You are ready to seek orthodontic treatment to improve your smile. It is the only thing that is going to address issues with teeth that are not straight. You are probably dealing with a combination of crowding and issues with your bite. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of your teeth. It doesn’t matter how hard you wish your teeth would straighten out. Your regular dentist can’t fix this problem but can help you to take care of your teeth.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is important for children and adults. For some people, problems arise when their teeth are not properly aligned. When this happens, it may become necessary to visit an orthodontist and be fitted with braces. As anyone who has ever worn braces can attest, brushing becomes more difficult and more important to keep food particles from building up between the wires and teeth. When parents get braces for kids, one of their first questions is: Can their child over brush while wearing braces?
If you have been dealing with a single sticking out tooth, you are likely frustrated with having to deal with this particular imperfection. Those with multiple crooked teeth are typically referred to an orthodontic specialist for brace treatment. Having a sticking out tooth can be confusing because it is a somewhat different issue.
Once an Invisalign treatment is complete, patients come out with a beautiful new smile that has taken over a year to receive. But it is not over yet. In order to keep that beautiful smile, patients have to continue with an orthodontic aftercare process.
A healthy mouth and teeth are incredibly important to both our physical health and mental well-being. Basic dental care and appointments are essential, but sometimes not enough. Furthermore, orthodontics is the practice of treating irregularities of the teeth which impact the mouth or jaw.
LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Smoking and Braces
We all know that smoking cigarettes and tobacco can be extremely harmful to our health in a variety of different ways. Many people associate puffing with conditions that affect our lungs but they do not consider oral health is one of the major health concerns associated with it is well.
How important is oral health and braces?
When people receive braces it’s very important that they continue to maintain their oral health as well as regularly attend dental visits for checkups in cleaning. If a person has braces and continues to smoke they also work to detriment their oral health even further. Furthermore, they can risk severely staining their teeth and having them not recover their original clean and white exterior when orthodontic appliances have been removed.
How does smoking effect clean teeth?
Smoking can reduce someone’s ability to fight off tooth decay by making someone’s mouth much more prone to plaque and extra toxins that are ingested through smoking. Smoking cigarettes and tobacco can actually cause major damage to the bones in your mouth as well as your gums. Regularly smoking while you have orthodontic appliances on will only add to these concerns. If you are committed to having a healthier mouth and to really straightening your smile you should really also consider giving up smoking so that you can hold onto your perfectly straight and healthy smile and maintain your overall oral health.
If you are willing to quit smoking when you receive your braces you can experience a number of great health benefits. And you can severely reduce your risk of oral health issues that are associated with smoking.
How does smoking effect my overall health?
Making a commitment to straighten your teeth should also involve an overall commitment to improving your oral health. Much of the damage that puffing may have done inside your mouth is completely reversible if you are willing to abstain from the habits entirely. If you’re willing to quit cigarettes for even just a few months you will find an overall increase in your lung function. Also, a greatly reduced risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and more. If you keep up smoke-free habits after your treatment for up to five years you can reduce the risk of cancer in your mouth which is another major concern in oral health issues for smokers.
Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today
The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating devices
- Wild smile brackets
- Aesthetic devices
- Invisalign for adults and teenagers
Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. Its easy to get a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved look.
1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Suite B, Manhattan Beach
How Does Smoking Affect Braces?
Fitting braces to improve teeth shape and facial appearance takes up time and does cost money, so the sensible braces wearer should exercise caution before consuming a food or drink that can either damage parts of the braces or cause tooth decay while the braces are in position. Habits are often difficult to alter, even if they pose a damage to the health of the teeth. There are some disadvantages of chewing gum while braces are in place and there are some benefits, according to a new research as well.