What Are The Benefits Of Braces Beyond Straight Teeth?

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We all want to have an attractive smile, but did you know all the ways it can positively impact your life? Your smile is not only the first thing people notice about you, it’s also the feature they’re most likely to remember. Aesthetics are important, and according to multiple studies, a straight, healthy smile can make you appear more approachable, trustworthy, and even more successful! Here at Team Demas Orthodontics, we love creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. One way we achieve that is through orthodontic treatment with braces. While braces are incredibly effective at straightening teeth, they also have a number of benefits that go beyond the cosmetic. When you correct tooth and jaw misalignment, it can improve your appearance and boost your overall oral health as well. To take a look at what braces have to offer you besides a straighter smile, keep reading below!

Understanding the basics of treatment with braces

To gain a better understanding of all the benefits braces offer, it helps to have some understanding of how they work. Traditional braces are generally made up of metal or ceramic brackets, wires, and tiny rubber bands or elastics. The brackets are attached to your teeth, and the wires and elastics are used to tie them together. These components work together to exert gentle pressure in specific directions, and this is what will move your teeth into the desired positions over time.

Braces are also able to help reshape the jawline by dissolving bone that is replaced with the new bone growth that is better able to support the teeth in their straightened positions. In addition to being cost-efficient, braces are incredibly effective at correcting several dental issues, including:

  • difficulties with chewing or biting
  • misaligned teeth or jaws
  • excessive wear and tear of teeth
  • teeth with excessive spacing
  • overlapping or crowded teeth

When you schedule your first visit with Dr. Demas, he will listen to any concerns you have, and thoroughly examine your teeth and jaws to help him determine if orthodontic treatment is needed, and if braces could be the right fit for you.

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Benefits of braces beyond straightening the teeth

Misaligned teeth and jaws can have an impact on everything from your appearance to your health to everyday activities like eating and speaking. Your regular oral hygiene routine may also be more difficult to maintain or be less effective than it once was. Braces are able to address and correct many of these issues, as well as improve lesser-known issues such as:

Chewing

When your teeth or jaws are out of alignment, it can lead to difficulties with biting and chewing your food properly. Over time, this can lead to excessive wear and tear on your teeth, and may also lead to a weakening of the jaw, which can cause painful chewing.

Digestion

Chewing your food is the first step of the digestive process, and also the most crucial one. If you have misaligned teeth that prevent you from chewing properly, it can have a detrimental effect on digestive system, as food will pass through much more slowly.

Speech

The alignment of our teeth and jaws can affect numerous parts of the body, some of which may surprise you. For instance, misaligned teeth can influence the placement of the tip of the tongue. This placement is essential to properly form certain sounds, such as ‘t’, ‘n’, and ‘d.’ Braces are often able correct speech issues such as this by aligning the teeth, making way for proper placement of the tongue. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Demas can identify any  speech issues you may have that are related to misalignment, and devise the most effective solution for you based on your specific needs.

Oral health

When you have teeth that are crooked, crowded, or overlapping, brushing and flossing regularly and effectively can be a challenge. If you’re unable to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, it can create favorable conditions for a buildup of plaque and bacteria, increasing your risk for dental issues such as:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • cavities
  • gingivitis

As common as these ailments are, they are also preventable. Orthodontic treatment like braces can move the teeth into more optimal positions, making it easier to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean.

Jaw alignment

If you’re dealing with misaligned teeth, you may notice it affecting your jaw muscles and joints. While joints will adapt to bad positioning, they will often compensate in a way that can cause damage, which is why we see so many jaw issues and misaligned teeth together. Some of the symptoms you may experience with improper jaw alignment are:

  • headaches
  • jaw that pop or “creak”
  • pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • sleep disorders

Team Demas Orthodontics provides customized braces treatment that can minimize or eliminate issues like these by properly aligning your teeth and jaws, resulting in a smile that looks good and feels great!

Bone erosion

If tartar and plaque are allowed to build up between the teeth and along the gum line for any reason, it may lead to the damage or destruction of the bone underneath the teeth. This can cause a number of symptoms, including loose teeth. If one of these fall out, the gums around it can erode. When you have noticeable gaps or spaces between your teeth, it can create a similar type of bone erosion due to the misalignment putting too much pressure on the jawbone. Braces can bring the teeth back together, relieving any unnecessary pressure and reducing or eliminating any symptoms that go along with it.

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Explore what braces can do for your smile with Team Demas Orthodontics

Straight teeth are just the beginning at Team Demas Orthodontics. We’re proud to create beautifully aligned smiles that function to their full potential for all of our patients! Our team knows the difference a healthy smile can make, and works hard every day to give you a rewarding orthodontic experience, from start to finish. You’ll receive clear communication, compassionate care, and a warm welcome from us every time you walk through our door, because we are passionate about building relationships with our patients that last as long as your smile will!

If you’re in Southington or the surrounding areas, and want to learn more about how braces can benefit you far beyond a straighter smile, get in touch with our office today. Team Demas Orthodontics is an accomplished practice that creates top-quality smiles every day, and we would love to give you the smile you deserve!

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Are There Foods I Can’t Eat with [Braces]?

UPDATED 22-06-18

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces? When you first get braces, it can feel like you have very limited options in terms of what you can eat. Dr. Demas, a leading orthodontist in Southington, will help you understand the limitations of braces and how you can best care for them by putting thought into the foods you or your child eats.

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The Importance of [Wearing Retainers] after Treatment

UPDATED 16-06-18

Congratulations you have completed orthodontic treatment. Your braces have positioned and straightened your child’s teeth to ensure they have a lifetime of healthy smiles. Now it is time for the next phase of treatment which will keep those beautiful teeth in position – wearing a retainer. We will go into more detail on the importance of wearing retainers below. Keep in mind that when braces are removed, your teeth would want to move back to their original positions. Wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment will prevent this from happening.

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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

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People are often referred to the orthodontist because of an improper bite. While this is one of the main oral health conditions that orthodontics is designed to fix, you may be surprised to know that an imperfect bite can be used to describe several different types of conditions. For instance, you may have heard of overbites, which give people prominent front teeth. Alternatively, you may have noticed that your teeth seem all over the place, and certain teeth may even hit the others too hard when you chew. When you wonder what should a perfect teeth look like, you can learn the answers to your questions in this guide.

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Seven Tips to Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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When you or your child get braces put on your teeth, your normal routine is altered slightly and you have to relearn how to do things that used to be simple everyday activities for you. Performing tasks such as eating any food you desire, talking without having metal braces in the way and especially brushing your teeth are instantly more challenging, but easy to overcome if you have a few tips in the bag.

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What Are the [Pros and Cons] of a Hawley Retainer?

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Getting to the stage where you graduate from wearing braces to finally putting on a retainer is exciting since it signifies progress. As such, here is what you should know about retainers.

A retainer is used to hold your teeth in place once braces come off. Since it takes close to a year for your periodontal ligaments to cement fully into their new positions, it is imperative that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions to the letter regarding retainer usage. Disregarding your orthodontist’s directions could see the gaps opening up again or your teeth shifting and getting crooked once more.

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Can You Still Maintain a [Healthy Diet] While Using Invisalign?

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There are many reasons why Invisalign has risen rapidly in popularity over the last 15 years. The technology of clear aligner treatment allows you to go about your day without worrying about your appearance: no more metal standing between the world and your smile! Invisalign has been popularized by celebrities like Zac Efron, Eva Longoria, and Tom Cruise; no wonder Invisalign is now one of the most popular orthodontic treatments in Southington.

Of course, the Invisalign system requires discipline, good habits, and some minor lifestyle changes. For best results, Invisalign requires that the user keeps the aligners in place between 20-22 hours per day. As such, that leaves between 2-4 hours each day for eating, drinking, and maintaining proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing.

The most common concern I hear from potential Invisalign patients is this:

FAQ

How can I maintain a healthy diet if I’m only allowed 2-4 hours per day to eat? Am I going to starve?!?

Here’s the good news: You can maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign. When I encounter patients concerned about whether they will have to dramatically change their eating habits, I encourage them to keep a diet journal for at least a week. You’ll find that the actual time you spend eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth adds up to around two hours. (Of course, this depends on your snacking habits. But won’t cutting down on lengthy snacking sessions improve your diet?)

Here is the schedule that I recommend for Invisalign patients:

  • Morning brushing and flossing: 5 minutes
  • Breakfast: 20 minutes
  • Snack: 10 minutes
  • Lunch: 30 minutes
  • Snack: 10 minutes
  • Dinner: 50 minutes
  • Night brushing and flossing: 5 minutes

Add that all up and you’ll come to 130 minutes, or just over two hours. Keep in mind that those times don’t take into account meal preparation, but there’s no need to take out your aligners when you’re putting together your sandwich for lunch, is there? Every patient is different with varying dietary needs, but I recommend giving this schedule a time and seeing if you can comfortably finish your meals within this framework.

Keeping Your Teeth Clean with Invisalign

As always, it’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene when using Invisalign. In a perfect world, patients would brush and floss thoroughly each time after eating. I recognize that my patients often have busy schedules or don’t have access to running water at school or work. At the bare minimum, you should brush and floss thoroughly twice each day: once in the morning and once before bed. However, to keep up your oral hygiene throughout the day and prevent trapped food particles, I recommend rinsing with warm water or mouthwash after eating and before putting in your aligners.

 

 

 

 

Invisalign is a significant investment in your orthodontic health, physical appearance, and general well-being. If you’re going through the work of keeping your aligners in for over 20 hours each day, why risk the possibility of other issues with poor oral hygiene?

Tried-and-True Patient Advice for a Healthy Invisalign Diet

This is a collection of advice from my patients who have used Invisalign and experienced the lifestyle changes demanded by clear aligner treatment. These four tips should be a great help to anyone considering Invisalign:

  • Don’t Panic: You can do it! Keep in mind that many, before you, have gone through the Invisalign process and survived the dietary and lifestyle changes. There may be days where you have your aligners out for over 20 hours, and while it’s not ideal, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t beat yourself up about bad days, and stay positive. Rely on your friends and family for encouragement and you’ll see how easy it is after a few days to stick to your new diet requirements.
  • Set a Schedule: Before Invisalign, many patients snacked throughout the day and ate less during meals. Unfortunately, this isn’t a possibility with Invisalign. We are creatures of habit, and it can be difficult to break our eating patterns when changing to a new diet. Many of my successful patients recommend sticking to a daily schedule for meals and snacks. After a few days, your body will get used to this schedule and start to expect breakfast at 8:30, lunch at noon, and a snack at 3:00. Settling into a routine will help reduce cravings and hunger pangs throughout the day.
  • Plan Your Meals: Since you’ll be fitting a day’s worth of calories and nutritional needs into three meals and two snacks, you’ll need to strategize to cover your bases. Go into each day knowing when you’ll get your protein, where you’ll find your Vitamin C, and how many calories you’re taking in with each meal. Budgeting calories and nutrients are the best way to prevent hunger and malnourishment.
  • Don’t Overcompensate: A typical reaction to the Invisalign 20-hour requirement is to shovel in as much food as possible during your allotted eating time. As tempting as it may be, this habit will only leave you feeling sick. Here is where your discipline comes into play: once you’ve planned out your daily meals and snacks, stick to the plan! If you’ve planned out your calories, you know that you’re eating enough throughout the day to feel full and healthy. Resist the temptation to overeat and your body will thank you!

Think You Can Handle It?

If you think you can master the “Invisalign Diet” and maintain healthy eating and cleaning habits while using clear aligners, contact us today. Team Demas Orthodontics is the top team for Southington Invisalign, and we recommend clear aligner treatment for its comfort, flexibility, and effectiveness. Contact us by phone or through our online location form; we’ll be happy to answer any patient question!

 

Team Demas Orthodontics

27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA

Phone: 860-276-0333

Can You Still Maintain a Healthy Diet While Using Invisalign?

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Does [Age Matter] When Getting Braces?

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When thinking about braces, we tend to think of a teenager who has a mouth full of brackets and wires when smiling. But the truth is that people of all ages wear braces which causes some questions to be asked. Is it important for someone to wear braces when they are young? Are there complications for an older person who wants to get braces? Is there a specific age for taking up braces? What is the best age for getting braces? Does age affect the success of braces? Am I too old to get braces? These are valid questions to be asked, and we are going to shed more light on this topic. 

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How Do I Fix My Flared Teeth [After] Braces?

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Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, is an effective way to achieve straight teeth and a healthy smile. When an individual’s teeth are overcrowded, it can cause a wide range of problems including difficulty talking and eating. Although many individuals feel that braces can treat crooked teeth in a few months, the process takes much longer. Aside from braces, individuals may also need retainers or other orthodontic appliances.  

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