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By Wayne Cook, DDS
April 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

Learn about the importance of straight teeth from your Marion dentist.

Braces do more than just straighten your teeth. They also offer several important dental health benefits. Wayne Cook, DDS, your Marion dentist, is here to share several advantages of orthodontic treatment.Invisalign

Braces will help improve your self-confidence

It's hard to feel good about the way you look if your teeth are crooked, or you have an underbite, overbite or large gaps between your teeth. In fact, you may avoid smiling because you feel so self-conscious. Braces improve your smile and give your self-confidence a boost. When you feel good about the way you look, it's much easier to interact with other people and enjoy positive personal relationships.

You may have fewer cavities when your teeth are straight

When teeth overlap, it's impossible to completely remove plaque from every surface. Plaque eventually turns into a hard substance called tartar that can only be removed by your dentist. Tartar not only causes cavities, but can also cause painful gum disease. When your teeth are straight, brushing and flossing is much easier and more effective.

You'll be less likely to suffer dental trauma after you wear braces

Crooked, prominent or overlapping teeth are more likely to be injured or damaged if you're accidentally hit in the mouth. Uniformly straight teeth are better able to absorb the shock of a blow, and although a hard blow can damage even straight teeth, damage is much less likely if your teeth are in alignment.

You'll avoid pain due to bite and alignment issues

Misaligned teeth don't just look unattractive; they can also cause pain and other issues. When your teeth don't line up, you're more likely to grind them at night. Grinding wears down your teeth and can cause them to fracture eventually. In some cases, you may even develop temporomandibular joint disorder, (TMJ) a painful condition that can cause headaches and neck pain. Bite issues can also interfere with your ability to chew your food thoroughly, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of braces? Make an appointment with Wayne Cook, DDS, your Marion dentist, at (870) 739-8799. Transform your smile with braces!

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
February 28, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners   invisalign  
A Clear Alternative to Braces for Teens

It used to be that the only option for straightening a teenager's teeth involved lots of shiny hardware. Besides the esthetic downside, traditional orthodontic devices such as braces can interfere with the enjoyment of certain favorite foods, irritate the inside of the mouth, trap food particles (potentially another esthetic embarrassment and sustenance for cavity-causing bacteria), and complicate dental hygiene routines.

These aren't causes for concern with clear orthodontic aligners, however, which consist of a series of transparent plastic, removable trays that fit over the teeth and gradually move them into better positioning. About every two weeks, the teen proceeds to the next aligner in the progression (or set of aligners if treatment involves both the upper and lower teeth) until the improved alignment goal is reached. The trays are meant to be worn 22 hours a day, but they can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, and, on a limited basis, special occasions.

Thanks to relatively recent developments in the design of clear aligner systems, teens who previously were not considered good candidates for this modality may now have this option available to them. This includes:

  • Teens whose second molars (the last to come in except for wisdom teeth) haven't fully emerged. Aligners now come with “eruption tabs” that serve as place-holders for teeth that are still growing into position.
  • Teens with severely rotated teeth requiring complicated movement. Tooth-colored attachments called “buttons” can be temporarily bonded onto teeth to provide additional leverage, and elastics (rubber bands) can also be used to promote movement.

Compliance is always a concern with any orthodontic treatment — whether it be gum chewing with traditional braces or wearing clear aligners for the requisite period of time each day. Aligners now come with built-in colored “compliance indicators” that fade with use over time. This makes it possible for orthodontists, dentists, parents and teens alike to monitor both compliance and treatment progress.

If you would like more information about clear orthodontic aligners 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 “Clear Aligners for Teens.”



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Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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