Posts for tag: orthodontics

By North Main Dental Inc
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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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.”

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Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.

But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.

Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.

This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments for adult teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By North Main Dental Inc
October 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

In the past, straightening your smile with orthodontic treatment used to require traditional metal braces. However, you now have several invisalignoptions to straighten your teeth in a more discreet and unnoticeable manner. One of those options is Invisalign, an orthodontic system which uses clear, plastic aligner trays instead of metal brackets and wires, allowing you to straighten your teeth in style, without compromising your look. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. James Shepler and Dr. James Shepler, III at North Main Dental in Dayton, OH.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign uses trays custom-made for your teeth to slowly move the teeth into their final places to give you a beautiful smile. The trays come in a series, the number of which depending on your specific situation and your dentist’s treatment plan. You will wear the trays each for about two weeks, one after another until you reach the end of treatment.

What can Invisalign do for me? 
Invisalign treats common orthodontic issues, such as:

  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowding
  • under crowding
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite

Am I a candidate for Invisalign? 
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment. Dentists recommend orthodontic treatment for teens over the age of 12 and adults. In some cases, treatment may begin earlier, but you should consult with your dentist if you think your child under 12 requires orthodontic care. Good candidates should have a strong at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. This is crucial in keeping the teeth free of teeth decay and gum disease, which could hinder treatment.

Invisalign Treatment in Dayton, OH
If you feel as though Invisalign could be for you, your dentist can help you ensure that this is the appropriate treatment for your situation. A consultation will allow your dentist to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. James Shepler and Dr. James Shepler, III at North Main Dental in Dayton, OH. Call (937) 275-0076 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By North Main Dental Inc
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Your Invisalign trays aren’t indestructible. Find out what to do if you damage your trays.

Invisalign is an amazing way for teens and adults to straighten teeth without needing to sport a mouth full of metal. Instead, clear custom-invisalignmade trays are placed over your teeth to help move them into place. Of course, they are less likely to incur damage than metal brackets and wires, but they aren’t impervious to damage. Find out what our Dayton, OH dentists Dr. James Shepler and Dr. James Shepler III recommend doing if you break one of your Invisalign trays.

If your Invisalign cracked chances are you are in a panic. Just stay calm. You have options. Make sure to inspect the crack: how bad is it? Has the tray completely split or is there just a small crack? The severity of the crack will dictate whether your Invisalign is still wearable.

In an ideal world each set of Invisalign aligners are worn for about 2 weeks (14 days). If there is a small crack in your aligners but you can still wear them then our Dayton general dentist may recommend just wearing them until it’s time to replace them for the next set in your treatment.

If the break is so bad that the Invisalign trays are unwearable, you certainly need to give us a call. Depending on how many days you were wearing this aligner before it broke we may just recommend putting on the next set of aligners in your treatment plan and wearing them a bit longer. If you just started wearing this new tray and it broke then you may need to put on the previous aligners until a new tray can be made.

If you have questions about your Invisalign treatment or have any concerns know that you can always turn to North Main Dental Inc. in Dayton, OH for all of your dental issues. We are here to help you achieve the perfect smile!

By North Main Dental Inc
September 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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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.”