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By Your Family Dentist, PC
February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Would you like to improve your smile but aren't sure if orthodontic treatment can help? Dr. Yati Yadav, your Peoria and Glendale, AZ, bracesdentist at Your Family Dentist, PC, discusses the issues that braces can correct.

Too much/too little space

Orthodontic treatment is every effective in closing gaps between teeth and realigning teeth that have become crooked due to crowding.

Shifting teeth

Wondering what happened to your perfect smile? Grinding or clenching your teeth, gum disease, tooth loss and aging can cause your teeth to shift. Braces offer a simple way to realign your teeth and restore your smile.

Overbites and underbites

Overbites occur when your upper teeth protrude too far over your lower teeth, while underbites happen because your lower teeth extend too far. Both conditions respond very well to orthodontic treatment.

Open bite

Do all of your upper teeth make contact with your lower teeth when you eat? If they don't, you have an open bite, a dental condition that can be easily corrected with braces.


When alignment issues affect both your upper and lower teeth, you have a crossbite. Although you may worry that your issues are so severe that nothing will help, orthodontic treatment can make a dramatic difference in your smile and bite.

Braces do more than improve your appearance

Many people undergo orthodontic treatment because they don't like the way their teeth look. Although braces definitely improve your appearance, they also offer several other important benefits. If your teeth don't come together properly when you bite or chew, you may damage your other teeth or experience enamel erosion, gum disease and even lacerations in your mouth.

A bad bite can also cause jaw stiffness and headaches and increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a painful condition that affects the bones, ligaments and tendons in your jaw joints. In some cases, orthodontic issues may be so severe that it's difficult to chew or speak clearly. Orthodontic treatment in Peoria and Glendale addresses the source of your issues while also improving your appearance.

Would you like to find out if orthodontic treatment is a good option for you? Call Dr. Yadav, your Peoria and Glendale, AZ, dentist at Your Family Dentist, PC, at (623) 878-3300 to schedule your appointment.


Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.

But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.

Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.

This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments for adult teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Normally, teeth erupt and grow in a symmetrical alignment: on the top palate, for example, the two central incisors take center stage; on either side are the lateral incisors, and then beside these the canines (cuspids).

But what happens when teeth don’t grow in? The result can be a smile that just doesn’t quite look right; more importantly, normal function is impaired because the person can’t grasp and chew food correctly.

These missing teeth are the result of a congenital (“from birth”) defect. It’s estimated that almost a quarter of all people are missing one or more wisdom teeth, and more than 5% are missing one or more second premolars or upper lateral incisors.

In a normal arch (the upper or lower set of teeth), each tooth type performs a particular role during eating. A missing tooth causes the remaining teeth to compensate, but beyond their capacity. The remaining teeth also tend to move to fill in any gaps left by the missing teeth, as when the eye teeth move toward the central incisors in the absence of the lateral incisors. This puts them out of position, so they can’t cover (“occlude”) their counterparts on the other arch and grasp food properly.

To improve the smile and restore proper chewing function it’s necessary to first move these “out of position” teeth to their correct position through orthodontics. We would then fill the gaps that result with life-like restorations (preferably dental implants with crowns) that resemble the type of tooth that should be there.

The restoration needs to be timed carefully, especially for young patients whose jaw structure has not fully developed. If implants are installed before the jaw’s full maturity (usually late teens or early twenties), the implant crowns may not appear to be the right length as the jawbone continues to grow. Since bone growth depends on the normal pressures exerted by the teeth, there may also be insufficient bone mass in the gap area to support a dental implant. Growing bone with bone-grafting material may be necessary before installing implants.

The total process could take many months or even years, depending on age and other conditions. In the end, though, the results can be astounding — better function and a vibrant, new smile.

If you would like more information on developmental problems with teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don’t Grow.”

By Your Family Dentist, PC
December 30, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

An Aligned Smile with Orthodontics from Your Glendale, AZ Dentist

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, you may desire straighter teeth, but what are your options? Orthodontic treatments are available to bring your teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, achieving facial balance.  People typically associate orthodontics with braces to correct crooked teeth in children.  However, orthodontics can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions in people of all ages – from overbites to underbites – not just crooked teeth. 

Invisalign From Dr. Yati Yadav—Your Dentist in Peoria serving Glendale, AZ

It is often hard to tell if someone is wearing an Invisalign aligner, which makes the straightening process more discreet and less life altering.  Invisalign was introduced in 1999 by Align Technologies and incorporates a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth. Like traditional braces and orthodontic appliances, the aligners are designed to move your teeth gradually into the desired position. Invisalign
The Invisalign process requires one set of impressions and photographs of your teeth, which are taken during the initial consultation.  Once the impressions are made, they are used to create a three-dimensional computer projection of how your teeth could be moved in increments.  This process forms the basis for developing a series of custom-made aligners that are designed to accomplish the movement of your teeth to their final position. 
Each aligner must be worn in its specific order for about two weeks, in which it moves the teeth in small increments.  With Invisalign, you have the ability to remove your aligners for eating, drinking certain beverages, brushing and flossing, but they must be worn at least 20 hours a day in order to reposition the teeth successfully. 

A Traditional Alternative with Dental Braces

Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing.  By moving your teeth into their ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for children and adults.  When teeth are crooked or crowded, it is often difficult to keep them clean.  If brushing and flossing cannot be properly completed, tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss can occur.
An improper bite can also significantly interfere with your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as cause abnormal wear to the enamel of your teeth.  If your teeth protrude and/or your upper and lower teeth do not come together properly, jaw problems may arise as well.  By using braces to keep your teeth in proper alignment and allowing better oral hygiene, dental braces do more than just keep your smile looking good, they help keep your mouth healthy and functioning. 
Contact our dentist serving Glendale and Peoria, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav today for more information on orthodontics and how they can help re-align your teeth to give you your desired smile. More and more adults are also wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatments to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles – not just children. Dr. Yadav will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
By Your Family Dentist, PC
September 25, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   retainers  

Whether they come as removable devices or wires permanently attached behind the front teeth, orthodontic retainers have a crucial job to do in your mouth. Here's the skinny on what you ought to know about them.

1) Retainers keep your new smile looking the way it should.

After having braces to move your teeth into the desired position, a retainer is needed to keep them from moving right back where they were! In time, the periodontal (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth) structures, which are constantly renewing themselves, will adapt to their new positions, and the teeth will stabilize.

2) There are different types of retainers.

Once upon a time, retainers were made of pink plastic and bent wire, and were removable. They're still available — but a common alternative today is to have clear retainers that fit onto your teeth covering them entirely or to have thin wires bonded to the inside of the front teeth They don't show, and you don't have to worry about putting them in and taking them out. If you prefer, ask us whether this type of retainer would work for you.

3) It takes several months for your teeth to become stable in a new arrangement.

Teeth must be held in position long enough for the bone and ligament that attaches them to the jaw to re-form and mature around them. A retainer helps avoid trauma as the teeth and associated structures are adjusting to relocation, allowing the process to end slowly and gently.

4) Even when they're stable, your teeth are always in a “dynamic” state.

There is some “memory” inherent in bone and gum tissue, which tends to cause teeth to shift back to their former positions for a long period of time after treatment. But teeth aren't held in place just by bone and ligament — a balance between the forces of the lips, cheeks and tongue also helps them stay put. This balance changes over a period of time.

5) The movement of teeth is unique to each person, and is not predictable.

Contrary to what orthodontists used to believe, there is no “right” position for the teeth that assures they will stay in place permanently. In time, the position of the teeth may change due to a slow “uprighting” movement of the front teeth in the lower jaw, which causes them to crowd as they move toward the tongue. Other factors may also cause a gradual movement of the teeth. But remember to always follow our recommendations; they will help keep your smile looking its best.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”