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Getting Your Braces Off Is Easier Than You Might Think | Saxe Ortho Blog

Getting Your Braces Off Is Easier Than You Might Think | Saxe Ortho Blog | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it
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Larry The Woodchuck Gets Braces

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The alarm clock goes off and Larry the Woodchuck rolls over to silence it as the sun hits his eyes. Time for another day of making sure that he and his family had enough wood to get through another Winter. Larry has always been a family man and is one of the best workers in the area. He is known throughout his village as having some of the strongest teeth. Being able to produce so much each day when he goes to work, Larry relies very heavily on his teeth to make sure he can do his job. That is why he takes such good care of them and makes sure that they are as strong as possible. It hadn't always been easy for Larry, but thanks to his awesome Dentist and a little commitment, he was able to make the best of what could have been a bad situation. Larry grew up a pretty normal woodchuck. He hung out with his woodchuck buddies and played woodchuck sports. He went to woodchuck school and even applied to work for the top secret WFBISTH (Woodchuck Federal Bureau of Investigating Stuff That Happened) after Woodchuck University. When he got rejected from the WFBISTH, he decided that he wanted to start his own lumber yard, just like his father, Gary and his Grandfather, Jerry. The problem was, he was very self-conscious about his teeth. He had always gone to the dentist like he was supposed to, but as he got older, the dentist started to notice that he was developing an overbite. Larry knew that if he was going to be a successful business owner and worker, he needed to make sure his teeth are in the best shape they can be. The idea of getting braces terrified Larry. He had no idea what to expect. The dentist assured him that everything was going to be alright. First they had to take a mold of Larry's teeth. This is to make sure that the braces are installed correctly and the final result places the teeth in the proper position. Once the braces have done their job and his teeth are properly aligned, he will have to be on a strict oral hygiene routine in order to strengthen his teeth to handle doing that much work. Once his braces were applied he also had to follow some rules as to what he could and couldn't eat. Anything sticky or too crunchy might damage the braces or the wires. Larry thought that these instructions were simple enough to follow. He spent the next 10 months going back for regular adjustments to his braces and before long he had them removed and his smile was looking better than ever! All of his friends told him how great his smile looked and he felt a new rush of confidence as he finally started to get his own lumber business ready to go. It turns out that getting his braces was the best thing he could have done. Sure, it took a long time and he was nervous but with the helpful direction of his Orthodontist, everything went better than expected. Larry went on to open that lumber business and raise a family. He is now retired and lives in a beach house with his lovely wife and their 2 kids. -- www.saxeortho.com
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Getting rid of your Dentist fears - Fox 4

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Things You Should Know About Plaque

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Most people keep a very good oral hygiene routine and have clean and healthy teeth. Even though this is the case for most, some people still notice plaque on their teeth.  Plaque is a collection of bacteria that forms a clear layer of film over a persons teeth. It can also build up as a sticky substance that can form between your teeth. Both of these forms of plaque, if left untreated, can become very harmful to your teeth, mouth and gums.

 

Plaque is caused when foods containing high amounts of sugars and starches mix with the abundance of bacteria and is left on the teeth for long periods of time. This combination causes plaque to form in a variety of places. One of the more unknown places that formation can take place is under the gums. If this is not addressed, it can cause damage to the bones that support the teeth, leading to the need for root canals, tooth extraction or the formation of cavities. Most dentists have plaque detecting agents, such as special dyes, that can be used to show the patient just how much plaque has built up on their teeth. This can often help in developing a better oral hygiene routine to avoid the potential problems and eliminate the plaque in the future.

 

There are many things that you can do in order to prevent plaque from forming and get rid of what has already formed. First and foremost, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially after you eat meals. When you brush make sure you pay particular attention to the spaces between your teeth as that is where most of the plaque and tooth decaying issues tend to take place. Flossing in these areas is also recommended to remove any extra food particles from these areas. Because sugars and starches are found in many foods, it is also important to make sure you eat a balanced diet and if you combine this with that proper hygiene, you should be able to keep your mouth healthy and clean.

 

As always it is important to consult with your dentist to make sure you are taking the proper measure to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. At Saxe Orthodontics we offer the friendly and helpful staff that will help to make sure your smile stays vibrant no matter what. Make an appointment with us and come see why we pride ourselves on taking care of each patient that walks through the door!

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Saxe Ortho – Why Too Much Soda Is Bad For Your Teeth

Saxe Ortho – Why Too Much Soda Is Bad For Your Teeth | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

Lets face it, we all love an ice cold soda every now and then. When we are at the movies, out to dinner with friends and family, especially on a hot summer day. What most people may not be aware of is just how bad consuming soda could potentially be for your teeth.

 

Over a prolonged period of time too much soda can have harmful effects on your teeth. The high concentration of sugars in those drinks, it sits on the teeth long after you finish drinking. These sugars cause the formation of plaque which can lead to a whole host of oral hygienic issues. Another problem with too much soda is the acidic content. In addition to the sugars, the acids in most soda drinks can eat away at the enamel on the the teeth making them much less protected against decay and other problems. The coloring in soda can also lead to discoloration of teeth causing them to lose their natural white shine.

 

Enamel is a protective layer on the outside of your teeth that protect the inner layers from damage. This enamel is strengthened by bushing and the stronger it is, the less likely someone is prone to getting cavities. When it becomes weak due to erosion, the inner layers of the teeth may become exposed and internal damage may occur as well. This could lead to the need for root canals and nobody wants to experience that.

 

If you notice that too much soda is giving you problems, there are a few things that you can do before the damage becomes too severe. It is recommended that you continue to brush three times a day and possibly more if you are worried about the after affects of the drinks. It is important to protect the enamel by rinsing with enamel repairing mouthwash, which can be found at most drug stores. As long as you take the right hygienic steps and try to cut down on your soda consumption, you should be able to avoid most of the problems associated with decay, plaque and cavities.

 

Remember, it is up to you to follow a good oral hygiene routine. No one else has control over it but you. As long as you keep your moth healthy you can keep that vibrant, healthy smile.

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Saxe Ortho – What Are The Different Types Of Braces Made Of?

Saxe Ortho – What Are The Different Types Of Braces Made Of? | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

There are several different types of braces that you can choose from if you happen to need them. A lot of the materials are custom fit to the patient and are designed to make sure your experiences with them are as comfortable as possible. But what are the different types of braces actually made of?

 

The most common type of braces are those that consist of brackets and metal wires. These brackets are stainless steel and are adhered to the front of the teeth. The wires, depending on availability and preference of the patient, can either be stainless steel or titanium. Regardless of which material is used, the wires are what get attached to the brackets and aid in the resetting of the teeth.

 

Another type of traditional braces are those made entirely of titanium. In some cases, patients may have an allergy to nickle, an element commonly found in steel. For them, titanium is a perfect alternative and still gives the reliability of traditional braces. Another advantage is that the metal is lighter and much stronger, so the risk of damaging the braces is much less then that of regular steel.

 

Some of the more progressive style of braces that have emerged in the last decade are made of entirely different materials. The biggest alternative to traditional braces would be Invisalign. Invisalign braces are constructed of a plastic resin that is able to be custom formed at very high temperatures. This flexibility allows for perfect customization throughout the teeth straightening process. The biggest advantage about Invisalign is the clear material makes them look virtually invisible to onlookers. This takes away the intrusiveness of traditional braces and allows you to remove them when you have meals. The disadvantage that some people have found is that they tend to break if exposed to too much damage. Because they are clear, they tend to get lost more so than other alternatives as well.

 

With these and other forms of braces out there, it can sometimes be confusing as to which ones will benefit you better. No matter which ones you choose, as long as you work with your orthodontists to pick the best ones for you, that beautiful smile will be yours in no time!

 

 

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This article talks about the many types of braces that are available today. Invisalign is the most recent kind and it's clear, so adults really like it. No matter what you choose, they all work the same way, but it depends on the orthodontist who plans the treatment.

Not all orthodontists look at the whole face structure to plan the adjustments. When I become an orthodontist, I want to be professional in my job by thinking further than just straightening out the teeth. I want to make sure that my patients get the best smile proportional to their face.

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Using The Right Mouthwash

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As most of our readers know, in order to have good oral hygiene it is essential that you take care of every aspect of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. One of the more over looked steps of a good hygiene routine is using mouthwash.

There are several different kinds that have been used since as early as 2700 BC. It was seen as a form of medicine for gum diseases, much like it is today. The Chinese believed that it should be a common practice for those in the higher classes. Around the 17th century a famous microbiologist discovered that there were living organisms (bacteria) that were present in peoples mouths. In later years this would become to be known as plaque. It wasn't until the 1960's that Professor Harold Loe made the discovery that certain types of mixtures could reduce the formation of these bacteria.

Mouthwash is often a mixture of alcohol and several other ingredients that are designed to kill the bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque. It has also been shown to reduce the germs that cause bad breath, a common oral hygienic problem.

As part of a good oral hygiene routine it is recommended that you brush, floss and rinse after each meal. Brushing removes any residue that may have settled throughout the day or during meals. It also loosens up and plaque or tarter that may have formed on the surface of the teeth. Flossing allows you to remove anything from in between your teeth and prevents any plaque or bacteria from causing the formation of cavities. Now that you have cleaned your mouth, the mouthwash is used to rid you of any remaining food particles that brushing and flossing may have missed. The most important thing that mouthwash does, is kill the germs that cause gum disease. It also gets into the hard to reach places that flossing may not be able to reach.

There are also other types of mouthwash that may aid in keeping your teeth health too. Fluoride rinse is designed to strengthen your teeth and help them fight off cavities better. Pre-brush whitening rinse will help whiten teeth without any of the invasive procedures that some people go through to get a brighter smile.

Remember, it is up to you, not anyone else to make sure that you keep up with your hygiene routine. Make sure you brush, floss and rinse every day. Before you know it, you'll have a beautiful and healthy smile.

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The Straightest Teeth Are The Healthiest!

The Straightest Teeth Are The Healthiest! | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

Braces can be a big change, but the health of your teeth is more than worth it! While a straight smile may look great, it’s also beneficial to your health for many reasons. Like prevention of many types of gum disease, and making them easier to keep clean, the advantages of braces can’t be turned away. Nearly all post orthodontic patients show a newfound confidence and courage, whereas one was once shy they can now come out their shell ready to take on the world. But keeping teeth straight is obviously more important than just aesthetics, it can correct a number of jaw malformations and misalignments preventing future tooth loss and further complications making sure you don’t spend your golden years watching cars go by in a dentist chair. Yes, many adults feel they missed their chance for healthy teeth at childhood, but dentists are treating patients of all ages every day with clinically proven techniques and appliances, straightening smiles for adults of all ages!


By balancing the alignment of your jaw and your teeth, your face will achieve a balance and healthy structure which in turn helps to prevent uneven pressures and future malformations. Having a balanced jaw also helps your gums stay healthy, but as long as you practice good oral hygiene. Also by having your teeth aligned and straight, it allows a brush to more effectively remove all food particles from those tight spots, reducing tooth decay in a very big way! But embarking on the journey for a confident smile doesn’t have to be a horror story, in fact it can be an easy and convenient experience to help you on your way to avoiding any unnecessary pain in the future, because life is too short to worry about your mouth forever right?


But your teeth aren’t made of indestructible space age alloys, straight teeth prevent wear and pressure cracking, common when teeth are pushing on each other in awkward ways. Over the years teeth will continue to grow into each other and do unnecessary harm to not only the gums, but the actual teeth themselves. Resulting in swollen gums as well as more tar and plaque, not to mention the pain, ouch! It’s no myth, braces are absolutely the best and most reliable way, whether adult or child, for eliminating many problems that simply occur from unaligned teeth.


Don’t forget one of the most obvious and overlooked disadvantages of unaligned teeth, how you chew your food! Often crooked teeth while remaining harder to clean, are far less effective in preparing food for digestion, and for a number of reasons. Often some form of pain is associated with chewing in those with severe cases of tooth and jaw malformation, and nobody should have to suffer from eating day after day. So remember, it’s never too late, with options ranging from convenient appliances, brace-less orthodontics and invisible braces, right down to brand new leading edge treatments. Orthodontists always have the latest options and a solution that’s just for you, all you have to do is get there! So if you are thinking about braces or orthodontics and their place in your life, don’t hesitate to see your local orthodontist today!

 

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Time To Take Your Braces Off

Time To Take Your Braces Off | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

You went through the initial consultation. You had the x-rays. Got the molds done. Sat patiently while they were put on your teeth and followed all the rules while you had your braces. Now the glorious day has finally arrived. You are coming in to get your braces taken off! This is a very exciting time for a lot of patients but hold on, there is one more step that needs to happen and there are still some things that you are going to want to know in order to keep your brand new smile perfect. When you come in to get your braces off all that is going to happen is your orthodontist will take a special pair of pliers and simply clip the back of the brackets. This will cause the adhesive to loosen and the brackets will simply come off your teeth. This will feel very strange. You won't have those metal brackets getting in the way anymore. Next step is getting your retainer.

 

Retainers may not seem like the best thing, especially since you just spent the last few years in braces. But retainers are just as important as your braces were. The braces helped moved the teeth into their desired positions. The retainer is designed to keep the teeth from shifting back and giving them time to 'remember' their new places. The one advantage to your new retainer is that it can be removed. There are several different types of retainers that you can choose from, each of them offer some benefits, but also some downsides. It is important to consider each option because like your braces, you will have the retainer for a little while.

The first type of retainer is the most common. 'Harley' retainers are made of an acrylic that is custom molded to your mouth. This mold is taken as soon as your braces come off. This way the retainer can hold your teeth in their new place. What is neat about these kind of retainers is that they can be custom colored to fit your personal style. Some even offer pictures that can be placed on them as well. Essix retainers are similar to that of Harley but are made of a clear plastic. This is the same type of material that they use to make the Invisalign style braces. The upside to this is that it is clear and will make it less noticeable. One of the big downsides is that a lot of people find these very uncomfortable. One final consideration are the permanent retainers. The upside is you won't have to worry about forgetting to put it in. The downside of course, is that you can not take the retainer out.

 

All of these options have their ups and downs. It is up to you and your orthodontist to find the retainer that is right for you. You will have to wear the retainer all the time (except when you eat) for around 9 months. After that you may be able to wear it only at night, it all depends on how well your teeth adjust. If you forget to wear your retainer, your teeth may start to shift back so make sure you remember! You and your orthodontist have worked hard to get your smile to where it is. This is the final step! Don't worry, be awesome and don't forget to smile.

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Choosing The Right Braces

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You have had your first visit to the orthodontist. It was not as scary as you had thought it would be, in fact, it was kind of fun. You got x-rays done and now you have to get braces. I know that this part is not the most exciting and not many people want braces. You do however, have choices when it comes to what kind of braces you get. Some are traditional while other more modern braces my be the best option for you. It all depends on your case and what you are looking for. It is important to be well informed especially when making such a big decision that will be with you for a few years.

 

The traditional metal braces are the most widely recognized. They consist of metal wires that are held in place by brackets. These brackets are attached to the teeth and as the wires are tightened it allows the teeth to be moved back into place. Another type of traditional braces are the 'clear' style. They are the same bracket style, but they are made with ceramic that matches the shade of the persons teeth. This along with clear wiring make them almost invisible to onlookers. The clear may be a better option for those who don't want the appearance of a lot of metal in their mouth. More recently, the trend has been what are called progressive type braces. These are vastly different from the traditional metal wires because these are removable. A lot of the time they are custom molded to the patients mouth and designed to pop in and out. They are made of a clear material so they are virtually undetectable. This is one of the more popular options as it completely eliminates the need for brackets, metal and wires. The most recent innovation in the world of custom braces is 'Wild Smiles'. These take the traditional metal wire and brackets style braces and add unique custom brackets. These can be in the shape of almost anything. Diamonds, hearts, flowers, stars, footballs and soccer balls. These shapes give each person a truly unique smile.

 

No matter which options you choose, you can always count on the team at Saxe Orthodontics to help get you that perfect smile. From the first consultation to the day your braces come off, we will work with you every step of the way to insure that your experience with braces is as easy and painless as possible

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History of Orthodontics | Saxe Ortho Blog

History of Orthodontics | Saxe Ortho Blog | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it
Exploring the history of orthodontics from its beginnings to some advancements that have been made in modern days.
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Keep Your "Fangs" Looking As Sharp As Dracula's...

Keep Your "Fangs" Looking As Sharp As Dracula's... | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

Before we get into this weeks post we want to thank those who have taken the time to read what we have had to say over the last few months. We hope that the information provided to you has been helpful in making some healthy decisions about your oral health and hygiene. What we want to do going forward is still provide you with helpful information, but we want to do it in a way that is relevant to you, our readers. Including more humor, relating orthodontic info to current events and pop culture. We hope that this new approach will open our readership to a larger audience. Enjoy!

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So we all know that Dracula has one of the most famous set of teeth in history. When Halloween comes around, everyone tries to imitate the iconic look, but what does it really take to keep those fangs looking as good as they have over centuries of time? It is actually very simple. But what is even more fascinating is that he was able to do so, even back then, when proper dental hygiene was not a widely known thing. Some people may think that he kept everything looking great due to the.... special beverages that he liked to enjoy. But those are just rumors of course. The real secret, if you want to know, is proper brushing.

 

Now you may be asking yourself, how this was possible. Believe it or not, there were some early forms of toothbrushes that could have served as a perfectly viable option. Because of his eccentric lifestyle, he may have used a combination of tree twigs, animal feathers and in an extreme case, may have even used the spikes from wild porcupines.His toothpaste was probably not the greatest but he still managed to make it work. Those fangs were some of the healthiest that any.... human... ever had. From the looks of things he probably was using a mixture of chalk, pulverized brick, or salt as ingredients. As he lasted throughout time those ingredients changed to include some abrasives and pastes.

 

Regardless of the methods he used, one thing is for sure; his teeth were perfect. He clearly kept to a great oral hygiene schedule. Brush after every meal and if you can, even after every snack. The better your oral hygiene routine is, the healthier your teeth and gums will be. So when it comes time to show off those.... fangs, they will be looking their best!

 

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Tooth Enamel and How To Keep It Healthy and Strong!

But there are physical ways you can wear down that precious enamel also, such as attrition. When clamping down your teeth, or excessively grinding your molars, try to remember that over time this is one of the leading ways in which tooth decay is enhanced.

 

Abrasion is another common form of erosion, and that happens by using your teeth as tools or even in some cases consistently brushing way too hard! Seeing as how teeth aren’t exactly flexible either, bending teeth can cause fractures and cracks referred to as “Abfraction.” But probably the most dangerous and common form of erosion is called “Corosion,” and this happens due to the teeth coming in contact with extremely acidic materials, even Vitamin C tablets can be included on the list “way too acidic.” But other health implications can affect corrosion as well, such as Bulemia or even alcoholism!

 

While all these factors have to be considered when trying to keep your teeth healthy and strong, we have to also not get too frightened because that’s what the enamel is for in the first place! To protect against chewing, grinding and other routine physical actions so your teeth aren’t falling out when you haven’t even hit your half way point in life! The enamel unlike most other parts of the human body, cannot grow back. Once the damage is done it is permanent, so keep that in mind next time you go to bite your fingernails or use your tooth to get that bottle cap off. Keeping your teeth’s enamel healthy involves physical precautions like brushing and flossing, as well as dietary precautions and truly paying attention to everything that goes into your mouth.

 

Following the basic rules of dental hygiene and opening your eyes to some unbeknownst dangers, you can see your smile bright and white far into old age!

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Saxe Ortho – Just What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Saxe Ortho – Just What Causes Enamel Erosion? | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

When you go through the grocery stores these days, it’s hard to come across anything that isn’t laden with sugar or saturated with starch. Why would it matter with starch? Sugars connection to a healthy smile is obvious, but I bet there a few things you didn’t know that help to contribute to the degradation of those pearly whites! Starch is included in plenty of things we consume on a regular basis, the trick is to identify and moderate those certain starches in your diet. Potato chips, salty snacks and crackers all contribute if not more-so than sugar to enamel erosion, the reason is because these foods don’t dissolve as easily as sugar, and large buildups of starchy material can form between your teeth if you don’t properly floss.

 

The bacteria that feed on sugar, also feed on starch. The by-product they produce is what leads to the overall elimination of the tooth’s outer enamel layer leading to tooth decay and other severe repercussions. But dentists say the acid produced by bacteria from starch can be more harmful than sugar because of how long remnants of starchy food will stay trapped in the hidden spots of your mouth. This highlights the importance of flossing after every meal, also the importance of maintaining regular meal times. Snacking with salty foods not only hides plenty of particles in your teeth throughout the day, it can also cause your saliva glands to slow down, whereas eating at regular times throughout the day results in a more easily maintained oral hygiene routine as long as you snack in between with low sugar and low starch foods like celery and carrot sticks!

 

Another important factor is to watch what you drink! While it’s no surprise soda is horrible for your teeth, but did you know that almost all fruit juices contain the equivalent amount of sugar that soda has? Most juices are sweetened to the point where the sugar overtakes any benefits the juice once had, as well as stain your teeth in some cases! Purple juices are as bad as red wine in this instance, but the acid present in juice and wine combines to create an environment that favors the tooth decaying bacteria.

 

A few other detrimental foods to look out for are also very obvious when you think about it. While it may seem like those gummy bears are as bad as the chocolate, the truth is that gummy candy is much, much worse! Gummies help to leave a layer of solid, gelatinous sugar that doesn’t breakdown as it should with saliva. The Results are almost scary as gummy candies result in some of the worst acid attacks your teeth can experience! Cough lozenges and hard candies are no exception, the amount of sugar used in what is supposed to be medicine helps to shut down your salivary glands while a sticky layer penetrates deep into your enamel, causing bacteria to have a field day on the surface of your teeth!

 

So remember, you don’t have to cut these things completely out of your life, just be aware of the harmful effects, and take the steps to counteract them! Regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash are all essential components to maintaining a healthy smile, and cutting down the number of acid attacks on your teeth daily will result in a whiter and more confident smile, as well as healthy teeth feeling better than you dreamed!

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Saxe Ortho – Periodontal Disease and Keeping Your Braces Clean!

Saxe Ortho – Periodontal Disease and Keeping Your Braces Clean! | Dentistry and Orthodontics | Scoop.it

Periodontal disease is a common issue dealt with by young and old alike, but one group of people is more susceptible to it than most. Can you guess who? Well if you thought those with braces then you would be absolutely correct! With braces, the importance of flossing and dental hygiene often fall onto deaf ears when it comes to those with braces. (Mostly Kids) So why is it so important to make sure you are thoroughly brushing and flossing multiple times daily?

 

Well the most common reason is that throughout the day, all the food you have eaten collects in the tiny nooks and crannies present when your braces are on. If you eat a nice and healthy breakfast in the morning, and you don’t brush and floss afterwards, remains of that breakfast will stay in your mouth and the nooks of your braces until later in the day when you brush again! Yuck! That means those little chunks of renegade food will stay in your mouth collecting bacteria and braking down on the surface of your teeth for hours! More importantly it will be your gums taking the brunt of the bacterial assault.

 

As the gums become more and more infected, Periodontal disease can often go unnoticed for years until the very advanced stages begin to emerge. By that often it is too late, and in the worst cases it can result in bone loss at the very base of your teeth, often the ligaments and gums go with it. But most get it dealt with before that happens, but that is no excuse to let it get that far! While the gums become more infected, the results will be discoloration and hardening of the gums.

 

Yes you read that correctly, “hardening”! As your gums lose flexibility, especially with braces present, pain will continue to increase into an aching mess. With so much pressure present on the gums from the braces, often the infected liquid that forms between the tooth and gums will be forced out, creating a constantly unpleasant and rotting taste in your mouth that even the best mouthwashes won’t be able to remove!

 

So next time your dwelling on whether or not you want to go through the hassle of flossing, or telling yourself you “don’t have enough time” to brush or floss, remember that the health of your mouth is vital to your well-being as a whole! The infections that can occur because of periodontal disease can influence your health, and even become influenced BY it as well! So do whatever you can to ensure those braces stay clean, your smile, and your body will thank you for it!

 

Don’t forget to check keep checking back to the blog for more tips and tricks to ensure you and your mouth a healthy New Year in 2013! Happy Holidays from Saxe ortho!

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Teeth Whitening

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Over time, and for a variety of reasons, your teeth may start to lose their natural color. There are many factors that play a part in this deterioration. Some have to do with the foods we eat, others come from the natural course of time. There are how however some things that you can do to restore the natural color to your teeth, this will bring vibrancy back to your smile and give you more confidence.

There are many factors that contribute to the discoloration of teeth. The biggest factor is time. As you get older your teeth will naturally begin to age just like the rest of your body. In doing so they will lose a lot of their natural white color and become darker. What accelerates this process are a lot of the things that teeth are exposed to over the years. The drinks we have play a big part. If you drink soda, coffee or tea in excess this often is the biggest factor due to the colors and dyes that are often added to them. Smokers are also highly susceptible to yellowing of the teeth due to the tar and other chemicals in cigarettes. These are just some of the major causes that will lead people to want to whiten their teeth. How you go about doing that depends on what kind of system you want to use and what budget you are on.

If you decide to go ahead with a whitening procedure it is important to talk to your dentist first and go over the best options that are available. Light-accelerated whitening is the most common in-office method to whiten teeth. It takes advantage of newer technologies like LED, Plasma Arch and Halogen lights to trigger a reaction on the surface of the teeth accelerating the average whitening time compared to that of in home treatments.

In-home whitening is much less expensive then your professionally done treatments but it takes much longer to achieve the desired results. There are plenty of options that you have out there including gels, strips, toothpastes and gums. All of these require you to make them part of your regular brushing and flossing routine. Most at-home whitening systems take around 4-6 weeks to start seeing noticeable results.

While teeth whitening may not be for everyone, it is something that will help restore your teeth to their original luster. You need to make sure that you are careful with any of the methods listed above. As long as you do it right, you will be on your way to a new and stunning smile.

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Lisa Nhi Nguyen's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:26 PM

I chose this article because it relates to orthodontics. The majority, if not all people who get their braces off are very eager to get their teeth whitened to enhance their smiles.  This article explains to us the reasons why our teeth yellow over time.

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How To Spot Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a very common result poor oral hygiene that most people can avoid by taking proper care of their mouths. For the people that it does effect, there are several causes that lead to what dental hygienists often refer to periodontal disease. Gum disease is defined as inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth.

 

The prolonged exposure to plaque on the teeth may lead to a more serious problems such as gingivitis. There are several factors that may contribute to your risk of getting gingivitis. If you are prone to certain types of infections throughout the rest of your body, of course the obvious thing being poor oral hygiene is a major factor as well. To avoid some of the oral hygiene problems it is always important to make sure that you brush and floss every day, after every meal. Some may not know that the use of mouthwash may also reduce the risk of gum issues. The more you let sugars and bacteria sit on your teeth, the more plaque builds up and that will cause inflammation and eventually lead to gingivitis. Uncontrolled diabetes can also cause some issues as well.

 

If you think you may have gingivitis there are symptoms that you should be aware of. If you notice blood on your toothbrush even when you are brushing lightly, your gums may appear bright red or a reddish-purple color to them. If you touch your gums they may be a bit tender and you also may have mouth sores. If you notice any of these symptoms it is recommended that you go see your dentist. They will look for the aforementioned indicators and make sure it is either gingivitis or just regular gum disease.

 

Once a diagnosis is determined the goal is to reduce the inflammation and to do this you must keep good oral hygiene this is the most detrimental part. In addition warm salt water and mouthwashes are recommended as well. Within one or two weeks the bleeding will lessen. It is then time to get your teeth professionally cleaned. After the cleaning you keep up with your new hygiene routine and before you know it your gums will return to their healthy, pink form. The more strict you are the less chance you have of any issues recurring.

 

While this may seem like a scary thought, there really is not much to worry about as long as you keep good oral hygiene you should have nothing to worry about. 

 

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Proper Oral Hygiene With Braces

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Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever for you to have proper oral hygiene. You have worked this hard to get a brand new smile, you wouldn't want everything you worked for Part of having a good smile is making sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. In order to do that there are several things that you are going to need to do every day in order to keep that smile looking good. The success of this is entirely up to you. No one else is going to help you. They may be able to remind you, but you are the one that needs to make sure it gets done properly. As long as you follow these steps regularly, you won't have any problems having a healthy smile.

 

The first and most important thing you need to remember is to brush your teeth after every meal. Now that you have braces there is an increased chance that food is going to get stuck between the wires and your teeth. Because of this you need to make sure that everything stays as clean as possible. There is a different way that you need to approach brushing, especially when you have braces. You need to make sure that you get the teeth and the brackets. Fiest thing you do is make sure you brush your gums and the base of your teeth. After that you want to gently brush the tops of your brackets, carefully move to the edges of your teeth and eventually the bottom of your brackets. Finally you are going to want to brush on the insides of your teeth and of course be sure to brush your tongue too. After this you are ready to go to the next most important step,

flossing.

 

Flossing is just as important as your brushing. With flossing you are removing any food and plaque that have built up in between the brackets and wires. There are special floss threaders that you can use to get in between the wires. There are also special bristle tipped tools that you can get from your orthodontist that will help you with flossing as well. You need to make sure these areas stay as clean as possible. If too much stuff gets built up, you could do some serious damage to your teeth and gums.

 

Now that you have cleaned your teeth, flossed between your wires you need to rinse your mouth out to make sure any residual bacteria or plaque has been removed. You can use any kind of over the counter oral rinse. Just make sure you swish it around your whole mouth. This will ensure that every last part of your mouth is clean.

 

As long as you do the above steps you should have no hygiene issues come check-up time. You have to keep up with it though. If you forget too much, you may cause yourself a whole new set of dental issues. Remember to keep smiling and brush those teeth!

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Lisa Nhi Nguyen's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:23 PM

Hygiene is a BIG component during orthodontic treatment. When I got my braces on, my orthodontist told me to take good care of my teeth to prevent teeth stains after removal. I was not allowed to eat sweets, drink coffee, eat hard foods, etc. This article went into further depth on how exactly to clean the teeth. 

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Life With Braces

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Now that you and your orthodontist have picked out the right braces for you, you may be wondering what happens next. Once the braces are put on your teeth, you need to be very careful about how you treat them in order for the braces to properly do their job. It is more than just knowing what foods you can and can not eat. You need to take extra care of your teeth during this time as well.

 

One of the first things you must remember to do every single day is of course, brush your teeth. At first this will seem difficult while you are still adjusting to the sensations of having the brackets pressing against the inside of your lips. Don't worry, they are glued on tight so make sure to brush normally. At first your teeth may be sore, so when you brush just be a little more gentle until your mouth gets used to the braces. Another important step to remember is to clean in between your teeth and braces as well. You must make sure that all of the food and plaque that may build up has been removed. This will not only benefit your teeth, but it will prevent the braces from becoming damaged too. Now that you know how to care for your mouth while you have braces there are some other things that you need to know regarding foods and what not to do in order to prevent damaging the braces themselves.

 

There are certain hard and sticky foods that you should try and avoid while you have your braces. If you eat these you can break the wires or even lose the brackets. To avoid damaging your teeth and braces you should not eat the following foods: Skittles, Fruit Roll Ups, Starburst, Jelly Beans, Caramel, Baby Ruth, Snickers, Cracker Jacks, Pizza Crusts, Peanuts, Popcorn, Corn Nuts, Tortilla Chips and Jaw Breakers. These foods may cause damage to the brackets and wires. If you stay away from these foods while you have your braces you should have your perfect smile in no time! Another thing to remember is when you get your braces tightened, your mouth is going to be very sore. You may need to change what you eat for a few days while your teeth adjust to the pressure. You may have to take some Tylenol to take the edge off after a tightening but that is ok, it just means that the braces are doing their job and the teeth are starting to shift into their proper positions.

 

Don't worry! It may seem scary, but braces are very helpful to a lot of people. As long as you take care of yourself while you have them there is nothing to worry about. Before you know it they will be coming off and you will have a beautiful smile.

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