Posts Tagged "braces"

The Key to a Healthy Smile with Braces

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Even though braces will allow you to have a beautiful smile, they can also trap food particles and cause plaque to build up in your mouth. However, braces don’t have to be a burden if you take care of your teeth properly during treatment!

Here are some good oral hygiene tips to follow if you have braces:

1. Use toothpaste with fluoride

By brushing your teeth with a high-fluoride toothpaste, you can stop white spots and decay from forming on your teeth. Try to brush for a full two minutes after every meal or at least twice a day. Make sure that your toothbrush reaches all the spots under wires and between brackets. Replace your toothbrush around every three months.

2. Rinse with mouthwash

Rinsing with a mouthwash twice a day for a minute helps wash away plaque and food particles stuck between your brackets.

3. Floss!

It’s even easier for food to get stuck in between your teeth if you have braces. Threader floss is recommended, because it has a stiffer side that allows you to floss between your brackets, but regular floss is better than no floss at all!

Take good care of your teeth when you have braces, otherwise you could develop gum disease, gingivitis, or other oral health problems.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9907-high-fluoride-toothpaste-may-aid-brace-wearers

http://www.oralb.com/embraceit/how-to-take-care-of-braces

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Achieve a Beautiful Smile with Orthodontics!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Are you self-conscious about your smile? If so, we can help you feel confident and beautiful with orthodontics! After undergoing treatment with braces, you’ll have the smile of your dreams. At Wellesley Dental Group, we will ensure that you feel comfortable and satisfied with your experience. Treatment usually varies from one to three years.

There are many different types of orthodontic appliances. They can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic and are either removable or bonded to your teeth. You have the choice of clear, metallic, and many other colors for your brackets.

The types of treatment we offer include:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: most common, made of high quality stainless steel, uses brackets and archwires, have the option of adding colored elastics

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  • Self-ligating Braces: made from same materials as traditional braces, no elastics (fewer appointments/less friction), traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets, specialized clip

self-ligating braces

  • Clear Braces: less prominent clear brackets, require more attention to oral hygiene, larger and more brittle brackets

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  • Clear Aligners: invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays, easier to brush and floss

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  • Gold Braces: like traditional braces, but coated in gold

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  • Lingual Braces: hidden behind teeth, invisible when you smile, customized for patients, reasonable for athletes, wind instrument musicians, models, actors/actresses, etc.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.invisalign.com/orthodontic-treatment

http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/orthodontics

 

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Do You Have a Gap Between Your Teeth?

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Taylor Swift might like the gap between your teeth, but your orthodontist might think differently. A gap between teeth, most commonly between the two upper front teeth, is called a diastema. Extra spaces between teeth or crowding of teeth can be caused by one of these problems:

  • a difference in jaw bone size or teeth size
  • teeth that are too big or small for the jaw
  • some teeth are missing or undersized (especially with the upper lateral incisors)
  • habits such as thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing reflexes, tongue thrusting
  • periodontal disease

A diastema doesn’t seem like the worst, but spaces can become larger if tongue habits are not corrected or if periodontal disease is not treated. Pain might occur during eating, and teeth could become even more loose. The gaps can last a lifetime. To decrease your chances of getting a diastema, make sure to brush and floss regularly and correct your tongue habits.

There are many options for treating a diastema. You can choose to:

  • get orthodontic treatment (braces) to close the gap
  • use thin pieces of porcelain (porcelain veneers) that are bounded to the outside of the teeth
  • dental implants or dentures
  • crown and bridge work

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/article/diastema-gap-between-teeth

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/diastemas-and-treatment-options

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Spring into Sports with Facial Protection

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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To those who have long awaited spring, the days are starting to get brighter, and warmer! With spring comes many joys, including the beginning of the spring sports season. Not to mention, April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Whether you’ll be out on the field playing or watching from afar, it’s important to spread the word to both children and adults participating in outdoor activities about the necessity of keeping their face, head, and mouths protected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, such as easily putting on mouth guards and helmets, to prevent sports-related injuries and the unwanted trip to the emergency room.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry highlights these five simple safety tips to keep your body healthy and safe:

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. We’re all aware that unfortunately, accidents happen. Mouth guards are can be customized by your dentist to ensure comfort. Mouth guards keep the teeth held together and allow for regular speech and breathing.
  2. Don’t Forget about Helmets .  Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear.  Eyes can easily be damaged during sports activities and it is necessary to protect them with eyewear!
  4. Shield Your Face and Skin.  In sports such as hockey and football, it is important to wear protective facial shields to prevent facial damage.
  5. Promote Mandatory Protective Gear.  Unfortunately, it is only mandatory for athletes who play football, hockey and boxing to wear mouth guards. Promote and spread the word of the importance of wearing mouth guards and sports gear for ALL sports!

A recent study conducted by study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the five most common causes of childhood injuries were basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Approximately 12 million individuals ranging in ages from 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury each year, which results in 20 million lost days of schooland around $33 billion in medical and dental costs! But, these injuries CAN be prevented by following the necessary steps stated above.

Help your kids get excited about using mouth guards for protection, especially with all of the eye-catching designs that are available.

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Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

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http://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month

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http://www.academyforsportsdentistry.org/facial-protection-month

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Sleep Apnea and Permanent Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Sleep apnea is common condition that can lead to trouble sleeping and cause tiredness throughout the day even after a full night’s rest. Individuals with sleep apnea experience one or more pauses in breathing during their sleep that can last from seconds to minutes. Aside from excessive daytime sleepiness, signs of sleep apnea also include dry mouth, headache, and snoring, just to name a few.

Research has found that sleep apnea may increase the risk of of high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, obesity, and diabetes, and the chance of getting into a car accident.

So, you may be wondering how this condition plays a role in dentistry. Some studies suggest that getting teeth extracted for braces can increase one’s risk for developing sleep apnea.

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