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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:
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.
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.
Do any of your teeth have a root canal? If so, your dentist may have also recommended a dental crown. Learn why below.
First, what is a root canal?
When a tooth becomes severely damaged or decayed, it can become infected and begin to die. Once this occurs, the only way to save the tooth is to have a root canal treatment. A root canal is a procedure that removes the infection, as well as the inner part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp of a tooth contains blood vessels and nerves and is the living part of a tooth. After removing this part, the dentist will fill and seal the tooth back up. If a root canal is not done, the only other treatment option is to have the tooth removed.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a "cap" that completely covers a vulnerable tooth and protects it from further damage. It can be made from various materials such as porcelain or metal. After your natural tooth is prepared by the dentist, the dental crown fits right over the top.
Why is a crown recommended?
After having a root canal, a tooth no longer has any blood supply going to it. This makes the tooth weaker, brittle and more prone to breaking. A crown will protect the tooth and restore its strength. This is especially important for back teeth which have to withstand significant forces during chewing.
What about a front tooth?
It would be at the discretion of your dentist whether or not a crown is needed for a front tooth with a root canal. It would depend on many factors such as how much force is put on the tooth and how much natural tooth structure remains. If the tooth was severely damaged or discoloured, a dental crown improves the aesthetics and strength of a front tooth.
Having a root canal done shows that you value and want to keep your natural teeth. Protecting the tooth with a dental crown will help to prevent the tooth from breaking, preserving your investment and your smile. If you have a tooth in need of a root canal and a dental crown, contact us today!
Whitening is a great solution, but certain precautions should be taken before starting. As always, dentistry is always patient-specific, so check with your dental care provider first if whitening is for you.
One of the most common side effects of whitening is sensitivity. If you are a patient who experiences sensitivity on a day-to-day basis, talk to your dental health care provider before starting any whitening treatment, so they make your whitening experience as comfortable as possible for you or seek alternative procedures that might be required before you start.
It is recommended that before you use whitening, to use a strong sensitivity-fighting toothpaste. These toothpaste contain ingredients like potassium nitrate, arginine, strontium acetate hemihydrate or calcium sodium phosphosilicate. These ingredients have been clinically proven to reduce sensitivity effectively. Before bed, rub a pea-sized amount of this toothpaste on your teeth with a clean finger. Leave it alone for one minute to let the toothpaste desensitize your teeth. Then, brush your two minutes, and rinse with as little water as possible. Do not eat or drink before bed. This should be done 14 days before you start whitening your teeth, especially if you have sensitive teeth or a history of sensitive teeth from whitening products.
The most effective whitening products that can be bought over the counter (i.e., at your local Shoppers or Walmart) are the whitening strips. Whitening strips are most effective if your teeth are perfectly aligned. If you have misaligned teeth, you might not get all of your smile whitened, because of the shape of the strips.
The best option for whitening is to go with custom whitening. This is done in two ways. The first is in-office whitening, which is usually an hour or longer appointment, where a strong whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth and activated by a special light. The other option is custom trays, where models of your teeth are used to make custom trays. These trays are take home, and a special whitening gel is accompanied. The duration of how many days and for how long each day depends on your goals and your tolerance for the products.
Home care while using whitening treatments
If you are now using either the whitening strips or the professional custom trays, similar to prevention, apply sensitive toothpaste on your teeth for one minute before brushing. Then, apply the strips or custom trays filled with whitening gel. Remove as instructed by the instruction on the box or as informed by your dental professional, respectively.
If you begin to feel sensitivity or discomfort, contact the hotline on the box for the whitening strips or call your dental professional for the whitening gels.