Patients who have crooked or misaligned teeth may benefit from having dental braces. By wearing braces over an extended period of times, patients can enjoy improved oral health, develop a better bite, and improve their overall dental health. In addition to straightening teeth, braces can also help improve other issues, such as malocclusions, underbite, overbite, or other flaws in your jaws and teeth.
Patients who have crooked or misaligned teeth, but would prefer to avoid having traditional dental braces may be good candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign treatment involves wearing customized trays for approximately 22 hours a day. Treatment time will vary from patient to patient but averages under 15 months in our practice.
Teeth Whitening & Ortho
Patients who have braces often find it difficult to perform teeth whitening procedures. Our office has several in-office teeth whitening procedures that we can provide and is also happy to discuss different take-home kits and teeth whitening products and help you learn best practices for practicing good oral hygiene that is compatible with your orthodontics.
Habit therapy refers to an approach to help patients (typically children, but adults as well) learn how to break habits that are having a negative impact on their oral health. For children, this typically presents in the form of thumb sucking, but there are a variety of habits that can be addressed and improved. Our clinic has resources and many different painless exercises for you and your children that, over time, can help them break bad habits and develop good ones.
Patients who have severe oral issues, such as incorrect position of teeth (malocclusion), jaw bone abnormalities, or severely bad bites may benefit from orthognathic surgery, a method for treating such severe cases. Although not commonly performed, undergoing orthognathic surgery can have a significant impact on improving periodontal problems, joint paint, facial dysfunction, speech difficulties and other related issues.
Palatal expansion refers to a treatment that is typically performed on children, although adults can also benefit from the treatment, especially for obstructive sleep apnea. Palatal expansions use a palatal expander to widen the maxillary (upper jaw) to improve the fitting of the top and lower teeth and allow better healthier positioning of our tongue.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Patients who snore heavily or wake up gasping for air while sleeping may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the patient’s throat muscles relax to the point that they begin to block the airway. There are a range of treatment options available, the most popular of which is a CPAP machine. Share your experience with Dr. Pan to see what we can do for you.
A common misconception for people who wear braces is that once they have finished their treatment, their teeth will be permanently corrected. While it would be nice if this were the case, the truth is that your teeth can shift back towards their original locations. To prevent this from happening, it is now considered best practice to begin wearing a retainer following the removal of your braces for a life time retention. There are several different retainer options that are available. Dr. Pan will discuss what options are available and are best suited to meet your unique needs.
Sleep apnea affects over 18 million Americans, and most commonly presents itself as heavy snoring or waking up gasping for air while sleeping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the patient’s throat muscles relax to the point that the muscles block the airway. There are many health risks associated with sleep apnea, including behavioral problems in children and an increased risk of stroke or heart attack in adults. Fortunately, there are a range of treatment options available, including lifestyle changes, CPAP machines, or surgery.
Special Needs Dentistry
Patients who require assistance for a disability (mental, medical, or psychological) and/or who have been diagnosed with issues such as ADHD, Down Syndrome, behavioral issues, and cleft lip often require unique approaches to their dental care. Our staff is trained to provide special needs dentistry care, with an emphasis on creating a safe and loving environment that puts our patients at ease and providing them support through the means of enhanced communication and positive reinforcement.
Tooth exposure is performed when a permanent tooth fails to erupt. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as large curves of the root, the tooth bud being abnormally positioned, or the tooth becoming fused to the bone. Regardless of the reason, it is important to have this procedure performed, because if left untreated, your teeth can become misaligned which can alter your bite and negatively impact the appearance of your smile.
TMJ & TMD
Patients suffering from TMD (temporomandibular disorder) have a dysfunction of their TMJ (temporomandibular joints), which is the joint that is responsible for connecting your lower jawbone and skull together. There are a range of factors that can cause TMD, such as arthritis, stress, or bruxism. If you have been experiencing locking in your jaw, difficulty chewing, or tenderness or pain in the area surrounding your jaw, you may be suffering from TMD. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to correct this issue, which we will be happy to discuss with you.