Braces hurt when it’s cold outside?

Does that Milwaukee winter weather seem to cause discomfort on your braces and teeth?

Cold weather can lead to some tooth pain and affect the way your braces feel.  Teeth will expand and contract when responding to extreme cold temperatures.  When this occurs, you teeth may become more sensitive causing your braces to feel a bit of discomfort.  Over the counter pain relievers should be enough to aid in the discomfort along with an application of fluoride to strengthen the enamel to help lower the sensitivity of your teeth.  Of course, if the pain becomes worse and doesn't go away in warmer areas, you may want to visit us to determine if there is a different cause for your discomfort.  

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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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