You may not realize it but mouth guards are critical to your child's health and the same applies to adults. If you think about it, the use of mouth-guards and the reasons for using them isn't that far removed from orthodontic technology and the principals at Porter Orthodontics we employ to create a beautiful and healthy smile for our patients!Read more on Mouth Guards are Critical to Your Child's Dental Health…
They are known by many names: baby teeth, milk teeth, temporary teeth, deciduous teeth, or primary teeth. Whatever name you prefer, the first set of teeth that erupt is just as important as the permanent teeth and maintaining good oral health from the beginning is critical to a child’s long term dental health throughout life.
Dental or Orthodontic Splints are devices that are used when patients suffer from certain types of dental problems. These problems include TMJ or TemporoMandibular Joint disorder, common snoring, sleep apnea, and teeth grinding (bruxism).
In orthodontics, a “splint” is designed to fit on top of the upper or lower teeth. Treatment varies based on each patient’s individualize needs and is most often used to stabilize the teeth and/or jaws to alleviate discomfort. A TMJ splint may be used prior to placement of braces to help alleviate discomfort if the problem is a result of a bad bite or be used during orthodontics to open the bite. It is also used upon completion of orthodontic treatment if a patient is neurologically prone to grinding. In this scenario, the splint may also act as a retainer.Read more on SPLINTS ARE NOT JUST FOR BROKEN BONES IN BATON ROUGE AND DENHAM SPRINGS LA…….