Close Gaps Where Teeth are Lost | 3 QUICK FACTS



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Teeth are lost for a variety of reasons, whether through inadequate care or some kind of accident. Regardless, many times patients walk into an orthodontist’s office and wonder: any chance that my teeth will move and close the gaps caused by the fact that two teeth are lost? In this post, we’re going to show you the quick facts on missing teeth. Let’s dive right in.

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I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t want Surgery (What to Do?)

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I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t Want Surgery. What Should I Do?

Incorrect bites are common problems that cause people embarrassment because it alters their appearance. Underbites occur when your top and bottom teeth do not align properly and the bottom teeth tend to overlap the top ones. While an underbite is often visible from the front of your face, your profile tends to be the most affected. You may also notice issues such as difficulty chewing or speaking if your underbite is especially pronounced.

Unfortunately, many people think that they only way to fix an underbite is to have surgery. And this false belief could cause you to go years without seeking help. If you struggle with an incorrect bite and don’t want surgery, then you may naturally be wondering are there other ways to fix severe underbite if surgery is not an option. You can use this guide to find the answers to your questions and get started on finding an acceptable method for treatment.

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Bad Breath Causes

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Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can be caused by poor dental hygiene, underlying health issues, lifestyle choices as well as particular foods. This article will explore among other questions “What are the foods that cause bad breath?”, “What are the best remedies for bad breath?”, and “Do cavities make your breath smelly?”

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Effects of Vaping on Teeth

Vaping has become the latest trend, allowing many people to enjoy a rush of nicotine or other legal drugs without the tar and pervasive smell of smoking. However, many people who enjoy vaping do not realize that it also can have potent physical effects. Although the smoke coming from a vape pen appears whiter and cleaner than heavy, tarry cigarette smoke, it can have part a particularly profound impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

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What is a Water Pick? (Do I need one)

UPDATED 28-11-18

Water picks sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces.

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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An investment in your kid’s braces is an investment in their future. Not only are you helping physically correct an issue, but you’re also giving them a boost in self-esteem and confidence that will help them as they travel through life.

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?



A smile is one of the first things people will notice about you, and one of the most memorable. If your smile isn’t all that you want it to be, due to crooked or misaligned teeth, a traditional brace may be the first solution to pop into your head. However, they are very noticeable. Adults as well as children or adolescents may find them to be too glaringly obvious and might become self-conscious while wearing them.

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Why Teenage Patients Have More [TMJ] Problems in the Springtime

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Most people associate springtime with blooming flowers, the first glimpses of sunshine after months of gloomy darkness, and beach vacations south of the border. But for those of use in the orthodontic business, springtime is also the time of year when TMJ is at its all-time high. It’s when we’re most accustomed to seeing parents accompanying teenagers complaining of jaw pain into our offices.

Why does this happen? What is TMJ? And why does it seem to reach epidemic proportions during the spring? Here’s what your orthodontist wants you to know.

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Orthodontics and Whole Body Health


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In recent years, many links have been established between orthodontic treatments and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, researchers have observed that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or experience difficulty controlling blood sugar than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find associations between oral health and the overall health of the body, as of yet it hasn’t been determined whether gum disease is the sole cause of these health conditions. What can be determined, however, is that good oral health isn’t just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

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The Effects of Biting Your Nails

The Effects of Biting Your Nails

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however, most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

The Effects of Biting Your Nails

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

It’s unsanitary

Your nails harbor bacteria and germs; and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

It wears down your teeth

Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

It can delay your orthodontic treatment

For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

It can cost you, literally

It has been estimated that biting your nails can cost up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.

Kick Your Nail Biting Habits

Dr. Kyle Childers and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

    • Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
    • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
    • Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
    • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
    • Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
    • If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting. Ask Dr. Kyle Childers and our team for a recommendation by visiting us at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office.

The Effects of Biting Your Nails