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Nail Biting Affects Teeth

May 23rd, 2019

How Nail Biting Affects Your Teeth

At All About Braces, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, and we're committed to helping patients throughout Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood area achieve one. But in addition to treatments like braces or Invisalign, the way you care for your teeth at

Nail Biting Affects Teeth

home has a huge impact on your smile and orthodontic outcome. And sometimes, habits that seem innocuous can have serious consequences on the health of your teeth and smile – like biting your nails.

The Problems with Biting Your Nails

Biting your nails is a common habit. But whether it comes from anxiety, nerves, or simply muscle memory, nail biting can have some unintended – and less than obvious – consequences. Besides making it impossible to grow nails out, biting your nails can severely damage your teeth, smile, and oral health in general. Here are a few of the dental problems that can come along if you have the habit of biting your nails:

  • Tooth Damage: First and foremost, nail biting can directly damage your teeth over time. Teeth aren't designed to bite into anything other than food, and using them to bite your nails can wear down tooth enamel, push your teeth out of proper alignment, and even cause chips and cracks in the teeth.
  • Jaw Joint Pain: Biting your nails frequently increases the muscular tension in your jaw joint, which can potentially contribute to problems like bruxism, or unconscious grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can lead to uneven tooth wear and TMJ (jaw joint) pain.
  • Bacterial Exposure: Even if you wash your hands compulsively, the nails are a harbor for bacteria. This means biting your nails exposes your teeth and mouth to these pathogens, increasing your risk of sickness and infection.
  • Infection Risk: In addition to exposing your mouth to bacteria, biting your nails increases your risk of paronychia, or nail infection. This can lead to swelling, pain, or even cause pus-filled blisters to form around the nails.

Contact Your Denver, CO Orthodontists

Biting your nails may be a common habit, but it can cause major problems for your teeth. Breaking the habit of nail biting will help you keep your teeth and smile stronger and healthier – and if you're interested in taking this further by improving your smile through orthodontic treatment, we can help. Request an appointment online to see how we can help you achieve your dream smile through convenient orthodontic treatment. We can't wait to hear from you!

History of Invisalign

May 23rd, 2019

History of Invisalign

At All About Braces, we're proud to provide a variety of orthodontic treatments to patients throughout Denver, Lakewood, and the greater Aurora area. While we still treat the majority of our patients with braces, Invisalign has exploded to become one of the most popular alternatives. Invisalign offers a removable, virtually-invisible alternative to traditional

braces, and it's developed and improved vastly since its introduction to the market. So to help you understand more about this popular treatment option, we'd like to give a brief rundown of the history of Invisalign clear aligners.

How Invisalign Revitalized Orthodontics

Invisalign all started in the mid-90s, when a young Stanford student named Zia Chisti was undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. As a college student, Chisti was getting adult orthodontic treatment – and he experienced many of the inconveniences that come with getting braces as a busy adult. Chisti thought there had to be a better way. And when he received his orthodontic retainer at the end of treatment, he wondered why patients couldn't straighten their teeth with a series of plastic retainers instead of traditional braces.

In the coming years, Chisti teamed up with another Stanford student, Kelsey Wirth, as well as too graduate students, Apostolos Lerios and Brian Freyburger. In 1997, the four cofounded Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign. The team took on some investment, and with their access to Stanford's CAD modeling and 3D printing equipment, began to develop mockups of what would eventually become the Invisalign aligner. At the same time, they developed a software program that could create a model of a person's current bite, then design a series of aligners that would shift the teeth to create a straight, healthy new bite. The Invisalign System was born – and after a year of development, it was submitted to and approved by the FDA.

At first, most orthodontists were hesitant to use Invisalign. It makes sense: the first priority of any orthodontist is their patient's health and safety, and using a new system they have no experience with seems risky. But as time went on, patients and orthodontists alike found the Invisalign System to be effective, reliable, safe, and remarkably convenient. By 2004, 175,000 people were using Invisalign, but by 2012, the number had grown to more than 2 million.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation in Aurora or Denver, CO

Today, Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments on the market. It allows patients a simple, comfortable, and convenient option for treatment that won't show up in photos or disrupt things like eating or oral hygiene. Invisalign has proven itself to be one of the most significant developments in orthodontic treatment in recent memory – and if you'd like to see how it can help you, we'd be thrilled to show you. Take the first step and use our easy online form to request an orthodontic consultation today. We can't wait to help you achieve a gorgeous new smile through Invisalign!

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!

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