Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

foods to avoid while wearing bracesHaving braces can be a lot of fun, but they do require a little bit of work on your part. There are things you need to know about properly taking care of your braces and appliances to prevent damage and keep your treatment on schedule. Braces don’t have to be a hassle, if you are mindful of what you are eating throughout treatment you can avoid a lot of trouble. Sure it is tough to give up certain foods, but it will all be worth it in the end when you have those gorgeous teeth you’ve always wanted! Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if your braces stay intact. Here is a look at the foods you should stay away from when you’re wearing braces.

Tough Foods
Harder foods can damage your braces and that is the last thing you want. Avoid tough stuff like peanut brittle, hard candies, pretzels, pizza crust, popcorn, corn on the cob, bagels, ice, or anything else that may damage or get stuck in your braces. Continue reading Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

Keeping Your Braces Clean

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.

Brushing
Use a soft bristled tooth brush (manual or electric). Make sure you brush above and below the arch wires and at the gum line. Try and brush after every meal. Continue reading Keeping Your Braces Clean

The importance of Early Intervention

Depositphotos_11552083_s-300x200Early orthodontic intervention is an initial phase of orthodontic treatment that will benefit a secondary phase of orthodontic treatment with braces when all permanent teeth are in.
Some children present with signs of orthodontic problems that need to be addressed around seven years old or sometimes even earlier. Orthodontic treatment of children as young as six or seven years old is called Interceptive Orthodontics.

One advantage of having children screened for possible orthodontic problems is that, if caught early, orthodontic treatment can be started while the jaw bone is still growing and teeth are still exfoliating and erupting. At this stage of mixed dentition it is easier to address certain problems such as crowding. Another positive aspect of early intervention is that it helps permanent teeth to come in better positions so if braces are still needed after all permanent teeth are in, this second phase of orthodontic treatment will be easier and shorter. Continue reading The importance of Early Intervention

Early Orthodontic Treatment will Boost your Child’s Self-Esteem

Depositphotos_21361347_s-300x199A lot of parents think about getting their children orthodontic treatment, only in the most severe cases, where they are facing eating or speaking problems. While there are definitely a lot of health issues and also benefits involved in orthodontic treatment, many parents neglect the fact that it’s not always health alone, but also their kid’s appearance that matters.

Children can be subject to significant psychological problems due to aesthetical issues and the earlier they are treated, the better it will be for them as they grow up. Getting children regularly examined for the development of any extra growth or misalignments in their dental structure will help detect bite problems at an early age and get them treated more effectively.

Smile is an important part of anyone’s appearance and it reflects the image of a person. Children with a “bad” smile can develop inferiority complexes and low self-esteem issues that can potentially haunt them till a much later age. Protruded or misaligned teeth can also make children susceptible to several oral diseases as well. Continue reading Early Orthodontic Treatment will Boost your Child’s Self-Esteem

Why You Should Get Orthodontic Treatment

Depositphotos_31884109_s-300x219What can the right orthodontic treatment do for you? Provide you with the radiant smile you have always dreamed of! There is no reason to put up with crooked teeth any longer. You can have them straightened easily by visiting an orthodontist today. Think of your smile as being one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.

Thanks to advanced dental technologies it is now very easy to have orthodontic issues resolved. Procedures take less time, recovery periods are shorter and you will be returning to your everyday activities quickly. These are some really great reasons to see an orthodontist today!

What other issues can an orthodontist treat? Missing teeth, impacted teeth, teeth that are spaced to far apart, overcrowded teeth and bad bites can all be corrected with the right care. Dr Mark Feinberg or Feinberg Orthodontics in Shelton, CT could be the perfect fit for you, if you are having any of these issues. Continue reading Why You Should Get Orthodontic Treatment

Gummy Smiles: What Are My Treatment Options?

gummy-300x197When most people smile, you see a row of teeth that look beautiful and full. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case for some and they have what is known as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are when you smile and there are only a small row of teeth and mainly gums. There are two causes for gummy smiles and they both can be treated using different dental procedures. One of the first steps for you to take would be to visit the dentist and get a diagnosis and best treatment option that happens to be available to you.

Visiting the dentist is going to help you figure out what is the best treatment option for you. Your dental professional will be able to take x-rays and figure out what needs to be done if you are looking for a fuller and more pronounced smile. Believe it or not, many people have the problem of a gummy smile and many of them are taking care of it using a variety of different procedures. It is up to you to decide with your dentist which one is best suited for you. Continue reading Gummy Smiles: What Are My Treatment Options?