family Orthodontics below.
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Protruding front teeth, also known as “buck teeth,” are a common problem which can cause young people to hide their smile. It is important to find an orthodontist who can provide early treatment to prevent schoolyard bullying and the other negative impacts of this condition.
Choosing the best braces and the right time to begin treatment will boost confidence, prevent injuries, and improve overall health. Let’s find out what causes this condition and how braces can correct it.
What Causes Buck Teeth?
Protruding front teeth can be caused by bone structure or dental issues, and they may be made worse by certain activities. Some of the primary buck teeth causes include:
• Genetics. This is a hereditary condition that probably runs in the family. This means it cannot be prevented, but it can be made worse by other factors.
• Jaw Growth Rate. During rapid growth spurts, the upper jaw advances over the lower teeth. The misaligned molars may provide further pressure on the front teeth, moving them forward.
• Large Teeth. Sometimes the front teeth are larger than normal, causing the appearance of protrusion, when, in fact, the bite is fairly well-aligned.
• Thumb-Sucking and Pacifier Use. After the permanent teeth appear, these childhood habits can change tooth positions and jaw alignment.
• Jaw Clenching and Tooth Grinding. The grinding pressure of these unconscious habits may crack teeth, change how the teeth come together, or provide pressure that pushes the front teeth forward.
• Tongue Thrusting. This is another habitual behavior where the tongue pushes against the front teeth when swallowing, gradually moving them forward from constant repetition.
What Problems Do Buck Teeth Cause?
The best orthodontist advice is usually to correct protruding front teeth early to avoid issues such as:
• A greater risk of breaking the front teeth during sports or play.
• Breathing difficulties and headaches.
• Problems chewing and subsequent issues with digestion.
• Bullying and the stress associated with it.
• Changes to speech and pronunciation, which may also result in teasing.
• Excessive tooth wear and decay.
At What Age Should You Get Braces for Buck Teeth?
The ideal time to begin protruding front teeth correction may be when children are 7-11 years old, as part of a two-phase treatment plan. A single phase plan might start at 12-16 years of age.1
While starting treatment early has been shown to reduce the chances of damage to the front teeth,1 teens and even adults can get braces to correct buck teeth and other serious bite problems. It is never too late to decide life is better with a smile!
Should You Fix Your Own Buck Teeth?
While browsing online to see examples of protruding teeth before and after braces, you may come across some at-home remedies and do-it-yourself ideas to fix buck teeth. Please don’t try these! Orthodontics is the science of moving teeth and bone. There is no safe replacement for expert care from an orthodontist who treats you like family.
Is It Just a Phase?
When children have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, it may be hard to tell if they will grow in to those two front teeth. If you have concerns, find an orthodontist to evaluate your child’s maturing smile and put those worries to rest.
At Labbe Family Orthodontics, we look forward to your first consultation and can help you decide if this is the right time for braces. We may be your nearest orthodontist with offices in Annapolis, Crofton/Gambrills, Bowie, and Greenbelt. Visit with us to find out why we are the best!
There’s nothing more exciting than knowing you’re about to get your braces off. Whether it’s been months, or even years, chances are you’re close to the finish line and that perfect smile is shining through.
Here are some fun ways you can count down to the date when you’re braces-free:
Use an App
These days, there’s an app for everything. Downloading a countdown app to keep track of the days until your braces come off is a fun and interesting way to keep tabs on your progress. Certain apps may also allow you to set the countdown as your mobile background or create a countdown banner that you can add to your social media profile.
Create a Selfie Journal
Taking selfies is a great way to see steady changes and track improvements in your smile. By keeping a journal of pictures, you can easily look back and see just how much your smile has changed.
Because you may not see progress as quickly as you want, taking photos will also help you stay motivated, especially as you see your teeth start to align and straighten.
And if any of your friends have teen braces, let them join in on the fun as well!
Wearing braces for months (or even years) is a huge achievement! When you reach those special milestones, make sure to treat yourself to something nice. Whether it’s a pedicure, a new outfit, or maybe even a braces-friendly sweet treat, you’ve earned it.
By celebrating milestones, your orthodontic journey will go by much quicker, and give you a date to look forward to!
A Caring Kids Orthodontist Office
At Labbe Family Orthodontics, we treat our patients like family – especially when it comes to orthodontics for children. For many younger kids and teenagers, the idea of having braces can be a little nerve-racking. At our orthodontics offices, we put a little fun into wearing teen braces by encouraging our patients to use a countdown, celebrate milestones, and treat themselves to make the process is a little more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a pediatric orthodontist in your area, look no further than Labbe Family Orthodontics. We specialize in braces for children, ceramic braces, and other teeth straightening services to give you the smile of your dreams.
Call our office today at (410) 267-7300 to schedule an appointment.
Most people wish they were born with perfectly straight teeth. Sadly, few are. The majority of people have some form of overcrowding or misalignment, and most of them have visited their nearest orthodontist to improve the look of their smile.
But, why? What causes crooked teeth in adults? Can you prevent adult teeth from developing misalignments? Are crooked teeth genetic? Here are a few basic facts about oral health and some tips on how to prevent crooked teeth.
Having crooked teeth runs in families. That’s because genetics can affect:
• The size of the jaw: If people have small jaws, their teeth will compete for space inside the mouth. As a result, they begin to overlap, resulting in noticeably crooked teeth. If the jaw is too large, the teeth may not fill the entire mouth. The resulting gaps can cause teeth to shift position.
• The size of the teeth: Some teeth are bigger than others. Those born with oversized teeth may experience greater crowding while those with smaller teeth may notice gaps in their mouth.
• The number of teeth: The average adult has 28 teeth, but some have as many as 32, depending on whether the wisdom teeth are present. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth erupting can overcrowd the mouth and move the teeth alignment – one of the main reasons dentists and orthodontists encourage wisdom teeth removal.
Bright Smile Tip!
People can’t change their genes, but they can visit an orthodontist, who can come up with strategies for clearing space, closing gaps, and aligning teeth. The most common method for correcting overcrowding is to straighten adult teeth with braces.
Premature Loss of Baby Teeth
Babies get their first teeth between the ages of six months and one year. Called primary teeth, they’re space holders for the bigger, permanent set of teeth that will grow in when a child is about three years old.
If a primary tooth falls out early, either because of injury, decay, or natural loss, the other teeth may shift in order to fill the empty space. When the permanent tooth does replace the baby tooth, it may move from its normal position and grow in crooked.
Bright Smile Tip!
If a primary tooth falls out early, an orthodontist can insert a device called a space maintainer, which fills the spot left by the lost tooth to ensure that the permanent tooth grows in with proper alignment.
In some cases, it’s best to wait until the permanent teeth replace the baby teeth and then rely on braces to fix the problem. Either way, it’s good for parents to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist as early as possible, preferably before all of their child’s permanent teeth develop, or, at the very least, before they fall out.
Genes and luck account for most cases of crooked teeth, but behavior is also to blame. If children suck their thumbs, breathe through their mouths, grind their teeth, or press their tongues against their mouths, they may move their teeth out of alignment.
Bright Smile Tip!
On the bright side, it’s fairly easy to correct the bad habits that lead to crooked teeth. It’s important to avoid bad habits while the adult teeth are growing in. They haven’t yet settled into position, which makes them more susceptible to pressure.
Life Is Better with a Smile!
Preventing and correcting crooked teeth takes time and a good plan, but, with the help of a great orthodontist, it’s easy to do.
The best orthodontists not only use the latest tools and techniques, they take the time to examine each patient carefully. They want to know why someone’s teeth are misaligned and how they’re likely to develop over time.
As soon as the orthodontist identifies the underlying causes, he or she can create a personalized strategy that addresses a patient’s specific problems, whether that includes traditional braces, Invisalign, retainers, or space maintainers.
At Labbe Family Orthodontics, we go a step further. We treat each of our patients like family. Schedule an appointment today to find out why so many people leave our office flashing a great big, beautiful smile!
If you have recently become engaged, best wishes from our team! At Labbe Family Orthodontics, we treat our patients like our family, and, of course, we want to help you look your best on your special day and treasure your wedding photos and video for years to come.
If you have always wished for straighter teeth and have some concerns about smiling your widest for those photos, there is almost certainly time to improve the appearance of your smile with the wide variety of choices for teeth straightening available. Your Invisalign orthodontist can recommend the fastest options available to accomplish amazing results before you walk down the aisle.
It Is Not Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth
Of those wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances in the United States, 20% are adults.1 You may not have noticed this growing trend because orthodontic technology has improved to the point that adult braces and teeth-straightening aligners are almost barely noticeable.
Teeth Straightening Choices for Brides to Be
There are a variety of choices which are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, and very effective for adults. Based on your unique needs, your local orthodontist might recommend:
These virtually invisible trays straighten your teeth without permanent orthodontic hardware like brackets or wires. Invisalign works quickly and allows your natural teeth to shine through.
• Ceramic Braces
If Invisalign is not the right choice, ceramic braces may be the answer. They utilize clear or tooth-colored materials to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.
Is There Enough Time Before the Wedding to Straighten Your Teeth?
If your engagement will be six months or longer, there is time to make a noticeable difference in your smile. Most engagements allow a little more time—12 to 18 months will allow adequate time to complete most treatments before the big day. The type of braces an orthodontist chooses will depend on the time you have available.
This Is Not the Time to Do It Yourself
There is a recent fad being promoted by social media of using a variety of at-home methods to straighten your own teeth. A consumer alert has been issued warning of the “substantial risk for irreparable damage” these techniques present.2 The practice of dental orthodontics should be left to the experts. You should only straighten your teeth under professional supervision.
Beautiful Brides with Braces
Maybe your wedding is coming up sooner than your orthodontic treatment can be completed, but the appearance of braces in your wedding photos can be minimized. Alert your orthodontist, who will adjust your treatment plan with that goal in mind. Transitioning to the Invisalign option will allow you to temporarily remove your braces for the wedding.
Orthodontic Care for Special Occasions and Everyday Health
Family orthodontics involves more than just straightening teeth. The benefits of correcting crowded or overlapping teeth and bite issues (malocclusions) include preventing decay and gum disease, reducing pain, and improving swallowing or speech difficulties.
If you are interested in an evaluation by one of our Invisalign orthodontists for your wedding day or your everyday smile, call for a free consultation now. With offices in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton/Gambrills, and Greenbelt, whether we are the closest orthodontist or not, we promise a family-friendly experience and a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Ceramic braces have advanced significantly in the few decades they have been in use. This approach offers similar results to metal braces, with a more visually appealing appearance. Using clear or tooth-colored brackets allows the same bite-correcting power as traditional braces with less visible metal.
Of the more than four million people currently wearing braces in the United States,1 many are choosing this option. The best orthodontist for your family will base his or her recommendation on the issues to be corrected, the age of the patient, and individual preferences or needs.
Being confident you are taking advantage of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available will make you smile wider—and life is better with a smile! Ceramic braces are available at all of our Labbe Family Orthodontics locations, so let’s explore this exciting option.
What Are Ceramic Braces?
These braces have brackets and wires just like traditional braces, but they make use of modern materials to allow them to blend in with your smile. The brackets are clear or colored to match your teeth, allowing ceramic braces with white wire to become almost invisible.
This technology corrects more severe bite alignment issues than Invisalign or other clear tray methods, taking advantage of the firmly affixed brackets and guiding wires to achieve amazing results. Ceramic braces may also be used on just the front-facing top teeth, in combination with metal braces on the less visible lower and back teeth.
Will Ceramic Braces Become Discolored or Stained?
There are a number of ceramic braces reviews which mention an issue with staining. The earliest types of ceramic braces did tend to stain, but improvements to the technology have greatly reduced this concern. With proper care, staining should not be an issue.
Are Ceramic Braces the Best Choice for You?
After a free consultation, our orthodontists will guide you in choosing the best braces for your individual needs. When considering ceramic braces vs. metal, these may be the key factors:
• Age. Ceramic braces are most often recommended for teens and adults.
• Involvement in sports. Metal braces are still the pinnacle of durability, and they may be recommended for those engaging in contact sports.
• Mouth sensitivity. Some patients report more irritation from metal braces, while others report the same issue with ceramic. Individual sensitivities may guide the decision.
• Cost. Ceramic braces are somewhat more expensive than traditional metal braces.
• Degree of correction needed. While ceramic braces are almost as strong as their steel counterparts, metal might be required to correct certain conditions.
There are very few disadvantages of ceramic braces vs. metal, and both work by the same principles, allowing effective correction of most orthodontic issues. The increased cosmetic appeal of ceramic braces may be the deciding factor.
More Clear Advantages from Labbe Family Orthodontics
When you come by and visit at one of our four Maryland locations, you can trust us to treat you like family. We strive to make your visit pleasant and fun, and we offer accelerated treatment plans that feature ceramic braces and other smile-enhancing solutions.
With offices in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton/Gambrills, and Greenbelt, we might be the nearest orthodontist, as well as the best! Call today to set up your free consultation, learn more about your options, and start sharing your best smile sooner than you may think.
The versatility of invisible braces, provided and installed by an Invisalign orthodontist, continues to grow in popularity, allowing more patients to achieve a straighter smile without permanent orthodontic hardware. With the use of attachments, buttons, and elastic, a broader range of conditions can be corrected using this popular Invisalign system.
An evaluation by one of our expert orthodontists will reveal if you are a candidate for the use of attachments, setting you on the path to a healthy smile and proper bite alignment. To better understand the use of these tools, let’s define the terminology and explore the benefits of combining attachment technology with the Invisalign retainer system.
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
As part of your treatment plan, small dots of dental bonding material may be applied to the surface of your teeth using a template. These attachments fit securely into the Invisalign aligner trays and keep certain teeth stationary or provide a leverage point for movement.
Your plan might also make use of Invisalign buttons, which provide a place to attach elastics. These buttons are small plastic or metal brackets which serve as anchor and leverage points to increase tooth moving power.
There is no drilling involved and, after treatment, the buttons can be removed, and the attachments can be cleanly polished off. All attachments are of tooth-colored material to maintain the almost invisible quality of Invisalign braces.
Who Needs Attachments?
Certain types of reparative movement are difficult to attain with aligners alone. By adding attachments, more patients can take advantage of their orthodontist’s Invisalign technology. Using the attachments to grip a tooth firmly, more serious malocclusions can be corrected.
This combination of methods not only creates straighter teeth, but allows for better bite alignment, and ultimately a more beautiful smile. Consistently wearing your retainer for the recommended amount of time after treatment will be key in maintaining long-term results. Consistency and commitment are especially important when choosing Invisalign for teens.
Are Invisalign Buttons and Attachments Noticeable?
Because the attachments are made of material designed to match your natural tooth color, they blend into your smile seamlessly. Similarly, buttons are not likely to be set on front teeth and are thus barely noticeable in your smile.
What Extra Care Is Needed?
• Remove Regularly. The attachments will purposefully improve the fit of the aligner, causing it to fit more snugly. This means they will require more effort to remove. A special tool may be needed to pop off the aligner.
• Brush Well. The buttons and attachments unfortunately provide a place for food to lodge, and hot liquids like tea might stain the attachments. Take extra care when brushing your teeth before replacing your retainer.
• Wear Consistently. The importance of adhering to the recommended wearing times cannot be overstated. Having the ability to remove your aligner is a plus for many, but also enhances the possibility of leaving it behind or forgetting to put it back in.
Invisalign Treatment with Labbe Family Orthodontics
Our dedicated teams in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, and Greenbelt are highly skilled Invisalign orthodontists who can bring the latest in attachment technology to your treatment plan. Even if you’ve been told in the past that Invisalign is not for you, schedule a consultation with us and let us find the right solution for your smile.
We take pride in providing you and your family with the best possible experience in orthodontic care. Life is better with a smile! Give us a call or fill in our contact form today to feel the difference for yourself.
Braces are daunting for any teenager, but they can be even more frightening for trumpeters, flute players, clarinet players, and other musicians. How can you play great music with a mouth full of metal? Won’t it hurt? Won’t it ruin the sound? Turns out, making great music with braces isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. All you need is the right attitude, a few adjustments, and a good children’s orthodontist .
How to Protect Your Mouth
If you plan to play an instrument like the flute or trumpet, you can plan ahead and choose the type of braces that will fit your lifestyle. The best option is Invisalign since you can remove them whenever you need to play. Although slightly more expensive than traditional braces, serious musicians might find that they’re worth every penny.
What if you have traditional metal braces for children and teens? For a little while, you might experience pain. In rare cases, holding your mouth in the wrong position and putting too much pressure can cause permanent damage. To protect the inside of your mouth, you can get a gel or plastic insert that fits snugly over the braces and acts as a cushion.
No matter what, stay in close contact with a pediatric orthodontist. It’s important for anyone with braces to make regular checkups and cleanings, but it’s even more important for musicians. Tell your doctor about the fact that you play an instrument, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or inquire about products that can help.
How to Play Great Music
You might notice, in the first few weeks after getting braces, that they destroy your tone quality and your ability to hold a note. Don’t worry. All you need to do is make a few adjustments.
Common fixes include using more breath and pursing your lips in order to create a cushion of muscle (instead of air) between your teeth and the mouthpiece. On the bright side, learning how to expand your breath may improve your endurance, which will make you a better player over the long run.
How difficult it will be to return to normal depends largely on what instrument you play. Brass instruments such as the trumpet and the French horn tend to pose the greatest challenges, while the clarinet and saxes are relatively easy to master. The flute, oboe, and bassoon may take some getting used to, but they shouldn’t pose too many problems.
Quick note: Before picking up your instrument, ask your music instructor how you should adjust your playing to improve the sound and reduce the risk of injury. You can also do your own research. Some online courses (and even YouTube videos ) talk about braces and instruments.
The Musical Life and Orthodontic Care for Children
Many teenagers get braces at some point in their lives. Many of them play instruments that require the use of their mouth. Don’t be discouraged. Playing music with braces may not be easy, but, then again, making music isn’t easy. It takes a little ingenuity and a lot of perseverance.
Fortunately, there’s nothing insurmountable about this particular obstacle. Pass the test, and you may end up becoming a better, more competent player capable of tackling even greater musical challenges. As long as you have the help of a friendly, knowledgeable orthodontist, you can take the worry out of playing an instrument.
When it comes to orthodontic care, getting any kind of treatment—whether it be braces, invisible aligners, or retainers—can get pretty pricey. For families or individuals with a limited or inflexible budget, it may be the reason why they don’t seek treatment in the first place. However, there are numerous ways you can get the treatment you need at a quality family orthodontics , without busting your budget.
1. Create a Savings Plan
While this option may seem quite obvious, many people often feel that getting orthodontic treatment is a luxury or an added bonus to regular dental care, rather than a necessity. This is an unfortunate misconception about orthodontics, because while regular dentist appointments are essential, the structure of your teeth is just as important.
As a result of this misconception, not many people save for orthodontic treatment, and as such, orthodontic care may feel out of reach or nearly impossible. The solution is changing the mentality surrounding orthodontic treatment and thinking of it as a long-term investment—much like saving for a house or car. While going to the orthodontist can be a larger expense in your budget, it is a worthwhile and beneficial investment. Not to mention that many orthodontic practices offer an additional discount for upfront payment.
Reduced headaches and neck, shoulder, and back pain due to a strained jaw
Straightened teeth help maintain bone support
Easier cleaning experience
Increased confidence and self-esteem
2. Ask About Payment Plans
It is common for many orthodontic offices to offer payment plans for patients who may not have health insurance. These payment plans offer flexible and affordable payment options which are a lot more cost-efficient than standard credit options. Additionally, orthodontic treatment is usually completed in no less than a year, so payment plans will usually offer 0% interest for financing.
3. Take Advantage of Healthcare Credit Programs
For those who cannot afford dental insurance, another viable option for funding orthodontic care is a healthcare credit program, such as CareCredit, a specialized healthcare financing credit card. Additionally, you can get assistance from financing programs such as Springstone, which specializes in patient financing for healthcare services such as dental treatment and offers low starting interest rates. Both options are accepted by Labbe Family Orthodontics.
To find out more information about affordable orthodontic treatment, or to schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontic specialists, contact Labbe Family Orthodontics at (443) 603-3448 . And remember— life is better with a smile!
Summer is just right around the corner, and that means vacations for a large number of families and adults. If you are one of the millions of people who wear braces or use Invisalign, you will want to know how to care for your braces or aligners while you are enjoying your vacation away from home.
Before you head out the door and start your vacation, you need to make sure you have packed the right essentials. Some of the more common items to pack for your orthodontic care include:
While you are on vacation, you may be tempted by many of summer’s numerous treats and foods. It is important to remember that just because you are on vacation, your orthodontic treatment is not.
You should still refrain from eating things you would skip at home because they could cause problems with your braces or aligners. Yet this does not mean you cannot enjoy other things like ice cream, fresh soft fruits, burgers, or pizza!
To find out what other essentials you should pack for orthodontic care while on vacation, foods you can enjoy, foods you should skip, and tips for sticking to your orthodontic care routine, we invite you to continue reviewing the following infographic.
Afterward, if you have further questions about caring for your braces or Invisalign aligners while on vacation, please feel free to contact Labbe Family Orthodontics, where “Life Is Better with a Smile!”
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