Can Orthodontics Help Sleep Apnea?

8 Oct 2018 Braces

Sleep apnea is a common medical condition that can result in a cessation of breathing during the night. While the condition is often characterized by loud snoring, especially when breathing is restarted, many people may be completely asymptomatic. Silent or not, sleep apnea has the potential to create ongoing health problems like hypertension and chronic fatigue. Orthodontics may be a viable solution to help treat sleep apnea. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

How Long Do People With Sleep Apnea Stop Breathing?

The cessation of breathing during sleep can range from a few seconds to a few minutes. Even if apnea lasts a couple of minutes, it is generally not enough to deprive the body of oxygen long enough to do permanent damage. Some people who suffer from this condition may have as few as five or so episodes of apnea in an hour, while others may have up to 30 episodes. The more frequently the episodes and the longer the duration of breathing cessation, the higher the risk is to the individual.

Are There Different Kinds of Sleep Apnea?

There are three different types of sleep apnea. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway is being physically blocked in some way. Central sleep apnea is caused by issues in the body’s own nervous system that renders it unable to properly regulate breathing during sleep. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

What Are Some Causes of Sleep Apnea?

There are many different causes of sleep apnea, and these are usually related to obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity is a leading cause, loss of muscle tone in the throat, enlarged tonsils, tumor growth, Down syndrome, and orthodontics issues like a large overbite or improper jaw alignment.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Sleep apnea is typically treated with the use of a CPAP machine. This is a special device that is worn at night during sleep and pushes air through the throat continuously to prevent the airway from collapsing.

Can Orthodontics Help Cure Sleep Apnea?

Orthodontics may be a helpful treatment for sleep apnea if the cause of the apnea is orthodontics related. For example, if the apnea is caused by a significant overbite, braces could be helpful in reducing the overbite and eventually eliminating it. Most likely, the individual would notice a gradual reduction in sleep apnea symptoms as the bite is corrected over time until eventually the bite becomes normal and the apnea ceases.

In situations where the lower jaw is not properly positioned, an orthodontist may develop a special device to be worn at night during sleep that keeps the jaw in the correct position. This allows the airway to be kept open and to restore breathing without the use of a CPAP machine, although it is only effective when the device is worn. Orthodontics is unlikely to help sleep apnea cases that are caused by other issues like obesity or enlarged tonsils.

When to See an Orthodontist

If you have sleep apnea that you believe may be caused by a misalignment of your jaw, an overbite, or another orthodontics problem, contact an orthodontist for examination and treatment. Call BB Braces Braces today for an appointment at (770) 629-8028.

What Can Invisalign Fix?

8 Oct 2018 Braces

You’ve likely heard about Invisalign and how it can help people with crooked teeth achieve a straighter, more attractive smile. While Invisalign can treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, including both simple and complex cases, it’s important to evaluate if Invisalign will help you achieve your dental goals. Here’s what you need to know about what the treatment can and can’t fix, and how to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.


An overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. While most people have at least a little overbite, a very deep bite can cause pain and reduced aesthetics. Invisalign can gently bring the top teeth in and the bottom teeth out to help even the bite.


An underbite occurs when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth when the jaw is closed. This is often caused by the lower jaw being farther forward than it should be. While Invisalign can treat mild underbites by bringing the top teeth out and the bottom teeth in to even out the bite, some severe cases may require surgery in addition to orthodontic therapy like Invisalign or braces.

Open Bite

An open bite occurs when the bottom and top teeth do not meet when the jaw is closed. An open bite may make it painful or difficult to chew, especially when you need to bite down on things, such as eating corn off the cob. Invisalign works to treat an open bite by gradually and gently pushing the upper and lower teeth together.

Gap Teeth

Gap teeth occur when there is visible space between two or more teeth. While some people find gap teeth endearing, the space between teeth can cause food to get stuck and increase the risk of cavities. Invisalign can be used to gently push two teeth closer together to reduce or eliminate the appearance of a gap.

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth occur when the teeth appear to be positioned at different angles instead of straight up and down. Most of the time this is a mild aesthetic issue that causes no real problems with dental health. However, straighter teeth can boost self-confidence and improve overall facial balance. Invisalign can help correct crooked teeth even faster than before.

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth occur when permanent teeth come in too close to one another or there’s just not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth to fit. There may be a gap in one place that results in crowding in another. When teeth are too close together, bacteria and plaque can build up, but traditional flossing and brushing won’t remove it. This can affect dental health. Crowded teeth can become worse over time, so it’s important that they be treated as soon as possible. Invisalign gently rearranges the spacing between teeth to help them appear straighter and less crowded.

When to Book an Appointment with Your Orthodontist

If you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, or have an underbite, open bite, or overbite, don’t wait to get in touch with an orthodontist. You deserve a healthy smile that looks good too! Call BB Braces Braces today for an appointment at (770) 629-8028.

How Can an Orthodontist Fix Bite Issues?

11 Sep 2018 Braces

Most people need orthodontics to treat a misaligned bite (malocclusion). Any orthodontist will tell you that their more important job is actually aligning the bite rather than straightening the teeth. Bite problems can cause a person to clench or grind their teeth, leading to too much wear over time. A bad bite can also create chewing or even talking problems.

Malocclusions can be genetic, meaning you likely inherited your misalignment from a parent or grandparent. Corrective orthodontics is about much more than cosmetic appearance. Making sure you are not wearing away your tooth enamel, or fixing a speech or chewing problem are important functional issues that orthodontists address every day.



When a person has an overbite, the upper teeth protrude out in front of the lower jaw. A normal gap is about two millimeters, but with a malocclusion, the gap can range from as little as three millimeters to as large as 10 millimeters (referred to as a deep overbite). When a person has an overbite, the chin appears pushed back and the upper jaw appears to jut forward. The overbite makes the face appear round and short, and most people with a deep overbite have jaw pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and even headaches. These patients also tend to clench and grind their teeth.



An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends forward, appearing in front of the upper jaw, giving the appearance that the person is sticking out their chin and lower teeth. Orthodontists use the technical term “mandibular prognathism” to describe an underbite. If an underbite is really severe, it can greatly distort both the shape and the appearance of the face, and can even affect the person’s speech. People tend to have some degree of TMJ issue with an underbite.



A crossbite is another bite malocclusion that tends to be genetic and therefore inherited. Children are born with a narrow upper jaw that then causes teeth to be misaligned with the lower jaw. Upper teeth can also be very crowded as the permanent teeth come in.

Crossbites can cause pain that radiates in the teeth and jaw. Sometimes people with crossbites find that chewing is very painful. A crossbite is a huge grind—literally—on your teeth, which will wear down much more quickly, and your risk of losing teeth increases as well. In severe cases of crossbite, people can develop arthritis or otherwise severe damage in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) due to the constant abnormal stresses placed on the joint.


Orthodontic Treatment

There are a number of ways an orthodontist can treat TMJ. Orthodontists will always use the least invasive method to correct these classes of malocclusions. If you suspect you have TMJ, your first step is to visit a dentist or orthodontist.

Braces are sometimes used to correct TMJ, but braces are usually recommended to correct the bite, and in doing so, the patient finds that TMJ goes away once the bite is corrected.

An orthodontist might use a splint, which is similar to a mouthguard to help with the TMJ. In more severe cases, surgery might be required, but is a last resort after all other treatments have been tried.


Contact Us

If you are experiencing TMJ pain, call us at (770) 467-3559 or contact us online to find out the options we can offer  you to relieve your TMJ pain today.

Do Porcelain Braces Stain?

10 Sep 2018 Braces

Ceramic braces have brackets made of ceramic or porcelain. Porcelain braces are clear or colored to match the shade of your teeth. Because of that, porcelain braces usually blend in very well with your teeth. Patients with lighter colored teeth can even use clear porcelain braces, but we usually recommend that people with darker teeth use light-colored braces. We often use clear wires with porcelain braces, so they are really not visible at all.

By comparison, traditional metal braces are very noticeable. Many people are self-conscious when they talk or smile or laugh. Ceramic braces are designed to be less noticeable, and definitely represent a good alternative.


Do Ceramic Braces Stain?

The original design of ceramic braces a few years ago did have staining issues. Modern porcelain braces do not have staining issues. There is a lot of information (and misinformation) on the internet, and we wanted to set the record straight. Today’s porcelain braces are actually designed to withstand staining.

Porcelain braces do use small rubber bands (called ligatures) to hold the wire onto the ceramic brackets. You’ve probably seen or heard of these little rubber bands; they’re used in both ceramic and metal braces. The rubber bands can stain, particularly if you drink dark stain-causing beverages like tea, coffee, dark colas or wine. If you are a smoker, the smoking can also stain the ligatures.

The rubber bands stain because they are made from a porous material. Having said that, we do change the rubber bands every time you visit our office for an adjustment, so you’ll always have new rubber bands.


Advantages of Porcelain Braces

There are several benefits and advantages to ceramic braces:

  • Less irritating to the gums than metal braces
  • Less noticeable because they use clear, semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets to blend in well
  • Less likely to break because the ceramic material is very strong and durable


Caring For Ceramic Braces

As with any braces, caring for ceramic or porcelain braces is very important. Brushing after every meal is key. Rinse your mouth frequently after eating snacks or drinking beverages. Don’t forget to floss! We can help you with special flossing material that is made specifically for braces. This will cut down on tooth decay and could also help the rubber band staining issue. All of these measures will keep food from getting under your wires.


Contact Us

If porcelain braces sound really appealing, call us at (770) 467-3559 or contact us online to find out if this option is right for you. Our team will schedule a free consultation. At BB Braces, we offer porcelain braces for all ages–kids, teenagers, and adults, and we have several convenient locations in the greater Atlanta area, including  AcworthHiramCovington,  MariettaAlpharetta,  Suwanee, and McDonough.


Even if you do have ligature staining, don’t worry. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, we’ll provide you with a complimentary teeth whitening session, to make your new smile as bright as possible!

All About Invisalign

13 Aug 2018 Braces

Invisalign can be a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional wire braces. If you’re wondering what it’s like to have Invisalign, here’s an overview of the treatment process from the first consultation to the final appointment.


Making Your Invisalign Treatment Plan

During your first visit, and in the first few appointments, your orthodontist will create a treatment plan for you. Typically, the process involves the following steps:

  • Scanning your smile to create a 3D image of your mouth
  • Mapping the movements in your teeth that are going to be created by the Invisalign aligners
  • Showing you how your smile is going to look at the end of treatment

Once those steps have been completed, the orthodontist orders your aligners. They are created with a state-of-the-art printing process.


Creating Your Invisalign Aligners

To determine the most optimal shape for your aligners, your orthodontist starts with 3D images of your teeth. Then, as explained above, the aligner is crafted by a 3D printer out of SmartTrack, a material which was created specifically for Invisalign. Once it’s been printed, the aligner is individually hand trimmed so that it fits snuggly and comfortably against your gum line. Finally, it undergoes a quality check to ensure perfection.


Getting Your Aligners

When your aligners are ready, you return to the orthodontist, and you get to try them on. During this appointment, your orthodontist will ensure that the aligners fit well, and they will answer your questions and let you know what to expect throughout the treatment process.


Living With Invisalign

When you finally have your aligners, you’ll love how they fit into your life. Invisalign aligners can be removed, and you should remove them when you’re eating or drinking something sugary as well as when you’re brushing. Beyond that, you can also remove the aligners for special occasions and to see the progress of your smile.

For best results, you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day, and you can use the blue compliance indicator to make sure you’re wearing your aligner enough. Parents can also use the indicator to check on how often their teens are wearing their aligners. Because you can take out the aligners, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Eating your favorite foods without worrying about them sticking to your braces
  • Being in sports without worrying about scrapes or scratches from your wires or brackets
  • Brushing and flossing as usual without having to work around brackets
  • Avoiding emergencies such as broken brackets
  • Enjoying the discreet look of nearly invisible aligners

Typically, you wear each aligner for a week or two, but when you visit the orthodontist, they give you multiple sets of aligners so you only have to visit the orthodontic office every six to eight weeks. Cleaning the aligners is easy. Just rinse them off and gently brush them.


If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners, contact us today. At Braces Braces, we offer Invisalign as well as a variety of other orthodontic treatments.

What It’s Like Visiting a Braces Braces Orthodontic Office

8 Aug 2018 Braces

At Braces Braces, our highly-trained team of orthodontists goes beyond simply providing basic orthodontic treatment. At our orthodontic offices, we are able to handle a variety of difficult and unique orthodontic cases. Our specialized care includes a range of orthodontic treatments, so you can rest assured that your family’s orthodontic and oral health needs will be well met.


Who We Treat

Children, teens, and adults… the whole family gets treated at our orthodontic office. Teeth can be straightened at any age and we offer a selection of orthodontic choices including traditional metal braces. In addition, we offer several financial options, making orthodontic care as affordable as possible. In fact, our multi-family member discounts means the whole family can have straight teeth without breaking the budget.


Advantages of Full-Family Dentistry

Working with an orthodontic office that can treat the whole family means we can book your kids appointments together, saving you time. In fact, if you need your teeth straightened too, you can also come to our practice. Just seeing a parent getting the same treatment is often reassuring to children.


Traditional Metal Braces at Our Orthodontic Office

The metal braces we offer are made of smaller, sleeker brackets that adhere to teeth and are connected by heat-activated archwires developed by NASA. The heat from your own mouth gently straightens the archwire back to its original form, which means you’ll experience less discomfort and won’t have to visit us as often!

There are also several fun options for kids to decorate and customize their new metal braces. Brightly colored rubber bands allow them to express themselves through a variety of fun, popular colors.


Invisalign at Braces Braces

Invisalign braces are a clear, nearly invisible orthodontic solution that uses aligners, rather than brackets and wires to gently straighten teeth over time. These aligners are changed about every six weeks to ensure your teeth are straightened perfectly. This is a delightful option for our patients who don’t require serious or complex orthodontic treatment.

You will be happy to note, Invisalign braces are safer, too. Metal braces can scratch and cut the inside of the mouth, especially during rough contact sports. Invisalign braces are made from a softer material that doesn’t injure the mouth and that resists damage if you do endure a mouth injury.

Additionally, Invisalign braces are removable, so can be taken out when eating or drinking. It’s recommended they be worn for at least 20 hours per day. In fact, they come with a ‘magic dot’ called the Blue Compliance Dot, which changes color when it’s worn. At our orthodontic office, we find that this dot gives parents the reassurance that the braces are actually being worn, while also providing children a tool to track their progress.


Clear Braces

At our orthodontic office, we believe in choice, and when you visit our clinic, you’ll love all the options we have available. In addition to traditional braces and Invisalign, Braces Braces also offers clear braces which are similar to metal braces, but they are ceramic and consist of tooth-colored brackets and wires with white rubber bands. This makes for much less noticeable braces. While ceramic braces cost a bit more than typical metal braces, they are nearly invisible, and they move teeth faster than Invisalign, making them a great choice for many patients.


At Braces Braces, we offer a first meeting or initial consultation that takes about thirty minutes. At our orthodontic office, that appointment includes a free examination, a discussion of treatment plans that fit your needs, and a look at affordable orthodontic financial options. Keep in mind, there is a flat fee for this consultation, so regardless of how long it takes, you can relax because you’re covered. Our aim is to keep you smiling! Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Caring for Invisible Braces During Orthodontic Treatment

25 Jun 2018 Braces

If you get invisible braces, you need to take care of them to ensure your orthodontic treatment goes smoothly. The steps you should take vary based on whether you have clear brackets or Invisalign, and your orthodontists will give you exact instructions for your situation. However, so that you know what to expect, we’ve put together this brief guide.


How to Take Care of Invisible Braces — Invisalign

When many people use the phrase “invisible braces”, they are referring to Invisalign. These aren’t like traditional braces. Rather, they are retainers or aligners that move their teeth into optimal spots. They are not permanent, so you can take them out, but you need to ensure that you wear them as directed by your orthodontist.

In addition, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Make sure you check the letter on your invisible braces. Each aligner has a “U” or an “L”. The “U” stands for upper, and the “L” stands for lower. If you try to put your aligners in the wrong spot, you may damage them.
  • Press the aligners in by pushing on the back near your molars.
  • Remove the aligners while eating or drinking anything besides water. Otherwise, those materials will build up.
  • When your aligners are out, put them in a safe place to ensure they don’t get damaged.
  • Brush your aligners on a regular basis or rinse them with water if you don’t have access to toothpaste.
  • See your orthodontist as recommended so they can give you the next level of aligner. You go through several aligners during the treatment process.


How to Take Care of Invisible Braces — Clear Brackets

In other cases, when people say invisible braces, they are referring to clear brackets. Clear brackets work just like traditional braces — they feature wires and brackets. But their clear design makes them a lot less noticeable.

To take care of this type of invisible braces, keep these tips in mind:

  • Brush after every meal. Food can build up between the brackets, so make sure that you brush and rinse after meals.
  • Remember to floss. In general, flossing is even more important when you have braces because the food can get stuck behind the braces. Ask if your dentist for a flossing pick that makes it easier to get into hard-to-reach areas.
  • Stay away from sticky candy such as toffee. Very sticky candy can get so stuck to your braces that you may damage the wires while trying to remove the food. Follow your orthodontist’s recommendations on which foods to avoid.
  • Make sure to go to all your checkups. For your treatment to work, your orthodontist needs to adjust your braces on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t miss your appointments.
  • Don’t remove the ligature bands. Although they can be a cool way to add color to your teeth, bands aren’t just for decoration — they play a key role in the treatment process.
  • Apply wax to the braces if they are scratching or causing discomfort on your soft tissues.


To learn more or to set up an appointment to talk about invisible braces, contact us at Braces Braces today. We offer traditional metal braces, invisible braces, and other orthodontic solutions.

Braces Braces is Proud to Be a Family Orthodontist

7 Jun 2018 Braces

Braces are no longer just for kids or teens. Now, people of all ages can get braces, and if you’re thinking about getting braces for anyone in your family, we would like to help. At Braces Braces, we provide family orthodontics for people of all ages.


Early Intervention for Young Kids

The first time your dentist tells you that you need braces for your young child, you may be surprised. A generation ago, kids didn’t get braces until they were in their early teens. However, over the years, orthodontists have learned about the importance and value of early intervention.

Kids may start family orthodontics when they are as young as seven. This is the point where all the baby teen have erupted and the adult teeth are starting to come in. At this age, orthodontists can treat crowding, misalignment, overbite, and underbite, as well as other issues. The treatment is often faster than it is for older kids because the jaw is still growing, and the bones are more malleable.


Teens and Family Orthodontics

If your child doesn’t get braces when they are young, they may need braces when they are a teen. In other cases, people who have braces as young children, need to complete the treatment in their teen years. Typically, if your child has braces when they are a teen and a child, their treatment time should be faster than if they only get braces in their teens.

At this age, family orthodontics can address orthodontic issues ranging from overbites and underbites to crowding and misalignment, as well as everything in between. Luckily, braces don’t seem to carry the stigma they once had, and that’s due to numerous reasons including the increase in the number of people who have braces. In fact, some teens even like to draw attention to their braces with fun, colorful rubber bands. However, if your child feels self-conscious, they can explore discreet options such as Invisalign or clear braces.


Braces for Adults

Family orthodontics isn’t just kids’ stuff. At our practice, we treat a wide range of adults. Some are the parents of our young patients, while others are simply adults who are interested in straight teeth. Some adults opt for braces to correct issues such as crowding, gaps, and overlapping teeth. But other adults come to us because they’re experiencing TMJ, pain while chewing, or similar issues. Luckily, braces can address all of these problems, and better yet, there are unique options that let you customize your treatment to your needs.

If you just want your teeth straightened to visually improve your smile, you may want to talk with us about options such as Invisalign or Six-Month Smiles. If you need to correct issues with your bite, you may want traditional wire and bracket braces, but you don’t have to choose metal braces. You can also get this classic setup with ceramic or clear braces.


To learn more about family orthodontics and the services we can offer to you and your family, contact us directly. At Braces Braces, we have numerous offices throughout the Atlanta area for your convenience.

Why Choose an Orthodontics Specialist?

18 May 2018 Braces

When you’re getting orthodontic treatment, you can choose to work with a dentist that also does orthodontics, or someone who works solely on orthodontics. Ideally, you should always choose the latter. There are countless advantages to working with an orthodontics specialist.

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Why Choose Clear Ceramic Braces?

8 May 2018 Braces

If you’re in need of braces to correct the alignment of your teeth, there are quite a few options available to you. Choosing between these can be a challenge, and so it’s important to learn as much as you can about the different types of braces out there to help you get a sense of which would be best for you. One option that’s been growing in popularity recently are clear ceramic braces, and these can be used in the majority of cases as an alternative to traditional metal braces.

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