It’s a big day at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists when our patient’s braces are removed. It’s time to celebrate! But first, this is a reminder that braces are a huge investment and your orthodontic care does not end here. After braces are removed, a custom fit device called a retainer reinforces and stabilizes your new smile so your teeth don’t move.
Our Doctors understand that most patients don’t want to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment and it is an annoyance. However, it is the most effective way to stabilize your teeth after treatment and the key to maintaining a healthy smile over the years.Read More
We’ve all heard of gum disease, but what do you really know? Many people think they know all about gum disease, but not everything we hear or read is correct. To help bridge the gap between fact and fiction, here are 5 myths about gum periodontal disease, its causes, and treatments, debunked.
Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal
One important sign of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is red, swollen and bleeding gums. This is typically noticed when brushing, flossing, or eating certain foods. If you experience any of these symptoms during any of the mentioned activities, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to be evaluated by your dentist for periodontal disease.Read More
Picture your favorite sugary drink. Odds are it’s either carbonated or contains too much sugar. Now picture what your teeth would look like if you only drank that for the next five years. Believe it or not, most of us would have significant tooth decay, stained teeth or, in some cases, gum disease.
Why Sugar is a Threat to Oral Health
Despite the fact that tooth enamel is the hardest tissue the human body produces, it cannot repair itself because it is not a living tissue. When we eat or drink sugary foods, our teeth become victims of injustice. Sugar sticks to our teeth, becoming a feeding ground for bacteria.Read More
Using floss is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain good dental health. It is the process of cleaning between your teeth to remove debris and food from areas a toothbrush cannot normally reach and an important part of your daily routine to keep your pearly whites sparkling and healthy.
When wearing braces, it is even more important to floss regularly since food collects and sticks more easily around the brackets and wires. At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists it is critical for our patients to know that when they do not floss, the result is a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria that can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, around the braces, and can cause puffiness and bleeding of gum tissue. Even if you are wearing Invisalign aligners that are removable when eating, it is still important to floss on a daily basis to maintain good oral hygiene.
What is most important is to make sure that you floss correctly and clean your teeth thoroughly. Watch this video on how to floss and the proper care of your teeth while wearing braces.