Are you looking to correct your underbite, but do not want to go through the process of wearing braces? Invisalign is a great alternative that works just as well as traditional braces and can not be seen by others.

 

Burk & Beckstrom are the #1 Invisalign doctors in Southern Utah, so we can help you get the best possible orthodontic care in the area. We put together this short guide, that way you can be informed on how to correct your underbite.

 

What’s an Underbite?

An underbite is when your lower front teeth sit in front of your upper teeth when your mouth is closed naturally. This often means that your jaw is pushed too far forward, which may cause problems with chewing and speaking or other problems to your oral health.

 

How Does Invisalign Help an Underbite?

Invisalign works in much the same way that braces do. The clear aligners put constant pressure on your teeth to move them slowly over time. They work to push your lower teeth back while moving your upper teeth forward at the same time.

 

Depending on the severity of your underbite, you might require surgery before you get the aligners to wear. This is because underbites are often caused by jaw misalignment. Our team of orthodontists are skilled in using Invisalign to correct bites, so you can have the utmost confidence in us.

 

Invisalign treatments are often shorter than traditional braces treatment. You can expect it to take three to four months to fix small overbites. More serious underbites can be adjusted in a year with Invisalign. Plus, when it comes to Invisalign, you have the benefit of still being able to eat whatever you want. You can not do that with braces.

 

How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

Invisalign requires state of the art technology to create customized aligners for you. You will wear each set of aligners for a week and replace them with a new set. This adjusts your teeth into the proper position over time.

 

You will need to leave them on as much as possible. That includes any time when you are not eating or brushing your teeth. If you wear the aligners as you should, then you can expect your treatment time to go by quickly. Not wearing them enough can cause the process to take longer.

 

The aligners are designed to fit in your mouth perfectly, with enough room to take them out easily. No one can tell that you are wearing them, making Invisalign a popular choice with adults.

 

Conclusion

If you want to fix your underbite, then our orthodontic team at Burk & Beckstrom can help you. We have many years of experience in working with these aligners, so we are certain that we can correct your bite easily.

 

If you want to learn more about how Invisalign can be helpful to you, then be sure to contact us today. The treatment is more effective the earlier that you start, meaning that you will get better results the sooner you get in touch with our practice.

Your smile. It’s one of the most common things we take for granted as adults. We were all taught just how to take care of our smiles when we were children. And those habits have stuck with us for decades.

 

According to the most recent estimate from the American Association of Orthodontists, adults over the age of 18 male up one in three of all orthodontist visits in North America. And the need to make a good first impression has never been more critical than in 2020. But adult orthodontic care is about more than just properly brushing and flossing your teeth each day. It’s not just about cosmetic appearances. It’s about the health and strength of your teeth.

 

As we get older, our teeth are subject to a much greater amount of stress and wear than we had as children. The potential for gum decay, impacted or chipped teeth, bruising and overcrowding becomes significantly more pronounced over the age of 18. The result isn’t just an unsightly smile. It can mean a painful smile; one that can turn even everyday tasks like chewing properly into a burden.

 

But adult orthodontic care doesn’t necessarily mean expensive and tedious dental visits. And it can help turn your smile from an embarrassment into confidence.  Here are some of the more common orthodontic issues facing many adults.

 

Shifting Teeth

 

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we grow older. Metabolism can decrease and youthful resilience and buoyancy can lead to sluggishness and inertia quicker than we think. But what you may not know is that our teeth can change just as rapidly as our bodies., with a once-perfect smile now transformed into crooked and shifting teeth. It’s not unheard of for many adults to wear retainers. But unfortunately, the vast majority of them need to be changed every few years to accommodate further displacement.

Tooth Crowding and Tooth Loss

 

Most Americans over a particular age are aware that bone density loss can present a dramatic problem. Few, however, are aware that bone density loss in the jaw is one of the more common forms and tends to be even more common in individuals who have been previously diagnosed with osteoporosis. Density loss leads to a mismatched jawbone, often resulting in overcrowding of the bottom teeth and tooth loss in many cases.

Malocclusion

 

Malocclusion is a jaw disorder that occurs due to a misalignment of the upper and lower jaws, resulting in excessive tooth grinding, painful sinus headaches and flashes of sharp pain in the joints of your jaw. It’s common for many patients suffering from malocclusion to have severe difficulty chewing and digesting food, which can lead to dramatic shifts in both their metabolism as well as their immune systems.

How Adult Orthodontic Treatment Can Help

 

Adult orthodontic treatment isn’t merely for cosmetic reasons. And it doesn’t take the place of regular dental checkups. Orthodontic treatment for adults is a corrective treatment that can reverse serious oral health problems which could otherwise result in displacement, decay, and outright loss.

 

While the average orthodontic visit is somewhat lengthier for adults than children, state of the art technologies like Invisalign® and other forms of clear braces don’t just result in a great smile. They can actually help keep your teeth and gums in perfect condition, combating disease, and common jaw disorders which can from the natural effects of age.

 

But adult orthodontic care gives back more than just oral care. It gives you back your confidence. It gives you back your vitality. And while no treatment will ever be a fountain of youth, adult orthodontic treatment gives the world back something even more valuable. Your smile.

 

With four separate locations throughout southern Utah and Nevada, Burke & Beckstrom are simply a smile and a call away. Find out more about adult orthodontic treatments at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics.

Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics understands that a smile is more than a smile. It conveys happiness and exudes how you feel about yourself. That is why our staff utilize their expertise and top of the line technology to ensure that your smile reflects that. We offer an array of services that will have you smiling forward, including Invisalign treatments to straighten teeth at a similar cost to the traditional method of braces.

Invisalign technology consists of fitted trays that are molded to the shape of your teeth. The trays are systematically changed out as your teeth alignment progresses. Whether the alignment is a simple or complex shift in your dental structure, Invisalign offers a fast and predictable method for achieving the perfect smile. Beyond getting the smile you have always dreamed of, Invisalign also offers a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Clear aligners that are less obvious than braces
  • No pokey wires or need for brackets on your teeth
  • Less time spent in the office having oral maintenance done
  • Easier upkeep for keeping teeth clean and healthy
  • Similar in cost to braces

Achieving a great smile with Invisalign begins with a consult with your orthodontist. At Burke and Beckstrom, we are happy to walk you through the process. We begin by taking a 3D scan of your mouth so we can custom tailor your dental treatment with precision. From there, we develop a treatment plan that includes wearing your aligners, regular appointments to monitor treatment, and pickup of your next set of aligners as progress is made. With consistency, you will likely begin to see results in a matter of weeks!

After the initial consult, your custom-made aligners are tailored to ensure the right fit. The beauty of the aligners is that they are virtually transparent and easy to take out, leaving little impact on your routine. This is ideal if you want to achieve the look of straight teeth without the upkeep and duration of the “metal mouth” look of having brackets, wires, and rubber bands on your teeth. Cleaning your teeth is much easier without the obstruction of braces.

The length of your Invisalign treatment varies with the complexity of your case, but overall tends to be shorter than wearing braces. And who doesn’t want quick results? Invisalign is a proven method for achieving a look worth smiling about. At Burke and Beckstrom, we provide services for people of all ages who are looking to achieve a great smile with decreased treatment time and increased comfort.

Finally, once you have your beautiful, brand-new smile, Invisalign offers long-term retainers that will keep you smiling for years to come. These ensure that you will not have to worry about shifting and keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Overall, the Invisalign system is a great alternative to traditional braces for those who are looking for faster, simpler results. It is especially great for adults who are looking to avoid the look of having braces or the upkeep of long in-office appointments. If you are looking to achieve great results, Invisalign technology is the way to go, and Burke and Beckstrom is the provider that will get you there.

Empty Dentist Chair

Believe it or not, there is a consistent belief that if you are seeing an orthodontist for treatment, such as braces, it shouldn’t be necessary to see a dentist as well. After all, both are doctors that are working on your teeth, so why should you see both? However, while orthodontists and dentists work in the same area of the body, they are entirely different specialties. If anything, having braces means that it is even more important to maintain all elements of your oral health routine, including dental visits.

 

What Is the Role of a Dentist?

 

A good analogy for the role of a dentist in your life is that of your primary care provider in your life. You see your PCP for a regular checkup. Many issues they can treat on their own and you don’t see anyone else and can go about your life. Sometimes, you’ll need to see a specialist, like an ear-nose-throat doctor or any number of specialties. Just because you start seeing a specialist, it doesn’t mean that you should stop seeing your primary care provider. If anything, keeping your regular doctor apprised of any medical issues or treatments from your specialist is a prudent tactic. This is exactly how the relationship between you, your dentist, and your orthodontist should be during treatment.

 

Why Is Seeing Your Dentist So Important?

 

Braces do a lot of good for you during the treatment period, fixing alignment problems and alleviating a host of potential oral health issues. However, like any treatment in medicine, there are side effects. One of the side effects of braces is that it can make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. While this can be addressed by the rest of your normal oral health routine, getting professional dental cleanings is the only way to remove this buildup from your teeth. You should pay more attention and perhaps even schedule more frequent dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment just to stay on top of these issues. As a result, many orthodontists recommend that you see a dentist for cleanings more frequently during braces – as much as two to four times per year during the treatment.

 

Maintaining your dental health during an orthodontist treatment is vital. This means continuing diligence with your at-home care routine, including teeth brushing and flossing. In addition, that may mean extra visits with your dentist. Your dentist and orthodontist can help you chart out a treatment plan that ensures you are at your maximum oral health throughout your orthodontics treatment.

 

Contact us today to learn more and gain the smile you want!

Crooked Teeth

If there is one thing those of us in the orthodontics world are known for, it’s braces and the fact that they are used to treat cases of crooked teeth (among other things) in our patients. However, one of the more commonly asked questions we get is, why do some people get crooked teeth, to begin with? After all, if you take a look around, most people don’t have the picture-perfect smile we all imagine without some orthodontics help. There are a variety of factors that can cause people to have some kind of crooked teeth.

 

Sometimes You Are Just Born with Them

 

It can be hard to escape your genetics sometimes, and crooked teeth can certainly be one of those genetic factors you can’t avoid. In fact, it is the most common cause of crooked teeth, meaning that there is little to nothing most people can do to prevent crooked teeth. These genes can manifest in a number of ways. For instance, crowded teeth can be caused by smaller mouths, certainly a genetic trait that can cause misaligned jaws or crooked teeth.

 

There Are Some Bad Habits That Cause Crooked Teeth

 

While most people have absolutely no control over their teeth, there are some bad habits that can actually cause this problem. Perhaps the most common is prolonged thumb sucking. While this can be cute in infants for a while, at some point, it actually causes enough of a ripple effect down the line to lead to the development of crooked teeth, which is why some parents struggle to break this habit before it’s too late. The other behavioral traits that can cause this are often subconscious, and they include mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, or reverse swallowing. All of these can contribute to crooked teeth.

 

Baby Teeth Actually Do Matter

 

There is often a joke about whether or not taking care of your baby teeth really matters because you are just going to lose them anyway. However, the health of your baby teeth is directly linked to the health of your adult teeth. If you lose baby teeth prematurely due to decay, it causes the timing of your adult teeth to be off, which can greatly contribute to crooked teeth. In addition, the harmful bacteria that caused the baby tooth to decay can already impact the enamel of the adult tooth before it has even fully emerged.

 

Of course, the good news is that crooked teeth are eminently treatable in the hands of practiced and skilled orthodontists. We can perform treatments at all ages, although the sooner we start, the lower the costs and shorter the treatment times tend to be. However, many people, even the ones with picture-perfect smiles now, had to deal with crooked teeth. We’ll be happy to help you overcome this condition with our professional orthodontics treatments. Contact us now to learn more.

For those who are looking to improve their smile, there are a couple of big names that many patients ask about: Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. Both of these solutions advertise significant results and an affordable cost with not a lot of hassle. Many customers become curious about the efficacy of these products and what the differences are between them

 

How Does Smile Direct Club Work?

 

If you’ve seen any of Smile Direct Club’s many television commercials, the premise is pretty enticing. Get orthodontic treatments at home without having to visit an orthodontist. This works with an initial visit to one of their Smile Shops for scanning to get a 3D image of your current bite and smile. In the likely event that a Smile Shop is not near you, the company will send you an impression kit to allow you to provide the initial information from your home. With this data, a treatment plan is set up, which lasts for an average of about six months. The retainers are then sent to you directly based on this plan.

 

How Does Invisalign Work?

 

The mechanism of Invisalign is actually very similar to that of Smile Direct Club. The goal is to provide clear aligners that will move your teeth into a preferred alignment without the relative inconvenience of braces. However, instead of an at-home impression kit or a visit to one of the retail locations, the Invisalign treatment plan is overseen by your trusted orthodontist. Instead of a follow-up plan of new aligners being mailed to you, an Invisalign treatment involves professional oversight to ensure that everything is moving at the speed intended. While the process is similar, there are a few big differences.

 

What Are the Big Differences Between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club?

 

Smile Direct Club advertises itself as one of the most convenient ways to get orthodontics treatments. However, that convenience only comes if you happen to be near a Smile Shop (as they call them) in your vicinity. Otherwise, the company will have to send you an at-home impression kit, which can cause problems and a mess. In addition, the lack of an orthodontist overseeing the treatment directly can mean it’s a faceless person managing your treatment instead of someone that you know and trust.

 

While the mechanisms are similar between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club, there can be small details that make a big difference. Let us help you through your journey! Contact us now and let us help you gain the smile of your dreams!

healthy smile

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed life for a while, in more ways than we can count. While we will certainly get through this and come out stronger on the other side (we always have, after all), there are a lot of things that we need to adjust to. On the advice of the CDC, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics, our offices are temporarily closed. However, that doesn’t mean that your smile simply has to fall by the wayside during this time. There are still ways to keep your smile as healthy as possible in the face of this current situation.

 

Don’t Fall Back On Hygiene

 

In the face of stress, often self-care is one of the things that can fall by the wayside. However, in order to protect your smile, it is imperative to continue your regular hygiene routine. That means flossing daily, brushing multiple times per day and avoiding high amounts of foods that are problematic for your teeth. This is true for everyone, but especially if you are in the middle of an orthodontic treatment, like braces, do your best to stick to your food list. This way we can stay on track for the treatment to be completed.

 

Make Minor Fixes At Home

 

Orthodontics hardware naturally requires some maintenance over time. While our offices are closed, minor fixes can be made or alleviated at home using orthodontic wax. For minor issues like a broken brace or wire, this solution should suffice. If your supply of wax is running low, you should be able to purchase some online, and some pharmacies will carry it in-store as well. For minor issues, we will be ready to fix them as soon as we are able to reopen our office and provide service.

 

Follow All Instructions

 

Depending on what stage of the orthodontics process you are in, you probably have instructions from your orthodontist, whether it be regarding elastics, a retainer, or an expander. Be sure to follow the instructions provided at your last appointment. In the case of elastics, continue to use as instructed as the risk of overcorrection is minor. If you run out of elastics, please don’t substitute with any other elastics! These are not designed for orthodontics use, and their differing force may cause more problems than not. Following the guidelines as close as you are able will ensure that your smile stays on track to look and feel amazing when the pandemic has passed.

 

These tips will help keep your smile in tip-top shape while the pandemic is occurring and should keep you able to handle any minor issues. If pain, discomfort, or bleeding becomes more than minor, please seek out medical attention to ensure that you receive any needed care. We look forward to treating you again as soon as our offices are open!

 

Old Couple Smiling

Teeth. There’s up 32 of them in the average smile. And yes… you probably do take them for granted.

 

For many of us, the idea of keeping our teeth straight and perfect tends to be something we experience primarily in our youth when alignment needs the most encouragement. It’s not that we ignore dental hygiene altogether once we reach a certain age. It’s just that we consider a perfectly straight smile to be practically impossible.

 

But it is possible, whether you’re 12, 27 or even in your late fifties. Now more than ever, trends and innovations in dental care have become accessible, cost effective and virtually painless. In fact, one out of every four orthodontic patients in the U.S. is an adult. And if you’re concerned about how orthodontic procedures can affect you as an adult, here are some things to consider.

 

What Are The Hygienic Results I Can Expect From Orthodontic Procedures?

 

  • Healthier teeth and gums that are easier to clean without resorting to expensive whitening surgeries and solutions.
  • A healthier jaw, with less worry about degenerative diseases or conditions like TMJ and even constant headaches.
  • Less risk of a host of sleeping problems from snoring to teeth grinding… and even sleep apnea.
  • A boost in your confidence, trust and self esteem!

 

Are Braces Right For Me?

 

If you have an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth or even a malady as severe as a jaw disorder, you may wonder whether or not braces are right for you. The answer is a resounding yes!

 

No matter what your age is, the process of straightening your smile with braces is exactly the same. You’re moving your teeth in line to become more even and aligned, even if you’ve already had dental implants. And the result can be a smile that’s as vital, fresh and pleasant as you are.

 

What About Other Alignment Methods?

 

You don’t necessarily have to rely on seemingly long term solutions like braces to help get a perfect smile. Custom molded alignment trays are becoming increasingly popular with millions of Americans, with the added benefit that they can slip on and off without being noticed. The shift in your smile may be just as gradual; but if you’re concerned about the appearance of traditional metal braces, ceramic and even high quality plastic aligners like Invisalign® are an attractive and convenient alternative with all of the efficacy of braces and none of the self consciousness.

 

 

Ready to change the way you think about orthodontics? Smile forward with confidence and give us a call today at 435-673-3334!