Share Your Smile with the World 2017

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Your child’s smile is a gift to share with friends, teachers, family members and the entire world. The best part about braces is that they teach you to share your smile with everyone you love. And when your child smiles, you smile. Your orthodontist can help your child learn to share their smile again, even if they’ve been hiding it because of crooked teeth.

  • Smiling truly is a gift that will foster friendships for your child’s entire life!
  • Your child deserves the best and brightest smile, and we can help them achieve it.



A Happy Smile Inspires Confidence

Before braces, your child may feel shy or unsure about smiling in front of people. Thankfully your orthodontist can help get your child smiling again.

  • A big, confident smile is a gift for everyone you meet. Nothing brightens up the day like a smile.
  • To share your smile is to give a gift of peace and happiness to all your friends and family, and will leave a true impact.


Smiling is a Priceless Gift

  • Smiling is a gift that comes from the heart, and will help your child build relationships for their entire life.
  • If they learn to smile with confidence right now at an early age, they’ll keep smiling for the rest of their life.


Call us today to set up your appointment! 

  • Get started on your journey to a happy smile. Your child’s future is priceless, and our orthodontist will work with you to make their dreams come true. Your child deserves to share their smile with the world because it’s a priceless gift! Call our Centerville office at (937) 433-0830 or our Fairborn office at (937) 878-1561 or click here to book an appointment in either one of our practices.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone:(937) 433-0830


Share Your Smile with the World 2017

Relief From Braces Discomfort 2017


According to Harvard Health Publications, today’s orthodontic patients come from all ages and walks of life. One out of every five people wearing braces right now is aged 19 or older.

While some call this “America’s obsession with a perfect smile,” here at King Orthodontics, we view it a little bit differently. After all, what is the closest major organ to the teeth and gums? The brain! The next closest? The heart.

In other words, good oral health is paramount to good health, period. The straighter and more optimally aligned your teeth and jaw become, the easier time you will have brushing, flossing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene. WebMD minces no words in linking periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease.

The good news is, people are definitely sitting up and taking notice. Many are making the commitment to see an orthodontist for treatment, braving minor discomforts in return for major health rewards. In this article, learn to alleviate any discomfort you may experience after you have your hardware installed and after each adjustment appointment.

Do Braces Hurt?

If we had to analyze all of the questions patients ask us and pick the one we hear the most, the lucky winner would likely be this one. As a species, we prefer life to be pain-free whenever possible, and orthodontic care is no exception.
Yet if you ask someone who has had orthodontic treatment how painful it actually was, you probably wouldn’t even hear the word “pain” used. More likely, you would hear words like “discomfort,” “soreness” or “tenderness.”
The process of having your teeth straightened and properly aligned for the best oral health definitely requires some movement of the teeth themselves. This movement is accomplished incrementally in very small steps using sensitive cutting-edge orthodontic methods. But it is movement nonetheless, and at first, your teeth may kick up a bit of resistance with some soreness or tenderness. Happily, this goes away after the first few days of having your hardware put in place. For adjustments (which are done to keep teeth moving in the right direction), any discomfort usually fades within a day.

The Two Main Types of Orthodontic Discomfort

There are two main categories of discomfort that can crop up during orthodontic treatment. The first type is referenced here in the previous section. This type of discomfort relates to having the hardware installed or adjusted as needed during treatment. The second type can arise when the hardware gets compromised. This is usually because the patient eats the wrong food or there is an unplanned incident that impacts the hardware.

For example, let’s say you’ve been wearing your hardware for a month or two and all is going well. But then one day, without even thinking about it, you absent-mindedly crunch down on a big ice cube in your drink. Your arch-wire pops out and stabs you in the gums. Or let’s say you are playing basketball after school. You jump up to make a basket, but on the way down you land wrong on your ankle and down you go, banging your mouth into the floor and dislodging a bracket, which digs into the sensitive tissue on the inside of your mouth.

Luckily, these types of incidents tend to be few and far between. They can be easily managed by making careful food and beverage choices and wearing mouthguard as needed during athletic events.

Managing the Discomfort During Treatment

Regardless of the type of discomfort, you may experience during your treatment, there is a way to manage it effectively right at home or on the go to experience relief as quickly as possible.

  • General minor aches and pains.For pain, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, et al). These medications are available without a prescription and can handle minor soreness and swelling. Ice packs can also ease any soreness or tenderness that arises and give you fast relief. Use of ice packs can be alternated with the use of pain relievers with great effectiveness.


  • Hardware-related aches and pains.Depending on the type of hardware you are wearing, there are different orthodontic-specific helps that can come to your rescue. One of the most popular is also one of the simplest – orthodontic wax. This gentle, pliable, neutral wax can be used in a couple of ways, either to temporarily hold together a displaced or dislodged bit of hardware or wiring or to shield the sensitive mouth tissues from sharp hardware edges.


  • Sanitizing and healing.For faster healing after injuries, mouth abrasions or hardware adjustments, using a warm salt water gargle in addition to your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing can help your teeth, gums and tissues rally and feel better quite quickly. As a side bonus, warm salt water is a very effective sanitizing agent to fight off infection. Also, it can neutralize germs and bacteria and keep you healthier during your treatment.

When to Call Your Orthodontist

While minor post-installation or post-adjustment discomfort is completely normal. This is something most patients experience, we recognize that every patient’s pain tolerance is different. In other words, what really bothers one patient might not even phase another patient. What matters most to us is to effectively manage your treatment for maximum comfort throughout your course of care.

So if you feel like you are really uncomfortable after you have your hardware installed or after you have come in for an adjustment appointment, don’t hesitate to call our office. We can recommend additional helps to alleviate any pain you may be feeling and give you recommendations for customized relief. Also, if you ever have an experience where your hardware gets damaged or dislodged, you can use the orthodontic wax as a temporary fix, but then you should call our office right away to schedule an appointment to be seen.

This is critical because your hardware is positioned “just so” to give you optimal teeth straightening and alignment results. So if something has moved or come loose, we need to correct it as soon as possible to keep your treatment on track.

Two Extra Emergency Helps

First, we highly recommend the iBracesHelp app, which is a great resource for information. Second, we maintain an answering service for after-hours emergency calls. If you are having an orthodontic emergency, call our office and the answering service will put you in touch with one of our orthodontists right away.

About King Orthodontics

Dr. Jack’s son Sam who is joining the family practice. Today, Drs King and King are proudly carrying on the family tradition by offering each and every patient “the smile of their life!” To schedule a consultation, call our office at (937)433-0830 (Centerville) or (937)878-1561 (Fairborn) or visit us online to learn more.

King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

 Relief From Braces Discomfort 2017 

Your Smile – Finest Fashion Statement 2017

Have you ever heard the expression, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”? You invest hundreds of dollars in what you wear each day, but the most important thing you will ever wear is your smile.

Everyone Deserves a Proud Smile

Most people aren’t naturally blessed with a perfect smile. Thankfully, treatments exist to straighten teeth and give everyone the opportunity to be proud of their smile. An orthodontist is an expert at providing gorgeous smiles to everyone they treat.

First impressions are important in life. Looking your best and appearing friendly to others sets the groundwork for how you are treated later on. The way people treat you can affect your self-esteem, social life, and even your career. A great smile lays the groundwork for how you feel about yourself for the rest of your life.

It is difficult to smile if you feel embarrassed about your teeth. Smiling at others signals approachability and a general sense of well-being. Who wants to start a conversation with someone who always looks unhappy? An orthodontist can get you started with braces and literally turn that frown upside down.

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Treatment of today can be much different than treatments you may remember from your teenage years. Teenagers are often nervous about how they will look during treatment. The appearance of braces is lessened and eliminated by starting treatment early on. Many people don’t even realize you are fixing your teeth.

Early treatment has another benefit. Because teenagers mouths and teeth are still growing, it is much easier to correct an improper bite early on. This can lessen the cost and discomfort of more intensive treatments.

Being proud of your teeth is the first step to a great smile. People say, “the clothes make the man”, but it’s more accurate to say the smile makes the person! Contact King Orthodontics today to set up a consultation.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Your Smile – Finest Fashion Statement 2017

What a Beautiful Smile Does for a Face!

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful!

There’s something inherently beautiful about a smile, isn’t there? It doesn’t matter what a person looks like when they’re sad or angry – once a smile starts, something about them changes. A smile is a little bit like getting a look at someone’s soul, the part of them that is truly real. It’s a shame, then, that so many people are afraid to smile. They’re afraid that the imperfections of their teeth will somehow make them less, make them someone that doesn’t radiate that same kind of beauty. While a smile can make anyone beautiful, it’s always important to embrace those things that add some confidence to a smile.

Creating a Beautiful Smile

One of the best ways to create a beautiful, smiling face is to give the person behind it a bit of extra confidence. If you are afraid to smile, it might be time to visit an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist – he or she is a dental specialist that can help you get the beautiful smile that you have always wanted. Whether it is through surgery or through braces, you can get the confidence of knowing that your teeth look amazing every time you smile. You deserve to be happy with the way your smile looks, just as others deserve to see how beautiful your smiling face looks.

There’s no such thing as an ugly smile. If you don’t feel comfortable showing your teeth, though, you might hide your beauty away from everyone. Whether you need braces, surgery, or other orthodontic help, we at King Orthodontics are here to help you. Don’t hide your smile just because you don’t love your teeth – get the help you need. It’s not too late for you to show your beautiful smile off to everyone in your life. Contact Dr. King so we can help you to smile again.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

What a Beautiful Smile Does for a Face!

Invisalign Express for Upper Teeth – The Truth

Invisalign Express
A smile is worth a thousand words. A gorgeous smile with perfectly straight teeth is an important asset that can put the people around you at ease and show them that you care.

However, some people have teeth that are uneven, crooked or crowded. As a result, these people may try to hide their smile from other people as often as possible because they are embarrassed by their teeth.

Some people may only have problematic upper teeth while their lower teeth are properly aligned. These people may wonder if there are options for those who just want to straighten their upper teeth, and what the costs may be compared to a full straightening treatment. If you are one of these people, continue reading.


Traditional Straightening Methods

For decades, people with crooked, crowded or uneven teeth have been relying on traditional metal braces to achieve the beautiful smile of their dreams. These metal braces use brackets, ligatures and wires that apply force and pressure to teeth, gradually shifting them into proper alignment.


Problems with Traditional Metal Braces

While this straightening method is effective, it’s not exactly convenient. For one thing, the metal on the surface of the teeth has a tendency to irritate the patient’s tongue as well as the inside of their mouth. Another problem is that this method can take a couple of years before the patient achieves the results that they desire. Lastly, the sight of large pieces of metal covering the patient’s teeth is not exactly aesthetically pleasing. This can cause them to feel insecure about their smile until their straightening treatment has been completed.


Invisalign Express

The good news is that now orthodontists use Invisalign Express to help patients achieve the straight teeth of their dreams. This straightening method is extremely effective and is a virtually invisible way to bring problematic teeth into proper alignment. It also works fast.


How Does this Method Work?

Instead of relying on brackets and wires, this method uses clear plastic aligner trays made of a material that is thin, flexible and durable. Your orthodontist will use advanced 3-D computer technology in order to make each aligner tray based on a mold of the inside of your mouth. When your aligner trays have been made, you can take them all home at once. Every two weeks, you will switch out one pair of trays for the next, bringing your teeth one step closer to proper alignment.


What are the Advantages of this Straightening Method?

This straightening method has many advantages over traditional metal braces. For one thing, these aligner trays are almost invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth in a totally discreet way.

With traditional braces, patients are advised to avoid some of their favorite foods such as popcorn and candy. That’s because these foods can easily get stuck inside the metal wires of the braces, leading to dental problems like cavities and tooth decay.

However, these aligner trays can be easily and painlessly removed at any time. That means that when it’s time to eat and drink, you can simply pop your aligner trays out. Then snap them back into place when you are done.

Because these trays are removable, you can also take them out when it’s time to brush your teeth and floss. Traditional braces can make it hard to follow a good dental hygiene routine because the metal on each tooth’s surface makes it hard to clean teeth properly. However, with these clear plastic aligners, you can continue your dental hygiene habits just as before.


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How Fast Can I Achieve Straight Teeth?

The best part about this amazing straightening method is that it works fast. While many patients who opt for traditional metal braces won’t see results for up to three years. Patients who use these aligners can achieve the results that they desire in only three to six months. That’s one of the many reasons that this straightening method is ideal for adults who want to achieve straight teeth in a fast, discreet and convenient way.


Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Express?

Patients who are good candidates for this program have mild to moderate crowding, spacing and positioning issues. Patients who have very crooked or crowded teeth may need to undergo a different straightening procedure in order to properly align their teeth.


What is the Cost?

This straightening method will cost about the same as traditional metal braces. Depending on where in the country you are located, costs can range from $3,500 to $8,000 with the national average being $5,600. Costs will also depend on how severe your case is. Also, how many trays must be made to accommodate your specific orthodontic needs.

There are different payment methods that your orthodontic office will accept. In some cases, dental insurance will cover some of the cost of teeth straightening treatments. If not, financing options are available. Major credit cards and cash are also accepted payment options.


Can I Straighten Just My Top Teeth?

Many orthodontists will allow you to straighten just your top or bottom teeth. However, if you have a bite issue, correcting only the top or bottom teeth can make your bite worse. Your orthodontist will determine whether this option is right for you during your consultation.


How Much Will It Cost to Straighten Just My Upper Teeth?

If your orthodontist has determined that you can straighten just your upper teeth without aggravating any bite issues, they will probably be willing to charge less for your treatment.



Thanks to this amazing straightening method, you can achieve beautifully straight teeth in a totally discreet and convenient way. The best part about this method is that it works fast.

If you are tired of hiding your smile and are ready to show off gorgeously straight teeth, contact King Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontic specialists. Our team of trained specialists can develop a straightening plan that is right for you.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

The Truth Behind Invisalign Express for Upper Teeth

Invisalign Your Way to a Weapon Grade Smile 2017


A Smile is a Powerful Weapon; You can Break Ice with it!

Your smile is one of the most important reflections of who you are. You can have the best clothes, the trendiest hairstyle and the clearest and most radiant skin, but it’s your smile that can make or break a first impression. A warm smile can break the ice when you’re trying to connect with someone. Invisalign can help with this.

If your teeth are crooked or crowded, you may feel self-conscious and choose to keep your mouth closed at all times. Unfortunately, by holding back your smile, you are hiding back a part of your soul and preventing an opportunity to connect with a human being.

If your crooked or crowded teeth are preventing you from letting people know the real you, it’s time to think about straightening your teeth. Thankfully, you no longer have to suffer through uncomfortable and unattractive metal braces to achieve a perfect smile.

Invisalign Technology

Thanks to Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth effectively without anyone knowing. That’s because this unique teeth-straightening system uses clear plastic aligners instead of rows of clunky metal. The plastic is durable and flexible yet thin and nearly impossible for someone else to detect.

Another enormous benefit of this straightening process is how quickly it works compared to traditional braces. Whereas the old way can take up to a couple of years to straighten teeth completely, Invisalign can take as quickly as half of a year to straighten teeth. This means that you will be able to show off that gorgeous smile sooner than ever.

Unlike straightening your teeth with metal aligners, these plastic aligners can be removed at any time. Your orthodontist will require you to wear them for 22 hours each day which means that when it’s time to eat, brush your teeth and floss, you can take them out easily and painlessly.

Your smile should be a powerful weapon that breaks the ice and draws people in, not a source of embarrassment and shame. If you are ready for a straight and beautiful smile, contact King Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist who can teach you what Invisalign can do for you.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Invisalign Your Way to a Weapon Grade Smile 2017

Introducing Self-Ligating Braces 2017

Understanding How Self-Ligating Braces Work

Having your teeth straightened is an essential part of achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. There is a wide range of teeth straightening options available to you or your children. The most modern of which are self-ligating braces. This type of orthodontic application comes with its own unique advantages that may make it the preferable option for you. Understanding how these appliances work will provide you with the information necessary to make an informed purchase decision.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

As opposed to metal brackets, this system uses special orthodontic hardware in an attempt to more accurately straighten your teeth. When using traditional teeth straightening methods, the appliance consists of three components, a brace, archwire, and tie. This appliance eliminates the need for a tie to keep the archwire in place and is a more comfortable alternative to standard metal brackets.

How This Appliance Works

With this newer system, the elastic or metal ties are completely eliminated, making for a much more aesthetically appealing look. Instead, a movable component is installed that allows for the re-positioning of your teeth without the need for manual tightening. The movable component requires far fewer adjustments throughout the course of your treatment. This also reduces the number of visits required to make to the orthodontist. Instead, these wires are always moving as your teeth move.

There are three aspects of these braces that set them apart from other solutions. For one, the elastic ties on standard orthodontic appliances have a tendency to build up plaque and be particularly irritating at times. By eliminating the usage of ties, you can more readily keep your teeth clean and healthy. The wires are also of a premium design and will assist in moving your teeth quicker than alternatives. It’s a treatment that’s comfortable.

The sliding mechanism reduces basic friction and binding. You or your child won’t feel much of anything when adjustments are made. Given that they don’t need to be manually adjusted on a regular basis, your teeth should be straightened quicker than with standard metal appliances. Archwires are held together with the inclusion of ties. The standard movement of your teeth can feel awkward and stilted at times.  With self-ligating appliances, your teeth move freely without the feeling that they are being held back by ties as the wires move automatically. This also makes the brackets and wires easy to clean.

Benefits for Selecting This Appliance

There are a wide array of notable benefits to using this teeth straightening method when compared to other options.

  • The usage of a movable component lessens the need for manual adjustments. This means that your child won’t have to visit the orthodontist as often. This also reduces the amount of time that you will need to wear the appliance before your teeth have moved into the optimal position.
  • Treatment with this appliance is almost six months shorter on average compared to traditional methods. In general, you should visit the orthodontist around seven times less than you would with traditional methods.
  • You’ll also benefit from fantastic results when compared to similar teeth straightening options. This method can read your facial proportions as your teeth, smile, and your bite align. This extra detail will ensure that your smile is beautiful and natural.

Given that this solution doesn’t require the use of ties, you won’t need to go through the regular tightening of the ties. This can lead to some pain and discomfort. This is also a huge benefit to your teeth and their surrounding tissues, as regular tightening of the ties and wires can cause some issues with the overall durability of your teeth.



The Goodness Continues

  • Unlike traditional metal brackets, you also have the option of selecting a clear form of this solution, which means that they are practically invisible to others around you. This allows for a boost in confidence and will make you more comfortable when spending time with friends and family. It also provides you with the means of having a beautiful smile even during the teeth-straightening period.
  • This type of orthodontic appliance is gentle enough to the teeth that there’s less of a chance for relapse following the conclusion of the treatment. With some types of teeth straightening methods, your teeth could actually move slightly back to their original positions.
  • When having your teeth straightened with aligners or similar solutions, it’s possible that you could suffer from a slight speech impediment. This is extremely unlikely with these brackets. The elimination of ties and proper placement on the teeth make them less intrusive with your speech than you might expect.
  • When using ties around the brackets, it’s much easier for food to become trapped in the bracket. This can be difficult to clean. The removal of ties means food no longer gets trapped and you can be confident that they are clean when you finish eating.


While the components used with this system are high quality and of a premium nature, the costs are comparable to more traditional solutions. This means that you won’t need to break the bank to receive the added benefits of this method. This type of appliance works well at treating even severe crowding issues, as well as misaligned teeth and an improper bite.

You cannot remove the brackets during treatment. This ensures that they will properly move your teeth into their desired position. Another slight benefit of using this system is that the brackets tend to be somewhat smaller than the ones used with traditional options. They are typically less bothersome or noticeable.

If you would like to have your teeth straightened and wish to know more about the procedures involved in doing so, contact King Orthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Introducing Self-Ligating Braces 2017

17 Face Muscles to Smile 2017

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Frowning Constantly Can Lead to Ugly Marionette Lines

If your face and neck feel tired at the end of the day, then maybe it is because you were frowning instead of smiling for the majority of the time. Scientists know that you use 43 muscles to frown but only 17 muscles to smile. When you are frowning a lot, your face muscles will begin to sag, creating what cosmetic surgeons refer to as marionette lines between the corners of your mouth and nose. It is better to smile more, but if you have gaps between your teeth, then smiling leads to embarrassment. However, children, teenagers and adults can visit an orthodontist to improve their smile.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Repair Your Teeth to Create an Attractive Smile

By undergoing orthodontic treatment with either braces or aligners, you can fix your teeth in six months to four years. Adults and teenagers are able to wear aligners for their mild malocclusions, and these plastic orthodontic devices are easy to wear and take care of on a daily basis. A computer software program will create multiple sets of aligners in slightly different configurations. After wearing one set of aligners for two weeks, you will switch to the next pair of aligners.

Use Your Face Muscles to Smile Instead of Frowning

At King Orthodontics in Dayton, Ohio, you can have an expert examination from an orthodontist. We have two locations where you can visit, including:

• Centerville – 937-433-0830
• Fairborn – 937-878-1571

It is possible to have a complimentary consultation to learn more about these orthodontic treatments:

• Self-ligating braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Clear braces
• Retainers
• Orthodontic surgery

We are able to create customized orthodontic devices by using a top-of-the-line 3-D X-ray machine. By having your teeth straightened, you can improve the bone structure of your face along with your smile in order to have a stronger bite.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

17 Face Muscles to Smile 2017

Mouth Ulcers Remedy Checklist 2017

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Although using braces improves your oral health, appearance, and comfort, they can also cause temporary mouth ulcers at some point in time. Mouth ulcers appear on the lips or inner cheeks as a result of constant friction between the affected parts of your mouth and metal brackets. Fortunately, there are various ways to resolve this particular issue. Below is a comprehensive look at what you should do if you happen to get mouth ulcers during treatment. Included is how to stop the pain, prevent the development of mouth ulcers, and avoid infection.


Prevent the Development or Worsening of Mouth Ulcers

According to a leading orthodontist, having preventive options is beneficial regardless of whether or not you have already developed mouth ulcers. Some of the things listed below block the brackets from making contact with your lips and inner cheeks while others make your mouth less prone to irritation or reduce abrasion.


Use Orthodontic Wax

Applying and removing this unique wax is relatively easy. In the same way as soft beeswax, orthodontic wax is mostly available in sticks that allow you to break off bits in the required size. All you need to do is pull off a portion, warm it between your fingers, and then press it onto the abrasive brackets. You will feel the difference immediately. As opposed to rough brackets, you will end up enjoying a smooth and entirely comfortable surface. The wax also stands up to saliva because it is waterproof, which means it won’t break down quickly. However, you need to ensure you check the wax on a regular basis, replace it whenever necessary, and remove it before you brush or floss.


Stay Hydrated

If you don’t take adequate amounts of water, your saliva will diminish. Having a dry mouth worsens abrasion since it basically means that the inner cheeks and brackets will be less slippery. Apart from keeping you hydrated, sipping water on a regular basis stimulates the production of saliva. The antibacterial effect of saliva helps to keep infections from developing in ulcers that could be appearing.


Use Silicone Covers

In the same manner as orthodontic wax, silicone covers keep the brackets from making contact with your lips and inner cheeks. Silicone is bound to last a lot longer since it doesn’t break down over time. As you may well now, wax breaks down over time. However, the brackets have to be completely dry before you can apply silicone covers, which you might find inconveniencing.


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Use Antiseptic Rinses

In just the same way as salt water, antiseptic rinses kill bacteria living in the mouth even though they are not nearly as cheap as salt water.


Try Rinses and Gels

Apart from forming a barrier over mouth ulcers, some products can also relieve discomfort. The barrier formed can last for more than a few hours depending on the type of rinse or gel. You will most likely find one if not more of these products at local drugstores.


Stop the Pain Caused by Ulcers

Although you should expect some discomfort, especially after wire tightening, uncontrolled ulcers can cause long-lasting pains during treatment. However, you can restore comfort and make your entire experience with braces a lot easier by taking certain steps. The solutions include systemic and topical pain relief options.


Avoid Certain Foods

A mouth ulcer is bound to hurt much more if it makes contact with something sour or spicy. You should, therefore, avoid spicy and sour foods if you have any active ulcer in your mouth. Although you may not suspect it, a significant number of foods and beverages contain high amounts of acid, including tomatoes, soda, and coffee. Remembering this fact is of vital importance.


Take Over-the-counter Pain Relievers

Many over-the-counter pain relievers are as effective at fighting the pains caused by mouth ulcers as they are at relieving headaches. Because of their anti-inflammatory effects, using these drugs also helps to speed up the healing process. As such, your mouth ulcers might heal quicker if you take over-the-counter pain relievers.


Use Topical Pain Relievers

A variety of products capable of relieving the pain caused by mouth ulcers once rubbed onto gums are currently available in drugstores. Although an orthodontist will use topical anesthesia to rub the gums before a procedure, you can source a product that acts in a similar manner from drugstores. While this solution has the potential to work surprisingly well for hours, maintaining the effects requires re-application.


Avoid Infection

Because a mouth ulcer is literally an open wound, it is prone to infection, and you will most likely experience increased levels of pain if it becomes infected, which lets you know what is happening. Although infections tend to go away on their own, they can become serious issues if they worsen. This highlights the need to take one of the following approaches immediately you notice a developing ulcer.


Rinse with Salt Water

Rinsing with salt water often works just as well for mouth ulcers as it does for sore throats. Salt is known to kill bacteria by dehydrating them. However, you will have to perform salt water rinses several times a day for them to be most effective. Mix a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt to make a powerful rinse. In addition, salt water has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling, which is bound to make you a lot more comfortable if you have mouth ulcers.


Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is essential since it keeps bad bacteria from overgrowing in the mouth, especially if you are using braces since they often collect bacteria and food particles around the brackets. You can always get a floss threading tool if you find it hard to thread floss around. In addition, brushing after every meal during treatment minimizes the risk of infection even further.

You can use the methods listed above to quickly address a problematic mouth ulcer during treatment. In addition, you can get personalized advice from a professional orthodontist about how to prevent and treat this issue. Contact King Orthodontics at your earliest convenience and learn more about how to stay comfortable and healthy during treatment.


King Orthodontics
6460 Far Hills Ave
OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Mouth Ulcer Remedy Checklist 2017



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