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Posts for: December, 2016

ClearAlignersMakeitEasierforTeenagerstohaveTheirTeethStraightened

Braces can change a person's life — not just their appearance but their dental health as well. To be honest, though, wearing braces are, well, kind of a drag — especially for teenagers.

Braces can be restrictive and confining; you'll also have to give up certain favorite foods for a while. But more than any of that, they're just plain unattractive. Even being able to choose colors for the brackets and elastic bands can't fully ease a teenager's embarrassment when they smile.

There is, however, an alternative to braces: clear aligners. And they could make orthodontic treatment during this difficult phase of their life much easier to handle.

Clear aligners are a set of clear plastic trays that can be taken in and out of the mouth. Each of the custom-designed trays is slightly smaller than the previous one in the series. After wearing the first tray for a couple of weeks (at least 20 to 22 hours a day), the patient switches to the next tray in the series. They repeat this process until they've worn all the trays. The gradual change from tray to tray moves the teeth to the desired position.

Clear aligners have some distinct advantages over braces, especially for younger patients. They can be removed for cleaning or for a rare special event. They don't limit movement as much as braces. And, they're nearly invisible — other people may not even notice them. And newer aligners are now designed with tiny “power ridges” that increase their movement capabilities. This has made them more useful for teenagers with complicated bite problems and other issues.

There are cases, though, where braces may be the better choice: where you need more control over tooth movement or the patient needs jaw surgery to achieve proper tooth alignment. And their removability could be an issue if the patient won't leave them in their mouth for the necessary time each day.

To find out if clear aligners might be a viable option for your teenager, visit us for a complete orthodontic examination. We can then discuss your best option — clear aligners or braces — to achieve the most desirable outcome for your teenager.

If you would like more information on treating bite problems in teenagers with clear aligners, 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 “Clear Aligners for teens.”


By Reep Family Dental
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If CPAP therapy isn’t helping your sleep apnea symptoms find out how a unique dental treatment could.

Sleep apnea is a frustrating sleep disorder because it not only wreaks havoc on the quality of your sleep and causes you to feel cpapexhausted throughout the day but it also can cause serious health issues. If CPAP treatment isn’t working for you or you want to find out if there is another simpler want to treat your symptoms, it’s time to visit our Yakima, WA dentist, Dr. Nic Reep, to find out how we can help.

You might be surprised to hear that a dentist can help treat your sleep apnea symptoms but it’s true. While you will, of course, need to see a sleep specialist to get a proper diagnosis, we can work with your sleep doctors to determine whether oral appliance therapy is right for you.

What is oral appliance therapy?

An oral appliance is a custom-made removable appliance that is designed to reposition the jaw forward to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep. In order to get this special oral appliance you will need to be properly fitted by our Yakima general dentist. While CPAP therapy remains the most effective way to tackle sleep apnea, there are some patients who will find the relief that they need with oral appliance therapy. Plus, it’s small and easily portable, making it less of an inconvenience than CPAP therapy.

There are two different kinds of oral appliances to consider for treating your obstructive sleep apnea: Mandibular repositioning and tongue retaining devices. The mandibular repositioning device shifts the lower jaw forward and down to keep the airways open. This is the most popular oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea. Of course, you can also choose to get a tongue-retaining device, which the oral device holds the tongue in place to keep airways open.

If you are interested in finding out more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s the right way to tackle your sleep apnea then call Reep Family Dental & Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA today.