Want to get rid of bad breath?

WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth.
We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!

It All Starts With Bacteria

We’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.

What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal by brushing and flossing. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. Braces can trap a lot of food in them, so you may be more susceptible to bad breath during orthodontic treatment if you don’t clean your teeth frequently and properly. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!

Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages

Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.

What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. Remember to cut these foods up into smaller pieces so as not to risk breaking any of your brackets!

Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath

Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.

What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.

In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.

What's all this hype about Invisalign Teen?

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Bummed out about having braces? Invisalign Teen aligners give you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

I have enough to worry about...
...now I need braces too?

The team has a game this Friday night, homecoming is in a month, and what about my yearbook pictures?! Don't stress; during your Invisalign Teen treatment you won't need to turn down any dates, wear a paper bag over your head, or hide out in your room for two years! Invisalign Teen aligners are a perfect fit for your lifestyle, because aligners are:

  • Clear
  • Removable
  • Super comfortable
  • Customized just for you

PIZZA, POPCORN ... NO PROBLEM!

You've probably heard from friends that with braces you won't be able to eat anything. With Invisalign Teen aligners, you can eat whatever you want! 

Unlike traditional metal braces, your Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Cheers!

IT'S YOUR LIFE; KEEP IT THAT WAY!

Invisalign aligners are really comfortable and very durable. They fit in with any of your extracurricular activities. So whether you're swimming the 50-meter race, throwing the football out on the field, or playing the clarinet with the school band, you don't have to worry about your braces getting in the way!

Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?

I’m not a strong believer of Two-Step or Two-Phase treatment unless it is required for correction of posterior/anterior (back/front) crossbite, limited space preventing adult teeth from erupting and social/self-esteem improvement for a child.

 

A question a lot of parents ask, do all baby teeth need to be gone before the orthodontic treatment begins for a teenager? It’s a great question and it is something that an orthodontist uses as a gauge to determine the best time to start braces/Invisalign. If a patient is 13 years old and still has baby teeth remaining, it could signal that their overall dental development is either delayed or there is an issue with the permanent teeth eruption or baby teeth exfoliating. Symmetry and patterns of tooth loss are a critical part of diagnosis. If the dental development is delayed within a reasonable time frame (12-13 yrs. old), it is sometimes better to delay the start of orthodontic treatment till the teen looses all baby teeth. However, just like dental development is critical in determining when is the best time to start braces/Invisalign, a child growth spurt is also equally critical. Typically Boys and girls have their exponential growth anywhere from 11 to 14 years of age. Although the above range is the norm, we do see extreme numbers as well for teens going through puberty as early as 10 and as late as 16 years of age.

 

There are times we recommend extraction of all primary/baby teeth if the child is about to reach puberty and has not lost their baby teeth. The growth during puberty is important to correct bite concerns such as small lower jaw, etc. The treatment is also the more efficient during a growth spurt than outside of this time frame.

 

Apart from growth spurt, I will sometimes recommend to start treatment prior to exfoliation of all primary teeth when there is no room for the permanent tooth to erupt. Making room for the underlying tooth will help the baby tooth become loose on its own. If not, we may have the baby tooth removed by the family dentist. Another time I’ll start treatment before all of the baby teeth are gone is if the patient’s smile is socially handicapping. Finally, if we’re planning on keeping a baby tooth because the underlying permanent tooth is missing, the presence of the baby tooth will have no bearing on the starting time.

 

Why do we wait for all the baby teeth to be gone before starting orthodontic treatment: To keep the length of treatment as short as possible.