What Problems Can Invisalign Correct?

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With Invisalign having become a much more popular treatment of choice by many over the recent years, it’s no surprise that more and more people want to know about it. In particular, what most are interested in are the dental problems Invisalign can fix.

Below are some of the main dental issues that Invisalign can effectively treat.

  • Gapped teeth. Gaps in between teeth can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they’re caused by the abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Other times, leaving missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift to adjust to the empty space, which creates gaps. Regardless of the cause, spacing issues or gaps in between teeth will all eventually lead to a variety of gum problems, as well as an increased risk of periodontal disease.
  • Overbites happen when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Although genetics are the main cause for most overbite cases, it can sometimes also occur due to bad oral habits, or the over development of the bone supporting the teeth. Much like teeth gaps or spaces, overbites can eventually lead to gum problems if not addressed. Even worse, overbites add unnecessary stress on the lower teeth, as well as cause painful jaw and joint problems.
  • The opposite of overbites, an underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth. It can be caused by a variety of things, from undergrowth of the upper jaw, or overgrowth of the lower jaw – or both, in some cases – and it can also be caused by missing upper teeth. Having an underbite causes unnecessary tooth wear, in addition to causing pain and other issues in the jaw joints.
  • Open bite. Open bites occur when some of the teeth can’t make physical contact with the opposite teeth. This can either be caused by genetics, or excessive thumb-sucking as a baby, toddler or child. Those with open bites often have a hard time chewing and some even experience pain. Open bites have also been proven to cause speech impairment, as well as increased risk of TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders.
  • Crowding of the teeth occurs when there’s just not enough room in the jaws for teeth to fit normally as they would. Crowding will only get worse the longer it is left untreated and will eventually result into severely crooked teeth, which causes various dental issues, such as plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased risk for gum disease.
  • When both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, that’s what you call a crossbite. This causes the upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, causing unnecessary additional wear on the teeth, gum disease and in worse cases, bone loss.

As you can see, from mild cases of gaps in teeth into much more complicated dental problems such as overbites and underbites, Invisalign is an effective dental treatment.

Contact Dental Associates of Hoboken today for more information on Invisalign and to schedule an appointment. Call 201-795-2111 or visit the website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

 

Should My Kids Use Mouthwash?

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To put simply, yes. Mouthwash is extremely useful for children. An oral hygiene routine that includes using a gentle mouthwash can help ensure that your kid’s teeth and gums are healthy at all times. But, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should just go and have your kid gargling mouthwash right away. For mouthwash to be effective, especially in kids, it has to be used safely as well.

Starting At The Right Age

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children younger than six shouldn’t use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Better yet, they shouldn’t use mouthwash at all, unless advised by the dentist. This is because children that young tend to swallow when rinsing and may end up ingesting too much fluoride. While small amounts of fluoride help keep teeth strong and free of cavities, large amounts can lead to what’s known as fluorosis, or enamel discoloration.

Benefits of Mouthwash

The purpose of mouthwash is to boost the effects of brushing and flossing. With kids, this is all the more important as they have yet to master brushing and flossing properly yet. It also helps give your kids a fresher breath, which can do wonders for their self-esteem and self-confidence. Also, mouthwashes containing fluoride help provide an extra dose of cavity protection for kids that are over the age of 6. If your child wears braces, mouthwashes are even more important as they can help loosen bits of food that are often stuck in between the brackets.

Choosing The Right Mouthwash

When choosing a mouthwash for your kid, try to stay away from adult mouthwashes because most contain alcohol. While the alcohol is extremely useful against invasive bacteria that can fester inside the mouth and along the line, it’s not exactly safe for children and their growing bodies. Instead, choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s a big plus if it’s specifically targeted towards children.

Once you’ve chosen the right kind of mouthwash, it’s important to keep in mind these two tips:

  1. Supervise your child when using mouthwash. If your child is between 6 and 12, or even below 6, make sure that you’re always around while he or she is using mouthwash. This helps keep them honest about not swallowing any of the mouthwash and so that they don’t end up using mouthwash as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Give or take a few months, using mouthwash after brushing and flossing will all become routine, and you won’t need to monitor them anymore.
  1. Keep mouthwash out of reach of children. Because most mouthwashes are brightly colored and well flavored, it’s best to store them way out of reach of your children. High shelves or locking cabinets are examples of ideal storage spots. You’ll want to keep them stored in such safe places up until your kids are old enough to use mouthwash safely.

Contrary to popular belief, children can also develop oral health problems such as gum disease, which makes it extremely important that you teach your own child the importance of practicing a proper oral hygiene routine.

Brushing, flossing and using the right mouthwash everyday can help make sure that your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

In addition, be sure that your child goes in for regular dental check ups and cleanings. Make an appointment today with Dr. Posner at Dental Associates of Hoboken by calling (201)795-2111 or on the website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.