Keep Teeth Clean with Braces in Westchester

Glaser Orthodontics in Westchester has recently put on your braces. Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Dr. Glaser says food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Glaser Orthodontics in Westchester wants to help you keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time! When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. it’s all about the angles! Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth! While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean! While you’re in treatment at Glaser Orthodontics, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Always be prepared! The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts! If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend with or without braces! Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places! Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxy brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you! Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros! It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide.

We hope this helps, and remember to give Dr. Glaser a call at their Westchester office if you have any questions, concerns or would like to schedule an appointment!

Summer Care for Braces in Westchester

Summer has finally come and Glaser Orthodontics in Westchester wants to make sure his/her patients are ready to take care of their braces. For many parents, sending kids away to summer camp for weeks or even months is a summer tradition. Whether the camp is in Westchester or further away, Glaser Orthodontics wants to make sure their patients understand how to care for their braces. Taking care of your braces during the summer and at camp should not hinder summer fun. Follow some important tips from Glaser Orthodontics.

Dr. Glaser says it’s important to maintain the same oral care and routine kids have at home while away, so their braces stay in shape. Dr. Glaser and the staff at Glaser Orthodontics recommend giving your child a “braces camp kit” filled with all the necessities related to their teeth. The kit can include plenty of extra toothbrushes and wax in case a wire breaks. The important thing is to maintain clean teeth while you are away from Westchester. If anything were to happen to the braces, inform the counselors so the camp can call Glaser Orthodontics to see if an emergency appointment is necessary. The main thing is for your camper to be comfortable until you resume your regular schedule with Glaser Orthodontics back in Westchester. Just like at-home eating habits, the same instructions are given while away at camp; avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods.

Our main goal at Glaser Orthodontics is to make sure your Westchester camper is completely prepared to maintain their braces during the summer months. If you want to schedule a visit before they leave, feel free to stop by or call us! Last but not least, while away at camp, Dr. Glaser says have fun and see you back in Westchester when you return!

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are malformed. Most often, crooked teeth are inherited traits just as the color of your eyes or hair. Other causes of crooked teeth are early loss of baby or adult teeth, undue pressure on the teeth and gums, misalignment of jaw after facial injury, or common oral health problems in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier.

 

Having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

  • -interfere with proper chewing
  • -make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
  • -strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

 

There are several orthodontic procedures that can help correct crooked teeth, and at Glaser Orthodontics we have many services that we can customize to meet your needs, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign®.We want you to be proud to show off your smile!