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Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

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Brushing Too Often or Too Hard

Getting braces like Invisalign is one of the best ways to enhance and protect your smile, providing a lifetime benefit. However, some people with dental hardware get over zealous in caring for their teeth during orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t overdo it

Everyone should brush daily with appropriate equipment like a clean toothbrush and dental floss. However, you don’t need to spend five or ten minutes at it. Dentists and orthodontists often recommend brushing for one to two minutes at a time. Check with your orthodontist to find out his or her recommendation for brushing while wearing braces.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces

When you brush your teeth, it is just as important to brush the inner surfaces to remove food debris that can turn into hardened plaque. If you can’t remember to brush your teeth’s inner surfaces, then begin by turning your toothbrush to the backside of your teeth first before cleaning the outer surfaces.

Make Sure to Brush the Inner Surface of Each Tooth

When you visit an orthodontist, they will notice right away that you have not been brushing the inner surfaces of your teeth because there will be a buildup of tartar on your teeth. Failing to remove plaque from the backs of your teeth while you are wearing Invisalign aligners or braces will lead to having bad breath or gingivitis. Straightening

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How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available in 2000, it opened up new possibilities for patients to achieve the straightest, healthiest smile with less impact to their daily life during treatment. Before that time, the only option for patients with crooked teeth or bite issues was traditional metal hardware.

Today, the aligner system has become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care nationwide. In particular, professional adults and teens tend to favor aligners because they are less visible to colleagues and peers. However, traditional orthodontic treatment also continues to be a popular choice and offers some types of benefits no other system can yet provide.

In this post, learn how Invisalign and traditional braces are different and how to select the treatment approach that best serves your needs or the needs of your child or teen.

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How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

The very nature of an emergency is that it is unexpected. While no orthodontic professional or patient ever enjoys being part of an orthodontic emergency, there is no escaping the fact that they do happen.

When an emergency situation occurs for you or a family member being treated, it is critical to know what to do. Many times, an orthodontic emergency will relate to a malfunction in the orthodontic hardware itself. At other times, the emergency may be situational in nature, such as an injury during an athletic activity.

In this article, learn more about how to handle orthodontic emergencies before they actually arise.

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