Halloween is right around the corner. At Carlyle Orthodontics we want families to have a fun-filled and safe holiday. There are lots of local events for kids such as the popular “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” or “Screamin’ Green Hauntoween” and of course there is always good, old-fashioned trick or treating, just remember to follow basic rules to stay safe.

Halloween Safety Tips

Here are some safety precautions to consider before going out this year.

PLAN A ROUTE IN ADVANCE

Plan your route and make sure you tell others where you are going. If there is an accident or an emergency, it is important for family and friends to know where to find you. Make sure cell phones are charged so you can communicate and call for help. Also, losing something while you are out is inevitable and planning your route can help locate lost items.

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE

There will be young children throughout your neighborhood and on your property. Keep your entrance and yard well lit, remove sticks, hoses and other tripping hazards from your walkways and lawn and turn off sprinklers if they are set to go off. Whether you are planning to be home or out trick or treating, please remember to leave your home safe for children and families.

WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING

Keeping your children safe is the top priority and with so many people out it can be hard for drivers to see everything. Add reflective tape or strobe lights to the pants of your children if their costume is very dark. Or even better, choose a brighter costume like a ghost or mummy. It doesn’t matter what your costume is, it is not worth getting hit by a car. If you are driving, make sure to go slow and be extra careful of your surroundings.

FOOD ALLERGIES

Food allergies are a growing concern for families. Did you know a new trend is catching on – teal pumpkins have special treats for children with food allergies! This is a great idea that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Most candies either contain nuts or are processed in a facility with nuts. This allows children to participate in trick or treating that are usually left out.

We hope these tips are helpful to you this Halloween and you all have a happy and safe trick or treat night this year. Please remember to brush and floss after eating candy. Also, if you have braces and are not sure which candy is safe feel free to stop by or give us a call at 407-447-9060.

People come into Carlyle Orthodontics to get amazing smiles to correct many bite issues. Whether you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or spacing issues, braces can help you get a more beautiful, sound smile. Metal and clear braces might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Braces can also correct less frequent, though still severe, bite issues that can affect your jaw function over time. Issues like overcrowding and dental midlines that don’t quite match up can seem like minor issues. Both can affect jaw function and the wear and tear your teeth take over time.

You can think of braces as one of the most effective ways of correcting all kinds of bite issues and straightening crooked teeth in the process. According to the folks at Invisalign, straighter teeth often translate into improved self-esteem. Other benefits include more comfortable dental cleanings and even a lower chance of developing more severe health issues.

Tips & Solutions for Common Issues with Braces

When patients come to Carlyle Orthodontics, they’re excited to take control of their dental health. Patients who come in are usually also brimming with questions about braces during the initial consultation.

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Problem #1: Eating with Braces

A common topic of discussion that comes up before patients get their brackets and braces installed is what kinds of foods to eat. The truth is that chewy and sticky foods might not be best when you’re wearing braces.

Chewy foods like bagels and candy especially chewing gum can get stuck in your brackets and make cleaning your braces more difficult. One huge sticking point for many of our patients is popcorn. Those little kernels have a way of staying around long after the movie’s over.

The truth is that hard, sticky, or tough foods might cause you issues. Thankfully, there is a long list of foods that won’t stick to your brackets, and that might improve your oral health.

Soft fruits and vegetables are great additions to any diet, and eggs might be a good alternative to tougher meats or hard breads. Sticking to the essentials in the food pyramid isn’t a bad place to start.

Problem #2: General Mouth Soreness

Whenever you’re trying to correct spacing issues or crooked teeth with braces, there can be some soreness. Rinsing with warm salt water as mouthwash can relieve the tenderness that patients feel in their mouth.

Problem #3: Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

First, you brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle from the gum line as we’re all taught. Next, make sure to gently place the toothbrush at the top of your bracket then make a soft down stroke to dislodge any stuck food particles. Using an oral irrigator in conjunction with regular flossing can also help remove food particles.

Problem #4: Braces Causing Gum Sores

Sometimes, the brackets or wires on your braces can cause nicks along your gums as you chew food. If one of your brackets rubs against your gums for too long, it can cause a bit of discomfort. Sleeping on your side could also cause some abrasion.

The solution here is a simple one—talk to your orthodontist at Carlyle Orthodontics about the issue and ask about orthodontic wax. This kind of wax is made for the brackets on braces and comes in a convenient box. The wax is also transparent, so no one has to know that it’s covering one of your brackets.

Braces can help improve your smile and the overall look of your child’s teeth. As a parent, you know how important that is going to be for your kids later on in life. Life with braces can pose some interesting challenges though, especially for younger children.

Dealing with braces on summer vacation likely won’t require much work at all from you or your children. In fact, if your child has had their braces for any length of time and they’ve been properly adjusted by an orthodontist, your child probably won’t even notice that they’re there.

However, there are some important summer vacation tips that parents and kids can utilize this season to make the most out of life with braces.

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Keep a Braces Kit Handy

Life with braces generally isn’t much different than life without them when everything is adjusted properly. When you’re going out of town and away from your dentist and orthodontist though, you want to make sure you can handle any situation that comes your way. This is especially true when you’re dealing with the potential discomfort of a child.

To make wearing braces while traveling easier, packing a kit of essentials can be a handy option. To do this, all you’ll need is an extra toiletries bag – ideally one that’s waterproof and large enough to store a few necessary items.

Pack these items in your travel braces kit:

  • A small mirror. This will allow you to check the braces to see if anything is wrong or if food is stuck in hard-to-see areas.
  • Orthodontic wax. This can help ease discomfort associated with protruding wire in the mouth. If you run out, it should be readily available at most drug stores throughout the country.
  • Toothpicks, dental floss, and effective tools to help you clean between teeth and braces.
  • Travel toothbrushes and mouthwash for general oral hygiene.

Avoid Certain Foods

Summer vacation isn’t always the time to watch every bite of food, but when you’re dealing with life with braces, certain foods are still a no-no. Avoiding them shouldn’t ruin your summer, though!

  • Hard nuts like peanuts, almonds, and cashews.
  • Apples, pears, and other fruit in whole form. Chopping fruit is preferred for braces.
  • Bagels and hard bread.
  • Gummy and hard candy.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Sticky foods and hard cookies or pretzels.

Make an Appointment Before Leaving

Short trips generally don’t require any special preparation from your dentist or orthodontist, but if you’re planning to leave town for a long period of time – four weeks or more, for example – coming in for a quick adjustment can make life with braces a little easier.

In most cases, your appointment will be quick and coming in will just allow your orthodontist to inspect the braces and make sure everything is in order. Minor adjustments that need to be made can usually be done in the office the same day.

Coming into the office for a quick visit can ensure that life with braces, even if you’re on the open road or lounging by the beach, is as comfortable as possible.

Wearing braces can help improve your smile and give you beautiful, healthy looking teeth for a lifetime. If your kids are wearing braces, you’ve taken a positive first step toward their overall health and self-confidence later in life.

Before you go on vacation though, make sure you’re ready for anything that may happen with your child’s braces. Most of the time nothing will come up, but you always want to be ready just in case so you don’t have to cut your vacation short.

For more information, give us a call and see how we can help make going on vacation easier for you and your family!

People come into Carlyle Orthodontics to get amazing smiles and correct all kinds of bite issues. Whether you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or spacing issues, braces can help you get a more beautiful and structurally sound smile. Metal and clear braces might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Braces can also correct less common, though still serious, bite issues that can affect your jaw function over time. Issues like overcrowding and dental midliens that don’t quite match up can seem like minor issues but both can actually affect jaw function and the wear and tear your teeth take over time.

So, you can think of braces as one of the most effective ways of correcting all kinds of bite issues and straightening crooked teeth in the process. And, according to the folks at Invisalign, straighter teeth often translate into improved self-esteem, easier dental cleanings, and perhaps even a lower chance of developing more serious health issues down the line.

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Solutions for Minor Issues with Braces

When patients come to Carlyle Orthodontics, they’re understandably excited to take control of their dental health and straighten their crooked teeth with braces. Patients who come in are usually also brimming with questions about braces during the initial consultation.

  • Problem #1: Braces and Sticky Foods

A very popular topic of discussion that comes up before patients get their brackets and braces installed is what kinds of foods are going to work best while they’re wearing braces. The truth is that chewy and sticky foods might not be best when you’re wearing braces.

Chewy foods like bagels and candy can get stuck in your brackets and make cleaning your braces more difficult. One huge sticking point for many of Dr. Carlyle’s patients is popcorn—those little kernels really have a way of staying around long after the movie’s over.

The truth is that hard, sticky, or tough foods might cause you issues but there is a long list of foods that won’t stick to your brackets and that might actually improve your oral health.

Soft fruits and vegetables are great additions to any diet, and eggs might be a good alternative to tougher meats or hard breads. Sticking to the essentials in the food pyramid isn’t a bad place to start.

  • Problem #2: General Mouth Soreness

Whenever you’re trying to correct spacing issues or crooked teeth with braces, there can be some soreness. Rinsing with warm salt water as a mouthwash can relieve the tenderness that patients feel in their mouth as their teeth are coming in better alignment.

  • Problem #3: Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

After you brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle from the gum line as we’re all taught make sure to gently place the toothbrush at the top of your bracket then make a soft downstroke to dislodge any stuck food particles. Using an oral irrigator in conjunction with regular flossing can also help remove food particles.

  • Problem #4: Braces Causing Gum Sores

Sometimes, the brackets or wires on your braces can cause nicks along your gums as you chew food. If one of your brackets rubs against your gums for too long it can cause a bit of discomfort. Sleeping on your side could also potentially cause some abrasion.

Fortunately, the solution here is a simple one—talk to your orthodontist at Carlyle Orthodontics about the issue and ask about orthodontic wax. This kind of wax is made for the brackets on braces and comes in a convenient box. The wax is also transparent so no one has to know that it’s covering one of your brackets.

When it comes to achieving the perfect smile, you want to work with a friendly team that has years of experience.Dr. Carlyle and her team are approved by the American Association of Orthodontists and can help patients find a beautiful smile through a variety of orthodontic solutions.

A Beautiful Smile at Any Age at Carlyle Orthodontics

Dr. Carlyle and her team are dedicated to offering the most up-to-date, effective orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic solutions to patients throughout central and southeast Florida, including the Orlando and Lake Nona areas.

If you have improperly aligned teeth or your jaws don’t seem properly aligned, then consulting with Dr. Carlyle could bring you one step closer to a beautiful smile!

At Carlyle Orthodontics you can expect orthodontic solutions for the whole family in that Carlyle Orthodontics offers braces for kids, teens, and even adults. A variety of orthodontic solutions are available.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents of kids ages 7 and older might want to consider braces, as many permanent teeth including molars may have already come in.

It’s usually easier to make incremental adjustments along a child’s natural developmental path because issues like crowding, spacing, and crossbites are often easier to address early.

That said, adult braces and the hugely popular Invisalign braces are available to residents in Lake Nona and the surrounding central Florida region. It’s never too late to achieve a beautiful smile!

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A Range of Customized Orthodontic Solutions 

The most popular type of braces are metal braces, but Carlyle Orthodontics offers clear braces and Invisalign as well.

Metal, or traditional, braces are great at addressing overcrowding issues, which can cause a malocclusion or misalignment of teeth and difficulties with chewing and biting.

The interesting thing about metal braces that many people don’t know is that—partly because metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel—you can expect a shorter overall treatment period. Metal braces are that effective, and they’re now more discrete, comfortable, and affordable than ever thanks to recent advances in orthodontics.

In fact, metal braces are usually considered the most affordable option when it comes to braces for most patients. Having said that, Carlyle Orthodontics works with you to find the payment plan that matches your needs.

TRICARE, Cigna, and Delta Dental are all accepted. Contact Carlyle Orthodontics to find out if your current insurance will cover braces and orthodontics treatment.

Invisalign and Clear Braces

The Invisalign system that uses customized clear aligners to gradually improve your smile is an option seemingly every adult patient has questions about. Read more about Invisalign here.

Clear braces are great too because they’re effective and made from a discrete translucent (or transparent) biocompatible material that derives from ceramic. A lot of people have seen clear braces and appreciate the chance to really own a beautiful smile.

Clear braces are the most popular kind of braces for adults, according to Colgate, because they are very discrete and can be removed between meals or to brush and floss your teeth.

Another benefit to clear braces is that they can reduce the chances of developing gum disease since straighter teeth should mean fewer chances for food particles and plaque to get stuck in your teeth’s crevices.

Clear braces can also help ensure a beautiful smile for life as reducing malocclusion or misalignment can mean less wear and tear on your teeth over time.In effect, clear braces could mean lowering your chances of developing gum disease and wearing down your teeth because of misalignment issues. It’s a wonderful chance to invest in a beautiful smile for life!

There are a number of different steps you can take today to work towards a more beautiful smile tomorrow.

Braces, retainers, and/or teeth whitening procedures might be the quickest way to improve your smile, depending on exactly what you’re looking for and the alignment of your teeth.

The great thing about braces is that they complement teeth whitening procedures and give you a healthier, more structurally sound smile over the long term.

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Cosmetic Procedures to Consider to Improve Your Smile

When you walk into Dr. Carlyle’s office at Carlyle Orthodontics, you’ll be treated with warmth and respect and receive a truly customized treatment. It all starts with a consultation to discuss your personal goals and expectations.

From there, Dr. Carlyle and her team will work with you to find the ideal orthodontic treatment. Digital radiography, computer imaging and metal braces that have been designed to be more comfortable and discrete are all options for kids, adolescents, and adults. It’s never too late to improve your smile.

  • Metal Braces for Better Alignment

Dr. Carlyle is approved by the American Association of Orthodontists to work with kids, teens, and adults who might be interested in improving their smiles with metal and clear braces.

Metal braces are a more affordable option than many patients initially think and are smaller than braces from the past. Today’s metal braces are more discrete and far more comfortable to wear.

These kinds of braces are more permanent than clear braces, and the nice thing about metal braces is that they might not have to be worn as long. That’s because metal braces are extremely efficient at aligning misaligned teeth (malocclusion) and correcting a variety of bite issues.

Metal braces can help correct under- and overbites as well as open, deep, and crossbites. Quite often metal braces are used to bring teeth closer together and achieve greater alignment among teeth that are spread too far apart from each other.

  • Removable Clear Braces Increasingly Popular

Metal and clear braces provide both cosmetic and structural improvement to a person’s mouth since both tend to improve the smile over time, make chewing and eating easier, and reduce plaque accumulation that can result from poorly aligned teeth.

Clear braces are the go-to orthodontic treatment for many adults looking to discretely improve their smiles.

These kinds of braces are sometimes called aligners and have been around for at least 20 years—in 1997 computer technology and 3-D imaging had advanced to a point that clear braces could be crafted based on 3-D images of a patient’s mouth and supporting jaw structure.

  • Teeth Whitening Procedures

Although outside the realm of orthodontic treatment, teeth whitening is an option that some patients consider as a way to brighten their smiles and discover a more youthful appearance.

The effects of teeth whitening can last for up to two years. The two most popular kinds of teeth whitening agents break up stains, which can result in a noticeable whiter smile.

  • Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery isn’t right for every patient, but it can be extremely beneficial for patients who have jaw alignment issues. This kind of surgery is also sometimes called corrective jaw surgery.

Dr. Carlyle is in a unique position to help when it comes to corrective jaw surgery because of her background. She holds a doctor of dental surgery degree and decided on an orthodontics specialty after her general practice residency at the veterans affairs hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Invisalign: Nearly Invisible Alignment!

The Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves customized clear plastic aligners. Contact Dr. Carlyle’s team to schedule a consultation and find out more.

A retainer is a customized and extremely useful tool that orthodontists can give you once your braces come off. Everyone loves feeling how smooth their teeth are once their braces come off…and seeing the difference in your smile can be an amazing experience.

So, what’s the purpose of wearing a retainer after braces? Hasn’t all the work been done? Haven’t braces done it all? Well, your teeth have a tendency to gradually slide back into their original position after you get your braces off.

You want to “retain” all of the benefits of braces, right? Braces can give you better aligned teeth, brighten your smile (and your self-esteem), and improve your long-term dental health by correctly aligning your jaw and reducing the wear and tear on your teeth that can result from poor alignment.

A great smile…teeth that could last a lifetime…higher self-esteem…that sounds great! It absolutely does. To make sure that those results last, you might want to explore the reasons why retainers are almost always used after braces.

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Retainers After Braces: The Reasons Why

The supporting bone, gum tissue, and even your jaws can take some time to adjust to their new alignment. You can think of braces as the orthodontic tool that brings everything into alignment and retainers as the orthodontic tool that “retains” or locks in the long-term benefits of braces.

The time that orthodontics really focus on is the first month after your braces come off. That’s because in the first month, your teeth have a tendency to slide back into their original position; some orthodontists call this process “relapse” because without a retainer, your teeth are prone to going right back to their original location.

Your teeth need a bit of time to take on the better alignment that braces have worked so hard to give you. The average time that a retainer needs to be worn after treatment with braces is about a year, although patients with large gaps between their teeth may need to wear a retainer for slightly longer. The results are absolutely worth it, though.

· Wearing around-the-clock or only at night?

The first thing that patients usually want to know when it comes to retainers is whether they have to wear them 24/7 or only at night. The answer is that both could apply. It’s not unusual for a patient to wear their retainer around-the-clock in the first few months then switch over to wearing a retainer only at night.

· Different kinds of retainers

Retainers after braces are recommended for nearly every patient who’s had braces because retainers are so good at what they do. The most popular type of retainer is known as the “Hawley” removable retainer that can cover the roof of your mouth and be held together with clasps and wires.

That might sound uncomfortable but most patients find these kind of retainers no big deal and actually not that bad at all. Your orthodontist might also use a clear or fixed (bonded) retainer.

That said, semi-permanent options are slightly less common because these kinds of retainerswhile perhaps more subtle and unnoticeablehave a shorter lifespan and need to be adjusted more often. You might be reading this and wondering if removable retainers should be taken off before you eat, though?

· Retainers after braces and eating

For most kinds of retainers, you’ll be taking your retainer out prior to eating meals, brushing and flossing your teeth, or playing intense contact sports. When you take your retainer out, make sure to put it back in its box provided by your orthodontic team. They’re here to help!

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it is crucial that you keep your mouth looking great with our orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics services. Aside from the physical appearance, you also want your mouth to be as healthy as possible so that you can avoid cavities and gum disease. Believe it or not, gum disease can also contribute to a number of other health conditions, including heart disease and strokes, giving you even more reason to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Here’s how to keep your mouth healthy and clean over the years:

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Visit the Dentist Regularly

Adults should see their dentist at least once a year for a professional teeth cleaning. This will help to get rid of any plaque buildup that you are unable to remove on your own. Regular checkups will also help your dentist to catch any potential problems before they become major issues, like filling a cavity before it requires a root canal. Your dentist can also advise you on your current oral care abilities and let you know where you could most improve.

Brush Thoroughly

Experts advise that you should aim to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. When scrubbing your teeth, use circular motions, working systematically throughout your mouth so that you don’t miss any surfaces of your teeth. Use a toothpaste that includes fluoride for the greatest benefits.

Floss between Teeth

Flossing is one of the most important things that you can do to protect the health of your mouth, as it allows you to clean in between the teeth in areas that brushing just can’t reach. Regular flossing also helps to keep your gums as healthy as possible. Your gums are crucial to your mouth’s overall health and in maintaining your teeth as you age. If your gums are damaged, it becomes more difficult for them to hold your teeth in place, so you risk losing them. Flossing strengthens your gums and keeps them clean and healthy, so don’t skip this crucial step.

Avoid Soda and Sugary Snacks

Soda and other sugary snacks are common culprits in causing cavities and tooth decay. When you eat or drink sugary things, some of that sugar stays on your teeth. Over time, the acidity can eat through the enamel on your teeth, leading to cavities and decay. If you do insist on including sugary items in your diet, try to brush your teeth as soon after consuming them as you can to limit the amount of time that the sugar is in contact with your teeth.

Don’t Smoke or Chew Tobacco

While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s amazing how many people follow all of the other advice included here and yet still smoke or chew tobacco. The nicotine and other toxins in tobacco can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, causing staining and decay. Not only is tobacco bad for your mouth, but it is bad for your overall health as well, contributing to a host of health problems. Luckily, the effects can be virtually reversed by quitting, so quit right away.

Consider Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

When you are keeping your mouth clean and healthy, you’ll want to show off those pearly whites with a beautiful smile. Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics can ensure that your teeth are straight and your facial structure in proportion. Here at Carlyle Orthodontics, we can help you put your best mouth forward. We welcome you to come in for a free consultation to learn more about our orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics services. Call today to schedule an appointment.

If you’re in need of a braces dentist, then picking out an orthodontist at random is definitely not something you’ll want to do. The last thing you need is someone with a poor reputation digging around in your mouth, after all. This means that identifying a great orthodontist in your area is extremely important if you want to get the attention and treatment you need. Not to mention that just knowing that you’re in good hands can go a long way toward establishing peace of mind. The following are a few tips that you should use in order to find a great orthodontist in your area:
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1. Get a Recommendation from People You Know

To get a list of potential orthodontists in your area, speak with people you know about the orthodontists they use. Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, and even your coworkers. Odds are, somebody you know has an orthodontist that they can’t recommend enough. Some may even recommend you stay away from certain orthodontists that they had bad experiences with, which will help you narrow down your list.

2. Check Online Reviews

There are a lot of online review sites that allow patients to write up reviews of their orthodontists. Check sites like Yelp, ZocDoc, RateMDs, and more. Don’t be scared away by one or two negative reviews if an orthodontist has dozens of positive ones—some reviewers may not have been the best patients, after all. Be sure to read both positive and negative reviews to get a good idea of the pros and cons of each orthodontist.

3. Make Sure They Belong to the AAO

The AAO, or the American Association of Orthodontists, requires its licensed members to adhere to rigorous training and ethical standards. In order to become a licensed member of the AAO, an orthodontist must have completed two to three years of full-time postgrad classes and clinical work, so you’ll want an orthodontist that belongs to the AAO.

4. Review Their Website

If an orthodontist can’t be bothered to set up a good website, then you may want to find someone else. Their website reflects their professionalism. There’s also a lot of helpful information that you can find on an orthodontist’s website. For example, you can see what kinds of treatments they offer and what kind of equipment they use.

A good orthodontist’s website will also mention any accolades or awards they may have received, or any other associations they belong to—all of which will be a good indicator of their quality. Last but not least, if they have a testimonial page, give that a look to see what else their patients have to say about them.

5. Schedule a Consultation

Schedule a consultation so that you can speak directly with the orthodontist. Having a conversation will allow you to get a better idea of what they can do for you. It will also give you a chance to judge their practice space. Remember, just because a practice has a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean that they are right for you. If you don’t get along with the orthodontist or don’t feel comfortable in the environment of their practice, you may want to go elsewhere—even if they have a positive reputation.

These are a few tips that you should use to find a good braces dentist in your area. If you follow these tips, there’s no doubt that you’ll discover that Carlyle Orthodontics is one of your best options. To speak with a braces dentist, contact Carlyle Orthodontics today.

Your smile says a lot about who you are and what kind of mood you’re in. While you may not think the way you smile plays a major role in your life, the fact is that people’s perception of you is often based on parts of your appearance.

If you feel like your gums are too visible when you smile, you’re not alone. Many people feel like they have what is often described as a “gummy smile.” You might even try to contain your smile when you’re happy out of fear of showing it.

Keep reading to learn more about what causes a gummy smile and how it can be fixed by a doctor offering orthodontistry services in your area.

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Lip Placement

One of the most common reasons for a gummy smile is the placement of the upper lip. In these cases, a person may have a thinner upper lip or one that simply pulls back more when the facial position of a smile is taken.

In these cases, a gummy smile is likely due to genetics and not unhealthy teeth. This doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it with orthodontistry, however. It just means that you’ll have to work with a qualified orthodontist who understands your needs and desires for a smile that you prefer.

Short Teeth

For some individuals, having teeth that simply appear short in comparison to the gums when they smile is natural. This may be due to lip placement or the way the individual naturally smiles, but other factors may be to blame as well.

Issues like periodontitis—which can cause the gums to recede and look like they’re pulling away from the teeth—can create this issue in many people. Periodontitis can be treated through aggressive therapy, and procedures like scaling and root planing may need to be performed by your dentist or orthodontistry service to return gums to their normal healthy state.

Excessive Wear

Over time, excessive wear or trauma to the teeth can give them the appearance that they’re shorter than they should be, exposing more gum tissue when you smile. For some, this wear is related to dental hygiene issues or decay that hasn’t been treated properly in the past.

Excessive wear may also be the result of certain medical conditions or injuries caused by things like contact sports or car accidents. In the case of excessive dental wear, your dentist and an orthodontistry service will be able to help repair your smile through tooth and gum-related treatments.

Crown Lengthening

When it comes to treating a gummy smile, there is one option that is the gold standard for individuals with mostly healthy teeth or teeth that can be restored to full health through treatment. This process is referred to as crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening is a procedure in which your orthodontist will remove excess tissue where your teeth and gums meet, exposing more of the tooth surface. This effectively lengthens the tooth and changes the way your smile is perceived.

For some people, crown lengthening with the application of veneers following treatment provides the best possible results and a smile that they can be proud of for years to come.

Having a great smile allows you to put your best foot forward and can boost your self-confidence in a major way. If you feel like your smile is too gummy, seeking orthodontistry treatment as soon as possible can help you achieve the appearance you’ve always wanted.

For more information about improving a gummy smile, contact Carlyle Orthodontics today!