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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Williams & Hamman Orthodontics

November 16th, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and express your deep gratitude to those who matter most to you. An attitude of thankfulness will always keep you humble and in a positive mood, even in unfortunate circumstances. This year Dr. WIlliams and Dr. Hamman are thankful for how both their practice and their families have been blessed. They can’t wait to take a few days off to spend time with the ones they love and eat some delicious food!

Williams & Hamman Orthodontics was fortunate enough to have some positive change in our office this year: the office added an intraoral scanner this year so patients can avoid impressions, Brittany was brought back on staff after she took some time off to spend time with her baby, and Dr. Williams was named an AAO Trustee which means he will now have the privilege of serving the orthodontic specialty on a national level over the next several years. A highlight of the year was the whole team travelling to New Orleans for the Southern Association of Orthodontists meeting in October. We attended CE courses to learn new and innovative ways to best serve our patients.

Dr. Hamman’s tip to staying calm and collected during the holiday season is buying Christmas gifts throughout the entire year whenever you see something on sale. It makes December much less stressful from a budget and time management standpoint.

Dr. Hamman and Dr. Williams want to continue to provide the best care possible to our patients and to do it in a personal and caring way. We hope everyone is enjoying the season surrounded by friends and loved ones!

Too old for braces? You Might be Surprised

November 14th, 2018

Although adolescence is a common time to get braces, there’s no reason for adults of any age to have to deal with crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or other dental issues. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that demand for orthodontic treatment in adults continues to grow, with adults representing 20% of new patients.

You’re never too old for braces or other orthodontic appliances, but it’s important to consider the following:

  1. Braces don’t have to be as noticeable as the metal brackets of the past. Many adults opt for ceramic or plastic braces, which are bone-colored or clear, respectively. Another option is a lingual appliance, which attaches to the back side of your teeth. These so-called “invisible” braces are much less noticeable than traditional options.
  2. By adulthood, bone growth has stopped. This means that certain structural changes can only be achieved by surgery. Although this typically affects people with significant crowding, bite, or jaw problems, Drs. Richard Williams and Nathan Hamman can provide an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique issues.
  3. Treatment may take a bit longer. The length of orthodontic treatment tends to be slightly longer for adults than adolescents. Exact estimates vary by individual, but the average length of time for adult braces wearers is two years, according to the Harvard Medical School.
  4. Outcomes are just as good for adults! Many adults worry that it’s too late to treat their orthodontic problems. However, treatment satisfaction tends to be very high, which is a testament to how effective braces can be in middle-aged and older adults.

What is early intervention?

November 7th, 2018

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Drs. Richard Williams and Nathan Hamman and our team at Williams and Hamman Orthodontics recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

If your child is showing these signs, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five or six, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 12 to 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking his or her thumb
  • Speech impediment
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all

Early intervention will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case, and therefore reduce the length of treatment time and cost for a second phase of treatment when all of his or her permanent teeth have erupted. An evaluation at our Southaven, Hernando, Olive Branch office will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if interceptive treatment is needed. Many times, a more severe problem can be corrected using sophisticated removable appliances instead of traditional orthodontic treatment.

To schedule a consultation for your child to visit with Drs. Richard Williams and Nathan Hamman, please give us a call! We will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile.

A Fun Halloween with Braces

October 31st, 2018

Having teeth encased in braces can be discouraging during Halloween. If you or your child has braces, there are certain candies to avoid this holiday season—and in general—while you have braces. Candy can be tempting, especially for children.

But don’t worry; other sweet treat options can readily take their place. Take a look at the American Association of Orthodontists’ tips on how to keep your braces safe.

Treats to avoid because they can cause damage to your braces include:

  • Hard candies
  • Chewy candies
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Taffy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard pretzels
  • Popcorn

These goodies should be avoided because they have the potential to bend or break your braces. Broken brackets and loose wires can waste time and money.

Switch out hard, chewy, and sticky candies for these options in the mean time:

  • Soft chocolate
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider

Encouraging your child to stay with alternative, braces-friendly treats may prevent her from trying to eat candies that could break or damage braces. Halloween can still be fun, especially if your youngster (or you) don’t have to visit our Southaven, Hernando, Olive Branch office get braces fixed.

Make sure to remind your child to avoid harmful candies, and encourage him to exchange treats with friends to make it more fun. Only passing out candies that children can eat safely, such as soft chocolates, can make them feel included.

Drs. Richard Williams and Nathan Hamman and our team hope you enjoy your Halloween season, regardless of whether you are wearing braces.