Orthodontic Treatment

Do you wish you had straighter teeth, but hate the idea of wearing braces for years? We have a solution: Six Month Smiles. Six Month Smiles is the orthodontic program of choice for many adults who want straighter teeth. The program is designed for adults who don’t want to have to wear metal braces for years.

Using tooth-colored wires and clear braces, the braces incorporated in the Six Months Smiles program are less noticeable up-close and almost impossible to see when viewed at a distance. Six Month Smiles is a great choice for adults worried about the appearance of their braces.

Get A Beautiful Smile in Just Six Months

When you begin the Six Month Smiles program, Dr. Tadros will take molds of your teeth and send them to the Six Month Smiles lab, which will create custom bonding trays that will gently straighten your teeth. Each month, you’ll visit Dr. Tadros’ office for minor adjustments. Within four to nine months, your treatment will be complete and you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted.

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The first step in this process is visiting Dr. Tadros to determine whether you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles. Contact our office today to schedule a Six Months Smiles consultation and learn more about this innovative option.

Six Month Smiles

Crooked teeth can be embarrassing. They can affect your entire appearance and even keep you from smiling in public. But you don’t have to live with crooked teeth forever. We offer top-quality orthodontic right here in our Houston office.

Six Month Smiles is the teeth straightening solution of choice for many adults. The program uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to straighten teeth in only four to nine months.

Advantages of the Six Month Smiles program include:

  • Quick treatment times
  • Less noticeable wires and brackets than traditional braces
  • Lower treatment costs than other straightening options

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Orthodontic treatment is a great investment in your dental health and appearance. If you’re looking for straighter teeth you can rest assured that Dr. Tadros is the right dentist for all your orthodontic needs. Dr. Tadros is passionate about patient care and will make sure you receive a treatment plan that’s right for your situation.


Don’t know if Six Month Smiles are for you? Contact Tadros Dental and schedule an appointment. We provide every patient with a personalized treatment plan and can help you learn more about Six Month Smiles.

How Thumb Sucking Affects Your Teeth

Thumb sucking is an activity that young individuals enjoy because it is soothing. Suckling is a very relaxing activity for children and this helps to pacify them. When a child is quiet and resting there is peace, unfortunately, what has not realized with all the silence is the fact that thumb sucking can be very damaging to the teeth. An amount of damage is directly related to the amount the habit is practiced. Therefore, minimizing and stopping the habit as early as possible is the key to avoiding its harmful effects!

The Effects of Thumb sucking On Teeth

This habit can cause permanent damage. The following are some of the disadvantages of thumb sucking:

  • It can lead to an open bite. An open bite is one when the person the teeth are in a state of disarrangement so that even when he is biting, his front teeth stay apart and he looks as though his mouth is still open. With the thumb always attached to the mouth, the teeth and jaw endure changes that are permanent unless corrected.
  • It can cause the protrusion of the upper front teeth. With the thumb constantly putting pressure on the back of the upper front teeth, so it protrudes.
  • It can cause the tipping of the lower front teeth. While the activity pushes the upper teeth forward, the lower teeth are tipped back in a retruded position.
  • It can lead to a high arched palate. This is a more severe effect that is usually related to prolonged thumb sucking. The constant pressure on the palate and the tension created by the buccinator muscles found on the cheeks, construct the jaw and cause the arching.
  • It can increase the risk of infection and disease. Since the child is constantly putting his thumb inside the mouth, there is a bigger risk for him to catch an infection from the environment.
  • It can lead awkward social conditions. Thumb sucking usually frowns upon not only by older individual but also by children who can make fun of thumb suckers. With constant ridicule from peers, the child can become totally reclusive and aloof.

How to Control Thumb sucking

The control of thumb sucking can be classified into two categories, home remedies that are carried out by the parents with the guidance of a trusted dentist and dental treatments that are performed and prescribed by dentists. Depending on the condition, treatments may be preventive, corrective and therapeutic in nature.

Home remedies. The first line of defense against thumb sucking is to remedy it at home. Monitoring your child and taking the thumb out can work, but a child is not always too obedient of such instructions even when you explain how bad it is. Often, conditioning is the most effective method and this involves applying something bitter or spicy on the child’s thumb so that the normally enjoyable activity may be perceived as a negative one. Various products are available to facilitate that process; Mavala Stop is an example of a great product that works very well.

If the child could be talked to and is able to receive instruction, it is always best to appeal to his better understanding. If you are able to go through to your child, you can reward good behavior with praise or small prizes to further motivate him. All of these could be really tricky, but with consistency and dedication, you and your child could succeed.

Dental treatments. A dentist may start with dental education and instruction to remedy the condition. When all else fails, especially after home remedies have all been exhausted, a dental appliance may be prescribed.

The dental appliance could be fixed or removable. Some appliances are installed to prevent the child from continuing on with the habit such as the tongue crib, which has a palatal component that discourages the thumb from resting behind the teeth. Some appliances are able to treat and correct the existing problem caused by the habit, such as misaligned teeth and open bites by moving the teeth, expanding the jaw and closing the bite. Depending on the case, the wearing of appliances will be for a few months to a few years, and throughout that period will be supervised by the dental practitioner.

The effects of thumb sucking may be likened to prolonged use of the pacifier, milk bottle, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. All these activities push the teeth forward disrupt the normal and healthy arrangement of the teeth within the jaw. Depending on the age, state and preference both the parents and the dentist, the address may or may not involve the use of a dental appliance.


If you have any questions or would like further details on treatment for thumb-sucking, contact Tadros Dental to schedule an appointment today.

Living with Braces

If you have just gotten braces on, you’ll have noticed that it’s definitely a unique feeling and experience, and there will be some adjustments that you’ll need to make to your daily habits. But don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. It’s likely that your dentist or orthodontist has already gone over most of these with you, but consider this a take-home guide to remind you about how to take care of your teeth for the future months.

  • You still have to brush twice and floss once a day. Make sure you’re getting under the wires at every angle with your brush, and you will have to thread your floss through the wires.
  • If you have headgear, wear it! Even if you hate the way it looks and feels, it will be worth it in the long run once you have that perfect smile.
  • You will be sore the first few days after getting your braces on or getting them adjusted and tightened, so stick to foods that don’t require much chewing like soup, applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, or milkshakes.
  • Avoid foods that are hard to bite or could easily get stuck in between your teeth and the wires. For example apples, bagels, taffy, corn on the cob, popcorn, carrots, and bubble gum.
  • If you get rubber bands to wear, wear them! They make a world of difference. Your dentist or orthodontist will know if you haven’t been using them and don’t be surprised if he/she extends your braces-wearing time another three to six weeks to make up for your negligence.
  • You still need to visit your dentist for your biannual cleanings while you have braces on.

Braces will demand extra time and effort be put into your oral health, but they’re working just as hard as you are. Braces align and straighten your teeth so that, once they’re off, you’ll have a smile you will be proud to wear; focus on that goal, and you’ll find the process to be over within no time.


If you’re interested in setting up an appointment today, contact Tadros Dental and we will be more than happy to help.

What are Six Month Smiles?

When we see kids running around with metal braces, it looks adorable. They’re growing up and their colorful braces reflect their whimsy. But if you’re an adult, maybe the metal braces look just isn’t for you, so you’ve always put off getting your teeth straightened. You’re not alone. Millions of adults out there are less than content with their smile and are looking for a modern, grown-up way to fix it. Six Month Smiles is your answer. It’s an effective orthodontic treatment that uses nearly invisible braces and typically only lasts, you guessed it, six months.

Benefits

Here are the innovations that Six Month Smiles has brought to the orthodontic world:

  • 6 month treatment time
  • Nearly invisible with its clear brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Predictable and reliable final result
  • Quick appointments thanks to Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits
  • Low amount of force applied for treatment that is comfortable, safe, and hygienic
  • More affordable than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers

Six Month Smiles uses the latest technology to maximize the efficiency at which your teeth can be shifted into the perfect smile. It uses standard orthodontic mechanics, so it’s not any tighter or painful than regular braces. It cuts down time not by forcing your teeth into more pain but by using gentle forces alongside a pinpointed cosmetic focus on moving your teeth into a straighter smile. It mainly focuses on the teeth that are shown in the smile and shifts attention from creating a perfect bite to the outward appearance of your teeth.

Six Month Smiles is perfect for adults (15 years or more) that aren’t looking for a major bite adjustment. Most adults qualify; talk to your dentist for more information.


If you’re interested in setting up an appointment today, contact Tadros Dental and we will be more than happy to help.

Do I Really Need Braces?

Braces have grown in popularity over the past decade, and today it seems like everyone, both children and adults, gets them at one time or another. But are they really necessary? Aside from the cosmetic difference, how do braces affect oral health?

Here is an overview of various ailments that can be treated by braces:

  • Misaligned teeth can sometimes prevent a person from being able to chew or process foods correctly. In some cases, this can lead to headaches or backaches.
  • Overbite and underbite can also be obstructive to correctly chewing foods and in more severe cases can damage surrounding gums and tissues.
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth could cause uneven wear on the teeth, increase difficulty in cleaning off plaque, and cause early loss of teeth with age due to tooth decay.
  • The positioning of your teeth affects the shape of the roof of the mouth, which affects breathing and snoring. In some cases, patients experience difficulty breathing, or they struggle with sleep apnea.

Sometimes, patients simply want that “perfect smile,” and with braces, it is easily possible. Whether the reason is cosmetic or medical, braces have the capability to help most patients in significant ways, and modern advancements in orthodontic technology have made the process easier, quicker, and much less burdensome than before.


If you should elect to get braces or would like more information about what options would be right for you, contact Tadros Dental to learn about the services we provide.

Proper Oral Hygiene in Braces

Braces treatments have long brought beautiful smiles to patients all over the world. There is no doubting its power to make amazing smile transformations. Unfortunately, braces treatments take some time to complete. Within that period, patients have to deal with dental appliances stuck on their teeth, so oral hygiene becomes trickier.

To maintain the health and beauty of your smile, observe the following hygiene practices:

Brushing. Brushing your teeth is the most basic oral hygiene practice you can perform. You brush at least twice a day or after every meal, making sure to remove all food particles on your teeth and on the braces. Use the prescribed orthodontic brush to be able to clean your teeth properly or simply use the tip of your brush and allow the bristles to penetrate into the small opening on the brackets.

Flossing. Using a normal floss is going to be tricky and impossible when you have braces. As an alternative, a stiff end floss could be used to be able to clean in between teeth even with the wires attached.

Rinsing. What brushing and flossing cannot deal with, rinsing with mouthwash can tackle. Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove adherent plaque from the teeth and brackets.

Fluoride. Fluoride applications can strengthen the teeth and make it less susceptible to caries attack. With the brackets on the teeth, plaque build-up is increased and bacterial attack is on the high. Fluoride affords extra protection to the teeth so that it is stronger against dental decay, throughout the course of the treatment.

Interdental Brushes. In lieu of the floss, you can use an interdental brush to clean in between teeth. The brush is soft and it can painlessly and dutifully remove food that has gotten stuck in between teeth.

Waterpik. Waterpik works on water pressure to flush any food particles that get stuck in between the teeth and brackets. The water pressure is strong enough to clean the mouth and remove disease-causing plaque.

The success of any smile transformation is due to the perfect partnership of the dentist and patient. When you make a decision to undergo braces treatment, you are also taking in the responsibility that comes along with it. Be responsible for your smile!


If you have any other questions about braces or if you’re interested in setting up an appointment today, contact Tadros Dental and we will be more than happy to help.

Correcting Underbite

Last week, we posted about overbite, the most common form of malocclusion, or misalignment of the jaw and, as a result, teeth. Underbite is the opposite of overbite, as the names suggest, and describes the condition where the lower jaw protrudes outward and upward and overlaps with the upper teeth. Unlike overbite, however, underbite is very uncommon. It only affects between five and ten percent of the world’s population, though it is particularly common in those of Asian descent.

Causes

Like overbite, the causes of underbite usually has to do with hereditary genetics. However, other causes of underbite include thumb sucking, bad chewing habits, and abnormalities in the jaw bone.

Disadvantages

In most cases, underbite can go untreated without any serious implications.

Here is a list of possible disadvantages of uncorrected underbite:

  • Development of TMD
  • Jaw pain
  • Some don’t like the physical appearance of underbite
  • Increased chances of tooth decay
  • Difficulty enunciating while speaking
  • Increased chances of gum disease
  • Increased wear and tear on enamel

Treatment

The reason many milder cases of underbite go untreated is because the correction process can take a long period of time. Of course, the severity of the malocclusion and the age of the patient largely factor into how complicated and lengthy correction needs to take. In children, correction is comparatively easier; many orthodontic treatments are available, most of which cause minimal interference with the child’s regular day-to-day activities.

In adults, however, because the skeletal structure of the jaw is already set and no longer growing, underbite can only be corrected with surgery, typically in conjunction with braces to fix alignment.


If you have any questions or concerns about underbite, contact Tadros Dental today, and we will be more than happy to help.

Correcting Overbite

Overbite is actually quite common; few people have perfectly aligned teeth. Overbite describes the condition where the upper jaw is misaligned over the lower jaw, making it seem like the lower jaw is tucked behind the upper jaw. Many people have overbite to a small degree. However, when the misalignment is noticeable and disturbs the normal functions of chewing and speaking, corrective actions need to be made.

What Causes Overbite?

Overbite is mostly caused by genetics, as are the other forms of malocclusion (a medical term for misalignment), e.g. underbite and crossbite. It has been speculated that children who suck their thumbs in the transition period between losing baby teeth and growing permanent teeth increase their chances of having problems with overbite in the future.

Why is it Problematic?

The problem with overbite goes beyond just physical appearance. Severe overbites lead to jaw pain because the process of chewing is made highly inefficient, and the misalignment puts extra strains and pressures on the jaw bones and muscles. Also, because the bite is not coming down right when chewing and speaking, it leads to extra wear and tear on the enamel, which was not designed to handle increased pressure on the misaligned surfaces. Because of the weakened enamel, the chances of tooth decay and gum infection is greatly increased. In extreme cases, overbites can sometimes cause speech impairments when the tongue cannot hit the teeth the right way for enunciating sounds correctly.

Treatment

Overbite is typically very easily diagnosed, and the treatment is typically not invasive. It usually involves braces to correct the alignment of the teeth. Sometimes tooth extractions are necessary. In the most extreme cases, surgery can be used to pull back the jaw; however, this procedure is highly invasive and is only used when absolutely necessary. Overbites are most successfully fixed in children because their jaw is still growing. It can also be successfully treated in adults but may take a longer time with extra complexities.


If you have any questions or concerns about overbite, contact Tadros Dental today, and we will be more than happy to help.

What Do I Do If I Have A Loose Tooth?

Children are supposed to lose their baby teeth during childhood, but what happens if a permanent tooth becomes loose and threatens to fall out?

Causes

The most common cause of loose teeth in adults is gum disease. The infection in the gums eventually spreads to affect the bone and attacks the foundation of the teeth, which causes them to move.

Other causes include physical trauma to the teeth, bite injury, an abscess in the gum, or a tumor.

Treatment

Depending on the causes of your loose teeth, there are many different ways to treat this problem. In most mild cases, you will be able to keep your teeth, but if the damage is too serious, it will need to be extracted. Typically, if your tooth is loose in all directions, it means that the foundation is too weak, and the tooth will need to be extracted.

If the loose tooth is being caused by gum disease, extensive gum cleaning procedures can be taken to reverse the periodontal disease. When your gums are healthy again, they will be able to better support the tooth.

Bite injuries typically occur because of a misalignment of the teeth; because of crooked angles, the teeth can be prone to receiving more force than it can handle and become loosened as a result. Adjusting the alignment of the teeth and reshaping their surfaces so that they are subject to less force when used for biting will prevent further bite injuries.

If the tooth is not terribly loose, it can be simply healed through splinting, which involves wrapping it with wire to be attached to a strong, adjacent tooth. This will stabilize the tooth and allow it to heal.


If you have a loose tooth, make sure you contact Tadros Dental as soon as possible. If necessary, we offer emergency dentistry services as well.

If you’re looking for a Houston dentist who’s right for you & your family, contact Tadros Dental today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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