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Does My Child Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed for Braces or Invisalign?

June 6th, 2022

Does My Child Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed for Braces or Invisalign?

A tooth extraction for wisdom teeth may be something your dentist recommends. The most common age to have wisdom teeth removed is between 16 and 20. Some children require their wisdom teeth removed as early as 12 years and other children are well into their adult years before needing to consider wisdom teeth removal.

 

Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help monitor wisdom teeth growth and identify potential reasons for wisdom teeth removal, which may include:

IMPACTED TEETH – Wisdom teeth can become impacted and may not have enough space in the back of the mouth to come in normally, causing them to be stuck in the jawbone. This can cause significant pain and discomfort for your child.

WRONG ANGLE – Wisdom teeth can sometimes come in at the wrong angle and press against other molars.

NOT ENOUGH SPACE – The jaw, particularly of a younger teenager, may not physically have enough room for this final set of molars so a tooth extraction may be necessary.

CAVITIES & GUM DISEASE – Since located so far back in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be hard to properly brush and floss, allowing for plaque buildup. Over time, this can lead to decay.

ORTHODONTIC WORK – If braces are in your teenager’s future, your Orthodontist may suggest having their wisdom teeth removed first to avoid the risk of the final molars coming in during their treatment and disrupting the treatment plan.

 

Our Approach to Orthodontics at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS

At Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, everything we do is focused on our patients. Dr. Martin and our team know your needs and concerns are as unique as your smile. That’s why we refuse to use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to orthodontic care. Instead, we will work with you to determine the right treatment for your specific situation.

You will never be another number on a chart or set of teeth in the chair to any of us. We take pride in getting to know each patient as a person, building a long-term relationship with them. We want to learn about interests, celebrate your achievements, and share in your life.

Each of us is a people-person, and we thrive on our conversations with those in our care. We feel fortunate to spend our days creating life-changing smiles for our friends and would love to create such a smile for you!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

 

 

Questions to Ask About Direct-to-consumer Orthodontic Treatment

May 5th, 2022

The American Academy of Orthodontists has published brochures and questions to inform comsurmers about online orthodontic companies who make their treatment sound as simple as taking a selfie. Some will ask you to include your selfie with an impression of your teeth or get your teeth scanned. Next, you receive aligners in the mail, and after so many months – straight teeth! It’s just not that simple!

Who Is Supervising Your Treatment?

In some instances direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your orthodontic treatment by an orthodontist.

Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues if not done correctly.

Is Your treatment Customized for You?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontic treatment, which is why a thorough examination of the teeth, their position in the jaws and the relationship of the upper and lower jaws is imperative to developing a custom treatment plan.

Orthodontists closely study dental records such as panoramic x-rays to evaluate any concerns or potential problems that may be hiding below the surface.

What other transforming medical treatment would you undergo without an in-person, pre-treatment evaluation, or ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional?

A Few Questions You May Want to Consider:

As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?

As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?

Do you know your orthodontist or dentist? Like any treatment, it helps to know who is caring for you. For example, is their name listed on the company's website or elsewhere?

Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?

How do you know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment?

What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?

Who can you speak with at the online orthodontic company about your orthodontic treatment?

Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment?

If an issue arises during your treatment, how will it be handled, and who will be responsible for handling it?

If a doctor is involved with your orthodontic treatment, how can you contact him or her over the course of your treatment? How can you contact him or her if an emergency arises?

If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.)?

If you are injured or have a dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, what rights do you have against the person or company involved with your orthodontic treatment?

Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state?

Trust an AAO orthodontist

The AAO is a professional association of orthodontists dedicated to, among other things, “improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.” Your health and well-being are extremely important.

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your orthodontist spent years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

Before you commit to orthodontic treatment, it’s essential you understand your options. It’s just as essential you find a practice where you like and trust the doctor and team, and where you’ll receive the highest level of care. That’s why we offer complimentary consultations.

Please call to schedule your orthodontic consultation at our Pleasant Hill, CA office. We welcome patients from Martinez, Walnut Creek, and surrounding communities.

Dr. Martin and our team look forward to meeting you. It will be our pleasure to create a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll share with confidence!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

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Our Approach to Orthodontics at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS

May 2nd, 2022

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At Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, everything we do is focused on our patients. Dr. Martin and our team know your needs and concerns are as unique as your smile. That’s why we refuse to use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to orthodontic care. Instead, we will work with you to determine the right treatment for your specific situation.

You will never be another number on a chart or set of teeth in the chair to any of us. We take pride in getting to know each patient as a person, building a long-term relationship with them. We want to learn about interests, celebrate your achievements, and share in your life.

Each of us is a people-person, and we thrive on our conversations with those in our care. We feel fortunate to spend our days creating life-changing smiles for our friends and would love to create such a smile for you!

A Second-generation Orthodontist

Dr. Martin is a second-generation orthodontist; our office has been creating healthy, beautiful smiles for more than 50 years. As a mother with children, Dr. Martin understands the concerns of parents who want the best care and results for their child’s oral health and smile.

She also understands how to engage with children and teens at their level. Excelling at settling a patient’s worries, and there with an

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

Before you commit to orthodontic treatment, it’s essential you understand your options. It’s just as essential you find a practice where you like and trust the doctor and team, and where you’ll receive the highest level of care. That’s why we offer complimentary consultations.

Please call to schedule your orthodontic consultation at our Pleasant Hill, CA office. We welcome patients from Martinez, Walnut Creek, and surrounding communities.

Dr. Martin and our team look forward to meeting you. It will be our pleasure to create a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll share with confidence!

 

Why an Orthodontist is the Best Choice for Orthodontic Treatment

April 7th, 2022

Orthodontists are specialized in properly aligning teeth and jaws and possess the dental training to give you your best smile, making them the right person for orthodontic treatment. To put it simply, it’s best to see an orthodontist for orthodontics 

Orthodontists are Specialists

Orthodontists are specialists who focus on your bite and alignment of your teeth. Their job is to not only make sure that your smile looks great, but your bite feels good and functions properly, too.

Orthodontists have 3,700 hours of Orthodontic Training

In addition to dental school, orthodontists are the only dental specialists who have additional education and training focused exclusively on the movement of teeth, jawbones, facial bones, and soft tissue–3,700 hours of specialized training to be exact. They understand growth and development and are also called dentofacial orthopedists.

They Provide You with a Truly Customized Treatment Plan

Straightening teeth and aligning the bite are both complex biological processes, not quick fixes. With expertise in those complexities (like changes in jaw bones, facial bone and soft tissue as teeth are moved), your orthodontist is equipped to provide a truly custom treatment plan that is best for you. When it comes to your health you don’t want to miss any critical factors.  

Our Approach to Orthodontics at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS

At Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, everything we do is focused on our patients. Dr. Martin and our team know your needs and concerns are as unique as your smile. That’s why we refuse to use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to orthodontic care. Instead, we will work with you to determine the right treatment for your specific situation.

You will never be another number on a chart or set of teeth in the chair to any of us. We take pride in getting to know each patient as a person, building a long-term relationship with them. We want to learn about interests, celebrate your achievements, and share in your life.

Each of us is a people-person, and we thrive on our conversations with those in our care. We feel fortunate to spend our days creating life-changing smiles for our friends and would love to create such a smile for you!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

#MartinFamilySmiles #Invisalign #Braces #Orthodontist #EastBay #PleasantHill #Best #Dentist #2022 #Braces #ClearAligners #FSA #HSA #FlexSpendingAccount #HealthSavingsAccount #Best

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