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Why DIY Braces Are Dangerous

Posted in Braces

What’s the appeal of at-home or DIY braces?

For some people, it’s about saving money. For others, it just looks like a cool trick to try. Kids are especially vulnerable since they may get curious about the idea when they encounter it on their favorite vlog or social network.

Why not give the gap band trick a try? What could it hurt?

It could hurt your teeth themselves, for one thing.

Here’s why you should pass on DIY braces in favor of visiting an orthodontist in person.

You could kill your teeth.

Homemade bands and wires can damage tooth roots and gums. If not the teeth you want to straighten, other neighboring teeth can be permanently damaged.

You would have no idea what’s going on below the gums.

Do you know exactly how far and fast your teeth can safely move?

Orthodontics is a science of precision and requires dental x-rays to diagnose and plan treatment.

What’s more, you could have a serious condition causing teeth to go out of line. Without a professional exam, you may never know the actual cause.

You’d lack the expert advice and real-live support of dental professionals.

Even those send-away kits don’t quite fill the need. The only guaranteed safe way to realign your teeth is with the help of an experienced professional’s one-on-one supervision.

You can wind up spending more money on repairs than it costs to get regular braces.

Dental implant versus braces . . . bridge versus retainer . . . gum surgery versus orthodontic adjustment . . . you do the math and decide what your smile is worth.

So save your teeth and save your money. Talk with your dentist about safe and cost-effect braces options.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


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


Is It True That Braces Damage Your Teeth?

Posted in Braces

There is a lot of misinformation regarding orthodontic treatment. It’s news you hear from your next-door neighbor and stuff you read online.

If your dentist told you that you need braces, you might not be sure who to believe.

These facts may help you make a decision:

How Braces Affect Enamel

It’s a myth that the brackets cause your teeth to lose enamel. Rather, the cement is carefully popped off with special tools. Any remaining residue is gently buffed away with a low-power handpiece.

“White spots” only show up when plaque is left around the braces for a long time. You can avoid this simply by brushing well.

Do Braces Cause Gum Recession?

Sometimes, gums do recede near brackets, but this is also limited if your brackets are kept clean. Plaque-infested braces will irritate the gums.

What About Shortened Tooth Roots?

Shortened tooth roots do happen. However, this problem is not as severe as it sounds. Teeth can generally afford to lose a tiny bit of root structure at the tip and still work just fine. You’d never feel it!

Braces take advantage of a very natural process to move teeth. Your orthodontist will encourage tooth movement at a safe rate and regularly check your teeth on x-rays for signs of root resorption. If there’s anything suspicious, you’ll get a break from treatment.

In summary, there are no unpredictable risks of orthodontic treatment. Everything can be carefully monitored and managed, and you play a big role personally in preventing problems. The benefits of braces far outweigh the minor downsides.

To get a more complete picture of orthodontic treatment, schedule a visit with your local dentist or orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


How Can I Find A Good Orthodontist?

Posted in Orthodontics

Making the decision to have braces is a big step in your life!

Braces can make a huge difference in the health of your teeth and gums. They can improve the way you feel about your smile. Depending on the severity of your case, braces can even make it easier to talk and chew.

Who do you trust to get you the results you need? Choosing a board-certified orthodontist is an important matter.

Get Recommendations

Begin by talking with your general dentist about orthodontists available in your area. Your dentist will be familiar with local orthodontic offices and can give you the most detailed information you need. Your dentist will also help you out in understanding what your orthodontic needs could be.

Ask friends and family members for recommendations. People you trust who have had braces should be able to give you an honest opinion about the care they received.

Shop Around

Don’t limit yourself! It’s okay to have orthodontic evaluations in multiple offices. Getting a “second opinion” doesn’t hurt. Interview a few orthodontists to find the type of braces and a fit that works well for you.

Do online research, make phone calls, and visit the practices. Orthodontic treatment will require that you make many trips to one office during the process. You should enjoy whom you’re seeing!

Consider More Than Cost

Orthodontic treatment usually costs the same across the board. Your insurance may stipulate specific benefits. Cost tends to vary by region; depending upon need and demand, treatment will be more expensive in some locations than others.

Don’t let cost alone be your determining factor. The personality and policies of an office could be what make your decision for you. Financing plans are usually provided.

Get started today by contacting your dentist for recommendations.

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


3 Ways to Speed Up Your Orthodontic Treatment

Posted in Orthodontics

Once you’ve decided to straighten your smile – chances are, you want to know how long the entire process is going to take. For most of us, we want to finish our orthodontic treatment in as little time as necessary. Thankfully there are a few things you can keep in mind throughout the course of treatment in order to lessen the time that you spend wearing braces:

1. Keep Your Appointments

A visit every 4 to 6 weeks may not seem very often, but it’s easy to let time get away from you. If you find yourself missing or having to reschedule your appointments, it means your orthodontist isn’t able to make adjustments to your smile. Consistent rescheduling could drastically increase the length of time you wear your orthodontics, as it delays progression in treatment.

2. Wear Your Appliances as Directed

If you have rubber bands, an expander, or other type of appliance that is being used – follow directions accordingly. This ensures that the proper modification is being made to your bite, for the next phase of your treatment. Failing to remember these steps each day will prevent your teeth from being moved properly.

3. Avoid Hard, Crunchy, or Acidic Foods

A broken bracket or wire puts a damper on your entire day. Not only does it mean you have to work in a trip to your orthodontist’s office, but it also risks allowing teeth to shift out of place. Be sure to avoid hard or acidic foods that could cause your brackets to detach.

Ask your orthodontist about other options that might be available to see quicker results!

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

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