Posts for tag: braces

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Braces. They conjure up images of unsightly headgear, hours and hours at the bathroom sink, and cumbersome retainers. However, today's orthodontic treatment from Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA, is more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Learn here about the importance of orthodontics.

What is orthodontia?

It's the dental specialty that corrects a variety of cosmetic and functional smile issues stemming from:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Bite problems (malocclusion)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Missing teeth
  • Oral injury
  • Differences in tooth size and jaw size

Besides correcting aesthetic issues, the orthodontic treatment creates smiles that are easier to keep clean, thus avoiding the perils of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, correctly aligned teeth and jaws are far less prone to jaw joint pain and headache caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD.

Should you get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic examination by age seven to make treatment, if necessary, easier. Most young people who do need braces begin wearing them before the age of 14. However, the Association also says that about 20 percent of current orthodontic patients are adults. 

To settle the question of getting or not getting orthodontic treatment, we perform a complete dental examination, noting tooth number, size, shape, and position. We take digital X-rays to look at roots and bone structure and evaluate the size and shape of your upper and lower jaws. We also note how upper and lower mandibles close together. Oral impressions allow us to create a study model to determine the best course of treatment for you as needed.

Life with Braces

Your dentist will determine what kind of braces are best for your particular needs. Appliances may include:

  • Traditional metal or ceramic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side, braces
  • Clear aligners from Invisalign
  • Palatal expanders which widen the jaw
  • Space maintainers to leave room for erupting adult teeth

While conventional braces often impose dietary restrictions and oral hygiene routines which can be complex, clear aligners are removable and easy to clean. Treatment times, of course, vary case to case, but generally, clear aligners straighten smiles more quickly than other kinds of braces.

Your smile goals

Orthodontic treatment could be the path to your aesthetic smile goals and your best oral health. Why not contact Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA? Call the Lawrenceville office at 770-963-2424. For the Suwanee, GA, office, call 678-269-4910.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
August 16, 2021
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces  

There is no age limit to the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. With orthodontics, many adults can achieve better looks and improved oral health after seeing Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland of Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.

One of the most common procedures in adult orthodontics is braces, but there may be many different options for straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile when you consult with an orthodontist. Here are some benefits you may want to consider if you are thinking about orthodontics, especially braces, in Lawrenceville, GA, and Suwanee, GA.

Benefits of Braces

Braces are a common orthodontic procedure, mostly due to their generalized use and effectiveness in treating crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth. In general, braces are a fixed appliance, meaning they remain in your mouth 24 hours a day until your orthodontist removes them after your teeth have achieved proper alignment. While this may seem intimidating, braces can have great benefits to you as they can correct more comprehensive irregularities in your teeth and smile, which alternative removable aligners may not be able to do. Your orthodontist may recommend a few different types of braces in Lawrenceville, GA, and Suwanee, GA, depending on your needs, including traditional wire braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces.

Benefits of Orthodontics for Adults

In addition to braces, there are many other services provided by adult orthodontics. At Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, this may include repair through bonding, fillings, crowns, veneers, and implants, screenings for oral cancer or periodontal (gum) disease, professional teeth cleaning and whitening, as well as tooth extractions and TMJ/TMD treatment for chronic jaw pain. If you are unsure of which procedure may be right for you, contact your local orthodontist at Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to learn more today!

Professionals Near You

If you are interested in adult orthodontics or braces in Lawrenceville, GA, and Suwanee, GA, consider reaching out to Dr. McCoy or Dr. Copeland of Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. With offices in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA, it has never been a better time to improve the look of your smile and your oral health along with it! Give us a call today at (770) 963-2424 for our Lawrenceville office, or (678) 269-4910 for our Suwanee office.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
LadyGagaWasntBornThisWay

Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"

"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.

The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.

Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.

Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.

Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.

So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Poor bite and irregular smile alignment create long term oral health issues and poor self-esteem. At Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, orthodontic braces are a treatment option for patients of all ages. Do you need braces, and if so, what kind is right for your smile? Your dentist is the go-to person to answer this important question.

What are braces?

Dental braces in Lawrenceville are fixed or removable appliances designed to move teeth into healthier, better-looking positions and to correct bite and jaw alignment problems. Typically thought of as metal bands and wires, today's braces include ceramic braces, tongue-side, or lingual braces, and removable clear aligners such as Invisalign. Palatal expanders, space maintainers, Forsus appliances, and other less invasive appliances help the youngest of patients get early treatment and avoid more complex and lengthy interventions later in life.

Most people receive wear braces as pre-teens and teenagers, says the American Association of Orthodontists. However, many older teens and adults of all ages opt for orthodontia to correct conditions which compromise their orofacial appearance and function.

A complete examination, X-rays and other imaging with Dr. McCoy or Dr Katherine Copeland, will tell you if braces (and what kind) would help your:

  • Bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite, as examples)
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Congenital absence of teeth
  • Orthodontic recession (teeth shift after braces are removed)

A very popular system
Today's teens and adults often explore orthodontic correction with Invisalign clear aligners. Correcting crooked smiles for more than 20 years, this innovative system utilizes invisible, custom-made trays which fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. Created in pairs and worn 20 to 22 hours per day, these appliances are comfortable, removable, easily maintained and reliable. They are appropriate for mild to moderate problems and achieve lasting results in an average of one year.

Many choices
Modern dentistry offers many ways to a straight, beautiful smile that stays healthy. Find out what you may need by arranging an orthodontic evaluation at Jennifer Mccoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call us for a convenient appointment time. For the Lawrenceville, GA, office, phone (770) 963-2424. For Suwanee, GA, call (678) 269-4910.