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Orthodontic Treatment can improve your oral health

The primary objective of orthodontic treatment by Dr. Gostovich, is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smile. Knowing you have a great smile will also provide better self-confidence! Orthodontic Treatment will also improve your bite. A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental health as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean will reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

An Orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Gostovich is easy to set up, and better yet…it’s FREE! Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call at our Marlboro Township, NJ office to schedule your consultation today!

 

 

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What can I do to help my Orthodontic treatment?

This is a common question! We don’t take offense…we understand that patients are eager to complete their orthodontic treatment. It’s a great day and a great feeling when your braces come off!

During your initial consultation with Dr. Tara Gostovich, we will outline a custom treatment plan for you and will do out best to give you a timeline of when we expect you to complete orthodontic treatment.

However, each patient is different. People have different biological responses to orthodontic treatment and some people’s teeth may move faster than others.

There are some things you can control, to help allow orthodontic treatment be completed in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

  • Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment!
  • Be sure to show up on time to your appointments.
  • When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.
  • Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.
  • Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.
  • Make sure to avoid foods that are bad for orthodontic treatment

 

 

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Braces? For Adults?…YES!

In spite of a common misassumption that braces are just for children; every day, more adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment to achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Maybe you didn’t have braces as a kid and are now embarrassed by your crooked teeth. Perhaps you had braces 20 years ago and then stopped wearing your retainer, which allowed your teeth to shift. Whatever the reason for your present-day misaligned smile, wearing braces as an adult is an excellent way to give you that beautiful, straight smile you desire AND deserve.

Yet, even as an adult, hearing that one little word, braces, can send us right back to those days in middle school or junior high; an awkward phase of “trendy” haircuts and clothing, goofy glasses, and a mouthful of metal braces to complete that gawky, adolescent look. (We all have those horrible school photos as proof that we really DID look like that!)

Now, with recent advances in orthodontic technology, there are several choices for adults who want or need braces, but are still hesitant to take that first step towards a dazzling new smile!

Your braces options…there are several!
The first, basic option is the traditional metal braces. These braces are the best option for people who have severely crooked teeth or a significant malocclusion (bite problem), or require additional major orthodontic treatment. Metal braces are typically the least-expensive option. The biggest drawback for an adult wearing metal braces is their appearance. Many people find them unattractive and/or distracting.

If you are concerned about your professional appearance, clear ceramic braces might be the better option. Clear braces are able to correct very crooked teeth, or bite problems, but they will cost more than metal braces. You also will need to be mindful about smoking, drinking red wine, fruit juices, sodas, coffee or other dark beverages, while wearing clear braces. Any of these can stain the adhesive that is used to bind the brackets to your teeth.
(No matter what option you choose for orthodontic treatment, practicing good oral health is essential!)

Another popular option for adults who choose braces is a clear aligner treatment, like Invisalign

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Improve your (Oral) health – Orthodontic treatment by Dr. Gostovich

Many of our patients consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2014? Orthodontic treatment by Dr. Tara Gostovich is one way to improve your smile and overall dental health.

It’s important that goals you set are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum disease during your orthodontic treatment? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

If your goal is to attain a great-looking smile, we’d love to help! Please give us a call and schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to working with you and your family!

 

 

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What Is Orthodontics (or Orthodontic Treatment)? Part 2

This is Part 2 of an informative article from Dr. Tara Gostovich, an orthodontic specialist, with offices in Englishtown and Malboro, NJ.

When can orthodontic treatment be started?
Treatment will not usually be started until the child’s adult teeth have come through and developed fully; at about age 12 or 13. In some cases treatment may be started a few years later if teeth problems were not apparent at an earlier age.

If a child has a cleft lip and palate, they may require orthodontic treatment before their adult teeth have developed completely.

Good oral hygiene is essential before any orthodontic work can be started. When braces (or other orthodontic devices) are placed on the teeth, particles of food are much more likely to become stuck. The patient will need to brush much more thoroughly and carefully, and also more often, to prevent tooth decay while orthodontic treatment is commencing.

Patients who have not established good oral hygiene habits before treatment are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay after treatment begins.

Diagnosing dental problems and recommending treatment options
An orthodontist will assess the state of the patient’s teeth and make a prediction of how they are likely to develop without orthodontic treatment. The following diagnostic procedures will most likely be performed:

A full medical and dental health history

A clinical examination

X-rays of the teeth and jawbone

Plaster models of the teeth

After the initial assessment is completed, the orthodontist will decide on a treatment plan.

Orthodontic appliances
There are two types of orthodontic appliances: fixed and removable ones.

Fixed appliances – These are the most common devices used in orthodontics. They are used when precision is important. Although the patient can eat normally with fixed appliances, some foods and drinks will need to be avoided, such as carbonated drinks, hard sweets and candies, and sticky foods, such as toffee or gummies. People who play contact sports need to tell their orthodontist, so that special gum guards or shields can be made.

Examples of fixed appliances include:

▪ Braces – consisting of brackets and/or wires and bands. Bands are fixed firmly around the teeth and serve as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are usually adhered to the front of the teeth.

Arch-shaped wires pass through the brackets and are fixed to the bands. As the arch wire is tightened, tension is applied to the teeth, which gradually moves them into their proper position.
 
A patient will see their orthodontist once a month so that their braces can be adjusted. The overall treatment course may last from several months to several years.

Children and teens tend to choose the colored braces, while adults will usually choose the clear styles.

▪ Fixed space maintainers – If a child loses a “baby” tooth, a space maintainer will prevent the two teeth on either side of the resulting space from moving into that space until the adult tooth comes in. A band is fixed to one of the teeth next to the space, and a wire goes from that band to the other tooth.

▪ Special fixed appliances – These may be recommended to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Patients might find them uncomfortable, especially when they are eating. Orthodontic experts say they should be used only if they are really necessary.

Removable appliances – These are typically used for treating minor problems, such as preventing thumb sucking or correcting slightly crooked teeth. They should only be removed when eating, brushing or flossing. Sometimes, the orthodontist may advise the patient to remove the appliance during certain activities, such as playing a wind instrument, or cycling.

Examples of removable appliances include:

▪ Aligners – A viable option instead of traditional braces for some adult patients. They are virtually unnoticeable by others and can be taken out when patients eat, brush their teeth, or floss.

▪ Headgear – Headgear consists of a strap around the back of the head, which is attached to a metal wire in the front, or face bow. The goal is to slow down upper jaw growth, and keep the back teeth in position while the front teeth are pulled back.

▪ Lip and cheek bumpers – Specially-designed to relieve the pressure of cheeks or lips on the teeth.

▪ Palatal expander – An appliance designed to make the upper jaw arch wider. The expander consists of a plastic plate that is placed in the palate (the roof of the mouth). The plate has screws which exert pressure on the joints in the bones, forcing them to spread outward, thereby expanding the size of the palatal area (roof of mouth area).

▪ Removable retainers – These are placed on the roof of the mouth, and are designed to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original (crooked) positions. If modified, the retainers may also be used to stop children from sucking their thumbs.

▪ Removable space maintainers – An alternative to fixed space maintainers.

▪ Splints (jaw repositioning appliances) – Splints are placed in either the upper or lower jaw to help the jaw close properly. Splints are commonly used in the treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) syndrome.

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What is Orthodontics (or Orthodontic Treatment)? Part 1

Orthodontics, formerly known as orthodontia – comes from the Greek word orthos, meaning “straight, perfect or proper” and dontos, meaning “teeth”.

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry; treating patients with malocclusion (improper positioning of the teeth when the mouth is closed), which results in an improper bite. Orthodontics also includes treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics) and the shape and development of the jaw. An orthodontics specialist is called an orthodontist. Orthodontics also includes cosmetic dentistry; when the patient’s desire is to improve his or her appearance. Dr. Tara Gostovich is an orthodontic specialist, with offices in Englishtown and Malboro, NJ.

An orthodontist utilizes various medical dental devices, including headgear, braces, plates, etc. to facilitate:

▪ Closing gaps between the teeth

▪ Treating an improper bite

▪ Straightening crooked teeth

▪ Making sure the tips (the bottoms) of the teeth are properly aligned

▪ Preventing long-term excessive wear or damage of the teeth

▪ Improving speech or eating (oral function)

▪ Improving the long-term health of gums and teeth

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion quite literally means bad bite. For some children, their jaws and teeth do not develop properly. Malocclusion refers to misaligned, crooked teeth and a fault in regards to the relationship between the two dental arches (the bottom and top set of teeth). Malocclusion may develop because of injury or trauma to the teeth or facial bones, frequent thumb sucking, or for unknown reasons.

Thumb sucking (or finger sucking) can result in localized deformation of the teeth and the supporting jaw bone. To restore a natural formation, the thumb sucking habit MUST be addressed and stopped.

In most cases, malocclusions don’t affect physical health; since malocclusion is not a disease, but rather, a variation in the normal position of the teeth. However, it could affect the shape of a person’s face and the appearance of their teeth, which can lead to embarrassment, a lack of self-confidence, and sometimes, even depression. Severe malocclusion may affect a person’s speech, eating, and overall oral health.

People may need to seek orthodontic treatment for several different reasons:

▪ Protruding front teeth – Orthodontic treatment not only improves the patient’s appearance, but also protects the teeth from damage; people with protruding front teeth are more likely to injure them in sports, falling down, etc.

▪ Crowding of the teeth – If the patient’s jaw is narrow, there may not be enough space for all of the teeth. In such cases the orthodontist may have to remove one or more teeth to make room for the others.

▪ Impacted teeth – As the adult teeth come through, they are not in the proper position.

▪ Asymmetrical teeth – The upper and lower teeth do not match, especially when the mouth is closed but the teeth are showing.

▪ Deep bite (overbite) – When the teeth are clenched, the upper ones come down over the lower ones too much.

▪ Reverse bite – When the teeth are clenched, the upper teeth bite inside the lower ones.

▪ Open bite – When the teeth are clenched, there is an opening between the upper and lower teeth.

▪ Underbite – The upper teeth are too far back, or the lower teeth are too far forward (giving the person a “bulldog-like” appearance).

▪ Crossbite – At least one of the upper teeth does not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched; they are too near the cheek or the tongue.

▪ Spacing – There are gaps or spaces between the teeth, either because a tooth is missing, or the teeth simply do not fill the mouth (this is the opposite of crowding).

Want to learn more? Be sure to read Part 2 of this informative article on orthodontics.

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The benefits of early Orthodontic treatment

Did you know that by age seven, your child’s mouth has grown enough and has enough sound structure to know how it will develop as the permanent teeth start to emerge? Your child’s pediatric dentist is trained to identify bite issues at an early age and should refer your child to an orthodontist at the appropriate point in time.

Dr. Tara Gostovich performs many orthodontic evaluations on young children, and our staff is trained to detect any problems, such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites. Although orthodontic treatment will not usually start until years later, the orthodontic evaluation is instrumental in determining whether your child has any problems with the jaw and teeth early when they are still easy to treat. Earlier treatment can also cost less to correct a potential problem than delayed treatment.

The benefits of an Orthodontic evaluation or consultation by an Orthodontist include:

  • A better prognosis for how the permanent teeth will develop
  • The ability to correct any habits that may be the cause of development problems, such as thumb sucking or tongue pushing
  • Correcting bite problems like an open bite, cross bite or deep bite
  • Lowering the risk of damage to any protruding teeth
  • Creating a more pleasing and functional arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Alleviating future, and possibly more invasive, dental correction

 

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How braces and orthodontic treatment can improve your life!

The primary objective of orthodontic treatment by Dr. Tara Gostovich, is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smile. Knowing you have a great smile will also provide better self-confidence! Orthodontic Treatment will also improve your bite. A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental health as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean will reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

An Orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Gostovich is easy to set up, and better yet…it’s FREE! Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call at our convenient Englishtown, NJ office to schedule your consultation today!

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Happy New Years!

From our team here at Dr. Tara Gostovich’s Orthodontist office, to you and your family – we wish you a happy and healthy 2014. We would like to thank all of our patients for a wonderful 2013! We look forward to treating you in 2014.

A new year usually holds the promise of better things to come…if you or a family member is thinking about improving their smile or considering orthodontic treatment, please take a moment and download our FREE report below.

Have a happy and healthy 2014!

 

 

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Happy Holidays from your Orthodontist in Englishtown, NJ

Christmas (or Hannukah) is a time of year for getting together with family, friends, and loved ones. Whether you are a current patient with braces or Invisalign, a past patient, or a future candidate for orthodontic treatment — Dr. Tara Gostovich and the entire staff at our orthodontic practice would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season, and best wishes for 2014!

A great holiday present to yourself is always taking care of your smile! A smile is so important to who you are, and it’s a FACT that others feel better when those around them are smiling. Dr. Tara Gostovich has been helping others improve their smiles at her Orthodontic practice in Englishtown, NJ. If you are considering braces or Orthodontic Treatment for you or your family, please consider contacting our office for a FREE consultation.

Happy Holidays!

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