Tag Archives: Oral Hygiene

Invisalign: What You Need to Know

If you want straighter teeth without having to deal with embarrassing metal brackets and wires, Invisalign offers a wonderful alternative. Wearing Invisalign is not difficult, but there are a few things you should be aware of to ensure you progress through the treatment without any delays.

Wear For 20 To 22 Hours Every Day

We suggest that you continue to wear your Invisalign aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours each day. You can remove your trays throughout the day to eat, and even before special speaking engagements you might have at school or work. Invisalign makes it easy to live your life while working on the beautiful, more straighter smile you deserve. Continue reading

Prevention of Caries: Essential for Patients With Dental Braces

cariesHaving braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Per Day
This is a given, but if you have braces you should be brushing your teeth on a daily basis, and multiple times throughout the day. Not only do you need to make sure you are brushing, but there are also “best practices” for brushing your teeth, including brushing above and below your hardware, as well as along your gum line. Some orthodontists recommend you brush your teeth as many as four times per day, including after each meal and one additional brushing before going to bed. Continue reading

Brushing with Braces

brushing with bracesOral hygiene is an essential component of our overall health and cleanliness. If you have braces, it becomes even more important, as food and plaque can become trapped between the wires and your teeth.

People with orthodontic braces require special and more detailed oral hygiene care as extra material or appliances fitted in the mouth acts as food and plaque trap. Although orthodontic appliances are extremely useful in straightening teeth, having braces will indefinitely make it harder to maintain standard oral hygiene care practices as extra effort is required to clean around the brackets and wire. Improper removal of plaque and food debris or poor oral hygiene care practices can make some people particularly susceptible to dental problems such as gingivitis and dental caries. Continue reading

Self-Ligating Braces or Conventional Braces: Which Treatment is Better?

bracesOrthodontic technology has made many advancements over the past decade. There are many significant differences between self-ligating braces and conventional braces. Overall, self-ligating braces treatment process is far shorter from start to finish than the conventional braces approach.

What Are Self-ligating Braces?
Self-ligating braces are placed much like conventional braces, with the exception of ligature. No elastic or rubber bands or metal ties are present because they are not needed. Instead, special clips or brackets are used to help the arch wire move your teeth into place. The clips allow greater freedom of tooth movement, thereby they might reduce discomfort that is sometimes associated with traditional ligature. A simple adjustment is made to the brackets or clips, which saves time and causes less discomfort during routine visits with your orthodontist. Continue reading

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisible bracesInvisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Invisalign is a great method for improving your smile, and can help with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more. Invisalign aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. People do not have to know you are wearing them unless you care to share that information. Continue reading

Life After Braces: How to Maintain a Beautiful Smile!

Healthy smile with bracesWhen braces or other orthodontics are first removed, most people feel a sense of freedom and relief. However, it is very important to maintain your oral hygiene routine after the braces have been removed. To maintain your new smile, a lifetime of good, preventative oral care will be required. If you choose not to follow oral care recommendations provided by orthodontist, or do not wear your retainer, your teeth can revert back to their original location.

Oral Hygiene – Maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine is essential for a healthy mouth. Preventing tooth decay, bacteria and plaque buildup will reduce the chances that teeth will have issues in the future. A good oral hygiene routine will increase confidence and keep your smile beautiful. Continue reading