The Importance of the Canine Tooth

In some cultures, the impacted canine is perceived as a charming character in the smile. It draws attention, and is considered a beauty mark.

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The clinical reality of the canines is that they are very important when properly positioned in the mouth.  Created with extremely long roots, the canine teeth provide support when the jaw grinds from side to side.  A properly aligned dentition is supported by the canines in the side way movements, so that none of the back teeth or teeth on the opposite sides should come into contact.  This important feature prevents wear facets and fractures to the back teeth.

With the advancement of clear aligner orthodontics, realigning the malpositioned canine can be achieved easily.  This patient spent fifteen months in clear aligner orthodontic to move her impacted canine back into proper position.  The treatment also straightened other misaligned teeth.

The end result is a pleasing smile with all functional guidance and stability established. 

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 Note only the canines are in contact during grinding movements.

Note only the canines are in contact during grinding movements.

 Note only the canines are in contact during grinding movements.

Note only the canines are in contact during grinding movements.

Children's dental health is not just about cavities

Regular dental exams and cleanings for children should be a routine part of health care. Beside checking for cavities and gum health,  it is also extremely important to monitor the eruption pattern of children's teeth.  Severe malalignment of the jaw and teeth can be treated effectively when caught early on in life.  Leaving the eruption pattern uncontrolled can negatively affect the development of the facial profile of the young patient, and will create problems with the bite and joint health.

Bite problem and joint issues do not manifest until later on in life when tooth wear/fracture, and joint pain are noticed.  In many instances early orthodontic treatments could have saved the patient's teeth in order to ensure a life time of functional stability for the dentition.

 

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry.  For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

Smile ! It's Valentine's Day !!!

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

Do You Love Your Smile ?

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

How Well Can Invisalign Move Teeth ?

Invisalign can effectively move teeth to help enhance both functional and esthetic issues.  Cases for Invisalign must be evaluated carefully and selectively to ensure optimum end results.  My two cases below demonstrate the fact that Invisalign can work extremely well.  Note the degree of misalignment of the teeth in the Before views. Case 1 After Invisalign

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Case 1 Before Invisalign

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Case 2 After Invisalign

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Case 2 Before Invisalign

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.