It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth

The discouraging connotation surrounding braces that implies their sole use in the mouths of kids and teens has kept the idea of adult orthodontic treatments, through braces or Invisalign, on the outskirts of many adult minds. Invisalign, however, is becoming increasingly popular within the adult demographic. At Glaser Orthodontics, we encourage adult orthodontic treatment. Whether going with braces or Invisalign, here are a few key points to keep in mind in preparing for all that comes with orthodontic treatment:


    • If you have sensitive teeth, brush with Sensodyne or a similar toothpaste to help desensitize your teeth.
    • Practice excellent oral hygiene to prepare your gums for braces! Ask Dr. Glaser for suggestions!
    • Lips tend to get chapped in the process of putting on braces, so make sure to have a trusted lip balm application every night before bed.
    • It may hurt or feel uncomfortable at first, this will go away and the feeling of the braces behind your lips will disappear and become very natural.
    • Chewing may be difficult and consumption of certain foods may be impossible; ask Dr. Glaser for a list of foods to avoid.
    • Finally, your brushing routine may need to be amped up a bit or altered to fit more often into your schedule.


All of these points are just a few of the commitments one must make when deciding to live with braces. However, all of the discomfort will pass, and eventually the routine will feel natural and comfortable. Think of these as small bumps in the road to achieving better-looking teeth! There are many benefits that come with adult braces including improved self-esteem and better dental health. And, thanks to Invisalign, braces can be invisible and removable, making your experience more pleasant and easy. Visit Dr. Glaser, at his Cortlandt Manor office, for a free consultation to discuss your adult braces. Allow us to help your smile reach its wonderful potential through Invisalign or braces!


1983 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567
Phone: (914) 739-6400
info@glaserortho.com

Tips on Keeping Your Toothbrush Bacteria Free

 

We all have been told how important it is to brush our teeth regularly. Every day, there are naturally hundreds of microorganisms in our mouth. This is fine, as long as there doesn’t become an unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth. When you brush your teeth, the toothbrush’s job is to get rid of plaque and plaque is bacteria. So, you’re putting bacteria on your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth.

 

Fortunately, the human body regularly fights bacteria and your body’s natural defenses make it highly unlikely that that you’ll catch something simply from brushing your teeth. But, there are ways to make sure your toothbrush stays as bacteria free as possible.

 

  • Store it as far away as possible from the toilet — Every toilet flush sends a spray of bacteria into the air. You don’t want the toilet spray anywhere near your open toothbrush. Better yet, store it in the medicine cabinet.
  • Keep it rinsed — Rinse off your toothbrush thoroughly with water after using it.
  • Keep it dry — Bacteria love a moist environment. Make sure your brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep it upright — Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Keep it to yourself – Don’t use other family members’ toothbrushes. Don’t even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people’s brushes. Toothbrushes can swap germs when they touch.

 

Caring for your teeth while wearing braces or Invisalign is very important. Doing a thorough job brushing your teeth, with a healthy toothbrush, should be at the top of the list. Contact Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor office if you have any additional questions about your toothbrush during your orthodontic treatment.

 

For a free consultation in our Northern Westchester Orthodontist Office, please call for an appointment today!


1983 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor
New York New York 10567
Phone: (914) 739-6400
info@glaserortho.com

Having Straight Teeth is an Important Part of Your Overall Health

Periodontal Disease

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease, ranging from simple gum inflammation to serious disease which results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Not only is gum disease a threat to your oral health that can lead to tooth loss, but research also points to health effects of periodontal disease that go well beyond your mouth.

The Correlation Between Misaligned Teeth and Periodontal Disease

Did you know that a major cause of periodontal disease is poorly-aligned teeth? This is because the bacteria living in the gums around crowded teeth are much more toxic and destructive than the normal bacteria found in healthy mouths! In fact, the misalignment that leads to periodontal disease continues to remain one of the most overlooked risk factors by the General Practitioner’s office.

Research has shown that mouth infections and inflammation caused by periodontal disease can play havoc throughout the body. There is a proven association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as:

Diabetes

People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, probably because diabetics are more susceptible to contracting infections. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes. Diabetics who don’t have their diabetes under control are especially at risk.1

  • Stroke
    Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group. PROVIDE LINK TO STUDY.
  • Respiratory Infections
    Bacteria in your mouth can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with gum disease.
  • Severe Osteopenia
    Osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone supporting the teeth may be decreased.
  • Pre-term or Low Birthweight Babies
    Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. PROVIDE LINK TO STUDY.


Treatment is Key

If your teeth are misaligned, it could be more than a cosmetic issue. Undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth may be a critical part of ensuring your overall health.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that allows doctors to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable, nearly invisible, plastic appliances called aligners. Since Invisalign is removable, you can brush and floss normally, which helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. In fact, clinical studies have shown that gingival health may improve with the use of Invisalign during orthodontic treatment.2

Straighter teeth are Healthier Teeth

Straight teeth are healthier teeth and can lead to:

Healthier Gums

Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked, or spaced too far apart. Properly aligned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around them, which may lead to better periodontal health3.

Easier Cleanings

 

With maintenance of good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced.

If your teeth are misaligned, Invisalign should be considered to straighten your teeth and help prevent periodontal disease—all without the hassle of brackets and wires.

Straighten your teeth and protect your health with Invisalign!

 

1. Journal of Periodontology, November 1999, Vol. 70, No. 11, Pages 1313-1321. Heightened Gingival Inflammation and Attachment Loss in Type 2 Diabetics with Hyperlipidemia. Christopher W. Cutler, MD, Robert L. Machen, Ravi Jotwani, Anthony M. Iacopino.

2.   Presented at the AADR in San Antonio, Effect of Invisalign® Aligners on Periodontal Tissues, Taylor, MG; McGorray, SP; Durrett, S; Pavlow, S; Downey, N; Lenk, M; Oxford, E; Dolce, C; Wheeler, TT.

3.   Ong et al., 1998 Boyd and Baumrind. 1992. Zachrisson and Zachrisson, 1972.

 

For a free consultation in our Northern Westchester Orthodontist Office, please call for an appointment today!

 

1983 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor
New York New York 10567
Phone: (914) 739-6400
info@glaserortho.com