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By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
February 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   adult braces  
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 Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Do you wish you had straighter teeth? Does your misaligned smile make you feel as though you need to cover your mouth when you orthodonticslaugh? Straightening your teeth with orthodontic care is easier than ever with your Orlando, FL dentist. Learn more about orthodontic care and straightening your smile with Dr. Marcia Martinez.

How does orthodontic care work? 
No matter which style braces you choose, the basic idea remains the same. Braces use slight pressure placed onto the teeth to move them into their new positions. Every few weeks, your dentist will tweak the tightness or positioning of the braces to adjust the pressure placed on the teeth. Dentists usually recommend braces for patients over the age of 12, though some patients may require earlier care to guide their still-growing teeth and jaws before further problems arise. The proper care is crucial to your end result, as tooth decay or gum disease could increase treatment times or cause other issues. Patients should have a committed at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice and flossing at least once a day.

What are my options for orthodontic care? 
When you envision braces, you may first envision traditional metal braces. Metal brackets attached permanently to the teeth throughout treatment hold metal wires, held on by rubber bands. However, this method, while the most well known, is not your only option. Invisalign and other aligner-based orthodontic methods use clear, plastic aligner trays to move the teeth. The trays place the required pressure onto the teeth rather than relying on the metal wires of traditional braces. Ceramic, tooth-colored braces use the same general idea as metal braces, but replace the obvious metal parts with more subtle materials.

Orthodontic Care in Orlando, FL 
Orthodontics treat many dental issues, including misaligned or crooked teeth, uneven teeth, overcrowded or overlapped teeth, under crowded or gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, cross bite, open bite, and more. If you think you could benefit from braces, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best course of treatment for you.

For more information on orthodontics in the Orlando, FL area, please contact Dr. Martinez. Call (407) 273-6620 to schedule your consultation for braces today!

By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
ConsiderClearAlignersInsteadofBracesforYourTeen

Your teenager is about to take a big step toward better health and a more attractive appearance — orthodontic treatment. You both know the benefits: better chewing function, lower risk of dental disease, and, of course, a straighter and more beautiful smile.

But your teen might also dread the next couple of years of wearing braces. And it's hard to blame them: although they're effective, wearing braces restricts eating certain snacks and foods, they require extra time and effort for brushing and flossing, and they're often uncomfortable to wear. And of high importance to a teenager, they may feel embarrassed to wear them.

But over the last couple of decades a braces alternative has emerged: clear aligners. This form of bite correction requires fewer food restrictions, allows greater ease in hygiene, and is considered more attractive than braces. In fact, most observers won't notice them when a wearer smiles.

Clear aligners are a series of clear plastic trays created by computer that are worn in a certain sequence. During wear each tray exerts pressure on the teeth to gradually move them in the desired direction. The patient wears a single tray for two weeks and then changes to the next tray in the sequence, which will be slightly different than the previous tray. At the end of the process, the teeth will have been moved to their new positions.

Clear aligners aren't appropriate for all bite problems. When they are, though, they offer a couple of advantages over braces. Unlike braces, a wearer can remove the aligner to brush and floss their teeth or for rare, special or important social occasions. And, of course, their appearance makes them less likely to cause embarrassment while wearing them.

In recent years, design improvements have increased the kinds of bites aligners can be used to correct. For example, they now often include “power ridges,” tiny features that precisely control the amount and direction of pressure applied to the teeth. They've also become thinner and more comfortable to wear.

If you're interested in clear aligners as a treatment option, talk with your orthodontist about whether your teen is a good candidate. If so, they could make orthodontic treatment for achieving a more attractive and healthy smile less of an ordeal.

If you would like more information on clear aligners as an orthodontic option, 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.”

By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
February 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   orthodontics   braces  
MakeEffortstoProtectYourTeethfromDiseaseWhileWearingBraces

Orthodontic treatment is a big investment. But given the benefits for future good health and a more attractive smile, it's well worth it.

In the here and now, though, braces wearers face a different threat to their dental well-being — dental disease. Wearing braces can actually increase the risk of disease and make it more difficult to fight.

Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, the two most common forms of dental disease, usually arise from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. The bacteria produce acid, which erodes enamel and makes the teeth susceptible to decay. Certain bacteria can also infect the gums and eventually weaken their attachment to teeth. Thorough brushing and flossing everyday removes this disease-triggering plaque buildup.

But braces' hardware can make brushing and flossing more difficult. The brackets attached to the teeth and wires laced through them make it more difficult for floss and brush bristles to access all the areas around the teeth. Plaque can build up in certain spots; it's estimated braces wearers have two to three times the plaque of a person not wearing braces. Acid can also remain in contact with some of the enamel surface for too long.

It's important, therefore, if you wear braces to make a concerted effort to brush and floss thoroughly. Besides improving technique and taking more time, you might also consider additional aids. You can obtain toothbrushes specially designed for use with braces, as well as floss holders or threaders that make it easier to access between teeth. Another flossing alternative is an oral irrigator that sprays water under pressure between teeth is an alternative to flossing.

As a precaution against acid damage, we can boost enamel protection with additional fluoride applied to your teeth. We may also prescribe antibacterial rinses to keep the bacteria population low.

Above all, be sure to look out for signs of disease like swollen or bleeding gums or pain. As soon as you sense something out of the ordinary, be sure and contact us.

If you would like more information on keeping your teeth disease-free while wearing braces, 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 Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

Changing your smile with orthodontic care is one of the most obvious ways to overhaul and renew your look. With options like Invisalign, invisalignwhich uses unnoticeable, clear aligner trays instead of metal brackets and wires, you can straighten your smile efficiently and subtly. But how does Invisalign work? What is the science behind this virtually invisible orthodontic treatment? Find out with Dr. Marcia Martinez in Orlando, FL.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign uses the same principals as traditional braces to move the teeth. Just the right amount of pressure applied to the teeth moves them into their desired positions. However, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays rather than metal brackets and wires. This gives you the freedom to realign your smile and correct your bite discreetly and effectively. Additionally, Invisalign is completely removable, allowing you to easily clean and care for your teeth and giving you the freedom to eat the foods you love without the hassle of traditional braces.

The Science Behind Invisalign
The design of Invisalign’s aligner trays is based on a calculated prediction of where the teeth will move throughout treatment. The basis for this prediction comes from a 3D model of your mouth taken to your dentist. The series of trays, worn one after another, place pressure onto the teeth little by little. Your dentist may place tooth-colored bumps called attachments onto the teeth to further aid in the distribution of pressure. Attachments help some teeth move more or less than others.

Invisalign Treatment in Orlando, FL
A good candidate for Invisalign is in good general and dental health and would like to commit to improving their smile. Patients should wear Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, making their commitment to the treatment crucial in achieving a positive result.

For more information on Invisalign or how it works, please contact Dr. Marcia Martinez in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 273-6620 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign with Dr. Martinez today!