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Posts from 2018-09

Thumb Sucking. When should I be concerned?

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Thumb sucking is very common with infants and babies. It allows them to soothe and comfort themselves. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “ for young babies, it is a way to make contact with and learn about the world”. More than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs or fingers.

 

When Should I Be Concerned?

Most children begin to stop sucking their thumbs and fingers before the age of 4. However some children will continue to do it when they are tired or when they may be experiencing anxiety or stress. Once a child begins school they usually stop due to being teased but if it continues we recommend you get a consultation with your general dentist for an evaluation.

 

Depending on the amount of time the child is sucking their thumb or fingers and how aggressive they may be will determine if you should be concerned. With aggressive sucking your child’s palate, the roof of the mouth, may begin to affect their bite as well as the growth of their jaw bones. Resulting in long term problems.

 

When Should I Get A Professional Opinion?

It is very important that your child begins getting dental check ups and cleanings from your general dentist or a pediatric dentist once the baby teeth begin coming in. They will start to watch for any issues your child may have due to sucking their thumb or fingers.

 

Once your child begins to get their permanent teeth it's time to get an exam from an Orthodontist. Early detection of problems will significantly change the amount of time your child will stay in orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7 or as early as age 3.

 

What Can I Do To Help My Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb?

Using positive reinforcement when you notice they are not doing it. Creating a reward chart at home with rewards once they hit a number of days. Have your child participate by putting a star on the chart for every day they are thumb or finger free. You can purchase thumb emoji’s on Amazon along with more positive emoji’s. Make it a fun and positive experience.

Try and figure out what triggers it.Give positive encouragement.

Dr. Lupini offers free orthodontic exams. Treatment may or may not be required at that time. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for early treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development, then determine the appropriate time to begin treatment.

 

For more suggestions on how to help your child stop sucking their thumb or fingers checkout Web MD, Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry or the American Dental Association’s websites.

Stop in or call one of our downriver offices.

 

Trenton 1954 West Rd., Trenton  MI 48183 or call us at 734-675-1170.Wyandotte 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte  MI 48192 or call us at 734-282-4100.

 

We serve the Downriver Community and its surrounding communities. Trenton, Wyandotte, Taylor, Detroit, Riverview, Southgate, Romulus, Lincoln Park, Brownstown, Woodhaven, Grosse Ile, Gibraltar, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Carleton and Monroe.

 

Is Adult Braces for Me?

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Orthodontic Treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has climbed more than 40% since 2012. More adults are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids. Orthodontics can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile at any age. You are never too old to correct crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. Correcting your bite will create a balanced mouth and a healthy bite. Reducing your risk of gum disease. Chronic periodontitis affects 47.2% of adults in the U.S. in addition to the clinical benefits adults are wanting to invest in a beautiful healthy smile.

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Common reasons adults choose to get braces:

·         Enhanced self-confidence

·         Improved occlusal (bite) function & less chance for enamel chipping & wear patterns.

·         Crossbite Correction

·         Increased oral hygiene efficiency & therefore reduced chance for gingivitis & decay

·         Reduced risk of injury to protruding front teeth

·         Aid in optimizing other dental treatment

·        Guidance of teeth into more favorable positions.

Orthodontic treatment does not always have to be metal. With today’s technology we are able to offer several different options. Dr. Lupini offers invisible clear braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners (Invisalign® alternatives). Ceramic braces use brackets that may be white or clear and are made from high-quality ceramics that are stronger and look more natural and less obvious to others.

If you’ve been thing about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit us for a free exam. If you would like to understand the differences in treatment visit our website and read our blog on metal, ceramic and clear aligners. You can also visit the American Association of Orthodontics website for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to call one of our 2 offices.

Wyandotte Location 734-282-4100  or our Trenton Location 734-675-1170.

Serving the Metro Detroit area.

Metal, Clear and Ceramic Braces. What's the Difference?

What is the difference between metal, clear and ceramic braces? Here is a breakdown of the different options you may have when deciding to get your teeth straightened.

Metal Braces

When you think about braces these are the traditional braces that come to mind. They are visible metal brackets and wires. These brackets are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. Today’s brackets are much smaller and less noticeable than the brackets us adults remember as children. Metal braces may be recommended based on the patient’s needs. Metal braces work better in some cases of overcrowding and severe alignment issues.

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Ceramic Braces

Dr. Lupini uses the highest-quality ceramic braces for children’s and adult braces. These are much smaller when compared to previous designs. Also, most wires used contain titanium and titanium alloys, which allow for more continuous (gentle) forces placed on the teeth and actually produce more efficient and shorter treatments. These same wires are available with a tooth-colored coating to help them blend in when used with ceramic/tooth-colored braces.

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Invisible Aligners/Clear Aligners (Invisalign® and Alternatives)

Clear aligner therapy involves a series of trays that are made with computer-imaging technology. Invisible clear aligners address mild teeth misalignment (malocclusion). Aligners must be worn 22 hours every day to ensure that tooth movement progresses properly. Your teeth will move slowly as you sequentially replace aligners about every two to four weeks. Composite-bonded attachments help aligner retention and facilitate certain tooth movements. Interproximal reduction, or removal of enamel between the teeth, is a common requirement during clear aligner treatment. The treatment time an number of aligners depend on the severity of the malocclusion. Complex tooth movements usually require the addition of fixed appliances or dental braces.

While clear aligner options (like Invisalign) and clear retainers appeal to many adults for esthetic reasons, traditional braces are still far more accurate and effective at straightening crooked teeth, especially for patients with more severe malocclusion. They also give Dr. Lupini finer adjustment control as your teeth begin moving and throughout your treatment period.

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Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. Dr. Lupini and the staff at True Orthodontics are here to help you with any questions you may have. Check out our other blog on fitting braces into your life.

Please feel free to contact one of our locations.

Wyandotte location 734-282-4100  1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Trenton location 734-675-1170  1954 West Rd., Trenton MI 48192

Visit us on the web at www.TrueOrthodontics.com or email us at frontdesk@trueortho.com

True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Hts, Romulus, Huron Township, Flat Rock, Monroe, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Southgate and surrounding communities.

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John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.