Information about Dental Care and Orthodontics by Dr. John Young, Orthodontist in Central NJ ::
Specializing in Invisalign and braces for children and adults for a beautiful smile.Serving Monmouth & Ocean County areas: Colts Neck, Brick, Holmdel, Lincroft, Tinton Falls, Manalapan, Morganville, Marlboro, & The Jersey Shore!
Call or email us today to set up your New Patient appointment.
New Year; New Patients & Treatment - January 2013 ::
A beautiful smile is just one of the benefits orthodontics has to offer. Bringing teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment not only produces a great smile, but a healthy one as well. Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain and also function better together with properly related jaws. Left untreated, a poor bite and other orthodontic problems can become worse over the years and lead to tooth decay, gum diseases, abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and in some cases, even speech impairment and jaw joint problems. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
Q: What is Orthodontics?
A: Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. A specialist in this field is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists receive two or more years of education beyond their four years in dental school in an ADA-approved orthodontic training program. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment can be a tremendous benefit to almost any patient, no matter what the age. Adults can benefit just as much as children, and the treatment does not take any longer. Treatment may last from as little as four months, but can last up to two or three years depending on the complexity of the case. Some of the many benefits of orthodontic treatment include:
• Straight teeth and a nice smile that improves self-esteem and confidence.
• Improved facial shape and profile.
• Better chewing function and speech.
• To prevent excessive wear on certain teeth not contacting properly with the opposing arch.
• Freedom from jaw/joint pain.
• Improved ability to clean one’s teeth and avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease.
• Establish a healthy foundation for the replacement of missing teeth or other restorative dental
• The reduction in mouth-breathing and lip incompetence.
Q: How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?
A: Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that's right for you. If you have any of the following, you could be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
• Overbite, where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
• Underbite, where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
• Crossbite, when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when
biting together normally
• Open bite, space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back
teeth bite together
• Misplaced midline, when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center
of your lower front teeth
• Spacing, gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not
"fill up" the mouth
• Crowding, when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
Q: How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
A: Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
Q: Is Early Orthodontic Treatment Worthwhile?
A: We find that approximately 40 percent of our patients can benefit from some form of early treatment. Early treatment prevents more serious problems from developing and makes treatment, at a later age, shorter and less complicated.
Early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances, or partial braces to guide the growth of developing jaw bones and creates a better environment for the adult teeth as they emerge.
In most cases, this early phase of treatment is followed by comprehensive orthodontic treatment (Full braces) at the appropriate age. This second phase of treatment is usually shorter, less involved and more effective due to the earlier treatment program. To learn more about early treatment, click here.
Through advances in orthodontic technology, today’s braces are smaller, stronger and more effective than ever before. Braces are more comfortable and can be more esthetic with clear braces or with the new Invisalign appliances. Comprehensive orthodontic care combines art, science and dental technology to create beautiful, healthy smiles that can last a lifetime!
Call one of our offices today should you have any other questions or to make an appointment to have your child evaluated.
Brick NJ Office 732–477–1808 or in Colts Neck NJ at 732–761–9700
Early Treatment: Give your child a gift that will last a lifetime - December 2012 ::
In our practices we find a large number of our patients can benefit from some form of early treatment. With early treatment we can guide jaw growth, lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful habits such as thumb sucking, and guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position. We can also achieve results that wouldn’t be possible once the jaw and face have finished growing. The American association of orthodontics recommends that all children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.
Early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances or partial braces to help guide the growth of the child’s developing jaw bones and create a better environment for the adult teeth as they emerge. In most cases, the early phase of treatment is followed by “phase two” comprehensive orthodontic treatment (full braces) at an appropriate age. The second phase is more effective due to the earlier treatment; it is usually shorter, and less involved. By starting your child’s treatment early it reduces the need to extract permanent teeth and results are more stable.
Palatal Expansion – early expansion fixes cross bites, and makes room for teeth which might not erupt on their own or would erupt really crooked.
Maxillary protraction – most under bites are caused by the upper jaw not growing forward as it should, maxillary protraction can make the upper jaw grow forward to correct the young patients bite and profile.
Partial braces - braces can be applied to the four front teeth and straightened relatively quickly creating room for the posterior (back) teeth that will erupt in the future.
Space maintenance – passive appliance that assists with the eruption of permanent teeth causing them to erupt much straighter then they normally would.
How do I have my child evaluated by the doctors at Dr Young Orthodontics?
The first step would be to call our office to set up a free consultation. Our goal is to provide you with the following information:
• Identify your child’s orthodontic issues
• Pinpoint the best time to start treatment
• Estimate the duration of treatment
• Demonstrate the types of appliances that will be necessary
• Discuss the cost, and payment options
Invisalign Teen - November 2012 ::
Invisalign Teen takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. Invisalign Teen gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly invisible aligners. Invisalign Teen is comfortable, affordable and effective. And without brackets and wires, you'll have the confidence of a great smile even during treatment. Each aligner also comes with a small, inconspicuous Blue Dot Wear Indicator, which helps you know if you're ready for your next set of aligners.
The benefits of Invisalign Teen:
• It’s removable for good hygiene.
You can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth
decay and gum disease. Some fixed orthodontic appliances, like braces, can cause gingivitis.
• You can still eat what you want. Because the aligners are removable and should be removed
when you eat, there are no food restrictions as there are with traditional braces. You don’t
have to worry about what you eat.
• Cleanings are quicker and easier than with traditional orthodontics. There are no brackets or
wires to clean around as with traditional orthodontics.
Straightening your teeth with the virtually invisible Invisalign Teen will make you feel less self-conscious and more confident. Ask Dr. Young about Invisalign Teen and start smiling more!!
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If any emergencies arise after office hours, there will always be a number on our answering machine for you to call.
Call or email us today to set up your New Patient appointment.
For our Brick NJ office call 732–477–1808
For our Colts Neck NJ office call 732–761–9700