How to take care of your teeth after your braces are removed

Article written by Elite Dental Group

Getting fitted with braces can be a life-changing experience for some as it provides patients with a beautiful smile that boosts their confidence which enhances social interactions. However, after removing dental braces patients must follow proper post orthodontic hygiene habits to maintain a healthy smile and to keep their teeth in place.

The following recommendations will help patients to maintain a healthy smile after removing their braces: 

Book a professional cleaning exam – When a person wears braces especially those with brackets, it can be difficult to brush and floss properly. Patients who have had their braces for a long time will notice that their teeth are whiter where the brackets were positioned in comparison to the rest of their teeth. To even out stains and to remove plaque build-up, it is important to book a professional dental cleaning after removing your braces.

Try a teeth whitening treatment – To brighten a smile, dentists may recommend a professional whitening treatment. Often professional whitening treatments will offer 3-5 shades of whitening with just one procedure.

Wear a retainer as advised – After removing their braces a patient’s teeth have the natural tendency to move back into their original position. For this reason, dentists will recommend wearing a retainer for a few months after braces have been removed.

Take good care of your retainer – Clean retainers at least twice daily or as advised by your dentist. Putting an unclean retainer into a freshly cleaned mouth will only put back bacteria which can cause decay and bad breath.

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Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Article submitted By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

If you get a little anxious at the thought of going to the dentist, then you are not alone. About 20% of Americans admit that they avoid dental visits because of fear and anxiety. In fact, dental phobia is a very serious problem that can leave people panic stricken at the thought of sitting in the dentist chair.

Many patients say that they only go to the dentist when they’re in pain because of dental anxiety. Below are a few signs that you may have this phobia:

Intense anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist

Trouble sleeping the night before your visit

Feeling physically ill or crying at the thought of visiting the dentist

Nervousness and sweaty palms that escalate while waiting in the dentist’s office

Causes of Dental Anxiety

There are a number of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobias. In many cases those who experience intense fear about going to the dentist had poor experiences as children. Going to the orthodontist is much less problematic. Though some of the procedures can be uncomfortable, people generally do not associate pain with their orthodontal visits.

Speak to Your Dentist or Orthodontist

Let your dentist or orthodontist know about your fear of dentists and asked them to recommend some exercises that might help. A few simple biofeedback or breathing exercises can help you to relax. If your fear is especially strong, your doctor might suggest taking a muscle relaxer before your visit.

Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at each stage of the procedure. This can help you better prepare. You can also establish a signal system with your dentist where you will raise your hand if you’re feeling uncomfortable or need a moment to catch your breath.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles is a highly experienced orthodontist in Irvine, serving Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel areas. Types of braces offered include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign. Call to get more info.

Should you Choose Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?

Written by Article By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

With several different options available these days, you may be wondering whether Invisalign really works. Will it straighten your teeth and eliminate gaps? How expensive is it? Is it covered by insurance? These are all typical questions that people have.

Invisalign will not work for everyone. In some cases, traditional braces will be the best choice. Your orthodontist will examine you and take some x-rays of your teeth and mouth, then determine if you can use Invisalign. If so, then you’ll be pleased to know that this is a comfortable and esthetically pleasing choice. Invisalign appears like a plastic retainer that is almost invisible.

Traditional braces are very noticeable. They can be uncomfortable. It’s hard to floss or even brush your teeth. But they will straighten your teeth and get rid of any gaps. It typically takes from one to two years for best results.

Invisalign is about 30% more expensive than traditional braces. The cost can be covered by your medical savings plan and there are credit cards specifically developed for medical procedures that can be used. Many orthodontists will allow you to pay out the balance you owe on a monthly basis.

This is not true of most dental procedures but since the orthodontist knows that you’ll have to come in each month for around 18 months, then he or she is more willing to set the arrangement up this way for the patient’s convenience. Most insurance carriers will not cover the cost of braces.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi is a highly skilled an Orthodontist in Mission Viejo. He works with patients to help them get a perfect smile. Dr. Rashidi, an orthodontist in Irvine,  also offers services the Lake Forest, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel areas with excellent orthodontal care.