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Inflamed, Receding & Bleeding Gums

November 28, 2016

When wearing braces, there are many dental issues you need to look out for. From demineralization and sensitivity to plaque, tartar and bad breath; it’s important to be vigilant in your dental health routine. Today, Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wants to address another dental problem you may experience while wearing braces; bleeding gums. It can be quite alarming to see your gums bleeding but don’t panic. It’s a good idea to determine the why so you can best stop it from happening!

Causes of Bleeding Gums Around One Tooth or Multiple Teeth When Wearing Braces

New toothbrush can cause bleeding gums. Toothbrushes that have firm bristles can be hard on gums. If your new toothbrush is making your gums bleed, check the package to see what kind it is. The toothbrushes you buy should always be soft. Some people think that soft bristles won’t clean as well as firm but that’s not true. They clean just as well. Make sure you use the proper brushing technique and that you don’t push too hard. Pushing too hard can damage the gums especially if they’re sensitive to begin with. Braces wearers are quite susceptible to sensitivity and will find soft bristles less irritating to receding gums. Once you get your braces off, it is also a good idea to not brush too hard as you adjust to not wearing them anymore.
Medications can cause dry mouth and bleeding gums. Some medications will make gums more prone to sensitivity that can cause them to become inflamed which can lead to bleeding. Other medications cause blood thinning which can lead to gums bleeding as well. Check the side effects of the medications your are taking to see if it’s one of the side effects. You should always continue with your medication but be a little gentler when brushing until the medication cycle is complete.
Gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen and tender it could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can be caused by other factors but usually it’s due to poor oral hygiene. And oral hygiene is something braces wearers struggle with. You have the additional challenge of cleaning around the gum line with braces which means you should be especially vigilant. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease that happens when there is an excessive buildup of plaque. Having good oral health practices is the surest way to keep gum disease away. This means brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing daily.
Poor Oral Hygiene. Braces wearers who don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis can also have gums that bleed more easily. Teeth that are neglected have gums that become more swollen and inflamed because plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth for longer periods of time. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms on teeth after we eat which is why good oral care helps gums remain healthy.

How to Get Strong, Healthy Gums

Vitamin C can help keep gums healthy. You can take a Vitamin C supplement or incorporate more fruits and vegetables that have Vitamin C into their diet. For many reasons, it’s always a good idea to limit sugary drinks and not just soda, but juice too. Try to take care of any issues that may be leading to bleeding gums before they become major issues. Gums that bleed for more than a week might be a sign of gum disease. Brushing and flossing are important, and so are regular orthodontist checkups!

History of Orthodontics

November 21, 2016

Many believe that the desire for straighter and healthier teeth is a modern man’s delight. We have greatly advanced our methods for teeth alignment and can better correct future teeth problems. Orthodontists became a common profession in the 19th century and many people believe that this was the start of professional tooth care. However this is not the case. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wil shed some light on the first orthodontista.

When Were Braces First Used in Ancient Egypt?

Archaeologists have found crooked teeth in human remains dating back 50,000 years. In modern times orthodontists use braces to correct misaligned teeth. Something very similar has been found in Egyptian mummies. Many of the mummies have been found with crude metal bands around their teeth. Some archaeologists believe catgut may have been tied to these bands to provide pressure to move the teeth into proper alignment.

How Have Braces Changed Over the Centuries?

The Ancient Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans also practiced orthodontia. This method describes a gold band that was used on Etruscan women to preserve the position of the teeth after death. In an ancient Greek physician’s writing that was found, it suggests the first known description of tooth irregularities at around 400 B.C. A Roman writer named Celsus, 400 years later, recommended bringing newly emerging teeth into their proper position by regularly pushing them with your fingers. To correct elongated teeth, another Roman named Pliny the Elder, who lived from 23 to 79 A.D., advised filing them to size. This is some of the oldest known use of orthodontics.

1728 Pierre Fauchard Father of Dentisty & 18th Century Orthodontics

In the 17th century, Matthaeus Gottfried began using wax to create the first dental impressions. Then in 1756 Phillip Pfaff evolved the techniques of taking impressions, by using plaster, which began a huge step in dentistry advancement. Pierre Fauchard was born in 1728 and grew up to become known as the Father of Dentistry. He invented an appliance called bandeau. This was a horseshoe shape metal strip that fit around the teeth with regular spaced holes to correct the teeth alignment — the first braces. Fauchard would also operate on patients with a set of forceps called a pelican, forcibly realigning teeth and tying them to the neighboring teeth to hold them in place while they healed. The next major breakthrough contributing to the practice of orthodontics began in the 19th century, in the United States. In 1822 J.S. Gunnell invented the occipital anchorage, a form of headgear that fastens to the jaw from the outside of the mouth to exert gentle pressure on the teeth. Then in 1840, Chapin A. Harris published the first classic book on dentistry, “The Dental Art,” outlining practices such as soldering knobs on bands to assist with tooth rotation, and applying gold caps to molars to open the dental bite.

Modern Orthodontics

The art of orthodontics and dentistry goes back far longer than most people realize. This however has been a skill at least as old as 400 B.C. This makes orthodontics one of the longest ongoing professions. We are very grateful to the advance in today’s understanding and technology. We at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics want to give thanks to mankind’s history and development in the field of Orthodontics. Contact us for your orthodontic care.

How to Reduce & Fix Gaps in Teeth

November 15, 2016

When you are ready to start your orthodontic care you may want an exact answer on how long it might take. The biggest problem is that no two people are the same and neither are the teeth in their mouth. Each individual needs to be looked at and evaluated. The orthodontist can give an estimate on how long the process will take but that is just an estimate and it could easily change. Once we get into moving the actual teeth, we might find that there are more changes that need to be done. We may also have to do more adjustments than originally thought to fix a bite or a particular tooth. This can also go the other direction and the teeth may line up easier than they thought. This also means you might be the lucky one that gets them off sooner than you thought! One area of concern is always gaps that need to be closed. Some are easily closed while others can be extremely difficult.

Leaver & Gardner Lists Reasons Some Gaps Are Hard To Close With Braces

Size & Shape of Teeth: One of the main issues that the orthodontist comes across when trying to close a gap is the size and the shape of the teeth. After braces, the teeth should come together closely and leave just enough space so that dental floss can clean the area. You don’t want to close the gap but still have a space only at the top or the bottom. You want them to close evenly and the size or shape can hinder the process. The tooth may need to be reshaped or changed so that it can fit the space. This can be done by shaving a small portion to even it out or adding some porcelain to the tooth to fill the gap. There are some gaps that need to be addressed and can require a larger amount of dental work to accomplish the final desired result.
Surrounding Tissue Or Ligaments Are Too Large: If the tooth is the right shape and size but the gap still will not close properly there could be another problem. The issue could come from the tissue that is in between the two teeth. If there is excess tissue, you may need to have it removed by the dentist so that the teeth can align properly. Another problem can be because of the ligament that extend from the gums. The ligament can be too large and if that is the case you may require a crown to be placed on the tooth. The last issue that you could have because of the surrounding tissues is from tongue posturing. This is when the tongue is pushing against the teeth causing them to space out. This will require the orthodontist to do their work as well as some therapy to relearn how to hold your tongue in your mouth.
Spacing Caused by Bite: Another can simply be due to the position of the bite. The bite needs to align so that each tooth lands in a particular place. When there is a tooth that lands in the arch of another tooth it can cause those two teeth to start to spread. The orthodontist may need to adjust the bite to separate the cause of the separation. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontists offers orthodontic care to help close hard to deal gaps and align teeth and bites.

Pros of Early Orthodontic Treatment

November 7, 2016

Many of us remember our teenage years being full of orthodontic appointments, but orthodontics isn’t only for teenagers. People of all ages get orthodontic work done. Although there is never anyone that is too old for orthodontics, there are some real benefits to starting orthodontic treatment young. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics would like to talk about some of the reasons you want to start thinking about orthodontics for your children sooner rather than later.

Why are Early Orthodontic Treatments Important?

It’s true that many teenagers have braces to make their smiles beautiful. There are several benefits that come from starting orthodontics early on though. There are three phases of orthodontics that you should think about for your child.

Phase One Braces & Orthodontic Care

This phase starts when a child is very young. Around the age of two you need to start considering your child’s mouth. This is a time to prevent bad habits that might result in more orthodontic care than otherwise needed. These habits include thumb sucking, use of pacifiers and drinking from a bottle. Some starter cups are shaped much like a bottle and have the same effect on your baby’s teeth. These habits will actually change the shape of your child’s mouth and end up costing you more money in the end when trying to correct it. Phase one orthodontic treatment can include expansion, active retainer or partial braces that is done before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. It often occurs between the ages of six and ten. Leaver & Gardner recommends Phase one treatment when there is a moderate or severe orthodontic problem that should not wait until later to be addressed.

Phase Two Braces & Orthodontic Treatment

Phase two starts between the ages of 6 and 12. As your child loses their primary teeth and permanent teeth start to come in, the orthodontist and dentist can see how the permanent teeth are coming in. At this point, stage two treatment plans can begin to treat any bite or alignment issues. The orthodontist can guide your child’s permanent teeth as they come in to ensure they are in the right position.

Phase Three Braces & Orthodontic Care

This phase takes place in early adolescence. At this point, there should have already been some orthodontic treatment for early issues and your child’s smile will undergo any fine tuning it needs to attain perfectly aligned teeth.

Why is Early Treatment Better than Late Orthodontics?

There are several factors that cause teeth to be misaligned. As a child, their bone structure is still developing and treatment can start. If your child has an underbite or overbite, the likelihood of it being treated with orthodontics alone is greater when the child is young. If you wait too long, there may be a need for surgery along with orthodontics in order to fix it. The results are often far more ideal when treatment takes place at a young age rather than older.

Teeth Straightening

Give your child a head start on the smile that they will want as they get older. A beautiful smile does a lot for a person’s confidence. Often, a person’s smile is the first thing someone notices about you. Don’t hesitate to have your child’s teeth examined at a young age. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics can make a plan that will fit your child’s needs best. Call for an appointment today!

Flossing With Braces Made Easy

October 30, 2016

Not properly cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can lead to oral health issues like gingivitis and decalcification (white marks) that can lead to more serious problems. It’s hard to get kids to floss and even harder when they have braces. Flossing with braces will take twice as long as flossing without braces but must be don to prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. It will take commitment from parents to make sure teeth remain healthy while teeth are being straightened. Good dental and orthodontic care will minimize and prevent oral health problems caused by the presence of traditional dental braces.

Gingivitis and Decalcification

Gingivitis is the earliest sign of gum disease and appears as red, shiny and swollen gums. It is caused by plaque that irritates the gums and can lead to an infection. Decalcification affects the enamel of your teeth causing white spots or lesions. Decalcification is one of the earliest signs of decay and therefore helpful to look out for. Prevention is crucial as decalcification is impossible to reverse.

Instructions for How to Brush Teeth with Braces

To ensure plaque removal it’s important to brush all around the parts of your dental braces as well as all the surfaces of your teeth. If possible, try and brush after every meal or snack. Rinse your mouth well with water if you are unable to brush right away. Using a sonic toothbrush might be easier when you have braces. However, like any toothbrush, a sonic brush will not remove all the plaque so you’ll still need to floss. Getting around brackets, wires and other orthodontic hardware can be difficult with a manual toothbrush but it will do the job if done correctly. Make sure to check the brush heads more regularly as they tend to wear out faster with braces.

Easy Ways to Floss Quickly with Braces; Flossers & Waterpiks

You can use floss threaders designed to get around your braces. The threaders are inexpensive and disposable. They work by pulling the floss through the teeth above the wire to reach the gum line. You may need to help younger children unable to sit still by sitting them in front of the TV. Help them until they get the hang of it. Make sure to use waxed floss because non-wax floss will catch on braces easier. Make sure to slide the floss right up to the gum line of both teeth before pulling the threader and floss out and moving to the next tooth. This method is time consuming. An easier way to floss is to use a Waterpik with an orthodontic tip to remove plaque that brushing just can’t reach. It is clinically proven to be more effective than using floss with braces. The orthodontic tip has a tapered brush that will remove plaque that forms on the brackets and between your teeth. A Waterpik will also flush out food particles and bacteria around your teeth and underneath the gums.

Orthodontic Consultations & Treatment

Add fluoridated toothpaste or a fluoridated rinse to prevent tooth decalcification and decay. And try to avoid foods that can cause tooth decay while wearing braces. Always continue with regular dental checkups while you have braces. Some orthodontists will even remove your wire for you prior to a dental checkup to help with the cleaning. Contact Leaver Gardner Orthodontics to begin your road to a beautiful smile.

Tell Me Everything About Braces

October 23, 2016

Dental braces have evolved over the years with many big changes happening in recent years. Before you commit the time you’ll have them on and the money you’ll spend, there are things you need to know.

Tell Me Everything About Braces

1. Orthodontists have more training than dentists. A lot of dentists will tell you they can do your braces for you but you should really go to an orthodontist as they specialize in braces. They may do it for less but it’s not a great idea. Dentists just don’t have as much training. Orthodontists become a dentist first and then continue on with an orthodontic program. This makes them more knowledgeable in tooth movement, jaw function and the aesthetics of the face.
2. Get more than one orthodontic consultation. You should get more than one opinion and you aren’t going to offend anyone. If an orthodontist talks about extractions or you have a complicated case, you should most definitely get another opinion. There are many ways that one problem can be approached, so find the one that you’re most comfortable with.
3. Cost and treatment of braces varies. If you don’t have orthodontic coverage, then you may be paying out if pocket. The average cost is between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on the work that needs to be done. Usually you can slowly pay overtime and the time you are in braces will vary as well as it all depends on the issues being taken care of.
4. Read your orthodontic contract. An orthodontic contract will be drawn up and will need to be signed. You need to know all the details of your contract. This contract is a binding legal document as to missed payments, retainer costs, etc. If you start to have issues with making payments, talk to your orthodontist as they are more than willing to work something out as long as they see you’re making an effort to make payments.
5. Stay with the same orthodontist. It would be perfect if we could know we were going to be in the same place for the next few years to finish your treatment. Life is unpredictable and you’ve signed a contract, so now what? Depending on your contract you may get a partial credit if you are moving. Once you’ve moved, you will need to start a new treatment plan with a new orthodontist. Different orthodontists use different methods and it may cost more to finish off your treatment.
6. Braces have no age limit. It’s good to know that braces aren’t just for teenagers. More and more adults are getting them. You are a candidate for braces as long your teeth and gums are healthy. Bad teeth and gums may become worse with the pressure that braces can put on teeth and gums. Adults get braces because they can afford them now, where their parents might have not been able to or they may have had them as teenagers and then failed to wear their retainers causing their teeth to move back.

Orthodontic Treatment

Call Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics to learn more about treatment plan where you will speak with a customer service representative to schedule an appointment.

What Kind of Halloween Candy Can You Eat With Braces?

October 17, 2016

Halloween is generally a time kids of all ages look forward to, and truth be known, many adults too. Getting to dress up for a short time and use the imagination to become someone or something else for a brief moment is so much fun. The games, goodies and treats that are to be had fill the minds of all the kids and the possibilities are endless. But what of the child in your home who is stuck wearing braces? We are made aware of the rules prior to be fitting with braces, that chewy and hard candy is forbidden. Are there any exceptions for this one night of fun?

Halloween Candy You Can & Can’t Eat With Braces

Well we at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics would like to encourage you not to despair; we have some tricks up our sleeves for this hallowed event. (Imagine the sinister laughter dissipating as you read on for effect). It is wise to be mindful of your braces when contemplating your bag of treats this Halloween. Your delicious sweets, sours, sticky, and chocolate goodness you crave are staring you right in the face daring you to indulge. Where they are all indeed yummy bites of deliciousness, you don’t want to risk damaging your braces or ruining your teeth.

List of Halloween Candy You Can’t Eat With Braces

You definitely need to stay away from the hard candy, chewy stuff like caramels, taffy, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, suckers, sour candy, and nutty candies that can do a number on your teeth and your braces. Skittle and starburst and other fruity and/or sour candy can worsen your teeth by significantly reducing the PH value, wearing down the protected enamel. Not only can this destroy braces but if it get caught where it can be removed your teeth can be prone to decay and cavities.

Braces Friendly Halloween Candy

To participate in Halloween, enjoy some alternative choices such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum or any candy containing a sugar substitute Xylitol. They are not harmful as some other choices are. Treats that melt in your mouth are better for those with the diligence to do so such as:
– Peanut butter cups
– Soft chocolate
– Root beer floats
– Ice Cream
– Gelatin treats in their verities
– Smoothies
– Apple Cider
– Cut pieces of bananas and apples
– Tons of water to curb your appetite.

Brush, Floss & Rinse After Eating Candy With Braces

No matter what you chose to indulge in, remember after the event of chewing down the tasty treats to scrub your chompers really well. Floss diligently and use your mouthwash. If you have gotten a ton of candy that is on the “do not eat” list, consider donating to a local children’s hospital or foster center to help brighten up someone’s day.

Teeth Straightening Braces

If you encountered any problems during your day of trick or treating and braces are not fully operational, come see Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics today for any adjustments. Avoid prolonging your treatment by getting by on braces that might endure damage just because you couldn’t resist temptation!

How to Get Your Child Excited for Braces

October 10, 2016

When your child learns that he/she is getting fitted with braces in the immediate future, it can be a challenge to get them to accept their fate without protest, grudges, or pouting. Kids who are in need of braces for treatment can be nervous or scared about the onslaught of perceived jokes at their expense, pain they fear is involved, challenge of adopting new hygiene habits, or even trying to accept that favorite treats are no longer a part of the regular diet. So getting them happy about their life changing experience can be a difficult assignment.

How to Get Your Child Excited for Braces; Celebrate with a Party

Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics has compiled a list of ideas to help your child embrace their orthodontics appointment to get braces, or at least help them, and you; accept the necessity with less reluctance!
1. Celebrate Getting Braces On with a Party. Just like any other party which celebrates life events, you want the perfect theme. A Willy Wonka party theme will surely get them a little excited. Get the whole nine yards of activities, games, decorations, and most importantly the cake, candy, gum, and assortment of food the child should avoid while in braces. Be sure to get the favorites and go overboard. Add a little fun by getting oral hygiene party favors for guests and gifts for the child to make it more fun. Take dozens of before pictures of their teeth, including the consumption of the yummy contraband that will be forbidden. At the post-braces party, get similar pictures and show them the before and after so they can see the beneficial results of their sacrifice.
2. Promote the idea that their smile is forever, but braces are not. If they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and better understand braces isn’t a life sentence, they may be a little more accepting of wearing the braces to enhance their beautiful smiles.
3. Little girls, tweens, and teens alike can be a little more self conscious of the need to wear braces. Wanting to be thought of as popular and desired can make them extremely hesitant to wear brace. Name drop celebrity women who wore braces like Cameron Diaz, Kelly Clarkson, Dakota fanning, Gwen Stefani, and so on to help them understand braces doesn’t define beauty and just because you have braces doesn’t mean people will think any less of them. Some children associate well with their favorite celebrity, and with the common use of braces, chances are they wore them once in their life as well!
4. Explain that braces have come a long way since back in the day when they were hunks of metal hardware painfully obvious from a mile away. There are options to make braces a trendy accessory instead of a tacky style for shackling teeth. Options such as clear braces or colored bands can give them a chance to make them unique and an emphasis of their personality.
5. List the beneficial gain of getting braces. The overall importance of straightening teeth to correcting other problems. If needed, point out your own teeth or someone they look up to that has slightly or even severe crooked teeth and the regret of not getting it corrected!

Call Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics for all your teeth straightening and orthodontic care!

Prevent & Get Rid of Stains & Spots on Teeth

October 2, 2016

Braces are used to straighten smiles on a daily basis. They can leave you with straight teeth that beautify and brighten your smile. However, there are many that are concerned about the risks of stains on your teeth while wearing braces. It’s a valid concern since you are trying to improve your smile. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics is here to talk about what you can do to prevent staining while wearing braces.

Teeth Require Special Care when Wearing Braces

When you have traditional braces put on your teeth to help with straightening, you may notice the many grooves and crevices around the brackets that can be difficult to clean. Extra care needs to be taken when you are cleaning your teeth with braces.
1. Brush Teeth in a Pattern – When you are brushing your teeth, make sure you spend five seconds brushing each tooth. If you follow a pattern you can keep better track of which teeth you have brushed so you don’t miss any of them.
2. Gently Apply Pressure when Brushing Teeth – When you are brushing gently, apply enough pressure that you notice the bristles are spreading into all the gaps between your teeth and the brackets.
3. Remove Any Elastics when Brushing Teeth – Your orthodontist may have elastics in your mouth to help move your teeth. These elastics need to be removed before you brush and then put back in once you have completed brushing.
4. Use a Fluoride Mouth Rinse – Using a fluoride mouth rinse will help your teeth stay healthy and avoid any cavities while you have your braces on.

How to Avoid Brown Food Stains When Wearing Braces

When there is an object sitting in any one place for a long stretch of time, once you move it, you might notice some dust has collected around the object. You don’t want this to happen to your teeth when the brackets are removed from your teeth once treatment is over. There are some foods that can cause staining on your teeth when you have braces. You want to avoid foods that are high in acid when you have braces. Some foods and drinks that are high in acid include:
• Tomatoes and pickles
• BBQ sauces, vinaigrette dressings and salsas
• Soda (regular & diet), fruit drinks, and sports drinks
• Oranges, pineapple, cherries, and raspberries
You should avoid foods that can cause issues with your braces like apples, gum and sticky candy as well.

What are White Spots on Teeth After Braces Are Removed?

White spots are results of decalcification caused by oral bacteria that produces acid and saps your teeth of the essential minerals they need to stay healthy. When this happens, once your braces are removed, you will have white spots on your teeth. These are usually permanent and teeth whitening will need to happen to help them blend into your teeth. You can avoid these white scars by taking proper care of your teeth with good oral habits throughout the time you have braces on your teeth. This is also why it is so important to avoid foods that are high in acid when you have braces. It is important that during the duration of your braces, you have healthy oral habits to avoid any discoloration of your teeth so you have the beautiful smile you are trying to attain by wearing braces. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics can help you get the smile you have been wanting. Call us today!

Habits & Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

September 26, 2016

If you brush and floss your teeth daily, and steer clear of sugary drinks and candy, you probably think you deserve a gold star at your next dental checkup. But according to the dental professionals at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics there are many innocent habits that can damage your teeth by eroding enamel and causing decay.

Habits to Avoid When Wearing Fixed Braces

If you want to keep your teeth and smile as healthy as it can possibly be, the dental specialists at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics recommend cutting back or avoiding the following habits.
Chewing on Ice Can Damage Teeth & Dental Work: Chewing on ice can cause your teeth to chip or break and at best you may lose a filling or damage other dental work including braces. While teeth are hard and resilient, they are not designed for the stresses associated with chewing ice.
Bottled Water May Not be Fluoridated: Drinking plain tap water helps protect teeth with fluoride. The benefits of fluoride include protecting teeth against decay and promoting remineralization to help repair minor tooth decay. Many brands of bottled water either contain no fluoride at all or not enough to really make up the difference that is needed for a good standard of oral health. Instead of reaching for bottled water every time you take a sip, try alternating with tap water.
Sipping Gatorade & Sports Drinks is Bad for Teeth: You may not even be aware of the amount of sugars and chemical additives found in sport drinks that can weaken tooth enamel. According to research sports drinks are actually worse for your teeth than drinking regular soda. If you insist on drinking your daily Gatorade, drink it all at once instead of sipping throughout the day. Swish your mouth out with water or chew a piece of sugar-free gum to help neutralize the acid content.
Chewing Sugary Gum is Bad for Teeth: While chewing sugary gum is a dental no-no, chewing sugarless gum has been show to improve your overall oral health. Chewing gum helps to promote saliva which helps to re-mineralize teeth and defend against cavities. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is beneficial to guarding against bad breath as well as preventing cavity causing bacteria from accumulating in the mouth. Check with your Leaver & Gardner dental professionals to find out if chewing gum is acceptable with your specific orthodontic device.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard: Being thorough is one thing but being overly aggressive can irritate your gums and make your teeth sensitive especially to cold temperatures. Brushing too hard can also wear down your enamel and create an opportunity for cavities. Your Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics dental professionals recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush which will remove plaque buildup without damaging the surface of your teeth or your orthodontic devices.
Putting off your Dental Checkup: Your Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics dental professionals recommend a regular checkup and dental cleaning every six months with your regular dentist. Yet many of us put off our checkup for varied reasons and before we know it, six months has turned into a year or two. Smaller dental issues that you might be unaware of such as tiny cavities have the opportunity to turn into problems which may require major dental work. Stick to your appointments to safeguard against expensive dental procedures that might have been avoided with regular dental visits.

Teeth Straightening Braces Options

For more information regarding orthodontics and other treatment options, contact the dental experts at Leaver & Garner Orthodontics today and speak with a friendly customer service provider to schedule an appointment.