Welcome to November, the month of gratitude. While November comes with joyful festivities, like harvest and thanksgiving, orthodontists use this month to also bring awareness to mouth cancer. An integral part of gratitude is being actively responsible, which includes constantly educating oneself on ways in which to keep the mind, body and soul healthy, because prevention is better than cure.
Adjusting to life with braces can be challenging; the last thing you want to worry about is having your braces come off and being left with discolored teeth from where your brace brackets used to be. With the proper care, you can maintain your pearly whites throughout the duration of your orthodontics. Follow the below tips and tricks from Orthodontic Specialists of White Plains for a smile that you will love!
The lazy but ideal response to tips on how to care for your mouth/teeth on Halloween would be a generic “Stay away from candy!!” alongside other basic dental hygiene tips. However, we are orthodontists, not party poopers, so we’re going to provide some practical tips which would allow you to fully participate in Halloween activities without compromising your oral hygiene.
A common question in the orthodontics community is whether or not you have to give up tea, coffee and other hot beverages or food items such as soup.
Working towards a perfect smile is hard work; and with all of the time, money and effort it takes to achieve your goal, the last thing you want to do is ruin all of your hard work. To help you out, the dental professionals at Orthodontic Specialists of White Plains have put together a list of foods to avoid when you have braces. Follow our tips below!
Brushing our teeth twice daily with a clean toothbrush and the best toothpaste we can lay our hands on is the most thought we give to our dental hygiene. We are also generally aware that taking care of our oral hygiene is important to stop issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Just like any investment you will make preventative care is much less expensive. Your car is just like your home, and it's true for your teeth. Your teeth hygiene can affect your overall health and well be - and the cost of neglect in this area can't be measured. There are many other benefits of excellent dental health.
Without good oral hygiene a yellowish tint will start to develop on our teeth, known as bio-film. A bio-film is any group of micro-organisms in which cells stick together like a unit; this behavior causes a build-up of harmful bacteria. Their unrestrained growth can lead to cavities and gum infection. With orthodontic braces, it becomes more tedious to perform oral cleanliness but definitely not impossible! It will take a little extra effort and time on your part to keep your teeth clean.
Did you know that retainers, when worn in the correct manner, could help any speech impediment you may have? Therefore, you must make it a habit of wearing the retainers correctly such that you do not lose them. If your kids are concerned, then you need to be extra cautious while handling their respective retainers. Your child must understand its importance and thus, encourage them to wear the retainers at all times.
Much to our surprise according to the American Hygienist Association, Teens have ore challenges with dental health then younger children. You would find it easier to believe younger children would face more challenges with keeping their teeth healthy. After all younger children are known to devour sour patch kids and any other sweets they can get their hands on. However this is simply not true.
Not as common as a Palatal Expander, but still very effective, we have the Mara appliance. The Mara is known to correct over jets (over bites, as we like to call them). Mara’s fall into the fixed appliance category, as you are not able to remove it on your own.