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Besides straight teeth, what are the benefits of braces?

November 14th, 2018

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces from Johnson Orthodontics can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Paul Johnson and staff will be happy to answer any of your questions about your orthodontic treatment. Visit us in Palm Coast, Florida today!

Thanksgiving at Johnson Orthodontics

November 13th, 2018

Thanksgiving is near and this year we are feeling extremely thankful for all our wonderful patients, office staff, and family. Expressing and experiencing gratitude for those who surround us is the gateway to obtaining true joy in life. Over the last year we’ve had a few changes with staff, but our team is now as strong as ever. And, of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without family. Dr. Johnson has 7 children! So it can be quite challenging to get everyone together at the same time for the traditional group photo.

This year, Dr. Johnson is the most thankful for the love that God reveals to him -- Dr. Johnson began Seminary training back in August. He’s continually striving to become a better person in all areas of his life by becoming a better reflection of Christ. Remember: we are only as good as what we live to serve. The holiday season can get a little crazy sometimes but Dr. Johnson advises everyone to remain purposeful and to not allow other people (especially through social media) to dictate your expectations of reality.

We hope everyone is enjoying the season surrounded by family and loved ones! A friendly reminder: we have made up over 100 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and have them available for adoption. More information here: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child

The photo is of day old kittens Dr. Johnson found on his farm earlier this year.

What is hyperdontia?

November 7th, 2018

When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth, and our team at Johnson Orthodontics calls this oral condition "hyperdontia." Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt in your child's mouth, typically by the time they are 36 months old, and are shed by the time your child reaches the age of 12. Permanent teeth then take the place of the primary teeth and are usually fully-erupted by the time your son or daughter reaches 21 years of age. Anyone who develops more than 20 primary teeth or more than 32 permanent teeth has hyperdontia, and the additional teeth are referred to as supernumerary teeth.

While the cause of hyperdontia is not entirely clear, it is believed that there may be a genetic factor. Oral professionals have found that patients with extra teeth often have syndromes like cleidocranial dysplasia, Ehler-Danlos syndrome, Gardner syndrome, or cleft lip and palate. The prevalence of hyperdontia affects between one and four percent of the population in the United States, and the majority of cases are limited to a single tooth.

So, what is the best way to deal with hyperdontia? It really depends on the case. The treatment plan your doctor suggests varies according to the potential problem posed by the supernumerary teeth, as well as their type. Orthodontic treatment may certainly may help, but extraction can also be a good option. We recommend that children receive an oral evaluation or checkup no later than the age of seven. In addition to hygiene evaluation, this helps ensure your child does not experience hyperdontia problems.

If you suspect you or your child may be suffering from hyperdontia, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Palm Coast, Florida office to be evaluated.

Patient of the month

November 7th, 2018

Happiness is the secret to all beauty! Enjoy.

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