If you currently have braces or are getting them soon, it is important that you are aware of the proper ways to clean and care for your braces in order to keep your teeth healthy and clean throughout your treatment experience. At the office of Dr. Rekha Gehani, our Corona Queens orthodontist and the rest of our staff are here to give you the information you need to make your braces treatment the most successful, and keep your teeth as healthy as possible along the way. While taking good care of your teeth and keeping them clean is always important, your oral hygiene habits at home are even more important when you have braces. Having braces makes it slightly more difficult to brush and floss efficiently, which can increase your risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease if you are not up to the cleaning challenge. Fortunately, if you are aware of the proper cleaning and maintenance techniques, you should fall into an easy cleaning routine in no time at all. When you are brushing your teeth, use a soft bristled tooth brush, and brush all of the exposed areas of your teeth in both directions. Then, switch to a smaller toothbrush designed for cleaning braces to get all of the areas in between. It is also important to keep flossing throughout your orthodontic treatment. Our Corona Queens orthodontist can show you how to keep your teeth and braces clean here at our office.
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Another important aspect of braces maintenance and oral health throughout orthodontic treatments is the foods you choose to eat while you are wearing braces. Dr. Gehani has found that there are certain foods and types of foods that should simply be avoided while you are wearing braces in order to avoid breaking your braces or causing other serious complications. You should not eat hard foods or foods that are difficult to bite, like apples. You should also avoid especially chewy or sticky foods like gummy candies or caramel candies. Popcorn has also proven to not work well with braces. If you ever have any questions about eating or cleaning with your braces, you can always ask the friendly staff here at our Corona Queens orthodontist office. If you ever damage or break your braces, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gehani right away so that we can keep your treatment plan on track.
Are you ready to have your braces taken off and get back to a metal-free smile once again? While your time in braces may be over, this does not signal the end of your orthodontic care. While traditional and alternative orthodontics are one of the most important aspects of your treatment in order to achieve a straighter and healthier smile, there are still more steps to follow in order to insure that your teeth remain in their correct positions for the rest of your life. The only way to keep your smile looking healthy and beautiful is through orthodontic retention from the experts at your local Corona orthodontist at the state of the art offices of Rekha Gehani, DDS.
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The removal of your braces is not the end of your orthodontic treatment, but rather the end of the most difficult phase of your care. Once braces are removed, your doctor will begin to work with you through the actual final phase of your care. This last step to beautiful teeth and a healthy bite is known as the retention phase, and while it may sound painful or difficult, is actually as gentle as it is simple for patients to work through. The retention phase lasts for most patients for at least six months, and may require a greater length of time depending on the severity of a patient’s malocclusion. A six month long retention period utilizes a custom-made retainer for your specific oral needs that will work to insure teeth settle into their new and correct positions. A retainer is easy enough to use, but must be worn in your mouth as directed by your professional Corona orthodontist in order to work effectively. Patients should always take care to remove their retainer for cleaning as directed as well, as dirty retainers can actually work to spread tooth decay and cause cavities due to plaque and tartar build-up even as they work to straighten your teeth. However, certain bad habits can also cause problems for your teeth both during and after retention. The gum lines are a living tissue, and as such can be altered over time due to any need for additional dental care, the eruption of new teeth, and even bad habits such as biting nails, chewing pencils, and especially grinding of the teeth can all cause your teeth to move.
To insure your teeth never shift out of position, be sure to have your retention phase overseen by your neighborhood Corona orthodontist. Our fully licensed and professionally trained team at the advanced care center of Rekha Gehani, DDS have been proudly correcting bite problems just like yours for over 30 years. With orthodontic retention care from Rekha Gehani, DDS you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life.
Having misaligned teeth does not only take away from the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also lead to health problems, so it is something that should seriously be addressed. There are several ways that your teeth can be misaligned, such as having an overbite, an underbite, missing teeth, having teeth that are broken, crowding of teeth, or spaces between your teeth. If you have any of these issues, it is important to understand how it can affect the rest of your body. If your teeth are misaligned, it also means that your jaw will be misaligned. This means that the muscles of your jaw will be worked harder than if your teeth and jaw were aligned properly, putting stress on your bite. This can lead to issues with the related joint – the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which often result in jaw pain and discomfort. Similarly, the misalignment can lead to a clenching of the jaw and teeth grinding at night, along with headaches, pain in the facial area, and pain in the neck. If you are noticing these kinds of symptoms, and you have misaligned teeth, you should look into the options that Dr. Gehani has available in terms of orthodontic services. Our Corona Queens orthodontist can discuss how devices like braces or retainers can be effective for you based on your individual needs.
If you are interested in learning more about your dental health and the related services provided by our Corona Queens orthodontist, we invite you to visit our practice’s website. There you will find additional information about these topics and more. IF you have any questions or concerns that you feel we can help you with do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Feel free to give us a call during our regular office hours, or send us a message anytime using the contact form designated on our website. Dr. Gehani and staff look forward to working with you in the future.