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Three Things You Should Know About Orthodontics

OrthodonticsIf you are considering straightening your teeth with orthodontics, we encourage you to visit our Long Branch dental office for an examination and consultation. We can conduct a physical exam, take X-rays, and discuss what you do not like about your smile in order to come up with a game plan for how to address those issues. In our office, we can straighten your teeth with orthodontic solutions or use cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dental solutions provide you with numerous options and the opportunity to select the procedure you feel will work best for your lifestyle and your smile goals. Before your consultation, here are three things you should know about straightening your teeth:

Orthodontic Process

The process takes time. There is no magical solution for straightening the teeth. If the patient wants to move them into the correct position and align the jaw, it is important that the procedure follows a natural course. If teeth are pushed into position too quickly, it could lead to root and tooth damage, future sensitivity or irritation.

Our goal is to achieve the desired results safely, and that means sticking with a set treatment plan. When we examine the patient, we will give the patient an idea of how long it may take to straighten the teeth correctly.

Orthodontic Options

Patients do not have to wear metal braces. Typically, when people think of orthodontics, they think of metal braces with brackets secured to each tooth. While this is a highly effective and dependable solution, it is no longer the only option. If one wants to straighten the teeth discreetly without everyone noticing, then the best option is Invisalign®. Wearing clear aligners can straighten the teeth and align the jaw without being obvious.

They are also easier to wear and easier to remove while eating or brushing the teeth, making this solution far more convenient than wearing braces would be. We highly recommend this solution for busy professionals and those concerned about their appearance.

Orthodontics and Health

Straight teeth are beneficial for one’s health. If a patient is looking for another reason to straighten his or her teeth, look beyond the appearance to one’s overall health. Crooked teeth are more likely to trap food, plaque, and tartar between them. This increases the risk for developing both cavities and gum disease, in addition to having bad breath.

Also, when the teeth are crooked or the jaw is out of alignment, there is a chance of more pressure on some teeth. This can lead to premature wear and even soreness in the jaw or face.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth, visit our office to learn more about orthodontics. Keep in mind that if you want to improve your smile but are concerned that orthodontics will take too long, we can present you with other options. This includes using dental veneers to make your teeth appear straighter, even if they are technically in the same position. We can also use bonding, teeth whitening, and dental crowns to improve the appearance of your smile quickly. Call today to learn how.

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Dental Restorations and Dental Fillings: How They Are Used

Dental RestorationsIn our Long Branch dental office, we can provide you with dental restorations to restore the form and function of your tooth. Dental fillings are one of our more common restorative solutions. While people generally do not associate fillings with restorations, that is exactly what they are. We typically place fillings when a patient has a cavity.

In this scenario, we need to remove the decayed portion of the tooth to prevent the decay does not spread and form a larger infection. Once we remove the decay, the tooth structure will no longer be intact and leaving it that way can cause significant discomfort and irritation. To solve this problem, we place dental fillings.

Dental Fillings

In the past, dental fillings consisted of amalgam. While this is an effective solution, they stand out and make it impossible not to notice the dental work. Now, we offer tooth-colored dental fillings that can blend in with the natural tooth structure for a beautiful appearance.

In other words, patients can have a cavity, get it fixed, and no one will ever notice. If a patient wants a smile to appear entirely healthy, regardless of previous oral health issues, this is truly the best solution.

Types of Dental Restorations

We also offer other types of dental restorations. If the damage is severe, the patient may need a greater level of protection. In this case, a dental crown is an ideal solution. A crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. In this way, food and liquids will not be able to come in direct contact with the tooth, touching the crown instead. A dental crown allows the patient to bite down with force and to eat without feeling any discomfort or irritation.

We generally recommend this procedure when there is a chip in a back tooth. Otherwise, we can generally restore the front teeth using a dental veneer. While crowns are still an option, veneers are more common. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that we bind to the surface of the tooth so more of the natural tooth structure can remain in place. As a result, if both solutions work equally well, we are more apt to recommend a veneer.

For smaller cracks and chips, we may be able to provide a patient with less invasive and faster dental restorations using bonding material. We can complete dental bonding in one visit without the need to remove any of the natural enamel. We roughen the tooth or teeth and then moisten them prior to placing bonding material. This material is tooth-colored so it will blend in with the surrounding teeth and not stand out in any way. We will shape it in place and then harden it using a special dental light. This makes it a popular solution for children and those in a hurry.

To learn more about our dental restorations or dental fillings, give us a call and schedule an appointment.

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Dental Restorations That Can be Performed at the Same Time

Dental RestorationIf you have not visited the dentist in a while, or you have been putting off dental restorations, we can provide you with more than one quality restoration in one visit. When you live a busy life with kids and work, it can be hard to set time aside to pamper yourself and to get the necessary health checkups you need.

We know many patients have busy schedules, so we try to make receiving dental restorations as convenient as possible. If you need to improve your smile or correct the function of your teeth, we can provide you with comprehensive and convenient solutions in a timely manner.

Dental Restoration Procedures

Fillings and Bonding

If a patient has a cavity they need to fill or a chipped tooth that needs repair, we can provide the filling and bonding in one visit. Fillings and bonding are dental restorations that do not take long and are also affordable. We can remove the cavity and repair it with a quality, tooth-colored filling.

During an appointment, we can also fill in a tooth chip with our tooth-colored bonding material. If there are any other minor flaws the patient dislikes, we can correct them as well. Bonding is a composite resin type material that is durable and looks realistic.

Fillings and Crowns

We can provide a patient with both fillings and crowns in one visit if necessary. The patient may need to make time for a longer appointment, but it will be better to go ahead and do both dental restorations while the patient is here than waiting for another appointment. We can complete fillings quickly, but crowns may take a little longer.

The crown will need to be made ahead of time by taking an impression at another appointment. If the patient needs a filling too, then the patient can wait until the crown is also ready and visit for both.

Crowns and Bridges

If the patient is already visiting to receive a dental bridge tooth replacement and has another tooth that is damaged, we can provide a crown for it during the same visit. Assuming the patient plans on getting a dental bridge, the patient will have an appointment to prepare the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth).

During this appointment, we can also take necessary impressions and measurements of the separate tooth that needs a crown. Once we create all the crowns and the bridge, the patient can visit our office for all of them during the same visit. The patient will need to be very careful eating and drinking following this appointment as he or she may have several sensitive, healing teeth in the mouth at once.

These are only a few of the dental restorations we can perform together. If you would like a longer list of what you can have done in the same appointment, give us a call at (732) 728-7075 or visit our dentistry office to learn more.

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Healthy Eating Tips from a General Dentist Office

General DentistAs a general dentist in Long Branch, we know that what you put in your mouth is vital to your oral health. There are certain foods that can strengthen your teeth while others weaken them. Since you only have one natural set of permanent teeth, taking steps to protect them is necessary to ensure that they last a lifetime. Otherwise, you could end up with early tooth loss and the need for restorations.

Regardless of how old you are, it is never too late to start eating healthy. You can make changes now. While these changes will not erase past damage, they can prevent the damage from becoming worse. As an adult dealing with teeth sensitivities or struggling with cavities, these steps are even more important and urgent.

Suggestions for what you can do today to improve your oral health.

Avoid acidic food and drinks

While most people are aware of the risk posed by eating too much sugar, few consider how damaging acid can be for the teeth. It can directly lead to the erosion of enamel, which increases your risk of getting cavities and also creates tooth sensitivity. You only have a set amount of enamel, and once it has started to erode, you could be dealing with sensitive teeth for the rest of your life unless steps are taken to protect them. For this reason, do not suck on lemons or limes, eat sour candy, drink a lot of soda, etc. If you do, be sure to rinse your mouth immediately afterward and then brush your teeth gently after a few minutes.

Eat a balanced diet

If you eat healthy foods, you can remineralize your teeth or strengthen them. You should include green leafy vegetables, crunchy vegetables, nuts, dairy products, and lean protein in your diet. As a general dentist, we know that this type of diet can strengthen your teeth, and it is also good for your health overall.

Drink more water

Some oral health problems can come from a dry mouth. This is a condition where your body does not produce enough saliva, making it unable to naturally wash away food particles and plaque. This can also lead to stale or bad breath. In order to improve your health, drink lots of water. This will decrease your risk of cavities and improve your breath, especially if you are replacing sugary drinks with water (something we highly recommend).

Take a calcium supplement

Throughout your lifetime, your body is constantly adjusting for bone loss. Your body can deposit material to a bone or leach calcium from it. To keep your jawbone healthy and strong, take a calcium supplement. As a general dentist, we know that a strong and dense jawbone is crucial for your appearance and for supporting your teeth. Keep your jaw as strong as possible. This also means that if you do lose a tooth, you need to have it replaced quickly to prevent resorption.

For more information and tips on how you can practice healthy eating for your teeth, visit Garden State Healthy Smiles PC today.

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Problems Solved by Orthodontics for Children

OrthodonticsIf your child does not like his or her smile, visit our Long Branch dental office for orthodontics for children. We enjoy working with children and helping shape their smiles into something truly beautiful. Children can usually begin with early orthodontic treatments as young as 6 or 7 years of age. By the time they are older, they may be a good candidate for traditional braces and be able to straighten their teeth. We encourage you to bring your child in, regardless of what age the child is, so we can make recommendations and monitor the growth and development of their teeth.

4 Problems Solved by orthodontics for children

#1.Hyperdontia

If a child is born with one or more additional teeth than necessary, then the child struggles with hyperdontia. This condition is actually fairly common, with most cases only involving one additional tooth. Typically, the tooth requires removal during the orthodontic treatment.

#2.Overcrowding

A leading cause of crooked teeth, overcrowding is an issue when the palate is simply not large enough to hold all the teeth in a correct position. When this happens, the teeth are forced to turn sideways and grow in crooked. Genetics play a role in this, as do accidents, with teeth subsequently moving out of position. In any case, we can work to expand the palate using a palate expander or to create space between teeth by using metal spacers. Once there is enough room for their teeth, they can begin to be straightened using braces.

#3.Crooked teeth

If children have crooked teeth, this can negatively impact their appearance and put them at risk for additional health problems. Food can become trapped between crooked teeth, creating additional opportunities for cavities and infections — something children do not need any extra help with. By straightening their teeth, we can give the child a better smile and work to improve their oral health at the same time.

#4.Overbites, underbites, and crossbites

Jaw problems are incredibly common. An overbite, underbite, or crossbite can create oral health problems because it can put strain and pressure on your teeth, causing them to wear out too quickly or suffer from basic erosion. This is in addition to the negative impact a misaligned jaw can have on one’s appearance. The good news is that we can correct it.

Why You Should Visit our Long Branch dentist office for orthodontics for children

We are friendly and we love kids. That is step #1. As a parent, this is something you will want to take into consideration because having a child excited about and involved in their treatment is an excellent way to get started. We work with children on their level, explaining the process, helping them to understand what to expect, and showing them the valuable contribution they can make to the treatment process. Most kids will rise to the occasion and make the effort when given the chance. We view this as a team effort between the three of us, and working together, we can give them a beautiful smile in no time.

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All About Braces – What You Need to Know

BracesIf you are curious about whether you may need dental braces or not, you probably have some questions. Braces are not normally a necessity unless dental health is at risk. Many people opt to receive straightening treatment simply to look more attractive and feel more confident, but sometimes braces are necessary, especially if jaw misalignment or bite problems exist.

Are braces painful?

Braces do not typically cause pain. Upon first placing braces, the patient’s teeth may feel tender because they are adjusting to the pressure of the braces. The patient’s teeth may be a little tender after placing the separators, setting the new wires, tightening or adjusting the braces. Tenderness will most likely not last longer than two to three days. After the teeth adjust to the braces, the patient will experience less discomfort following any other adjustments.

Since the lips and cheeks may not be accustomed to rubbing against the braces, the patient may experience mouth sores on occasion. After some weeks wearing braces, the patient’s oral tissues will adjust to the slight abrasion. Any time the patient’s cheeks or lips feel irritation, the patient can apply orthodontic wax to the irritant. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help with any discomfort the patient experiences.

Are there less noticeable options that work as well as braces?

Yes. There are many other less noticeable options patients can consider if they do not want traditional metal braces. Today’s metal braces are actually much less noticeable than they once were due to smaller components and less metal. However, if patients still want to explore other options, then they can look into ceramic braces (also known as clear braces), clear aligners, or lingual braces.

Ceramic braces consist of translucent, ceramic materials that are tooth-colored or clear, so more of the natural tooth is visible and the actual braces appliance is less obvious. While the appearance is different, the function of ceramic braces is virtually the same as traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners like Invisalign® are plastic retainer-like appliances worn in a series that gently move teeth into a new alignment while being virtually invisible. New aligners are received every two weeks to be worn to progress straightening treatment.

Lingual braces are very similar to traditional metal braces in structure, but they adhere to the backs of teeth and are not visible from the front.

All three of these options are less apparent, but they may cost a little more than traditional metal braces. Depending on the patient’s needs, we can discuss the details of these options in further detail when visiting for an appointment.

Can braces be worn at any age?

As long as one has a healthy mouth, including healthy gums and bones, then one can wear braces. Unfortunately, since the teeth and bones of adults are less malleable than that of children or teens, straightening treatment may take a little longer the older the patient.

If you are interested in learning more about braces and what they can do for you, visit our Long Branch office. We can give you the straight and beautiful smile you want at an affordable price.

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Facts You May Not Know About Orthodontics and Teeth

OrthodonticsOrthodontics is a field of study that you must enter with a passion for oral health, so it is little surprise that we often get asked what makes it so fascinating for us. For many people, teeth are just teeth. For those of us who deal with oral health every day, taking care of teeth and fixing a smile is about more than just teeth. It is about the happiness we can bring to people, the smiles we see when patients leave our Long Branch orthodontic office and the changes we make to lives. It is also about the small things, often unknown to our patients that make life in our orthodontics office interesting.

Here are a few orthodontic facts that few people know, but we love to share. 

Orthodontics is more than braces.

Many people think that an orthodontics office can only provide people with braces. While we do this on a regular basis, sometimes people do not need a full set of braces but need help expanding their palate instead.  This is common with children that are getting their adult teeth in.  We can use spacers and expanders to make enough room for the adult teeth to come in so that they do not have to grow in sideways.

Acid is worse than sugar.

Did you know that sugar is not the most corrosive substance you can put into your mouth? Research and a better understanding of the enamel by dentists has shown that sour candies can be much more damaging to one’s teeth. Since citrus acid is a natural corrosive material, it acts to soften the teeth and can ultimately lead to more cavities. Sour candy, for example, can be tied to smaller teeth and an ongoing erosion of the enamel. In fact, sour candy is perhaps the dentist’s worst nightmare. The sticky factor of sour candy causes the corrosive material to stick to the teeth for longer than it should. Then the sugar and the extremely corrosive sour substance wears out the enamel. This is the worst thing one can do to his or her enamel. As a dentist, we want you to keep your enamel in good shape so you can avoid future tooth sensitivity. When getting an orthodontics treatment it is important to keep your teeth healthy and avoiding acidic foods and sour candy is part of that.

Enamel is strong yet brittle. 

Did you know that your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it is also the most brittle? Unfortunately, most people only realize that teeth are hard, and use them for purposes they were never designed for that can lead to an emergency dentist appointment. Examples of this are opening bags with your teeth or chewing on extremely hard substances like ice. The brittleness of enamel, when abused, leads to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. Out of all the snacks dentist hate, outside of sour candy, popcorn is one of the most disliked ones. The problem with popcorn is the kernels which are extremely hard and tend to take a terrible toll on teeth if you chew on them while eating.

Wisdom teeth may go away.

Did you know that evolution is steadily at work on humanity? As we continue to evolve, scientists believe that in a few generations we will no longer have wisdom teeth. As a matter of fact around 35% of people born, are born without wisdom teeth. Since we no longer have need of a bigger jaw and the ability to chew roots, there really isn’t a need for the wisdom teeth and so Mother Nature has stepped in to remove them permanently. As a dentist, we know that this will be a benefit to many patients and children that have their teeth straightened before their wisdom teeth come in, typically must have them removed to prevent teeth from shifting.

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The New Ways a Family Dental Office Can Teach a Child to Brush Their Teeth

FamilyIn our Long Branch family dental office, we are always looking for new ways to get children to be excited about oral health. Creating an oral hygiene routine early in life is beneficial since it influences the children throughout their lifetime. If they do not establish good habits now, there is a greater chance that they will have cavities and gum disease as they age. With that in mind, we recommend that you bring them in for teeth cleanings twice a year and set a good health routine at home. This is sometimes harder than it sounds, but we have ways to help.

Dental Health Videos

We are using media and specifically short videos to teach kids how to brush the right way and how to brush long enough. This works a lot better than charts and timers. Videos are more fun and kids are used to getting information this way. Whether through things they watch at home or even videos in school, this is now commonplace. When you visit our dental office, we will show your kids how to brush properly and remind them to brush for two minutes at a time. At home, you can use videos to reinforce these concepts until the next appointment.

American Dental Association Website

The American Dental Association has a website that provides resources for parents and children. On the website, they have brushing tutorials and a rewards chart that you can use to help motivate your children about brushing teeth. There are a series of two-minute videos that we recommend playing while your child brushes. The videos are not boring instructional videos with a guy in a lab coat but popular cartoons like Adventure Time and sing-alongs for the younger kids. With these videos, the child can actually watch something they are interested in for a full two minutes while benefitting their health. As a family dental office, our hope is that these videos will help children fall into a healthy routine of regular brushing. Children will also become familiar with brushing for the proper two minutes thanks to the length of the video. Once they are older and the videos are gone, they will hopefully continue with this habit.

Dental Hygiene Songs

For parents that are not too fond of videos, the children can dance along to their favorite music instead. Take turns picking songs and play something for two minutes at a time. This can be a fun game where you can even pick a song and make them guess where it is from or what band sings it. The goal is to do something that is fun with your children and incorporate oral hygiene into it. This creates positive associations that will encourage them to keep brushing as they get older. If you need help, visit our family dental office in Long Branch so that we can confirm what you are doing at home and remind your kids of the benefits of brushing regularly.

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Signs That You Need Root Canal Treatments

Root Canal TreatmentThe thought of getting root canal treatments can be scary, but it does not have to be. Today’s root canal treatments, also known as endodontics treatments, are much more successful and simpler than they once were. Do not let anxiety get in the way of the treatment that can save your natural tooth. We offer root canal therapy that will not cause discomfort. During your treatment, you will be in a relaxing office setting with experienced professionals. Below, are a few signs that you need endodontics treatments, so you can visit our Long Branch office for help before it is too late.

What you need to know about root canal treatments

Root canal treatments treat a severely infected tooth that is suffering from irreversible damage. We can either save an infected tooth nerve with endodontics treatment or remove the infected pulp to prevent further spread of infection. The treatment itself is painless as the patient will have the necessary anesthesia.

Root canal treatments remove the infected pulp and leave the tooth itself in the mouth. Patients will be able to continue using the tooth after a root canal. However, if the infection is too great, we may need to remove the entire tooth to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth. If the tooth goes untreated, the patient risks losing more teeth to infection.

Signs you need root canal treatments

There are a few common signs that one needs a root canal treatment. A patient who injures a tooth or experiences a form of trauma needs to have a professional examine the tooth. There is a certain amount of damage that a patient cannot see. If your tooth nerve sustains damage, the patient will need root canal treatment. Tooth decay is another common reason one will need root canal treatment. When the tooth has severe decay that penetrates the enamel and dentin, it will also infect the dental pulp. Thus, we need to remove the dental pulp and the infection as soon as possible.

If the pulp remains infected, the tooth can abscess and cause severe pain. Other common signs that one needs endodontics treatments include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Exposed nerves
  • Tooth death due to age
  • Swelling
  • Gum bleeding
  • Constant discomfort
  • Pus discharge
  • Past untreated trauma

The Purpose of Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments, or endodontics treatments, are essential preventative dental services that can prolong the life of an infected tooth and the surrounding teeth. When we save the natural tooth, one will be able to eat and speak normally with the gums and other teeth remaining healthy. If these issues are left untreated, other dental problems and a generally unhealthy dental structure will take over the patient’s life. Saving the tooth with endodontics treatments will save money and time in the long run. It will also save the patient from immense discomfort.

When you visit our office because you need endodontics treatments, you will be in professional hands. We will ensure you do not experience discomfort or anxiety during your root canal treatments. We will do our best to save your tooth and to prevent further damage to your dental structure. Visit our dental office in Long Branch to learn more about how we can help.

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How Visiting Our Orthodontics Office Can Straighten Your Teeth

Orthodontic>If you have an incorrectly positioned jaw or teeth, our orthodontics office in Long Branch can help. We offer a variety of straightening techniques that can completely alter and align any dental imperfections. One of the most utilized methods we offer is traditional braces. Traditional braces are an age-old orthodontic solution that works wonders for our patients’ teeth. If you want more attractive and straighter teeth, you should consider wearing them.

The Benefits of Braces:

No guess work

With traditional braces, there is no guess work. Metal braces have been around since the early 1900s. Different types of metal were used back then, but the results were still straightened dental structures. Traditional metal braces may be more noticeable than other straightening options but are a solid straightening solution that is proven to work.

More confidence

People may not realize how negatively a set of crooked teeth can hinder one’s confidence. Many people spend their lives trying to hide their smiles due to embarrassment. Once we correct the alignment of a patient’s teeth with braces, the patient will be able to smile without hindrance. In many cases, the patient’s confidence levels will skyrocket due to the new appearance.

Less dental decay and infection

Many people struggle with periodontal disease due to their misaligned teeth. Periodontal disease is a detrimental infection of the gums and the tissues that hold the teeth in place. This type of infection can create thousands of dollars in dental bills, leading to the loss of several of the original teeth and receding gums. Do not wait until the teeth are falling out when one can fix the problem now before these issues occur.

Crooked teeth also often result in plaque buildup that can decay the teeth and require several visits to the dentist for treatment. Once we straighten the patient’s teeth, the patient will be able to properly clean every surface and between the teeth to avoid dental illnesses.

Fewer headaches

With misaligned teeth, patients will discover that it is harder to thoroughly chew food. When it requires more muscle power to chew food properly, it can result in headaches. Many people experience headaches on a daily basis without realizing it is caused by misaligned teeth. These examples are just a few of the many benefits of allowing our orthodontics office in Long Branch to treat one’s problematic teeth. With this treatment, patients will immediately notice a difference in how one feels and how easy it is to care for the teeth. It may cost time and money to get braces, but the steps will be worth it. With straight, you will have an easier time taking care of your teeth.

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