Our teeth are incredibly hard and durable but they wear down as we age. This “attrition” occurs naturally when we chew our food, and crooked teeth or a bad bite can also play a role.
But by far the biggest cause is clenching and grinding of the teeth, called “bruxing.” This activity can happen while we’re awake, while asleep, or both. And most of the time we aren’t even aware of this bad habit.
Most people clench or grind their teeth on occasion, some more than others. For the most habitual bruxers, the results can have a severe impact on both our appearance and our health.
Bruxer’s “ground down” upper front teeth are typically very short. Their teeth are worn straight across and instead of having gently rounded contours, the biting edges are often jagged. All this results in a very unnatural, unattractive smile.
Not only that, bruxing causes functional complications, too. Clenching and grinding can cause headaches, jaw pain, decayed (think root canal) and fractured teeth and more. Left untreated, the problems only get worse – and the treatment more involved and expensive.
Sometimes veneers, crowns and implants alone can remedy this problem. Most often, orthodontics is needed to help restore your natural, healthy smile.
Take a good look in the mirror. If you’re a bruxer, understanding the role of orthodontics in treating worn-down teeth is very important. Over the next several months we’ll be discussing this further, including Dr. Wilson’s own treatment for a serious bruxing problem…stay tuned!
Maybe you’ve heard the old saying that “people vote with their feet,” meaning that they express their preferences by voluntarily opting in, or opting out and going somewhere else if they don’t like the offer.
More and more, voters are casting their ballots for adult orthodontics. In recent years there’s been a tremendous increase in adult treatment, and patients aged 21 and up now account for nearly 25 percent of new patient starts.
Voters throughout the Susquehanna Valley have made Wilson Orthodontics the clear leader in adult treatment. Dr. David G. Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in caring for adults, and he receives on-going education and training in this specialized field.
Adults see a noticeable change not just in their teeth, but in their entire face…a full smile with better balance and aesthetics for a more youthful look.
Please scroll down to learn more about adult treatment. Then vote with your feet—and vote with your teeth in mind—and contact Wilson Orthodontics today for a free, no-obligation evaluation, complete with x-rays, models, and photos. Plus you’ll receive a complete diagnosis and learn about your treatment and financial options, all during your first visit!
More adults are getting orthodontic treatment than ever before. Studies indicate that today, about 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults, an increase of 40 percent from 20 years ago.
Dr. David Wilson reports that his practice is seeing more adults in recent years. “Some want treatment for aesthetic reasons—they’re finally ready to get that perfect smile,” he says. “Others have functional concerns, including bite problems, TMJ pain or other conditions. The fact is, form and function go hand-in-hand. Creating a beautiful new smile eliminates orthodontic problems, and when I correct alignment, spatial, or jaw conditions, the end result is always a much more attractive smile.”
Why the surge in adult orthodontics? The reasons are many and include:
- adults today are healthier, living longer, and more interested in their oral health
- braces are now considered much more acceptable and stylish than ever before
- dental appliances are smaller, more discreet and comfortable
- about a third of today’s adult patients had orthodontic treatment in the past but their teeth shifted due to not wearing their retainer
Exploring your options in adult orthodontic treatment is easy—contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation!
On March 6th, I’m leading the “JoJo’s Mojo” Cycle for Survival Team to help fund the battle against rare cancers. My wife Joanne (JoJo) has been battling liposarcoma (malignant soft tissue tumors) for eight years. Joanne has endured five surgeries and is now being treated with experimental drugs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the world’s leader in rare cancer treatment, clinical trials and research.
Team JoJo’s Mojo is riding to help support rare cancer research at Sloan Kettering. One hundred percent of every dollar raised funds pioneering research for patients world-wide, and Wilson Orthodontics is matching every individual donation up to $1,000 each.
Take five minutes and watch Dr. Wilson’s video (below) to learn more. And visit our Team Page to make a donation.
Every dollar counts…thanks in advance for your support!
Sincerely, Dr. David Wilson
Dental implants, veneers, TMJ pain, cross bites or just plain crooked teeth. Restoring oral health, function and great aesthetics in adults can be more complex compared to adolescents. Grown-ups are more prone to gum disease, and previous dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns can present special challenges. Plus, adult faces have stopped growing and corrective surgery may be needed in some cases.
Regardless of your condition, orthodontics often plays a vital role. Dr. David Wilson has specialized training and decades of experience in complex restorations. And, depending on your unique condition and treatment plan, he teams with the Valley’s leading dental specialists – periodontists to restore bone and gum function, endodontists to treat nerve and tissue conditions, and oral surgeons. Dr Wilson also collaborates closely with your general dentist to promote optimum continuity of care.
Wilson Orthodontics delivers the most effective, long-lasting results possible to our adult patients. It’s never too late for a healthy, beautiful smile… contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation!
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The skies were overcast and the temperature a bit chilly for the recent Susquehanna Valley chapter’s Girls on the Run fall 5k race, but spirits ran high for the 700 participants. After registration, the day started with some warm-up Zumba dancing, then the racers (actually most people walked) wound their way through Selinsgrove before finishing at Susquehanna University’s Field House.
Like the group’s Spring race, all the entrants received bottled spring water, courtesy of Wilson Orthodontics. And the event – and our donation – was a big hit. “This is fantastic…thanks Dr. Wilson!,” commented Cheryl Stumpf, executive director of the local GOTR chapter.
Girls on the Run encourages its members to reach their full potential, empowering them with a heightened sense of joy, self-confidence and physical, spiritual and emotional health. The organization has changed more than one million lives, one girl at a time…what better cause to support?
By the narrowest of margins, Sabrina Cooper from West Milton won last month’s “Orthodontic I.Q. Challenge” online contest. Out of dozens of entries, she’s the only contestant to answer all of the questions correctly. Two other participants (including a 13-year-old from Richfield) trailed right behind, missing only one correct answer.
Sabrina discovered the contest invitation on Facebook, and she says she did plenty of research while completing her entry. The event was open to anyone in the local area, but as it turned out, Sabrina is actually a current Wilson Orthodontic patient. She’s about halfway through her treatment plan and says, “I’m already breathing better, that was an issue. And I’m looking forward to my finished smile, that’s maybe my top priority!”
Many thanks to everyone who participated. We hope the challenge helped raise “Orthodontic I.Q.” throughout the Valley!
Welcome to the Wilson Orthodontics Orthodontic I.Q. Challenge! Twenty-two questions follow, including (if needed) a final tie-breaking essay question. Correct answers to most of the questions can be found at our www.smilesbywilson.com website. A few others can be found right here on this blog, and you may have to search the web to find the correct answers for several other questions.
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults today are living longer, we’re more health and image conscious, and we want to age gracefully.
A large percentage of our patients are adults. About half have functional problems—a bad bite (malocclusion), trouble chewing food, or pain from TMJ, to name just a few. Other seek orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons—it’s finally time to get that perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about.
Fact is, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can’t be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.
Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children, and any unhealthy gum tissues and resulting bone loss must be addressed. Helping our patients make informed, healthy choices often requires a holistic approach that incorporates all aspects of the dental profession. Simply” repairing” teeth is rarely the answer, and pre-restorative orthodontics makes dentistry easier and assures more stable, long-term results.
As the old saying goes, you’re only as young as your feel! Contact us to schedule a free evaluation. In addition to a clinical exam and a discussion of treatment options, we offer full orthodontic records (x-rays, models, photos) to provide the most thorough diagnosis and treatment plan…in one visit!
The shoe went on the other foot a few days ago, when Dr. Wilson experienced the same procedure that thousands of his patients have gone through. And now, like them, he’s adjusting to life with braces. Dr. Wilson explains why, how, and expected outcome below.
When I was a kid my twin brother got the braces, since my parents couldn’t afford to have both of us in orthodontic treatment at the same time and his teeth were worse than mine. I have always wanted to fix my teeth since I’ve had a bite problem forever – it’s fine on one side but off on the other. And the teeth with the alignment issue have been wearing down to the point where I finally needed to act.
We made models of my teeth for reference, and I marked where the braces should be placed on each tooth. Lisa, our Clinical Coordinator, handled the actual installation. That’s something she doesn’t normally do but I coached her through the process, sometimes using a mirror to check her progress. And thanks to Lisa, things went just fine!
Wearing braces really helps me relate to the experiences of my patient. I haven’t had any discomfort at all (actually fell asleep in the chair during the procedure!), but the process has made me appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into the living with braces. I’m really watching what I eat and concentrating on proper cleaning and oral hygiene.
I’m expecting to be in my braces for about a year and a half but I’m hoping to be finished in a year. When they’re gone, I’ll need some restorative dental work done by my general dentist to repair the worn teeth. Then, I’ll finally have the new healthy bite that I have always wanted and feeling a lot more comfortable. Hooray for orthodontics…you’re never too old for braces!