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Routine Braces Adjustments Are Important for Realigning Your Child’s Teeth

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The braces installed in your child’s mouth have been designed to realign their teeth through the course of routine adjustment sessions. At each of these appointments, Dr. Muhammad Abey will apply a modest amount of tension to the orthodontic components. In the due course of time, this will progressively move their teeth into their ideal alignment.

Each adjustment is also an opportunity to replace or repair any braces hardware that has suffered excess wear and tear. If your son or daughter has noticed a problem with an element, be sure to let the orthodontist know. That way he can pay extra attention to the area or develop a plan to repair or replace it.

At the same time, it’s not unheard of for a spacer to feel loose or even fall out right before a scheduled adjustment session. Should this happen, you should call our clinic for advice. In most cases, we will simply recommend scheduling an earlier adjustment appointment.

Good oral hygiene habits are also important in the realignment process. Excessive wear and tear on braces hardware or tooth decay complications can increase the duration of the alignment process. If you are struggling to clean in and around any part of your braces, feel free to ask your orthodontist for advice.

If your son or daughter had braces installed in Wayne, New Jersey, and they have a scheduling conflict with an upcoming adjustment appointment you should call 973-341-3180 to reschedule. Our Wayne Family Orthodontics orthodontic team is happy to help you.

Braces at a Young Age

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Getting braces at a younger age has proved most effective in preventing dental problems in the future. Permanent teeth start to typically come in about the ages of six to eight, and because the bones are still growing, it’s best to evaluate their tooth alignment at a young age to determine what orthodontic treatment is needed at the time or in the future if needed at all.

A fun aspect of having braces is getting to choose colorful elastics! You or your child can pick their favorite colors, school pride colors, or base them on the holidays. And because braces are very common in many young people, they have become more acceptable. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to help them understand the importance of having braces and taking care of them. Create a fun routine to help them attend to their teeth and braces or reward them when they’ve had a successful appointment or they’ve hit their dental care goals.

A recommended age to start looking at getting braces is about 7 years old, recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. You may ask, “Don’t children still have their baby teeth at this age?” Yes, but this is to screen for any problems before braces and prepare for orthodontic issues. These can include underbites, overbites, lack of space, overcrowding, their bite and more. Early screening for these problems is more beneficial at a younger age as well due to the fact their bones are still growing.

By catching these problems early, we can work to align the jaw, create space for the permanent teeth and/or align their teeth early. This first phase of orthodontic treatment is a jumpstart to helping your child have a straight and healthy smile. It usually only requires a dental appliance, especially if your child is too young for braces or they do not need full orthodontic treatment right away.

With the aging and advancement of braces, they have become more acceptable and comfortable. They still take a little time getting used to the feel and the adjustments over time, but the satisfaction of having an aligned smile that will give you the look you want and oral health you need will be worth it.

If you’re looking for orthodontic care, please give our office a call. We will be happy to schedule an appointment and work with you and your child to find the best solution for a straight smile no matter what the age!

Wearing an Orthodontic Retainer

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When the time comes to remove braces, many patients are eager to show their new smiles. However, there is a second phase of orthodontic treatment after braces, and this is wearing a retainer. Orthodontic retainers are used to prevent the tension that lingers in the periodontal ligaments and teeth from causing your tooth alignment to shift. We invite you to learn more about wearing an orthodontic retainer and how it can improve your new smile.

Retainers are appliances typically made of plastic that attach to a wire that corrals the teeth in their new positions. You can receive either a removable retainer or a fixed retainer. The removable retainer has a wire worn in front of the teeth, while a fixed retainer has a wire behind the teeth and cements to your mouth.

While braces typically are removed after a few years, some patients need to wear a retainer for a lifetime to maintain treatment results. Dr. Muhammad Abey can offer instructions on using your retainer to prevent your teeth from resorting to their old alignment.

Clean your removable retainer by brushing it daily with a special toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles. You can also place it in a soaking solution overnight if you don’t wear it at bedtime. A fixed retainer should be brushed twice a day just like your natural teeth, and you may find that a floss threader makes it easy to clean your appliance daily.

We invite you to contact Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today if you would like to speak with our orthodontist about further care instructions for your orthodontic retainer in Wayne, New Jersey.

Brushing Your Teeth Can Improve Your Orthodontic Results

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If you are receiving orthodontic treatment from Dr. Muhammad Abey and our team, it’s important that you continue to brush your teeth on a daily basis. Routine tooth brushing can make or break your orthodontic treatment, which is why you should clean your teeth following every meal and snack during your time with braces. We review the importance of brushing your teeth while wearing braces and how it can impact the success of your treatment.

Your dental hygiene largely depends on how well you are brushing your teeth every day, even if you don’t have braces. The food particles and plaque that accumulate in your smile have lots of bacteria and can put your teeth at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth removes these harmful substances from your smile before they have the chance to cause problems.

If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for a long time, it can cause the color of your teeth to darken where the braces aren’t covering tooth enamel, causing your smile to have yellow spots when your braces are gone. By brushing your teeth every day, you can have a healthy and beautiful smile with and after braces.

Brushing your teeth helps to keep your orthodontic appliance clean, helping your treatment to remain on track. Braces are made to care for your smile, but they also require care in order to remain effective. As long as your braces are in good shape, you have a great chance of having successful orthodontic treatment.

We invite you to contact Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today and schedule a consultation if you need to speak with our orthodontist about how to brush teeth with braces in Wayne, New Jersey.

Your Smile And Mouth Guards

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If you’ve ever seen anyone who suffered an oral accident or injury, you may be aware that they can be devastating. Even a single blow to the face can knock out several teeth, or lacerate your gums. To prevent these problems from occurring, you may be able to limit the risk with the use of a mouth guard.

Because there are a variety of mouth guards, you should speak with your dentist to determine which one is best for your needs. If you are looking for the most protection and comfort a custom mouth guard is best. A custom mouth guard is made from an impression of your teeth and offer the best protection for your smile. For custom-made mouth guards, visit your dentist. Similarly, boil and bite mouth guards can be made to your dental impression by soaking them in hot water and then biting down into them when they have sufficiently cooled. A third option, stock mouth guards, are pre-formed and ready-to-wear but do not match your teeth and gums well.

To ensure that your mouth guard continues to function effectively, always make sure you store it in a ventilated container so the air can reach it. The risk of contamination is always present, so make sure they are clean. You should rinse it before and after each use. You can clean it with cool, soapy water. If it begins to warp or crack, it will need to be replaced.

If you are in need of a mouth guard, Dr. Muhammad Abey and our team at Wayne Family Orthodontics are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment for a custom mouth guard, come see us at our dental office in Wayne, New Jersey. Please call us at 973-341-3180 to speak with a member of our team.

Inquiries Into Orthodontics

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In order to ensure an individual has a straight set of teeth, they should visit their orthodontist for the appropriate care. Orthodontics are designed to straighten teeth, which can have tremendous benefits for your oral health and the visual appearance of your smile. With straighter teeth, not only will your teeth be healthier, but you will feel better too. Common questions and answers regarding orthodontics are as follows:

What is the significance of orthodontic treatments?
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry designed to correct issues associated with bad bites and misalignments within your mouth.

How can orthodontics be used to help correct your teeth?
Orthodontics can help straighten teeth to allow for a better bite and improvements in your oral hygiene.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatments?
Orthodontic treatments can provide the following benefits:

– A better-looking smile
– Realignments within your mouth
– Lower risk of fractures and injuries due to bad bites and enamel wear
– A lower risk of cavities and gum disease
– Teeth straightened by orthodontic systems are easier to clean than crooked teeth are
– Healthier teeth and gums

What are my options for orthodontic treatments?
Aligners, retainers and braces are all highly effective orthodontic treatments that can be used to correct issues with your smile.

If you require further treatment for a crooked smile, Dr. Muhammad Abey and our team at Wayne Family Orthodontics will help you with your oral health care. If you would like to book an appointment with our office in Wayne, New Jersey, please call us at 973-341-3180.

Learn More About Your Orthodontic Choices

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Many patients undergo orthodontic treatment to improve the look and health of crooked teeth, as well and correct a bad bite. Over the years, orthodontic care such as braces has become very popular. If you are considering braces, there are many different types that could help you achieve a stunning smile.

Modern orthodontics offer a variety of benefits to address a wide range of alignment conditions for children and adults. The following options for braces may be ideal to enhance your tooth alignment:

Traditional Metal Braces
The most common type of braces, metal braces can benefit children, teens and adults due to their durability and permanent nature. Traditional braces can improve several kinds of bite problems, more so than other types of braces, making them the most ideal for severe conditions.

Ceramic Braces
Though similar to metal braces in look and function, ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored to blend with your teeth and offer discreet treatment. They can be recommended for older teens or adults since they are more brittle than metal braces and can stain if not cared for.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners
These removable plastic trays fully cover the teeth to gradually adjust the bite, and while they are not as fast acting and powerful as metal braces, their convenient nature and discreet appearance make them very popular for adults.

Contact Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today if you would like to learn more about the types of braces in Wayne, New Jersey, and see our orthodontist, Dr. Muhammad Abey, for a consultation.

Four Benefits of Choosing Adult Braces

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The thought of wearing braces as an adult may not seem like a popular one, but many patients find it to be a wonderful life choice! Below, we offer four benefits of choosing to receive braces when you are an adult:

1. Your smile matters. Most everyone you meet will notice your smile first before anything else, which is why you should have a smile you are proud to show. Braces can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

2. Braces stop teeth from changing over time. Even healthy teeth can shift during your adult years and alter your bite. If you have a crooked smile that is not treated with braces, it may continue to shift and become more crooked, causing further dental issues.

3. You can avoid significant dental issues by correcting misaligned teeth. It’s hard to remove bacteria and plaque from between crooked teeth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and we invite you to take this opportunity to correct your alignment.

4. Modern braces are better than ever. You can choose from a variety of options for braces, including lingual braces, ceramic braces, ClearCorrect®, and Invisalign®, offering you convenient and discreet treatment.

Adult braces are gaining popularity, and we invite you to learn if you would benefit from adult braces in Wayne, New Jersey. Call 973-341-3180 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Muhammad Abey, our orthodontist at Wayne Family Orthodontics.

Dental Hygiene for Those With Braces

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You’re on your way to a straighter, healthier smile. Your braces have been placed and your orthodontic treatment has begun. You may be aware that cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can be more difficult. Dr. Muhammad Abey and our team are happy to give you tips on proper dental hygiene while wearing braces.

Brushing Teeth
Brush your teeth twice each day, for at least two minutes each time. Choose either a manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. Before you brush your teeth, be sure to remove any elastics. Brush back and forth and then brush toward the biting surface of the teeth. Take care to brush the top and bottom of each bracket as well as the front of the brackets and wires. You may find it helpful to hold back your lip while you brush your brackets. As you brush your teeth, be sure to clean each surface of the teeth.

In order to properly care for your teeth, it is important that you floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing while wearing braces can prove challenging at first. We recommend using a floss threader to aid you in properly cleaning between your teeth. Floss threaders can help you get the dental floss beneath or over the wires so that you can clean your teeth beneath the gumline.

Contact Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today to learn more about braces in Wayne, New Jersey, and to schedule a visit with our orthodontist.

A Clear Plastic Retainer Might Be Needed After Invisalign®

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Invisalign® and other brands of clear plastic aligners are sometimes used by our orthodontist, Dr. Muhammad Abey to help individuals correct alignment problems with their dentition. Clear aligners help improve the appearance of your smile while also reducing your chances of suffering chips, dental fractures, or lost tooth enamel.

When used as directed, this type of aligner can correct the alignment of your teeth without the need for the hardware associated with traditional braces. This can sometimes be accomplished in six to eight weeks.

Dr. Muhammad Abey can often fit you for a clear plastic aligner in a brief appointment. This simple dental appliance is made from a clear plastic material. You will need to wear the removable retainer as directed by your doctor. You can drink and speak with ease while wearing the clear plastic retainer, but you will need to take it out before eating a snack or a meal. When it isn’t in use, you should keep the retainer in the provided case. Cleaning the clear aligner calls for rinsing it with water, although some brands provide a special cleaner. Noticeable plaque buildup can be cleaned away with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little non-abrasive toothpaste. Even after your alignment is complete, it is likely that you will need to wear a retainer until your teeth have settled into their positions.

If you are a patient at Wayne Family Orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey, and you have a question about clear aligners or retainers, you can always call 973-341-3180 to speak to a staff member.