Your upper teeth are designed to slightly overlap your lower teeth, so they can bite together in proper occlusion. If your jaws and teeth are naturally too far forward or too far back, you may have a bite problem. Bite problems can cause painful damage to your teeth if left untreated. Talk to us about how orthodontics can improve your bite.
When your teeth are properly aligned, they form a U-shaped arch. This makes it easy to brush them and floss between each one. If your teeth are crowded together, it makes it difficult to clean them properly, and that puts them at risk for decay. Some people are self-conscious about having crowded teeth and wish their smile was properly aligned. Talk to us today about how orthodontics can correct crowded teeth.
If you have spaces between your teeth, the gaps can cause problems with your alignment and occlusion (bite). Spaces can be corrected with the help of orthodontics. When you're missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth slowly shift their position in an attempt to fill the gap. After losing a baby tooth, it's important to allow room for an adult tooth to grow. Talk to us today about how orthodontic appliances can help maintain that space.
Q: I Often Hear My Son Grinding His Teeth While He Sleeps. Does He Need a Bite Appliance?A: Bite appliances are not usually suggested for children with baby, or mixed dentitions, as they can restrict the growth of their jaw and the normal loss of their teeth.
Q: Should My Daughter Come to the 21st Century Dental for Her First Dental Visit Before Her First Birthday?A: We usually recommend a child come into the 21st Century Dental for their first visit when they are old enough to sit in the chair and open their mouth without too much fuss — and that’s usually around their second birthday. If you’re not sure if your child should come in for a visit, just call or email our Surrey team.
Q: I’m Scared Whenever I Go to the Dentist, and I Always Have Been. How Do I Prevent My Children from Being Afraid, Too?A: It’s very important that you try not to pass your fear of the dentist along to your children. Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Keep all comments breezy and positive, and show your children that going to the dentist is a fun experience.
Q: My Nine-month-old Baby Has Five Teeth. Do I Need to Brush Them?A: You should begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they have them. Contrary to popular belief, even babies can get cavities — it’s often referred to as “baby bottle rot.” Sugars from milk and juice settle on their teeth and can begin to cause decay. Since babies tend to suck on bottles slowly, we recommend that parents encourage their baby or toddler to finish a drink within 20 minutes. Then the parents should wipe their baby’s teeth and gums to clean them, using a soft infant toothbrush or a wet washcloth. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.