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It is natural to have a challenging time taking care of your teeth when you have braces. This is because of the increased possibility of food particles getting trapped and resulting in plaque. Likewise, this will expose you to some dental problems, which means that you need to be more persistent in observing your oral hygiene routine. Otherwise, it will ruin your teeth, gums, and beautiful smile.
Besides routine checkups and adjustments with your dentists here at the Art of Dentistry Danville in Danville, VA, Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston, here are some steps that you can take at home to care for your smile and braces.
Brushing and Flossing
Orthodontic treatment carries added responsibility when it comes to observing your oral hygiene routine. This means taking more time and attention when it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth. You likewise need to be extra gentle in doing this because you do not want to damage any of brackets or wires on your braces.
Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Instead of brushing at least twice a day, you need to make a habit of brushing after every meal. This reduces the risk of getting food bits stuck in your braces and saves your teeth from plaque and eventually tartar.
Flossing should also be done after every meal to ensure that your teeth, gums, and braces remain clean. Take extra care when flossing by carefully threading it between your teeth and the wire of the braces. Slowly work your way back and forth between the braces and your teeth. Applying excessive force when flossing may cause damage to the braces.
Time for a Dental Visit
Aside from the routine visits for the adjustments of your braces, you must also schedule a visit to your dentist in Danville, VA, if you experience significant pain or tightness. The discomfort should not be taken lightly because it could cause serious dental problems.
Immediate attention from your dentist is likewise required whenever you have broken brackets or wires. This ensures that you won’t become injured and that your orthodontic treatment stays on track.
For Any Questions or Concerns About Your Braces, Call Us
Call (434) 792-0700 to arrange an appointment with your dentists, Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston, here at the Art of Dentistry Danville in Danville, VA.
Tooth alignment problems don't have to affect your smile permanently. Braces, offered by your Danville, VA, dentists, Drs. Jessica Owens and Zachary Hairston of Art of Dentistry, straighten crooked teeth and improve your appearance.
Braces correct spacing issues
Braces can close gaps between teeth and eliminate crowding. Both traditional metal braces and clear Invisalign aligner trays slowly move teeth by exerting constant pressure on them.
Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth
Do you avoid smiling because your teeth are crooked? You're not alone. Many people feel a little self-conscious due to smile issues. Braces reposition crooked and overlapping teeth, giving you a very good reason to smile. Eliminating overlapping areas of teeth also makes it easier to remove cavity-causing plaque, which can help decrease your tooth decay risk.
Bite problems improve thanks to braces
Braces are frequently used to correct bite problems. The problem occurs when your upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly. Common bite problems include:
- Overbites: Your top teeth protrude over your bottom teeth if you have an overbite. An overbite isn't just an aesthetic issue. If you fall, you're more likely to injure your teeth. An overbite can also cause excessive wear on your top teeth and damage the gums.
- Underbites: Underbites occur when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. The problem can cause problems chewing and speaking and may be responsible for face or mouth pain.
- Crossbites: A crossbite happens when the upper teeth fall behind the lower teeth when chewing or the lower teeth fall behind the upper teeth. Not surprisingly, the problem can make it difficult to chew. If you compensate by moving your jaw around to force your teeth to meet, permanent changes to the bones in your jaw and face can occur.
- Open Bites: An open bite occurs when the back or front teeth don't meet when you chew and bite. This type of bite problem can also make chewing and speaking difficult and may even be a factor in swallowing problems.
Bites problems aren't always obvious. Although your teeth may be straight, you may still have a bite problem. Luckily, your dentist can identify bite problems and other orthodontic issues during your checkups in the Danville dental office.
Could your smile be improved with braces? Call your dentists in Danville, VA, Drs. Owens and Hairston of Art of Dentistry at (434) 792-0700 to schedule your appointment.
Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.
But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.
Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.
Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.
How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.
So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
Breathing: You hardly notice it unless you're consciously focused on it—or something's stopping it!
So, take a few seconds and pay attention to your breathing. Then ask yourself this question—are you breathing through your nose, or through your mouth? Unless we're exerting ourselves or have a nasal obstruction, we normally breathe through the nose. This is as nature intended it: The nasal passages act as a filter to remove allergens and other fine particles.
Some people, though, tend to breathe primarily through their mouths even when they're at rest or asleep. And for children, not only do they lose out on the filtering benefit of breathing through the nose, mouth breathing could affect their dental development.
People tend to breathe through their mouths if it's become uncomfortable to breathe through their noses, often because of swollen tonsils or adenoids pressing against the nasal cavity or chronic sinus congestion. Children born with a small band of tissue called a tongue or lip tie can also have difficulty closing the lips or keeping the tongue on the roof of the mouth, both of which encourage mouth breathing.
Chronic mouth breathing can also disrupt children's jaw development. The tongue normally rests against the roof of the mouth while breathing through the nose, which allows it to serve as a mold for the growing upper jaw and teeth to form around. Because the tongue can't be in this position during mouth breathing, it can disrupt normal jaw development and lead to a poor bite.
If you suspect your child chronically breathes through his or her mouth, your dentist may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to check for obstructions. In some cases, surgical procedures to remove the tonsils or adenoids may be necessary.
If there already appears to be problems brewing with the bite, your child may need orthodontic treatment. One example would be a palatal expander, a device that fits below the palate to put pressure on the upper jaw to grow outwardly if it appears to be developing too narrowly.
The main focus, though, is to treat or remove whatever may be causing this tendency to breathe through the mouth. Doing so will help improve a child's ongoing dental development.
If you would like more information on treating chronic mouth breathing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Trouble With Mouth Breathing.”
The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.
"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")
Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)
Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).
Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.
Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.
What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”