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Tips on Teen Dental Health – What you should know

June 26, 2018

Teens struggle with orthodontics, contact sports and poor diets filled with carbs and sugars. Less common issues that can still seriously impact the oral and dental health of teenagers are vaping, smoking and mouth piercings. Higher rates of tooth decay are more common in teenagers because of these issues.

Being a teenager is hard. As teens grow, they are faced with many obstacles and their oral health is no different. The teenage years is the time when most people get braces, or their wisdom teeth removed – or both! Many of these procedures are a common part of life and growing up, while others are proactive and preventative measures taken by your dentist to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

Things to consider discussing with your teens:

Bad Breath: Simple changes in personal oral hygiene habits can eliminate and freshen up your teen’s bad breath. Flossing, brushing twice a day and using mouthwash should get to the root of the problem. If these efforts don’t work – there may be another problem causing this and you should bring your teen to a dentist.

Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain toxins that have been shown to cause various types of cancer, gum disease, bad breath and tooth discolouration. It’s easier to kick the habit at a younger age rather than older!

Contact Sports: If your teen is involved in contact sports – mouth-guards should always be used to protect the teeth, jaw and head from potential impact.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems for most people if not removed by a certain age. If you’re teen needs their wisdom teeth extracted – this should be done between the ages of 14-18, for the least amount of recovery time.

Orthodontics: Whether braces or aligners – orthodontics are used to straighten the teeth and align your bite. The brackets, wires and elastics can serve as obstacles to optimal oral hygiene. Your teen needs to be properly taught by a dental professional the best ways to effectively remove plaque and food debris.

Teenagers who keep up good dental health habits and take care of their mouth will reap the benefits of healthy teeth well into adulthood. Remember to set a good example by practicing proper oral hygiene and ensuring your teen gets regular dental care.

At Desired Smiles Family Dentistry we offer many types of dental services for teenagers – including orthodontics, wisdom teeth removal, and general dentistry.  Contact us to learn more about our dental services and book your teen an appointment today!

Which Works Best: Invisalign or Braces?

July 30, 2014

The easy answer to the question Invisalign or braces is that it depends on the individual patient. Your bite, alignment, jaw, and the complexity of your case all impact whether Invisalign or braces will work for you.

The benefits of Invisalign seem obvious to many people considering teeth aligning treatments. They are undetectable when worn; their smooth plastic is not irritating to the mouth; and being removable makes eating, brushing, and flossing easy.

In some cases, braces are actually better suited for an individual. Complex issues require 24-hour treatment that only traditional braces can provide, as they are not removable. Traditional braces rather than Invisalign would better solve issues in bite, rather than alignment of the teeth.

In complex cases, Invisalign may be unable to correct certain problems, at least not initially. They must also be worn vigilantly. Those that are too easily tempted to spend a day without wearing them or to take them out too often may sacrifice the benefits of straight teeth that Invisalign is supposed to provide.

If you want to achieve your desired smile, contact us for a free smile analysis and we’ll help you pick an option that’s right for you!

It’s Never too Late to Have the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

July 23, 2014

Let’s get straight to the point. It’s never too late for a perfect smile. These days, nearly half of orthodontics patients are adults. Here are some reasons why you should consider getting braces as an adult if you need them.

Confident Smile

A crooked smile can put a damper on your self-esteem and you don’t deserve that! Your confidence will soar once you achieve your desired smile!

Besides, braces aren’t as bad as they used to be. There are ways to make traditional braces more subtle. There are also options such as Invisalign that hide the fact that you are correcting the alignment of your teeth altogether.

If you don’t have time to waste and are looking for instant results then veneers might be the best option for you. We offer a number of different porcelain veneer styles for great-looking, permanent results that suit you and fit your budget.

Healthy Smile

A misaligned smile could also be a cause of increased health concerns. Plaque hides much easier behind crooked teeth, which makes issues such as gum disease and periodontal disease much more prevalent.

Your bite is just as important as your smile – even if you have straight teeth the way your mouth is aligned is important to how your mouth functions. It can cause secondary problems like headaches or proper chewing.

If you’re ready to achieve your desired smile come in for a free smile analysis with us today!