Correcting an Overbite with Braces

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correcting an overbite with braces - Lyons OrthodonticsDo you or your child have an overbite? Our Lyons Orthodontic team wants you to know that you’re not alone here. So many people in the world have a stressed bite or even an underbite. So, what exactly is an overbite? Are there ways of correcting an overbite with braces? In this article, our orthodontists at Lyons Orthodontics is answering all your questions about overbites. 

About Overbites

When the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, this is considered to be an overbite. Overbites are most often the result of an underdeveloped lower jaw or an overdeveloped upper jaw. Typically, overbites are hereditary. However, they may also be as a result of bad habits that started during childhood. This could include extensive use of a pacifier or thumb sucking. It can also lead to concerns with eating, speech, and swallowing.

The good news is that some procedures and treatment options can help to reduce or completely repair an overbite! One of the treatment options could include a range of dental appliances or braces. If you have an overbite, just come visit us at our Fair Oaks or El Dorado Hills locations for a no-obligation consultation! Our team would love to help you or your child create the smile they’ve always wanted.

Braces for an Overbite

Your braces will move the teeth into the right position to correct the overbite. The adjustments can be slow but steady. In time, the upper and lower teeth will be better aligned, thus repairing the overbite.

The majority of overbites can be recognized in children by the time that they reach the age of six. Once identified, your Fair Oaks orthodontist can begin to offer you a treatment plan. The suggested age for treating an overbite is typically between the ages of eight and 14. This is because the child’s bones are still developing and growing, which makes it much easier to manipulate and correct the overbite. Children will most often wear braces to fix their overbite for one to 3 years. Every patients’ smile is different in their own unique way. So, the length of the treatment will vary. Just contact our Fair Oaks or El Dorado Hills office to schedule a free consultation with us!

We want to reassure you that teeth can be straightened at any age. Although, it’s much easier to correct an overbite during the developmental years of a child. It can prove to be a bit more complicated in older teens or adults. That’s not to say that it is impossible to correct at these ages. Adult braces, including the Invisalign Clear Aligners, can help to see some remarkable results with the right type of treatment plan.

The Importance of Correcting Overbites with Braces

While overbites may initially seem like a small dental concern, the truth is that overbites can lead to several oral health issues. Some of the oral health concerns that can result from a severe overbite include the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Pain in the joints
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Difficulties speaking
  • Concerns with chewing

We highly recommend getting your overbite fixed by the experts at Lyons Orthodontics. We don’t want you to suffer the consequences! It’s typically a quick and easy fix with braces. Braces can help to prevent some of these concerns. They will also have the bonus of creating a healthy, straight, and beautiful smile. 

Another concern about delaying treatment for an overbite, beyond the oral health concerns that may become an issue, is that the damage may be permanent and require surgery to make the repairs.

Which Overbite Solution is Right for You?

There are several solutions for treating an overbite with braces. The best way to determine which of the options is best for you and your smile, visit your local Fair Oaks orthodontist. 

Some of the braces options for an overbite include the following:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisalign

Traditional metal braces are typically constructed with stainless steel brackets and archwires. Our friend, Dr. Fardi Farhat, a Sterling Heights Dentist, says that traditional braces are used quite often to fix overbites, as well as straighten out teeth that are misaligned or overcrowded. Many of our patients who choose traditional braces as their orthodontic treatment are children and teenagers. Traditional braces can be used on adults too. However, the majority of adults prefer Invisalign Clear Aligners because they’re hardly noticeable! 

The severity of your overbite will typically dictate the type of braces that are needed. An examination of your jaw position and your teeth, along with 3D x-rays, will help to provide us with a clear understanding of your smile.

If your child has an overbite, it’s best to correct the issue while your child is still growing and developing. Each smile is unique, so make an appointment with Lyons Orthodontics, to find out which orthodontic treatment is best for your smile!

Holiday Treats That Are Braces Friendly

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holiday treats that are braces friendly - lyons orthodonticsWho loves celebrating the holidays? We do! At Lyons Orthodontics, we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. Holiday treats are a big part of celebrating this time of year, which can be tough for those who wear braces. We don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun just because you have braces! In this article, we’re sharing a few yummy holiday treats that are braces friendly!

Soft and Non-sticky Treats

Since you have braces, you have to avoid some foods that could potentially harm your orthodontic application. Luckily, there are a number of delicious sweet treats that are not overly chewy. They’re soft, non-sticky and won’t damage your brackets.

Some of these include the following.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Sugar cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cake and cupcakes
  • Cheesecake, including chocolate cheesecake!
  • Soft chocolates, including those that will simply melt when you pop them in your mouth
  • Ice cream
  • Bread pudding

All of these great holiday favorites are sure to be a great choice for you to enjoy when you’re wearing braces around the holiday season. 

Sweet Treats to Avoid

Whether you’re just got braces on top teeth or you have both top braces and lower braces, there are some sweet treats that you definitely need to avoid this holiday season.

Some of these include the following.

  • Toffees, caramels, and fudge
  • Candy canes, lollipops, and other hard candies
  • Taffy and jelly beans
  • Peanut brittle
  • Popcorn and pretzels
  • Any type of nuts

Tips for Protecting Your Braces This Season

If you know that you or your child will be attending a number of holiday events this year, you should consider baking and taking your own sweet treats that you know are safe for braces.

  • Chocolate treats that include brownies or cupcakes
  • Soft cookies, like sugar cookies or snickerdoodles
  • Gelatin-based candies that are soft and easy to chew
  • Mini pumpkin or apple pies, stay away from pecan pie
  • Ice cream, there are many holiday season inspired flavors to consider

If your teen is feeling down about having braces during the holidays, remind them that they can still enjoy holiday treats. There are countless options for delicious sweet and savory treats that will help to celebrate this holiday season with a tasty style! ‘Tis the season of eating yummy treats and spending time with the ones we love. 

Keep in mind that if you have adult braces, like the Invisalign Clear Aligners, you should remove your aligner before you enjoy your favorite holiday treats. Make sure that you carefully brush and floss before you put them back in.

If you’re ready to discuss what an orthodontic treatment plan looks for you or your child, contact Lyons Orthodontics! We offer FREE no-obligation consultations. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted!

How Long Should I wear My Retainer?

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how long should I wear my retainer - Lyons OrthodonticsYou’ve finally got your braces off! Congratulations! We’re so happy for you and so grateful to have been part of your Just Smile journey. You’re sure to enjoy your new straightened smile, and of course, enjoy some of those foods that you had to avoid. Now that you’re finally free of braces, you’ll need to take good care of your teeth. An important part of your oral care regimen will be wearing your retainer! So, you’re probably wondering how long should I wear my retainer?

Why Wear a Retainer?

This is a question that doesn’t always have one general answer. We know that each patient is special and comes with their own unique challenges. Our teeth are constantly moving and constantly able to be moved and manipulated inside of our mouths. So, this is why it is also why teeth will continue to need support after braces have been removed. Retainers will help keep your teeth in their new positions and help to maintain all of the hard work that was accomplished during your orthodontic treatment.

Types of Retainers

Generally speaking, there are two types of retainers you can get at Lyons Orthodontics – removable retainers and bonded retainers. Removable retainers can be removed for when you need to eat and when they need to be cleaned. Bonded retainers are bonded to your teeth and are not able to be removed. After you’ve had your braces removed, your retainer can provide further support and stabilization for your teeth and bones, to ensure that your bite and newly aligned teeth don’t change once the braces are off. Dr. Brian Leeson, a cosmetic dentist in St. Petersburg, FL, recommends getting a permanent retainer on the lower teeth to ensure that your smile stays straight.

How Long Should I Wear My Retainer?

Maintaining your new beautiful smile is easy with the help of retainers! The majority of orthodontists will recommend that removable retainers are worn for a minimum of 12 months once the braces come off. Dr. Tim Lyons says urgers the importance of wearing your retainer. Especially after having invested a lot of time and money in your braces.

Sometimes, patients, whether they’ve just had braces on top teeth or have had top braces and lower braces, will need to wear their retainer full time for the first six months after treatment. At the 6-month point, they can switch to wearing the retainer just at night to help maintain that beautiful and straight smile.

We understand that wearing a retainer after you’ve had your braces on for so long can be frustrating. The precise duration of wear will be mostly dependent on the type of orthodontic correction and treatment that you have undergone. In the end, wearing your retainer is worth it because you get to keep your beautiful smile in place.

Do you have questions about braces or retainers? Let our Lyons Orthodontics team know. We are here to help you and your family in any way we can. Please contact us at our Fair Oaks or El Dorado Hills office.

What To Expect When You Get Braces

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What to expect when getting braces - Lyons OrthodonticsIt’s okay to feel a little overwhelmed when you’re thinking about getting braces for your teens or yourself. You may have many questions, some concerns, and you may even be worried about whether they are going to hurt or not. There are some things you’ll need to consider before you start your orthodontic treatment with Lyons Orthodontics.

The Initial Process Before Getting Your Braces

The process for braces varies from patient to patient. It also depends on what type of braces you’re looking for. At Lyons Orthodontics, we offer traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners. During your FREE no-obligation consultation, a Lyons Orthodontics orthodontist or team member will have taken 3D x-rays and other images to formulate your treatment plan. Dr. Tim Lyons will go over each step of your treatment plan and answer all your questions and concerns.

Starting Your Orthodontic Treatment

For traditional metal braces, the first step typically is to place bands around your back molars. There may be some pressure at first, but you will not feel any pain. The next step will be to apply an adhesive to your teeth so that the braces brackets can be set in place. Each of the brackets is connected with wires and then secured with elastic bands.

According to our friends at Dental One Care, a dental office in Sterling Heights, MI patients won’t feel any pain during placement. The entire process can take between one and two hours. The entire Lyons Orthodontics team is committed to making your Just Smile journey fun and exciting. We want you to achieve the best results possible!

Discomfort After Placement

You may start to feel a bit of soreness in your teeth and gums after the braces have been placed. The feeling should not be unbearable, but your orthodontist will give you a list of things that you can do to soothe your mouth.

The discomfort should typically last for about a week, during which time you’ll be adjusting to the feel of having braces in your mouth. Once the discomfort passes, you should feel just a little pressure. There’s nothing to worry about! The wires and the rubber bands place pressure upon your teeth to gradually move them. Some of the other discomforts you may feel during the first week or so include: 

  • Soreness and pressure in teeth and gums
  • Soreness or small sores on the inside of lips and cheeks
  • Inflammation in the gums
  • Soreness or small cuts on your tongue, typically from running your tongue across braces

This type of discomfort can most often be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your Folsom orthodontist will be able to offer further advice if they aren’t helping to take the edge off of your pain. Your comfort and happiness are always our top priority. Just remember that a little discomfort means that the treatment is working! Your teeth are transforming into the beautiful and confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

There are certain foods that should be avoided when you have braces. During those first few days and weeks after placement, some specific things can help to bring a bit of soothing comfort to your mouth. These comforting and braces safe foods include the following:

  • Soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese, or other pasta dishes
  • Yogurt and frozen yogurts
  • Cool drinks
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Soft fruits that include berries and bananas

Foods to Enjoy with Braces

Some of the food items that you should exclude from your diet going forward include the following.

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Hard or chewy candies
  • Gum
  • Fudge, caramels, and toffees

Steering clear from these will help to protect your braces from any damage. Remember we want you to have the best smile experience! Don’t delay the process by breaking your brackets. 

The majority of orthodontic patients get used to their braces within a few weeks. There may be some further discomfort periodically when you get your braces adjusted or tightened.

Are you ready to have a beautiful and confident smile? Whether you’re looking for traditional braces or Invisalign in El Dorado Hills, you can find the best treatment and solutions offered at Lyons Orthodontics. Contact us today to start your Just Smile journey!