Archive for April, 2014

How Braces Work

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Braces, wires, springs, rubber bands, and other appliances can attract food and plaque, which can stain teeth if not brushed away. Most orthodontists recommend brushing after every meal or snack with fluoridetoothpaste and carefully removing any food that may have gotten stuck in your braces.

Oral Hygiene with Braces

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Braces are often placed in patients between 10 and 14 years of age to correct crooked or overcrowded teeth. “The benefits of braces are many,” says Ken Sutherland, DDS, Delta Dental senior dental consultant. “Straight teeth, an attractive smile, improved dental function and, often, improved overall health are all results of wearing braces.”

How Braces Change Eating Habits

Monday, April 14th, 2014

People with braces should avoid hard, chewy, crunchy, and sticky foods. Avoiding foods you like may not be fun, but eating things that you’re not supposed to eat can cause broken wires or brackets. These can not only be painful, but can actually prolong treatment.There are some types of food that must be avoided while in braces. Other foods should be eaten carefully while in braces. Eating foods that are not compatible with braces can damage or dislodge the braces and lead to a longer treatment.

Types of Braces

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Dental braces have brackets that run along a wire and affix to your teeth. Together, the brackets and wire press against your teeth to move them slightly so that they will become straight and properly aligned. They are usually used to help close gaps or correct crooked teeth.