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Is It Normal for My Teeth to Move Immediately After the Braces Come Off?

It is normal for the teeth to “settle” after the braces come off. This settling can result in a bite that is actually better than when the braces were in place. Movement of the front teeth however is undesirable and patients, (and dentists alike) want to prevent it as much as possible. When the braces are on, the teeth are held tightly in place while the doctor carefully positions each one. After the braces come off however, there is no such control. The forces of occlusion, wear, and the tongue come back into play. Even if the teeth are held in place with a bonded retainer after appliance removal, the position of the teeth will still change with time.

Retainers are the key to preventing tooth movement. The most important time to be faithful with your retainer is immediately after your braces come off. Everyone is different and the length of time that retainers must be worn full time varies. Each patient must monitor their own teeth during the first month or two after their braces come off and make sure they wear their retainers at least as much as prescribed, even more if necessary. If you don’t wear your retainers and your teeth move because you didn’t, you may have to have braces again to move things back where they were.

If you are wearing your retainers faithfully and your teeth still move, you may need to have a bonded retainer glued behind them for a while until they are more stable. If you have a tight bite, you may not have room to fit a retainer behind your front teeth. In these cases you will need to let the teeth settle and have the teeth bonded or veneered to close the space. The spaces in these cases are due to the narrow size or shape of the teeth and not their position. Consequently, the “fix” is to change the size of the teeth and not to try and move them again.

If you notice small but progressive changes in the days or weeks after your braces come off, your retainer may need to be adjusted or replaced. The sooner you notice the problem and report it to your orthodontist, the more likely it will be that merely changing or adjusting your retainer will be enough. Clear aligners can also be created to correct minor movements that have occurred. These aligners may then be worn as permanent retainers after the realignment is complete. Bigger movements may require that brackets go back on the teeth for a visit or two. The longer changes are left unaddressed, the more extensive the additional treatment will be.

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Myths about taking care of bad breath.

Bad breath, can be a major problem, one that can directly affect your personal and professional life. The good news is that bad breath can often be prevented with some simple steps.

Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.

Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Smoking can also be a cause of bad breath.

There are lots of myths about taking care of bad breath. Here are three things you may have heard about bad breath that are not true:

Myth #1: Mouthwash will make bad breath go away.

Mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily. If you do use mouthwash, look for an antiseptic (kills the germs that cause bad breath) and plaque-reducing one with a seal from the American Dental Association (ADA). When you’re deciding which dental products to toss into your shopping cart, it’s always a good idea to look for those that are accepted by the ADA. Also, ask your dentist for recommendations.

Myth #2: As long as you brush your teeth, you shouldn’t have bad breath.

The truth is that most people only brush their teeth for 30 to 45 seconds, which just doesn’t cut it. To sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you should brush for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue, too. A lot of bacteria actually stay on the surface of your tongue. It’s equally important to floss because brushing alone won’t remove harmful plaque and food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums.

Myth #3: If you breathe into your hand, you’ll know when you have bad breath.

Wrong! When you breathe, you don’t use your throat the same way you do when you talk. When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates), which simply breathing doesn’t do. Also, because we tend to get used to our own smells, it’s hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breath.

If you’re concerned about bad breath, make sure you’re taking care of your teeth and mouth properly. Some sugar-free gums and mints can temporarily mask odors, too.

If you brush and floss properly keep up with your regular cleanings, preferably twice a year but  occasionally more frequent visits are needed, especially if you have braces. But if your bad breath persists, you may have a medical problem like gum disease. Give us a call to schedule an appointment! So we figure out if something else is behind your bad breath and help you take care of it.

5 reasons why flossing is extremely important.

Proper dental care (which includes regular flossing) can do more than keep your smile pretty and healthy. A healthy mouth can also help prevent much more serious diseases,But if you’re still not convinced that you should add flossing to your daily routine, we’ve got five examples to make the case that flossing is extremely important:

#5. Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone

Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums floss is designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums.

These are places that a toothbrush can’t reach. And while antimicrobial mouthwash can kill the bacteria that form plaque, it can’t remove the stubborn tartar and bits of food that can lodge in these places.  That’s where floss comes in. It’s a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums. The ADA suggests that flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective: With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Think of floss and a toothbrush as a detail paintbrush and paint roller, respectively. You could paint your living room walls with just one of the tools, but using them together will provide a much better result.

#4. Flossing Protects Your Gums

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden and over time they form tartar, a thick deposit that only the dentist can remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: severe gum disease characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.

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#3 It can save you money!

In an era of rising health care costs and diminishing insurance benefits, it pays to take steps to reduce your medical expenses. Dental Preventive care now can pay significant dividends down the road. Also consider the point above, If your general dentists deems that the extent of gum disease would be better treated by a specialist, your coinsurance might be higher at the specialists’ office.

#2 Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases

Tooth and gum disease can have effects that go far beyond discolored teeth, discomfort or bad breath. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. This is such a significant issue that, in 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began calling for public health initiatives to address oral health as a step toward addressing these potentially life-threatening systemic diseases, conditions that affect multiple organs and body systems.

#1 Preventing the build up of tartar, makes your 6 month check up and cleaning a breeze!

Few parts of a regular dental visit are as uncomfortable as the scraping the dentist or hygienist must do to remove tartar. Tartar is a hard buildup of plaque that forms around the gum line. Once it’s there, it can’t be removed without professional help. But thanks to floss, health-conscious individuals have a powerful tool to fight this stubborn problem.

Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s in its early form: sticky, but soft and pliable. Since plaque doesn’t harden into tartar until it’s been undisturbed for a period of time, regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.

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Dentalign studio now offering Insignia braces.

Insignia is the customization of orthodontic braces, made to perfectly model the shape of your teeth and help you achieve a flawless smile. Unlike regular braces, Insignia is the most advanced orthodontic system available today. There are many pros to Insignia as an alternative to regular braces.
Instead of regular, stock braces and arch wires being used on your teeth Insignia customizes a special fit just for you. Also, digital planning and 3D visibility allows your dentist to add precise detail and customization to your teeth instead of eyeing bracket placement with regular braces and manual adjustment, thus saving a lot of time.

Insignia also uses a new digital technology that allows the patient to see what your new smile will look like after the treatment is completed.

The placement of insignia takes much less time and is much more efficient. For example regular braces take approximately two hours for placement, while Insignia takes about forty-five minutes. Thus, customization means less wearing time in braces and also a more comfortable adjustment. Insignia allows for you to achieve the perfect smile, quicker, and more comfortably than ever before.

For further information please call Dentalign Studio (718)821-7432.

By: Lillian B

Why are retainers needed after braces?

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Orthodontic treatment equates many  dental visits over an extended period of time. That monthly trip to the orthodontist becomes part of a regular routine. However, the one appointment that most of us have looked forward to is the one when the braces will be removed. However, that seemingly unreachable date is not the end of the treatment. There is still the very important matter of a retainer. Braces straighten your teeth, and once those wires and brackets have been taken off, it’s important to know how to keep your smile straight. A retainer gets the job done.

A retainer is a small, customized device that is worn after braces are removed in order to reinforce the new position of your teeth. After all the time and money that have been put into braces, letting a beautiful straight smile return to its unaligned form would be a huge waste.

After some time, it may be decided that you only need to wear your retainer at night. Your orthodontist, however, is unlikely to ever recommend that you stop wearing your retainer permanently. Wearing a retainer is a continued investment in your new smile. Failure to wear your retainer consistently means that tissues surrounding your teeth will be unsupported and noticeable shifting may take place.

In short, a retainer allows you to maintain and keep that beautiful smile you worked so hard to achieve.

If you misplace the retainers or don’t wear them as intructed by your orthodontist, teeth willl shift back into their misaligned positions. The next time you try to put the retainer on, it may not fit due to the movement of the teeth. At best, you may have to be fitted for a new set of retainers, but there is also a possibility that you may need to start orthodontic treatment one again.

What does your smile say about you?

First impressions are vital.  To truly make a memorable and impeccable first impressions one of the most important assets is a great smile.  A smile lets people know that you are approachable, friendly and confident. It invites the, to get to know the person behind the smile. “When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,” says Pamela McClain DDS, president of American Academy of Periodontology. Over the long term, smiling can benefit your health, perception at work, social life and romantic status. With that much at stake, its worthwhile to discover what your smile is saying about you– and how to interpret the smiles flashed your way.

People who smile project a positive outlook and are generally more flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling. Just smile. Believe it or not, forcing yourself to smile can actually make you happier.  Research studies show that for people who smiled spontaneously or on purpose, the activity in their brains was virtually the same. They felt happy.

You’d like to smile more, but you’ve been hiding it for as long as you can remember because of unsightly stains, cracks, gaps or misshapen teeth. Until recently, there were few options available to the average patient. Today, however, there is  a wide range of restorative and orthodontic techniques and materials which allow you the choice to enhance and improve your smile.

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Our mission Statement

At DentAlign Studio we are dedicated to provide community-based high quality comprehensive dental care services.

Our specialty and driving focus is to transform smiles one patient at a time and to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient in a family- like atmosphere that is caring, friendly and fun.

Our team’s commitment to building a lasting relationship as well providing each individual patient a truly outstanding experience is our goal. Exceptional orthodontic and restorative treatment outcomes fulfill our goals of enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and overall dental health.

We want you to love your smile and allow us the privilege of transforming your smile and your life.

– The DentAlign Studio Team