Family Dental Care: Straight & Wisdom Teeth
This week, we have been focused on families, and what our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental can do to help your family keep their mouths healthy.
We have discussed gum disease and pregnancy. We have discussed oral care for young children, and now we have reached the last two milestones in your children’s development.
It’s time to talk about braces and wisdom teeth.
Our team has the experience, knowledge, and training to help your teenagers with both of these situations. And both are important since they can affect their oral health for decades to come.
If you are interested in learning about either of these services, keep reading or contact our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.
Why Straight Teeth Matter
Misaligned teeth are a common problem, and it tends to run in families. If you wore braces as a teenager, there’s a good chance that your children will need them, too.
But why are straight teeth so important? From a cultural standpoint, the condition of our teeth is one of the criteria we use to size up other people. In fact, USA Today reported on a recent survey that teeth are the top factor that single adults consider when looking for a romantic partner.
That may or may not be fair, but it is part of how people are judged.
We’ve seen this reinforced time and time again by the reactions of our patients when they are finished with their braces or ClearCorrect aligners. When they see their new smiles, it not just their teeth that look different. Many times, it improves their self-confidence as well.
From an oral health perspective, there is an advantage to having straight teeth.
If your teeth are misaligned or crooked, then you may have spaces that are more exposed or harder to clean. This can make brushing or flossing those parts of your mouth less effective. That also means bacteria have a better chance of growing in those places, which could increase your risk of cavities and gum disease.
By straightening your teen’s teeth, he or she can more effectively clean them while brushing and flossing.
Ways To Straighten Your Teeth
Teenagers are growing up at a great time as far as dentistry is concerned. In addition to older methods for straightening teeth, they also can choose more modern treatments.
Traditional metal braces are and will remain a common method for straightening teeth for the foreseeable future. Quite simply, braces work.
Brackets, wires, and sometimes ligatures (small rubber bands) are an effective system to push and pull teeth where your teen would like them to be. Braces work on everything from mild to severe misalignment issues.
Some people are more self-conscious than others about wearing braces. Ceramic braces can be a good compromise for many of them. These braces have brackets that closely match the color of teeth, which makes them more discreet but equally effective at moving teeth.
Still, some patients would prefer to do without braces altogether. ClearCorrect is a great alternative treatment for teens with mild to moderate alignment problems.
Instead of brackets and wires, ClearCorrect uses plastic aligners to push your teen’s teeth. The aligners are clear, which makes them one of the most discreet way to straighten your teen’s teeth, and they are removable, which offers a number of advantages. This is particularly convenient when your teen is ready to eat or to brush and floss his or her teeth.
Wisdom teeth, a.k.a. third molars, get their name because they come in later than other permanent teeth. We can debate how wise people are when their wisdom teeth erupt (generally between the ages of 17 and 21), but there is little debate that removing wisdom teeth is often the best long-term decision.
By some estimates, as many as 80 percent of people will have their wisdom teeth removed. Too often wisdom teeth create problems because modern humans’ mouths are not big enough for wisdom teeth to fit.
As a result, wisdom teeth may become impacted, which can expose your gum to infections. Wisdom teeth also may press your other teeth into one another, created new alignment problems.
By removing your teen’s wisdom teeth, you may be saving him or her from a lifetime of other oral health concerns.
Call To Learn More
As with many things, there’s more to straightening teeth or removing wisdom teeth than we can get into in this post. However, you should feel free to contact our dentists with any questions about braces, ClearCorrect, or wisdom teeth removal. Whether you live in or near Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, or Troy, MI, we want to be your family dentist.