Thursday, August 20, 2015

Start The School Year Off Right

This summer we ran our back to school contest and gave away a backpack full of school supplies. The winner was announced yesterday, if you didn't win no worries this blog will let you know exactly want you need to get this school year.

Classrooms are stocked with supplies needed to assist in learning, but most students are still required to have their own personal items. Depending on the age of your child some supplies are more necessary than others. We’ve compiled a list the top 5 supplies need in categories by level of education.

Elementary: K-5th grade

  • Colored penciels
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pink eraser

Middle School: 6th-8th grade

  • Supportive backpack
  • Stock pencil case
  • Binder with dividers
  • Ball point pens
  • Calculator

High School: 9th-12th

  • College ruled paper
  • Agenda calendar
  • Combination lock
  • Hole puncher
  • Highlighters

Don’t forget to make an appointment with us to be sure your child’s teeth are in great shape for the new school year.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Common Problem: Excessive Gingival Display

Have you ever seen a smile where the gums stand out more than the teeth? This is called Gummy Smile.

Formally known as “Excessive Gingival Display”, this orthodontic problem gives the appearance of overly exposed gum on the upper arch. Not only does this problem cause issues with how the smile looks, but it can also reveal underlying orthodontic problems.

Gummy smile occurs when teeth, gums and the upper jaw are not proportional to one another.
This is caused by:
Abnormal eruption of teeth
Upper lip positioned higher than normal
Position of the upper jaw in relationship to the skill

There are several treatment options available for this problem. In minor cases laser treatment to remove excess gum tissue is an option. Braces treatment to move teeth is an option as well. In severe cases surgery may be necessary to reduce the vertical length of the upper jaw. Treatment options vary depending on what is causing gummy smile.

If you have questions regarding Excessive Gingival Display do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us so we can give you all the information you need.