The Importance of Bite Correction

When it comes to orthodontic issues, your bite is probably the last thing you’re worried about. However, an improper bite can wind up causing major issues later on down the road. If you suffer from frequent headaches or TMJ, a poor bite may be the root cause of your pain. San Diego Orthodontist, Dr. William Thomas and the team at Poway Braces has the experience needed to examine your bite and determine how it’s impacting your life. Contact us today at (858) 748-6200 to set up an appointment.

What Causes a Poor Bite?

A poor bite can be caused by a number of things. In some cases, a person’s mouth is too small to comfortably fit all of their teeth, so shifting occurs to make some room. In other cases, the upper and lower jaw may be of unequal size, which causes an overbite or an underbite. An overbite occurs when the upper jaw protrudes forward, while an underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes forward. Genetics may also play a role in your bite. Crooked teeth, underbites and overbites are all physical features that can be inherited from your parents or past generations. Other factors that may affect your bite include:

  • Jaw injuries
  • Uneven fillings or crowns
  • Tooth loss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Extensive thumb-sucking
  • Tongue thrusting

For some, bite issues develop early in life during the growth period. Children who breathe through their mouths, for example, may have jaw development issues that affect the bite.

Signs of an Improper Bite

In most cases, orthodontists can determine whether or not bite correction is needed by simply looking at your teeth. They also look for face abnormalities and how the teeth line up to make a proper diagnosis. X-Rays or impressions may be necessary to give the orthodontist a clear picture of the patient’s bite. Other common signs of an improper bite include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding, or Bruxing

Why Bite Correction is Important

Overbites, underbites and misaligned teeth can lead to much bigger problems if they are left untreated. Some of the side effects of an improper bite include:

  • Frequent and recurring headaches.
  • Improper chewing that eventually causes uneven wear of tooth enamel or jawbone deterioration.
  • TMJ from upper or lower jaw strain.
  • Speech impediments.
  • Issues keeping teeth clean, which can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Low self-esteem caused by misaligned or crooked teeth.

Bite corrections should be addressed as early as possible. Parents should keep a close eye on their children’s teeth, and bring them to a San Diego orthodontist by the age of six or seven. An orthodontist can help catch any bite issues early on and correct them before the jaw is finished growing. Otherwise, a fully developed jaw will require jaw surgery to correct the bite. For more information, contact the San Diego orthodontic office of Poway Braces today.

Dr. Thomas lectures on AcceleDent

Recently, Dr. Thomas was invited to give a lecture in Irvine by AcceleDent, developers of  an innovative new service offered by only a select number of orthodontists that makes it possible for adults and children to have straighter teeth in 30-50% less time than with Invisalign or braces.

Benefits include:

• You only have to wear the device 20 minutes each day

• Quicker straightening of the teeth, therefore less time in braces

• It’s painless and completely safe for children, teens, and adults

• The appliance is lightweight, and comfortable to wear

• Hands-free design allows you to wear the device while you read, play games, do homework, or watch TV

Learn more about AcceleDent here: https://www.powaybraces.com/specialties/acceledent/

 

Learn more about sleep apnea

A colleague of mine runs an excellent blog on sleep apnea at www.airwaydevelopment.com, which I thought I’d share with you, along with placing it on the Sleep Apnea page of this website for your reference.

Best,

Dr. Thomas

AirwayDevelopment

 

Poway Braces Proudly Offers AcceleDent

Acceledent

Dr. Thomas knows that the idea of spending years or months in braces can be somewhat displeasing for a patient of any age. Dr. Thomas and the Poway Braces team proudly offer AcceleDent as a treatment option to their patients. AcceleDent is a state-of-the-art appliance that significantly reduces the time typically needed for an orthodontic appliance to align your smile.

What is AcceleDent?

AcceleDent is a painless, lightweight mouthpiece attached to an electronic device that is held between your teeth and gently vibrates (known as SoftPulse technology) the teeth and gums. This device is used for 20 minutes a day while undergoing treatment with Dr. Thomas.  The vibration from the device speeds up the process of moving your teeth by stimulating bone movement. This ultimately aids the orthodontic appliance you are currently wearing, and its job to align your teeth. Using AcceleDent, teeth move 38% to 50% faster than with braces alone! AcceleDent is comfortable, safe, and can be utilized by patients of all ages.

What are the advantages of using AcceleDent?

With AcceleDent, you can achieve a perfect smile in just a fraction of the time it would take with traditional orthodontic appliances. In as little as 6 months you can obtain the smile of your dreams with Poway Braces. Have questions about AcceleDent? We would love to answer them. Your first step to achieving your new smile is scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thomas.

Call us for a complimentary consultation

Dr. Thomas is an orthodontist with expertise using AcceleDent to create the beautiful and healthy smile that you’ve always dreamt of. To learn if AcceleDent is right for you or your child, call today for a complimentary consultation (858) 748-6200, or contact us here. We can’t wait to meet you.

Poway Braces serves Poway, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee, Rancho San Diego, Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Clairmont, Tierra Santa, and the surrounding areas of San Diego, California

Poway Braces Introduces The Clear Advantage Of Invisalign

Today, more and more individuals are deciding it’s time to do something about straightening their teeth. Without the inconvenience or embarrassment of wearing metal braces, Invisalign™ is a solution that’s making it possible for adults to achieve a beautiful smile. If you live in the county of San Diego, or the surrounding areas, you’ll be glad to know that Dr. Thomas of Poway Braces proudly provides Invisalign invisible braces. Your newly aligned smile that you’ve always dreamt of is in reach!

As an adult considering a corrective procedure, you may be curious about the positive benefits of this method of teeth straightening:

-Virtually Invisible

-Comfortable

-Removable

-No food restrictions

-Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule!

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is simple. Crafted of a plastic material that’s virtually invisible, each aligner tray is custom made to your unique needs. The aligner slips over your teeth; once your teeth have moved to the desired position, you move on to the next aligner, which is just a bit different than the last. Over time, your teeth gradually and gently shift into place, leaving you with perfectly straight teeth and your most beautiful smile ever. Dr. Thomas determines the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Dr. Thomas then has a series of aligners custom made just for you.

Prior to advancing teeth-straightening technologies such as Invisalign, many adults were hesitant to undergo a procedure, which could result in a more beautifully aligned smile. Today, adults are the fastest-growing segment; countless men and women are deciding it’s time to take action and do something about their crooked teeth. Dr. Thomas is here to help them achieve the desired results.

As a result of this innovative procedure, adults will enjoy:

-Greater self-confidence

-Enhanced self-esteem

-A feeling of looking more attractive than ever before

As an adult, having crooked or misaligned teeth can affect various aspects of your life. If you are single, you may feel that your smile has impacted your social or dating life. Many adults fear that their physical appearance will jeopardize work and other opportunities in life. It is an unfortunate fact in our society that so much is based on appearance, however if your smile (or lack thereof) is what’s holding you back, now you can move forward with confidence!

Dr. Thomas is an orthodontist with expertise using Invisalign to create beautiful, healthy smiles. Contact us today for a free consultation (858) 748-6200.

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Sleep Apnea and Snoring Can Be Life Threatening

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Can Be Life Threatening

Ever have one of those days where you’re constantly dragging your feet and fighting to keep your eyes open? Or, have you been accused of being extremely cranky and caffeine just doesn’t seem to do the trick? It’s common for people to have one of these experiences occasionally when they don’t get enough sleep the night before. However, if this is a normal way of life you, it’s time to consider consulting with a professional to ensure you’re not leaving a serious health issue untreated. Dr. William Thomas of PowayBraces is partnering with local area medical doctors to provide a non-surgical solution that is safe, affordable and effective. Specially trained orthodontists, can now provide a dental appliance as an alternative to using an uncomfortable CPAP machine.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder that affects a person’s ability to breathe naturally during sleep. Those with this condition experience prolonged pauses, or apnea, between each breath. Most people with sleep apnea aren’t usually aware that there’s an issue which adds complications to proper diagnosis and treatment.

Forms of Sleep Apnea

People who have sleep apnea are diagnosed of one of three types: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), or complex SA which is basically a mixture of CSA and OSA. CSA is characterized as the brain not giving the muscles signals for a person to breathe during sleep and mostly affects infants. On the other hand, OSA occurs when the brain does send signals to muscles, but the muscles don’t take the cue to breathe because of an obstructed airway. OSA tends to impact the majority of people with sleep apnea, causing problems for millions of American adults and children.

The Aftermath

Sleep apnea has several adverse effects that target both physical and emotional health. Individuals who have the condition are more likely to suffer from fatigue, short-term memory loss, and weak motor or concentration skills. Another common result, particularly for those with OSA, is snoring which can lead to more serious, long term effects, including heart attack, stroke, hypertension, depression, or various auto-immune disorders. Use of Dental Devices by Sleep Apnea Patients Sleep experts encourage individuals to seek the guidance of specially trained orthodontists when it comes to getting the treatment that deals with sleep apnea. After thorough examination, Dr. Thomas will often prescribe a custom designed dental device to minimize related health issues. Most treatments are cost effective, non-invasive, and easy to wear.

CPAP Machine

Although there’s a wide array of devices, one of the most commonly recommended treatment by sleep doctors is referred to as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy, or the CPAP machine. The instrument conveniently transfers air connected to a hose and the device into the airways of a person while they’re asleep. The CPAP machine is proven to be one of the most effective solutions, however, there’s still drawback that people should take into consideration. It’s noisiness and discomfort can cause problems, as well some of the physical side effects, such as nosebleeds, headaches, and nightmares. Unfortunately, studies show that compliance is poor.

Sleep apnea doesn’t have to dictate your future. Take control of your life by consulting with an orthodontic professional about possible oral solutions. Preventative treatments, paired with positive lifestyle changes, can help point you in the right direction.

Dr. Thomas Williams of PowayBraces is a leader that’s committed to helping individuals make the best decisions when it comes to orthodontic solutions. Call today for a free consultation in order to get invaluable information on what can be done to treat the effects of sleep apnea. (858) 748-6200

Clear Damon Brackets!

Did you know that we now offer all clear Damon braces? Look on our website www.powaybraces.com or call us at 858-748-6200 to find out more about the all new Clear Damon brackets!

Straight Teeth Is Better!

In a recent survey, of more than 1,000 Americans (age 18 and over), 72% of the respondents agreed that people of all ages with healthy, straight teeth are typically treated better in social situations than those with noticeably crooked teeth. Conversely, nearly half said that crooked teeth leave a negative first impression.

Wilckodontics

Did you know that Dr. Thomas is certified to use Wilckodontics? With Wilckodontics, most cases are completed in 3 to 8 months!!!

Orthodontic Problems When Left Untreated

Did you know that, when left untreated, many minor orthodontic problems may become worse, contributing to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing, excessive gum stress on gum tissue, and misalignment of the jaw joints. This can all lead to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.