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Ask your orthodontist, and he or she will tell you that one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is how easy it is to care for. Properly caring for your aligners will prevent damage and keep your mouth healthy. Your orthodontist can demonstrate good cleaning techniques for your Invisalign trays, and these tips can also help.
Cleaning Your Aligners
There are two different approaches you can take to cleaning your Invisalign aligners. One is to use the Invisalign Cleaning System, which is available through your orthodontist or through the Invisalign online store. The cleaning system contains a soaking solution that removes plaque from your aligners in about 15 minutes. You can also gently brush your aligners and rinse them with lukewarm water. Talk to your orthodontist before using any other kinds of soaks with your aligners, as you could stain or weaken them.
Storing Your Aligners
Your Invisalign aligners are removable, which means they won’t stop you from eating your favorite foods, playing musical instruments, or playing sports. When you remove your aligners, store them in the case provided by your orthodontist. If you don’t have your case, gently wrap the aligners in a napkin or soft cloth. Although you can remove your aligners at any time, aim to keep them in for 20-22 hours per day. If you regularly wear them less than that, your treatment progress could be slowed.
Maintaining Dental Health
Good oral health is part of successful orthodontic treatment. Keeping your teeth and gums clean will help to keep your aligners in good condition. With Invisalign, you don’t have to make any changes to your usual dental health routine. Simply remove your aligners and brush and floss as normal.
Astoria Family Orthodontics is here to answer all of your questions about Invisalign treatment. Could Invisalign be right for you? Make an appointment with our orthodontist and find out. Our Astoria orthodontic practice is convenient for patients in Long Island City, Brooklyn, Jackson Heights, and Woodside. Find out more about our services by calling (888) 386-0162.
Last updated 5 days ago
Broken brackets and wires are common problems faced by people wearing braces. Anything from an injury to simply biting into the wrong food can cause a bracket or wire to break. If you have a problem with your braces, it is important to take action quickly. Failing to do so could lead to delays with your treatment.
If you break a bracket or wire, the first step is to call your orthodontist. If your braces were damaged because of injury, your orthodontist will want to see you as soon as possible. In other cases, your orthodontist may decide you can wait until your next visit. If your problem can wait, orthodontic wax can be used to cover any protruding wires or rough edges. Never try to cut a loose wire on your own.
If your braces are damaged, contact Astoria Family Orthodontics right away. We’ll get you into our Astoria orthodontist office right away if needed, or help you with home care. You can reach us at (888) 386-0162.
Last updated 7 days ago
When you’re wearing braces, it’s crucial to listen to your orthodontist’s advice about what foods you should avoid. Eating the wrong foods could damage your braces and prolong your treatment. If you eat something that damages your braces, be sure to contact your orthodontist right away. You can avoid the hassle altogether by staying away from these foods while you’ve got braces:
Sticky foods, like caramels and chewy fruit candies, are your braces’ worst enemy. For starters, the stickiness can cause your wires and brackets to break. Also, sticky foods adhere to your braces, and that is bad news for your teeth. Sticky foods are usually also filled with sugar. When these foods are held close to your teeth by your braces, the sugar fosters the growth of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay.
Crunchy foods pose many of the same risks to your braces as sticky foods. Biting into something crunchy, like an apple or raw carrot, can break off your brackets or snap your wires. Unfortunately, many healthy foods fall into this category. To get these smart food choices into your diet while you’re wearing braces, cut them into small pieces or try eating them cooked so that they are softer.
Meats on the Bone
When it comes to meats on the bone, like ribs and chicken wings, the trick is to change the way you eat them. Biting right into them makes it easy to damage your braces and get the stringy meat entangled in your brackets and wires. Instead of doing this, cut the meat off the bone and enjoy it in bite-sized pieces.
At Astoria Family Orthodontics, we’re here to answer your questions about off-limit foods or to repair your braces after any dining slip-ups. Our Astoria orthodontic office serves patients in Long Island City, Brooklyn, and Woodside. Schedule an appointment today by calling (888) 386-0162. You can also find out more by visiting our website.
Last updated 12 days ago
Tooth malocclusions, or bite issues, are at the root of all orthodontic problems. Your orthodontist uses a combination of appliances and tooth removal to correct bite problems for aesthetic reasons and to improve oral health. The type of malocclusion you have guides the treatment plan your orthodontist develops for your care. Here is a look at some of the most common tooth malocclusions.
Upper protrusions are characterized by front teeth that jut outward. Sometimes, this condition is referred to as buck teeth. In some cases, upper protrusions are caused by small lower jaws. In other instances, thumb sucking and excessive pacifier use are to blame. These cause the upper palate to change shape, pushing the teeth forward. Upper protrusions are similar to another type of malocclusion called an overjet. With an overjet, the front teeth still push outward, but they do so at an angle.
With an overbite, the upper teeth extend too far down over the top of the lower teeth. In severe cases, an overbite can cause the lower teeth to push into the roof of the mouth. This can be painful and can cause chronic soft tissue damage.
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. People with an underbite have lower teeth that push outwards and bite over the top of the upper teeth. In addition to cosmetic concerns, underbites can cause damage to the teeth.
Crowding and Spacing Issues
Many people with malocclusions have issues with tooth placement. In some cases, the teeth are too crowded, which causes misalignments when new teeth come in. For some patients, spacing is the issue. Teeth may be spaced too far apart, which leaves gums vulnerable to damage.
Are tooth malocclusions compromising your oral health? Schedule a consultation at Astoria Family Orthodontics for an exam and to find out which orthodontic treatments could help you. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Astoria, Brooklyn, Woodside, or Long Island City, call us now at (888) 386-0162.
Last updated 14 days ago
For teens, getting orthodontic treatment no longer means years of carrying around a mouth full of metal. Now, advances in orthodontic care mean that a range of treatment options are available. Your orthodontist can help you decide which treatment is right for you. Here is a look at some of the most popular options for teenagers.
Metal braces are still a common treatment choice for teens, but today’s metal braces have little in common with their predecessors. Modern metal braces use much smaller brackets and thinner wires, and they deliver results faster than ever before. Teens like metal braces because they are easily personalized. Patients can choose colored wires and brackets in special shapes, likes hearts or footballs.
While some teens like to treat their braces like accessories, others would prefer their orthodontic treatment to be a little less obvious. For these teens, Invisalign may be the answer. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to shift the teeth and are virtually impossible to detect. They can be removed for eating and other activities, so they are popular with teens who play musical instruments or sports.
If you have a problem that cannot be treated with Invisalign, but still want a treatment that isn’t too obvious, then lingual braces could be right for you. Lingual braces are metal braces that are attached to the back of the teeth, where they cannot be seen. With lingual braces, there is a short adjustment period as you get used to talking with the braces in place. You may also need to wear them for slightly longer than traditional metal braces. However, for teens concerned about the look of metal braces, these can be small prices to pay for this discreet solution.
Explore your options for orthodontic treatment by making an appointment for a consultation with Astoria Family Orthodontics. We provide orthodontic services to patients from across Astoria, Woodside, Long Island City, and Brooklyn. Call our office today at (888) 386-0162 for more information.