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3 Signs You Need Braces

There are several signs that might indicate that you need an orthodontic treatment such as braces. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 of those signs, including crowded or crooked teeth, space or bite problems, and recommendations from a dentist or orthodontist.

Below are 3 signs that you might need braces:

Crowded or Crooked Teeth

These are called malocclusions. Warning signs include teeth that look as though they’re sitting sideways, teeth that overlap each other, and teeth that protrude significantly farther than the surrounding teeth. Crowding is the most common issue addressed by braces. To determine whether your teeth are crowded, you can use dental floss. If floss is very difficult to slide between teeth, your teeth may be crowded too closely together. Source: WikiHow

Space Bite Problems

Most orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning you inherited your space or bite problems. Others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental decay, accidents, or poor nutrition. Or there is not enough room in the jaws for the teeth so they become crowded or crooked, or the jaws don’t line up properly. Source: DeltaDental

Dentist or Orthodontist Recommendations

The stimulus to seek orthodontic treatment can come from you or your dentist. Your dentist may recommend braces if he notices conditions in your mouth that are unhealthy. These conditions may include not being able to clean the teeth due to their alignment, abnormal or excessive wear, or inappropriate function. You also may have other dental problems that he could better correct if your teeth were straighter. On the other hand, you may be the one who feels you that you need treatment. Source: RealSelf

If you want to learn more about how we can help with orthodontic treatments, please give us a call.

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Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 373-0300

3 Ways to Deal With Dental Emergencies

This is a more of a “general dentistry” post than we usually do, but we wanted to share some tips on how to deal with a dental emergency …just in case. Dental emergencies can happen to anyone and it’s important to be prepared. Here are 3 tips on how to handle a dental emergency:

1. A tooth that has been knocked out – Grasp your lost tooth by the crown and rinse its root if it is dirty, avoiding scrubbing the tooth or removing pieces of tissue that may be attached. You can attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket in your mouth, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to see your dentist quickly. The American Dental Association recommends placing the tooth in milk, which acts as a preservative until you can get to a professional. Source: Everyday Health

2. Injury to the soft tissue of the mouth – Injuries inside the mouth includes tears or cuts, puncture wounds, and lacerations to the cheek, lips, or tongue. The wound should be cleaned immediately with warm water, and the injured person should be taken directly to an oral surgeon for emergency care. If you can’t get to an oral surgeon, the patient should be taken to the hospital. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound. Source: Know Your Teeth

3. Chipped or broken teeth – Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible. Source: WebMD

If you have any further questions feel free to contact our office!

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Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 373-0300

3 Tips On How To Care For Your Invisalign Aligners

So, you’ve just got your brand new Invisalign aligners, but now it’s time to make sure you take good care of them. Check out these 3 tips on how to easily maintain your Invisalign clear braces:

1. Eating and Drinking Etiquette – What happens before, during and after you eat and drink will have a major effect on the condition of your Invisalign aligners. They are never to be worn while eating, although they can be worn for drinking. However, it is important to take them out if drinking hot beverages, since the heat can result in warping or damage. Also, remember that Invisalign aligners can easily be discolored by colored drinks, so it is recommended to use a straw when drinking sodas or any other drink that has the capability to stain the aligners. It is always important to put the trays back in after meals, as they are only effective when worn for a sufficient period. Also, ensure that you brush your teeth before putting them in, to safeguard against stains from residual food that may be left in the mouth. Source: Jaklin Bezik

2. Look for signs of calcium build-up – Inspect the retainer for any calcium build-up. Like your teeth, retainers are susceptible to tartar (calculus) build-up. Calcium build-up appears as a cloudy white film on the retainer that is hard to remove with a toothbrush.

If you notice any calcium build-up, soak the retainer in a denture or retainer cleaning solution as instructed on the package. The Invisalign website sells a cleaning product designed specifically for Invisalign retainer called the “Invisalign Cleaning System”. Source: About Health

3. Brush the aligner – Use toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, just as you would when brushing your own teeth. Gently brush away any food particles on both sides of the aligner. Clean it thoroughly. Source: wikiHow

If you have further questions about properly caring for your Invisalign clear aligners, please do not hesitate to contact our orthodontics office located in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Contact:
Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 373-0300

3 Tips on How to Keep Your Teeth & Braces Clean

As you know keeping your teeth clean is important for the health of your teeth and gums. Improper dental hygiene can result in tooth decay, gingivitis, and other undesirable results. Braces are necessary to correct many situations, but they do make the cleaning of teeth significantly more difficult. Below are 3 tips on how to keep your teeth and braces clean:

1. Avoid certain foods – While wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten if you cut them into small pieces that can be easily chewed. There are certain foods, however, that can break or loosen braces and should be avoided, such as:

  • Hard or tough-to-bite foods, such as apples or bagels
  • Chewy foods, such as taffy or caramels
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and carrots

In addition, do not chew ice or bubble gum. Source: WebMD

2. Flossing your teeth with braces – For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.

Use the reusable floss threader provided by our office to floss under your archwire daily. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. You will be able to feel when the tooth is clean and hear the squeak of the floss against your clean teeth.

Use care around your archwire and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it. After you floss between your archwire and braces, floss between your other teeth and gums.

If you are flossing without the floss threader, pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, inform a staff member at your next appointment. Source: Alborzi

3. Minimize sugary foods – Foods and drinks such as cake, candy, ice cream, pie, and soda don’t do your teeth any favors. Make sure you brush and floss after you eat foods or drink beverages high in sugar. There are also sugar-neutralizing kinds of toothpaste available, see if it’s okay to use this type of paste on your braces. Source: wikiHow

For additional information about keeping your teeth and braces clean, please contact our office. We’re always here to help!

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Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
United States