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By Hobble Creek Dental Care
September 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: six month braces  
As adults, many of us dread the thought of undergoing orthodontic treatment for more than a year—especially if they are bulky, metal braces. Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.  Because they do not want to be stuck wearing adult metal braces for years, adults feel stuck and don’t seek treatment. 
Now there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle.  Six Month Smiles utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months. Take the first steps toward improving your smile, your confidence and your life with Six Month Smiles from our dental office in Springville.

Braces ImageWhat is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics.  There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to straighten patients’ teeth.  With Six Month Smiles, the best aspects of braces are taken and modified to give adults a common sense, cosmetic solution that fits everyone’s lifestyle. 
The following is what sets Six Month Smiles apart from the rest:
  • Average treatment times of only six months
  • Barely visible tooth-colored wires
  • Use of braces has provided the most conservative and predictable final results
  • The patient tray kits ensure that appointments are fast and comfortable
  • Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene
  • Less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers

What is the Importance of Straight Teeth?

Having straight teeth is not just a way to look good. It can also contribute to your overall dental health and wellbeing. The alignment of your teeth is referred to as occlusion within the field of dentistry.  Teeth are supposed to fit with one another like a puzzle.  When they are not aligned properly they can cause uneven wear and tear on the teeth that could lead to chips, cracks, and even tooth sensitivity. 
A balanced smile also helps to protect the joints of the jaw so that extra pressure is not added to them.  If left untreated, misalignment can lead to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, chronic headaches, or other serious forms of damage within the mouth. Misaligned teeth are a serious problem for numerous people, but a straight and beautiful smile is easier than ever with the advanced treatments that are now offered by our dentists in Springville at Hobble Creek Dental Care.  
Make an appointment our affordable dentists in Springville at Hobble Creek Dental Care today for more information on Six Month Smiles and to find out if you are a candidate.  You can take the next step toward a beautifully aligned smile that improves your appearance and functionality.
Have you straightened your smile with six month braces? We would love to hear about your experience!

By Hobble Creek Dental Care
September 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

According to popular culture, a root canal treatment is one of life’s most painful experiences. But popular culture is wrong — this common treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it. Knowing the facts will help alleviate any anxiety you may feel if you’re scheduled to undergo the procedure.

A root canal treatment addresses a serious problem involving the pulp of a tooth that has become infected. The pulp is a system of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues inside the tooth that helps the tooth maintain its vitality. It also contains a series of minute passageways known as root canals that interconnect with the body’s nervous system.

The pulp may become infected for a number of reasons: tooth decay, gum disease, repetitive dental procedures, or traumatic tooth damage. Once the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged it must be completely removed from the tooth and the root canals filled and sealed in order to save the tooth.

We begin the procedure by numbing the affected tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia and placing a dental dam (a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl) over the area to isolate the tooth and prevent the spread of infection to other oral tissues. We then drill a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Using special instruments, we then remove the infected or dead pulp tissue through the access hole and then wash and cleanse the root canals and pulp chamber with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions.

After additional preparation, we fill the root canals and pulp chamber with a filling especially designed for this kind of treatment, usually a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha that easily molds and compresses when heated. We then seal the access hole with a temporary filling (until a permanent crown can be fashioned) to prevent infection from reentering the pulp space. After the procedure, you may experience some minor discomfort easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

You’ll find the root canal treatment alleviates the symptoms prompted by the pulp infection, particularly acute pain. What’s more, a successful root canal will have achieved something even more crucial to your health — it will give your tooth a second chance at survival.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Hobble Creek Dental Care
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

If Kristi Yamaguchi's kids inherit her figure skating ability, they might just be headed for the Olympics — after all, their mom won the gold medal for figure skating in the 1992 games. When it comes to teeth, however, she wouldn't mind if they inherited her spouse's instead. “My husband [fellow Olympian turned pro hockey player Bret Hedican] never had braces,” she recently told an interviewer. “I'm hoping they get his teeth.”

When you look at the elegant skating star's pearly smile, you'd never suspect she had dental problems. In fact, Kristi had four permanent teeth extracted to relieve the crowding in her mouth. She also wore braces to correct irregularities in both upper and lower teeth. Could orthodontics work the same “magic” for your kids — or yourself?

It just might. The first step toward finding out is having an orthodontic evaluation. For kids, the right time for an initial evaluation is no later than age 7. By then, the first molars are usually present and your child's bite pattern is establishing. Even though treatment may not begin for several more years, it's helpful to know what problems may arise in your child's individual situation — and to start treating them at just the right time.

Orthodontics has progressed a great deal in the two decades since Yamaguchi's braces came off. Today, small devices called palatal expanders are often used to create more space in the mouth, as an alternative to tooth extraction. There are also many new options for orthodontic appliances, in addition to standard metal braces. These include unobtrusive tooth-colored braces and lingual braces, which are applied to the tongue side of the teeth and can't be seen. In some cases, clear plastic aligners can be used instead of braces, for a look that's almost invisible.

Adolescence is often the preferred time to do orthodontic treatment. By then, the permanent teeth have mostly come in, but there's still some growing left to do. But age isn't a factor that should stop you from getting the smile you've always wanted. About one in five orthodontic patients today is an adult — and those less-visible appliances can fit in well with the more “professional” image of an older person.

Orthodontics can't help make someone an Olympic athlete — only lots of talent and practice can do that. But it can make a big difference in a person's appearance. “Once my braces came off, it was like — Wow! That looks so much nicer,” Yamaguchi recollected. And today, the mother of two, author, and philanthropist sports the same appealing smile she had on the podium at the Albertville Olympic Games.

If you would like more information on how orthodontics could help you get the smile you've dreamed about, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Early Orthodontic Evaluation” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”