Friday, September 30, 2016

Common Problem: "Gummy Smile"

Do you or someone you know have 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 options for treatment offered by Dr. Spannhake . In minor causes laser treatment to remove excess gum tissue is an option. Braces can be used as treatment to move teeth is an option as well.  In severe cases, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to actually shift the jaw vertically upward, thus reducing the amount of exposure of the upper gum tissue. Treatment options vary depending on the cause of 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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Eating Habits With Braces

Braces are fragile, so it is important to avoid certain foods and drinks to protect the integrity of your braces. Avoid eating hard foods like nuts, ice, hard tacos, whole apples and carrots, hard French bread crusts and rolls, ribs, corn on the cob and popcorn! Sticky foods like taffy, caramels, bubble gum or any type of sticky candy should also be avoided. These foods can easily break the brackets and wires. Foods aren't the only thing that can damage your braces. Bad habits like nail biting and pen or pencil chewing can cause damage as well. Use common sense when eating and keep in mind that excessive broken appliances will only prolong your treatment and result in additional charges for repair.

For more questions about braces at Spannhake Orthodontics, you may visit our website or give us a call.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Why Choose Incognito Orthodontic Braces?

Incognito is a high-intensity orthodontic solution that can provide the same effectiveness for severe crookedness as traditional braces while still being cosmetic. Many adults prefer incognito to traditional braces as they’re completely hidden and they know for sure no one can see their aligners or metal covering their teeth. In this way, they are the perfect lifestyle-friendly solution to crooked teeth.

Lingual braces are also slightly different to Invisalign as they don’t rely on compliance to work. For some people, this is a benefit as they may forget to put their aligners back in which compromises treatment.

Why Choose Incognito Orthodontic Braces?
  • Completely esthetic, no one will know that you are wearing braces
  • Minimal discomfort and speech interference
  • 100% customized for the best results
  • Customized wires that do not require adjustments often mean fewer appointments and less discomfort throughout treatment
Incognito Orthodontic Braces are also 100% customized by Spannhake Orthodontics to meet the unique orthodontic prescription of every patient. Customization makes the difference and can lead to a more convenient and comfortable treatment experience. For more information about Incognito braces, please contact Spannhake Orthodontics. Dr. Spannhake's offices are located in Westminster, Mt. Airy and Towson, with convenient hours to serve you.