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Jan
8

6 Steps to Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy While Wearing Braces

Posted in Braces

When you pay special attention to your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, you’ll avoid major problems and keep your mouth comfortable.

Here are six steps to maintaining the healthiest smile possible while wearing braces.

  1. Use an Interdental Brush

An interdental brush is perfect for loosening bits of food that may be stuck around your wires or brackets. Once they’re wiggled free, rinse away leftover debris with water.

  1. Floss Daily

Flossing is critical to dental health in general, but even more so when braces are involved. Use a floss threader to pull a piece of floss behind the wire so that you can clean around each tooth, or purchase a specially designed orthodontic flosser.

  1. Invest in a Waterpik

A water flosser may be especially useful if flossing around braces is a challenge for you. The stream of water blasts away plaque from around wires, between teeth, and helps reduce the risk of gingivitis.

  1. Brush from Every Angle

Angle the brush bristles against your gums, from above the brackets, and from below the brackets. Don’t forget the tops of your molars! Take your time brushing and make sure you brush three or more times per day.

  1. Rinse with the Right Product

Teeth and gums sometimes need a little extra therapeutic help beyond brushing and flossing. Using mouthwash after brushing can deliver benefits such as fluoride or antimicrobial action to the gums and teeth around your brackets. Ask your dentist or orthodontist which kind is right for you.

  1. Keep Your Appointments

By seeing your dentist and orthodontist at recommended intervals, you’ll stay on top of your dental health. X-rays and exams will help you identify and treat any new problems before they get too serious.

Get more braces care tips from your local dentist or orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Nov
26

5 Dental Health Benefits of Braces

Posted in Braces

You know that a straight smile looks great on everyone. But having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances.

Correcting crooked teeth with braces has several great benefits for your smile health. Check out a few of these to help you decide whether orthodontic treatment could make a positive impact on your life.

1. Fresher breath

Braces may not feel so comfy while you’re wearing them, but you’ll be glad when they come off, leaving you with evenly-spaced teeth that don’t trap smelly food and bacteria debris. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean so you’ll enjoy having fresh breath to go along with a beautiful smile.

2. Decreased risk of tooth decay

Overlapping teeth create the perfect hiding places for acid and cavity-causing bacteria. Put teeth back into even alignment, and they will be less susceptible to decay.

3. Healthy gums

Crooked teeth can stress the gum line and cause tissue recession. Straightening crooked teeth removes that pressure on the gums and reduces plaque buildup along the margins, which can cause gingivitis.

4. Less stain

Because straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, they’re not prone to accumulating stain the way crooked teeth are. Braces don’t just straighten teeth but they help them stay white, too.

5. Comfortable bite

Did you know that crooked teeth may be the cause of that constant jaw pain or headache?

TMJ pain is sometimes connected to having a bad bite. Braces can even out your occlusion and remove a painful imbalance.

Find out more about the benefits of braces and which orthodontic options are right for you by scheduling a consultation with your local dentist or orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Nov
19

What Happens if You Don’t Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions

Posted in Braces

Would it really be the end of the world if you were a little lax on the oral hygiene?

Here’s what could happen if you didn’t follow your orthodontist’s instructions when you’re caring for your new braces.

White Spots

Tooth brushing takes a little work if you have brackets and wires to work around. But you have a good reason to brush thoroughly. Plaque left on teeth around braces can decalcify enamel. When the brackets come off, your teeth are left with bright white “scars” where plaque was always left behind.

Extra Orthodontic Visits

Wearing braces may mean several months of no tortilla chips, gummy worms, bagels, and other beloved foods. If you aren’t careful about what you eat, however, you’re likely to damage bands and wires. That means taking off more time from your daily schedule to get your braces fixed.

More Cavities

You may be tempted to slack off on brushing and flossing around annoying wires. But that only allows more time for cavity-causing bacteria and acids to damage teeth. If you don’t carefully brush and floss, you could end up needing a handful of fillings and crowns on your newly-straightened teeth once the braces come off.

Spend More Time in Braces Than Originally Planned.

Following your orthodontist’s directions isn’t about just keeping your teeth pretty. Taking good care of your teeth and braces will help the ortho to do its job. Problems that come up as a result of neglect could mean that you have to start your treatment all over.

Follow up with your orthodontist to make sure your current oral hygiene routine will help you get the most out of your braces.

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

Aug
21

Why Do Some People Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Genetics are the number one reason for needing braces. When the genetic dice are cast, some unfortunate individuals wind up with teeth too large or a jaw too small.

Even one sibling could end up with a smaller mouth or more crooked teeth than the other and it wouldn’t be anyone’s fault.

Some bad bites can be linked to habits such as thumb sucking.

Not everyone is bothered by having a few crooked teeth. But there are plenty of reasons why some may opt for orthodontic treatment.

Healthier Smile

Straightening teeth opens them up for easier access. Food and bacteria aren’t likely to get trapped between straight teeth. Even if they do, it’s easy to remove them via brushing and flossing.

Many people choose braces because they want to lower their risk for decay and gum disease.

Correct Bite and Speech Problems

Some orthodontic problems show up in function rather than in appearance. An open bite, for instance, could make it impossible to chomp into a slice of pizza. Getting braces can improve the quality of life for millions of teens and adults.

Get Gorgeous Teeth

If someone just likes the look of straight teeth, who’s to judge? Even adults of all ages are looking to orthodontics to make over their smiles. Straightening teeth is one of the most natural and non-invasive ways to change the way teeth look.

Improve Facial Appearance

Tooth root position plays a big role in the height and shape of the smile. Orthodontic treatment can help people create a more desirable profile.

Are you thinking about getting braces for any of the reasons listed above? Talk with your dentist about scheduling an orthodontic consultation.

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

Aug
2

Teeth Bleaching with Braces – Is it Possible?

Posted in Braces

Imagine putting a fresh coat of paint on your living room wall without first removing the pictures you’ve hung there…That’s what it can be like to whiten with braces!

Brackets cover up portions of the enamel and prevent them from lightening. When the braces come off, those covered spots can show up as dark ones. These areas can be spot-treated with bleach later, but you might still end up with uneven results.

The Painful Downside of Teeth Whitening with Braces

All teeth bleaching chemicals carry the risk of irritating gums and sensitive teeth. Your teeth tend to be more sensitive than usual when you wear braces. Whitening during orthodontic treatment may only add to possible discomfort.

For example, plaque buildup around braces can trigger gingivitis. Braces may occasionally cause a little gum recession, exposing sensitive tooth roots. A bleaching chemical may sting those tender areas.

Should You Whiten with Braces?

Bleaching your teeth while wearing braces is possible, especially if your dentist makes you a custom tray. But it’s not guaranteed to get you the results you want.

The surest way to a whiter smile is to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Plaque and food stain is the main cause of discoloration, so daily brushing and flossing will help. A whitening toothpaste also works well since it buffs away surface stains. Bleach after the braces come off to save money and get even results.

Consult a dental professional before you attempt to whiten your teeth. This way, you can make sure you bleach safely and effectively. If you don’t want to wait for the ortho to come off, ask your dentist or orthodontist for smile-brightening suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Apr
25

Caring For the Mouth with Braces

Posted in Braces

Braces are a means to an end – you want a straight and beautiful smile, and braces are the way to get it. However, braces alone won’t give you a beautiful smile; how you care for your mouth while wearing braces also determines the outcome. Oral hygiene is extremely important for those who have braces on their teeth. Food and plaque get trapped in the tiny spaces between the braces and the wires. When these substances are not removed, they can cause decay and enamel stains on the teeth. Caring for the mouth with braces takes a little more effort, but the end result is one that is worth showing off.

When wearing braces, it is best that you brush your teeth after every meal. Yes, this means carrying a tooth brush and tooth paste with you to school or to the office! By brushing after every meal, you will cut down on the particles left behind in the brackets and wires. You also need to use a floss threader at least once a day to thoroughly clean between the brackets and under the wires. Removing as much plaque and particles from the mouth will help prevent any damage to the teeth and gums while wearing braces. Your dentist or orthodontist will do a more thorough cleaning at each visit, but it will be extremely helpful to you and your doctor if you practice your fair share of oral hygiene at home. Avoiding foods that are likely to become trapped in the braces, such as popcorn, nuts, candy, and beef jerky is also beneficial to caring for your mouth.

Caring for the mouth with braces is very similar to caring for a mouth without braces, but it does require just a bit more effort. But if you are making the investment in braces to enhance your smile, putting a bit more effort into caring for your mouth should be an easy choice. Maintaining optimal oral health will help to ensure that after wearing braces for months and months, your teeth will be ready to show off!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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