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Help! His Adult Teeth Are Gappy! Childhood Dental Dramas?

As a parent, you want your child to have absolutely every advantage in life. It’s part and parcel of having kids! When adult teeth start to come in and things begin to look not quite right, many parents become concerned and want to know how they can fix the problem. So let’s talk all things gappy teeth! Adult teeth looking gappy First of all, your child is in great company! Many famous, successful AND attractive adults have gappy teeth! Madonna, Woody Harrelson and Brigitte Bardot to name but a few! Having gappy adult teeth is not the worst thing that could happen to your child, so keep that in mind. Do gappy adult teeth need braces? There is no set answer to this question. Having a thorough consultation with a friendly, family dentist will reveal whether there is need for corrective action such as the application of braces. Adult teeth may require braces if there are signs of significant problems down the track, such as pain when eating. Be aware that having gaps between teeth can cause a range of dental problems. It creates more of an opportunity for gum disease, plaque and infections to occur, for example. What else can be done about gaps between adult teeth? Short of corrective surgery, braces or a treatment like Invisalign to attempt to close the gaps, there is no treatment for adult teeth with gaps between them. It’s simply the luck of the draw and some mouths just have a little more space than others! It’s certainly nothing that you’ve done (or not done) and not something that could have been prevented. What should I worry about? As a parent? Everything! As a parent of a child with gaps between their adult teeth? It’s going to take that consultation with a dentist to come up with a treatment plan to really understand what you’re looking at. For the most part, gaps between adult teeth are an aesthetic concern. Significant gaps that need dental correction will be identified by a dentist but, even then, there’s nothing to worry about. Leave the care of your children’s chompers in the hands of the professionals and let them do the worrying for you! Never fear! Robert Duhig Dentist is here to make it all okay! From baby gums to adult teeth, we’re known as Brisbane’s Gentle Dentists – come and find out...

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Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

What Causes Crooked Teeth And What Are My Options To Fix Them? Crooked teeth can be a source of much embarrassment, negatively impacting your confidence and self-esteem. A healthy, straight smile is a wonderful asset, but aesthetics are not the only concern with crooked teeth. In fact, misaligned and overcrowded teeth can make proper brushing and hygiene difficult and, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious issues. Read on to discover what causes crooked teeth and the treatment options available to correct them. What causes crooked teeth? In most cases, crooked teeth are hereditary. Narrow or small jaws that can’t accommodate a full set of adult teeth are a common genetic trait. Others have issues with extra adult teeth growing in or missing ones that leave gaps. Upper and lower jaws that are misaligned can result in an over or under bite. But the cause of crooked teeth is not always genetics. Poor dental hygiene in childhood can lead to problems with adult teeth. Thumb sucking, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting and inadequate brushing leading to decay can all have a detrimental impact on the formation of your adult smile. Crooked teeth solutions If your crooked teeth are bothering you, it’s not too late to fix the problem. Not only will straightening your teeth give you a boost in confidence, but it can lower the risk of gum disease and decay. Invisalign Invisalign teeth straightening is a popular choice for adults with crooked teeth as it allows you to treat the problem discreetly. As opposed to the very prominent metal braces traditionally used, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Invisalign also offers you a more comfortable teeth straightening experience, free from metal wires and brackets that can cause pain and irritation to the mouth. The costing is generally around the same as traditional braces and treatment time is dependent on the complexity of the problem. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns If you have gappy or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution to create a straight, even smile. It is especially useful if you want results quickly. Similarly, dental crowns which cover the entire tooth can be used to improve the look of worn or decaying teeth, create symmetry and close gaps. Orthodontic work In some cases, crooked teeth require orthodontic work. Your dentist can assess your individual situation and refer you on as necessary. Discuss the right option for straightening your crooked teeth with the friendly staff at Robert Duhig Dental today! Call 07 3269...

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