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Posts for: April, 2016

JawSurgerymaybeNecessarytoCorrectSomeTypesofPoorBites

In a normal bite, the upper and lower teeth line up and fit together when you close your jaws. When they don’t, you have a poor bite or “malocclusion.” The most common cause is teeth out of position, which can be corrected by moving them with braces.

Sometimes, though, the size and position of the jaws is the primary cause for the malocclusion and not the teeth. If the discrepancy is minor, tooth movement alone might be sufficient; but if there’s a wide discrepancy in the symmetry of the face or the size of one jaw over the other then a surgical solution may be necessary. One common procedure is orthognathic surgery, which literally means to “straighten the jaw.”

A wide range of irregularities — both minor and major — can be corrected by adjusting and realigning the bone in the jaw. While orthognathic surgery can certainly improve your facial profile and smile, its main purpose is to restore function that’s been lost due to poor jaw alignment. Candidates for the surgery have difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing food, chronic pain or headaches related to the jaw joints, chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth, or sleep apnea.

In many cases, treatment involving orthognathic surgery requires a team approach between orthodontist, oral surgeon and general dentist. While the surgeon surgically alters and repairs the jaw or facial structure, the services of an orthodontist may still be needed to move teeth misaligned due to the underlying problem with the jaw structure. The general dentist ensures teeth and gums remain healthy during all the other treatment phases.

Orthognathic surgery can benefit both oral and general health, as well as improve the appearance of the entire face. The process, however, can be complicated: you or your family member will need to undergo a thorough examination to determine if you or they are a good candidate for the surgery. If so, the end result can be life-changing.

If you would like more information on the treatment of jaw development disorders, 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 “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”


By Geary Dentistry
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Now you can get the shapely smile you’ve always wanted without having to wear metal braces.

It’s amazing how far dental technology has come. Now your Brookfield, WI dentists--Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary--can fix many invisalignmalocclusions like overcrowding, gaps between teeth and overbites with Invisalign. Find out more about Invisalign and whether it’s right for you.

Invisalign is a series of clear custom aligners that at first glance may look similar to whitening trays, but there is a something a bit different about these aligners: they can actually straighten teeth. That’s right! These clear aligners that fit over the upper and lower teeth can actually shift teeth into the proper position without the need for metal brackets or wires.

How does it all work?

When you come in for a consultation with your Brookfield, WI restorative dentist, we will first make sure you are right for Invisalign. Then impressions are taken of your teeth and a treatment plan is created. Through our advanced computer technology, we can actually determine what teeth will shift while wearing which set of aligners. All of these subtle shifts will result in a beautiful final result. All this information is then sent to a lab where they will start making your very own aligners.

What is the treatment process like?

You will come back in to get fitted with your first set of aligners. The way Invisalign works is that you will wear each set of trays for two weeks before swapping them out with the next set in the treatment series. Each aligner is designed to shift teeth a very specific amount, so when you start wearing your next set of aligners you’ll notice that the aligners are shaped a bit straighter than your teeth currently are. This puts the necessary pressure on your teeth to actually move them.

A great benefit to getting Invisalign is that the aligners are also removable. While you’ll still want to wear them for about 20-22 hours out of the day you should take them out before eating, drinking anything except water, brushing and flossing.

The average length of treatment for adults is about one year, while teens who get Invisalign will wear them for about the same amount of time as traditional braces (often a year and half to two years).

If you are interested in finding out if Invisalign is right for you then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your Brookfield, WI cosmetic dentists at Geary Dentistry. Call us today!


ActorDavidRamseyDiscussesBabyBottleToothDecay

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”