Best of Round Rock 2017!

       Selected March 2018!

 

 

Best Orthodontist in Round Rock:
Austin Family Orthodontics!

Out of 50,000+ votes this year, YOUR votes spoke the loudest and our practice WON!

 

 

We are so excited and honored to have such an incredible community behind us that we wanted to personally invite you to the Music on Main Event Concert starting at 6pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018 where they will be hosting the Winner’s Awards Presentation? and announcing the Best of Round Rock Shopping & Services category winners! We hope to see you there! ?

Dr. Brian J. Peters Recommends Orthodontic Check-Ups For Children No Later Than Age 7

DR. PETERS JOINS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORTHODONTISTS IN RECOMMENDING ORTHODONTIC CHECK-UPS FOR CHILDREN NO LATER THAN AGE 7

(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 7-9-2013) – Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, Austin/Leander/Round Rock orthodontist Dr. Brian J. Peters says that orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present.

Parents may incorrectly assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

“I can’t overemphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Peters. “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite. Orthodontists can determine what, if anything is awry.

“An early visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, too,” notes Dr. Peters. “Our recommendation may simply be ‘let’s wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow.”

Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for an examination include:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • mouth breathing
  • thumb sucking
  • crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • speech difficulties
  • biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
  • facial imbalance
  • jaws that are too far forward or back
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

Dr. Peters notes that protrusive teeth can be prone to injury.

Dr. Peters graduated from the prestigious Ivy League Columbia School of Dental Medicine and completed an additional three year, advanced educational program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Peters is a member of the AAO, which has 16,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO online at www.braces.org. or Austin Family Orthodontics at www.austinfamilyorthodontics.com.

Childhood Sleep Disorders Are Linked To Orthodontic Problems

A Finnish study determined a link between sleep disordered breathing in children and some common skeletal problems that can be treated with early orthodontics. “Risk for sleep disordered breathing was 3.3 times higher in children with cross bite compared with those without, 2.6 times higher in children with a convex facial profile compared with a normal facial profile, and 3.7 times higher in children with tonsillar hypertrophy compared with those with normal size tonsils.”

This shows that orthodontic problems encompass more than just crooked teeth and is a testament to early screening of children by age 7 as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics. Sleep disordered breathing can be successfully treated in many cases by early orthodontic treatment. See more here.

Thank You for Your Referrals and Reviews

Here at Austin Family Orthodontics we want to thank and reward our patients for referring your friends and family. If you have had a great experience at our office, the best compliment is sending us another patient just like you!

Please make sure your friend or relative lets us know what patient is associated with the referral, because we want to personally thank and reward you!

As always, we would love to hear your suggestions and kudos for a job well done! If you don’t have a friend or relative that needs orthodontic care at this time consider reviewing us on Yelp or Google+.

Or you can send us a message on our Facebook page. We consistently have contests and fun information there for our patients!

Can I Wear Braces While I Am Pregnant?

Pregnancy & Braces

Pregnancy & BracesOrthodontic treatment can be accomplished during pregnancy, yet there are some concerns that should be addressed. Dental x-rays should be approved by your obstetrician. Obstetricians will allow digital x-rays during some trimesters of pregnancy with the proper precautions.

Also, some women are more susceptible to gingivitis during pregnancy due to the elevation of hormones. Special care can prevent problems, so the most important thing is to discuss your concerns with your obstetrician and orthodontist.

If you suspect you may be pregnant, and you are already in treatment, inform your care givers immediately. If you are currently pregnant, your doctors may recommend waiting the few months needed to begin treatment. Rarely does pregnancy result in the need to abandon treatment.

Is Orthodontic Care Affordable?

Save Money on Orthodontic CareThirty years ago, I had only one friend I went to school with that had orthodontic treatment. It was much less common for children to obtain the orthodontic treatment that they needed at the time. This is why many of our patients are adults today; treatment was less common, often because of affordability.

When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment can be less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later. Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as the costs for many other consumer products. We want to inform each patient about their own individual needs and the cost involved, this is why we offer a complimentary exam to all patients.

Austin Family Orthodontics offers no interest financing and discounts for payment in full. Many people also have flexible spending accounts or insurance to help absorb the financial investment. Most budgets can afford the treatment they need. Ultimately, the long term savings, social and health benefits are priceless.

Mouthguards Help Prevent Chipped, Broken Teeth and Other Injuries

MouthguardAccording to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

At Austin Family Orthodontics we strongly recommend that all children wear protective mouth guards during sports play.

Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.

Unfortunately, accidents still happen. The upper front permanent teeth are the most common teeth to be completely knocked out. Knocked out baby or primary teeth are rarely placed back in the mouth because they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth.

However, permanent teeth can be saved if you do the right things.The most important thing is to get the tooth back in the socket as quickly as possible then get to the dentist. The longer the tooth is out of the socket the less likely it can be successfully reimplanted.

The knocked out permanent tooth should be rinsed gently with water or milk to remove any debris.Do not scrub it clean. Care should be taken to handle the tooth only by its crown and not by its root. Then the tooth should be placed gently back into the socket.

If the parent or patient is unsure about reimplanting the tooth, then the tooth should be stored in milk (if available) or in water and brought to the dentist as soon as possible.

I'll Never Complain About Flossing Again!

snail teethDid you know that a snail’s mouth is no bigger than the head of a pin, but they can have 25,000 teeth located on their tongue! I’ll never complain about flossing again!

An elephant’s molar can weigh 10 pounds and they may go through 10 sets of teeth in their lifetime!

An armadillo has 104 teeth!

Narwhals have a huge single tusk, like a unicorn. It is the most neurologically complex tooth known and used in eating, navigating, and even mating.Petfinder, vet column, rabbit dentist.

Rabbits: almost all mammals have primary and permanent teeth, but bunnies typically lose their baby teeth before they are born!

Venomous snakes have hollow teeth, which allow for the storing and injection of venom into their prey. A poison gland feeds into the snake’s fangs and provides venom at the point of attack, while smaller teeth on the snake’s bottom jaw are only for latching onto the victim.

sheepsheadThe Sheepshead is a common fish in North America and a target for many fishermen. What many people don’t realize, however, is how strange their teeth are! These fish have human-like teeth, which are odd, but they also have a row of teeth on the roof of their mouths.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues that surround the teeth. It is caused by bacteria that are found in plaque. If the plaque and bacteria is not removed from the teeth on a regular basis the tissue becomes red, swollen and can bleed easily. Eventually the bone that surrounds the teeth can be affected causing possible bone loss. Bone loss is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss.

There are three stages of gum disease:

Advanced PeriodontitisGingivitis: The first stage of gum disease is an infection of the gums. The gums will be red and swollen and bleed easily. Healthy gums do not bleed. At all stages of gum disease there can be bad breath. In this early stage of gum disease, the damage can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.

Periodontitis: At this stage, gums begin to separate and recede from the teeth. This allows plaque to form below the gum line toward the roots of the teeth where a regular toothbrush cannot reach. There will be bleeding and possibly pus when pressure is applied to the gum tissue.

Advanced PeriodontitisAdvanced Periodontitis: In this final stage of gum disease, the connective tissue and fibers and the surrounding bone are destroyed. The teeth may appear to have gotten longer but it is actually the supporting gum and bone that has receded. The teeth will easily shift causing your bite to change.
Gum disease is most common in adults but can occur at any age.

Youngsters who are wearing dental appliances must be diligent in their cleaning routines to prevent problems. If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed so see your dentist on a regular basis. By scheduling regular checkups, early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If your condition is more advanced, treatment in the dental office will be required.

Wear Green On Your Teeth For March And St. Patrick ’s Day!

Luck O' The IrishDid you know that St Patrick wasn’t even Irish…He was born in England and lived there until he was a teenager! One of the many myths about St. Patrick was that he drove out all of the snakes from Ireland, yet there never were any snakes in Ireland!

And…he didn’t even wear green! He was best known for his St. Patrick’s blue. Yet he worked on the Emerald Isles and used the shamrock to represent the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, in time he became inseparably related to the lucky green.

So whether you are Irish or not, don your lucky green on your teeth and chew on some corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes with those “green” teeth for March!