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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!

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.

The Advantages of Straight Teeth

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If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or gapped, our orthodontist may recommend braces or Invisalign® to gently straighten your teeth over a period of time. It may come as a surprise to learn that straightening your teeth provides many benefits to you and your smile.

Unfortunately, teeth that are crooked are crowded are difficult to clean properly. Overlapping teeth can hide plaque and food particles. This can heighten the risk of tooth decay. It is much easier to thoroughly brush and floss teeth that have been straightened through orthodontic treatment.

Teeth that are crowded or gapped can cause swollen, red gums. Once the teeth are properly aligned, the gums can fit more securely around the teeth. Gums that fit properly around the teeth are a healthy, strong defense against gum disease.

Having crowded, gapped, or crooked teeth can be embarrassing. Some people with misaligned teeth are even ashamed to smile. A straight smile can enhance the beauty of your smile and boost your confidence!

We invite you to contact Wayne Family Orthodontics today to learn more about orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey, and to set up an orthodontic exam with Dr. Muhammad Abey. We look forward to seeing you and making your dreams for a straight smile come true!

Holidays With Braces

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Holidays are coming up fast, and with them come parties, candy, and other treats. Unfortunately, many of these treats are damaging to your child’s braces. How do you make the holiday fun, while maintaining excellent oral health and not damaging any wires or brackets? Our office is here to help.

First, know what your child should not be eating. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends avoiding such things as bubblegum, caramel, hard candy, hard pretzels, jelly beans, licorice, lollipops, popcorn, and taffy. These can damage your child’s braces and render them broken or less effective. They can also get stuck in between braces and increase the occurrence of cavities.

Second, help your child understand that there are many things they CAN still eat. To help guarantee this, volunteer to bring something they can eat to holiday parties, as is appropriate. Make sure your family treats are braces-friendly. Here are some options:

–thinly sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

–cheese platters

–brownies cut into holiday shapes and decorated

–orange slices dipped in chocolate

–peanut butter cookies (no nut pieces)

–fudge (no nuts)

–ice cream

–pumpkin pie

–fruit pie

–cake

Of course, when eating sugary snacks and treats, make sure to keep portions small, and have them rinse their mouth with water afterwards. Make sure to remind them to brush and floss extra-well that day.

For more information, call Wayne Family Orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey at 973-341-3180. Dr. Muhammad Abey and our whole team will be happy to help you keep your smile bright this holiday season.

Orthodontics: Not Just for Kids

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Is your smile misaligned? Are you tired of it? If you are an adult in need of orthodontic treatment, you are not alone! About 20% of orthodontics patients are over 18, and the numbers keep rising. Wayne Family Orthodontics has a lot of options available that could help you. In addition to traditional braces, there are other, less-conspicuous options to help you achieve a straight smile with relatively little inconvenience to you. These options are great for keeping up professional appearances while simultaneously straightening your teeth. As you consider taking the next step to a straight smile, keep these things in mind.

A well-aligned smile is vital for dental health and proper development across the lifespan. Letting your teeth remain crooked can cause a host of dental problems down the road. You have perhaps already experienced this. Don’t let it continue! Consult with our team at Wayne Family Orthodontics today.

Your mouth is unique, and your treatment plan will therefore be personalized. A simple exam will show what problems are present, then you will consult with Dr. Muhammad Abey to determine the best course of action for your treatment and care for maximum effectiveness and minimal inconvenience.

Orthodontic braces treatment typically only lasts 12-18 months, depending on the severity of treatment required. This will be discussed in your consultation with our team.

A properly aligned smile can be a huge boost to self-confidence and professionalism. Never underestimate the power of a healthy, beautiful smile!

If you are looking for orthodontics care in the Wayne, New Jersey area, call Wayne Family Orthodontics to schedule an appointment today! Our team will be happy to see you.

Types of Malocclusion & the Solution

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Braces and other orthodontic treatments are used to treat malocclusion, which means having crooked teeth or a “poor bite.” One’s bite is the way the upper and lower teeth meet. Malocclusion is sometimes a cosmetic problem, but crooked teeth are also hard to care for properly. This can lead to tooth decay, or even tooth loss.

The most common kinds of malocclusion are:

Upper protrusion (overjet) – The upper front teeth are pushed forward. This can be caused by a small lower jaw or by thumb-sucking, which may cause the roof of the mouth to change shape. Upper protrusion is sometimes referred to as buck teeth or overjet.

Spacing or crowding problems – If a patient has too much or too little room in the mouth, spacing or crowding problems can occur. Crowding can keep the permanent teeth from coming in properly or at all.

Open bite – The upper and lower front teeth do not overlap, thus creating an opening straight into the mouth. An open bite can also be present on the side(s) of the mouth.

Overbite – If a patient has an excessive overbite, the upper front teeth sit too far over the lower front teeth. In extreme cases, this causes the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Underbite – The front lower teeth are in front of the front upper teeth.

Cross bite – A cross bite occurs when some or all of the upper teeth are on the wrong side of the lower teeth.

Rotated teeth – A tooth is turned or tipped.

For more information about malocclusion and to set up your next visit with our orthodontist, Dr. Muhammad Abey, feel free to call Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today.

Don’t Let Bad Alignment Ruin Your Smile

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Don’t let bad tooth alignments ruin your smile. Fix your teeth with orthodontic treatments and braces designed to give you an aesthetically pleasing configuration of teeth that you can marvel over. You smile makeover into a mouth masterpiece can be achieved by contacting our team at Wayne Family Orthodontics for a consultation. We will gauge your current level of misalignment and help you determine what type of orthodontic braces could work best for you. Here are some of the benefits:

– Orthodontic braces promote healthier teeth and gums. Straight teeth are much easier to brush and floss than misaligned teeth.
– Straight teeth can fix jaw alignment issues and can help prevent Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, also known as TMJ.
– Bite problems caused by misalignments can be fixed with orthodontic braces.
– Various types of clear braces can be near invisible and potentially removable for eating.
– With straighter teeth, self-esteem can drastically improve, as well as interactions in social settings and amongst peers.

If you are interested in learning more about our orthodontics services at Wayne Family Orthodontics, or would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Muhammad Abey, feel free to call us at 973-341-3180. Our office is located in Wayne, New Jersey. Come in now to learn all about what a straight smile can do for you!

How Invisalign® Can Help

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Malocclusion is crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. If you have malocclusion, Dr. Muhammad Abey may recommend Invisalign® in Wayne, New Jersey, to help you reach a straight smile. Invisalign is a set of aligners that is designed specifically for your smile. They are worn over the teeth for 20 to 22 hours a day to gently straighten the smile. After treatment, you may notice certain positive changes in your life.

Better Oral Health
Inflamed gums can be the result of teeth that are too crowded or gapped. Unhealthy gums are a sign of gum disease. With straight teeth, the gums can fit more properly around the teeth.

Improved Oral Hygiene
Properly cleaning crooked teeth can be difficult. Missing plaque and food particles often happens when the teeth aren’t properly aligned. Properly aligned teeth are much easier to care for. In addition, cleaning your teeth is much easier with Invisalign than with braces, as Invisalign aligners are removable.

Better Overall Health
The teeth and mouth are the window to the health of your body. Some conditions in the mouth, like gum disease, are linked to conditions in the body. As a result, improved oral health leads to improved overall health. Straight teeth can also correct speech and chewing hardships, jaw issues, and eliminate unnatural wear on the tooth enamel.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our orthodontist, please contact Wayne Family Orthodontics at 973-341-3180 today.

How to Respond to an Orthodontic Emergency

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You are on your way to reaching a healthier, straighter smile when your braces become damaged. Don’t worry. If this happens, call our office for an appointment with our orthodontist. Until your appointment, there are some things you can do to get help with common orthodontic problems.

Loose brackets – If there is a loose bracket, you can apply a piece of orthodontic wax to reattach loose brackets temporarily. Wax can also be placed over the bracket to provide a cushion between the bracket and the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth to increase comfort and protection.
Poking or broken wire – Use a cotton swab or a pencil eraser to move a poking or broken wire to a more comfortable, safer position. If the wire can’t be moved, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end to keep it from poking the inside of your mouth. If the wire is still causing discomfort, you can cut it with scissors or nail clippers. If a sore develops in your mouth from the wire, rinse with warm salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
Discomfort with braces – It is normal to feel discomfort for about a week after your braces are placed. After routine adjustments, discomfort is also normal. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever to relieve discomfort. Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth on the jaw can also relieve soreness.

To learn more about orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Muhammad Abey, contact Wayne Family Orthodontics today.

Are You Ready for Orthodontic Braces?

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Are you ready for orthodontic braces? Getting your teeth straightened is an excellent way to ensure your oral health will remain in optimum shape for the rest of your life. With straighter teeth, you are able to clean all areas of your mouth easier, which can greatly lower your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Listed below is a sampling of frequently asked questions about orthodontic braces:

You should consider trying orthodontic treatments if you suffer from which of the following?
a.) Malocclusions or bad bites
b.) Bruxism or TMJ
c.) A crooked smile
d.) All of the above

Which of following ailments poses a greater risk if your teeth are out of alignment and rubbing against each other?
a.) Chipping or cracking
b.) Tooth enamel loss
c.) Bruxism
d.) All of the above

True or False: Orthodontic braces and aligners are all fashioned with metal wires and brackets.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Braces are designed to protect your teeth from injury during contact sports.
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: d, d, b, b

If you would like to schedule an orthodontic appointment with Wayne Family Orthodontics for an oral examination or check-up, please call our orthodontic office at 973-341-3180. We are located in Wayne, New Jersey, and Dr. Muhammad Abey and all of our wonderful team look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.