Words of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay Fresh

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If you want to have fresh breath instead of having halitosis, then it is essential to brush your teeth after eating. Experts recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but it is a good idea to perform oral hygiene more often. In addition to using a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth, make sure to have a specialized tongue scraper to get rid of additional bacteria. If your teeth are spaced too closely together, then it is time to visit an orthodontist for an examination to determine if you need to wear Invisalign aligners.

Keep Your Breath Fresh By Brushing Your Teeth

Clear plastic aligners are designed for repairing mild malocclusions of your teeth in less than a year. An orthodontist will use computer imaging software to create an assortment of aligners that will shift your teeth into the proper positions. You must wear each set of aligners for two weeks before switching to a new set. It is imperative to remove your aligners while consuming food, and after finishing a meal, you should brush your teeth immediately. This will keep your breath fresh, but in addition, you must use floss to clean your teeth.

Straighten Your Teeth

At McDermott Orthodontics in Minnesota, we have an orthodontist who can help you understand how to brush and floss your teeth while you wear braces or aligners. You can schedule your first appointment with Dr. Michael McDermott by calling one of these offices:

• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630

In addition to providing Invisalign aligners, we offer a variety of braces, including:

• Ceramic – color-matching brackets and wires
• Damon System – made with self-ligating braces
• Traditional – metal brackets and wires

Our patients can also request the AccleDent Aura device to use at home to decrease their treatment time.