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Posts for tag: orthodontics

TakeExtraDentalCarePrecautionsWhileUndergoingOrthodonticTherapy

A “perfect storm” of dental disease could be brewing for your teenager undergoing orthodontic treatment. As braces or other appliances complicate hygiene efforts, newly erupted permanent teeth and changing hormone levels could also increase their susceptibility to tooth decay or gum disease.

Here are a few tips for helping your teenager maintain healthy teeth and gums while wearing braces.

Eat a Healthy Diet. Nutrition is a key component in a healthy mouth. Your teenager should eat a diet low in sugar, a key food source for bacteria that cause dental disease, and acidic foods and beverages that cause enamel erosion. Limit between-meal snacks to only a few times a day and drink acidic beverages only at mealtime.

Brush all Tooth and Gum Surfaces. For patients who wear braces, it’s important to thoroughly brush above and below the wire running through the affixed brackets. Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle, brush between the wire and gums all the way around both the upper and lower jaws, then repeat the same technique brushing surfaces below the wire.

Clean Between Teeth. Flossing can be difficult while wearing braces, but plaque removal from between teeth is necessary for healthier teeth and gums. Orthodontic patients can benefit from special flossing tools like floss threaders, small interdental brushes or irrigators that remove plaque with sprayed water under pressure.

Incorporate Fluoride into Your Dental Care. A proven decay-fighter, fluoride strengthens enamel against erosion and infection. In addition to hygiene products and many drinking water systems, we can also supplement fluoride through gels or varnishes applied to the teeth during office visits, as well as prescription toothpastes or rinses with higher levels of fluoride for patients at higher risk of dental disease.

Use an Antibacterial Mouthrinse. Orthodontic patients with gingivitis (gum inflammation) or other bacterial-induced conditions may benefit from over-the-counter or prescribed antibacterial mouthrinses.

Maintaining an orthodontic patient’s teeth and gums can be difficult, but not impossible. A little extra attention — along with regular office cleanings and checkups — will go a long way in preventing dental disease.

If you would like more information on effective oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment, 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 “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Geary Dentistry
February 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  
How Invisalign from your dentists in Brookfield can improve your smileinvisalign

If you want a straight smile, now you can achieve it comfortably and quickly, thanks to Invisalign. Say goodbye to brackets and wires, and hello to comfortable Invisalign aligners. Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI want to share how you can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign.

In the past, if you wanted a straight smile, your choices were limited to unsightly, uncomfortable metal brackets and wires which you had to wear for years to achieve results. Now, there is a better way with Invisalign.

Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners which you wear for 2 week periods. Every 2 weeks you will graduate to a new set of aligners which you wear for 2 weeks. Your teeth will gradually and comfortably shift into correct position as you change aligners. The treatment period with Invisalign is completed in an average of 9 to 15 months.

A shorter length of treatment isn't the only advantage of Invisalign. With Invisalign, you will enjoy:
  • Virtually invisible treatment because the aligners are made of clear plastic
  • Comfortable treatment because there are no sharp metal parts to irritate soft tissue
  • Healthy treatment because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth
Invisalign aligners make it easy to enjoy the foods you love without worrying about catching food in your braces. If you brush and floss, you probably won't have to worry about decay or discolorations affecting your newly straightened smile. Once Invisalign treatment is complete, you get to enjoy your new, healthy, beautiful, straight smile!

Invisalign aligners may look delicate, but they are sturdy enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires including:
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Eliminating tooth overlap
  • Correcting poorly positioned or rotated teeth
To straighten your smile discreetly, there is only one choice, Invisalign! You deserve state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment, and it can happen with Invisalign! For more information about Invisalign and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments call Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI. Call today!
YourAgeWontNecessarilyDecideAgainstStraighteningYourSmile

It’s something you think about often—especially when you look in a mirror or at a photo of yourself. You wish something could have been done about it a long time ago. But now you think you’re too old to correct your misaligned teeth—your “crooked” smile.

Actually, you can transform your smile through orthodontics, whatever your age. Millions of your peers have done just that—currently, an estimated one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

If orthodontics isn’t right for you it won’t be because of age, but most likely the condition of your gums and underlying bone or your overall health. That first factor is extremely important: if you’ve lost a significant amount of bone due to periodontal (gum) disease, there may not be enough to support the force of moving the teeth during orthodontics.

Health conditions like severe heart-valve disease, uncontrolled diabetes or drugs to treat arthritis or osteoporosis can also make tooth movement difficult. And, if you have restricted saliva flow (dry mouth), wearing orthodontic devices could be uncomfortable and increase your risk of tooth decay.

If, however, your mouth and body are reasonably healthy (and you don’t have a difficult bite problem to correct), there’s no reason why you can’t undergo orthodontic treatment. The only other thing that might hold you back is concern over your appearance during treatment. Many adults balk at the possible embarrassment of wearing metal braces “at their age.”

If this is a concern, you may have an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of computer-generated clear plastic trays that conform to the individual contours of your teeth. Each tray is slightly different—you wear one for a short period of time (usually two weeks) before moving on to the next tray to successively and gradually move your teeth. They’re nearly invisible to others and, unlike fixed metal braces, you can take them out for a rare special occasion.

The only way you’ll know whether correcting your misaligned teeth is a viable option is to undergo a full orthodontic evaluation. From there we can help you decide if and how you want to gain a straighter, more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Geary Dentistry
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign from your Brookfield dentist can help your smileorthodontics

If you are thinking about straightening your smile, you should consider Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can dramatically improve your smile and your biting function while providing a cosmetically beautiful, virtually invisible look. There are many reasons to choose Invisalign and your dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, want to help you find your own reasons why Invisalign is right for you.

Everyone knows that Invisalign will give you a straight smile, but it can give you much more. Invisalign can give you a smile that is much easier to clean because you won’t catch floss in between tight teeth. When it’s easier to keep your teeth clean, your smile will be healthy.

Invisalign also correctly aligns your bite. A correct jaw alignment can prevent excessive wear on your teeth. When you prevent excessive wear on your teeth, you are preventing tooth damage and the potential for root canal therapy.

There are many reasons you should consider Invisalign including:

  • Correcting an overbite or underbite
  • Correcting an open bite or crossbite
  • Straightening crooked, rotated teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Realigning overlapped or crowded teeth

Older teenagers and adults can benefit from Invisalign, a system of clear aligners which are comfortable, convenient and offer rapid results in as little as 9 to 15 months.

For more information about why you should consider Invisalign to straighten your smile, please visit the Invisalign page on the website at https://www.gearydentistry.com/invisalign-brookfield-wi.html

You don’t have to live with the smile you were born with. If you want to correct the alignment of your teeth discreetly, improve your ability to eat the foods you love, and provide an outstanding smile, you should consider Invisalign, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment. Call your dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, Dr. Terence and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, today to find out how Invisalign can improve your smile!

By Geary Dentistry
October 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Thinking about correcting your smile with orthodontic treatment may give you visions of metal braces and headgear. However, thanks to invisalignmodern orthodontics, you have more options than only traditional methods. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays, meaning you can straighten your teeth in a much more discreet way than with traditional braces. But how does Invisalign hold up to traditional braces? Find out with Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces in Brookfield

  • Comfort: Your Invisalign aligner trays are soft, flexible yet sturdy, comfortable plastic. Invisalign’s laboratory takes special care to customize each aligner tray to your mouth, ensuring they fit snugly against your teeth. Traditional braces, made from metal, can have sharp wires which could damage the inside of your mouth.
  • Maintenance: Traditional braces require about once monthly orthodontic appointments for adjustments. Your orthodontist examines your braces to ensure your teeth move on track and “tighten” the wires as necessary. Invisalign patients simply switch their current aligner tray for the next tray in the series every two weeks. They see their dentist about once every 6 weeks for a check up appointment to ensure their teeth move correctly.
  • Eating: Eating with traditional braces can prove to be tricky. Orthodontists warn patients to avoid foods like popcorn, caramel, sticky candies or whole apples as they can damage the metal components. However, Invisalign patients can simply remove their aligner tray to eat, eliminating the need to avoid certain foods.
  • Oral Care: Invisalign’s design also allows the patient to remove the trays while brushing and flossing. With traditional braces, patients must use special threading floss to reach between each bracket and wire. However, Invisalign requires no special steps in the oral care routine, cutting down precious time and effort when you brush and floss.

A simple consultation with your dentist can help you determine if Invisalign is your best orthodontic option. For more information on Invisalign, please contact Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI. Call (262) 860-1500 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!