February 23rd, 2017
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January 26th, 2017
Recall appointments, or observation appointments, are very important, and here’s why…
Recall appointments are typically scheduled for orthodontic patients who have come in for their initial evaluation and are not quite ready for orthodontic treatment. They are also scheduled for patients who have finished phase I of orthodontic treatment and are waiting for their remaining permanent teeth to come in so they can be evaluated for phase II treatment. During a recall appointment, Dr.Hussaini carefully evaluates the patient’s teeth to see how everything is developing/progressing. An updated x-ray may be taken in order to assist him in the evaluation of the patient’s dental development. This evaluation ensures that orthodontic treatment is started at the most ideal time for the most efficient course of action. Certain treatments are more successful when they are coordinated properly with a patient’s growth spurt. Recall appointments allow for us to ensure of this coordination so that the best results are obtained for the patient.
January 12th, 2017
There’s a common misconception that getting braces put on hurts. It is the most popular question we’re asked…“Will it hurt?” The simple answer is, no. The process of getting braces, in fact, is a piece of cake. There are no needles involved so no injections of any kind. Having brackets bonded (glued) to your teeth is totally painless. We just have to make sure your teeth stay completely dry throughout the process so we have to keep what are called cheek retractors in your mouth. These help keep your cheeks and lips away from the teeth and can be a little annoying for some patients. But once again, they do not hurt or cause discomfort either. Once the braces are placed, there will be some soreness that begins 3 to 4 hours after bonding of the braces (due to the movement of the teeth). Typically this only lasts for 3-5 days and then starts to dissipate. The feeling is more of a dull achy sensation and is not a sharp pain. It can be managed with Tylenol (acetaminophen) in most cases. If Tylenol doesn’t work, you can try Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen). After 3-5 days, there is usually no discomfort for the rest of the time until your next adjustment. Your teeth will be a little sore after each adjustment for 2-4 days but this is even less severe than what you will feel the first few days after braces placement.
December 30th, 2016
As many of you with braces know, it is challenging to brush and floss your teeth but is something that MUST be done! Here are some helpful tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off…
1. Brush ALL surfaces of the brackets (as well as gum line and inside of teeth.
2. It’s not how hard you brush that matters but rather how efficiently you brush and how much TIME you spend brushing. In fact, brushing too hard can cause receding gum lines and even damage to the enamel of your teeth.
3. Start brushing with only a wet toothbrush (water) to remove all of the food, plaque, and other debris from your braces. Then add toothpaste to your brush which will finish the job of really cleaning your teeth with its many important ingredients (fluoride, breath fresheners, etc.) for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Try to avoid using toothpastes that have whitening properties.
3. Time yourself: spend at least two FULL minutes brushing your teeth. You should spend at least 30 seconds in each quadrant (corner) of your mouth.
4. Brush more often: it’s important to brush at least twice a day (morning and night) without braces. However, with braces, it’s important to brush after every meal (breakfast, lunch, & dinner) since it is easier for food debris to build up around the braces, which can lead to cavities.
** Remember, when it comes to good oral hygiene, the TIME SPENT and the TECHNIQUE used is most important!!**