Orthodontic Info

Having “ugly” teeth may significantly contribute to the problem of bullying, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of #Orthodontics & #Dentofacial Orthopedics. According to the study, teeth were the No. 1-targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by the child’s strength and weight.

Do you think Tom Cruise was a victim of teasing and #bullying as a kid that created his tough guy attitude he projects today? He actually went through orthodontic treatment twice, in his teens to straighten his teeth and broaden his smile and again as an adult to correct a midline discrepancy that was still apparent in photographs. His smile is obviously something he is very aware of and very important to him.

Tom Cruise before and After Braces Read more on Orthodontic Problems linked to Bullying…

83-retainersAfter orthodontic treatment is completed at Hess and Vanlandschoot Orthodontics, retainers are the finishing touch to maintain your beautiful new smile while the teeth stabilize and over a lifetime of good oral health.

An orthodontic retainer is a custom-fit device that is removable or bonded depending upon the patient’s individual needs. It is your insurance policy your teeth stay put in their new positions if worn as instructed. Read more on Wearing Retainers – Do You Understand Why?…

Germs on Mouthguards Can Cause IllnessMost adults and kids today understand the importance of wearing a #mouth guard when playing contact sports, especially while wearing braces. Blows to the mouth are painful enough without brackets and wires cutting into your lips and tongue making it worse. Teeth are actually less prone to injury when wired together as a single unit during orthodontic treatment. A #mouth guard protects the braces and serves as addition protection, further reducing the possibility of tooth and jaw injury.

It is not uncommon for athletes to remove their mouth guard when playing sports and set it down, hold it in their dirty hands, or toss it into the case or Gym bag when the game is over. Do you or your kids clean your mouthguard before popping it back into the mouth the next you play? Who knows what germs are breeding on the mouth guard when stored away that can cause illness and oral health issues?Read more on Is Your Mouth Guard Making You Sick?…

TMJ Pain Riverview FL Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics Living with aching or clicking jaws can be hard to swallow! Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also commonly known as TMJ or TMD, is a joint disorder that affects the opening and closing of the jaw, and can have many side effects that relate to the teeth, head and neck.

Like other joints, the relationship between the bone and disk will affect how well the joint works. The jaw is used thousands of times a day for talking, eating and laughing. When a disorder is present in the joint, your lifestyle can be dramatically changed. Read more on Living With TMJ Pain is Hard to Swallow…