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Bone grafting is a surgical procedure by which new bone or a replacement material is placed into spaces between or around broken bone (fractures) or holes in bone (defects) to aid in healing.
Bone grafting to the jaws and facial structures may be necessary in a wide variety of scenarios. Sometimes people are born with certain traits that require bone grafting to the facial skeleton and jaws in order to reestablish proper form and function. Bone may also be required when infection, pathology, or trauma involving the facial bones and jaws have occurred.
Bone grafting is commonly performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to replace or augment bone in areas of tooth loss. Shrinkage of bone often occurs when a tooth is lost due to trauma, severe caries, or periodontal disease. Additionally, bone loss may have already occurred due to infection or pathology around a tooth.
Commonly used bone graft materials include autogenous bone (your own bone), cadaver bone (bank bone), bovine bone and synthetic bone. The selection of graft material and surgical technique are based on the location and severity of the bone loss. In most cases, specially prepared cadaver bone and/or autogenous bone are utilized. Autogenous bone is usually taken from other areas of the upper or lower jaw.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Loss of gum tissue can occur due to periodontal disease, tooth loss, infection, or pathology. Two kinds of gum tissue exist. One type is nonkeratinized, unattached gingiva and the other type is keratinized, attached gingiva. In healthy situations, a band of keratinized tissue exists around the teeth. Keratinized tissue forms a biological seal around teeth and is important for periodontal maintenance and function. Loose gingival tissue, on the other hand, forms a poor seal around the teeth and is susceptible to inflammation and infection when located in direct proximity to teeth, dental implants, and other dental appliances. Keratinized tissue is also important for dental esthetics where the loss of tissue from root surfaces and in between teeth can have adverse effects on a person’s smile.
If you require a tooth extraction and you are thinking of replacing the tooth with a dental implant, a consultation visit is strongly recommended prior to the extraction appointment so that Dr. Fred can determine the best way to proceed and inform you of all treatment options.
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If you are missing only a few teeth scattered over either arch (upper or lower teeth), or even if you have a minimum of two teeth on both sides of the arch, then you can most inexpensively replace the missing teeth with a removable partial denture (RPD). There are several types of RPD’s. All of them use standard plastic denture teeth as replacements for the missing natural teeth. The differences between them are the materials that are used to support the denture teeth and retain the RPD in the mouth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Types of Partial Dentures
There are two types of partial dentures: fixed and removable type. The type of partial denture is prescribed on the basis of the health of the teeth surrounding the gap.
- Fixed Partial Dentures
*These are also known as dental implant bridges, and involve the permanent attachment of artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under gum tissue via a dental implant bridge. These dental bridges are preferred over the removable type, due to their striking resemblance to natural teeth and comfort level. However, their implantation requires healthy teeth for support. They also are harder to clean, as compared to the removable type. Moreover, since they cannot be removed, they are susceptible to inflammation, bad breath and other oral problems. This fixed partial denture is expensive and is recommended for replacing one or two missing teeth.
- Removable Partial Dentures
*This type as the name implies, refers to partial dentures that can be removed and placed back as and when desired. They are also known as removable dental bridges. They feature metal framework along with metal clasps, artificial teeth and resin base material. They fill the gap between natural teeth, with a false tooth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The tooth denture is connected by a metal framework which keeps it in place. Those possessing diseased, injured or partial tooth loss can opt for these removable dentures. There are several types of removable partial dentures, which use the same standard plastic denture teeth for the dental partials. They differ only in the materials used to support the denture teeth in place.
The different types of partial dentures are:
- Flipper Partial Denture:
This type is the least expensive of all the available partial dentures. Acrylic material is used to create the pink plastic denture base, which is the standard material used for all removable partial dentures. Onto this base is attached the false teeth to fill the gaps. Wrought wire clasps are cured into the base, whose role is to clasp the natural teeth and keep the denture in place.
Initially a person may find wearing these dentures very uncomfortable. Talking and eating may become cumbersome. Nevertheless, one gets used to these flippers after sometime. To reduce trouble while eating, one should remove the denture before eating. This way food won’t get stuck in the denture. Moreover, the denture is at no risk of damage, by hard food items.
- Cast Metal Partial Denture:
This type comprises cast metal frameworks and is more advantageous as compared to the flipper type. They are strong, rigid and durable, thus, are considered for the long run. Modern frameworks are cast from chrome cobalt (strong alloy), which is less likely to break. The metal used in these dentures is not seen to cause any allergies.
These partial dentures are attached to the teeth in a very stable fashion. The denture rests on the teeth and not on the gums, as in the case of flippers. This stability is achieved by slightly altering the natural teeth surface so that the dentures can fit properly. However, this modification will in no way alter the way the teeth bite into each other or their grinding function.
- Flexible Framework Partial Denture:
The application of nylon-like materials to the fabrication of dental appliances, is a recent advance in the dental industry. The metal parts and the pink acrylic base is replaced by this nylon-like material. This material is unbreakable and colored pink to resemble the gums. This type of denture blends well with the tissue of the palate and is not noticeable to the opposite person.
Moreover, since this nylon-like material is quite thin and flexible, it is used to build clasps as well. This solves the problem of clasp visibility. Thus, people who are uncomfortable wearing the conspicuous metal dentures, find this type more appealing.
The clasps in these dentures rest on the gums instead of the teeth, unlike the cast metal type. This can lead to sore spots. Nevertheless, these dentures require no alteration of the teeth structure, on which they rests and are quite stable.
- Nesbit Partial Denture:
This type of denture is made to replace one or two lost rear teeth and can be used as a temporary or permanent tooth replacement. These dentures can be legally built only out of flexible framework material variety. The single tooth removable partial denture is referred to as Nesbit.
Unlike the earlier denture types we’ve looked at, this type does not have the region of acrylic or nylon-like material crossing over the arch. Small, flexible material clasps fit around the teeth adjacent to the gap. So the entire weight of the denture rests on the two teeth besides the gap. This results in extreme pressure application on the clasped teeth. Therefore, dentists don’t recommend this type.
In terms of cost, it is an inexpensive dentures type. However, this type of denture is only recommended for temporary purpose. The reason being, this denture is so small, that it can be accidentally swallowed. However, with the new flexible framework material, even if it is accidentally swallowed, it is not prone to cause harm. Nevertheless, they are not good permanent options.
- The Cusil Partial Denture:
This is a full denture with holes, thereby allowing the remaining natural teeth to protrude through. This acrylic denture is lined with a rubber gasket which grasps the teeth. Cusil partial denture is primarily meant for people, who have lost maximum teeth and want to salvage the remaining few, for as long as possible.
Here are tips for caring for your dentures:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself this can damage them beyond repair.
Maintaining proper dental care and hygiene, is necessary to avoid tooth related problems that lead to complete dentures. Follow the instructions given by the dentist, regarding denture care diligently and in case any damage occurs, take the denture to your dentist immediately. Do not try to repair it yourself. Keep visiting the dentist regularly and happy smiling!
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Invisalign is one of the latest treatments being offered as a great alternate to braces. It is the latest approach adopted by dentists to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners that are created particularly for the patient according to his individual teeth shape. The aligner trays used in Invisalign are manufactured using a very smooth and invisible plastic that is quite comfortable to wear. The aligners used in Invisalign are to be worn permanently which help in gradually and very gently shifting the teeth back into their right place. The movements required varies from patient to patient and the dentist determines the duration of the Invisalign treatment after analyzing how good or bad his or her patient’s condition is.
These transparent aligners are most appropriate for dental Class I, mild crowding or minor malocclusions, problems that can be generally solved with a traditional retainer. It is difficult for Invisalign aligners to solve rotational issues of your teeth. It is very important that the patient follows the Invisalign treatment procedures and process. The aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, etc… but it is important to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day. Unlike traditional braces, most patients are actually motivated to wear this device because of its superior aesthetic. Easy daily oral hygiene can be accomplished with the removable aligners.
If a patient has a tough time, it is a good idea to seek help or a consultation from an orthodontist or experienced dentist (e.g. a dentist on invisalign.com. that is experienced when it comes to Invisalign) Generally, orthodontists and dentists that have taken extensive education or are certified to perform the Invisalign treatment can carry out more complex issues than the average dentist and can replace the transparent aligners with a brief period of traditional braces to either attain harder more drastic teeth movement or fixing the issues after the treatment is complete and a retainer must be worn.
Wearing your dental retainers after the completion of your Invisalign treatment will be just as important as your orthodontic treatment itself. Certainly, if you do not wear your retainer as your dentist instructs, it is possible, and even likely, that your teeth will begin to shift. In even a relatively short amount of time, enough relapse can occur that the resulting misalignment is not easy to correct. Whatever the time frame (weeks, months or years), not wearing their dental retainers is the main reason why you hear of patients having to have braces a second, or even a third time. More at Premier Orthodontics.
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Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile with gleaming white teeth and now, thanks to the invention of teeth whitening products, they can. There are all kinds of products, when it comes to achieving a brighter smile, out on the market and the important thing is to make sure to sit down with your dentist, or oral care professional, to see what they would recommend for you. You want to be sure that your teeth and gums are healthy before you apply any chemicals or whitening materials to your teeth and your dental care provider will be able to recommend specific whitening methods that would work the best for you. This is because your dentist or your hygienist understands the type of teeth you have and will be able to remove deeper stains to make the whitening process more effective.
A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. A great smile is perfected with an amazing set of white teeth. Aside from that, having stained or dark teeth can furthermore be very embarrassing. Smiling without inhibitions not only shows confidence but displays a genuine personality as well as a range of upbeat emotions. The real question is not about how to smile but how to get that admirable set of teeth that is ideal to have in order to attain an attractive smile.
Getting pearly white teeth is expensive. More often than not, it entails frequent visits to your dentist for what could be a complicated and/or long dental procedures or process. Aside from the usual grueling and time consuming dental sessions, there are also a wide array of products that you can use to improve your teeth. These products include toothpastes, mouthwashes and whitening strips. But then again, there is another teeth whitening product that stands out among the rest: a teeth whitening pen.
A teeth whitening pen is a cost-effective innovation in dental care. For one thing, it is very easy to use. You only have to rotate the bottom part of the pen to dispense the gel. What makes this certain gel remarkably effective is the essential component in it that makes teeth whiter: hydrogen peroxide. At lower concentrations, it is proven and tested to be safe and effective. The gel covers the teeth and starts dissolving any stain particle and formations.
Some people are advised by their dentists, especially those who have invested in professional teeth whitening procedures to use and apply products like gels and mousse to maintain the results. Some even use low formulation whitening gels and trays to eliminate staining pores that have lodged in the micro pores of the teeth especially those that can’t quit smoking and drinking coffee.
Aside from maintaining the whiteness of your teeth, there are also after care steps that you should take in order to prevent any discomfort. Don’t drink anything hot or cold for the next 24-48 hours, depending on the sensitivity of your teeth, after an in-chair teeth whitening procedure. Use desensitizing gels to lower any teeth sensitivity. Avoid eating acidic foods like citrus fruits and consuming acidic drinks. This should also be done while undergoing procedures using at home kits. And most of all, make it a habit to clean your teeth and use teeth whitening and cleaning products recommended by your dentist.
Jeff C. Jenkins, D.D.S.
Richard Martin, D.D.S.
5601 Bridge St, Ste 480
Fort Worth, TX 76112
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Not all people have their teeth in the best shape. Some people have misshapen teeth, while others have discolored ones. Besides the two mentioned dental defects, another common problem is the misalignment of teeth. Although it may appear as something not very serious, it can give more disadvantages than one can even realize.
There are many options as to how misaligned teeth can be corrected. One of these courses of action is by installing dental braces. If teeth are pushed forwards or pulled backwards, they can gain form and dentists can adjust them through the application of pressure, which is what braces are for. These realignment tools are readjusted by dentists every once in a while, or at least until the teeth have adapted to the desired form.
Misaligned teeth may trigger other illnesses such as indigestion and TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. When a person consumes food, he or she makes sure that it is grinded into smaller chunks. This enables the stomach to digest the food easier. If food is swallowed and reaches the digestive tract without being properly masticated, this is where the complications occur.
In order to chew the food appropriately, one’s teeth must be corresponding well. If maxillary and mandibular teeth do not fit perfectly. Invisalign is the best teeth alignment process used to straighten teeth. It is essentially a cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is a procedure to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. It is not a procedure to fix dental and oral problems such as cavities and gum disease. It is an excellent alternative to the traditional dental braces that are widely used to straighten teeth. Invisalign is easy to place on the teeth and the manufacturers claim that it does not do any damage to the teeth. Another benefit of Invisalign is that it is not easy to notice by other people. This is because it is made of a clear material. It is also not heavy on the teeth. It is comfortable to wear. Invisalign is designed, manufactured and sold by a select few companies, and it is a groundbreaking procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
A bright smile with evenly aligned white teeth exudes a picture of confidence. The benefits of properly aligned teeth not only include aesthetics and a positive frame of mind but also improved dental and overall health. More info at Orthodontics.
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Sets of dentures have been found dating from the 15th century and probably existed before that time. Carved from bone or ivory, or made up of teeth from dead or living donors, these dentures were uncomfortable and rotted after extended use. The first porcelain dentures were made around 1770 by Alexis Duchateau. In 1791 the first Britishpatent was granted to Nicholas Dubois De Chemant, previously assistant to Duchateau. De Chemant’s patent specification said (in part): “A composition for the purpose of making of artificial teeth either single double or in rows or in complete sets and also springs for fastening or affixing the same in a more easy and effectual manner than any hitherto discovered which said teeth may be made of any shade or color, which they will retain for any length of time and will consequently more perfectly resemble the natural teeth.” He began selling his dentures in 1792 with most of his porcelain paste supplied by Wedgwood. Single teeth in porcelain were made from 1808. Later, dentures were made of vulcanite and then, in the 20th century, acrylic resin and other plastics. In Britain in 1968 79% of those aged 65-74 had no natural teeth, by 1998 this proportion had fallen to 36%.
There are many accounts of scavengers who, in ancient times, after hand-to-hand battles, searched the battlefields and removed healthy teeth from dead warrior’s mouths and then sold those teeth to local dentists who invented ways to make the “recycled” teeth into new dentures for their patients.
Today, dental problems can be solved with the assistance of dental implants. It is a prosthetic device of alloplastic material inserted into the oral tissues beneath the mucosal or periosteal layers to provide support and retention to a partial or full denture. Basically, dental implant is a ‘screw-in-tooth.’ Completely edentulous patients now enjoy the security and function of a fixed restoration in the form of implants. Patients missing posterior teeth can enjoy the benefits of a fixed restoration with dental implant. Trauma victims who are missing teeth and bone can be successfully rehabilitated with fixed restorations. Even patients missing only a single tooth can receive a restoration similar to the missing natural tooth. Similarly, patients with the available bone can receive complete fixed implant rehabilitation.
Retention is the phase of orthodontic treatment that attempts to keep teeth in the corrected positions after orthodontic (dental) braces. Without a phase of retention there is a tendency for the teeth to return to their initial position (relapse). To prevent relapse almost every patient who has orthodontic treatment will require some type of retention. There is a lack of robust evidence on which to base clinical practice in this area. This review found weak, unreliable evidence that a simple surgical procedure, combined with a retainer, is better than a retainer alone at keeping teeth in the corrected positions after orthodontic braces are removed. There is an urgent need for high quality randomized controlled trials in this crucial area of orthodontic practice.
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Laser teeth whitening cost can range between $300 and $2,000. The price will depend on the location of the dental clinic and the system that will be used by the dentist. However, if you think that this price is too high, you can opt for non-laser procedures that can be in the form of take-home kits or in-office bleaching services. These kits and dental services can cost between $50 and $600 depending on the type of material that will be used or in the number of visits you need to pay the dentist.
What Is Laser Teeth Whitening?
This type of procedure is highly effective and safe. There are various types of teeth whitening procedures, but the use of laser is preferred by various patients.
How It Is Done?
Only a reliable or skilled dentist can do this type of process. The first thing that a dentist does before starting the process is to thoroughly clean your teeth in order to remove tartar or any stains on the teeth’s surface. After which, the dentist will record the color or shade of your teeth. By doing this, you will know how the treatment has whitened your teeth. A digital photograph or a tooth colored shade chart is used to record it.
After this is done, the area is prepared to get started. The bleaching compound usually has a 15 to 20% concentration of peroxide. A cheek retractor is placed in the patient’s mouth to keep the cheek and lips away from the teeth. To protect the patient’s eyes from the laser, an eye protector is used.
Whether you are at work or socializing with friends, you have a right to smile and laugh in a carefree manner. If you are serious about your teeth, then spending a little more money on them should not be a problem. Laser teeth whitening gives you the freedom to experience joy without having to worry about what other people think. More at Grand Prairie Dentist.
Grand Prairie, Tx 75052
Does the thought of going to the dentist make your body tense with fear? Would you rather ignore the pain of a toothache than visit your dentist? You are not alone. There are a number of people who are afraid of going to the dentist, and these people prefer to suffer the pain than to get any treatment.
If you are one of those people, sedation dentistry can help you relax and let go of that anxiety. Sedation is usually used for most of the invasive procedures and also for simple tooth cleaning. Sedation dentistry will allow you to relax while you are on the dentist’s chair.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a procedure wherein the dentist performs dental treatment while the patient is in a calm, relaxed, and stress-free state. This procedure is best for people who suffer from the fear of going to the dentist.
It is a fact that a lot of people fail to visit their dentist and get proper dental treatment because of their fear. More often, these dental problems get worse because they are left untreated. Through sedation dentistry, the dentists can perform treatments on patients in a clam and anxiety-free environment. This treatment method can be used to almost any kind of dental procedure and condition.
Patients with phobias related to dentistry and children who cannot stay still are the ones who undergo sedation. Sedation dentistry does not necessarily mean that the patients are asleep or unconscious. It is only used to help the patients relax and reduce their anxiety. Since the patients are in a sleep-like state, the pain that is felt is very minimal and they cannot sometimes remember what happened during the dental procedure. Since Sedation Dentistry will keep the patient still for a long time, the dentist can work freely and will no longer have to worry about the patient moving every now and then. With this, the outcome of the operation is usually successful and fewer trips to the dentist will be needed afterwards.
There are three types of Sedation Dentistry that are applied by the dentist and this will depend on the level of anxiety of the patient. These are the following:
- Minimal Sedation – In this level of sedation, the patient feels relaxed and is less anxious. He is conscious and can still respond to his environment.
- Moderate Sedation – The patient feels even more relaxed and can only respond to a stronger stimulus.
- Deep Sedation – The patient is in a sleep-like state and is usually unconscious. He will have no memories of what has happened while he was sedated.
A good smile is always said to have a positive impression of a person over others. Adversely spotted and uneven teeth give the impression of a very poorly managed and unhealthy impression of an individual. Dentists are professionals, dedicated to provide excellent services for all your dental and oral needs. It is a wrong impression that only people who are suffering from dental problems require dental assistance, rather even people who have had shiny white teeth from the very beginning require to visit dentists regularly for the cleaning and examination of their teeth. Getting to know more about dental health care products can help you to realize the important roles that each of these products will play for your oral health.
- Toothbrushes - Your toothbrush should cater to your specific oral health care needs, which means that not just any toothbrush will do for brushing your teeth. The right size of toothbrush head is important – a smaller size may require you to do more effort in getting your teeth cleaned, while a much bigger size can be difficult to maneuver inside the mouth and may not be able to reach certain areas. The bristles should also be considered – if your teeth or gums are sensitive, it may be best to choose a toothbrush with softer bristles to avoid further irritation. You can also choose from manual or electric toothbrushes, depending on your preference.
- Toothpaste - Choose toothpaste that lists fluoride as one of its ingredients, as fluoride will help protect your teeth from cavities and makes tooth enamel stronger. There is a multitude of toothpaste products out in the market today, and you can choose one that answers your specific dental concern; some of these toothpaste varieties include: anti-tartar, for sensitive teeth, for fresher breath, for teeth whitening, and for total or “complete” care (with antibacterial ingredients).
- Dental Floss - Flossing is important in removing food bits or particles that are stuck in between teeth, and can prevent tooth decay and gum diseases from developing. Flossing can be done using wooden dental sticks (which can also be used for cleaning around the areas of dental appliances), inter-dental brushes, waxed floss, dental tape, or even an electric dental flosser.
- Mouthwash - Mouthwash can help in the quest to achieve and maintain good oral health, but should not be used by itself (without the aid of a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss). It is best to go for mouthwashes that have fluoride, and anti-bacterial properties – to ensure that the teeth, gums, and the whole mouth are protected from bacteria and infection that can lead to dental problems.
- Practice Proper Dietary Habits - By cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, you can improve your oral health. Sugar sticks on the surfaces or between the teeth enabling bacteria to form and develop into plaque the starts the dental decay process. Limiting the quantity of sugar in your diet will improve your dental health. Certain foods such as cookies, cakes, and candy ought to be consumed with moderation. Additionally, avoid anything sticky like sugary breakfast bars, or even foods that can stick to the teeth. More at Kososki Dental.
Contact UsJ. Anthony “Tony” Kososki, DDS, FAGD 304 S. Cottonwood Drive, Suite C – Location #1 Richardson, TX 75080 Phone (214) 446-1946
Thinking about getting braces? Experts say it’s never too late. These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to finally get the perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about.
Braces aren’t just for teenagers. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. About 1 million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 wear braces. As a result, general dentists today are more familiar with potential concerns and special needs of their adult patients. Some general dentists have the training to diagnose and treat orthodontic problems.
Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?
Braces can provide adults the same benefits children receive. However, treatment may take longer than it does for children. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. As with children, adults may need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of treatment after braces are removed.
How can I find out if I need braces?
Consult with your dentist and ask for an evaluation. Many general dentists have received additional training in orthodontics and have chosen to incorporate it into their practice.
- Depending on the complexity of your case and whether or not your dentist performs orthodontic work, he or she may choose to treat you or refer you to an orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist has completed two to three years of advanced education in orthodontics in addition to a four-year dental graduate program.
Most initial consultations provide an opportunity to ask questions about orthodontic treatment such as:
- What are the costs involved?
- How will the braces correct my problem?
- How long will I need to wear braces?
- What is the dentist’s experience with my particular problem?
- Will I be able to schedule appointments at convenient times? If possible, obtain references from current or former patients.
Which foods should be avoided?
It’s a good idea to skip foods that can damage or dislodge braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Other foods to avoid include sticky foods such as caramel, taffy and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.
Remember that going to the orthodontist is not a substitute for regular dental checkups. You should consult your general dentist for a schedule of checkups and cleanings that’s appropriate for you.
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