Having braces isn’t just about being happy with the way your smile looks, although that is an important part. Orthodontic therapy has many other benefits that improve your oral health and quality of life. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider braces, even if you’re an adult:

Manage TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorder is sometimes caused by an improper biting relationship of the upper and lower jaws. This causes the TMJ to be compromised during biting and chewing throughout the day. Over time, strain to the joint begins to cause discomfort, swelling, and even internal damage to the ligaments and muscles that surround it. Correcting the bite relationship allows the TMJ to function without excess strain; thus eliminating side effects like pain, headaches, and disorders of the jaw.

Combat Gum Disease

Crowded and crooked teeth are extremely susceptible to gum disease. Why? Because plaque and food easily build up in areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. As a result, these misaligned teeth quickly develop gingivitis around them, which progresses to the point where the gums actually start detaching from the tooth. These deep pockets cause more bacterial buildup, causing the condition to spiral out of control. Bone loss begins to take place, causing teeth to become mobile and even fall out. Straightening the teeth will make oral hygiene efforts more productive, and gum disease easier to combat. In fact, orthodontic therapy is regarded as an essential part of periodontal therapy for some patients.

Prevent Tooth Wear and Damaged Restorations

If pressure is distributed unevenly across your teeth, the enamel can quickly wear away. This can be seen as flat, worn edges along the tops of the teeth, or even gum recession near the necks of the teeth. Fillings and crowns are made to withstand normal wear, but this excessive pressure will also cause them to break down as well. Correcting the alignment of the bite will allow the upper and lower teeth to fit together properly and eliminate the risk of broken fillings and enamel.

Reduce Your Risk of Tooth Decay

As previously mentioned, misaligned teeth are very difficult to keep as clean as straight teeth. This means crooked teeth typically develop more cavities between them, simply because they are not thoroughly cleaned each time you brush. Flossing is essential, but due to the accumulated bacteria throughout the day, crooked teeth may still get cavities even if you’re doing your very best to clean them twice each day.

Prevent Emergencies

Teeth that are out of alignment, such as those that jet out at the front of your smile, are much more likely to suffer from an accidental injury. For instance, if you’re playing a game of basketball with friends and get elbowed in the face – jetted out teeth have a high risk of breaking, when straight teeth do not. It can also reduce the risk of lacerated lips and cheeks when the teeth are moved into proper alignment.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.