Sensitive Teeth and Braces

Braces are more difficult to clean around, and poor oral care can lead to an irritated or receding gum line. To help prevent sensitivity, brush thoroughly after every meal and floss at least once a day.  When the underlying layer of your teeth becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue. The roots of your teeth, which are not covered by protective hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's nerve center. When exposed, these tubules allow hot or cold to stimulate the nerve in your tooth, causing the pain you feel. With sensitivity, you may feel pain when consuming hot, cold, or sweet drinks or food, or even when breathing cold air. It is normal for teeth to be temporarily sensitive after an adjustment, but let us know if you have chronically sensitive teeth.

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Orthodontics and Adults

Childhood is of course the ideal time to get treatment, since the mouth and jaws are still growing, but many adults still can get beautiful and lasting results which can be achieved discreetly and effectively with modern orthodontic appliances and technologies. Many adults understandably don’t like the way traditional braces look. These days, there are so many other options for braces that it’s possible for almost any patient to be treated effectively and efficiently. It should also be noted that the goal of orthodontic treatment (especially in adults) isn’t always limited to straightening teeth and/or correcting a bite. Teeth provide support for the lips and cheeks and help define your face. The relationship between the jaws, teeth, face, soft tissues, and underlying skeleton of the face are important, and your orthodontist takes this into account when designing a smile. Click here to learn more http://www.drtoddsmiles.com/orthodontic-services/braces-and-appliances/

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Broken Braces Bracket?

A broken braces bracket is a very common problem orthodontic patients can face when wearing traditional braces.

A broken braces bracket doesn't necessarily mean it's a dental emergency. Examine your mouth carefully and decide whether you need urgent attention or it can wait until your next scheduled appointment. They can brake for a number if reasons
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  • Sustaining an injury to your mouth
  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a toothpick
  • Flossing rough
If one of your brackets has broken, there are steps to ensure it can get fixed with no complications. Check to see if the wire is still attached to the bracket. If so, leave it in place. If it's attached and sticking out, press it gently back into position using a cotton swab. Use orthodontic wax to hold the broken bracket in place in your mouth until you can arrange to see your orthodontist.  If the bracket has come loose, remove it if you can easily and bring it with you for reattachment. Make an appointment with your orthodontist to have the bracket repaired. The urgency for seeing your specialist depends on how much discomfort you're experiencing and the degree of damage. Notify him or her as to whether you have the parts of the bracket with you. This will enable your orthodontist to be prepared to fix the bracket during your appointment. While you wait for the appointment, rinse your mouth regularly with salt water to promote healing, and eat soft foods such as boiled eggs, yogurt and fresh breads to avoid doing further damage to the bracket. Avoid hard, crunchy foods such as apples, raw carrots and sticky candies.

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Cleaning Invisalign Braces

Ask your orthodontist what method will work best for cleaning Invisalign braces.

Your Orthodontist will be the best option to answer to your questions about options so you can help keep your aligners fresh, clean and debris-free.

Invisalign Cleaning Systems

The company that manufactures these aligners also offers a professional cleaning system for proper Invisalign hygiene.  When used regularly, this solution can easily assist patients with removal of plaque and other debris from aligners.

Toothbrushes for Invisalign

There still is no substitute for a good, soft-bristled toothbrush. Of course regular aligner brushing is encouraged, but toothpaste is not recommended, this is because many toothpastes contain a myriad of abrasives known to cause scratches of other aesthetic irregularities in the aligners. Alternatively, patients can use a mix of water and dish washing detergent as a substitute.

Invisalign Soaking Solutions

Soaking solutions are obtainable at most pharmacies, but it’s advised that before using any type of solution all directions should be followed stringently. And, be certain to rinse away any excess before returning the aligners to your mouth.

Invisalign Cleaning Products

Yet another option available to Invisalign patients, these come in a variety of types including powders, tablets, foams and crystals. They also come packed with an oxidizing agent that works to remove stains while killing microorganisms as well as “chelating” solutions, detergents, dyes, enzymes, smells and more.

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Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

Braces are orthodontic appliances that you need to treat with care.  While sturdy, it still means that eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place is important. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your mouth hardware.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

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  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate
  • Caramel and gooey chocolate bars
  • Very sticky or chunky peanut butter

Use caution when eating:

  • Chewy bread such as bagels – tear into small pieces
  • Chips – eat them carefully and one at a time
  • Corn on the cob – cut off the cob
  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces
  • Soda and sugary drinks – avoid these whenever possible, as drinking too much can cause tooth decay

Also avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. Such as:

  • Raw vegetables
  • Croutons
  • French/Italian bread
  • Fruit
  • Hard rolls
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Meat
  • Burgers
  • Sub sandwiches
  • Corn on the cob

Finally, don't chew on any hard items such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails.

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