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Can Braces Leave White Spots? [on Our Teeth]

The day when your braces get off gives you one of the most exciting feelings during your entire orthodontic treatment. However, this feeling can be messed up by the presence of white spots on your teeth. One common question in this field is whether braces do cause white lesions at the teeth’s surface after a successful orthodontic treatment.

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Retainers are Extremely Important

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Orthodontic Fact #1: Almost 25% of patients who wore braces had to get them again after treatment because they failed to wear retainers as they were advised

Making Braces Work: You Need Your Retainer

If you want to have the best results when it comes to braces before and after, you need to follow your orthodontist’s advice and wear your retainer for as long as it is recommended. This is one component of treatment that should not be overlooked. Regardless of the types of braces that are used, retainers are a must as the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, almost 25% of patients that wore braces have to get treatment again because they did not follow their orthodontist’s recommendation about their retainers. If you’re going to invest in your smile, placing so much time and energy into the lengthy treatment that is involved in braces, you owe it to yourself to keep that smile.

Go the Distance: Wear Your Retainer

While retainers may seem like a nuisance, they are nothing to what you’ve already endured with braces for two to four years. Retainers have a very important job. They maintain the position of your teeth after your braces are removed. When you wear your retainers, you are providing stability for your bite and avoiding the possibility of a return to how your teeth looked before you underwent orthodontic treatment. The first six month after treatment is the most crucial period to wear your retainer at all times. After that point, they are only necessary at night. You may need to sleep with your retainer anywhere between a year and three years, but every minute will pay off each time you flash those pearly whites.

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To learn more about braces and retainers, contact King Orthodontics for an orthodontist who you can trust. You can get an appointment with us to discover how braces can transform your smile and your life.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Retainers are Extremely Important

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Words of Wisdom No.4 – Eat ‘Detergent’ Foods

Have you ever heard of “detergent foods”? If not, they are actually the type of food that can clean your teeth while you are eating them. Sounds ironic but they do exist and I bet you are eating the most popular one – the apple. The apple fruit is known to be the “nature’s toothbrush”. Other detergent foods include popcorn, raw carrots, and celery. In general, the characteristics of detergent foods include crispiness and firmness. As you chew them, it scrapes off the plaque as your teeth grind them. Knowing which foods are considered detergent foods can help you improve your overall oral health.

If you’re going on a sleep over and you forgot your toothbrush, there’s a good way to reduce the plaque on your teeth by eating detergent foods last. Just make sure that the popcorn you eat is unsweetened or it will not be considered as a detergent food in this matter. Other scenarios include parties and other gatherings wherein you will be home late and hence will not be able to brush immediately after eating. If this is the case, just eat the detergent food last.

Overall, aside from detergent foods, there are other things you can do in order to clean your teeth if you forgot your toothbrush in a camping or sleepover. You can buy a toothbrush from the nearest store, ask your friends if they have an extra unused toothbrush, or ask for salt. Just rub the salt gently on your teeth (do not swallow) and then rinse afterwards.

King Orthodontics is certified and qualified to perform orthodontic treatments to patients in Fairborn and Centerville. If you have problems with your smile or your overall oral health, don’t hesitate to contact King Orthodontics at Centerville or Fairborn offices.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

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The Ultimate Toothbrush Guide

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Word of Wisdom No. 2: Chuck Your Toothbrush

Changing your toothbrush once in a while is part of your overall oral health routine. Using the same toothbrush for too long can cause you to bring old bacteria back to your mouth again. Your old toothbrush might not also be fit to clean your teeth thoroughly anymore since the bristles will probably wear in time. So when is the right time for you to replace your toothbrush? Experts advise to replace the head of your electric toothbrush (or buy a new one) once every two to three months. Although this timeline is calculated based on facts and other statistics, there are still factors which you need to consider than just following this timeline strictly.

Replacing your toothbrush every two to three months is good, but there are some exceptions to this rule. You need to examine your toothbrush and look at its bristles closely, in order to determine if they can still clean your teeth properly. If the bristles seem out of place and are already weak, then it’s time to change your toothbrush even if it hasn’t reached the two-month period yet. Delaying the replacement can compromise the cleanliness of your teeth leading to plaques. In return, plaques build up immediately and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to your dentist for tooth extraction.

Therefore, following the timeline and being vigilant and observant can help you save your extra time, money and effort in order to maintain a good oral health. Plus, you’ll be able to save your precious teeth too!

King Orthodontics is certified and qualified to perform orthodontic treatments to patients in Fairborn and Centerville. If you have problems with your smile or your overall oral health, don’t hesitate to contact King Orthodontics.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

The Ultimate Toothbrush Guide