Beverly Hills, Los Angeles & Las Vegas Orthodontist Blog

Las Vegas Orthodontist: Bruxism’s Relationship with Malocclusion

frustrated girl grinding her teethAs an orthodontist in Las Vegas, Dr. David Alpan specializes in correcting malocclusion (crooked teeth) to improve patients’ smiles and increase their confidence. Straightening crooked teeth can also help improve other aspects of your oral health, including excessive tooth wear from habitually grinding your teeth. Known as bruxism, habitual teeth grinding is often a sign of an imbalanced bite, which can occur when your teeth aren’t perfectly aligned. In some instances, the condition may require extensive measures to correct a congenitally uneven jawbone. Often, correcting the alignment of a patient’s teeth can help create a more comfortable resting position for the jaw, eliminating the disturbance that often leads to grinding teeth. More →

LA Orthodontist Discusses Braces and Gum Disease

woman covering her smileWhether your teeth are crooked, straight, or in the process of being straightened, gum disease is one of the most significant threats to the health and integrity of your smile. Like tooth decay and cavities, gum disease develops when patients allow dental plaque to accumulate en masse on their teeth and along their gum lines. If the issue progresses, patients who wear braces may have to interrupt their orthodontic treatment to deal with gum disease before extensive damage occurs. LA orthodontist, Dr. Alpan, not only offers a variety of braces to fit all of our patients’ needs; he also helps educate patients on maximizing their oral hygiene to keep their smiles healthy as well as straight. More →

What You Should Know About Crooked Teeth

woman with straight smileMalocclusion is a technical term that describes crooked teeth, and is the reason why many patients undergo orthodontic treatment. If one or more of your teeth aren’t aligned perfectly, than you may already realized the effect that misaligned teeth can have on the appearance of your smile. However, image isn’t all that crooked teeth affect. Beverly Hills orthodontist, Dr. Alpan, warns that the orientation of your teeth also influences how well your mouth works and how effective your hygiene routine is. More →

How to Diagnose and Treat TMJ Disorder (TMD)

beautiful woman with jaw painYour temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the small joints that connect the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bones in your skull, located just in front of each ear. The two joints work together to move the lower jaw as you bite, chew, yawn, speak, and swallow. When these joints are exposed to excessive pressure, they can become damaged, leading to a wide range of pains and sometimes difficulty moving the jaw. The jaw dysfunction encompasses a wide range of aches and pains, and diagnosis may be difficult because of the diversity of TMJ disorder’s symptoms. Luckily, your Beverly Hills orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan, is highly-skilled and specially-trained to diagnosis and treat TMJ disorder, and has helped many patients find relief from the condition. More →

Do Braces Increase the Risk of Cavities?

thoughtful teenage girl with bracesStraightening crooked teeth can have a profoundly positive impact on your oral health, as well as your confidence. Unfortunately, while highly effective, wearing orthodontic braces also affects your daily routines, like eating and brushing your teeth. By making dental hygiene slightly more difficult, braces can increase a patient’s risk of developing dental issues that result from excessive dental plaque, including tooth decay (the disease that causes cavities). Luckily, however, cavities are still highly preventable even with metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth. To help keep our patients’ mouths and braces clean and clear of cavities, Las Vegas orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan, takes the time to educate each patient about proper oral hygiene, and provides special instruments designed to effectively clean around braces. More →

Wear Braces Behind Your Teeth!

Incognito-EXCELLENCEwebtag-FINALAesthetics is an important concern in any dental treatment, but when it comes to orthodontics (straightening crooked teeth), the conspicuousness of braces can cause some patients to neglect treatment altogether. Unfortunately, crooked teeth are more than a cosmetic concern. When teeth are misaligned, your bite may not function properly, and excessive, uneven pressure can lead to damaged teeth and/or damaged or misaligned jaw joints (TMJs). To address our patients’ cosmetic concerns as well as improve the look and function of their misaligned bites, Dr. David Alpan offers a wide range of discreet orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign clear aligners and innovative lingual braces. While Invisalign comprises clear aligners instead of brackets and wires, your Las Vegas orthodontist also provides lingual braces that are placed behind your teeth, completely concealing your orthodontic treatment. More →

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How Invisalign Works Without Braces

beautiful straight smileAs an orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan specializes in helping patients obtain straighter, more beautiful, and more functional smiles by correcting teeth misalignment. For many patients, mainly adults, wearing metal brackets and wires isn’t an ideal option, especially if the goal is to increase the patient’s confidence in his smile. To address the dual concerns of crooked teeth and the prospect of wearing braces, your Las Vegas orthodontist often recommends Invisalign clear braces. The innovative orthodontic appliances can straighten your teeth with amazing results, and without the need for conspicuous metal components. More →

Malocclusion—Why Adults Need an Orthodontist

business woman with approving smileOcclusion describes the manner in which your teeth fit together. When your jaw is closed, your upper front teeth should protrude ever so slightly in front of your lower front teeth. The chewing surfaces of your teeth should also align comfortably with the chewing surfaces of their opposites. This balance helps your jaw move smoothly along its joints, and allows teeth to evenly disperse the pressure of your bite to minimize impact and avoid damage. When teeth aren’t aligned properly, a condition known as malocclusion, a patient’s bite is imbalanced, and teeth can become excessively worn from exposure to undue pressure.  The jaw’s joints can also become damaged, leading to debilitating discomfort in the form of TMJ disorder. If you suffer from malocclusion, then Las Vegas orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan, can personally design an appropriate course of treatment to correct your crooked teeth and preserve your smile’s beauty and function. More →

Why Do Children Need Braces?

young girl with bracesFor many people, the thought of braces might immediately conjure images of children with metal brackets and wires on their teeth. The natural connotation between children and braces may, in part, be due to the fact that orthodontic treatment is often prescribed in a child’s early years. Problems with a child’s occlusion (the way teeth fit together) and bite balance can become exponentially worse as the jawbone and teeth continue to grow. With a wide variety of options and designs for children’s braces, Las Vegas orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan, can help straighten your child’s teeth early, preventing potentially serious orthodontic issues that might require invasive procedures to correct as an adult. More →