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Dr. Allen Sanders offers a variety of orthodontic treatments, from traditional braces to Invisalign.
Dr. Allen Sanders offers a variety of orthodontic treatments, from traditional braces to Invisalign.

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We are offering free consultation for orthodontic treatments. Learn more at http://www.aboutfacebraces.com/special-offers.html
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Our dental office works with scores of patients who are looking for ways to improve their smiles. While we offer a variety of options, patients who want straight teeth get the best results from braces.

Even though the word ‘braces’ usually brings to mind the image of a teenager with a mouth full of metal, it is not unusual to see our adult patients with braces. About 25-30 years ago only a tiny percentage of adult patients wore braces. Presently, more than half of our patients who wear braces are adults; braces for adults is our fastest growing segment.

Many of our adult patients with braces are not sure about the best ways to live with them. Here are tips that will help to make time in braces as easy as possible.

LIVING WITH BRACES AS AN ADULT

• Prepare for numerous visits to the dentist during the course of your treatment. Your braces will need regular adjusting and missing an appointment defeats the purpose of wearing braces.
• Use an over-the-counter pain reliever before your dental visits. This helps you to stay ahead of the pain most people experience with adjustments.
• Try cold compresses at home to ease your pain without medication.
• Apply an oral anesthetic on your teeth and gums for immediate relief.
• Create a barrier between your cheek and braces with dental wax.
• Keep a toothbrush with you, whether in your briefcase, desk drawer, or another handy place. You will need to brush after eating when you wear braces.
• Floss and brush carefully and often to remove food and debris from your braces.
• Avoid whitening products; these will whiten the visible areas of your teeth. However, the parts of your teeth covered by your braces will be noticeably darker when your braces removed.
• As tempting as you may find it, do not deviate from your lists of foods you are free to eat. Any hard or sticky food can damage your braces. It also increases your chance of cavities because of the difficulty cleaning it away.

To learn more about getting braces as an adult or how to care for your teeth with braces, feel free to contact our office for more information.

Visit http://www.aboutfacebraces.com/ to learn more.
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We are offering $500 off comprehensive orthodontics! Visit http://www.aboutfacebraces.com/special-offers.html to learn more.
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Our patients often ask us about how to take care of their teeth once they have braces. While caring for your teeth and cleaning braces are not complicated, both are an absolute necessity.

Our dentist recommends that orthodontic patients brush after each meal and snack. Some patients dismiss this suggestion as extreme. However, there are a few reasons you must practice excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces.

• The numerous parts making up braces, such as brackets, wires, rubber bands and springs all are perfect places for food to stick in your mouth. By allowing food to stay in your mouth, you are inviting plaque and tarter to cling to your teeth.

• Consistent brushing will help to prevent tooth discoloration.

• Brushing on a regular basis will help to keep your breath fresh. Tiny particles of food stuck in braces encourage the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Now that you understand why keeping your braces as clean as possible is essential, here are a few ways to be sure that you are cleaning your braces well.

• Always be gentle when you are brushing your teeth. This is especially important if you have braces. Our patients often equate forceful brushing with effective brushing. However, brushing your teeth too vigorously can actually damage your braces. You should be sure you are not using excessive pressure while brushing.

• Be sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing. This applies to everyone but is vital to those who wear braces. Tooth enamel can experience damage with hard bristle brushes.

• Floss with care. Even though regular flossing is necessary, our patients tell us that it can be somewhat tricky. Be sure you get the floss between all of the crevasses to remove hidden plaque. The more you practice, the easier flossing becomes. If you are not sure if you are flossing correctly, ask a member of our staff for pointers or a demonstration.

• Use a fluorinated dental rinse to coat your mouth and teeth with cavity protection.

Be sure to commit yourself to practice good oral hygiene for the long run. Many patients start well and maintain their braces for several days or weeks. However, it is easy to slip back into old habits, so make a point of daily dental hygiene, and it will become a familiar routine.
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