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ActressEmmaStoneRevealsHowThumbSuckingAffectedHerTeeth

It's no secret that many of Hollywood's brightest stars didn't start out with perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth. And these days, plenty of celebs are willing to share their stories, showing how dentists help those megawatt smiles shine. In a recent interview with W magazine, Emma Stone, the stunning 28-year-old star of critically-acclaimed films like La La Land and Birdman, explained how orthodontic appliances helped her overcome problems caused by a harmful habit: persistent thumb sucking in childhood.

“I sucked my thumb until I was 11 years old,” she admitted, mischievously adding “It's still so soothing to do it.” Although it may have been comforting, the habit spelled trouble for her bite. “The roof of my mouth is so high-pitched that I had this huge overbite,” she said. “I got this gate when I was in second grade… I had braces, and then they put a gate.”

While her technical terminology isn't quite accurate, Stone is referring to a type of appliance worn in the mouth which dentists call a “tongue crib” or “thumb/finger appliance.” The purpose of these devices is to stop children from engaging in “parafunctional habits” — that is, behaviors like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which are unrelated to the normal function of the mouth and can cause serious bite problems. (Other parafunctional habits include nail biting, pencil chewing and teeth grinding.)

When kids develop the habit of regularly pushing the tongue against the front teeth (tongue thrusting) or sucking on an object placed inside the mouth (thumb sucking), the behavior can cause the front teeth to be pushed out of alignment. When the top teeth move forward, the condition is commonly referred to as an overbite. In some cases a more serious situation called an “open bite” may develop, which can be difficult to correct. Here, the top and bottom front teeth do not meet or overlap when the mouth is closed; instead, a vertical gap is left in between.

Orthodontic appliances are often recommended to stop harmful oral habits from causing further misalignment. Most appliances are designed with a block (or gate) that prevents the tongue or finger from pushing on the teeth; this is what the actress mentioned. Normally, when the appliance is worn for a period of months it can be expected to modify the child's behavior. Once the habit has been broken, other appliances like traditional braces or clear aligners can be used to bring the teeth into better alignment.

But in Stone's case, things didn't go so smoothly. “I'd take the gate down and suck my thumb underneath the mouth appliance,” she admitted, “because I was totally ignoring the rule to not suck your thumb while you're trying to straighten out your teeth.” That rule-breaking ended up costing the aspiring star lots of time: she spent a total of 7 years wearing braces.

Fortunately, things worked out for the best for Emma Stone: She now has a brilliant smile and a stellar career — plus a shiny new Golden Globe award! Does your child have a thumb sucking problem or another harmful oral habit? For more information about how to correct it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”


By Golden Dental
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Traditional, metal braces can really put a damper on your style and look. Luckily, you no longer have to wear this cumbersome invisalignorthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. With Invisalign, you can improve your smile and boost your confidence without those around you knowing. Learn more about Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign works the same way as other orthodontic treatments, but uses a different method to apply the treatment itself. Traditional metal and ceramic orthodontic treatments use brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth throughout treatment. This places pressure onto the teeth to move them into their new positions. Invisalign takes advantage of more modern technology and, instead of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, uses comfortable plastic trays worn in the mouth to place the required pressure onto the teeth.

What can Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign straightens the teeth and corrects bite issues, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite
  • overcrowding
  • under crowding

While Invisalign can treat most orthodontic cases, your dentist may suggest traditional methods in situations with very severe abnormalities or severely misaligned teeth. Your dentist can help you determine if Invisalign or traditional braces are right for you and your smile.

Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in Lancaster, CA 
Your treatment begins with a consultation with your dentist. This consultation is your chance to raise any concerns or ask any questions you may have about your treatment and allows your dentist to evaluate your dental condition to ensure that Invisalign is your best option. Next, your dentist takes a 3D impression of your mouth and teeth. The dental laboratory which creates your Invisalign aligner trays will use this model to design and create the series of trays.

With the route on which your teeth will move mapped out, Invisalign’s laboratory creates a video showing you exactly what you can expect during treatment, including your final results. You and your dentist will approve the video then receive your set of aligner trays a few weeks later. You will wear each tray in the series for about two weeks before switching it for the next tray until the end of treatment.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!


CouldaMetalAllergyKeepYouFromGettingaDentalImplant

The dental implant is the closest thing in modern dentistry to a natural tooth. This is because an implant replaces more than the visible crown — it also replaces the root, thanks to a metal post imbedded in the bone.

But what if you have a metal allergy — are you out of luck replacing a tooth with an implant? Before answering this question, let's take a closer look at metal allergies.

An allergy is an overreaction of the body's immune system to a particular foreign substance. This response can be as inconsequential as a minor rash or as life-threatening as a shutdown of the body's organ systems. You can be allergic to anything, including metals.

Usually, these allergies are to specific kinds of metals. For example, about 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel, while smaller percentages are allergic to cobalt or chromium. Most allergic reactions to metal occur from external contact with jewelry or similar metal items that create rashes or other anomalies on the skin. On a more serious note, an allergy to metal in a body replacement part could result in the body rejecting it.

Metals have also played an important role in dental care, particularly dental amalgam used for tooth fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of a precious metal like gold or silver with other metals like copper, tin and, in small amounts, mercury. While dental amalgam has been used safely for decades, there have been rare cases of inflammation or rashes.

This brings us to dental implants and the most common metal used in them, titanium. The commercial version of this metal is highly prized in medical and dental applications because it has a special affinity with bone. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the metal, which strengthens the bond between the implant and the jawbone.

Even if you have a rare allergy to certain metals, it's even rarer that would include titanium. In one particular study of 1,500 implant patients less than 1% reported any reaction at all.

If you're concerned, you can undergo testing to see if you react to titanium. More than likely, though, you'll be able to join the millions of other patients who have successfully restored their smiles with dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants as a tooth replacement option, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Metal Allergies to Dental implants.”




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