They say not everything natural is good for you. Nature has many poisons that humans have experimented with and learned the hard way to avoid. Tobacco is a popular plant that we’ve learned can really do a number on your health. Using tobacco is a personal and communal practice that can be really hard to avoid, even if you know it’s bad for you. Working with your doctor and dentist will be essential if you’re concerned about your health and want to stop using tobacco. More
A healthy, beautiful smile is important for your overall health and life satisfaction. If your teeth are too close to each other, too far apart, too crooked, or if they fit together uncomfortably when your mouth is closed, it’s likely you have malocclusion.
From the root words “mal” for bad, and “occlusion” for closed, malocclusion refers to a poor position of your teeth when your mouth is closed. The solution for malocclusion is orthodontics to straighten your teeth. (The root word “ortho” means straight.)
The specific position of your mouth when it’s closed is called your bite. Your bite can be either healthy or unhealthy, and an unhealthy bite can cause all sorts of problems. Kids and adults alike can benefit from fixing an improper bite.
Needing orthodontic treatment is a good example of when cosmetic dentistry is both beautiful and practical. Belleville dentist, Dr. Yakowicz shares all you need to know about getting orthodontic treatment at Neighborhood Smiles. More
Cancer is always a scary word. But it doesn’t have to be the last word.
Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one.
Oral cancer is common and affects approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from Dr. Yakowicz at Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville. More
If your jaw clicks when it opens, or you can’t fully open it, or you have pain in your face and trouble chewing, then you’re among the 15% of Americans who have chronic jaw pain.
Your jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The name comes from the jaw’s role to connect your temporal bone in the skull with your mandible bone. Some people experience short-term pain that goes away with ice and over-the-counter medicine. But if you have chronic jaw pain or you can’t open your mouth, you might have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and it’s important to see your dentist right away to find relief.
Dr. Yakowicz, Belleville dentist explains more below about the causes and treatments of jaw pain. More
If you get to go on a tropical vacation, your ability to feel the warm sun and the smooth sand is crucial to enjoying the atmosphere. There are, however, times in life when you would rather not feel anything. Getting a dental procedure can be one of those times—as important as the procedure might be. In that case, thank goodness for modern medicine and anesthesia.
Ancient dentists used a number of herbs and drugs to numb their patients. Thankfully, today, you have the option of completely safe and effective anesthesia. Dr. Yakowicz, Belleville dentist shares more below about what anesthesia is and when you might need it. More
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.
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.
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. 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: More
Sometimes in life you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.
Teeth are important players in your life—they do everything from begin your digestion to make a great first impression—and you deserve a beautiful, fully functioning set. If your teeth need a boost in any way, or a real makeover, a crown might be just what you need.
A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth, only better. Crowns support broken or badly decayed teeth and they cover and restore discolored teeth. Crowns are also used over dental implants and to build a dental bridge.
Dr. Ryan Yakowicz, Belleville dentist at Neighborhood Smiles shares what you need to know about getting a crown.
If You Need A Crown
Getting a crown usually takes two trips to the dentist. On the first trip, the dentist makes a plan to suit your specific needs and prepares the tooth. You will also get impressions of the tooth so that a crown can be made to fit perfectly over the natural tooth. On the second trip, your crown is installed and cemented on. A crown is a permanent or “fixed” dental piece. This makes it very stable and durable.