Is your orthodontic treatment coming to an end? Although you have been waiting anxiously for your new smile to be revealed, do not be surprised if the appearance of your teeth is less than perfect. Braces do wonders for straightening a crooked smile and realigning teeth effectively. However, it can also create some new dental problems, especially if you have been in metal braces for a long period of time. Try not to worry though – most of the unwanted dental issues that patients have after braces are simple cosmetic fixes such as teeth whitening, and your dentist can handle it all with ease. Group Health Dental offers patients the cosmetic dental services and post-ortho refinement they need to feel confident in their new, straight smile!
Braces often leave patients with unsightly white spots, stains, inflamed gums and even texture issues on their teeth. Most post-ortho dental problems are caused by poor hygiene habits during braces. Admittedly, teeth are very difficult to keep clean with brackets and bands that trap food and bacteria so easily.
The white spots that are commonly found on teeth after braces are typically a result of demineralization. This occurs when food is left on the teeth and comes in contact with bacteria, which creates harmful acid. The acid takes calcium and phosphate away from the teeth and produces decalcifications, which are the chalky white spots you might see on a patient whose braces were just removed. You can avoid demineralization by brushing after every meal, flossing once a day, and cutting back on soda while you wear braces.
Because of the below par brushing and flossing habits that often take place during your time with braces, it is likely you will have a build up of plaque and tarter. As a result, many patients also suffer from inflamed gums or gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest sign of gum disease and very treatable. You will want to make sure you have a professional dental cleaning as soon as you get your braces off to properly remove any stubborn plaque or tartar build-up as well as check for tooth decay.
Unfortunately, tooth discoloration is very common when the brackets come off. This can be the most obvious disappointment when patients look in the mirror for the first time. Rest assured that a qualified cosmetic dentist can give you teeth whitening options to remove unwanted teeth stains after braces so that your smile can be both straight and white!
Other post-ortho refinement services might include tooth lengthening and contouring. Group Health Dental is equipped to provide a full line of cosmetic dental services to make sure your final smile product is exactly as you had envisioned after braces. Go ahead and prepare yourself now that you will likely need to make an appointment to see your dentist once your orthodontic treatment is complete.