ORTHODONTICS FOR ALL AGES

A common question we get before a free consultation is, “Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?” At Gastonia Dental Group, we treat patients of all ages! As long as your teeth are healthy, it’s never too late to straighten them. In fact, taking action at any age can help prevent oral health problems from developing in the future. That is why we have treatment plans no matter your age or situation. We can help you or your loved one achieve a smile that benefits dental health as much as it increases confidence.

Gastonia Dental Group dentists have years of expertise in the treatment of specific needs corresponding to patients young and old, and it all starts with the first conversation. Coming in for a free consultation means we can advise you on your own treatment options and give your kids a first orthodontic check-up, even if treatment isn’t needed.

As you consider treatment, check out the list below. You may be a good candidate if you suffer from:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps or spaces in between the teeth
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth

Perhaps you desire a healthier mouth and a more confident smile. Plenty of patients choose treatment for aesthetic reasons, but orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile and build confidence—it creates a healthier you. Research shows that your oral health affects your overall health. When you correct oral health, you are making a lasting investment into your overall health.

Orthodontic treatment offers huge benefits at every age. Take a look below to learn more about the options available to you.

Orthodontics for children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

For parents, it’s not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Parents should consult with their pediatric dentist regularly, but there are several warning signs you can look for in your child that may be indicative of childhood orthodontic problems such as:

  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Grinding teeth
  • Teeth that come together abnormally
  • Breathing through the mouth or snoring
  • Biting of cheeks
  • Apparent over- or underbite
  • Difficulty chewing

For many of these cases and others not listed, early intervention may be a good solution.

Gastonia Dental Group dentists are very conservative with early orthodontic treatment. Most kids will go on “observation,” which means we will see them every few months until they are ready to start treatment. We at Gastonia Dental Group understand that no one wants to be in braces, or pay for braces, longer than needed!

Orthodontics for teens

The adolescent years are a prime time for corrective treatment on the permanent teeth. By the age of thirteen, almost everyone has all of his or her permanent teeth, and a clear picture of an orthodontic situation has developed. This is the reason when you imagine someone with braces, you probably think of a teenager.

We get a lot of very excited teenagers–excited to beautify their smile. But, as hard as we try, many teenagers dread the orthodontist. With heightened social anxiety, the last thing they want to do is wear fixtures on their teeth. The good news is there are more options in braces than ever before for teenagers needing orthodontic treatment. Braces today come in a wide variety of styles and colors, making life with braces much more comfortable and stylish than ever before. Even still, some teenagers are hesitant. For that reason, we often recommend Invisalign.

Invisalign has many great features, but perhaps the most important for teenagers is its virtual invisibility. You can wear it all day, and nobody will have the slightest idea that it’s there. And as an added bonus, the trays are removable, so your teenager can eat the same foods as before!

Orthodontics for Adults

Did you know that plenty of adults are choosing orthodontic treatment? In fact, The American Association of Orthodontists reports that 25% of orthodontic patients are over 21 years of age. In our practice, about 40% of our patients are adults!

Why do adults seek orthodontic treatment? Sometimes, parents choose to have treatment when they see how confident it makes their children. Often, adult patients seek treatment for aesthetic reasons. Other times, adult patients want to do what is best for their oral health based on their dentist’s referral, as many oral health problems only get worse over time. No matter the reason for seeking adult braces, we have a solution that can help you reach your orthodontic goals and get the smile you want.

Most adults deal with one or more of these issues:

  • Gum disease (caused by crowded or uneven teeth that are difficult to clean)
  • Shifting and tilting invited by open space from missing teeth
  • Worn teeth from misaligned bite
  • Retreatment of orthodontic treatment from earlier in life (i.e. if you stopped wearing your retainer)

You may be surprised to know that there’s a wide variety of orthodontic options for adults. During your initial consultation, we will do a thorough examination and discuss your personal situation with you. We can even Our practice recognizes that adults have different needs from children and adolescents, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments and that your needs are met with understanding and respect.

Everyone is welcome at Gastonia Dental Group

At Gastonia Dental Group, we strive to make our office comfortable for patients of all ages.  We are here to help you find the solution that best suits you and your needs and will make you feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire treatment with us.

We provide treatment with Invisalign and braces to residents in Gastonia. If you have questions or are looking for an orthodontics provider to help you and your family work toward better smiles, look no further.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn about the benefits of orthodontics at every age. We hope to see you soon!


3 REASONS WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE IMPORTANT

When you have one or more missing teeth, you’re more likely to suffer from poor self-esteem among other issues. Even worse, your oral health can be compromised. Fortunately, thanks to dental implants, there’s a solution for missing teeth. An increasing number of people are discovering the benefits of dental implants.

In fact, 3 million Americans have implants, according to a report from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Here are three of the main reasons dental implants are so important, along with a few considerations and warnings.

The Three Components of a Dental Implant

Simply put, dental implants, which resemble screws or cylinders and are constructed from medical grade titanium, are replacements for missing teeth roots.

They’re designed to match natural teeth and are used as a sturdy base for either removable replacement teeth or permanent, fixed teeth. A dental implant consists of three basic parts, which include the fixture, the abutment and the dental prosthesis.

  • The fixture, which becomes embedded into and fused with a patient’s jawbone, is the artificial root of the implant.
  • The abutment, which is the part of the implant lying above and at the gum line, secures and supports a crown, a denture, bridge or another type of dental work that is placed upon it.
  • The dental prosthesis sits on top of the abutment and operates as an actual tooth. It may be snapped or clipped (for dentures), or screwed or cemented (for bridgework or crowns).

Implants Prevent Remaining Teeth from Shifting

When you lose a tooth, space is created, which leads to bone loss. Because of normal stress and oral pressures, the teeth that remain next to the gap start to shift. As a result, your straight, healthy teeth begin to slant, becoming unstable.

This problem can lead to further bone loss as well as losing more teeth. However, by filling in gaps with dental implants, these issues can be prevented.

Implants Enable You to Chew Food Better

One of the primary reasons dental implants are so essential is that they allow you to chew food properly. Consider how chewing food the right way helps you to digest food better. The better food is digested, the better nutrients are absorbed into your body.

When you have dental implants, you can chew food the same way you would as if you had your regular teeth. Once you have dental implants, you can eat whatever you enjoy as implants are as close as it gets to having natural teeth.

Implants Improve Self-confidence

Besides offering health benefits, dental implants are also important because they can give you more self-confidence. When you have missing teeth, it’s easy to feel bad about your appearance and not smile. But once you’ve had a dental implant treatment, you can start feeling good about how you look.

Furthermore, dental implants can help to improve speech. Unlike dentures that can slip inside your mouth and cause you to slur your words or mumble, dental implants are secure, so there’s no worry of your teeth slipping.

Considerations and Warnings

  • Comfort is another benefit of dental implants.
  • Dental implants are extremely effective with a high success rate.
  • If you give your implants the proper care, they can last for a lifetime. Implant care is much like caring for natural teeth as it includes brushing, flossing, getting routine dental cleanings and scheduled checkups. Your dentist can suggest additional home care cleaning tips for keeping your teeth healthy.
  • To be a candidate for implant treatment, you must have an adequate amount of bone for supporting the implant and have gums that are healthy.
  • Ask your dentist at Gastonia Dental Group about the advantages and disadvantages, regarding this treatment choice.

Questions? Set up an appointment with Gastonia Dental Group.

By using a powerful surgical microscope, we’re able to magnify an area, which minimizes the need for exposing larger surface areas for a longer period of time during surgery.

Another advanced tool we use is the X-Guide navigation system, which ensures the utmost accuracy in implant placement and success. Please contact us and learn more about our wide range of dental and cosmetic dental services.


Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At Gastonia Dental Group, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can clean plaque off your teeth far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  • Some people find it simpler to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Maybe that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? If not, we can help improve it with cosmetic dentistry at Gastonia Dental Group.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with us can prevent runaway decay and pricey corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that certainly has its place in what we do. Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient.

Are you at peace with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry from Gastonia Dental Group can improve whatever you’d like. Call our office to schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Porcelain Veneers And Instant Orthodontics

Gastonia Porcelain Veneers and Instant Orthodontics

If you have been paying attention to orthodontics in recent years, you probably have heard about clear braces. They have been welcomed by many people, especially adults who want an alternative to traditional metal braces, and they are available at Gastonia Dental Group.

There’s more good news for men and women who want to straighten their teeth. How about ‘instant orthodontics’?

We’re talking about porcelain veneers. Strictly speaking, they are not orthodontics; usually they are classified as cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit over the front part of your teeth. They’re great for fixing slightly crooked teeth, which is why they’re sometimes called instant orthodontics.

Veneers are also a solution for abnormally spaced, stained or chipped teeth.

Along with Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers are available at Gastonia Dental Group. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At Gastonia Dental Group, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, along with children’s dentistry and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Questions To Ask Your Dentist

Questions To Ask Your Gastonia Dentist Sometimes people research mechanics and hairdressers more thoroughly than their dental professional. Isn’t your dental health more important than your car or hairstyle? At Gastonia Dental Group, we think it is. We love to answer questions about dentistry.

One of the thinks we’re asked about the most is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. The answer is, yes! Prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then we examine your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

These are just a few of the questions we get from our patients at Gastonia Dental Group. What questions to you have? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

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At Gastonia Dental Group, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. This post will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You most likely think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Our patients are readied for treatment by dental assistants. During any procedure, they keep things moving by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

Dental assistants sometimes polish the teeth of our patients. They also explain dental hygiene, and perform any number of behind-the-scenes duties.

At Gastonia Dental Group, dental assistants are essential team members. Our services here include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to accommodate any busy schedule. Make an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant

Attention Gastonia Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethIn this Gastonia Dental Group blog post, we’re going to talk about the tooth replacement option known as dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of people, they are not problem free. Some people find it difficult to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course dangerous bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you’re at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant is a titanium post screwed directly into the jaw bone, where it fuses. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Gastonia. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

At Gastonia Dental Group, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing strength, beauty, and natural function. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of our patients at Gastonia Dental Group pertain to getting whiter teeth.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can beautify your teeth, it’s natural to consider changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This frequently results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, in-office teeth whitening procedures that can usually lighten the color of your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, Gastonia dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

At Gastonia Dental Group we use cosmetic dentistry to brighten smiles every day. We also offer children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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