Tips for Preventing Dental Problems

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Teeth are made of the strongest substance in the human body, and they are designed to last just as long as you do. Unfortunately, many people lose teeth as early as their thirties. With the right care and preventive dentistry, you can prevent dental problems and keep your smile healthy for life.

1- Brush, floss, rinse, and repeat – Healthy smiles start at home. Brushing and flossing are among the healthiest habits you can have. Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush for about two minutes each time. Floss or use an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth daily, and use an antimicrobial or fluoride cleaner mouthwash after you brush. By doing this every day, you can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

2- Eat a healthy diet – Starchy, sugary, and processed foods do not nourish your body or your teeth, and can instead feed the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. Instead, eat a smile-healthy diet full of nutritious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats.

3- Visit us regularly – Regular dental visits give us a chance to check your smile for signs of problems and recommend preventive treatments or ways to improve your dental routine. Most people can benefit from biannual checkups, but we may recommend more or less frequent visits based on your personal risk factors.

Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Torrance.

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Tips for Your Kid’s Orthodontic Treatment

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to an orthodontist for an evaluation by the time they are seven years old. At this point, the orthodontist will be able to get a good idea as to how their mouth is going to develop and whether or not they will need braces. If it is determined they need braces, you will want to follow a few simple tips during the course of their treatment.

Your child will be visiting the orthodontist rather frequently when they are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. As a result, you will want to make sure that your child gets along with the orthodontist. Sometimes it is helpful to get recommendations from people who already know you and your child, such as a pediatrician or a family friend.

It is also important that you keep a close eye on their oral hygiene habits during their orthodontic treatment. Braces make it harder to brush and floss properly, often resulting in food and debris getting caught in between the brackets and wires. Food and debris that is not removed can cause decay. Some patients find that inter-dental brushes work well for cleaning their teeth with braces. A good orthodontist will be able to instruct your child on the best methods for maintaining good oral hygiene.

If your child is over seven and you have not yet taken them in for an evaluation, contact our kids orthodontist in Torrance to schedule a consultation.

How Invisalign Braces Should be Cleaned

While undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign braces, it is important to make sure that you keep the aligners clean. There are a few different methods you can use for keeping your aligners in good shape.

One of your options for cleaning your aligners is to purchase the cleaning crystals that are sold by Invisalign. You simply add these crystals to water and they help remove the accumulated dental plaque from your aligners. While Invisalign recommends using their cleaning crystals, there are other methods that you can also use. For instance, you can use cleaning solutions that have been made to clean retainers or dentures.

You can also utilize a variety of household methods. A toothbrush is more than capable of cleaning your aligners, but you will want to avoid using toothpaste with it. Most toothpastes contain abrasive elements that can ruin your aligners. That is why it is recommended to use a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent instead. For best results, use a separate toothbrush than the one you use to brush your teeth. And no matter what you do, make sure to avoid using heat or hot liquids to clean your aligners, as heat can bend them out of shape.

If you have any additional questions about maintaining your Invisalign braces, contact our Torrance orthodontist for more information.

Average Length of Orthodontic Treatments

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The average length of treatment time for metal braces usually ends up being around 2 years, whereas the average length of treatment time for Invisalign ends up being around 18 months. That being said, the exact length of orthodontic treatment time will be different on a patient-by-patient basis. There a variety of reasons why it is hard to gauge an exact treatment time for any given orthodontic case.

The length of treatment time will largely depend on the severity of the case. A patient with very minor spacing issues may only require six months of orthodontic treatment, while a patient with severe malocclusion may take longer than two years. Only your orthodontist will be able to give you a better idea of how long treatment will likely be in your particular case.

Other issues can also come into play. If a patient received early intervention treatment, then their subsequent treatment may be shorter. If a patient is not diligent about taking care of their braces or aligners, or if a patient misses several of their appointments with the orthodontist, it could cause a delay in treatment. The same holds true if a patient experiences oral health issues during treatment, such as gum disease.

Does Invisalign Affect Speech?

Does Invisalign Affect Speech?Invisalign, like other orthodontic treatments, may affect speech slightly in some patients. Fortunately, the problem rarely persists. Here is more about how Invisalign can affect speech, how long the issue lasts, and how patients can overcome speech difficulties more quickly after beginning treatment with our expert in Invisalign in Torrance.

Invisalign and Speech

Any mouthpiece that alters the distance from the tongue to the teeth can potentially affect speech, and Invisalign is no exception. As a result, a mild lisp can develop until patients get used to wearing their aligners. Many patients never experience this, and research has shown that when the issue does occur, it often goes away within a few hours or days.

Speech Exercises

Patients who want to eliminate their lisp more quickly after beginning Invisalign treatment can practice speech exercises. For example, tongue twisters can improve enunciation quickly by training the tongue to work properly with the aligners in place.

Although speech problems can make patients feel self-conscious, most patients will see this issue disappear quickly if they experience it at all. In terms of appearance, comfort, and oral health, Invisalign is still an excellent option for eligible patients. At a consultation with our Torrance orthodontist, patients can learn more about Invisalign and how it may affect speech.