Maybe Mona Lisa would have cracked a real smile if she had been more confident in her teeth!
All jokes aside, you don’t have to live every day embarrassed by your own smile. Orthodontic treatments today are much more desirable than those of yesteryear. There are a lot of good reasons to straighten your teeth, both functional and aesthetic. And there are a lot of good times in your life to commit to a treatment – like now! But how do you decide among all of your options for teeth straightening?
Dr. Yakowicz is an experienced Belleville dentist who can help you understand your options.
A Healthy Bite
In an ideal world, your top teeth should rest down and in line with their opposing tooth on the bottom. This helps you smile, chew, and speak smoothly. If you have any problems with this, like a crooked tooth or odd spacing between teeth, you’ve got an improper bite. Improper bites (also called malocclusion) can cause overbite, underbite, and crossbite. An improper bite can make you self-conscious of your smile and can cause excessive stress and forces on your teeth and jaw joint (TMJ).
Orthodontics is a dental treatment that slowly moves your teeth and jaw to help your teeth line up better. The metallic “train tracks” found on nearly every middle schooler, and the removable retainer likely gathering dust in your medicine cabinet are both types of orthodontic appliances. But if you’d like the benefit of a smile makeover without the metallic dramatics, you’re in good company. Many people are interested in Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® for all of the orthodontic benefits and none of the obvious metal mouth.
Invisalign® & Six Month Smiles® Similarities
- Invisalign® trays and Six Month Smiles® braces are clear and sleek
- Neither are distracting
- Both look professional for work environments
- Neither get in the way of everyday life
- Both provide great results
Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® Differences
- Six Month Smiles® is usually less expensive
- Six Month Smiles® requires less treatment time
- Six Month Smiles® is a cosmetic treatment
- Invisalign® can help patients who need bite alteration
- Invisalign® trays are virtually invisible without brackets & wires
- Invisalign® can be removed for special occasions and flossing
Only you can decide which option is best for you. But don’t make your choice without a professional opinion. Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville provides professional orthodontic treatments as well as whitening and cleaning to truly give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Make an appointment today for a consultation and to learn how to achieve your best smile.
Note: Dr. Yakowicz is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.
Some foods will help you grow healthy teeth and keep them forever. Some foods will prevent you from growing healthy teeth or will harm the ones you already have. You can grow and maintain strong, healthy teeth by eating a diet your mouth (and your body) will truly love.
Diet is Everything
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A few things are equally important for your oral health no matter your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials – you won’t ever hear us say otherwise. However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations at each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Neighborhood Smiles shares what is especially important to know for your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to say!
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When to Straighten Your Teeth
There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.
Belleville dentist Dr. Ryan Yakowicz is a local provider of professional teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.
Time for Aesthetic Teeth Straightening
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There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers!
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set.
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Your Mouth: A Picture of Health
Did you know, when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true: your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Yakowicz at Neighborhood Smiles should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Belleville in our office!
If you’re not taking care of the rest of your body, your gums will give it away. Hormones, sickness, stress, diet, smoking, prescription medicine, and more can all affect your gum health, and that goes both ways. If you don’t take care of your gums, the consequences will stretch beyond just your mouth. Unhealthy gums can lead to an unhealthy heart, diabetes, pregnancy complications, memory problems, tooth decay, and more.
Your mouth is naturally good at washing away and fighting germs. But without proper oral hygiene, those bacteria can lead to gum disease. When it comes to your oral health, it’s more than just pearly white teeth you want. Healthy gums play an important role in your overall health. Healthy gums protect not only your teeth and jawbone; they also prevent infection from entering the rest of your body.
What is Gum Disease?
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Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up.
Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville treats our patients professionally and joyfully, because teeth are cool. Take Dr. Ryan Yakowicz’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth.
Facts About People& Teeth
- According to a survey by Time Magazine, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than have to listen to one end of a cell-phone conversation.
- By age 17, 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity.
- Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
- Tooth prints are as unique as fingerprints.
- About 5 million teeth per year fall out due to sports-related accidents.
- Babies have 20 teeth but a full set of adult teeth has 32.
- Baby teeth do need to be brushed, or “washed”.
- 42% of adults said a toothbrush was one invention they couldn’t live without, according to a Lemelson-MIT Invention Index survey.
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When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right…just ONE.
Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong. This myth is totally false, and Dr. Ryan Yakowicz at Neighborhood Smiles is here to tell you the truth.
Dental Care in Colonial Times
It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led Washington down the path to becoming toothless.
Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life. And he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine at the time that contained mercury and ruined teeth.
Toothpaste at the time was also made from very abrasive material like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth. Read more ›
Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage.
We know you love to see your child smile! Neighborhood Smiles does too. Read our tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for life.
Caring for Kids Teeth
Your child’s first teeth, often called “baby teeth” make their momentous arrival and continue to serve many purposes until they fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. Baby teeth hold a place in the jaw and pave the way for the adult teeth to grow in properly.
Kids who develop cavities are more likely to develop them later as adults. Don’t dismiss the importance of oral health for kids, even though there’s so much transition in their mouth in these early days. Read more ›
Bite. Crack. Ouch!
A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full, healthy functioning condition.
Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay that is breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix.
Here’s how your options compare:
- Fillings: only fill a small, center portion of the biting surface of your tooth and is not a treatment for extensive damage
- Inlays: fill a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp
- Onlays: fill and cover the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the rounded ridges (cusps)
- Crowns: covers the whole tooth; all or most of the visible portion above your gums
So you see, inlays and onlays are a great, intermediate option between a filling and a crown.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
Neighborhood Smiles dentists can help determine if you need an inlay or onlay. If your tooth needs to be repaired, here are the benefits of inlays/onlays: Read more ›