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Electric toothbrushes – use and benefits

Electric toothbrushes can deliver up to 50,000 strokes per minute, which is much more effective than the average 300 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush. Studies indicate that people tend to apply more damaging pressure to their teeth and gums during manual brushing than when they use an electric toothbrush. Automatic toothbrushes really do remove debris better than the old-fashioned way.

Power vs Manual Toothbrush

You may have heard the term “biofilm.” Better known as plaque when it occurs in the mouth, biofilm is the debris and bacteria that can cause decay. It regenerates quickly, so healthy habits are the best defense for a healthier you! With a healthier mouth, you face a lower risk of gum disease and other conditions like heart disease: mouth health has been linked to heart health.

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, the most important thing is that you use it!  Have questions? Contact our office or go to our website at GlobalSmiles.us

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Update your contact details

Update your contact details

Our patients can always connect with us by calling our office. However, if you’ve recently moved or have a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you!  This is extremely important in case there is a change in our schedule or if we have to follow up with an insurance matter.

If any of your contact information has changed, please let our team at Global Smiles Orthodontics know, just in case we need to reach you. While you’re at it, you can also schedule your next appointment if you do not have one! We look forward to hearing from you!

Taking care of your retainers

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Congratulations!!  Now that you have your braces off you can show the world your new smile!  At Global Smiles Orthodontics we promote retention so the teeth do not shift.  Here are 7 Steps for taking care of your retainers!

  1. Wear your retainers all of the time, except when eating or brushing.
  2. When your retainers are not in your mouth, ALWAYS keep them in your retainer case.
  3. Do not wrap retainers in a paper towel or napkin; this is the easiest way to lose them.
  4. Do not place loose retainers in your pocket, this is the easiest way to break them.
  5. Keep your retainers away from pets, dogs LOVE them.
  6. Clean your retainers by holding them carefully and brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  7. Do not place retainers in the microwave or in boiling water.
  8. If you have a bonded retainer, make sure you floss underneath the wire
Brush your retainers with toothpaste and your toothbrush

Brush your retainers with toothpaste and your toothbrush

 

Guide to Orthodontic Comfort

global-smiles.pngMost patients do not report sensitivity after they get their braces on at Global Smiles Orthodontics because we use gentle and slow movements to align teeth.  Despite this, many types of orthodontic treatment can come with some after-treatment pressure because of dynamic movement going on in the patient’s dentition.  Whether its Invisalign, braces, retainers, or palate expanders, it can be common for you or your child to feel some pressure after they leave the office. Here are some simple tips:

Use wax to cover the surfaces of braces to prevent sores. Some sores are caused from the inside of the mouth or lips coming into contact with orthodontic appliances.  It’s also possible to buy lip protectors for your child to wear at night, to help prevent any unconscious rubbing of the lip against the braces while sleeping.

After the visit, drinking cool beverages, or eating cold, soft food (such as yogurt or ice cream) can relieve any after-appointment sensitivity.

If your child is feeling some discomfort, find something to cause a distraction. Encourage them to watch a favorite TV show or film, read a book, play with their friends, or take a walk outside.

In most cases, the pain will subside after a few days.  But as a last resort taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen (if not allergic) about an hour or so before your scheduled visit can ease initial discomfort. This will help ensure the medication kicks in right around the time the work is being done.

Thanks for reading, let us know how Global Smiles Orthodontics can help!

Back to School is here!

Can you believe it’s time to head back to school already? The staff at Global Smiles Orthodontics hopes you have been enjoying a great summer, and are looking forward to the new school year.  We know you have a lot on your mind including new classes, new teachers and new academic challenges, but don’t forget to take great care of your teeth as well!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while wearing braces:

1. Leave your retainers in your locker at lunch.

2. Remember to wear your elastics; it can make a big difference in getting your braces off on time.

3. Don’t forget to brush and floss after lunch.

4. Stay away from hard candy and foods.

Brushing is important when you are back at school

Brushing is important when you are back at school

Great smiles are a family affair at Global Smiles

Great smiles are a family affair at Global Smiles

 

Brushing + Braces= Beautiful Smiles

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When your orthodontist talks to you about oral hygiene he is not joking at all. Dr. Edgar Mendieta at Global Smiles Orthodontics is 100% serious about maintaining good oral hygiene! Not taking care of your teeth and mouth can cause a lot of problems for you alone, but with braces it’s a whole other level of responsibility. The brackets are glued to the teeth and not brushing your teeth could lead to corroding of the enamel and tooth itself.  It may also cause unsightly white spots that may be permanently left on your teeth.  Not brushing may also cause many problems with your gums. If you have any questions about improving your oral hygiene ask your Dentist or Orthodontist.

What does orthodontic “recall” mean for my kids?

It is perfectly okay to have kids put on recall. This means the patient is usually put on extended visits to the orthodontist.  A lot of orthodontists do this for young patients that come in for an evaluation for braces.  Here are some reasons why:

recall child

If your child still has baby teeth and the permanent teeth are erupting normally, the child may be put on recall until braces can be put on the permanent teeth.

Some patients may have gone through early orthodontic treatment called phase one.  The orthodontist could be checking on the patients status after phase one treatment but before the patient is ready for phase two treatment.

Your orthodontist may also want to track the growth of the jaws during recall to determine a more precise treatment plan once it is started.

If your child is placed on recall, Dr. Edgar Mendieta at Global Smiles Orthodontics will be happy to explain why.