What Is Causing Bad Breath?

Are you or a loved one receiving orthodontic treatment and finding that you are continuously dealing with bad breath? Unfortunately, one of the common side effects of wearing traditional metal braces and clear aligners is the chance of experiencing less than ideal breath. While everyone experiences bad breath from time to time, it can cause you to feel self-conscious if you experience it often. Read on to learn what may be causing your breath issues and how you can remedy the problem.

Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

At The Best Braces, there is nothing like witnessing our patients see their new smile without braces or clear aligners for the first time following the completion of treatment. While one of the biggest benefits of orthodontic treatment is the improvement to the appearance of your smile, that is not the only reason we may recommend treatment. Orthodontic treatment can greatly improve your oral and overall health as well. Here are some of the ways orthodontic treatment can improve your health:

Eating With New Braces

At The Best Braces, we know that it can be a transition for patients who are wearing braces for the first time. The first few days are going to be an adjustment. Not only do you have to get used to having something on all of your teeth, but there is also the discomfort of the braces starting to do their job. We recommend planning ahead and having foods available that will be a comfort during this time of adjustment. These foods can also be handy after an adjustment to your braces when you may be feeling some discomfort for a few days. Here are some food suggestions for meals:

Summer Safety Tips For Braces

We don’t know about you, but after another long winter in Michigan, we are thrilled that summer has finally arrived. We know that many of our patients are enjoying the long days and the slower pace of summer. Whether you are on summer vacation from school or perhaps taking some much needed time off from work, we hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing time. We want to share some things to avoid to ensure that your braces don’t keep you from experiencing everything this summer has to offer. Read on to learn more about what to avoid while wearing braces.

Can I Wear My Retainer If It Is Tight?

There are various stages that patients who go through orthodontic care experience. There are some patients who may need their palate expanded so they need to wear specific hardware to accomplish the desired goal before wearing some form of braces. Other patients may strictly need to straighten their teeth and move straight into braces. No matter how your treatment may begin, every patient who wears braces will need a retainer when their braces are removed.

Do You Always Follow The Rules?

When patients are ready to start their orthodontic care journey, we are very specific with instructions on how to properly clean your teeth, what foods you should and should not eat, as well as how to properly wear any hardware you might have to add and remove from your mouth. Following our directions not only keeps your mouth safe from harm, but it also allows your teeth to move properly so you can finish your orthodontic journey on schedule. Continue reading to learn about the consequences of not following your orthodontic care instructions.

Tongue Thrusting And Orthodontics

When a patient visits our office for their initial consultation, there are a number of factors we check to determine if orthodontic care is needed. We look at the placement of the teeth and we also check the jaw placement and learn if you suffer from conditions such as TMD, sleep apnea, have a speech impediment or other issues. One issue in particular that we look for is tongue thrusting. Tongue thrusting occurs when the tongue is in an incorrect position during swallowing. It can also be called a reverse swallow or an immature swallow. It is cause for concern because it can reverse the corrections made by orthodontic treatment and move teeth out of alignment.

Reasons To Receive Treatment From An Orthodontist Over A Dentist

When inquiring about orthodontic care and researching to start treatment, it can get a little overwhelming. For many years, patients would visit a dentist for general dentistry needs, an oral surgeon for surgical dental needs, and an orthodontist for care in shifting and moving the teeth and jaw into proper placement. Over the years, general dentists have started increasing the variety of treatments they offer, and it can get confusing as to which dental professional to see. At The Best Braces, we encourage any patient interested in receiving orthodontic care to visit our office rather than a general dentist.

Is Your Bite Right?

When you visit our office for an evaluation, one of the areas that we inspect is your bite, or the way the upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth. If your bite is off, it can affect the way you eat, speak, and even swallow. Over time, bite issues can lead to further complications with your oral health. While each bite problem is unique, we want to share more information about common bite problems. Read on for more information.

What If I Don’t Get Braces and I Need Them?

At The Best Braces, we know that orthodontic treatment is a big commitment, financially and with your precious time. We inspect each potential patient’s mouth thoroughly using various pieces of technology, and we do not make recommendations lightly. If we suggest a treatment plan for you or your family, please know that it is truly needed and will not only improve the esthetic appearance of your smile, but will also benefit your oral health and eliminate the potential for considerable long-term damage to your teeth. If you are having second thoughts about going through with the treatment we recommended, we encourage you to continue reading about the importance of orthodontic treatment.