Brushing Your Teeth With Braces

When you have Braces, you should brush your teeth every time you eat.  Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed and with braces, it is even more important.  When you have braces, the wires and brackets create additional places for plaque to hide.  When plaque attaches to your braces and teeth, it can cause cavities, bad breath, swollen gums and stain marks on your teeth.  Brushing twice per day is important, but you should also clean between your teeth with floss at least once every day. After flossing, brush your teeth and braces until they’re clean and shiny.Brookfield ortodontics, ortodontists, braces,brookfield The best time to do this thorough cleaning is at night, right before you go to bed. Also, make sure to continue to see your dentist regularly every six months, or more often if your orthodontist recommends it. Your dentist and hygienist will not only make sure your mouth and teeth are clean, but will also make sure all your braces, brackets and wires are intact and working effectively. An end-rounded bristle toothbrush works well for brushing braces, and your dentist might prescribe fluoride toothpaste to help you fight tooth decay even more. Brush gently but thoroughly. If your braces look clean and shiny and if you can see the edges of the brackets clearly, you’ve done a good job.  Make sure to rinse your mouth after brushing with water, or with a mouth rinse.  Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge. A floss threader may help. Ask your orthodontist for any recommendations on brushes or flossing tools that may help.

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Ways to Make Sure That You And Your Braces Will Get Along

Now that you have Braces, its time to make sure that you become friends since you will be together for the next few months or years.  Here are some recommendations to make sure the two of you will get along. Avoid sticky or hard foods.  Caramel, Toffee, Gum, Hard Candy and other sticky treats.  Sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire so it is best to just avoid them when you can. Switch your eating habits.  If you are used to taking large bites with your front teeth, you may want to change.  Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage.  It is best to cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. Floss,  Flossing around your braces can be annoying but it is the best way to prevent gum disease and other problems.  It only takes a few minutes a day to ensure that you don't face any dental issues when your braces come off. Brush, brush, and brush some more.  The most important thing to do with braces is to brush your teeth often.  Food gets stuck in the teeth and brackets where bacteria lives in your mouth.  Brushing is imperative to avoid cavities, decalcification, an other issues.  Even if you don't have braces you want to brush, but when undergoing orthodontic treatment it makes it absolutely vital to brush your teeth often. If you are ready to take the next step in your journey to straighter teeth,  Give us a call!  

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Traditional Braces or Invisalign

Traditional braces make use of metal wires to move the position of your teeth while Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to help move your teeth into proper position.  Both Traditional braces and Invisalign are great at correcting issues caused by crooked teeth. Traditional dental braces will use use a system of metal brackets and wires that, when properly used, can properly align and straighten your teeth.  Even the most difficult and complicated issues for tooth alignment can be corrected using traditional metal braces.  Orthodontist, ortodontics, Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays that are worn 24 hours a day with normal changes in the tray every two weeks.  X-rays, pictures and impressions are use to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth to configure your aligner trays.    The bi weekly changes have minor adjustments that slowly move your teeth into position.  Since these trays are clear plastic, they are almost invisible when worn.  Most people with more complex dental issues still prefer to use traditional dental braces.  Your Orthodontist will be able to offer you the best option for your specific needs. So are traditional braces better then invisalign?  It really comes down to deciding what the specific need is.  Depending on what each individual patient needs is the best way to determine the best option.  Certain issues with your back teeth, or the need to rotate teeth or move them vertically can make Traditional braces your only option.  Your Orthodontist will recommend the most effective solution to perfect your smile.

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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Why do teeth become crooked?

Here are some common causes of why our teeth can become crooked.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking puts pressure on your teeth forcing them to move into different positions.  When this occurs, the most common result is an open bite where you will have a gap between your upper and lower teeth causing them to not bite together.


As we get older our teeth can drift forward and become crowded as your jaw bone looses density.Brookfield Orthodontist, Braces, Brookfield, WI

Missing Teeth

The position of the teeth around a gap where a missing tooth used to be can cause them to drift towards the open spaces.

Inherited or Genetics

Parents with crooked teeth are more likely to have children with crooked teeth.

Poorly executed Dental Restorations

Poor fitting or executed restorations like fillings and crowns can cause teeth to become crooked. There are many reasons as to why teeth can become crooked,  luckily, with modern Orthodontics we are able to correct these issues.   Feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation.  

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Do I need a referral from a Dentist for Braces?

My child has really crooked teeth. Do I need a dentist to refer my child to see you?

Nope! No dental referral is needed to see Dr. Connell for your free initial consultation.Orthodontist, ortodontics,

Initial Consultation for Phase 1 Treatment  (Pre- Braces)

This free consultation is simply to evaluate the alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws, sometimes using an x-ray to get a better idea. We take a playful approach for our youngest patients, ensuring they feel safe and comfortable, and don’t have any worries about their future smile. And we want to address your concerns, too, making sure you feel confident in the process.

If any early treatment is needed that would make having braces easier, we’ll talk about it with you, and perhaps make an appropriate follow-up appointment.

Schedule your initial consultation. It’s Free!

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