Preventing tooth decay and gum diseases is the foundation to a lifetime of optimal dental health.
At Tony Weir Orthodontics in Greenslopes we make it our number one priority to care for our patient’s oral health during their orthodontic treatment to ensure they receive the best smile possible. Following a proper oral hygiene routine is the first step towards keeping your natural teeth for life. The second important measure you can take is to visit us twice a year for your professional clean and examination. Following this advice can help you avoid developing a myriad of oral and overall health issues such as tooth loss, gum disease, heart disease and even diabetes.
During orthodontic treatment, the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay increases, as it can be difficult to brush and floss properly. As such, you must keep to a rigorous cleaning regime to prevent bacterial plaque build-up that leads to tooth decay, inflammation of the gums and in some cases, loss of jawbone. With this in mind, below are some oral hygiene tips for you to consider during your orthodontic treatment.
When you have braces attached to your teeth, you will realise that cleaning or brushing your teeth is harder to do. Food particles can get caught between the braces and wires as well as your teeth, which can only be removed through careful brushing and flossing. Failure to clean your teeth thoroughly while having orthodontic braces can result in permanent stains on the surface of your teeth.
Follow a low acidic diet
Eating too much sugary food and drinking sugary soft drinks can contribute to plaque build-up. If you have braces, you will need to brush, floss and rinse after eating sugary food as it can get caught in your braces. This can significantly increase your chances of tooth decay.
While many high acid foods are healthy for your body, low acid foods are better for your teeth. Remember, during orthodontic treatment, it’s best to choose low acid foods when you sit down to eat.
Less tooth friendly foods high in acid are:
- Apples, cherries, oranges, peaches, pears, plums and pineapples
- Tomatoes and pickles
- Soft drinks (regular & diet), sports drinks and fruit drinks
- Vinaigrette dressings, BBQ sauces and salsas
Tooth friendly foods that are low in acid are:
- Carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and beets
- Bananas, mangoes and melons
- Milk and water
- Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, crackers, soups and pasta
Brushing / Flossing / Rinsing
Although it is recommended that you should brush your teeth twice a day, we advise our patients going through orthodontic treatment to brush their teeth three times a day immediately after each meal, including lunch. Flossing is also very important in oral hygiene as this can help remove food particles in hard to reach areas. We also recommend that you visit our practice, Tony Weir Orthodontics in Greenslopes, at least every six months for a routine check-up, deep clean and fluoride application.
Which tooth brush should you use?
We recommend that you should use a small head and soft bristled tooth brush to clean around the braces. Moving the toothbrush backwards and forwards in small motions above and below the braces can help achieve proper cleaning.
Finally finishing orthodontic treatment is one of the greatest moments any patient can achieve. It can be a relief to have your braces removed or to no longer have to use Invisalign aligners but once the orthodontics come off it is important to take measures to prevent your teeth from falling back into place…
Even though teeth do not indirectly ‘fall’ back into place after months upon months of gradually moving with orthodontic treatment, they can be prone to shifting. This shift is due to the lack of pressure that is being placed on them by your orthodontic treatment and teeth have been known to slowly relax after the pressure has been taken off and start to shift back to their previous position. To prevent this from happening, many orthodontic treatments will require dental appliances after their removal to prevent this from happening. At Tony Weir Dental we offer our Greenslopes and Corinda patient’s comprehensive removal appliances to help their transition from orthodontic treatment to a straight new hassle free smile and reduce the chance of shifting.
What is a dental appliance?
A dental appliance is a retainer that is placed inside your mouth to prevent teeth from moving back to their original position and in some cases; they are also used to carry out minor tooth movements or can even correct a bad bite. These dental appliances are very effective when worn but require a little attentiveness because they are removable. At Tony Weir Dental we offer four types of dental appliances:
These wire and plastic plate retainers are created to conform to the contours of your upper and lower arches. The plate retainers prevent your teeth from moving and can provide piece of mind after your orthodontic treatment. Plate retainers will require dental check-ups to ensure that they are continuing to provide your teeth with a stable structure to prevent teeth movement.
This is the most common type of retainer for the lower front teeth that is fixed onto the back of your teeth. Bonded retainers are usually glued to the back of the lower six front teeth and can be left permanently in place in order to ensure that the teeth will not shift position.
Clear retainers are similar to Invisalign aligners as they are clear plastic and virtually invisible in appearance. The clear retainers are usually worn every day and night; then over the course of your treatment they will be gradually worn only at night and then every second night so that your teeth learn to become stable on their own.
Banded Retainers are used when malocclusion (bite) or jaw misalignment are evident. These retainers are glued to the back of the teeth and can be left permanently to ensure that the treated teeth do not move.
Dental Retainers are very simple to care for and do not inhibit your daily life…
Retainers do the job of preventing all the hard work you have gone through in correcting your teeth with your orthodontic treatment. While some are permanent options to avoid teeth shifting, the removable options will generally only require a few months of wearing to help solidify the results of your treatment. At Tony Weir Dental we are dedicated to helping out Greenslopes and Carinda patients to achieve their new and improved smiles well after their orthodontic treatments have finished.
Braces can be used to treat a variety of teeth misalignment issues, including straightening unbalanced or ‘wonky’ teeth, to correct a troublesome cross-bite, to separate teeth that are crowded together or to close up teeth that are spaced too far apart.
As well as straightening and enhancing the appearance of your smile braces can also improve your overall dental health by reducing the amount of pressure placed on your gums and jaw.
An invisible brace!
Many people who would usually consider braces are put off by the unsightly metal wires and brackets, and if this is you then lingual braces could be the answer. Lingual braces are thought to be the best kind of non-visible brace, combining both effectiveness and aesthetics. They are constructed using non-visible wires and brackets that are attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front. This means that you can get a straighter smile without unsightly metal brackets disrupting the beauty of your smile.
A fast and effective solution
Lingual braces are just as effective as traditional braces and produce the same results in the same amount of time. They are perfect if you want a straighter smile without any disruption to the shape of your lips when you close your mouth. They are virtually invisible and cannot be seen during regular conversation with others.
The dedicated staff at Tony Weir Orthodontics are committed to helping you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.