Braces

How Can Braces Help Treat My [Overjet, Open Bite, and Cross Bite]?

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Having a white, clean and perfect set of teeth is a dream that everyone has. Correctly aligned teeth improve the way you smile and build personal confidence. However, not everyone has this kind of teeth from the start. Going back to history, you will find that most kids and adults are victims of a condition known as malocclusion. The good news is, the situation can be reversed to ensure that you have a pleasant natural smile with properly aligned teeth. Before looking for the correct procedures, it’s essential to define the condition. 

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Why Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Creating Confidence With Invisalign

Invisalign helps you create a confident smile that is completely different from the smile you have today. You may schedule a complimentary consultation with your orthodontist who will guide you about the process for using Invisalign.

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X-Ray

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray

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Orthodontists perform x-rays for different reasons. Patients who have undergone an x-ray at a primary dental expert’s office are often baffled when an orthodontist requires another similar procedure. Dental x-rays don’t always provide comprehensive information that is required by orthodontists. People who have teeth misalignment, for example, need more than one x-ray. An orthodontist x-ray is primarily used as a diagnostic tool before and after the treatment process. The most common x-ray that is performed by orthodontists is the bitewing imaging, which provides a detailed look at individual groups of teeth. 

X-rays show the lighter areas of the tooth like the enamel and the fillings as well as the dark sections, such as the bones, root canals, and decay. Orthodontists are trained to assess both areas to identify abnormalities in particular sections of the mouth. Here are other reasons the orthodontist need to x-ray. 

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Lingual Braces

All You Need to Know about Lingual Braces

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Dental braces are administered by orthodontists to manipulate their patients’ teeth, which is through gentle and continuous pressure, to grow straighter. Orthodontists use dental braces to help treat patients with crowding, spaces, rotated teeth, and bite issues.

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Invisalign

How long does Invisalign take?

LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

In the past decade, Invisalign has become an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment. Patients enjoy that it is slightly more discreet than clunky metal braces, so the aligners are a great choice for patients who want to avoid noticeable orthodontic devices while they are straightening your teeth. Though aligners are a great way to fix misaligned teeth, a lot of people still do not know much about them. One of the most commonly asked questions is from people wondering if the aligners take a long time to become effective.

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Orthodontic Braces

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Patients’ Teeth?

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Orthodontists are the dental specialist that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of facial and dental irregularities. They help in straightening the jaws and aligning teeth, jaws, and bites. Many people tend to confuse orthodontist and dentists, but in a real sense, they are two different professions. For patients with acute dental problems, it is important to seek help from orthodontists. They complete another training in the university after completing the standard general degree. 

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Tooth-Whitening

Is Tooth-Whitening Recommended for Children and Teens?

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Building a child’s self-confidence is the key to developing a healthy individual with little to no personality issues. More often than not, a parent might be willing to go the extra mile to help their child achieve this. The child may not have the best-colored teeth and the parent may be tempted to attempt a tooth whitening procedure. But is tooth whitening recommended for children and teenagers? 
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Why is a Dentist not an [Orthodontist]?

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Many people do not fully understand the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. This is the first step to receiving the treatment that will actually correspond to the service that you are looking for. In case you have had questions in the past, then here are your answers.

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Why is a dentist not an orthodontist?

If you look at the definition of an orthodontist literally, an orthodontist actually is a dentist with a specialty. A dentist, however, is not necessarily an orthodontist.

Both a dentist and an orthodontist will have similar educational backgrounds. Both the dentist and orthodontist must apply to dental school having already achieved a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year institution. Assuming that this individual is accepted into dental school, a four-year program will commence that will end with that individual being confirmed as a DDS. Some schools will refer to DDS as a DMD degree, but both of the distinctions have the same educational criteria attached to them.

Someone who is looking to practice dentistry in general can open an office at this point. If that individual is looking to move into orthodontics, however, an additional program must be completed for this distinction. The new dentist must serve a residency of either two or three years at a facility that has been approved by the American Dental Association. The residency must also be approved by the American Board of Orthodontics. At the point of completion of this residency, a dentist will have the distinction of attaching an MS to his or her name. MS stands for “master of science” and is meant to distinguish dentists with a specialty in orthodontics from those who do not have that specialty.

Overall, being either a dentist or orthodontist requires an extensive amount of schooling. However, an orthodontist will usually have to go through over 10 years of school while a dentist may be able to practice with only eight years of schooling.

Should you go to a dentist or an orthodontist for your next treatment?

You may be confused as to whether you should visit the office of a dentist or an orthodontist. You will need to determine your doctor by the type of service that you need. It is usually best to understand exactly what a dentist does as opposed to an orthodontist.

Orthodontists can handle procedures such as x-rays,checkups, cleanings, gum care, filling cavities, teeth whitening, crowns, veneers and bridges. There may also be some additional coursework that an orthodontist will complete for you. Any kind of realignment should also be done by a certified orthodontist, and not a dentist.

What exactly does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the alignment of your teeth.

Your teeth are connected to many different areas in your body including your spinal cord, your brain stem and other parts of your central nervous system. A misaligned jaw or even just one tooth out of place can cause chronic migraines, imbalance and inability to stand, brain fog and even hearing loss. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, then you may want to go see an orthodontist as soon as possible. Even if you do not have to receive realignment treatment, the preliminary research may be able to pinpoint a problem in your dental work.

Your orthodontist may also be able to diagnose and prevent alignment problems. Many young people get braces or retainers not because their teeth are incredibly misplaced, but rather because they are trying to avoid this complication later in life. If you have overcrowded teeth, an overbite, an underbite or large gaps in your mouth, you can definitely receive treatment that will likely help you a great deal at the office of a good orthodontist.

It is recommended for kids as early as age 7, to start seeing an orthodontist in order to prevent future misalignment. Doing so will also lesson the treatment cost, given that orthodontic procedures done on kids is faster compared to those done in adults as their bones have already hardened. Complications can be avoided with early orthodontic visits.

Additionally, having a mouth that is properly aligned can help you avoid many other dental problems as well. If you have overcrowded teeth, then you may not be able to clean them in a way that will keep you from getting cavities. Not properly cleaning your teeth will result in bacteria buildup which later on causes tooth decay. Properly aligned teeth reduces the risks of getting tooth decay in early years as they can be properly brushed and flossed.

why a Dentist is not an Orthodontist

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If you have large gaps in your mouth, then you may be blocking the natural movement of other teeth in your mouth. As they move, they will cause a great deal of discomfort and possibly tooth loss if the misalignment is not handled. This is especially important for young people who are just receiving their second set of teeth.

It is much smarter to deal with one tooth that is out of place rather than waiting and possibly dealing with an entire jaw that may be misaligned. This is why orthodontic services are important in preventing tooth decay and tooth loss, not just making a smile look better. Today’s orthodontists will also be able to recommend treatments that are cosmetically pleasing.

Various types of braces such as Invisalign allows patients to undergo treatment without it making too obvious. Invisalign are clear aligners in which the patients can remove while eating and brushing. It is also very comfortable to wear.

McDermott Orthodontics – Office Tour

If you are looking for an experienced Brainerd orthodontics office, then you need look no further than the office of Dr. Mike McDermott. Whether you are looking for an Invisalign administrator or a specialized program, you can get exactly what you want. Give us a call or an email so that we can create your program immediately!

McDermott Orthodontics

304 East River Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

Phone: 218-829-1630

Mouth Ulcer

Things to Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

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A nice smile with straight, even teeth is something many people desire. This is often the reason people turn to metal brackets or Invisalign to improve their smile. Ultimately, if everything works properly, people generally have a more aesthetically pleasing smile after having their smile corrected by metal brackets or Invisalign. However, at times a metal brace can cause discomfort and minor health problems. Read on for tips and advice to alleviate mouth ulcers.
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Alleviate Discomfort

Ways Your Child Can Alleviate Discomfort with Braces

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Braces provide a wonderful way for children and adults alike to achieve straight smiles. These devices have been modified through the years and decades to work in an optimal fashion. However, they can still cause some level of discomfort. You do want your children to realize the value of such dental tools, and part of that is helping them to alleviate the discomfort.
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