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Too Old For Braces?

In a recent story arch of Modern Family, lovable Cam got braces put on as an adult. The decision and subsequent outcome was played up for laughs, but the truth is, you’re never too old to consider getting braces.

A recent report claimed that the percentage of adults who received orthodontics or orthodontic treatment has increased almost 40% in the last twenty years. Braces, once thought to be a teenage problem or rite of passage, are now being considered my many adults who passed on the need, for whatever reason, as a young person.

More and more dentists are offering a wider variety of orthodontic options to their adult patients who are trying correct their bite or enhance their smile. Those options include more discreet options than traditional metal braces.

Dental experts do warn adult patients that they should be aware that straightening teeth at an older age could present potential complications. Most adults have had decades of past dental work and that dental work can make it more difficult for the orthodontist to get the desired results.

Why are more adults considering orthodontia? About adult patients, Gerald Nelson, an orthodontist and clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco says “They’re healthier, their dental health is better and they’re interested in having their teeth last the rest of their life.” Treatment costs for adults may be a little higher than for adolescents, but the cost should not deter any serious adult from seeking the orthodontic care they desire. It is important to note that in some cases adults need orthodontic treatment before having other dental work done, such as teeth restorations or implants. However, with these considerations in mind, there doesn’t seem to be an age limit that prevents adults from seriously considering braces. However, Dr. Aamodt, of UCSF, says, “Our goal for treatment of children is to achieve perfection.” That often isn’t possible in grown-ups, he said, “so our goal for treatment of adults is to achieve the best compromise.”

To find out if you’re a candidate for adult braces, call (210) 399-3928 or visit to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can sound like a scary thing and that can lead to people resisting the need for oral surgery and other dental procedures. In order to better understand what is meant by oral surgery, has broken down the different procedures that are considered oral surgery.

Specialized surgery – Specialists in a certain field of oral surgery typically carry out specialized surgeries. For example, a maxillofacial surgeon would perform a jaw alignment surgery, which would entail breaking the jaw and realigning them. Specialized surgeries are not typically performed for cosmetic reasons, but for more practical reasons such as improving the patient’s chewing, breathing and/or speech problems.

Wisdom teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth will require the services of an oral surgeon. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can push the other teeth forward and cause misaligned and crooked teeth. As a result, the impacted teeth need to be removed and the gums need to be stitched shut.

Dental extractions – Sometimes a tooth is dead or dying and the decay is beyond repair so it needs to be extracted. Extractions are also a more cost effective alternative to repairing an ailing tooth. Additionally, when a patient is preparing for dentures, an oral surgeon may need to perform and extraction.

Root canal treatment – A standard dentist is equipped to perform root canal surgery. “The process is carried under mild sedation or a local anesthesia. In this process the root canal and the pulp of the tooth are removed. The canal is then filled with gutta-percha and a cap is placed on the tooth.” At a later time, a permanent cap is placed on the tooth later on.

If you have questions about oral or dental surgery, the staff at Check Dental can set up a free consultation and ensure that your are getting the best and most appropriate care for you dental needs. Having the right information is key to helping patients choose the right dentist and make the best decision regarding their oral health. Call (210) 399-3928 or visit to set up a free consultation.

Concern Grows for Unsafe Trend

A recent trend in cosmetic improvements has orthodontist concerned; that trend is ‘do-it-yourself-braces.” According to WIVB in Buffalo, NY, orthodontists are putting parents on high alert because dozens of people (mainly teens) are trying to straighten their own teeth following the instructions of a YouTube video promising a “painful but cheap” alternative. The increasing interest and popularity has also prompted a PSA from the American Journal of Orthodontics.

Dr. Paul Ziarnowski is the Associate Chair of Orthodontics with University at Buffalo Dental, said, “With the advent of the internet now though, things go viral and go viral in a hurry.” He continued, “It keeps on putting force up the root, up the root, up the root. It damages the bone around the tooth. It can actually cause a tooth to be lost. It can cause a tooth to erupt all the way out of its socket.” Using this method to close a gap or straighten your own teeth can increase the risk for infection as well as serious damage to your teeth and gums.

While braces can be expensive, the risk far outweighs the reward when it comes to a do-it-yourself alternative to braces. If you are concerned about the expense of braces, the dentists at Check Dental are available to provide a free consultation, as well as a variety of payment options, including low down payments, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments. Your need for braces may seem unnecessary because of the perceived cost involved, but Check Dental prides itself in providing quality dental and orthodontic care to patients at an affordable price.

Don’t fall prey to risky ideas being proliferated around the Internet. Get a professional opinion that will help you make an informed decision. Visit Check Dental on the web at or call (210) 399-3928 to schedule your free consultation right away.

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