Best Age for Orthodontic Treatments

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The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children start a dental treatment plan at the age of 7. This plan will start with simple evaluation, as adult teeth start to come in. Any problems the child has can be diagnosed and treated either with braces or appliances. For instance, if the child’s upper arch is too small for their mouth, the doctor may prescribe a palatal expander to ensure the permanent teeth will grow in properly. This practice is called interceptive dentistry.

Most kids get their adult teeth between the ages of 8 and 14. Before all of them erupt, it may be possible to guarantee their best positioning with dental appliances. This makes braces easier down the road.

Not all children evolve the same way. But you can do your child a favor by watching for the following symptoms:

• Excessive spacing
• Open bite
• Crossbite (front or back)
• Overjet
• Abnormal eruptions

Thumbsucking and mouth breathing are also warning signs, with the former contributing largely to overjet.

Our orthodontist in Van Nuys follows the industry trend of prescribing braces between the ages of 8 and 14, while the jaws are still malleable. A few decades ago, it was common for kids to receive braces much later, while already in high school.

For more, contact your Van Nuys cosmetic dentist.

Foods That Can Stain the Teeth

Foods That Can Stain the TeethIdeally your teeth will stay white for many, many years, but some foods are just too delicious to give up entirely. Certain foods and drinks can severely stain your teeth, necessitating an in-office whitening treatment from our best cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. Some of the top offenders for staining teeth include:

•    Wine: This is an acidic beverage that contains chromogens and tannins, two notorious substances for staining teeth.
•    Tea: Another substance that is rich in tannins. Black tea is the worst for staining teeth while herbal, green, and white teas are much better.
•    Sports drinks: This is a highly acidic drink that can severely soften tooth enamel.
•    Soda: It is particularly likely to stain your teeth if you sip it at your desk all day.
•    Berries: Intensely colored fruits such as blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, cherries, and grapes can lead to stains.
•    Candies: Any sort of hard candy, gum, popsicle, or other sweets contain artificial coloring agents. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it turns your tongue a funny color, it can do the same to your teeth.

You can minimize the effects these substances have on your teeth by drinking beverages through a straw and by rinsing your mouth out with water after a meal.

When to See Your Dentist

When to See Your DentistYou should have a routine dental exam performed by your dentist twice a year. People at a higher risk of developing gum problems should see a dentist more often while those in outstanding oral health may be able to get away with only seeing a dentist once a year. However, there are certain instances where you will need to see our top dentist in Los Angeles right away.

If you have knocked out a tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, recover the lost tooth, and if it is dirty, rinse it with water. Make sure to keep the tooth moist in water or milk.

A broken or chipped tooth should be placed in a moist cloth until you can see a dentist. The treatment you receive will vary depending on the severity of the chip.

A redness or swelling in the gums could be a sign of gingivitis, a dental abscess, or an infection. It may not require urgent care, but you should make an appointment soon if the condition worsens.

The best way to ensure that you do not have to make an emergency dental visit is to maintain good oral habits like brushing and flossing daily. And if you continue seeing your dentist once every six months, any problems can be detected and treated much sooner than they would have.