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    Cleveland, GA 30528
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Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray?

April 22nd, 2014

dental-x-rayBefore your orthodontist can put together a treatment plan to give you the smile that you’re looking for, he or she needs a full picture of your specific situation.  This means being able to see more than just the parts of your teeth that are visible to the eye.  Your orthodontist needs to be able to see all of the bones and tissue of your jaw, as well as the roots of your teeth.  The most common way of doing this is the radiograph, or x-ray, as it is more commonly known.  Although, additional x-rays may be required, there are two primary types of x-rays your orthodontist will take:

Panoramic X-Ray

This is the x-ray where the machine spins around your entire head and shows everything in one picture.  This shows the position of all of the teeth, including teeth that haven’t come through the gums yet.  It also shows the bones around the teeth, including the jaw bones.  Orthodontists need to look for extra teeth, that may not be visible, missing teeth, impacted or extra long or misshapen roots.  They also look at the jaw for problems such as bones that are too large or small, too far apart or close together or off center.  Seeing these things helps them to determine how to correct the problems.

Lateral Cephalogram

This x-ray is of your profile.  It shows not only the teeth, but also the skull and the soft tissue that make up your face.  Remember, orthodontic procedures have to do with moving teeth, and sometimes bone, in a three dimensional space.  This picture gives the orthodontist the ability to understand the relationship of the teeth to the jaw and also the relationship of the jaw to the skull, as well as their relations to the rest of the soft tissues.  Having this image is important for the orthodontist to be able to make growth predictions in children as well as treatment predictions in both children and adults.

X-Rays During and After Treatment

Your orthodontist will probably need to take a number of x-rays over the course of your orthodontic treatment.  Because much in the way of orthodontic affects the parts of your teeth that aren't visible, the same two x-rays will need to be repeated to show the doctor the changes that have been made to the teeth and jaw.  This allows the doctor to see the progress of the treatment in order to determine how long the treatment needs to continue.  Another common time for an x-ray is after braces are removed, in order to make recommendations for other procedures such as wisdom teeth removal.

Many patients are worried about the level of radiation exposure they receive when getting an x-ray, especially when they have to put on that heavy lead vest and see the technician leave the room.  There is no doubt that excessive exposure can be harmful, but there is no reason to be worried about these few minor exposures during your orthodontic treatment.  X-rays are only taken when it is in the patient’s best interest.

These X-rays are an important part of the primary step of your first consult with your orthodontist to get that beautiful smile that you know you can have.  Visit our website at www.WilsonBraces.com and make an appointment for your consult with an orthodontist at Wilson Orthodontics today!

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Wilson Orthodontics 1220 Sherwood Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA
30501 678-971-2458

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray?

J.A. Walters Family YMCA

April 17th, 2014


Place of Interest No. 8: J.A. Walters Family YMCA

J.A. Walters Family YMCA is one of those places where you will always be able to take your kids for a healthy and worthwhile experience. There is a huge range of different activities which can be enjoyed and they don’t have to be just for kids. The Family YMCA is focused on providing a meaningful and healthy experience for the whole family.

The YMCA complex is one of the largest entertainment areas in North Georgia. It includes swimming pools, a gymnasium, kids fun zone with inflatables and other games, a food court and a multi purpose room which can be used as a venue for birthday parties or for after school child care. These facilities are all indoors, so can be used year round. The outdoors faciliites include a putting green, a playing field and a playground.

The indoor venues can be used for aerobics classes, fitness sessions or simply enjoyed as they are by individuals, families or groups. The whole indoor complex occupies a massive 52,000 square feet and is the largest of its kind anywhere in North Georgia.

The multi purpose room can be reserved for special events such as kids birthday parties or for any other occasion when a group event is scheduled. Smaller kids can make use of the Kids Fun Zone during the birthday party and anyone older can use the heated indoor pools at the same time all year round. If you are thinking of hosting one of your kids’ birthday parties at the YMCA, be sure to make reservations well in advance.

Another useful feature at the YMCA is being able to leave your kids at the center after school. There is a range of activities for them to be involved in which will challeng them mentally and physically. They can use the extra hour or two for exercise or getting on with their homework. The after school packages are specifically for those families whose kids go to one of the Hall County schools. The age levels considered are school age children up to 12 years of age.

You can opt for an odd day or two each week, or up to five days a week knowing that your kids will be safe and well looked after while you are busy at work or in town. The after school care for older kids is known as the Kids Club and is specially designed to allow for a less restrictive and prescriptive formula. These after school care sessions start at 9 in the morning to 1 pm and again from 3.30 to 8 in the afternoon and evening. Saturday sessions and Hall County school holidays are also included, but mornings to 1 pm only.

The J.A. Walters Family YMCA actively encourages families to get involved in the YMCA’s activities. You can do this by volunteering, participating on family days or providing sponsorship. The YMCA operates in conjunction with Hall County elementary schools and welcomes any input from parents and family in the activities organized by the YMCA for elementary age children. The activities organized are designed to help academic progress and retention throughout.

Wilson Orthodontics 1220 Sherwood Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA
30501 678-971-2458

J.A. Walters Family YMCA

When Do I Get My Braces Off?

April 15th, 2014

braces offThe first thing most people want to know when they get their braces put on is when those braces will come off.  In other words, “When will I have that beautiful smile that I've always dreamed of?”  Braces can be a pain. Literally!  We don’t want to have to endure them any longer than we have to, but that smile will be worth it, so you have to be patient.

Most likely, your orthodontist has already given you an estimate about how long it will take to straighten your teeth. Each patient it is different because we all come to the orthodontist with different problems with our teeth or our bite.  There are three primary steps orthodontists take to give you the smile you want:

3 Steps to Straightening Your Teeth

Resolving crowding/spacing

Your orthodontist may need to take steps to make room for the teeth to be aligned.  The decision of how to do this is based on the size of the teeth, jaw and other factors.

If spacing is the problem, your orthodontist may need to take steps to close the space or gaps between your teeth.

Aligning or straightening the teeth

Your orthodontist will use wires, springs, rubber bands and other methods to twist and turn the teeth into their desired position.

This also may require removal and re-positioning of individual brackets because they may not be able to be put in the correct position right away.

Correcting the bite

Your orthodontist will need to make sure your upper teeth fit the lower teeth.  Many people come in with over bites (when the upper teeth stick out too far) or under bites (when the lower teeth stick out too far) or badly aligned cross bites (side-to-side).

This is accomplished again with more wires and rubber bands until the bite is correct.  This is when the backs of the top teeth rest lightly on the fronts of the bottom teeth.

Patients tend to become impatient during the third stage of the process because things are starting to finally look right.  They can see their new smile coming through all of the metal in their mouths.  At this point, most people begin to feel that enough is enough and they’re ready to leave their braces behind.  However, there are still many details your orthodontist will need to take care of to make sure your smile is perfect.  After all, this is what you’re paying for, right?

What to Look for in the Mirror

Here are some questions to ask yourself so you know whether you’re close to getting your braces off or not:

Are the teeth straight?

Are the spaces between the teeth closed completely?

Do the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth appropriately?

Is the over bite or under bite corrected?

Be patient and let it happen as the orthodontist sees fit so your new smile will be healthy and stable.  After all, you don’t want to go through it all again, do you?

Consult with an orthodontist at Wilson Orthodontics to find out approximately how long it will take for you to get the smile that you've always wanted!  Visit our website and make an appointment for a consult today!  www.WilsonBraces.com

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Wilson Orthodontics 1220 Sherwood Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA
30501 678-971-2458

When Do I Get My Braces Off?

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

April 10th, 2014


Place of Interest No. 7: Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) Inc.

The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, or INK, is a special kind of museum that aims to provide a hands-on experience for kids so that they get much more out of their museum experience. The museum’s exhibits provide opportunities for children to learn practically and through role play what and how it feels like to become a member of different trades and professions including being a doctor, dentist, baker, grocery store worker among others.

The museum is located right in Gainesville GA, so you won’t have far to go to take your kids for a fun and educational experience. The museum is designed specifically with children in mind, although the museum does require an adult to accompany children when they visit the museum and handle the exhibits.

INK is a not for profit organization which makes an income from entrance fees and donations and relies heavily on volunteer help, so if you have  a free hour or two, then the museum staff would certainly appreciate your assistance.

The museum is well set up for groups to visit, so if you have a school group, or a church youth group or any other kind of group that would benefit from a unique educational experience, then they are welcome to visit the museum. You may need to fill in a visitors information form and let the museum know in advance if you intend bringing a particularly large group, or you have questions or have any other special requirements.

While the museum exhibits are designed with kids in mind, there are a number of rules that the museum would like visitors to bear in mind when they are wandering around. Most of these are common sense rules that any museum would have in place, such as not smoking or eating except where permitted, being careful when handling the exhibits, not making too much noise and so on. Group organizers or parents can download a brochure which is available on the INK site which details what is expected of visitors.

As already mentioned, INK relies heavily on volunteer help and private funding. It is always in need of funds to help maintain the building and the exhibits and if you don’t have any spare time that you can donate to help keep the museum going, then you may be able to sponsor something or some activity at the museum. If you are interested in doing this and are able to help in some way, then take a look at the INK website as they provide full details of the areas in which they are looking for extra funding.

Wilson Orthodontics 1220 Sherwood Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA
30501 678-971-2458

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

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