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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health. If you have any other questions, or would like to make an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

It is vital that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taught floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!

Brushing teeth removes food particles, plaque and bacteria from all dental surfaces, except between the teeth. Unfortunately, our brush can not reach these areas that are highly susceptible to periodontal (gum) caries and inflammation.
Flossing daily is the best way to clean between your teeth and below the gum line. Flossing not only helps to clean these spaces, but also disrupts plaque formation, preventing damage to the gums, teeth and bones.
The plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of bacteria that live on food scraps and saliva. Bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when the plaque is not removed above and below the gum line, it hardens and becomes the calculus (tartar). This also irritates and inflames the gums and also slowly destroys the bone. This is the onset of periodontal disease (gum infection).

*If you feel a little shy about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in recent years, not only because of the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today, but also because patients are increasingly focused on improving their health in general. This includes dental prevention and having a whiter, radiant and healthy smile.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and improve your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your spectacular smile, from restoring a single tooth to having full mouth make-over. Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

 

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel.

Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. We utilize the latest technology, and offer a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.

Every smile starts with an initial consultation!

Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. During your initial consultation, we will:

  • Review your dental and medical history forms
  • Perform a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary
  • Help you create a customized treatment plan
  • Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans

Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all the information you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial consultation.

In the morning – saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleaning action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc. Foods that contain odor-causing compounds enter the bloodstream; Are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles left in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
Periodontal (gum) problem – Colonies of bacteria and food scraps that reside under inflamed gums.
Dental decay and poorly adjusted dental appliances can also contribute to bad breath.
Dry mouth (xerostomia) – Can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems or continuous mouth breathing.
The tobacco dries the mouth, causing bad breath.
Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released into the breath the moment the body burns fat.
Certain medical conditions and diseases or problems with diabetes, liver and kidney, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis and various pneumonia conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
Keeping track of what you eat can help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, check your current medications, recent surgeries, or diseases and check with your dentist.