Posts for tag: orthodontics

By E. John Baron DDS
November 02, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

There are plenty of things you'd like to share with the world, but your orthodontic treatment probably isn't one of them. Until recently, invisaligneveryone knew you were straightening your teeth the moment you opened your mouth and flashed your metal braces. Luckily, there's a more subtle option available today. Our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. John Baron, explains how you improve your smile without wires and brackets, thanks to Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a completely wire-free orthodontic system. Gentle pressure exerted by removable aligner trays improve the position of your teeth. The trays are designed in our Santa Cruz office using CAD/CAM technology and digital images, impressions and X-rays. Each set of trays in the series is worn for two weeks before it's replaced with another set. Because the trays are made of clear plastic molded to fit your teeth, they're virtually invisible.

Can Invisalign handle an overbite?

Invisalign corrects the same orthodontic problems that ceramic or metal braces do, including overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites. It also addresses crowding and spacing issues. Most people who need braces and have mild to moderate orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign.

How long must I wear the aligner trays?

You'll wear the trays 20 to 22 hours every day, although you can remove them for a few hours if you're attending a special event or participating in a sport. The trays are also removed when you brush and floss your teeth. If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for about a year to accomplish your treatment goals. Teenagers usually need to use the trays for about the same amount of time that they would wear metal braces.

Do I have to stop eating certain foods?

Food restrictions are a fact of life when you wear ceramic or metal braces. Gum and other sticky foods become hopelessly tangled in the wires, while hard foods can break the wires. Because you'll take out your trays before you eat, no food restrictions are necessary with Invisalign.

Are you ready to improve your smile with Invisalign? Call our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. Baron, at (831) 426-9200 to schedule an appointment.

By E. John Baron DDS
January 16, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: bad bite   braces   orthodontics  

It’s important that you correct a bad bite to prevent future oral health issues.corrected bite

In an ideal world, you would have a perfectly aligned bite in which your upper teeth just fit slightly over the lower teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t often the case. While you may not even notice whether or not you have a bad bite it’s still something that our Santa Cruz dentist Dr. John Baron should correct. A well-aligned mouth makes it easier to clean, prevents wear and tear on teeth and reduces your risk of a TMJ disorder. Find out what we can do to improve your bite.

A bad bite, also referred to by our Santa Cruz general dentist as a malocclusion, can easily be detected during your routine dental exam (this is why it’s so important that you come in every six months for cleanings and exams). For those with mild to moderate bite issues we can often correct them with these treatment options:

Tooth reshaping: If teeth are pretty close to being properly aligned but still not ideal then tooth reshaping may work for you. Irregularly shaped teeth can be reshaped to help redistribute the pressure placed on certain teeth. You will bite down on a special paper and move your teeth back and forth over the paper. The paper will leave behind markings on your teeth where they touch. From there we will then smooth these areas to reshape the tooth.

Orthodontics: This is one of the most common ways to treat a malocclusion. Through traditional braces and retainers, we can help reposition the teeth and jaws to improve your bite. This can take anywhere from one to two years to complete. While this treatment is more common for children and teens, adults can also get orthodontics to correct a bad bite.

Night Guard: If you grind your teeth at night then you could certainly benefit from wearing a custom night guard while you sleep. Even though it won’t actually realign the jaws, this special appliance can   provide additional protection to prevent wear and tear on teeth.

Do you have questions about braces and want to know whether they are right for you? If so, then it’s time to call our Santa Cruz dental office and schedule a no-risk consultation. You have nothing to lose but so much to gain!

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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