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November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Cavities  

How your orthodontist in Portage, Michigan can help you prevent tooth decay when you have braces.

When you are going through orthodontic treatment, it’s even more important to practice great brushing and flossing habits. When you brush and floss regularly, it helps you avoid cavities.

Your orthodontist can help you avoid cavities too. Dr. Thomas Kwong of Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, Michigan offers a wide range of orthodontic services, including preventive services to help you avoid cavities.

Plaque is the enemy of your smile, especially when you have braces. The plaque has millions of harmful bacteria which create bacterial acid. This acid is strong enough to eat through tough tooth enamel, giving you a cavity.

So, how do you avoid cavities when you have braces? The truth is, wearing brackets and wires provides a perfect place for bacteria to thrive.

You can disrupt the bacteria and avoid cavities if you:

  • Brush after meals and before bed; with braces, it may be helpful to use a sonic or electric toothbrush because the pulsing action helps to clean around brackets, flushing out plaque and food debris.
  • Floss at least once each day; when you wear braces, it’s necessary to use a flossing tool, called a threader. A threader is a thin loop which is made of flexible plastic. You place the end of the floss inside the open loop. You guide the loop up under the orthodontic wire, so the floss is right next to your tooth. Then, floss your teeth normally, re-threading the loop each time you move to a new tooth.
  • Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist can help too. Your dental care providers can show you all of the latest tricks, tools, and techniques to help you prevent cavities while you wear braces.

Practicing great oral hygiene and regular dental visits are the keys to having a straight, beautiful smile free of tooth decay.

To find out more about cavity prevention before, during, and after orthodontic treatment, call Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, Michigan at (269) 327-4459. 

By Kwong Orthodontics
June 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cavities  

Braces do more than realign your teeth; they can help improve your oral health.

An even, straight smile is definitely a thing of beauty, but straight teeth aren't just for looks. If your teeth are crooked, gapped, or misaligned, Bracesthey may be the reason for health problems you never knew you had. Dr. Thomas Kwong of Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI offers a few extra reasons why straightening your teeth with braces can make your life better.

Banishing the Bacteria 

When your teeth are too crowded together, the sections where they overlap can create spaces for food to collect after you eat. These crevices often hide the trapped food and, since they can't be reached with a toothbrush or floss, it turns to bacteria-filled plaque. If it hardens into calculus, it can cause major damage to the enamel of the teeth and the gum tissue surrounding them. When the teeth are properly aligned, however, they have an even surface and allow for more thorough cleaning. Dr. Kwong will also be able to detect any problems much more easily when your teeth aren't hidden behind each other.

Righting Your Bite

If the jaw is misaligned, the teeth may also be affected. This can cause people to chew on one side of the mouth more than the other, resulting in extra wear and tear on the teeth on that side. Malocclusion (misaligned jaws) can also cause a condition known as TMJ, which can cause headaches, chewing difficulties, and, in extreme cases, locking of the jaw open or closed. Braces and other orthodontic implements help to gradually guide the jaw into the proper position.

Be Happy, Be Healthy

The psychological effects of a great smile shouldn't be discounted. With your teeth straightened by your Portage orthodontist, you'll likely feel great about your appearance and project that positive attitude onto others. Mental health is an important component in keeping the rest of your body healthy.

Making the decision to get braces means taking steps toward improving your overall health. Make your first step by contacting the team at Kwong Orthodontics in Portage today!