There are various reasons why you may be grinding your teeth at night. We would love for you to come by Stanley Dentistry so we can talk about those reasons.
Stanley Dentistry offers developmental appliances (orthodontic services that are also known as functional appliances) to gently guide the teeth or jaw into the desired position. Developmental appliances are corrective and supportive braces that our doctors prescribe to children or teens to promote proper growth of the face, maxillary arch, and mandibular arch. In doing this, the teeth and jaw also become more naturally aligned.
Our doctors typically use developmental appliances for developing children and teenagers. Patients typically wear developmental appliances for nine to twelve months.
A palate expander is used to widen the upper arch so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better. Palate expanders are most commonly used in children although some adults may benefit from palatal expanders.
The expansion of the mouth results in more room for your teeth and the proper function of the jaw. If your child is snoring or having trouble breathing, a palate expander may be the needed solution. If you get your child a palate expander early enough, they may not need a tooth extraction or orthodontic treatment later on.
Tongue habits develop for a number of reasons. If the tongue is not in the proper place during swallowing, eating, or talking, it can cause the mouth to abnormally form. If the mouth is abnormally formed, the teeth can become crowded, rotated, or flared with spaces. Before we can straighten the teeth, the tongue must be “retrained” to function properly. This is done with the help of an appliance placed in the mouth to guide the tongue to function properly.
For young children, thumb sucking is a difficult habit to stop. Although many children find comfort in sucking their thumbs, it can be detrimental to the development of their jaw and face. To allow for natural development, children should stop sucking their thumb by age three. The dentists at Stanley Dentistry have lots of helpful advice to coach your child to discontinue this habit. If encouragement and coaching just don’t do the trick, we offer a thumb habit appliance that typically works.
The appliance is a small, wireframe that our doctors fix to either the roof or the bottom of the mouth. Since the appliance is solely for habit-breaking, it does little else beyond making the act of thumb sucking mildly uncomfortable. Before you know it, your child will become disinterested in thumb sucking because it doesn’t offer the same sensation. At that time, we’ll take the appliance out.
We don’t want to toot our own horn, but we are proud of our reputation. We feel that it is a reflection of the hard work and dedication we have committed to our profession, as well as a representation of the passion we have for providing exceptional care to our patients. At Stanley Dentistry, our goal is to earn our patient’s trust and loyalty.
We’re honored to have been awarded 16 best dentist awards by the Triangle community. From the Western Wake County Maggy Awards to the News and Observers Raleigh’s Best, our patients have been vocal in their support!