FAQs From Teens About Braces

Getting traditional braces a teen raises many questions and concerns. Teens are not only busy developing physical and social skills, but they can also be quite intimidated about the way braces may affect their adolescent lifestyle. While some teenagers can avoid traditional braces altogether by choosing Invisalign, not all young patients are candidates.

Do I Really Have To Wear My Retainer After Braces?

If you have recently had your braces removed, congratulations on completing the hardest phase of your orthodontic treatment! But guess what? Your treatment is not really over. The final phase is called retention, which involves wearing that retainer that your orthodontist custom fit for your new smile.

Does My Child Really Need To Visit The Dentist By Age 1?

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your child to the dentist by the time they reach their first birthday. With so few teeth at this stage, it is common for parents to question whether or not this first visit is really necessary. However, the first dental visit serves several purposes that will benefit your child’s oral health both now and as they grow.

8 Reasons Why Your Child Has Stained Teeth

Most of us are familiar with battling tooth stains as an adult, but when your child’s smile looks yellow or dingy, it can raise concern. The truth is, just like adults, there are many reasons why kids suffer from tooth discoloration. Baby teeth are not invincible; they are prone to some of the same issues as permanent teeth when it comes to staining or enamel loss.

When Your Child Has Toothache

Let’s face it; tooth pain hurts. Therefore, you can count on your child to tell you if he or she is experiencing a toothache. They may be unable to sleep or eat and even in tears if the pain is severe. As a parent, here’s what to do first.

Orthodontic Emergencies While Out of Town

Are you taking a trip over the holidays? It is common for families to go out of town to visit family or friends over the winter break. However, as you pack your bags full of gifts, toiletries and special outfits, don’t forget to include a few items that will help you handle an orthodontic emergency. If you or your child is currently in braces or undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is best to be prepared if a problem should arise. While your orthodontist at Milton Dental Specialists is always a phone call away, it may not be possible to get into the office for a visit.

When are Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

Orthodontics involves more than just straightening your teeth for better aesthetics. A primary goal of orthodontics is to properly align your bite so that your jaw functions correctly and your teeth don’t suffer undue stress and damage over time. While braces or other orthodontic appliances can correct most types of malocclusion, some patients need a more aggressive form of treatment using surgical orthodontics.

Xylitol For A Healthier Smile

Most of us enjoy eating sugar. But guess what? The bacteria in your mouth thrive on it too. In fact, that is how tooth decay begins. When you consume foods or drinks that contain sucrose (sugar), your oral bacteria gain the energy to multiply and form harmful acids. These acids erode or “eat away” the enamel of your teeth, which is their outermost layer of protection. In result, a cavity is formed.

Is Your Child Getting Enough Fluoride?

Fluoride is an important mineral for a healthy smile. Fluoride can actually remineralize your tooth enamel, or its outermost layer. This adds protection to areas where it is weak. Therefore, when harmful acids attempt to invade your tooth enamel and weaken it, fluoride acts as a defense barrier to protect your tooth from cavities.

Dental Sealants: A Smart Choice For Your Child’s Smile

Has your child recently gotten his or her permanent back molars? You may hear a recommendation from your dentist for dental sealants at your child’s next dental exam. Dental sealants are typically placed on the six-year molars and twelve-year molars after they’ve fully erupted. This quick and easy dental procedure is designed to protect your child from cavities in highly vulnerable areas of their smile.

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Milton Dental Specialists

13075 Hwy 9
Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
Phone: (770) 521-2100
Fax: (404) 469-0324

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00am – 7:00pm*
Tues – Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00pm*
Fri: 7:00am – 1:30pm*
Sat: Available By Appointment

*Early morning, evening and weekend appointments available.

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