Is Teeth Shifting Normal and Is There Anything You Can Do About It?

Is Teeth Shifting Normal and Is There Anything You Can Do About It?

Have you noticed your teeth shifting lately?

Waking up one day to find that your teeth have shifted can be alarming. They might not look as straight as they used to, and you may even experience some pain.

This is a definite cause for concern, but it’s a fairly common occurrence. Today, you’ll learn why this is so common and what you can do to stop – and even reverse – the shift.

“My Teeth Are Shifting, and They Hurt!” Dental Emergency or Normal Occurrence?   

Teeth shifting tends to happen as a person ages. Most people are under the impression that all dental changes stop at some point during childhood. But that’s not the case.

The soft tissues that surround the teeth are flexible, making the teeth prone to movement. This can happen slowly, over a long period. Or, it can occur rapidly.

What causes the teeth to shift faster than usual?

  • Gaps in the mouth caused by missing teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Malocclusion (bite misalignment).

Some other causes of teeth shifting include:

  • Genetics
  • Poor dental care habits
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Untreated dental decay
  • TMJ disorder.

How a Mount Prospect Dentist Can Treat Your Shifting Teeth

If you notice that your teeth are shifting, you should see Mount Prospect dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer, as soon as possible. Shifting can not only be caused by existing dental issues – it can lead to more serious ones.

For instance, overcrowding or misalignment can make it difficult to care for your teeth at home. You might not be able to floss some teeth as well as others. Or, your toothbrush isn’t able to reach every angle of your teeth.

This can lead to dental decay, as well as gum disease. If not remedied early, both scenarios can result in pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Thankfully, Mt Prospect dentist, Dr. Meyer, can help you prevent and reverse shifting teeth.

Preventative Steps to Reduce the Likelihood of Teeth Shifting

The first line of defense regular dental checkups, which allow your us to catch problems pertaining to your oral health early.

Another key is home care. Brush and floss daily. Also, limit acidic foods that can cause sensitivity and enamel erosion. Over time, the enamel can wear down, which can lead to cavities and shifting.

It’s also important to pay attention to your posture. Slouching puts tension on the muscles of your head and neck. That can lead to clenching, grinding, and shifting.

Steps Your Mount Prospect Dentist Will Take after Shifting Has Started

One of the best ways to fix shifting teeth is to treat them with Invisalign braces. The benefits of clear aligners include:

  • They can help with crowding, crooked teeth, a narrow bite, and multiple other misalignment issues
  • They’re removable, making home care a breeze (which reduces your risk of decay and gum disease!)
  • They’re more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

Whether you’ve had braces in the past or this is your first time considering orthodontia, Invisalign braces are a great, long-lasting option to reverse shifted teeth.

Shifting Is Normal but Not Always Healthy or Ideal

Teeth shifting – it’s perfectly normal to experience this as you age. Unfortunately, it’s not always comfortable, nor is it healthy.

When your teeth shift and your bite changes, your dental health is in jeopardy. You can experience more dental issues, including dental decay, and gum disease.

Thankfully, you can take your dental health into your own hands. With help from Dr. Tom Meyer and your  Mount Prospect dental team, you can reduce the shifting. And with Invisalign braces, you can even reverse it.

Talk to your dentist today to see how you can avoid dental issues related to shifting teeth.

Would you like to have a straight, healthy, beautiful smile? Contact us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation. At your consult, you’ll be able to see what your smile will look like before committing to treatment!  

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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.

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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?

simple dental health solutions des plaines

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

 

 

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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.

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