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   The Right Time For
Cosmetic Dentistry Braces
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        GET BRACES?
INTRINSIC STAINS                                                           CREST PROFESSIONAL WHITESTRIPS
                                                                               The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit,
                                     Orthodontics is a special
Stains beneath the tooth enamel are known as intrinsic                         bearing mild pressure on the brackets or bands
                                                                           Whitening Technology that gives you noticeablyto shift
                                     discipline of dentistry
stains. This type of staining is commonly caused by: concerned                 teeth or
                                                                           whiter teeth jaws, gradually into a desired position. Your teeth
• Aging                              with aligning the teeth and jaws          and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the
• Defects within the tooth           to improve one’s smile and oral           discomfort is brief. Keep hydrogen peroxide, which
                                                                           • Crest® Whitestrips contain in mind also that some teeth may
                                      tooth “Ortho” means
• Use of certain antibiotics duringhealth. development correct                 need to be
                                                                             gets at stainsextracted to make room for teeth being shifted
                                                                                            beneath the tooth surface
                                     or straight and “Odont” means             with braces and for proper jaw alignment.
• Smoking                                                                  • Thin, clear, flexible strips adhere directly to teeth
          tooth. A dentist usually recommends braces to improve
                                                                           • Just 30 minutes, twice a day for 3 weeks
          the patient’s physical “orofacial” appearance. Through                DO I HAVE TO AVOID ANY FOODS OR PERSONAL HABITS?
           diet can affect the brightness of crooked or The
Also, yourorthodontic treatment, problems likeyour smile. crowded
following foods and beverages often cause tooth stains: and
          teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position                Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and soda. Sugary and
                                                                                                 Crest Professional
• Tobacco products the jaw joints are corrected.
          disorders of                                                          starchy foods generate acid and plaque that can cause
•   Coffee                                                                      tooth decay and promote gum disease. Cut healthy, hard
•   Tea    WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR BRACES?                                   foods like carrots or apples into smaller pieces. Sticky,
•   Red wine                                                                    Hydrogen peroxide
                                                                                chewy sweets like caramel can cause wire damage and
•   ColoredPatients with orthodontic problems can benefit from
             juices                                                             loosen brackets. Avoid hard and crunchy snacks that can
•   Curry treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of           break braces, including popcorn, nuts and hard candy.
                                                                                                          Intrinsic stain
•   Soy braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head                More don’ts: ice cube chewing, thumb sucking, excessive
•          and
    Cola drinks mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible           mouth breathing, lip biting and pushing your tongue against
           to straightening. However, because any adjustments in                your teeth.
•   Minerals in well water                                                              ENAMEL
           facial appearance can be traumatic to a child during these
           sensitive years, parents should discuss the matter with their        WHAT ABOUT HOME CARE OF MY TEETH WITH BRACES?
           children before braces are applied. And braces aren’t just
           for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces to        With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever.
If you are correct minor problems color of your teeth, smiles.
            concerned about the and to improve their ask                       Hydrogen peroxide travels
                                                                            Braces have tiny spaces were food particles and plaque
                                                                                 from strip surface to
your dentist or hygienist about various options for tooth                        whiten intrinsic carefully after every meal with fluoride
                                                                            get trapped. Brush stains
          WHAT KIND
whitening, including: OF BRACES WILL I HAVE TO WEAR?                        toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly
                                                                                                                     and check your teeth in
                       will know                   best
          Your dentist Before what appliance is Afterfor your                                                        the
                                                                        Color improvement over 21 days’ use mirror to make sure
          particular problem, but the patient often has a choice.                                                    they’re clean. Take
                                                                                Before                            After
          Braces generally come in three varieties: The most popular                                                 time to floss between
  Bleaching are brackets, metal or plastic, that are bonded to teeth                                                 braces and under wires
          and are far less noticeable. The “lingual” type of braces are                                              with the help of a floss
          brackets that attach to the back of teeth, hidden from view.                                               threader. Have your
          Bands are the traditional type that cover most of your teeth      teeth cleaned every six months to keep your gums and
          with metal bands that wrap around the teeth. All use wires        teeth healthy. Insufficient cleaning while wearing braces
          to move the teeth to the desired position.                        can cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.

          That depends upon your treatment plan. The more                       Your family general dentist is responsible for coordinating
          complicated your spacing or bite problem is, and the older            your dental treatment, and this could encompass
          you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually. Most            any orthodontic treatment plan, including diagnosis,
          patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 and              examinations and some orthodontic procedures. Your
          30 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer for at least         dentist may, however, refer you to an “orthodontist”—
          a few months to up to two years to set and align tissues              a specialist trained in the development, prevention and
          surrounding straightened teeth. Some patients may have                correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws and
          to wear a permanent retainer.                                         related facial abnormalities.
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                 care is key in keeping teeth bright.                       ...and prevents new
                                                                            ...and prevents new
                 Brushing with a whitening toothpaste                        ones from forming
                                                                             ones from forming
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                 help to maintain whiter teeth and
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                                                                                          tooth surface

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            away stains…
                                                                             Stains are repelled

                           Surface stains
                          adhere to tooth                     WHITENING PROTECTION

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