All of us at JK Orthodontics want to educate our patients and parents as much as we can, so here are some orthodontic facts that you may not know about!
The entire JK Orthodontics team has supported countless orthodontic patients throughout the Columbus Metro Area over the years, and we pride ourselves on being one of the top offices in the entire region. Lead by Dr. Karpac, you can feel rest assured that you or your child are receiving world-class treatment from a professor at Ohio State’s College of Dentistry who has over 30 years of experience in the industry.
JK Orthodontics is also known for its revolutionary invisible aligner technology called Line-M-Up™ that is changing the industry in terms of overall treatment efficiency. So it truly is a blessing for so many individuals and families to reap the rewards of our expertise, and we’re always here to answer your questions and make you feel more comfortable about your investments with us.
One thing that our orthodontic experts are here to support you with is simply educating you on the basics of orthodontics and what you may not already know about oral health and orthodontic treatment. Our teeth truly are fascinating parts of our bodies, and they’re much more complex than most people would generally realize.
So while you’re undergoing your Line-M-Up™ or braces treatment, keep the following 6 facts in mind to help you further appreciate your smile’s transformation!
1. Tooth Enamel Is One Of The Hardest Parts Of The Entire Human Body
Enamel is the phrase for the very outer layer of your teeth, so it is essentially the protective shell that keeps your teeth’s inner layers safe from harm. Teeth are a lot like your body’s bones, because they’re predominately comprised of calcium and phosphate. However, because of very special crystallites and proteins that make up your enamel, your teeth are actually much stronger than other bones!
Although you may be feeling pretty confident about the durability of your teeth right now, you should understand that your enamel is far from invincible. Acids and sugars found in countless food products can accelerate bacterial growth, which then leads to the overall breakdown of your enamel (tooth decay).
It’s important to know that your enamel doesn’t grow back, so you’ll want to take care of your teeth as much as you can and avoid these issues at all costs!
2. Your Dentin Layer Does Grow
Dentin is the term for the tooth layer that’s just underneath your enamel. This tooth layer is a lot softer than your enamel, but it’s still harder than your other bones!
Your teeth’s dentin layers are where a whole array of interconnected nerve endings meet each other, and this is one of the reasons why people experience tooth sensitivity as a symptom of tooth decay.
One thing that a lot of people don’t know about the dentin layer is that it’s not static like your enamel, which means that your dentin can change and develop in minor ways.
3. A Significant Portion Of Your Teeth Are Below Your Gums
When you think about your teeth, it’s likely that you primarily think about the portion that’s visible in your smile.
It’s important to realize that about one third of your teeth are below your gums, and this is one of the many reasons why it’s so crucial to floss every day and keep your gums as healthy as possible!
4. Your Teeth Are Similar To Fingerprints
Fingerprints are known for being unique enough to identify individuals from one another, and your teeth are actually just as unique as your fingerprints. We all have unique teeth, and this includes identical twins.
Another fact that you may not know is that your tongue is also unique, which means that you have a one-of-a-kind tongue print that’s just as special as your fingerprints!
5. Your Teeth Are Capable Of Biting With Up To Around 200 Pounds Of Pressure
We all like to work out our arms and our legs so that they’re strong, but your arms will never be able to come close to the amount of force that your jaw can potentially generate.
Each of us can create around 200 pounds of pressure with our jaws, which is close to how much force a pit bull can create when they bite down!
6. Periodontal Membrane is What Allows Tooth Movement
We understand how a lot of patients and parents are curious about how Line-M-Up™ and braces actually are capable of moving our teeth, and what makes orthodontics possible is the part of the tooth known as the periodontal membrane, or periodontal ligament.
This membrane is found between the socket of the jawbone and the roots of your teeth, and this membrane is the main reason why our jawbones don’t wear down from many years of chewing.
What happens during your treatment is that the pressure from your orthodontic appliance will break down a side or small portion of your periodontal membrane and naturally allow for the other side to be slowly filled in. This makes it possible for your teeth to slowly but surely move over time, and then rest in the proper positioning once you’ve reached the completion of your treatment.
Reach Out To The Orthodontic Experts At JK Orthodontics To Learn More About How We Help Our Patients Achieve Perfect Smiles!
JK Orthodontics is an orthodontic leader in Central Ohio because of our team of experienced industry experts, but we also understand just how important customer care is when it comes to ensuring the treatment results of each and every one of our patients.