Posts for tag: orthodontics
Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.
Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”
Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.
There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.
So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.
Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Metal braces aren't the only option when you want to straighten your teeth. Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls explain how clear braces can transform your smile without affecting your appearance.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces are the newest way to straighten crooked teeth, correct spacing issues or improve bite problems. Although traditional braces rely on a system of wires and brackets to realign your teeth, clear braces offer the same results with clear, removable aligner trays.
Trays are designed using innovative CAD/CAM technology that combines digital images, impressions and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image is used to design a series of aligner trays that will re-position your teeth and correct your orthodontic issues.
Are clear braces a good choice for me?
Clear braces are an excellent option if:
- You don't like the appearance of metal or ceramic braces. Your clear plastic trays are designed to blend in with your teeth, not draw attention to them.
- You have a mild to moderate bite problem. Clear braces are a great choice if you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite. (Severe or complicated bite problems may still require treatment with metal or ceramic braces.)
- You have spacing issues. Whether your teeth are spaced too far apart or there's just not enough room in your mouth for all of your them, clear braces can improve your smile.
- Your teeth have shifted. Shifting teeth aren't uncommon as you grow older. The problem can even occur if you've had perfectly straight teeth your entire life or once wore braces. Clear braces offer a simple way to turn back time.
What are the advantages of wearing clear braces?
Clear braces offer several important benefits, including:
- No Food Restrictions: Food restrictions aren't needed with clear braces. You'll take out your aligner trays when you eat and drink and replace them at the end of your meal.
- Simple Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean when metal or ceramic braces are attached to your teeth can be a little challenging. Fortunately, oral hygiene isn't a problem when you wear clear braces. You'll simply remove your aligners to brush and floss.
- Convenience: Although you'll usually wear your clear braces for 20 to 22 hours per day, you can take them out for short periods of time. When you play your favorite sport or attend a special event, wearing your trays might not be convenient. Luckily, you can leave them at home for a few hours and place them back in your mouth as soon as you return.
Are you ready to improve your smile with clear braces? Call Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at (608) 849-4100 to schedule your appointment.
When you’re looking for successful ways in order to perfect your smile, Invisalign in Waunakee, WI, is the answer. With the help of Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls, you can straighten your teeth to how you always wanted them. Our dentists can examine you and determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate for Invisalign.
More about Invisalign
This cosmetic dentistry option is removable, comfortable and invisible. It is a viable way to straighten your teeth without braces. Our Waunakee dentists at Karls Family Dentistry offer Invisalign to teenagers and adults alike. With Invisalign, a series of clear and removable aligners are used to straighten the teeth without brackets or wires. Invisalign, the braces alternative, has been proven to successfully shift teeth to their desired position.
The patient wears a set of customized aligners, only removing them to brush, floss, eat and drink. The dentist will then have the aligners replaced with new ones every week to continue shifting the teeth into their desired location. These aligners use the right amount of force at the right time to encourage movement. This will continue on throughout the entire treatment period that is mapped out by one of our dentists. They are made of durable material that is long-lasting and protects the teeth and their enamel.
These custom-designed aligners are tailor-made for each patient. X-rays are taken of each patient’s teeth and one of our dentists will custom make aligners that will get each patient's teeth to their final position. Over a period of time, you will notice alignment changes in your teeth and in just a few months, you can have a healthier and straight smile too.
In order to learn more about Invisalign in Waunakee, WI, from Karls Family Dentistry, call to schedule an appointment today at (608) 849-4100.
Traditional braces are, unfortunately, not the most subtle way to correct your smile. With all of the metal wires and brackets, braces change your look significantly during treatment. However, thanks to clear braces, you can straighten your smile discreetly and effectively. Get a smile you love without the hassle of metal braces with help from father and son team Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces like Invisalign use clear aligner trays worn in succession instead of the traditional metal brackets and wires. The idea stays the same, using pressure strategically placed onto the teeth to move them into their correct positions. However, the clear aligner trays are removable, allowing the patient to eat without avoiding certain foods and clean their teeth without using special threaders or water picks. Additionally, clear braces are discreet and blend right into your smile. This means that clear braces are mostly unnoticeable to other people.
What can clear braces do for me?
Clear braces treat the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces, which include:
- misaligned or “crooked” teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
Clear Braces in Waunakee, WI
Clear braces are suitable for teens and adults who wish to improve their smile or bite. Some orthodontic treatment begins before the age of 12 in order to guide a still-growing mouth into position while avoiding future problems. Good candidates for clear braces should have an excellent at-home oral care routine. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy avoids complications which could lengthen treatment time such as tooth decay or gum disease. Additionally, patients should commit to wearing their aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day, including while sleeping.
For more information on clear braces, please contact Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI. Call 608-849-4100 to schedule your consultation for orthodontic care today!
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”