Dental Tips Blog

Apr
15

How to Brush with Braces

Posted in Braces

Your braces represent a big investment in both time and budget. Sticking out the orthodontic treatment until the very end will get you some great results. You’ll definitely feel it was worth all that effort!

However, braces are also a big responsibility. If you don’t take good care of them and your teeth, you can wind up with some serious problems when they come off.

The way you brush your teeth can make a world of difference.

Take a Multi-Angled Approach

Once you get brackets and wires cemented onto your teeth, you’ve just gained three, that’s right, three completely new surfaces to brush.

Simply scrubbing straight across the front of the wire isn’t going to be enough. You also need to angle the bristles:

  • Towards the gumline of each tooth
  • Against the brackets facing down from the top of your mouth
  • Against the brackets facing up from your jaw

It’s important to remove plaque bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth, including your braces. If you don’t, these germs will eventually cause staining around the brackets that’ll still be there once your ortho comes off.

Pack Some Power into Brushing

To get a little more oomph in your brushing technique, try out a powered toothbrush. It’s also much easier to maneuver around multiple surfaces.

All the effort you put into caring for your braces will show once your treatment is done. You won’t have to worry about catching up on dental fillings or hiding unsightly stains. You’ll be free to live the good life – the one without braces!

Contact your dentist or orthodontist to get more tips on thoroughly brushing your braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941

Feb
14

4 Ways to Close the Gap in Your Smile

Posted in Braces

For some adults, a gap between the front teeth is part of their trademark look. It’s what makes them unique.

You, on the other hand, are tired of seeing that empty space in the mirror. It might have you hiding behind your lips when you smile and covering up with your hand when you laugh.

It’s time to say good-bye to that childish grin for good with one of these dental techniques.

  1. Invisalign

Invisalign is a well-known procedure involving a series of clear trays is the orthodontic procedure preferred by most adults. It’s ideal for cosmetic tweaks like bringing your two front teeth a bit closer together.

  1. Six Month Smiles

Braces are the traditional method for bringing teeth together. Lots of offices now offer a program called “Six Month Smiles” or fast braces, which uses problem-focused treatment for fast results.

Basically, you get braces put on only the one spot that needs them. This technique usually takes around six months, but you could see results in as soon as four months.

  1. Veneers

If you want to avoid moving your teeth altogether, then dental veneers may be an option.

Veneers are false fronts that replace a thin layer of enamel on the front of your top teeth. These porcelain shells can be designed to extend farther than your natural teeth, closing up any gaps between them.

  1. Bonding

Would you like a fast-fix?

Your dentist can minimize the space between your front teeth by reshaping them with a bit of tooth-colored filling material. It’s a quick and painless process with minimal damage to your tooth enamel.

Which option is right for your smile? Contact your local dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Feb
6

4 Reasons Why Adults Need Braces Too

Posted in Braces

Even though high school happened years ago, you might be due to experience a situation common to teens: orthodontic treatment.

That’s right, braces aren’t just for kids, anymore! Here are four ways you could benefit from straightening your teeth now.

  1. Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

With gaps closed off and overlapping teeth evened out, plaque bacteria will have fewer places to hide. This means that your teeth and gums can steer clear of problems like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay.

  1. Level-Up Your Oral Hygiene

Not only do straightened teeth make for easier cleaning, but they’ll need extra TLC while you’re in braces. This will give you some valuable training for maintaining a sparkling clean mouth. To top it off, you’re going to be too proud of your new look to ever let your teeth get gunky!

  1. Orthodontic Treatment Could Relieve Discomfort

A bad bite could be contributing to stress on your jaw. This tension could cause you headaches. Straightening your teeth into comfortable alignment could get you a whole lot of relief!

  1. It’s Never Too Late to Enjoy a Straighter Smile!

Finally, straightening your teeth just plain looks good. Your smile will appear younger and others will notice that you’re a confident and responsible individual who cares for their health.

Find an Orthodontist Near You

Happily, adult patients often have a wider variety of orthodontic options available to them. You’re not limited to the inconvenience and classic look of traditional braces! Even your general dentist may be able to offer procedures such as:

  • Invisalign
  • Six-Month Smiles
  • Inman Aligner

Ask your dentist about which method might work best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161

Jan
25

Can Braces Improve Your Gum Health?

Posted in Braces

Braces do far more than just straighten out your teeth. Their benefits extend to the rest of your mouth, as well.

How Braces Help Gums

Crooked teeth are significant factors when it comes to problems such as:

  • Gum recession
  • Plaque accumulation
  • Bad breath
  • Stain
  • Gum inflammation

This is all because teeth in healthy alignment are meant to repel bacterial buildup. Your tongue and lips play an important role in keeping your teeth clean. They only work well when your smile is nice and even. Crooked teeth miss out on this cleansing action which makes it easy for buildup to accumulate around them.

It may take a little time, but braces guide your teeth into a more natural and comfortable alignment that your gums will love. It’s worth the wait!

Your gums are not only prone to infection from plaque trapped by crooked teeth, they can also be stressed by the teeth. Gum tissue is strong and complex, but it’s also thin and sensitive. A little too much tension from a tooth out of alignment can encourage the gums to recede away from your smile line.

Improved Oral Hygiene

Have you ever tried to brush around twisted teeth or floss between areas that are tightly overlapped?

Braces improve the spacing throughout your smile. Spaced-out teeth are easier to keep clean. Flossing won’t be an annoying chore and your brushing will be much more effective. With improved oral hygiene comes improved gum health. You can even hope to avoid serious issues like periodontal disease.

If you’re thinking about getting braces, don’t forget about the added health perks for your gums. Ask your dentist about all the ways braces can benefit your oral health and revolutionize your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Jan
21

Braces and Eating: 4 Common Problems

Posted in Braces

There’s only one thing people usually think is worse than the look of metal braces – eating with them.

How can you deal with the irritation caused by eating with orthodontia in place?

  1. Eating Soon After Your Braces Are Adjusted

Let’s face the fact: braces have the potential to be uncomfortable.

You’ll feel better much faster if you avoid chewing too much during the first few days after getting an adjustment.

Nutritious and gentle food ideas include:

  • Pasta
  • Steamed veggies
  • Bananas
  • Smoothies
  • Soup
  • Cooked squash or sweet potato
  1. Sticky Foods Caught in Braces

Meat and doughy carbs quickly pack in between your teeth and braces. Despite your best efforts to chew carefully, you’ll find that pasta, bread, and chicken are not easy to clean out after eating.

Try using a water flosser and a powered toothbrush. These tools can make the cleanup work a breeze.

  1. Breaking Braces with Hard Foods

Crunchy snacks spell doom for braces and the last thing you want to do is spend extra time at the orthodontist’s getting them repaired. It might be annoying to avoid so many of your favorite munchies, but you’ll get your treatment over with faster this way.

  1. Sore Spots on the Inside of Your Mouth

Braces can sometimes cause painful spots from rubbing against your mouth.

Putting dental wax over the rougher edges of your braces can make for a smoother surface. Rinse with a warm saltwater solution to help sores heal faster. Avoid sour and acidic foods while healing, too.

Do your dental braces make mealtime a dreaded chore? Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on how to enjoy eating as you get the most out of your treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Jan
8

3 Ways Braces Benefit Adult Smiles

Posted in Braces

Do you think braces are just for kids?

It might at first seem pointless for adults to wear braces. But there are actually three ways that orthodontic treatment could make major improvements to your smile, no matter what your age is.

  1. Prevent Cavities and Gum Inflammation

Overlapping teeth trap bacteria that irritate gums and wear down tooth enamel. When you open up the spacing between crowded teeth, they won’t collect bacterial plaque as quickly. Straight teeth are healthy teeth! Braces can help adults avoid developing serious oral diseases like periodontitis and tooth decay.

  1. Improve Your Bite

Crooked or overlapping teeth usually experience uneven pressure when you bite down. This extra pressure can cause problems later on in life such as jaw pain, worn down enamel, and even gum recession.

In fact, teeth tipped out of alignment will lean further out of place the more you bite down on them. You can spare your TMJ the extra strain when you proactively correct crooked teeth with braces.

  1. Keep Your Teeth Whiter

An unexpected benefit of straightening teeth is that your smile will stay brighter longer. This is because straight teeth don’t collect stain as quickly as crooked ones do. After a course with braces, your teeth will be easier to keep clean from buildup and your teeth whitening treatments will work quicker.

With so many oral health benefits to consider, it’s not fair to let kids have all the fun! From aligner trays to conventional braces, there’s an orthodontic treatment out there that’s right for you. Ask your family dentist which procedure will make the biggest difference in your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Jan
7

At What Age Should My Kid Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

In actuality, there’s no set age for kids to start orthodontic treatment.

However, most orthodontists would agree that kids should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. What makes this age so important?

Phase I and II Treatment

Treatment for straightening teeth is usually broken up into two parts for kids: Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I, the orthodontist will provide treatment geared towards creating space in the mouth for adult teeth.

At around 6-8 years of age, kids can expect to have a fun mix of adult and baby teeth in their mouth. It’s a good time to take a routine x-ray to make sure all the adult teeth are present and developing properly. It’s also a good time for the orthodontist to gauge what sort of help is necessary to correct any developing problems.

Spacers are often recommended during Phase I therapy. This will help prepare the mouth for Phase II.

Phase II concentrates on coaching the teeth themselves into proper alignment with braces. Don’t worry – just because your little one has a mixed bunch of teeth right now doesn’t mean they need braces right away!

Prepare Now!

Whether your child will need braces or not, they’re going to benefit the most from a diligent oral hygiene routine. Get them brushing and flossing on their own as soon as you can and help them make this a daily habit.

If your child needs braces later on, he or she will be ready to make treatment a success! Talk with your child’s dentist for more information on when to have an orthodontic evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jan
6

How Are Braces Put On?

Posted in Braces

Before you get braces, you’ll have an appointment or two with your orthodontist to figure out just what you need.  Once you get the treatment planning out of the way, your next visit will be when everything is officially ‘wired’ into place!

Here’s what you can expect.

The orthodontist will make sure your teeth are completely clean. After drying your enamel, your orthodontist cements the brackets with a firm, but perfectly safe orthodontic glue.

With the brackets bonded in place, the arch wire can be set over them. This wire is a single metal line that directs the teeth into alignment with one another.

The next step is to keep the wire in place. Your orthodontist will slip very small and durable rubber bands around the brackets. These bands are so strong that special tools are needed to stretch them out and secure them in place. They’re available in a variety of colors for you to choose from.

How long is an appointment to get your braces put on? It’s a good idea to plan for around two hours, although it usually takes less time. Bring along some music or a movie on a portable device that you can listen to and settle in for a full afternoon!

Getting Used to Braces

Getting your braces put on shouldn’t hurt, but for the first couple of days, your teeth will probably feel tight as you get used to the sensation of having pressure placed on them. Within a month, you should get used to the presence of your braces, and in less than six months you could forget that you’re even wearing them.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips on how to make your braces as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Dec
23

What Do Braces Actually Do?

Posted in Braces

Getting a basic understanding of how teeth move can help you feel a bit better about what’s going on in your mouth!

How to Move Teeth

Interestingly, moving whole teeth through the bone is not as gruesome a process as it may sound. Your body has a natural response to pressure on teeth, and braces take advantage of this process. The ligament around a tooth root signals the surrounding bone to start a break-down process when force is applied. When the pressure is released, the bone begins a rebuilding process.

With gentle pressure over time, braces actually help reshape the bone around your teeth as they slide into place.

The Components of Braces

Brackets – Cemented onto the teeth and made of metal or ceramic. They act as secure anchoring points for moving teeth with an arch wire.

Arch Wires – The long wire that runs through the brackets, following the arch of your teeth. This is what works the magic of coaxing your teeth back in line.

O-Rings – Rubber bands that wrap around the bracket, securing the arch wire in place. They are changed at most visits, allowing the freedom to choose colors of your own liking.

Other components such as elastics, springs, headgear, retainers, and spacers may be part of your treatment to make it quick and effective.

Braces for Every Situation

No two cases are the same! Braces can be placed for different reasons such as:

  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Correcting spacing issues
  • Creating space for an implant

There is a technique and tool for every type of tooth movement. An orthodontist can tell you the best and fastest way to straighten your smile. Schedule a consultation to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

Dec
6

Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners

Posted in Braces

Just like any other retainer or braces you may wear, your Invisalign trays need some TLC.

If you don’t keep your aligners clean, then they’re likely to accumulate stain, tartar, and plaque buildup. This spells disaster for tooth health – and for your breath!

Check out these tips for getting the most of your orthodontic aligners:

Get a toothbrush just for your alignment trays. The trays need their own brush because toothpaste residue on an old toothbrush may have abrasives that can scratch up your aligner. The idea of Invisalign is to keep your trays invisible. Keeping your aligners clean and scratch-free is the best way to enjoy them!

Be careful about where you put your trays while eating meals. You sure would hate to throw out your valuable aligner with your garbage or lunch tray! Keep a designated case with you at all times so that you can safely put your aligners somewhere where they won’t be forgotten.

Avoid heat! Your Invisalign trays were molded with heat to match your smile, so keep them out of the sun; always clean and soak them in cool or room-temperature liquids. DO NOT assume that boiling water is a good idea to sterilize your trays. This will ruin them.

Use the right cleaning product. There are a wide variety of recommended at-home solutions for cleaning your trays. The best solution is one that helps reduce tartar buildup while having an antibacterial effect. The Invisalign system’s own cleaning solution claims to offer the best results for maintaining your aligner.

Talk with your Invisalign provider to learn more about getting the most of your clear braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

 

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