Tag Archives: Tooth Decay

Toothache While Wearing Braces

We all know that dental hygiene should be amongst your top priorities, especially when wearing braces. Dental caries forms much easier while in fixed orthodontics. It is critical to pay extra attention to brushing and flossing everyday during your orthodontic treatment.

If you are experiencing tooth pain it is usually, one of two things, either your teeth are sensitive after having the wires tightened or there is some kind of dental problem affecting the teeth. How do you know which one is the case, and what can you do to stop the pain?

When Braces Are Causing The Toothache
Adjustments or tightening are a necessary, yet sometimes painful occurrence when you wear braces. Braces tightening accomplishes the important goal of straightening your teeth. However, this places added pressure on your teeth and gums, which can cause some discomfort. While the exact reasons why braces tightening can hurt are unknown, changes to the locations of the teeth can affect blood flow in your body. This can also trigger an inflammatory response in your body, causing your body to release substances called prostaglandins that can trigger the body’s pain response. Continue reading

Common Dental Issues with Braces

dental bracesDuring the course of orthodontic treatment, some patients struggle with various problems, many of which are entirely avoidable. We encourage our patients to be diligent with proper dental care and routine cleanings. Failure to emphasize consistent healthy dental habits can lead to serious, and sometimes permanent, damage.

Demineralization
Demineralization is the loss of minerals from the tooth surface around braces, caused by acid. This loss will cause a chalky white spot on your tooth, which can lead to a cavity. Continue reading

Braces: Do I Really Need Them?

bracesPeople can benefit from orthodontic treatment at almost any age. Problems like crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and jaw pain can often be corrected through orthodontics. While there are several treatment options depending on your circumstances, braces are one of the most popular and effective treatments.

Esthetics And Confidence
Oftentimes, crowding, spacing, and protrusion make people feel insecure about their teeth. They are embarrassed to smile in photographs and in front of others. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can help correct these esthetic imperfections and give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.

Orthodontic Relapse
Orthodontic relapse is a condition where teeth slowly fall out of alignment following treatment. This usually compels people to return to a practice for another round of orthodontic treatment to correct it. At Fairfield County Orthodontics, we make sure that after our patients have finished their treatment and understand the importance of wearing retainers to minimize the risk of relapse. Continue reading