- Drink more water.
We all know that water is good for you – it keeps you hydrated and can keep you from overeating at meals. But drinking fluoridated water is even better, whether it’s from the tap or bottled with fluoride added to it. This mineral is excellent at aiding the prevention of cavities, and it’s been found that fluoridating the community water supply reduces tooth decay by 25 percent in both kids and adults. Additionally, drinking water helps flush away the sugars and debris that remain on your teeth after snacking or meals.
- Eat teeth-friendly foods.
Foods that contain high-quality protein, such as lean meats, eggs, fish, cheese, or dry beans are the best choices for a healthy mouth, along with whole grains, low-sugar bread and cereals, and fruits and vegetables. The American Dental Association recommends that fruits and vegetables make up about half of your plate since chewing firm, coarse, watery, and fibrous foods stimulates the flow of saliva, which facilitates digestion and reduces the amount of food debris left in your mouth after eating.
- Improve your brushing and flossing routine.
First off, make sure you have the right equipment. If you’ve been using your toothbrush for more than three or four months, it’s time to replace it. Don’t remember when you started using it? If the bristles are frayed, it’s time to replace. Speaking of bristles, many people tend to use toothbrushes with bristles that are too hard for them. This can result in damage to the teeth or gums. When you get a new toothbrush, try using a soft-bristled one that fits comfortably in your mouth, and make sure you’re not brushing too hard.
If you’re not flossing, start now! Brushing alone can’t get to all the surfaces of your teeth, where sneaky bits of food debris might remain and feed the bacteria that can do damage to your teeth. And don’t forget your tongue. Brush it or use a tongue scraper to make sure you have minty-fresh breath.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Self-ligating braces are an innovative, technologically advanced type of braces. Although they look similar to conventional braces, they use self-ligating brackets that eliminate the need for elastic ties. Conventional braces need these elastics to control the tension of the archwires. Periodically, the wires are adjusted to move the teeth.
When you have self-ligating braces, the brackets are designed to hold the archwire in place with a specially designed clip. The low-profile contour of the bracket allows the archwire to move smoothly in the clip, and during treatment, each tooth slides into place gradually. Self-ligating brackets are designed to speed treatment and improve overall comfort during the process. Both metal and ceramic self-ligating brackets are available so that you can choose the system that best fits your needs.
There are many benefits. You will need fewer appointments to make adjustments, and the improved efficiency of your braces will result in a shorter treatment time. Lower-profile brackets often equal greater oral comfort for many patients, too.
If you are interested in learning more about your orthodontic treatment options, we can help. Call our offices today to schedule your consultation with our team.
Orthodontic treatment is used to fix malocclusions and misalignments. If your bite is not aligned properly or your teeth are crooked, you could benefit from treatment. We can help you decide if braces or another type of treatment is right for you.
At your consultation, our dentists can diagnose your orthodontic problems and determine the best treatments for you. Orthodontics will work by gradually shifting your teeth into position. Whether you wear braces or clear aligners, the appliances will apply pressure to your teeth.
The pressure moves your teeth gradually, and the bone will adjust. The bone in the pathway of the tooth is broken down to make room for the tooth, and new bone will form to fill in the space your tooth once occupied. The periodontal ligament adjusts to properly support the tooth.
As the position of your teeth adjusts, your bite will improve. This creates a more balanced jaw. It can improve your oral health by making it easier for you to brush and floss. You might even find that it is easier to bite, chew and speak. With proper treatment, your teeth will function better, and they will look better.
Whether you choose conventional braces, clear braces or an aligner system, orthodontic treatment can transform your smile and improve your dental health. Good dental hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy and maximize your results regardless of the system you choose. Call today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
Lingual braces were first developed in the 1980s, and several brands are available. They are similar to conventional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are designed to attach to the backs, or tongue side of the teeth. They are not visible when you smile. They are customized according to your needs and are typically worn for the same amount of time that metal braces would be worn.
The design of lingual braces is more than just discreet. These braces are also less likely to lead to post-treatment discoloration or demineralization, and they are versatile enough to treat crossbite, crowding, gapped teeth, crossbites and underbites. Unlike Invisalign, another virtually invisible orthodontic option, they can even treat complex bite problems.
You might be a candidate for these braces if you are an adult or teen whose permanent teeth have fully erupted. Most patients will adapt to orthodontic treatment quickly, but the location of these braces can take a little adjustment since they are on the tongue side of the teeth. Your orthodontic appointments might also take longer since the adjustments can be slightly more complex.
Call our dental office today to find out if lingual brackets are right for you or to schedule an appointment.
Do you often find yourself hiding your smile when meeting new people or having your picture taken? Are you embarrassed about the way your teeth look? Orthodontics can fix your smile, but if you want to avoid the look and feel of braces, clear aligners might be a better fit. Our orthodontist can help you decide if clear aligners are the right choice for you.
Invisalign aligners are made of strong, durable plastic and are custom fit to your teeth. They can be removed, so there are no restrictions on your diet. You can also take your aligners out when brushing and flossing for an extra clean smile. Wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day to keep your teeth moving in the right direction, and change them every two weeks. Most people can complete their course of treatment in about 12 to 18 months.
You might be a candidate for clear aligners if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gapped teeth or crowded teeth. For the best results, your teeth and gums should be healthy and free of any untreated dental disease, and the underlying structures should also be healthy. Your jawbone should be finished growing. Call the team at Antoine Dental Center today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
Hippocrates was the first to describe orthodontic problems around 400 B.C., but the roots of modern orthodontics extend all the way back to ancient Egypt. Archaeologists have found mummies with metal bands attached to their smiles, and believe these were crude attempts to move teeth. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used metal bands to attempt to straighten teeth while Pliny the Elder, who lived in the first century A.D., recommended filing teeth to make them appear straighter and more uniform.
These early advances were largely forgotten until the 18th century, when French dentist Pierre Fauchard created a metal strip that he called a bandeau, which was designed to force teeth to move. In the U.S., J.S. Gunnell created a form of headgear that put pressure on teeth to move the jaw. As the world hurtled towards the 20th century, the field of orthodontics began changing rapidly. In 1880, Edward Hartley Angle identified and defined malocclusions and ways to address them using a variety of orthodontic appliances, largely by wrapping wires around individual teeth.
It took nearly one hundred years for dentists to develop effective dental adhesives that allowed brackets to be attached directly to the surface of the teeth, rather than wires to be wrapped around teeth. Stainless steel began to be used in place of silver and gold, and technology rapidly advanced as lingual and ceramic braces gave patients even more options when it came to straightening their smiles aesthetically.
Today, patients can choose from many orthodontic appliances, including clear aligners and conventional orthodontics, to create their dream smiles. Call our office today to learn more.
TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are implants placed before braces and removed afterwards. The purpose of these devices can vary, but the goal is generally to ease more complex tooth movements. Here is more about temporary anchorage devices and the ways that patients benefit from them.
Overview of Temporary Anchorage Devices
These devices are much like permanent dental implants, but they are used for mounting braces instead of replacing teeth. They are essentially titanium-alloy screws, and they are placed in the jaw during a short procedure at our office. As soon as bite correction is complete, our orthodontist removes the devices during another short appointment. Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation options, these procedures are comfortable for patients.
Why Temporary Anchorage Devices Are Used
Several goals are supported by temporary anchorage devices. For example, these devices may be advised for uprighting molars, closing larger spaces between teeth and moving teeth downwards into the gums. Particularly for the most severe bite irregularities, temporary anchorage devices can speed treatment by preventing movement of other teeth in the process. At the same time, these devices can eliminate the need for unsightly orthodontic appliances, such as headgear, which many patients prefer to avoid. In some cases, using temporary anchorage devices can let patients avoid surgery.
Temporary anchorage devices are convenient, effective additions to braces treatment for many patients. These devices can shorten and simplify bite correction for patients who need them. To learn more about temporary anchorage devices and their benefits, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Self-ligating braces, such as Damon braces, have different brackets from those of conventional braces. As a result, they offer impressive benefits related to treatment speed, comfort, and other factors. Below is a look at how this popular treatment works and what it offers patients of all ages.
Overview of These Braces
This treatment uses self-ligating brackets, which are smaller than conventional brackets. Thanks to self-ligation, these newer brackets let the arch wire move freely. This is a key feature compared to conventional braces, which are designed to accommodate rubber bands that hold the arch wire stationary.
How Self-Ligation Works
The smaller size of self-ligating brackets means that this treatment is more discreet, making it a good choice for patients who do not want their braces to be obvious. Thanks to the moving wires, patients enjoy more comfort throughout treatment. This is particularly true after placement and tightening visits. Finally, patients benefit from the faster treatment that self-ligating provides. Depending on the bite irregularities involved, patients may receive significant reductions in the time required for a new smile.
On top of the smaller size offered, many self-ligating options, such as Damon braces, can be made with ceramic brackets. As a result, recipients get an even greater improvement in discretion when they choose self-ligation. Because self-ligating brackets do not use aligners, a broader range of patients are candidates for this treatment compared to Invisalign. Patients who want to learn more about self-ligating orthodontics can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.
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Propel orthodontics make it easier for braces to straighten teeth, resulting in faster results for patients. The way Propel works is through alveocentesis, which essentially involves stimulation of growth in the tissues that hold teeth stationary. Below, you can read more about Propel and its benefits.
What Propel Does
Acceleration of bite correction with Propel is achieved by making small perforations in the alveolar bone surrounding teeth. This was once only done with surgery, which required a healing period afterwards. Propel is a simple procedure that eliminates the need for recovery and works with all types of braces. Depending on the patient, Propel may reduce total treatment time by half or more.
The Propel Instrument
Our dentist uses a patented handheld instrument to perform Propel treatments. Each session is performed with a new instrument tip, ensuring safety for patients. The instrument is also calibrated specifically for the individual and the bite corrections that they need.
Candidacy for Propel
About four out of five patients are candidates for Propel. Because Propel reduces orthodontic treatment time so much, it can be especially beneficial for patients who have severe bite irregularities. However, any patient is likely to prefer shorter treatment time when possible.
Propel is performed in short sessions and does not require patients to wear anything unusual during their braces treatment. Therefore, it can be a great choice with discreet braces, as well as more conventional options. Patients can contact our orthodontist to learn more about Propel treatment at our dental office.
Osteoperforation is the practice of making small perforations in the bone that supports the teeth in order to speed orthodontic changes. In the past, similar effects were only achieved with surgery, which required a healing period. Propel, the method our dentist uses for making these perforations, can be combined with any type of braces for faster results.
What Propel Achieves
By making perforations in the alveolar bone, Propel causes the tissues to release large amounts of cytokines, or inflammatory molecules. The cytokines cause the bone to remodel much more quickly during braces treatment. In fact, treatment time can be reduced by half or more depending on the patient.
How Propel Is Performed
Patients receiving Propel visit our dentist for a short appointment at the beginning of orthodontic treatment. Our dentist applies local anesthetic and uses the Propel device, calibrated for the individual, to make small perforations in the gums. No recovery time is required, so Propel is very convenient for all patients.
About eighty percent of patients can receive Propel with their orthodontic treatment. While patients with the most severe bite irregularities may benefit the most from Propel, other patients can also frequently use the process for an even faster route to a better, healthier smile.
The majority of patients can get Propel to reduce treatment time with metal braces, Invisalign and other orthodontics. At a consultation with our dentist, patients can learn more about the Propel process and find out if they are candidates for this treatment.