Metal braces are the most common type for orthodontic patients. Even though metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past they cause many lifestyle changes and challenges, such as difficulties when chewing or speaking. These may affect a person’s self-esteem as well. Metal braces require an orthodontist to place brackets and wires on your teeth to align them. The placement of these brackets and wires can make it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. While there are challenges in wearing metal braces, there is no denying their benefits, as well. Continue reading
How many of us have heard that ‘too much sugar will rot your teeth’ while growing up? It’s one of the most common phrases uttered by parents to deter their kids from sucking on sweets and sipping sugary juices all day. And while reducing sugar intake definitely helps prevent tooth decay, it is not merely enough to help kids develop good dental hygiene habits.
Here are 4 ways you can help your kid develop healthy habits for taking care of their teeth!
1. Talk to Them
Do you sometimes wonder why kids are irritated by the thought of stopping play time to go and stick a plastic brush with some paste into their mouth twice a day? Continue reading
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having straight teeth extend far beyond a beautiful and confident smile. Apart from the aesthetic benefits of braces, there are also a number of health benefits that patients will experience. In many cases, patients with orthodontic issues may not be aware of the dangers associated with improper or misaligned teeth. As a result, patients can receive a wealth of benefits, ranging from personal confidence to improved dental and overall health.
Common Issues With Crowded Teeth
Crowded or crooked teeth, or ones that overlap each other, are a great opportunity for bacteria to firmly embed themselves in those hard to reach gaps and overlaps. The avid teeth cleaner may have difficulty manipulating the tooth brush or floss into those tight spaces. Bacteria cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Left untreated, Continue reading
Invisalign is a great way to straighten misaligned teeth that have shifted over time without having to go through wearing unsightly metal braces. Straight teeth may be more aesthetically pleasing, but there are also a number of health benefits to having beautiful straight teeth. When you have straight teeth, you will have a more confident smile and improved dental health. Invisalign not only gives you a beautiful smile, but reduces your risk for gum disease, cavities, and other oral conditions.
Invisalign Leads To Healthier Gums And teeth
Red and red swollen gums often occur when teeth are misaligned. Teeth that are too close together are difficult to keep clean, causing gums to become inflamed. Unfortunately, this is also often the signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are aligned correctly, gums are flush firmly around teeth without leaving spaces open to infection or being overcrowded to the point of decay and pain. Invisalign is a comfortable clear aligner system which gently shifts your teeth toward a healthier position.
Crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss.
Wearing teeth braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, conventional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable and can be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them. Invisalign clear braces are a great alternative. Here are three reasons why one might wish to choose Invisalign over conventional metal braces: Continue reading
Nothing is more attractive than a smile with perfectly aligned, sparkling teeth. Improving your appearance can boost your self-esteem, and that is certainly a valid reason for wanting to fix your teeth. Teeth that are misaligned may lead to problems that not only affect your dental health but also your general well being.
When you have straight teeth, they are easier to clean. In contrast, crooked crowded teeth provide hiding places for food debris, which can increase your chances for accumulating bacteria and plaque. As this bacteria builds up, it hardens into plaque and eventually tarter. The opposite is also true. Having too much space between teeth can also result in larger pieces of food getting lodged between teeth. This means cavities and gum disease are more likely to happen. Continue reading
Healthy teeth are largely considered the foundation for a beautiful smile, but not everyone is fortunate enough to be born with perfectly straight teeth. For many adults and image-conscious adolescents, the idea of wearing traditional metal braces to correct a crooked smile simply is not appealing. We offer a cosmetically preferable alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment in the form of Invisalign clear braces.
Will Invisalign Work For Me?
The Invisalign clear braces system has quickly become the preferred method to effectively straighten teeth for countless teens and adults in America, and it is not difficult to see why. Rather than utilizing bulky metal brackets and wires to gradually ease teeth into their proper positions, Invisalign incorporates customized clear plastic aligners that fit your unique dentition precisely. The aligners are comfortable, virtually invisible, and can be quickly and easily removed for eating, cleaning, and brushing your teeth. Continue reading
It is imperative that meticulous oral hygiene be maintained during any orthodontic treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment is an important part of wearing braces, but it’s a problem for many patients. With your braces, it is important to spend a little extra time when you brush your teeth. Remember, you must still floss your teeth. It will take a little longer at first but keeping the area between your teeth clean will ensure that your teeth become straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic appliance such as retainers or Invisalign then you can brush your appliance with a toothbrush. Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth, and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. The brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. If plaque is not carefully and consistently removed from your teeth and around your braces, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, enamel scarring and bad breath. Continue reading
In order to keep your teeth in mint-condition under your braces, it is imperative to brush and floss. Brushing is extremely important, but even after we brush food remains lodged between our teeth. This causes a buildup of plaque which can only be removed with dental floss.
What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
With or without braces the consequences of not flossing add up quickly. For starters, after food remains on your teeth for a certain period of time it hardens and turns into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist. Tarter will build up at a much faster rate under braces, where particles can hide for extensive periods of time unseen and unbothered. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early form of gum disease directly linked to tartar buildup. Continue reading
Invisalign 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