Last updated 4 days ago
If you wear braces, you likely dream about the day when they come off and you get to see your beautiful new smile. Now, imagine looking into the mirror to find that your teeth are covered in discolored spots and decay that wasn’t there before. This is a real risk that patients with braces face, but it is preventable. If you work with your dentist to make a plan for maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces, you’ll end up with that winning smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some tips for keeping your oral health in check while you have braces.
See Your Dentist Often
When you’re wearing braces, your teeth need a little extra attention. It may be helpful to bump up the number of annual cleanings you have at your dentist to keep your teeth in good condition. Talk to your dentist about how often you should come in for a check-up while you’re wearing braces. With regular visits, your dentist can spot and treat early tooth decay before it becomes a bigger issue.
Re-Learn How to Brush and Floss
Your standard brushing and flossing technique will need to change when you have braces. Ask your dentist to show you new techniques to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. You may need to use special equipment, like a proxibrush and floss threader, to get under and around your brackets and wires effectively.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The foods you choose have a big impact on your dental health when you’re wearing braces. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar or acid. You should also skip hard and sticky foods, as these could break your braces. Eat lean protein, dairy foods, and soft fruits, like bananas, instead.
Don’t let poor oral health stand in the way of getting the best results possible with braces. Aria Irvani, DDS, can help you maintain great oral health before, during, and after your braces treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Lake Forest dental office today by calling (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 13 days ago
When you get braces, your dentist will go over all kinds of dos, don’ts, and special care tips with you. One of the most important lessons you will learn is which foods you should eat and which you should avoid. Follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to food selections carefully. Eating the right foods can boost your dental health, but eating the wrong foods could break your braces and set back your treatment. Here are the foods your dentist would like to see on—and off—the menu when you have braces.
Don’t Eat: Sticky Foods
Sticky foods are the enemy of braces. Sticky substances are tough on brackets and wires—they will stick to your braces and may even cause a bracket to come off or a wire to break. In addition, sticky foods tend to be sugary. When sugary foods get stuck to your teeth, they sit there and eat away at your tooth enamel. That means you’re more likely to get cavities, which can interfere with your braces treatment.
Do Eat: Low-Fat Dairy and Protein
Low-fat dairy and protein are easy and safe to eat when you have braces. They also help keep your teeth strong. Try eating chicken, turkey, lean beef, and fish, and incorporate low-fat cheese, yogurt, and milk into your diet. Because these foods are soft and easy to chew, eating them with braces is not an issue.
Don’t Eat: Hard, Crunchy Foods
Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and nuts can be extremely hard on braces. Many people break a bracket or wire by eating these very foods. However, since so many healthy foods are also crunchy, you should try to work around the danger. Cut crunchy foods into small pieces so they are easier to eat when you’re wearing braces.
If you need help managing your dental health, call Aria Irvani, DDS. We offer teeth whitening, braces, cosmetic dentistry, and much more in our Lake Forest office. To make an appointment, please call (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 19 days ago
Flossing is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing cleans the parts of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Learn exactly how to floss effectively by watching this video.
To start, unwind about 18 inches of floss and wrap the ends around each of your index fingers. Use your thumbs to guide the floss in between your teeth, gently bending the floss around each tooth as you do so. Don’t forget to get all the way to your back teeth, where food and bacteria can accumulate.
If you need some extra advice on good flossing technique, bring it up during your next appointment with Aria Irvani, DDS. Our Lake Forest dental practice is a one-stop shop for all of your dental care needs. You can make an appointment by calling (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 25 days ago
Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace one or many lost teeth. An implant is comprised of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root. The post is attached to a porcelain crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth. Caring for a dental implant is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Floss around the implant once a day and brush the crown twice a day. Although a dental implant cannot get cavities, the bacteria that cause gum disease can affect the tissues supporting your implant. Regular daily care is essential to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that cause inflammation of the gums. In addition to daily oral care, maintain regular checkups with your dentist to chart your dental health. During exams, your dentist will check the health of your gums, jaw bone, and dental implants.
With the right care, your dental implant will last a lifetime. If you’d like to discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with Dr. Aria Irvani, DDS, please call Foothill Ranch Dentist at (714) 707-6724. We proudly offer a wide variety of dental services in a single office for your comfort and convenience.
Last updated 1 month ago
Even a single missing tooth can affect your overall dental health. Today, you have many options to restore a healthy smile. Dental implants offer an effective, cosmetically-pleasing, and permanent solution to restoring one or many missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of your jaw. The titanium post fuses with the bone over time, creating a secure and permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures must be replaced every 10-15 years, but a dental implant will last for a lifetime.
Dentures and bridges provide replacement only for the visible portion of a lost tooth, rather than the root. Lack of a root causes the jaw bone to weaken and disintegrate, leading to shifting of your remaining teeth and further tissue deterioration. Dental implants prevent jaw bone deterioration by acting like a natural tooth root. The forces of biting and chewing are transferred into the bone via the titanium post just as they would be in a normal tooth.
Easy to Clean
While dental implants require diligent daily oral care to maintain, they do not need the same extensive removal and cleaning procedure necessary for dentures. You will care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss the implant twice a day when you perform your regular daily oral care routine.
Comfortable and Secure
Many patients find dentures uncomfortable or feel they are not secure when eating or speaking. Dental implants will not slip and are completely comfortable and worry-free. Implants can also be used to secure dentures if you are missing many teeth for a more comfortable experience.
Could you benefit from dental implants to restore the look and function of your smile? Contact Dr. Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (714) 707-6724 and find out more. We offer a variety of dental treatment options, including implants, Invisalign, and crowns, in the Lake Forest area.