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    Why Seek Orthodontic Care?

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    Why Seek Orthodontic Care?

    Whether to seek orthodontic care is a personal decision. Many people live with crowding, overbites or other types of bite problems and do not seek treatment. However, many people feel more comfortable and self-confident with properly aligned, attractive teeth. Orthodontic care can help improve appearance and build self-confidence. It also may help you to chew better or speak more clearly.

    Orthodontic care is not just cosmetic in nature. It also can benefit long-term dental health. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. This can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. It also can help prevent gingivitis, an inflammation that damages gums. Gingivitis may lead to infection, which occurs when bacteria cluster around the area where the teeth meet the gums. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. This type of gum disease can destroy bone that surrounds the teeth and lead to tooth loss.

    People with bad bites also may chew less efficiently. Some people with a severe bite problem may even have problems getting enough nutrition. This especially may occur when the jaws are not aligned correctly. Fixing bite problems can make it easier to chew and digest foods.

    When the upper and lower front teeth don't align right, people also can have speech difficulties. These can be corrected through orthodontic treatment, often combined with speech therapy.


    Finally, orthodontic treatment can help to prevent premature wear of back tooth surfaces. As you bite down, your teeth withstand a tremendous amount of force. If your front teeth don't meet properly, it can cause your back teeth to wear more.

    Advice for Keeping Your Teeth Clean with Braces

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you’re getting ready to undergo orthodontic treatment, you are probably looking forward to having a straight, beautiful smile. However, if you don’t keep your teeth clean while your braces are on, you may have a mouth full of cavities when they come off.

    This video provides helpful tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy while you’re wearing braces. You’ll learn the best method for brushing your teeth and flossing around your braces. The video also explains the best tools to use to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

    At Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S., we are committed to helping our patients have healthy smiles they can be proud to show off. To learn about our range of orthodontic services for patients in the Temecula area, contact us online or call (951) 600-7923.

    Phase One Treatment Explained

    Last updated 6 months ago

    While many people associate orthodontic treatment with teenagers, this type of treatment can actually be helpful for younger children and adults, as well. Children who undergo orthodontic treatment at a younger age go through Phase One treatment. Phase One treatment generally begins when a child is between the ages of seven and ten. The objective of Phase One treatment is to catch major orthodontic problems early and prevent them from becoming worse. This can help a child avoid undergoing more significant orthodontic treatment at a later time. Phase One treatment usually takes between 12 and 21 months to complete, and can help improve a child’s self-esteem by minimizing problems with the smile.

    Children should visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. If you’d like to schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child in the Murrieta area, come to Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S. We provide orthodontic services for both children and adults. Call us at (951) 600-7923 for more information today.

    Ways to Beat Tooth Decay When You Have Braces

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Orthodontic treatment is a great option for improving the appearance and health of your smile. However, if you experience tooth decay while your braces are on, your teeth may need further treatment once your orthodontic care is complete to restore your smile to health. You can find some tips for preventing tooth decay while you are wearing braces below.

    Stick to Your Oral Hygiene Routine
    It becomes even more important to stick to an oral hygiene routine when you have braces, as food particles and plaque can accumulate on and under your brackets and wires. Be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes twice each day, floss your teeth thoroughly at least once each day, and rinse your mouth out between meals to flush away any lingering food particles.

    Maintain a Tooth-Friendly Diet
    Consuming certain foods and drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Keep your consumption of sweets to a minimum, as sugar can feed the bacteria that lead to plaque and tooth decay. If you like to have a morning or afternoon snack, try eating an apple or a few slices of cheese—apples help to scrub away particles around your braces and on your teeth, while dairy products can help keep your enamel strong and prevent cavities.

    See Your Dentist for Regular Cleanings
    While you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is still important to see your dentist at least twice each year. Your dentist will perform thorough dental cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that have accumulated around your braces. With the right dental care, your teeth will be healthy and beautiful when it’s time for your braces to come off.

    Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S. can help you through every step of the orthodontic treatment process. Whether you’re interested in invisible braces, self-ligating braces, or another orthodontic treatment option, the staff at our Temecula-area office can help. Schedule a consultation by calling (951) 600-7923.

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