Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Taking care of your teeth can be one of the more challenging aspects of keeping your body healthy.

Most people know enough to brush twice a day and floss after every meal, but other than this, the teeth remain mostly an enigma to the average person.

One of the most common yet least known about issues is crowded teeth.

While crowded teeth might sound like merely a cosmetic problem, it can actually wreak havoc in your overall health in a variety of ways.

Today, I’m going to delve into what you need to know about crowded teeth, so your oral hygiene can continue to be in tiptop shape.

What are crowded teeth and how do you get them?

Crowded teeth, also referred to as malocclusion, simply means that your teeth are misaligned, which results in a variety of issues depending on the person. Because the teeth are crowded, they begin growing in abnormal directions due to lack of room.

For most of my patients, crowded teeth are an inherited trait. It depends on a person’s jaw and teeth size. However, there are a number of ways to develop crowded teeth on your own, many of which occur as a child.

I recommend parents to keep an eye out for pervasive thumb-sucking and refrain from prolonged pacifier and bottle usage, all of which could all result in the misalignment of teeth in children. It’s also possible for poorly fitted dental fillings, retainers, and braces to cause crowded teeth, hence why it’s important to see an experienced dentist.

What are the consequences of crowded teeth?

When the teeth are packed together, it becomes difficult for your toothbrush or floss to reach certain places. This allows bacteria and plaque to go unattended, resulting in stains and tar buildup.

Malocclusion can cause

  • frequent tongue biting
  • speech problems
  • for younger children, new teeth to grow where they shouldn’t
  • teeth are harder to clean, making them susceptible to plaque buildup and gum disease
  • can result in a TMJ disorder

When you have a TMJ disorder, it means there’s great pain in the joints and muscles that operate your jaw, resulting in a myriad of painful symptoms

maloccolusion can cause

What is the best crowded teeth treatment?

While minor misalignments in the teeth are relatively normal, moderate or severe deviations can cause pain and should be treated.

Braces

One of the most common techniques in modern orthodontics for treating crowded teeth is braces, which use a metal wire to realign the teeth.

Tooth Removal

Sometimes, in cases of extreme overcrowding, the removal of certain teeth can help get the rest of the teeth back on track.

Some teeth don’t need to be entirely removed. Instead, they can be reshaped or adjusted, which creates the desired room for the rest of the teeth to flourish. In rare cases, surgery is required in order to reshape or shorten the jaw, but only if there’s extreme misalignment.

Clear Aligners or Invisalign®

Clear braces is a form of orthontics that’s attractive to adults and teens because they are nearly invisible. The smooth, clear material is custom made in the lab and designed to fit snugly on your teeth, so there is no discomfort or unsightly metal brackets.  It can be easier to brush and floss during your treatment, as compared to traditional ortho, for better oral health.

Click here to read more about Invisalign.

Which of these is best for you?

I recommend making an appointment with us and getting a personal diagnosis. Crowded teeth can be spotted during a routine exam, although x-rays are sometimes required to get the most complete picture.

Treatment itself is about a six-month to two-year process, although it can go longer. Treatment for children and adolescents is easiest, as their bones and teeth are more malleable than an adults’.

We… believe in making your life easy

My team and I know you have a lot on your plate.

Worrying about your teeth can sometimes fall to the bottom of the pile when it comes to your many responsibilities.

That’s why we go out of our way to make sure something like crowded teeth is diagnosed and treated in the most efficient way possible.

For parents, be sure to remember to take preventative measures with your children, as their behavior at a young age can affect their oral health for years to come.

As always, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. If there’s a problem, we can fix it before it gets worse. If there’s no problem, then that’s even better. Either way, you’re in good hands with your local Mount Prospect dentist.

Do you have any further questions regarding crowded teeth? Feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Not only do we love working on teeth, but we love talking about them, too!

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

  • Do you have a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?
  • Do you take medications?
  • Do you miss eating certain foods?
  • Are you skipping meals because it is difficult to chew?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?

At our upcoming workshop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines, I’ll be sharing many simple solutions to maximize your dental health and in turn your overall health.

These include the importance of managing dry mouth and how missing teeth can impact your health and confidence, amongst other topics pertinent to seniors’ oral health.

My goal is to show you that there are simple solutions to your dental needs and concerns.  Here’s a preview of what I’ll discuss. I hope you’ll be able to make this free event!

Dental Health for Seniors – Why We Need to Work Together to Manage Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the bane of many seniors. In fact, the majority deal with it on a daily basis. It’s uncomfortable and makes eating and talking difficult.

And yet, I find that many people who come to my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office haven’t had this issue addressed. One of the main reasons this happens is because it’s often overlooked by the patients themselves or their caretakers.Happy elderly couple having breakfast in kitchen, smiling at camera.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

This is one of the main topics I’ll be discussing at my Simple Dental Solutions workshop. I’ll explain why seniors suffer with dry mouth (medications!) and I’ll also outline simple, refreshing ways to overcome symptoms.

Missing Teeth or Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Impact a Senior’s Overall Health and Confidence

Another topic I’ll be discussing at the workshop is missing teeth and dealing with ill-fitting dentures.

Studies have shown just how impactful losing a tooth can be on a person’s self-esteem.

Just because a person is in their golden years doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by aesthetics. We should all be able to feel great about the way we look – at any age. woman-foy-dentures

Beyond our confidence level, we have to think about our health.

Losing a tooth can lead to jawbone recession. There’s nothing holding the jawbone in place or providing vital nutrients to it. When that happens, the jawbone shrinks. This can make eating and talking difficult.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Dentures?

Many seniors have expressed that they cannot stand wearing their dentures.

Traditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

At the Simple Dental Solutions Workshop, we dive into  how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you back your youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile  – knowing they are secure.

We Believe That All Seniors Deserve the Very Best in Dental Care

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM to learn how you can eat, drink, and smile better with dentures and how to relieve health concerns such as dry mouth.

Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy.

Will You Join Me for My Simple Dental Solutions Workshop?

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I hope to show seniors why they deserve the best dental care available. I want to show you that everyone at my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office commits daily to improving the health of those in our community.

There will be a lot of great information presented at this workshop. It will be informative and helpful. But most of all, it’ll be fun.

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

 

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

 

Are you ready for a different dental experience?

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Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Wednesday, August 30th
10-11:30 am at Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

We believe that… properly fitted dentures should give you the same confidence you had with your natural smile.

At our Dentures Workshop, I will explain how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you the confidence with a youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile knowing they are secure.

This amazing breakthrough in denture technology not only improves the fit and function of your dentures, it also helps make you look younger by supporting your face like your natural teeth;
reducing lines and wrinkles across your face.

In addition, I will talk about the marriage of properly fitting dentures and dental implants, as well as how you can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Traditional Dentures vs. The Denture Fountain of Youth™

What’s wrong with traditional dentures?

dental-implants-tom-meyer-dentist-des-plaines-chicagoTraditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

An Overview of Why The Denture Fountain of Youth™

On the other hand, The Denture Fountain of Youth™…

  1. Reduces bone loss in the jaw due to even distribution of denture forces
  2. Eliminates or greatly reduces denture pain
  3. Reduces signs of aging such as lines, folds, and jowls. It can restore your face’s youthful proportions. It can give you a facelift!
  4. Will let you speak, chew and smile better thanks to the better fit. It’s truly designed to fit a mouth in motion.

At the Workshop

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10-11:30 a.m. to hear about this denture technology that has already benefited so many people with missing teeth. There will be a short informational presentation starting at about 10:15 AM. Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions and visit with Dr Meyer and the Meyer Dental Group team. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

 

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy. All attendees will also receive a take home goodie bag which includes a free CT scan coupon and complimentary clinical consultation (valued at $565).

 

See you at the Workshop!

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions ahead of time and if there’s a particular question you would like me to cover in the presentation.

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O
Dentist Des Plaines

Don’t hide your smile – straighten your teeth regardless of your age!

Don’t hide your smile – straighten your teeth regardless of your age!

Traditional braces used to be the only way to straighten your teeth. Now, with the use of clear aligners (invisible braces), you can get the straight smile you desire without the look of metal brackets and wires.

You can always smile more

Your smile (or lack of it) is the first thing people notice about you. When people’s teeth are misaligned, they have a tendency to try to smile without showing their teeth, or forego smiling at all. Being able to smile again brings joy to both you and everyone you encounter. It makes you more approachable in a room full of strangers. Invisible braces are more visually appealing to encourage you to smile, laugh, and enjoy life during and after orthodontic treatment.

What are the advantages of invisible braces?

Invisible braces like Invisalign and ClearAligners consist of a series of clear, removable aligners. These aligners will gradually reposition your teeth. Many adults have come to Meyer Dental Group for invisible braces. Here are the benefits:

  • The clear aligners fit right over your teeth and are almost invisible
  • Aligners are smooth, firm plastic that hold and shift your teeth into place
  • Invisible braces are removable. This makes it easier to clean your teeth
  • They do not irritate your gums, cheeks or tongue
  • They eliminate any allergic reactions you may experience with metal

We believe your smile and your oral health is important

At Meyer Dental Group, we regularly help our patients get the smile they have always desired with the use of invisible braces.

We serve the Des Plaines, Mt Prospect, Arlington Heights, Chicago and surrounding areas. If you are holding back or hiding that beautiful smile of yours, call us at (847)827-6290  or make an appointment and smile again!

Professional teeth whitening vs. over the counter kits

Professional teeth whitening vs. over the counter kits

Professional teeth whitening may seem like an unnecessary expense. These days, over the counter kits have advanced in technology and they may seem like a great way to get a white smile fast and without breaking the bank. There are lots of over the counter options available now, from gel strips to whitening rinses to whitening trays and brightening toothpaste. But what are the real differences between getting your teeth whitened professionally and using an over the counter kit?

Coverage in Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over the Counter

At-home kits are great if you need a quick fix before a big day like a wedding or having your photo taken. But keep in mind that most at-home kits many only whiten your front three teeth. This is a great alternative to traditional professional whitening services if your tooth is capped. Getting your teeth professionally whitened will still provide better coverage.

Regulation

Even though there are a few regulated products, many of the whitening strips out there are not and may be ineffective! If you are thinking of purchasing an over the counter kit, speak the Meyer Dental Group team first. They will help you find a cosmetic whitening system that will work best for your teeth.

Your Teeth Condition

If your gums and teeth are in impeccable condition, an over the counter kit may be a good option for you. If you have sensitive gums or teeth, it is best to speak to us to get a system that will not cause teeth irritation. Overusing a whitening kit can also result in wearing down your teeth’s enamel in the long run.

Brightness

For over the counter whitening kits, there are roughly 10% less active bleaching agent than there are in a professional kit that we provide.

Price

We know that custom made whitening trays may seem expensive, but let’s break it down in the long run. Many different types of over the counter kits are not as effective as you may think and will end up costing you money as you try and find one that works. A perk of a custom made dental tray is that although it may be a bit more expensive, it’s made just for your mouth! The tray is made to order, fitting perfectly over your teeth and along your gum line. This will make sure the bleaching gel fits evenly around your teeth and stays off your gums. So even though you may be paying more, you know you will come out pearly white teeth from your whitening experience. Plus, you get to keep your custom made trays so you can touch up your teeth down the road if needed.

Contact Meyer Dental Group

It’s important to learn the difference between over the counter whitening and professional teeth whitening. You have to factor in the whitening treatment’s coverage, the effectiveness, and your teeth condition. It’s also important to think about the level of brightness you want your teeth to have and the price. Contact the Meyer Dental Group in Des Plaines if you have any questions regarding professional teeth whitening and if it’s right for you.

You can also read more about professional teeth whitening at Meyer Dental Group here.

Improve your smile in 5 ways

Improve your smile in 5 ways

Your smile is usually the first thing you see when you meet someone new. Whether you’re a senior or a teenager, putting your best smile forward is important. Even if your teeth are already glowing white or straight, we’ve put together five ways you can improve your smile.

1. Visit us at Meyer Dental Group on a regular to improve your smile

It may seem obvious, but scheduling regular dental visits with us are important. We recommend at least every six months! Even if you’re just coming in for a cleaning and a check-up, our professionals will be able to spot any potential concerns. Problems like plaque build-up or cavities that may arise in the future can solve them before they become a serious problem.

Visiting us every few months for a deep clean is also important. We will remove any plaque build-up that can lead to serious gum disease. This help avoid ruining the appearance of your gums down the road.

2. Floss & Brush

I know we’ve been telling you to brush and floss your whole life, but it’s for good reason. Flossing should be done daily to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Brushing after you eat will prevent any future gum disease, or reverse its effects if you’re already suffering from it.

3. Teeth Whitening

Using a teeth whitening tray is a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth without investing a lot of time or money. Using a whitening tray once a day can whiten your smile several shades in just a matter of weeks. Even if your teeth are already white, a few weeks with a whitening tray will give your smile that much brighter of an appearance.

4. Dental Veneers

If you have been grinding your teeth throughout your life or perhaps just have uneven teeth, veneers can be a great option for you. Dental veneers give your teeth the appearance of being smooth and straight. Aside from mimicking your natural teeth, veneers restore the function for you teeth.

5. Adult Braces

We know braces may seem like something you got rid of as soon as you graduated high school. Braces are still a great way to straighten teeth, even in your later years. We now have invisible braces – which have the same straightening effect as braces, but without the geeky appearance.

There you have it. Cosmetic dentistry has advanced in helping people with their confidence by improving smiles and restoring your teeth’s function. If you have any questions regarding the ways we listed above or have not listed, feel free to contact us. Our friendly, family-oriented team can go over more options with you.