Just like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics has four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve!
Brush and Floss
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. It also recommends flossing daily in between teeth to keep plaque at bay. Flossing, while boring and annoying, is pertinent to oral health. Did you know not flossing is linked to heart disease? YIKES!Read More
You’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Dr. Douglas Elliott and the staff at Elliott Orthodonticsare here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.
The Truth About Sugar
Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.
There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More
When it comes to improving your smile, at-home teeth straightening kits have become an increasingly popular option for patients looking to correct minor to moderate orthodontic problems. Even though teeth straightening kits are less expensive and time-consuming than services diagnosed and treated by an orthodontist such as Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics, the kits can cause more harm than good to your smile and bite in the long run.
What are At-Home Teeth Straightening Kits?
At-home teeth straightening kits are typically purchased online or at a physical location where a “Smile Specialist” explains the process and takes digital impressions of your teeth. You are later presented with clear aligners to begin treatment. The kits purchased online include a dental impression kit that you send back to have scanned and your aligners created. In some cases, you may even receive a preview of what your new smile could look like.Read More
Getting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Play Safe, Play All Season
In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.
Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More