When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is the dental term for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways teeth can be aligned, it is not surprising that malocclusion manifests itself in numerous forms. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, it’s a treatable condition.

The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite transpires when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are offset to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is labeled a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables correctly, they may miss out on needed nutrients due to a limited diet.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide clear braces by Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Crooked Teeth? Clear Braces in Florissant

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Malocclusion is the dental term for a bad bite: that is, the way your top and bottom teeth come together. At Koch Park Dental in Florissnt, we can correct malocclusion without resorting to unsightly metal braces.

The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of overbites and underbites, but the two arches can be misaligned in other ways. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient may have difficulty chewing and speaking, and be susceptible to headaches, hearing problems, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these troubles can get pretty serious. Chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. These issues can also impact a patient’s emotional well-being and ability to do their job.

Malocclusion can be effectively treated with orthodontics. One of the latest advances in orthodontics are clear braces from Invisalign. They look like an athlete’s mouth guard and can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. Because they are clear, they are not very noticeable when you’re searing them.

Invisalign clear braces are a big step forward in orthodontics. To find out if you are a good candidate for them, call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant to schedule a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Dental Health Questions in St. Louis? We Have Answers

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Everyone should want to take care of their teeth. However, many of us in St. Louis need a place to review basic principles of dental health and get unbiased information about modern dentistry.

The Koch Park Dental blog is an excellent source of valuable oral care information.

Many of our patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why this website provides information on such issues as:

Cosmetic Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry
Clear Braces
Gum Disease
Dentures
Dental Implants

We hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your dental health in the greater St. Louis area, and any general dentistry procedures you may be considering. Call Koch Park Dental to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Florissant

For straight teeth in the St. Louis area, look no further than Koch Park Dental, where Dr. Martin L. Buchheit and his team deliver quality dental care in a safe and fun environment.

If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once, or spread it out one procedure at a time. Here are some things to think about:

Time
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing is speedier than in it used to be. Still, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a period of healing.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest dental visits possible. You should also consider how your dental visits and any healing periods will affect your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain veneer restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially useful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost
In the long run, it is more affordable to do multiple procedures at once. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We understand that complete smile transformations are a significant investment. We would be happy to discuss financing options.

Dental services at Koch Park Dental also include teeth whitening and Invisalign clear braces. Call us at 314-254-8458 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Clear Braces – Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Florissant Adults

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Florissant Adults If you want to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more orthodontic options in St. Louis than ever before. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary. Here are some of the common orthodontia terms heard around St. Charles and Florissant.

Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth’. These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many Florissant adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia. To find out if lingual braces are the best type for your teeth, lifestyle and budget, schedule an orthodontic consultation at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS by calling 314-254-8458. We can help you determine which type of adults braces system is right for you and your smile.

Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a St. Louis clear braces or traditional braces patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available for Florissant cosmetic dental patients. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.

Clear retainers are newer on the Maryland Heights orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some Chesterfield retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.

You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let us help you develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.

 


You Won’t Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces In Florissant

You Won't Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces In Florissant

Hello! Welcome to my Florissant dentistry blog. Do you have crooked teeth? Do you wish you’d have had braces as a kid, but feel it is too late now? Maybe you feel self-conscious about smiling with a mouth full of metal. I have good news for you: at Koch Park Dental, we offer invisible braces.

The main advantage of invisible braces is that it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn, but the results are definitely noticeable!

Don’t let the absence of metal fool you. These clear, removable aligners effectively correct the alignment and crowding problems that can affect the overall health of your teeth.

My name is Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental. My staff and I want you to feel great about your smile. In addition to invisible braces, we also offer dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. Did you know that veneers can correct some alignment problems?

Please call my Florissant office today at 314-254-8458 to schedule an orthodontic consultation. Your oral health is important, so make sure you are getting the regular exams and cleanings you deserve. Here at Koch Park Dental, we provide the highest possible standard of dental care.

Don’t let crooked teeth prevent you from the smile you deserve; ask us about invisible braces today!

Dr. Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri
314-254-8458
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/


Overbites And Underbites in Florissant

Invisalign Available For Florissant Residents When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. Another related alignment disorder is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-254-8458. dentist Martin Buchheit, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in patients of all ages. Dr. Buchheit is also very experienced with Invisalign clear braces and he can also see if you or your child is a candidate. We can create a successful treatment plan for you. We also perform general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for St. Louis area dental clients.

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