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keep teeth clean with dental braces



When you get braces on your teeth, it can be much more challenging to keep things clean, and there will be more tools recommended for you to use daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Braces make it more challenging to clean your teeth because of the brackets, bands, archwires, elastics and any other hardware that gets added to help move your teeth. Listed below are several tools you can use to help keep your teeth, gums and the braces clear from plaque accumulation: 


Electric Toothbrush 

An electric toothbrush is highly recommended when wearing dental braces because it can access more nooks and crannies and do a better job brushing than a manual toothbrush. It is tough to angle a manual toothbrush around the brackets correctly, and often the gum line is missed. An electric toothbrush helps to get into those tricky areas and can do more brush strokes in 2 minutes of brushing than you can do with a manual toothbrush. 


Water Flosser 

A water flosser is a floss aid that helps to flush out bacteria from between your teeth and around your brackets and bands. A water flosser uses a jet of water (or you can put mouthwash into it) that you angle around your braces and gums to help keep them clean. 


Superfloss/ Floss Threaders 

These are both aids to help you use manual floss. Because the archwire prevents you from accessing between your teeth with regular floss, you need something to help you get the floss between your teeth from the side. These aids have a hard end on them to help you push the floss through the front teeth rather than going in from the top. 



This is a small brush that is shaped like a Christmas tree that helps to remove plaque from between brackets. The brush is used to access underneath the archwire to clean the brackets' sides, where it is easy for food debris and plaque to be trapped. 


Remember, while wearing dental braces, it is essential to have regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist and dental hygienist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.  


If you have any questions about how to clean your teeth while wearing dental braces, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

what is invisalign treatment mississauga dentist


Invisalign is a technology that aligns teeth for a straight smile. Similar to how dental braces works, Invisalign aligns your bite and straightens your teeth. It uses a series of virtually clear plastic aligner trays that are worn for 1 to 2 weeks each before the next set of aligner trays in the series are worn. The clear plastic aligner trays work by applying slow and gradual pressure to the teeth. Plastic "attachments" are bonded to certain tooth surfaces, which allow the aligner trays to gain traction when repositioning the teeth. Treatment takes around 18 months on average, however, each case is different. A more complex the case may need more time.


How Invisalign Works

The first step is a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, to discuss the expectations and end result of treatment. Next, dental impressions are taken of your teeth and sent to a dental laboratory to create a detailed treatment plan and series of aligner trays. At your second visit, plastic attachments are bonded to your teeth based on the treatment plan instructions. Once treatment is in progress, you will see your dentist or orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks to check your progress and receive your next set of aligner trays.


Keeping Your Teeth Healthy With Invisalign 

Because you are able to take the trays out and put them back in, it is easier to keep teeth clean with Invisalign trays compared to dental braces. It is very important to wear the Invisalign trays as much as you can. You should only remove the aligner trays to eat and to brush your teeth. The better your compliance when wearing your trays, the faster the results. Just like always, it is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.


Ensure you rinse your mouth after having food and before putting your trays back in to reduce your risk of cavities. Care for your aligner trays by gently brushing them with lukewarm water. Hot water can change the shape of the aligner trays, so it should be avoided.


If you believe you would benefit from Invisalign treatment, or have any questions about it, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

silver diamine fluoride mississauga dentist


Silver diamine fluoride “SDF” is a potent fluoride substance used to prevent cavities, halt the growth of existing cavities, and prevent cavities from spreading to other teeth. It is made of silver, which helps to kill bacteria, fluoride, which helps to mineralize your teeth, and ammonia, which allows the solution stay concentrated.  


How Is It Used?

Silver diamine fluoride is most commonly used on already existing cavities, to slow the progression. Still, it can also be used as a preventative technique to prevent cavities in high-risk cases. First, the areas are isolated and dried of moisture, as saliva can contaminate the areas and reduce the effectiveness of the SDF. Then the solution will be applied to the spot with either a brush or floss. SDF is proven to be more effective than fluoride varnish and doesn’t have to be applied as frequently to be effective.


Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride 

- Helps slow/stop the development of cavities 

- Kills bacteria associated with cavities 

- Stops the spread of cavities to surrounding teeth 

- Can buy time before a cavity needs to be fixed 

- In some cases, it can eliminate the need to fix cavities on baby teeth before they fall out 

- Only needs to be applied once per year 


Side Effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride 

Silver diamine fluoride is considered to be safe and effective for all ages. Although there are some contraindications for use:

- When a person has a silver allergy 

- When a person has any oral ulcerations, canker sores or advanced gum disease 

- When there is significant tooth decay that exposes the inside of the tooth 

The most commonly noted side effect is that silver diamine fluoride stains the surfaces it is applied to. This means the tooth surfaces, as well as the tissue it touches, with a grey/black staining. Typically this is unnoticeable when applied to back teeth. 


If you are interested in discussing the benefits of silver diamine fluoride or believe you are a candidate for it, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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Mississauga Dental Arts

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Mississauga, ON Dentist
Mississauga Dental Arts
350 Burnhamthorpe Road East #2
Mississauga, ON L5A 3S5
(905) 286-1569