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    Advice for Keeping Your Teeth Clean with Braces

    Last updated 2 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 2 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 3 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.

    Tips for Helping Your Child Adjust to Braces

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Getting braces can help your child have a beautiful and healthy smile for life. However, it can take some time for your child to adjust to wearing them. With a few simple steps, you can help your child feel more comfortable with her braces. Check out the following tips to get some guidance for helping your child get used to wearing braces.

    Let Your Child Have a Say
    Your child may have difficulty adjusting to the look of braces on her teeth. One way to help make the transition easier is to let your child have a say in the orthodontic treatment. Find out if your child would prefer traditional metal braces or less noticeable ceramic ones. If your child gets metal braces, let her choose the colors of the bands placed on the brackets. By giving your child a say in her orthodontic treatment, you can help her become more excited about getting braces.

    Minimize Any Soreness
    Braces can sometimes cause soreness, especially after they are first put on or adjusted. Be sure to have some non-prescription pain medication on hand and administer it when your child is feeling sore. You may also want to provide the nurse at your child’s school with a bottle of the same medication to give to your child if she experiences pain during the school day. Keeping some dental wax available for your child can help if the wires or brackets bother her cheeks, lips, or gums.

    Provide the Right Foods
    Hard, crunchy foods, as well as sticky ones, can damage your child’s braces, so it’s best to avoid serving those while your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment. After your child’s braces are adjusted, you may want to serve soft foods for dinner to keep your child comfortable.

    If your child needs orthodontic treatment, Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S. can help. At our orthodontic office in Murrieta, we offer treatment with traditional metal braces, invisible braces, and self-ligating braces. To schedule an appointment, call us at (951) 600-7923.

    Dealing with a Broken Braces Bracket

    Last updated 3 months ago

    A broken bracket is the most common complication that arises with braces. Brackets can break if moisture contaminated the glue at the time of sealing, but the more likely cause is eating foods that are too hard for your braces. What should you do if one of your braces brackets breaks? This video explains. 

    If your bracket is hanging very loose, try to extract it from the wire and put it in a plastic bag to bring to your orthodontist. If it isn’t loose enough to remove, you can avoid irritation by using a small piece of wax to cover the bracket and seal it in place. In either case, make an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.

    Are you looking for an orthodontist in Murrieta? Trust Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S. Make an appointment today, and let’s start mapping your orthodontic treatment plan. Call (951) 600-7923 to schedule your visit. 

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