Some patients deal with multiple complications over the course of orthodontic treatment, many of which are totally avoidable. We urge our patients with good dental treatment and regular cleanings to be vigilant. It can lead to serious, and often permanent damage if consistent healthy dental habits are not emphasized.
The removal of minerals from the tooth surface around braces, caused by acid, is demineralization. A chalky white spot on your tooth can cause this loss, which can lead to a cavity.Gingivitis
The inflammation of the gums around the teeth is gingivitis. It is the first stage of gum disease, or periodontitis. Red, swollen gums that frequently bleed when brushing may identify gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible, but can cause permanent damage and even tooth loss if left untreated. With braces, flossing and cleaning near the gum line can be hard. For prevention, regular brushing and flossing are important.
When you ingest hot or cold foods, sensitivity is described by a sharp, almost stinging sensation. It happens when the tooth or teeth’s protective enamel has worn off, revealing the tooth’s nerve endings. Responsive teeth are also affected by vigorous brushing or lack of sufficient dental treatment and daily cleaning. It will help to avoid sensitive teeth by brushing after every meal and flossing regularly.
The mixture of saliva and food particles contributes to plaque, causing multiple problems ranging from decay to gum disease. The plaque forms acid in the presence of sugar, which erodes the enamel of the tooth and contributes to tooth decay. With regular brushing, flossing and frequent dental cleanings, if plaque is not routinely removed, it may turn it into tartar.
This shapes and hardens after plaque is left on the teeth. After 24 hours, tartar starts to form and can strike the gum line, under the gums, around braces and other orthodontic products. To combat tartar, consistent brushing and flossing is required.
The definition of braces can be daunting, but these common problems are short-lived and do not occur in all instances. Call us at 203-292-6644 if you have any questions or concerns.