4 Ways Your Smile Changes As You Age

It’s no secret, as you age, so does your smile. Teeth wear down as we chew our way through a lifetime of meals. Did you also know, teeth can move and shift well into adulthood? Here’s a roundup of 4 common changes orthodontists see in patients as they age:

1. Bottom teeth crowding

As you age, your jaw bone loses density and shrinks. The mismatched size of the jaw bone with teeth can lead to crowding of the bottom front teeth. Crowding can also occur because other issues such as breathing through your mouth, reverse swallowing, tongue thrusting or facial trauma.

2. Front teeth gap

Space between two front teeth is referred to as a diastema, and it can develop for a variety of reasons. Crowding of teeth or unproportioned jaws and teeth can cause spacing to gradually occur. Swallowing, with the pressure of your tongue pushing against your front teeth, rather than positioning itself at the roof of your mouth, can also cause teeth to separate over time. Gum disease is another trigger for spacing, because of the inflammation. (more…)

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After Invisalign Treatment Care

Dr Connell provides Invisalign treatments in Brookfield and Oak Creek Wi and strives to help you maintain your smile after your treatment.

It is very important that you continue to take care of your teeth after your Invisalign Treatment.  After your finished wearing Invisalign your should remember to:

Wear Your Retainer:

You will probably be required to wear a retainer after your Invisalign Treatment, to prevent your teeth from moving back into their original positions.

Brush and Floss

You have a straight smile, lets make sure it is bright and healthy too.  You should remember to continue to regularly brush and floss your teeth for good oral health.

Avoid Hard or Tough to Chew Foods

Avoiding foods that are difficult to chew is recommended, especially since your teeth can be more sensitive during this time.

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Taking Care of your teeth while wearing braces or a retainer.

  •  Remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This helps prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Don't put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy sweets), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy).
  • Make sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

Cleaning Between Teeth with Braces

Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge. But it can be done. Using Oral-B Super Floss, a floss threader (to get under the wires) or another interdental cleaner will help. Just ask us during your appointment and we’ll be happy to recommend our favorites!

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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Why do teeth become crooked?

Here are some common causes of why our teeth can become crooked.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking puts pressure on your teeth forcing them to move into different positions.  When this occurs, the most common result is an open bite where you will have a gap between your upper and lower teeth causing them to not bite together.

Age

As we get older our teeth can drift forward and become crowded as your jaw bone looses density.Brookfield Orthodontist, Braces, Brookfield, WI

Missing Teeth

The position of the teeth around a gap where a missing tooth used to be can cause them to drift towards the open spaces.

Inherited or Genetics

Parents with crooked teeth are more likely to have children with crooked teeth.

Poorly executed Dental Restorations

Poor fitting or executed restorations like fillings and crowns can cause teeth to become crooked. There are many reasons as to why teeth can become crooked,  luckily, with modern Orthodontics we are able to correct these issues.   Feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation.  

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