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How long does orthodontic treatment take?

July 17th, 2019

The dental procedures that focus on the correction of alignment and bite are known as orthodontic care. With the aid of braces, aligners, retainers, brackets, and similar appliances, orthodontic treatment can correct oral disorders such as protruding teeth, crowding, difficulty biting or chewing, and speech issues. Seeking orthodontic treatment at Family Orthodontics in Jupiter, FL can drastically improve your oral appearance, comfort, and health, while also encouraging proper oral hygiene and enhanced self-esteem. Both growing children and adults with oral alignment issues can benefit greatly from completing customized orthodontic treatment with Dr. Christopher West.

Due to the uniqueness of each mouth and the severity of each malocclusion disorder, there is no one set timeframe for orthodontic treatment. The length of your treatment is determined by many factors, including the severity of your alignment issue, your age, the health of your teeth, and the specific orthodontic procedure you need to undergo. Nevertheless, typical treatment usually takes between 12 and 36 months.

Avoiding alignment issues

While some alignment issues are brought on by unavoidable matters such as accidents, genetics, and physical disorders, some issues arise out of certain actions you should not be doing. Finger sucking and improper oral hygiene are the two most common self-inflicted reasons for alignment issues. Constant finger sucking can alter the pattern in which your teeth grow, which in turn may cause bite issues. Improper oral hygiene such as infrequent dental visits and improper brushing and flossing can lead to decay and loss of teeth, which will interfere with the bite in your mouth.

To avoid advanced alignment issues, it is important to establish a relationship with a quality dentist when you’re young and seek orthodontic treatment at the first sign of alignment problems to encourage healthy and straight teeth for a lifetime.

For more information about orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher West, please give us a call at our convenient Jupiter, FL office!

Emergency Care for Orthodontics

July 10th, 2019

It’s vital to understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and minor orthodontic issues. Minor issues can be handled the next day, or at your next scheduled appointment. When a real orthodontic emergency occurs, however, you will need to see a doctor immediately.

Emergencies can include injuries to your teeth, jaw, mouth, or face. Whether you have braces or oral appliances in your mouth at the time or not, it’s crucial to fix the problem before it gets worse. If you have an injury that affects an orthodontic appliance, that may need to be replaced or adjusted, depending on the extent of the injury.

You can watch for and address some common minor issues on your own, or wait to have them fixed at your next appointment with Dr. Christopher West:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • General soreness

These minor issues may arise if you eat hard or sticky foods that damage your braces or other orthodontic appliances. Make sure to be extra careful, and avoid brushing your teeth too aggressively to avoid causing damage.

These problems should not be treated as emergencies unless they begin to cause prolonged pain and discomfort. If you notice this happening, contact our Jupiter, FL office and we can provide a solution.

Some at-home remedies you can try can include covering loose brackets or wires with wax. Wax can prevent canker sores from forming by covering sharp metal pieces that poke into your gums. If you have wires that have poked out into your gums, you can use tweezers to push the wires gently away from the direction of the sore area. Always make sure you use alcohol to sterilize anything you intend to put into your mouth.

When you get braces initially, you may notice some soreness of the jaw or small abrasions from your mouth getting accustomed to foreign materials. You should not worry too much about this temporary pain.

A warm salt-water solution can be used to alleviate any swelling or discomfort you’re experiencing. Many drug stores have ointment for canker sores that will numb the area if they continue to bother you. If you notice that your pain or swelling doesn’t get better, schedule an appointment with a medical professional as soon as you can.

When in doubt, contact our Jupiter, FL office if you are unsure or still have questions about an orthodontic problem you’re facing. If the situation becomes an emergency, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team, so we can help provide you with a solution.

Orthodontic emergencies should be taken care of promptly whenever they arise.

July 8th, 2019

Summer is such an exciting time around here in Jupiter. The warm weather and long days mean we get to have much more time to do what we love! One thing that everyone loves to do is travel. It is so important to travel as a way to clear our minds from the everyday-hustle of work and responsibilities. 

Our Head Orthodontic Assistant, Natalie, is a huge fan of traveling! She loves being able to explore, see new places, and capture the natural beauty with her camera. Her favorite summer vacation was going to Marrakesh, Morocco to visit her family, while the farthest she’s ever traveled was to Madrid, Spain. She’d love to explore as much as she can, though! The top of her travel bucket list consists of Fiji, Greece, and Italy. All beautiful places!

Natalie loves being able to create memories with her family in new places. During one adventure in Morocco at Essaouira Beach, her son lost his flip flop in the water, and a fisherman had to help fish it out. No one could stop laughing! When she isn’t exploring foreign beaches and experiencing the culture, she can be seen reading a good book in the beautiful locales.

Do you have any favorite summer trips or any upcoming adventures planned? Be sure to let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page! Additionally, we have a great contest running in the office today! At our office, we have a mason jar with M&Ms in it. If you correctly guess how many M&Ms are in there, you can win a pair of Apple AirPods, so be sure to check that out at your next appointment. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Tell us about your summer!

July 3rd, 2019

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Christopher West and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in Jupiter, FL and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

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