Braces can move teeth both horizontally and vertically although horizontal tooth movement is much more common. If a patient has a deep bite, whereby the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, or if one of a patient's teeth is longer than it should be, using braces to move the teeth vertically can correct these dental issues. Vertical tooth movement is referred to as orthodontic intrusion and can be carried out using either traditional braces, or a removable appliance such as Invisalign. [Read More]
When Gums Recede Post-Veneers: Does Gum Recession Call For Veneer Replacement?
Over the years, even in healthy patients who practice good oral hygiene, it is normal for some gum recession to occur. Gum recession can be the result of trauma, gum disease or even simple aging. However, if you had veneers placed on your teeth several years ago and your gums are now receding, the darker root surface of your teeth may now be quite visible. Fortunately, there are several ways that your cosmetic dentist can approach this problem. [Read More]
What to Do if Your Permanent Retainer Falls Off
A permanent retainer can last many years as long as you take care of it. Eventually, however, time will take its toll. The cement holding your retainer to your teeth doesn't last forever, and in time, this may cause your retainer to come loose or even break off altogether. When this happens you face two dilemmas that need to be addressed quickly. Remove the Cement and Replace the Retainer The most pressing issue is that your teeth will begin to relapse. [Read More]
5 Common Issues With Braces and Retainers and What to Do If They Happen
In the long term, braces can help to improve your smile, but in the short term, you may experience various issues with your braces in between appointments. Here's a look at some common issues and some tips for dealing with them. 1. Broken Wire When you have braces, metal wires stretch between brackets that have been affixed to your teeth. The wires pull your teeth into the desired spots, and to encourage this process, you get the wires tightened on a regular basis. [Read More]