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.


When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you look at all the different ways that teeth can come in, it is not surprising that malocclusion occurs in multiple forms. Many can be corrected with Invisalign clear braces.

The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this impairment described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse condition—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are misaligned to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule a thorough examination at Gastonia Dental Group. You may be a candidate for Invisalign clear braces. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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