How to Take Care of Your Retainer

January 22, 2019

Your orthodontic care does not end when the aligners are removed. Retainers are essential to stabilizing your new tooth arrangement. The braces or aligners force the teeth to return to the mouth, which involves the absorption of bones at the back of the oral cavity. To maintain your new look, you must use the retainers for a period that has been determined by Dr. Bailey, Dr. Smith, or Dr. Johnson. In many cases, patients must use these products for the rest of their lives. Depending on certain factors, the period can even be as short as three months. Retainers are used only intermittently, usually three to five times a week, for those who use them throughout their lives.The care of the retainers is essential to keeping your teeth in their new condition. The care of the retainers can be carried out as follows:

CLEAN YOUR RETAINER REGULARLY
Treat your retainers as your own teeth! Carefully scrub your retainer with a toothbrush and water after each use. Avoid brushing the retainer with toothpaste, as the toothpaste might be abrasive and cause scratches that will make it difficult to clean the keep your retainer clean.

WEAR YOUR RETAINER OFTEN
Use your retainer as often as recommended by your orthodontist. It’s best that you keep your retainer upright, so your smile stays perfect. Remember, retainers only work if you use them!

AVOID HEAT ON YOUR RETAINER
Your retainer will only work if it fits properly! Your doctor will prepare it with the perfect support for your mouth, but it’s up to you to make sure it stays that way. Avoid leaving your retainer in a hot environment, such as a windowsill or a hot car. It will melt or wrap. Never put it in boiling water; you may think that boiling it is a great way to make it as clean as possible, but the heat will ruin it.

KEEP YOUR RETAINER AWAY FROM PETS
Yes, you love your furry best friend, but they have a special ability to snack on retainers. Keep your retainer safe and away from pets at all times.

AVOID PUTTING NAPKINS ON YOUR RETAINER
If you wrap your retainer in a napkin during meals, it may be easy for your waiter or you to throw it in the trash accidentally. To avoid getting into the bin, keep your retainer in its storage box!

SOAK YOUR RETAINER
To add extra cleaning to your retainer, try soaking it. You can buy retainer cleaner, which comes in tablet form, or you can make your own cleaning solution by mixing 1 part of sodium hypochlorite with ten parts of water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, and your retainer will be perfectly clean.

REPLACE YOUR RETAINER WHEN NEEDED
Even a well-made retainer eventually wears out. If you find that your retainer is deteriorating or behaving differently, contact your doctor. Replacing your retainer when due is an important part of maintaining your smile.

CAREFULLY PUT ON AND TAKE OFF YOUR RETAINER
When you put on your stand, make sure it is always on. There should be no gap between the teeth and the support. When removing it, do not twist it with your tongue or pull it to one side. Otherwise, the retainer may get damaged. Loosen your retainer in several places when you remove it and then ease it off. Do not forget to store it in its storage box!

BRUSH YOUR TEETH BEFORE AND AFTER WEARING YOUR RETAINER
Before and after putting on your retainer, brush your teeth. If you put your support on dirty teeth, your support will get dirty much faster, and it is not good for your teeth

KEEP YOUR RETAINER ONE SPOT
It sounds obvious, but do not lose your retainer! Always keep it in the bag when not in use and keep it out of reach of dogs or children. If you lose it, make sure you replace it.

We cannot stress this point, use your support! Your teeth can change throughout your life. Even if you think your teeth are straight and will stay that way, it is essential that you continue to use your retainer! Taking care of your retainer will help to make your teeth look good and make the most of your investment, and do not forget to show off your big smile. For any retainer questions that you might have contact Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey, DDS, MS, PLLC in our Old Plank Location or Hickswood Location.

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How are Metal and Ceramic Braces Different?

Getting braces is a major orthodontic procedure. For many, they are necessary in order to straighten their teeth and make for a great smile. However, it can be a challenge to decide what type of braces to get––metal braces or ceramic braces. While both serve the same purpose and have the same goal, there are a variety of differences that may cause you to go with one over the other. Read on for more information on ceramic and metal braces to help you determine what will work best.

METAL BRACES

Metal braces are the most popular and most commonly used style of braces. They are made of stainless-steel brackets which are held together with metal wire and small rubber bands. Metal braces are strong, durable, and highly effective in straightening teeth and correcting bite formation. Metal braces have been a mainstay in oral health for over 100 years;they are both reliable and effective. However, today’s braces are smaller and far more complex than the models that were used in the early 20th century.

CERAMIC BRACES

Ceramic braces are built in the same way as metal braces, but they are made out of porcelain rather than stainless steel. This is generally so that they can be made to match the color of the wearer’s teeth. White wires and clear brackets are generally used in conjunction with ceramic braces in order to give a minimal and sometimes nearly-invisible appearance. Ceramic braces perform the same job that metal braces do, but they sometimes must be worn for longer as they are not as strong and suffer from additional friction throughout the treatment.

BENEFITS OF METAL BRACES

As mentioned, metal braces tend to be stronger because of their material. They are also usually a bit cheaper than their ceramic counterparts. They will work faster, which will allow you to finish treatment as quickly as 6 months, depending upon the severity of your condition. Because they are so sturdy, many people opt for metal braces in order to guarantee that their treatment will be quick and effective.

BENEFITS OF CERAMIC BRACES

Ceramic braces provide a far more desirable aesthetic than metal braces. If you are self-conscious about your appearance, you may decide to go with ceramic braces to minimize their conspicuousness. You can customize the color of the ceramic to match your teeth, making them look as natural as possible. Ceramic braces might also be necessary for those who have a metal allergy that renders them unable to wear metal braces.

WHICH BRACES SHOULD YOU GET?

Whether you opt for metal or ceramic braces usually comes down to personal preference and financial plausibility. Many adults go with ceramic braces because they can afford to and because they don’t want to have the appearance of metal braces. However, some people trust the durability of metal braces and choose them, knowing that their treatment will be quicker.

Please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment!

Guide To Flossing And Maintaining Oral Hygiene With Braces

Most people are aware of the importance of oral hygiene. Maintaining careful and consistent oral hygiene becomes absolutely necessary when a person has braces.

Inadequate brushing and flossing may cause white and yellow spots to develop on the teeth. This discoloration may negatively affect the overall appearance of one’s smile, which counteracts the braces’ ability to make your smile straighter and nicer.

To ensure that you have a healthy smile after your braces are removed, make sure to take care of your teeth during the process.

HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN MAINTAIN ORAL HYGIENE WITH BRACES:

  • Brushing Frequently – When a person eats with braces, there is always a chance that food will get stuck in their braces. Therefore, a person with braces needs to brush as soon as they are done eating. Usually, this means brushing at least three times a day. Brushing frequently should be made into a habit with braces in order to avoid cavities. Use fluoride toothpaste and replace your brush often, as the bristles tend to wear down more quickly with braces.
  • Interdental Brushes – These are small brushes which help to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth and other oral appliances. They help to remove large pieces of rubbish and food from your teeth. Use interdental brushes before you use a normal brush.
  • Flossing – Flossing dislodges the food stuck between your teeth and helps to remove harmful plaque. It may be difficult to floss with braces.
  • Mouthwash – Rinse your mouth with water or a strong mouthwash to help kill the bacteria and remove the biofilm from your tongue.

FLOSSING WITH BRACES

How do you floss when the string always gets stuck in the brace wire? Here are two options that will allow you to do so easily:

  • Traditional flossing with a waxed floss. Take the floss and thread it between the braces’ wire and your teeth in a U shape. Press the floss between your index finger and start moving it up and down gently so as to prevent the floss from getting caught in the wire. For the top teeth, floss in an upside down U shape. Floss up to the gum line. Slowly and gently remove the floss. Repeat the process on your bottom teeth.
  • Waterpik flossing. With a waterpik, you can floss much more quickly. Fill the water reservoir with water. Take the tapered tip and insert it into the water. Press it to make sure that the water goes through the flosser. Place the flosser in your mouth and turn the water flosser on. Allow the water to gently drain from your mouth. Do not spit all of it out at once. Carefully guide the water stream back and forth across your gum line and between your teeth.
  • You can even use dental tape or a floss threader, both of which are much more affordable

Keeping your oral hygiene in check while having braces is crucial so as to prevent any further problems from arising. By using these tips, you will help to ensure that your post-braces smile is as good as can be!

Make an appointment at Bracify 3D Orthodontics to check up on your braces and to ask your orthodontist for more ways to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible!

Foods to Eat After Getting Braces Tightened

Those who have braces are aware of the importance of getting them tightened. It keeps teeth moving in the right direction towards a straight smile. However, most know if you are getting your braces tightened, it is likely that you will face discomfort in the next few days. You may also face difficulty in chewing foods. There are different procedures that Dr. Gupta may recommend you to reduce the discomfort. Some of them include using painkillers or oral anesthetics.

The discomfort caused by braces tightening can last up to eight weeks. There are certain food that you can use can eat to reduce the discomfort.

FOOD PRODUCTS TO EAT AFTER GETTING BRACES TIGHTENED

It is strongly recommended for people who have gotten their braces tightened, even if they are not facing any discomfort, to opt for soft food products for a certain period of time. These products are easy to chew, swallow, and digest. Therefore, no more discomfort will be caused.

These food products include:

  • soups
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • oatmeal
  • smoothies
  • mashed potatoes
  • noodles
  • rice
  • tortillas
  • bananas

FOOD PRODUCTS TO AVOID AFTER GETTING BRACES TIGHTENED

After you have got your braces tightened, there are certain food products that you need to stay away from. These are generally hard to chew items that can further increase the discomfort caused by the tightened braces.

These food products include:

  • nuts
  • chewy candies
  • hard vegetables and fruits (apples, carrots, etc.)
  • beef jerky
  • nuts
  • granola
  • chips
  • tough meats

CONSEQUENCES OF NOT EATING THE RIGHT FOOD PRODUCTS

Consequences of not eating the right food products after getting your braces tightened can prove to be painful for you. The result can be a toothache or even gum diseases. For example, if you eating hard or chewy gums, it may result in sugar settling in those areas of our teeth that are difficult to reach for cleaning purposes. Thus, there are chances of tooth decay.

In addition to that, some hard food products may end up damaging your braces as well. Due to this reason, you may have to pay another visit to your orthodontist and get new ones.

A FINAL WORD

For a better oral health, following the above-explained guide of food products to eat and avoid after getting braces tightened is important. It will not only help you to avoid discomfort but painful conditions as well. Therefore, make sure you are eating only soft products for a certain period of time after getting your braces tightened, it will help you to have an overall improved oral health.

If the discomfort doesn’t go after a specific period of time, it is advised to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gupta and discuss in detail the issues you are facing. We are here to help!

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

Most people visit the orthodontist or dentist to get rid of the gap and achieve a perfect smile. But what they might not realize, is that widely spaced teeth impact your physical health as well. Yes, self-confidence and self-esteem issues can be a problem associated with widely spaced teeth but they can also negatively impact your health if you don’t take proper care.

WIDELY SPACED TEETH HAVE MANY CAUSES.

It can be genetic or it can be developed over time during childhood. It can even happen in adults, but it is more commonly seen to be developed during childhood. Oral habits such as thrusting your tongue between your teeth can cause spacing. Or it can be the result of the jaw being significantly larger than average and the teeth, trying to cover up the area, develop space between themselves.

Oral hygiene is a main issue with widely spaced teeth. It may seem as though it is easy to clean between the gaps but this is false. Food tends to get stuck between those gaps and the bacteria has access to your gums and teeth. It becomes a breeding ground for plaque. This may cause your gums and teeth to weaken and diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis, to be caused. If the plaque is not taken care of early, your teeth may begin to decay. But an even bigger issue is the that oral diseases, such as periodontitis, can lead to more serious complications like heart diseases.

It is also difficult to floss teeth with wide spaces because you have to be very attentive when doing so, in case you scrape of your gums.

Another cause of widely spaced teeth is a misaligned bite. This may cause the teeth to move and shift out of place. People with misaligned teeth may experience extreme pain in the jaw, forehead and ear. Even chewing food can become difficult and painful. Your teeth may tend to hit with more force and this may cause them to break into tiny pieces or become chipped.

Gaps between teeth may cause chewing to become a problem which can lead to swallowing huge chunks of food, making digestive problems.

Gaps between teeth may also cause you to develop bad breath, yellow teeth, bleeding gums and pain in the gums. Traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear liners makes it possible to correct the gaps between the teeth without anyone noticing that you have something inside your mouth. To learn more about correcting widely spaced teeth contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics and make an appointment today!

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