Posts for tag: Orthodontics
The skilled team at Pearlfection Dentistry can help you get to your best smile with orthodontics in Urbana, MD. The benefits of straight teeth and a beautiful smile will follow you through the rest of your life, and we are happy to be part of your smile transformation. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, read about white spot lesions and how to prevent them.
What are white lesions?
When you have traditional braces, there is a risk of white lesions forming around the brackets if you're not cleaning your teeth well. Plaque can accumulate around the perimeter of the bracket, causing demineralization, or an early form of tooth decay. When you have orthodontics in Urbana, MD, taking great care of your teeth makes all the difference in preventing white lesions and early tooth decay.
Preventing white lesions around brackets
Some orthodontists apply sealants to teeth before braces to protect the teeth. Whether you have sealants or not, regular brushing and flossing will be your best defense against white lesions forming. When you have braces, your orthodontist will recommend brushing two to three times a day for two minutes at a time. You should floss at least once a day every day. It takes time to maneuver floss around brackets and wires but if you take the time to remove all debris from around the brackets, you're preventing the buildup of plaque that leads to demineralization.
Flossing with braces can be difficult and time-consuming, so you might want to invest in a water flosser. Water flossers use a pulsating stream of water to floss hard-to-reach areas and this can make a huge difference in flossing around brackets and wires. Your dentist may also recommend adding a fluoride rinse to your hygiene routine for extra defense against tooth decay.
At Pearlfection Dentistry, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani. love to see smiles transformed and lives improved by orthodontics. Contact us for an appointment with an orthodontist in Urbana, MD, at (301) 831-8303.
Orthodontics are like a bridge between cosmetic and general dentistry. Although we tend to mostly focus on the aesthetic results of braces or Invisalign - noticeably straighter and symmetrical teeth - their main purpose is to correct bite and alignment problems that can impact both our oral and general health if left untreated.
Orthodontics Treatment in Urbana
Depending on the type and severity, malocclusions (bite and alignment problems with the teeth and jaw) can cause a range of issues, from difficulty chewing, to jaw pain and facial deformities in extreme cases. Spacing and overcrowding of the teeth can also interfere with effective oral hygiene, potentially increasing the risks of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontitis) as a result.
Crooked Teeth or Malocclusion? How to Know When Orthodontics are Necessary
The dentists at Urbana, MD-based Pearlfection Dentistry can diagnose and treat potential bite problems before the teeth have fully developed, which is why orthodontia is so common in childhood and early adolescence (however it is never too late to invest in oral health, and braces are appropriate and often necessary in adulthood as well).
It might sound counterintuitive, but orthodontics actually encourage better oral hygiene and nutrition. Daily brushing and flossing are especially important while wearing braces, and certain foods like hard, sugary candy, gum, and any foods that can get stuck in or crack a wire or bracket need to be avoided, which can help children and teenagers establish healthy oral and general health habits. Orthodontics are an investment and commitment in strong, healthy, and attractive teeth, and maintaining them usually becomes a priority long after the braces are finally removed.
Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Urbana, MD
For more information on pediatric and adult orthodontics treatment, contact Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD by calling 301-831-8303 to schedule an appointment today.