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Love Your Smile On Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2019

VALENTINE’S DAY IS THE PERFECT time to look and feel your very best. Nothing will make you feel happier and more confident than a gorgeous new smile!

If you are an adult, your Valentine’s smile makeover may require comprehensive dental care. Here is your smile makeover action plan!

Love Your Gums, Love Your Smile

First, see a periodontist for a thorough soft tissue evaluation of your gums and bones around your teeth. Your periodontist will get your teeth ready for orthodontic treatment. To find a periodontist near you, visit the American Academy of Perodontology at www.perio.org.

Love Your Face, Love Your Bite

An orthodontist will put your teeth in the correct position for the best smile makeover possible. Teeth will need to be spaced correctly for a cosmetic result and your bite will need to be correct for dental health and tooth stability. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Love Your Teeth, Love Your Smile

Finally, a cosmetic or general dentist will need to complete your final tooth treatment of either crowns or veneers as desired. To find a dentist with interest in dental cosmetics visit the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at www.aacd.com.

This case was treated by orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, CA. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 to begin your Valentine's Day smile makeover.

Love is in the air. Happiness is your beautiful new smile!

A Polysomnogram Is Diagnostic Of Sleep Apnea

February 8th, 2019

DOES YOUR SPOUSE stop breathing in their sleep? Do they suddenly wake up gasping for air? If so, he or she may have sleep apnea and need a polysomnogram sleep study for sleep apnea treatment.

What Is A Polysomnogram?

The polysomnogram is a test which is diagnostic for sleep apnea. It is an overnight recording which documents how many times a person stops breathing and the duration of these episodes. Depending on the number and duration of non-breathing episodes, the patient is given a diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Has Many Causes

One cause for a patient’s sleep apnea may be a small lower jaw. If so, your orthodontist can help cure sleep apnea by lower jaw advancement completed with surgery. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Your dentist may be able to temporarily help your sleep apnea by creating a mandibular advancement device, a removable appliance which moves your lower jaw more forward during sleep. Oral appliances to advance the lower jaw can be effective, but only in patients with mild forms of sleep apnea, which must be established by polysomnography in a sleep laboratory and assessment by a qualified sleep apnea physician. Worn long term, five years or longer, removable sleep apnea appliances may produce permanent changes in your teeth and bite.

Sleep apnea may also be caused by extra body weightsoft tissue, or tongue position. In these cases, a CPAP machine can help by pushing air into your airway and soft tissues under a light pressure to help prevent sleep apnea episodes from occurring. This can help both you and your spouse can get a good night’s sleep.

We Can Help With Your Sleep Apnea Needs

If you have questions about sleep apnea, CPAP, or the ploysomnogram diagnostic test for sleep apnea, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, in Antioch, California (925) 757-9000. We can refer you for polysomnogram testing and get you the sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment you need.

You will feel better and perfom better after a good night’s sleep. Get your sleep apnea treatment today. You’ve never dreamed you could sleep so well.

Is Chilly Weather Hurting Your Teeth?

January 11th, 2019

WE MAY FEEL the dropping temperature in our toes, but we shouldn’t be feeling it in our teeth! Some of us experience a shock of pain as we breathe in the crisp air or sip some hot chocolate. Tooth sensitivity tends to manifest in temperature extremes, so we notice it more during the winter season.

Sensitivity Is A Cry For Help

Tooth sensitivity is fairly common, but that’s no reason to ignore it! Tooth sensitivity could be your mouth’s signal that something is wrong — you may need to see a periodontist or an endodontist. For the most part, solutions are simple. And, as with most dental problems, sensitivity is best dealt with early on. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne. This is available in your local grocery store or drug store.

Some Causes of Sensitivity Can Lead To More Severe Problems

Healthy teeth are guarded from extreme temperatures by the tooth’s enamel layer and by the gums. Sensitive teeth may signal receding gums as a result of gum disease or over-brushing. Sensitivity could also be caused by damaged enamel from a cracked tooth, acid erosion, decay, or demineralization due to improper oral health care while wearing braces.

We Can Help You Find A Solution

Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth this season, it’s important to get it checked out by an orthodontic professional. We can help you determine the cause, and find a solution. It may be a simple change in your dental care regime. Other times, a dental procedure can relieve your discomfort.

No One Should Suffer From Tooth Pain

We believe that no one should suffer from dental problems without hope of a solution. Please talk to us if you ever have questions about your dental and orthodontic health. We consider it an honor to be your trusted health partner, and to keep your teeth healthy for life.

If you have questions about sensitive teeth, please visit us at www.clubbraces.com. Find us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us for a complimentary orthodontic exam.

Let us help you with your teeth in any weather. Your smile is our inspiration.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

New Technology Can Reduce Orthodontic Treatment Time

January 4th, 2019

WHAT DOES NASA HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR BRACES? Probably more than you think! The braces of ages past are gone. Modern treatment includes everything from advanced digital imaging to metal alloys created for space travel. These amazing technological advances mean that your treatment is more comfortable, less conspicuous, and more efficient.

Smile Design Through Advanced Imaging

All orthodontic treatment starts with a plan of action for your ideal smile. New scanning technology lets us fully envision that plan before ever putting a bracket on a tooth!

Comprehensive orthodontic scanning gives us a detailed look at the skull’s structure and underlying problems in the mouth and jaw. Using this information, we’re able to create a complete picture of your bite and plan the movement of teeth. Better imaging means better planning and more efficient treatment for YOU.

Gradual, Steady Movement Through NASA Technology

Years ago, archwires on braces were made from stainless steel. This inflexible metal created a dramatic push right after tightening (effective, but sometimes uncomfortable) but didn’t continue corrective pressure after a few days. Now, we use nickel titanium wires. This memory-wire produces very gentle, gradual, and continued pressure as it strives to regain its set shape.

What does this mean for you? It means braces are much more comfortable, and yet they move your teeth more between tightening appointments, which makes your treatment time faster!

What Does the Future Hold for Orthodontics?

The possibilities are endless! It may be very soon that you come in for a checkup and get your retainer 3D printed within the hour. Perhaps computerized, self-adjusting brackets will allow us to monitor your treatment remotely! Whatever happens, you can be sure we’ll be there to see if it can better help us give you the smile of your dreams.

Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics if you have questions about limited treatment or short term orthodontic treatment with NiTi wires (925) 757-9000.  Find us at www.clubbraces.com. Visit us at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, right behind Deer Valley High School, for a complimentary orthodontic exam.

Thank you for choosing Gorczyca Orthodontics. Your smile is our inspiration!

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