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Do you want to straighten your teeth or correct alignment issues but don't like the look of metal braces? Invisalign offers the perfect solution for you.
The Invisalign difference
Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to re-align your teeth. Once you receive your braces, they don't come off until your treatment ends. In some cases, that can be as long as two years or even longer. The Invisalign system doesn't use wires and brackets. Instead, you'll wear a series of aligner trays that gently move your teeth into position. Best of all, the aligners are clear, so it won't be obvious that you have braces. The Invisalign system is a good choice if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, crowding or gaps between your teeth.
Invisalign offers several advantages that traditional braces don't, including:
Flexibility: Don't want to wear your braces for a special occasion or sporting event? No problem! You can remove your braces for a few hours without affecting your progress. After the game or event is over, simply put the trays back in your mouth.
No Food Restrictions: Gum, popcorn, and hard or sticky foods are off-limits if your wear metal braces. If you cheat and eat those things, you may spend hours trying to remove a gooey mess from your wires and brackets, or worse break the wires. When you choose Invisalign, you can eat anything you want. Since you remove your aligner trays to eat, there are no food restrictions.
Freedom to Smile: It's hard not to feel self-conscious when your teeth are covered by metal wires. In fact, some people don't feel much like smiling when they wear metal braces. Because the Invisalign aligners are virtually transparent, you'll never have to worry that you don't look your best.
Your best smile is one that's healthy, functional, and attractive. It boosts your self-confidence and helps you express who you are. If you suffer with a gapped, crowded, or crooked smile and wish to look and perform at your very best, consider braces from your orthodontist in Harper Woods, MI, Dr. Kishawn Kole-James. At Superior Orthodontics, Dr. Kole-James treats adult patients with extra-special care, understanding their need for discreet appliances and comfortable services which fit their busy lifestyles.
It's not too late
Yes, the optimal and most convenient time to straighten a smile is adolescence-ages 11 to 14 to be exact, states the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). At this age, the jaw bone is still growing, and dental alignment is more fluid and pliable.
All that being said, adult orthodontic treatment still works extremely well, and millions of adults who currently wear braces or clear aligners can attest to that. The AAO reports that a full 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults.
What are your choices?
Modern dentistry offers a wide range of options for mild, moderate and even severe orthodontic problems in adults. Dr. Kole-James is an expert in many of them--ranging from traditional metal and ceramic braces, to less obvious clear and lingual (tongue-side) braces, and innovative clear aligners such as Invisalign.
When you come to Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods for a smile analysis with orthodontist, Dr. Kole-James, and his friendly team, you'll receive a complete oral examination and bite analysis. Sophisticated digital X-rays reveal root and bone structure, and your smile goals give your orthodontist many important details to consider as he plans out your treatment.
Adult orthodontic problems
Dr. Kole-James sees a wide variety of smile alignment issues among his adult patients. They include:
- Orthodontic relapse
- Tooth rotation
- Protruding front teeth
As long as teeth and gums are healthy, no problem is too difficult. However, Dr. Kole-James does emphasize the importance of careful brushing and flossing at home, a nutritious diet and semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings.
Available orthodontic appliances
During your one-on-one consultation, you'll find out what kind of braces are best for your particular case. Invisalign clear aligners are a popular choice for many mild to moderate smile issues because of their discreet appearance, ease of care and shorter treatment times. Whatever kind of braces you need, rest assured that the team at Superior Orthodontics will guide you through the process carefully, with the result being a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile.
Find out more
To arrange a consultation, call Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI, at (248) 313-4899.
There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.
For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.
It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.
As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.
We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.
As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.
Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
Adults make up approximately 25% of the four million people in the United States with dental braces, according to Humana. Braces are a very common dental treatment, and even a right of passage in childhood and early adolescence. Although anyone with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at any age, many adults and older teenagers are hesitant to the idea of wearing metallic wire braces for up to two years.
But there is another alternative for older patients looking for a discreet and less invasive method for straightening their teeth. Harper Woods, MI orthodontist Dr. Kishawn Kole-James recommends Invisalign clear aligner trays for adult patients and older teenagers.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Harper Woods, MI
In addition to being an effective and cosmetically attractive option for straightening teeth in adulthood, Invisalign braces offer several other benefits. Because the trays can be removed for up to two hours a day, Invisalign users can keep up with a regular oral hygiene routine, and continue to enjoy their favorite foods.
Invisalign trays are custom designed for each patient out of soft clear plastic, minimizing friction and irritation on the gums, cheeks and tongue. They can also provide a layer of protection against dental wear and tear from a clenching or teeth grinding habit.
Invisalign works on the same principle as metal braces, gradually shifting the teeth into better alignment. Most adults with significant malocclusions (bite and alignment problems) are typically good candidates for Invisalign. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can be shorter than with traditional braces in some cases.
There has never been a better time to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information on the benefits of Invisalign clear aligner trays and whether they are the right option for you, contact Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kole-James.
Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”
Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.
Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:
A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.
If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.
Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment — seek help right away.
Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.
If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”