Orthodontic Tips February 1, 2012

Orthodontic Tips February 1, 2012

Are you moving?

Your teeth do!

Throughout your life your teeth will shift and move in response to the balance of forces in the mouth. This becomes an issue for people in their thirties and forties when problems that they could ignore earlier in life now are more pressing. The reason for this for some people in middle age, is their periodontal support is no longer strong enough to resist mouth habits. Tooth shifting is the result.

I saw a woman in her mid forties this morning who complained to her dentist that the crowding in her lower teeth getting worse. Indeed, the lower right lateral incisor was pushed toward the tongue so far that the bone and gum covering was gone 2/5 down the root of the tooth.

There were several factors that caused the crowding to get worse. Mouth breathing and tongue thrusting were two big reasons. In addition, she was experiencing mild generalized periodontal bone loss.

The solution is simple. In her case two lower bicuspids will be extracted and the teeth aligned with braces. In a similar case, we removed a single lower incisor and we used Invisalign for the tooth movement. Both cases will be retained by bonded lingual wires and upper and lower thick Essex retainers that will act not only as retainers but also like TMJ splints.

So, teeth do move later in life, especially when people start to experience some periodontal bone loss in middle age. Fortunately we can do something about it.

Now about me!

Here is an abs crunch that I like.
1. Lie on a thera-ball, positioning it under the lower back.
2. Cross your arms over the chest or place them behind your head.
3. Contract your abs to lift your torso off the ball, pulling the bottom of your ribcage down toward your hips.
4. As you curl up, keep the ball stable (i.e., the ball shouldn’t roll).
5. Lower back down, getting a stretch in the abs, and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
6. When you get good at this start adding weights by holding them on your chest. (I use 45 lbs.)

Here is a diet tip of mine.

Take Vitamin D every day. I take 1000 IU each day throughout the year. However, during these dark days of winter I take 2000 IU.

My spiritual thought for today is something that I hope to mention a lot. It is the power of Intention.

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book on this subject. If I could shorten the book into a phrase it would be “if you want something, ask for it!” If you ask for something in a positive way you will create an “intention” that will affect the world around you like ripples in a lake. Each ripple aligns the world in a way to grant your request. If you don’t ask, there is no “intention” and there is no reason for anything to happen. It works for me.

Have a great week.


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