Are Braces Right for Me?

December 1, 2018

About three out of four people could benefit from braces, but not everyone opts for this corrective dental intervention. This is unfortunate since the benefits of braces can be dramatic and last a lifetime.

Every person’s mouth and every set of teeth are different. So it stands to reason that sometimes, a person’s teeth don’t come in right, or just don’t fit along the gum line neatly. In fact, it’s quite common for patients of all ages to come to our doctors for braces, in order to align their teeth properly, beautify their smiles, and to create proper alignment. However, beyond a perfect smile, braces provide numerous other benefits.

REASONS TO GET BRACES
Braces Can Prevent Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth are a bit like misaligned tires. They can wear down more quickly with normal use. When teeth are not aligned properly, upper and lower teeth can rub together in ways that wear down the tooth enamel quickly. When optimal tooth alignment is achieved, the teeth will last longer and tooth decay will be a much less prevalent problem.

Braces Can Help To Prevent Heart Disease
When malocclusions (misaligned teeth) are not remedied- as we pointed out- the teeth will sustain undue damage which can be avoided and lead to degraded oral health. One of the most life-threatening problems that can arise from poor oral health is heart disease. Heart disease can be caused when excess plaque on the teeth and gums finds its way into sores in the mouth that result from an unhealthy dentition. When this happens, plaque can find its way into the bloodstream where it can contribute to the clogging of the arteries.

Braces Can Avoid Health Complications
Heart disease is not the only health problem that can stem from malocclusions. Overbite, underbite, and other misalignments of the teeth can cause a whole range of problems with mild to severe consequences. Headaches, earaches, difficulty or discomfort while chewing and biting, speech impediments, and even painful disorders of the jaw can result. When these problems are caused by malocclusion, braces can almost always remedy them.

Better Confidence and Self Esteem With Braces
Of course, straighter teeth make a more beautiful and healthy smile- and that’s something that can improve our private and professional lives in many ways.

TYPES OF LOW-VISIBILITY BRACES
Many people avoid getting braces because they feel it will negatively affect their appearance. But there are low visibility options available, among others.

Invisible Braces
Invisible braces are clear and very hard to spot if you aren’t looking for them. They are transparent aligners that straighten the teeth just like normal braces.

Lingual Braces
This type of braces are very similar to traditional braces, but they are mounted on the back side of the teeth. They are completely hidden.

Ceramic Braces
Like invisible and ordinary braces, ceramic braces are mounted on the front of the teeth. The difference is that they are the same color as tooth enamel and are harder to see.

With all these reasons and all these options- it just doesn’t make sense to avoid what could be a life-changing procedure. If you are interested in transforming your smile and improving your teeth’s alignment, contact The Orthodontic Office Of Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey, DDS, MS, PLLC in High Point today!

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How Long Will You Be in Braces?

How Long Will You Be in Braces?One of the most common questions we get from our patients is “How long will I need to wear my braces?” Unfortunately, there is no set answer, as each case is unique!

However, there are a few important factors that can help determine a timeframe you may be wearing braces for. These factors include your age and the severity of your case, but it’s important to note, estimated times may change depending on progress. Response time to treatment is often unpredictable.

Primary Treatment Times and Factors

The most crucial factor that will help determine how long you’ll be in braces is the severity of your case. Your orthodontist must take into consideration how much room there is for teeth to maneuver, how far your teeth need to move to meet the desired goal, your overall mouth health (including teeth, gum, and bone strength), and of course, how well you follow instructions for care outside of the dental office.

Research shows that the earlier any issues are identified and treated, the shorter the treatment time would be. Braces tend to be worn on average for a period between one and three years for comprehensive treatment. Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you may be required to wear a retainer or have some other form of follow up treatment. This is usually to aid in maintaining results.

Good Dental Hygiene

Patients who maintain good dental hygiene and follow all instructions provided by their orthodontist may even cut down their time in braces. Good dental hygiene prior to getting braces will usually mean that the teeth, gums, and bones are strong and in good health, which will make the process easier.

Type of Braces

There are a few common options for braces available, including standard metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Different types of braces require a different treatment plan and aftercare. This may affect how long you have braces, especially if home care instructions are not followed accurately. It is also possible that there may be damage to braces over time and repairs may be required. In both cases, you may have to wear them for a bit longer.

Your Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Regardless of the severity of your case, choosing Bracify 3D Orthodontics will make all the difference. We have a highly trained, qualified, friendly, and experienced orthodontics team.

We do our best to work with you to ensure that you completely understand your treatment plan. Before starting your treatment, we will teach you how best to adjust to wearing braces and caring for them. To beautifully align your teeth in the shortest time frame possible, book an appointment with Bracify 3D Orthodontics today!

Tips for Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign Aligners are lovely, aren’t they? No brackets, no wires and, most importantly, transparent, so they don’t get in the way of your beaming smile. Invisalign Aligners do come with some maintenance, though, to keep them bacteria-free and looking clear as day. Check out these simple steps to help you keep your trays clean.

1. Brush Your Teeth, But Rinse the Aligners.

Brushing your teeth before putting in your aligners helps to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck pressed up against your teeth when the aligners are in place. Sounds nasty right? So, make sure your teeth are nice and clean before putting the aligners on.

That said, only use toothpaste for your teeth. Don’t use toothpaste to clean your aligners as many brands have ingredients that can scratch up or cloud the trays, making them less clear. Rinse your aligners off with water and some non-colored antibacterial soap instead, and do it every time you take them out of your mouth. This will help keep dry saliva and plaque from forming bad-smelling bacteria on them.

2. Daily Soaks

Soak your aligners at least once a day to give them a deep clean. If you do brush them, make sure to do it gently to avoid scratches. Denture cleaners can also work well to sanitize the trays, so you aren’t putting any unnecessary bacteria in your mouth.

3. Avoid Eating and Drinking

Many foods and drinks can stain or do damage to your aligners so, stick with drinking water instead. When it’s time to eat, remove the trays (remember to rinse them out!) and eat to your heart’s content. Make sure your teeth are clean before re-inserting.

Give Us a Call

If you ever run into problems or have questions about your Invisalign Aligners, or maybe you think it’s time to get a pair for yourself or a family member, then give Bracify 3D Orthodontics a call today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gupta and her team will help ensure your teeth are looking just as perfect as your smile.

6 Tips To Get The Most From An Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is an excellent option for adults and teens interested in straightening their smile without traditional metal brackets or wire braces!

Why Invisalign?

Invisalign is known for being more convenient and less painful than some of the conventional options, but there are things you must do to ensure it’s a successful form. If you fail to take care of your teeth while using Invisalign, you won’t get the beautiful smile you long for and deserve. Here are some of the essential tips to remember when using Invisalign!

You Must Rinse and Floss Daily

The most important tip – no matter where you read about Invisalign treatments – is to rinse and floss every single day after you eat. Most people remember to brush their teeth after eating. However, rinsing with water will help to loosen the food particles, and you can floss to help get rid of food that has gotten stuck between the teeth.

Think of your Invisalign as being your real teeth. Treat them like you would regular teeth – brush, rinse, and floss. By doing this, you improve your chances of successful treatment.

What many people fail to recognize is that Invisalign is plastic aligner, which will hold onto food even after brushing. That is why it is so essential to rinse and floss after eating or drinking.

Wear Your Aligners

If you want to get the most from your Invisalign aligners quickly, you should be wearing them at least 22 hours a day, removing them for times when you’re eating, drinking or playing some contact sports. (Don’t forget to brush and floss after eating and drinking before putting the aligners back in, and then brush again to minimize bacteria in your mouth.)

If you decide to keep wearing your Invisalign aligner while playing contact sports, consider buying a mouth guard to protect your “investment” and teeth.

Use Chewies

Invisalign treatment is only successful when each tooth fits appropriately in the aligner. How do you know if your aligner isn’t fitting just right? If you feel air gaps between the teeth and aligner, then there is an issue. This is where chewies come in to help. They are small, plastic cylindrical cushions that will help in sealing the aligner, so they fit against your teeth.

Regular use of chewies can improve the chances of the treatment finishing in a shorter time frame. Just use them several times a day for up to 10 minutes each time to get the benefit they provide.

Change Aligners When Directed

Your orthodontist is going to give you a schedule of when you need to change your aligners. Don’t ignore it. Don’t think you can wait a few more days before changing them or that you can change them a day or two early. Changing them early or late can harm the overall treatment.

See Your Orthodontist Regularly and Get Your Cleanings

You already know how important oral health is, which is why it’s stressed that you get your teeth cleaned two times a year. Many people neglect their mouth, which can lead to other health problems. If you’re seeing an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment, you don’t want to ignore your cleaning.

On top of that, your orthodontist can determine if the Invisalign isn’t working like it should, making adjustments where necessary and coming up with solutions, so you get the most from the treatment.

Use Your Retainer

Once you have finished wearing your aligners, your retainer is another essential part of your treatment. The retailer should be worn every day until your orthodontist tells you it’s okay to wear it only at night.

Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding the treatment plan to ensure its success. It can take anywhere from six months to a year for your Invisalign treatment to work. It’s not uncommon for many people to need another set of Invisalign aligners in the middle of their treatment, but remember what the goal is: to give you a beautiful smile you desire and deserve.

Book an appointment with our team at Bracify 3D Orthodontics to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Dental Wax: Your Sidekick in Living with Braces

Ah, braces. A necessary pain. Braces can be uncomfortable at times, but luckily, that is exactly what dental wax is for. Like a knight in pearly-white armor, dental wax is here to save the day!

What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is a natural wax, usually made from beeswax, carnauba, or paraffin that you apply to your braces to give them a smoother, more comfortable surface. The wax provides a buffer between the hard metal and your soft mouth. It’s great when your braces feel “scratchy” or when a wire breaks and you need to keep it from stabbing into your mouth while you wait for an orthodontist visit.

Unfortunately, if you accidentally digest even the smallest amount, you’ll need to go to the ER to have it removed from your stomach. Kidding! Only kidding. It wouldn’t make much sense to put a toxic product in your mouth, now, would it? (I’m looking at you, tobacco users). Dental wax is perfectly safe and it’s ok to accidentally swallow some as it wears away. Some waxes may even be flavored with mint or other natural and safe ingredients.

Over time, dental wax will wear away and rub or flake off your braces. That is totally normal, and again, it’s safe to digest. If your braces get uncomfortable, simply apply another layer.

How to Apply It

Before you do anything, wash your hands to avoid putting unwanted germs and bacteria in your mouth. Then, you will want to brush your teeth, specifically focusing on where you want to apply the wax.

The wax itself is solid at room temperature, but you can soften and shape it by squeezing and rolling it around in your hands. You will want to stick with a small amount, maybe the size of a pea. Once the wax is soft enough, simply push it onto the part of the braces where you need it. You could also use your tongue to get it exactly where you want it.

Eating with the wax on can be a little difficult since it may stick to your food. You can remove it before eating, but if you decide to leave it on, be sure to replace any dirty wax after you eat. It wouldn’t do any good to your smile if you had old food stuck to your teeth.

You can use floss to remove the wax as long as you are careful not to damage your braces or gums.

You Can Survive Braces

Life with braces can be a drag sometimes, but it is well worth it. Your orthodontist and dental wax are both there to help. Use the wax as your sidekick to help you survive the day-to-day and always be sure to make an appointment Bracify 3D Orthodontics if you need help or have questions about living with your braces.

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