Dental Tips Blog

Oct
8

How to Brush if You Have Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

Getting braces means that you can expect some big changes down the road. Not only can you expect to get an improved smile, but you can expect your oral hygiene routine to become a little trickier.

Proper brushing can make or break your orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are kept clean and healthy, treatment will proceed as planned and your teeth will look great afterward.

But neglect the hygiene, and you could have a metal mouth for a lot longer than you wanted.

How can you make sure your teeth and braces stay clean with proper brushing?

Take A New Angle

The most important thing to remember with braces is that you have many different angles to work from. It’s not enough to just scrub across outer-facing surfaces. You’ll need to tip your brush bristles in a few directions:

  • Against the gum line
  • Down against the top of the brackets
  • Up toward the underside of the brackets

Save The Easiest For Last

Make it a habit to do the toughest or most time-consuming tasks first. Brushing around the brackets or flossing, for example, may be annoying chores. Get them out of the way and then take care of the easier stuff (like brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth).

Automate Your Routine

An automatic helping hand could make a big difference in your brushing technique. Powered toothbrushes and water flossers are fantastic at blasting away the plaque you just don’t have time for.

Want a few more tips on keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while wearing braces? Frequent dental visits throughout your treatment are a great way to get both professional cleanings and hygiene suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Aug
29

When Will My Braces Start to Make a Difference in My Smile?

Posted in Orthodontics

On average, most orthodontic treatment takes about two years to complete. But a lot of people see a difference in their tooth alignment after just a couple of months with braces.

But don’t get too excited just yet – that figure varies widely.

Why Teeth Move Differently

Factors such as age, medication, oral habits and complexity will affect how quickly your teeth move.

Teens often enjoy more rapid tooth movement because they have a higher metabolism and their bone is still developing and “soft.” If you are taking a medication for your bones, then that might slow down your treatment a bit.

Do you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth? You could be putting resistance on your teeth that opposes the force of your braces.

Some factors you have a little more control over.

Can You Shorten Treatment?

You can keep your treatment time to the estimated minimum by following your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instructions. This means maintaining proper hygiene, wearing appliances as directed, and avoiding things that can break bands, wires, or brackets.

When it comes to braces, stronger or faster is NOT better. Forcing your teeth to move faster than they want to go is a sure way to damage them. Your orthodontist will know exactly how much sure and steady pressure is needed to get results.

In the meantime, take photos of your smile every few weeks to compare your progress. It can be discouraging if you don’t have some way to track the progress you are making. If you notice the tiniest difference, that can motivate you to stick with treatment until the end!

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Sep
8

4 Ways Invisalign Can Change Your Smile

Posted in Braces

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces for the teenage and adult population. If you are in need of some orthodontic treatment, why might a dentist recommend Invisalign? Consider a few ways Invisalign can improve your smile.

The Way You Bite

When teeth are out of alignment, chewing can be painful and you may consistently get pieces of food stuck in the same annoying places. An open bite may be preventing you from getting a secure bite out of apples, sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob, and the like. Correcting this issue with Invisalign can restore your bite!

The Way You Clean Your Teeth

Is flossing a chore? Do you miss areas while brushing? Crooked teeth can be difficult to keep clean. This makes your mouth more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. If your teeth are straightened out with Invisalign, you may be surprised by how much easier it is to keep them clean!

The Way You Smile

After Invisalign, you’ll have no need to hide that gap or twisted tooth behind your hand when you smile! You will be proud to show off your straight pearly whites and discover a newfound confidence in yourself.

The Way You View Dental Visits

With straighter cleaner teeth, you will likely discover that you are more attentive to them than ever before. Your teeth will probably not need much cleaning, and your chances of needing fillings decreases. How’s that for good news?

Dentists and patients alike love Invisalign because of the many benefits. Ask your dentist about Invisalign and discover whether this option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Jul
25

AcceleDent

Posted in Orthodontics

A revolutionary technological device is reducing the treatment time of orthodontic patients by as much as 50%! AcceleDent is an FDA approved device that helps patient’s teeth respond quicker to the guidance of their braces, increasing the speed at which the tooth movement can occur. Acceledent was first presented to providers in 2009 and is gaining increased popularity across the United States.

Surprisingly, Acceledent is very comfortable and works in just a few minutes a day. The activator is shaped so that it can be bitten comfortably while also fitting over your braces. The device sends calibrated micro pulses through the mouthpiece, resulting in gentle vibrations through your teeth. These pulses encourage faster bone remodeling, part of the normal process that orthodontics is based on. Instead of slower bone formation in new places, AcceleDent stimulates the bone so that it remodels even faster. At peak performance, the AcceleDent can cut treatment times in half!

For best results, wear the Acceledent device 20 minutes once a day. It’s lightweight and can be used hands-free during a TV show or while you’re reading a book. All types of braces can be used with the orthodontic accelerating device, including normal brackets, invisible alignment trays, tooth colored brackets and lingual braces.

If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because you’re intimidated by the time commitment, ask your orthodontist about AcceleDent. Because the time commitment for Acceledent only requires a short time each day, most people find that the device is an irreplaceable part of their comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Most patients can expect their treatment times to be shortened by as many as 5 months when they use Acceledent.

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