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Dental Health in 2019

March 18th, 2019

It's a new year, and you may be thinking about upgrading your smile. Having crooked teeth is not just awkward, it can also affect your oral health. Even if your finances are strained, you should not delay in getting an orthodontist San Tan Valley a call. The following explains how crooked teeth can cause dental problems.

Plaque Buildup

Crooked teeth are often positioned very close together, making it difficult to floss and remove food particles. This leads to a buildup of plaque that breeds bacteria, causing gum inflammation and tooth decay, which can eventually result in serious dental issues.

Periodontal Disease

Even if your crooked teeth do not bother you, they are not sitting correctly in your mouth, and the gums do not fit snugly around them. Over time, pockets of bacteria can develop between them, leading to periodontal disease and possible tooth loss. In addition, crooked teeth are more prone to developing cavities.

Bad Breath

Having bad breath is not only socially embarrassing, it can be an indication that there may be bacteria between your crooked teeth. If you have a diligent oral routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing and still have bad breath, you should see an orthodontist as soon as possible.

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Tooth Wear

Teeth that are very close together rub against one another with their uneven surfaces, causing excessive wear. This thins the enamel and ages your teeth faster, making them vulnerable to damage.

Injury Risk

If you enjoy playing sports games or just have a bad fall, your crooked teeth are more prone to chipping and fracturing, especially if they protrude. If this happens to you, see a dentist immediately to seal up fissures and cracks before decay sets in.

Disease Risk

Your oral health is not the only thing at risk from crooked teeth. Gum problems can lead to heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and even obesity. This is because gum inflammation can cause other parts of your body to become inflamed, increasing your susceptibility to developing other serious diseases.

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Treatment Options

Regardless of your age or how crooked your teeth are, you can still do something to change it. In many cases, alignment problems can be corrected through the use of metal braces or Invisalign clear braces. If you choose metal braces, the treatment could take up to three years, have dietary restrictions and require numerous adjustments. Invisalign offers the freedom of removing the braces when you need to clean your teeth. They are also less obvious to others.

Crooked teeth do not have to be a permanent condition. Protect your health by consulting with an orthodontist to explore your treatment options and find the right solution for your teeth.

Cost Comparison: Invisalign Versus Braces

January 30th, 2019

 

For those who want to straighten their teeth, the choices come down to Invisalign or traditional metal braces. The cost of both is comparable, depending on patient needs, but in some cases, metal braces will work better than the aligners. In addition, the success of using Invisalign is dependent on the patient actually wearing the aligners each day, meaning the method may not be the best choice for every individual.

The decision can also be based on cost. While mild or moderate straightening is typically best accomplished with Invisalign, some patients may choose metal braces because it saves them some money.

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Invisalign Cost

The cost of Invisalign treatment is based on a patient's insurance plan, their flexible spending account or the payment plan they arrange with the orthodontist's office. Insurance and flexible spending generally have set amounts to help cover treatment expenses. An individual payment plan has the advantage of affordability and having the treatment completely paid for before it ends.

Most insurance providers consider Invisalign the same as metal braces and will pay the same amount on either treatment method. This is usually up to $3,500 of the total cost. Patients should contact their providers directly to determine the amount of coverage they have. It should be noted that the insurance company and the dental office will be unable to provide an absolute percentage of what will be paid. There is only an estimate to give the patient an idea of cost.

Braces Cost

Some patients may benefit more from choosing metal braces because they are not removable and ensure treatment compliance. The drawbacks are dietary restrictions and a strict cleaning regimen. The cost of braces depends on how complex the patient's needs are and how long the adjustment period lasts. When a patient needs to straighten only a few teeth, metal braces are often faster and less costly than Invisalign. In more complicated circumstances where the patient requires removal of teeth, tooth rotation, teeth that need be moved, bridge expansion or jaw adjustment, braces are the best course of treatment, even though it will take much longer.

Braces have an average cost of about $5,000. Patients usually do not pay the entire amount because most of the cost is covered by flexible spending, insurance and individual payment plans. This is an affordable way to have a more functional mouth and a straight, beautiful smile.

Whether the choice is Invisalign or traditional metal braces, the experienced staff at Robison Ortho will help patients to achieve their smile goals.

7 tips for brushing your teeth with braces

December 27th, 2018

When you have braces, you eagerly anticipate your beautiful new smile. One part of this process is taking proper care of your teeth. Braces make a daily oral regimen more challenging, but when you see the stunning results, you will be glad you made the effort and got braces for less San Tan Valley AZ.

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Tooth and Gum Problems from Braces

Braces can work wonders, but they can also interfere with keeping your mouth clean. The brackets trap food particles, allowing plaque and bacteria to build up if you do not brush regularly. This can result in cavities, discolored teeth and inflamed gums. Over time, this can lead to decalcification and decay. This is why you need to brush your teeth and braces each day and keep them as clean as possible.

The following seven tips will help you stay on track:

• Brush every single day. Plaque can form and start causing problems within 48 hours. Brush your teeth after every meal and before bed. Be sure to get the area in between the wires and your teeth and to brush all other inner, outer and chewing surfaces. If you are unable to brush right away after a meal, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

• Floss your teeth each day. Aside from flossing between the teeth, you must also clean under the archwire of your braces. You can use a tool called a floss threader to make this job easier. It is best to floss after your last meal of the day to remove all trapped particles of food.

• Do not whiten your teeth. The whitening agents in toothpaste and mouthwash will only lighten the uncovered areas of your teeth. This will result in uneven color when your braces are taken off.

• Use a proper toothbrush. Wearing braces is stressful for your teeth, and you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce tooth wear and damage to your gums. Many orthodontists recommend the Proxabrush for getting in between teeth and cleaning around braces.

• Use a mouth rinse formulated for braces. Peroxyl is a rinse that cleans the mouth and reduces the irritation caused by wearing braces. Your mouth will heal and feel much better. The rinse can be used up to four times each day.

• Apply fluoride to prevent decay. This will make your tooth enamel stronger, kill harmful bacteria and replenish minerals in the enamel that are lost to acid exposure. The fluoride should be applied by toothbrush and left on for 30 minutes. The best time to do this is right before bedtime.

Do not overbrush your teeth. It may seem strange, but it is possible to brush too hard and too often, making your teeth sensitive and causing your gums to recede. This is why you should not use toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles, especially when you have braces. In addition, do not push too hard on the toothbrush. Technique is more important than force.

If you have questions about caring for your teeth while wearing braces, the professional staff at Robison Orthodontics is always available to help.

A List of Things to Have for Cleaning Teeth with Braces or Aligners When Traveling

November 21st, 2018

dentist orthodontistIf you get braces for less San Tan Valley AZ and you plan on traveling, you need to make sure you can maintain your cleaning routine while on the go. While taking care of your braces or aligners can be challenging while you are "on the go," it's possible if you know what you need.

Below is a list of 6 things you always need to achieve this.

Water. Water. Water.
Water is always there even if you are staying in a hotel, so use it. Immediately after you eat, you should rinse your mouth out with tap water if you don't have a toothbrush handy. This will loosen debris from food particles and allow you to decrease the chances of bacteria setting in.

Toothbrush

Having a toothbrush handy is a good idea no matter where you are. Pack a small travel toothbrush if you don't want to lug around your electric toothbrush or full-sized brush. However, for a full cleaning, a larger brush is always better.

Floss

Floss is a great tool to loosen debris between teeth that can irritate the gums and get lodged between spacers or braces. It's a good idea to keep dental floss with you at all times so that you can use it after each meal and anytime you have a quick snack. Certain foods are worse than others when it comes to getting food stuck between teeth such as corn-on-the-cob, roast beef, and other foods. But floss can be your friend no matter where you are or what you choose to eat.

Interproximal brush

These unique brushes help get at food that gets stuck between brackets and braces. You can cut down on the plaque as well using this brush. Orthodontists will agree that you will cut down on a lot of future problems if you use this type of brush after meals.

Dental mirror

Keep a pocket mirror can be perfect to take with you when traveling if you wear braces or aligners. These dental type mirror tools are just like your orthodontist uses, and they allow you to see the debris that is stuck between your teeth when it's hard to see in a regular mirror.

Toothpaste and whitener

One thing that braces wearer forget is that they still need to brush their teeth as normal and try to keep their teeth white. Once your braces are removed, you don't want to discover that there are stains on your teeth or a dull look due to not brushing your teeth while you were wearing braces. So take toothpaste and gel whitener with you anywhere you go so you'll always be prepared to keep your teeth clean and white. And don't forget the mouthwash to stay fresh.

About Robison Orthodonist

Good dental hygiene is a habit that you should get into and keep up a routine throughout your time with braces as well as your entire life. Dr. Tyler Robison encourages his patients to be conscious of good dental hygiene and to keep regular appointments to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. Contact Robison Ortho to set up an appointment.

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