After you have invested time and money in quality orthodontic treatment and finally achieved the smile you have always wanted, keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful should be a huge priority. Failing to take care of your teeth after treatment can ruin the smile you worked hard to achieve. Here’s how to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene Techniques During Treatment
Brushing and flossing with braces or orthodontic appliances can be difficult, but it is essential in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment. Inadequate oral hygiene while wearing braces can lead to stains on tooth enamel or periodontal disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Brushing both around and behind your brackets is important. Food particles and plaque tend to build up with greater ease around orthodontic appliances, so extra care should be taken with everyday cleaning. Flossing can be especially tricky; using a flossing aid can be helpful.
Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions After Treatment
Failing to properly care for your teeth after orthodontic treatment can be just as bad as poor hygiene during treatment. Good oral care after treatment includes wearing any retainers or appliances and keeping appliances clean. Flossing can be difficult after orthodontic care, as the spacing between teeth is often changed. However, tighter spacing can be a haven for bacteria, making thorough flossing all the more important. It is important to not only maintain routine cleaning habits, but to also visit your dentist and orthodontist regularly for follow-up appointments.
To get the most out of your orthodontic treatment, call Seligman Orthodontics at (888) 785-6413. We offer orthodontic treatment methods including Invisalign and Incognito Braces. Make an appointment with our office on Park Avenue today to learn more about how we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Orthodontic problems can lead to complications in your overall oral health. Identifying orthodontic issues early on is tremendously helpful in maximizing the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment .
Crowded or overlapping teeth, gaps between the teeth , poor alignment, and an extreme overbite or underbite are just some of the signs that you may need orthodontic care. If you have concerns or doubts, check with an experienced orthodontist. To learn more about the signs of orthodontic problems, watch this video.
Seligman Orthodontics provides a variety of orthodontic treatments. For treatment with clear braces, Invisalign, or traditional braces, call our Park Avenue office today at (888) 785-6413.
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Orthodontic treatment is a great way to make your smile more attractive and ultimately healthier. With the advancements made in orthodontic care, conventional braces are no longer the only way to correct misaligned teeth. When establishing a treatment plan with your orthodontist, it is important to know your options as well as common orthodontic terms. Here are a few common orthodontic terms you should know:
Appliance: An appliance is any device your orthodontist attaches to your teeth in order to move your teeth or shape your jaw. This includes traditional braces, retainers, headgear, or Incognito Braces.
Archwire: The archwire is the wire which runs through the brackets in braces. Your orthodontist will adjust the tension of the archwire in order to help move your teeth into place.
Chain: The chain is a set of plastic rings used to hold the archwire in place.
Ectopic Eruption: Ectopic eruption is an orthodontic term used to describe teeth that “erupt,” or grow, into the gum line in an abnormal position or at an abnormal location.
Fixed Appliance: Fixed appliances are appliances that are indefinitely applied to a person’s mouth. Fixed retainers are among the most common types of fixed appliances.
Incognito Braces: Incognito Braces are braces that are attached to the back of a patient’s teeth. Incognito Braces are well-hidden and are ideal for people who suffer from mild malocclusions.
Invisalign: Invisalign is a set of clear, plastic appliances used as an alternative to braces. Invisalign trays are virtually invisible and do not need to be worn at all times.
Panoramic X-Ray or Radiography: Panoramic x-rays are radiographs taken from a camera rotating around a patient’s head. They provide your orthodontist with a comprehensive look at your teeth and jaw.
Wax: Dental wax is used to prevent your braces from irritating your cheeks or gums. It is generally applied at the patient’s discretion.
To learn more about orthodontics and common terms associated with orthodontic care, call Seligman Orthodontics at (888) 785-6413. We are located on Park Avenue and offer a variety of orthodontic treatment, including conventional braces, Invisalign, and Incognito Braces.
Put your best smile forward with the latest in orthodontic treatments. To find out more about your treatment options, check out these links:
- Find out about expectations and maintenance after your braces come off on the 3M website.
- Are you a good candidate for Invisalign braces ? Find out which orthodontic conditions can be treated on the Invisalign website.
- Get all of the information you need to keep your teeth healthy while wearing braces from Colgate.com.
- Find out why more adults are choosing braces for straighter smiles and better health in this article from the American Association of Orthodontists.
- Learn about all of your invisible braces options in this article on WebMD.com.
At Seligman Orthodontics , we strive to create a positive bond between patient and orthodontist to show you how comfortable and beneficial straightening your smile can be. We offer a range of treatment and braces options and never pull teeth unless it is absolutely necessary. To find out more about us, visit us on the Web or call (888) 785-6413 today!