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How to Care for Your Teeth After Braces

May 13th, 2024

Congratulations on getting your braces off! Now that you have a beautiful, straight smile, here are some key things to remember to keep your teeth healthy and in their new position:

  • Brushing and Flossing: Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and flossing once a day is essential to remove plaque and food particles. You may want to be extra gentle around the areas where your braces were attached. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  • Retainer: Wearing your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist is crucial to maintain your teeth's position. This usually involves wearing it full-time for a while and then switching to nighttime wear only. Keep your retainer clean by brushing it daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste (separate from the one you use for your teeth).
  • Dental Checkups: Schedule a dental cleaning and checkup with your dentist shortly after getting your braces off. This will allow them to remove any built-up plaque or stains and ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.
  • Diet: Avoid sugary drinks and snacks that can contribute to cavities. You may also want to limit hard or sticky foods that could damage your retainer.

Here are some additional tips for maintaining your post-braces smile:

  • Don't use tobacco products: Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain your teeth and irritate your gums.
  • See your dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important for maintaining good oral health overall.

By following these tips, you can keep your teeth healthy and your smile shining for years to come!

Dental braces: how to take care of them

March 19th, 2024

Taking care of your braces is important to maintain your oral health and avoid any damage to your braces. Here are some tips to help you care for your braces:

Avoid hard, chewy, and sticky foods that can break or get stuck in your braces. Some examples are hard candies, nuts, ice, caramel, gum, and popcorn.

Brush your teeth and braces after every meal and before bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean around the brackets and wires. You can also use an interdental brush to reach the areas between the teeth and braces.

Floss your teeth at least once a day using a floss threader or a water flosser. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the wires.

Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to remove any remaining debris and freshen your breath.

Visit your orthodontist regularly for check-ups and adjustments. Your orthodontist will monitor your progress and make any necessary changes to your braces. Follow their instructions and advice on how to wear and care for your braces.

Wear a mouthguard if you play sports or do any activities that could injure your mouth. A mouthguard can protect your teeth and braces from impact and prevent cuts and sores on your lips and cheeks.

By following these steps, you can keep your braces and teeth clean and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always ask your orthodontist or dentist for more guidance. ?

Beginning orthodontic treatment

January 19th, 2024

The day has come to start your orthodontic treatment. A large percentage of the world's population has experienced anxiety or nerves not knowing what to feel after leaving the orthodontist's office. So don't feel alone.

But I will tell you a little about what you might feel, although it will depend on each person. There are those who may feel some slight discomfort that is mostly due to the same process of adaptation to the appliances, in this case, the braces.

If you have a little chafing or intraoral lesions, let me tell you that they are totally normal. Therefore, Dr. Anna Salas will advise you that to alleviate and prevent them, the use of orthodontic wax will be your best ally. You should take this wax with you everywhere you go because, you never know when a wire might bother you.

Decades ago, braces used to be quite uncomfortable, painful to wear and even caused injuries inside the mouth, causing sores. In addition, they were unsightly because of how big they were and, as they were commonly worn by teenagers and young adults, they were often not what they liked the most as they felt they were losing their self-esteem.

But as everything evolves, orthodontics did not lag behind. Today, brackets are more discreet, smaller and are attached to each tooth and molar. This makes patients adapt faster to the process and it is possible to feel something strange and uncomfortable in the mouth during the first three or four days, but believe us, it disappears quickly.

The important thing is that at the beginning of orthodontic treatment and during the process, maintain excellent oral hygiene, control your diet and avoid hard or chewy foods, attend monthly visits, and follow the advice that Dr. Anna Salas will give to ensure that the process is successful.

Aligners: enjoy the beautiful smile you have always wanted

September 16th, 2023

They are a clear braces and a good alternative for adults and teenagers who are looking for a more aesthetic option than braces. Aligners are a newer form of orthodontic treatment that can correct misalignment issues without braces. It works to move your teeth into the proper position gently and gradually.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) explains that “Like traditional braces, clear aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly repositioning them. Clear aligners are one of many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous and one of many “appliances” orthodontists use to move teeth and align jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile”.

Advantage:

-Comfortable. You can remove them to eat so no food will stick to them.

-They are almost invisible. As they are transparent and adapt to your teeth, people will hardly notice them because you can speak normally. What they will see is a change in your smile once you are finishing your treatment.

-No emergencies. Since there are no wires, there won't be any pieces that will come off.

-Shorter and more spaced views. By not having to change wires or bond any brackets, checkups with Dr. Salas are shorter. She will plan the next visit, which could be between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the situation.

Things you can do to take care of your Invisalign:
1. Rinse the aligner under lukewarm water that isn't too hot or too cold.
2. Brush your aligners with a clear liquid soap to remove any debris or food particles that have accumulated during the day.
3. If you are taking your Invisalign out to eat or drink, develop the habit of putting them back in their case.

Remember, they have become more and more popular in recent years, and right now it's in everyone's teeth. This is a new technology that straightens your teeth, but it's not visible to others. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. You would love it!