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Is It Better To Floss Or Brush First?

April 19th, 2019

Is It Better To Floss Or Brush First?

Preventative Oral Care In The Denver, Colorado, Area

At All About Braces we make sure that our patients who are just beginning their braces or Invisalign treatment understand the importance of taking even better care of their teeth to avoid tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist has likely also been guiding you to

brush and floss since you were little. But does it matter which one you do first? According to some recent research released just last year, there does seem to be some clear evidence that flossing first can help you achieve greater oral health.

Advantages Of Flossing First

At All About Braces, our orthodontists have treated hundreds of patients at our eight Denver area locations and we’ve been suggesting for years that our patients floss first for some realistic and practical reasons. First, we understand that if you're going to skip one step in the best oral hygiene routine, that step is likely going to be flossing. So, if you floss first, you get it out of the way and can then brush and get the benefits of both. But now a new study indicates that there are added benefits to flossing first.

In the study, researchers found that the amount of plaque between the teeth and throughout the mouth was considerably diminished when research subjects flossed first, then brushed. They reasoned that when the participants flossed, it loosened the sticky bacteria and food particles from between the teeth that their toothbrush couldn’t reach. This bacteria can cause plaque to develop. Then, when they brushed and rinsed afterward, those particles were washed away.

While other studies have shown that flossing may not reduce cavities, we do know that flossing reduces periodontal disease or gingivitis. As your dentist has told you, plaque and bacteria are the main causes of periodontal disease, an infection in the gums that happens when bacteria grow below the gum line. Periodontal disease can lead to swelling, irritation, gum recession, and tooth loss if left untreated. The new study also concluded that flossing first and then brushing left more fluoride remaining in the mouth since all the participants were brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Brushing & Rinsing

After you floss, your orthodontists want to make sure you don’t miss the second “punch” of your “one-two” system for knocking out tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing twice a day has been proven to reduce cavities so after flossing you’ll want to gently brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing will help get rid of the bacteria that cause decay on the outside surfaces of your teeth, as well as assist in preventing gum disease. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums, moving the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes, brushing the outer tooth surfaces and the inner tooth surfaces. Make sure to avoid any toothbrush with very hard bristles, as they can aggravate your gum line and cause early gum recession. After brushing, our Aurora orthodontists also recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash to remove any germs that might still be clinging to your mouth. Mouthwash kills 99% of bad breath germs, has a 21% greater gingivitis reduction than merely brushing and flossing alone, and was shown in a clinical study to reduce 52% more plaque than just brushing and flossing alone.

Flossing With Braces vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

Brushing and flossing every day are essential components of a healthy smile...but for those who are receiving orthodontic treatment from your Denver area orthodontists, keeping your mouth clean is more important than ever! Unfortunately, during your braces or Invisalign treatment, there is a greater risk that your teeth can develop plaque and tooth decay. The recesses and crevices found in and around traditional metal braces make the perfect hiding places for food particles to get stuck. Our Denver area teams can show you how to use a floss threader and help you navigate flossing in and around your brackets and wires. However, if you want to be able to easily floss, find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign. With Invisalign or Invisalign Teen clear aligners, you can remove your aligner trays at any time, allowing you to properly clean your teeth with ease. Check out our Invisalign FAQs to find out more.

Call Your Denver Area Orthodontist Today!

There is no doubt that the orthodontists and dentists at All About Braces are the best in the state of Colorado! With eight convenient locations in Denver , North Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, South Aurora, Thornton, Highlands Ranch, & LoDo, you are sure to find a nearby orthodontist to call home for you or your child. If you have started braces or Invisalign treatment, begin your oral health care hygiene plan now and you’ll see the benefits immediately! We’re here with oral hygiene tips and all the support you need to stay on track to keep your mouth healthy. Request an appointment today and we’ll get started giving you that confident, healthy smile you deserve!

How Do Rubber Bands Help My Orthodontic Treatment?

March 15th, 2019

Orthodontic Treatment With Rubber Bands

At All About Braces, we are committed to creating gorgeous smiles for patients of all ages, through a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Through our expert braces treatments, we have helped countless patients boost their confidence and transform their smile. Our dedicated doctors strive to help our patients understand as much as possible regarding their orthodontic treatment, which is why we’re pleased to provide the following information on the importance of rubber bands in braces.

Rubber Bands With Braces

Metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment, and for good reason: they really work! Braces have provided patients young and old with straight, beautiful smiles for many years. Nearly everyone is familiar with the brackets, wires, and rubber bands associated with braces, but why are rubber bands important? Let’s explore the reasons below.

Correct Bite Issues

The most important reason why rubber bands are used with braces is to correct misaligned bites. Rubber bands are very effective at correcting issues such as underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites.

Flexible & Convenient

Not only are rubber bands very versatile, they provide significant stretch. This gives patients a complete range of motion while going about their daily activities and doing things like talking, eating, or yawning. Rubber bands are also very easy to remove, which allows for quick and easy replacement if they should lose function. Rubber bands offer the benefits of convenience, flexibility, and durability.

Cost Effective

Rubber bands are very affordable and much more cost effective than other forms of instruments for jaw alignment and bite correction, such as headgear, functional appliances, springs, or surgery. This makes them a preferred choice of orthodontists for bringing the upper and lower teeth into alignment.

Tips For Braces Patients

When wearing braces, it is important to wear your rubber bands exactly as instructed by your All About Braces doctor. If not worn as prescribed, rubber bands will fail, and your orthodontic treatment may be compromised. If you take long breaks from wearing the bands, your treatment will take much longer. Be sure to wear rubber bands according to the guidelines set by your orthodontist, and you will achieve stunning results.

Contact Your All About Braces Team!

Braces can provide you with a brand new, stunning smile that will last a lifetime. At All About Braces, we are thrilled to help our patients achieve the smile of their dreams. If you have any questions or concerns about your rubber bands or orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to contact us today at 702-487-8932, or request an appointment at one of our many locations. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Invisalign Treatment

February 22nd, 2019

Orthodontic treatment may be a unique experience for every patient, but there are certain steps everyone can take to make sure they get the most out of their orthodontic treatment. At All About Braces, we want to ensure that all our patients receive the highest quality care and also know how to maintain their treatment. Learn how to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment and smile brightly with your beautiful new smile!

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Standard oral hygiene practices still apply when you have Invisalign, but you may need to make a little bit more effort once orthodontic treatment begins. You should continue to brush your teeth twice daily at the minimum and after meals if you’ve consumed something especially sweet. You should already be flossing once a day, but this becomes even more important when wearing Invisalign. You will need to add an additional step to your oral hygiene routine by brushing and cleaning your clear aligners daily. This will ensure bacteria and food particles do not build up. For brushing and flossing questions, never hesitate to ask your local All About Braces orthodontist.

Wear Your Clear Aligners for 22 Hours Per Day

Wearing your Invisalign clear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day is of the highest importance. Our orthodontist and staff cannot stress this enough. In order to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, you should only remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, brush, floss, and the occasional sports activity.

Protect Your Teeth & Mouth!

A few adjustments may need to be made to your everyday life to protect your Invisalign aligners, but an effective and speedy orthodontic treatment is well worth some temporary inconvenience. At All About Braces, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard during any athletic activity where you may be hit in the face. This can help prevent your teeth from being damaged by contact. Remember, you should remove your clear aligners while playing any contact sport and replace it with an orthodontic mouthguard.

See Us On A Regular Basis

Keeping a regular appointment schedule is critical to your treatment process. Every time you miss or delay an orthodontic appointment, you run the risk of throwing off the treatment plan your orthodontist laid out. Reach out promptly if any issues with your Invisalign or teeth come up. We are always happy to help address your concerns and come up with solutions together. It is our priority to provide excellent, regular care with Invisalign at All About Braces!

Call All About Braces For Invisalign Today!

For all questions or concerns about your Invisalign orthodontic treatment, please talk to your local All About Braces team and orthodontists. We are more than happy to assist you. Our staff wants to ensure that you are getting the most out of your care every step of the way. To schedule your next appointment with our orthodontists, call our office directly. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to transform your smile!

School Lunch Ideas With Braces

January 19th, 2019

For most kids, life with braces can be an adjustment at the beginning. At All About Braces, we want to make this transition to braces as easy as possible, especially when it comes to food. We will give you the tools to navigate what to eat and what not to eat to ensure your orthodontic treatment goes as planned while you still continue eating the foods you love! This starts with school lunches. Whether you are bringing your lunch from home or are buying lunch at school, we want to prepare you with great school lunch ideas that will pair nicely with your braces and fuel you throughout the school day.

The Classic Sandwich

Our children’s and pediatric orthodontists always recommend sandwiches. They are a classic lunch food, perfect for kids with braces and teens with braces, and you can prepare a variety of sandwiches with different meats, cheese, vegetables, and bread. Both sandwiches and wraps are soft foods that pair well with braces and will not damage your brackets or wires. However, we do suggest avoiding any “rubbery” deli meats. Sometimes, boiled or thick cut hams or turkeys can be quite rubbery and therefore difficult to chew. Good options for sandwiches are high-quality ham and cheese, the all-time favorite peanut butter and jelly, tuna or chicken salad, and any other toppings or condiments you enjoy.

Pastas, Soups, Casseroles & More!

If you want to switch up your lunchtime foods from sandwiches, there are many hot-lunch options that are great too. Most school cafeterias have a microwave that you can use to warm up your food, therefore allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals from home. All of the following meals are great for kids with braces:

  • Various types of pasta with your favorite sauce
  • Soups or stews with meat, vegetables, or pasta
  • Casseroles with cooked meat, vegetables or pasta
  • Any type of hot sandwich like a grilled cheese
  • Ground meat, including meatballs or meatloaf

All of these options are easy to chew and will not cause problems for your braces while at school. Remember, after lunch, our orthodontists at All About Braces to recommend brushing, rinsing, and cleaning your teeth and braces to ensure food particles are not stuck in between the teeth and braces.

Foods To Avoid

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be reminded of which foods you can enjoy and which foods you should avoid while wearing braces. For school lunches, we suggest avoiding the following foods:

  • Hard & Crunchy Foods: taco shells, raw fruits, and vegetables (like apples or carrots), chips or popcorn
  • Acidic or Sugary Drinks: soda, citric fruit juices, energy drinks
  • Sticky Foods: chewing gum, taffies, or caramels

By avoiding these foods, your teeth and braces will be in better shape and your orthodontic treatment will go as planned. If you do ever eat something that damages or breaks your braces, please contact All About Braces immediately. We will schedule an appointment and ensure everything is working properly!

Call All About Braces Today!

For any food concerns while at school or questions about what you can and cannot eat, please ask our children’s and pediatric orthodontists. Our team will be more than happy to help you answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for your child or teen. Schedule your next appointment with All About Braces or contact us directly! We have 3 offices conveniently located in Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora. All About Braces looks forward to seeing you again soon!

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