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How to Get Rid of Yellow Stained Teeth with Braces

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Imagine going through the hole braces treatment just to see that your teeth are now stained. Having an appealing smile is one of the main reasons people get braces, so finding out that you have to go through another treatment for them to be the same color again is just devastating. Here we’ll show you why teeth staining happens and how to avoid it.

Can Braces Stain Teeth?

Although the braces themselves aren’t the ones responsible, you can end up with stained teeth after having braces. As said, there is nothing in the appliance itself that will somehow stain your teeth. What stains your teeth is the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. According to Healthline magazine, when sugar and the bacteria in your mouth meet, they release an acid that’s damaging to your teeth’s outer layer, the enamel. When the enamel is exposed for a prolonged time to plaque and the acid within it, it starts to deteriorate. This deterioration is what causes the white spots on your teeth.

Regular permanent braces are really only responsible for making it harder for patients to clean their teeth properly. The many little crevices created between your teeth, brackets, and wire are great spots for bacteria to accumulate. Of course, with the proper tools and cleaning routine, discoloration or stains in your teeth can be completely avoided.

Fortunately, if your teeth do stain at the end of the treatment, some options allow your tooth to get back its uniform color. Some of the treatments are teeth whitening, remineralization, composite restoration, veneers, etc.

Can Invisalign Stain Teeth?

No, Invisalign won’t stain your teeth. Similar to what happens with braces, Invisalign, or any other clear aligner, isn’t the main cause of your teeth changing color; they are only a contributing factor. Lack of proper cleaning is almost always the main culprit when it comes to teeth staining.

When you wear clear aligners like Invisalign, orthodontists expect you to use them for around 20 to 22 hours a day. They will instruct you to remove them only when eating or for cleaning. This is where the problem may arise. If there is any food residue on your teeth when you put your aligners back on, they will stay there for hours at a time. This situation creates opportunities for plaque and acid to form, which will, in turn, start deteriorating your tooth’s enamel. Remember that deterioration of your enamel is part of what causes the stains.

Keep Your Teeth Clean

As we said previously, stained teeth are mostly a result of a lack of proper oral care. In this section, we’ll give you some tips for you to avoid stained teeth from your time with braces or Invisalign.

Regardless of the treatment, you are going through, it’s incredibly important for you to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. This helps eliminate most of the food residue and bacteria that may accumulate on your teeth throughout the day. To do this, you might want to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is an ingredient that helps in killing bacteria and reinforcing your teeth.

Consider cutting your sugar intake. Reducing your sugar consumption will help in avoiding plaque concentration in your mouth.

Proper Cleaning While on Braces

Specifically for braces, you should use a soft-bristle toothbrush and try to approach your teeth at a 45° angle; this helps in getting to the more difficult spots in between your teeth, brackets, and metal wire. Given the added difficulty in cleaning, the use of floss is more important than ever. Considering that brackets also make it harder to floss correctly, don’t be afraid of using tools such as a floss threader or a floss pick to get to those harder spots to reach.

Follow your diet strictly. Not doing so will not only damage your braces but will make it harder for you to clean properly, especially when it comes to sticky food.

Stay away from whitening products or treatments during your time with braces. With most products, your teeth will whiten normally except for the part to which the bracket is attached. When your orthodontist removes your bracket, it may leave behind a different shade square on your tooth.

Proper Cleaning Teeth With Invisalign

During your treatment with Invisalign, or any clear aligner, it’s important to remember to rinse them thoroughly every time you remove them. Ideally, you will also brush your teeth before you put your aligners back on. We understand that brushing your teeth after every meal is almost impossible, but you should at least rinse them and use mouthwash as well if you can.

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If you wish to clear any doubt regarding your teeth staining during orthodontic treatment, contact us here. We will gladly help you in any way we can. Call us at +19169248970.

Patients can still get braces after root canal treatment

Can I Wear Braces Over Root Canal Treated Teeth?

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Proper oral hygiene is incredibly important to your general dental health whether you are going through a dental treatment or not. Lack of proper hygiene is a big cause of dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease. Just brushing daily with a proper technique can avoid unwanted dental treatments. Whenever you go through any type of treatment, however, keeping your mouth healthy becomes even more important as many times, some sensitive parts of your teeth or mouth are exposed to the elements and need extra care. Proper oral hygiene can help prevent the need for a root canal and is incredibly important in its recovery process.

Can I Wear Braces Over Root Canal Treated Teeth?

Yes, you definitely can put braces on root canal-treated teeth. Root canals are nothing more than your tooth being filled with an artificial filler to replace the damaged pulp inside of it. Given that your dentist drills a hole to remove the inside of the tooth while leaving the sides unharmed, they can install braces without any obstacle. Although, you should wait a couple of weeks after to root canal to get your braces, as it gives your teeth a chance to set and recover from the infection.

Some very experienced orthodontists will place regular permanent braces on patients that have a root canal, while the majority will opt for a different approach involving nonpermanent appliances. Whichever the case may be for you, the only thing you need to worry about is following your orthodontist’s instructions to the letter, as they will give you the best advice for taking care of your teeth.

Process of Getting a Root Canal

For your teeth to need a root canal, it means that the inside of your tooth, the pulp, is either infected with bacteria or swollen. This can be a result of a cavity that the patient didn’t treat at all, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or even a strong enough blow to the tooth. Whichever the case may be now, your dental care specialist has to drill inside the tooth and remove the affected tissue.

A root canal will usually take two sessions. During your first appointment, your dentist will drill a hole to get to your tooth’s infected pulp, remove everything infected or swollen, fill the remaining space with a biocompatible material, and finally, fill up the top side of your tooth with a temporal filler. Your dentist will use the second appointment to perform any restoration treatment necessary. In most cases, your dental specialist will use a dental crown to cover and protect the rest of your tooth.

Do Braces Weaken the Teeth?

Braces do not inherently weaken your teeth. Orthodontic treatments like braces have the goal of moving your teeth into the desired position for better health, aesthetics, and overall comfort. They do this by applying constant pressure to different parts of your mouth and teeth. Braces do change the structures that support your teeth as they have to move them along the structure to get the tooth in position. However, braces don’t affect the integrity or strength of the tooth itself or its roots.

Patients can suffer from weaker teeth during their time with braces if they don’t practice good oral health. Although braces are not to blame, the added difficulty in proper dental hygiene when wearing braces could lead to your teeth, your teeth roots, and pulp losing strength. This could also happen if an orthodontist applies excessive force during your orthodontic treatment. Although, the probability of this happening is very low and becomes even lower when you work with an experienced orthodontist.

What Is the Difference Between Endodontics and Orthodontics?

According to the ADA (American Dental Association), endodontics is a specific section of dentistry that focuses on what is inside the tooth rather than what is around it and where its located. Endodontists study at least two extra years after dental school to learn an array of different treatments and techniques regarding the inner tissues of teeth. With procedures like root canals and endodontic surgery, you can avoid losing your tooth completely after a dental injury or a serious infection that would otherwise require complete extraction.

Orthodontics, on the other hand, specializes in teeth straightening, bite correction, and teeth alignment. With the help of a wide variety of appliances, like braces, orthodontists can give you the perfectly aligned smile that you wish for. Aside from correcting a patient’s overbite or closing the gaps between their teeth, orthodontists make it much easier for patients to maintain proper oral hygiene as their teeth are not an obstacle anymore in their day-to-day brushing.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Identifying and Dealing With Dental and Orthodontic Emergencies

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Orthodontic emergencies are quite a bother. Picture the following: you were minding your own business, you just had to reject a perfectly good bowl of popcorn during movie night, and suddenly you feel something odd in your mouth. There’s some unusual scratching or poking from within your mouth.

You go to the bathroom to check yourself in the mirror, and you notice that there’s a piece of stainless steel wire poking against the inside of your cheeks.

Should you call your orthodontist right there? Can you push the wire out of the way or tuck it in under the archwire?

Let’s think of another scenario. You’ve been feeling some pain for a couple of days. Even as you take some over-the-shelf painkillers, the pain is still there. Now, after some days, you notice the pain won’t go away and that your face is swelling.

Should you go to the dentist? Can my orthodontist recommend anything? Should I call emergency services?

As part of our dental care, we want to help patients undergoing orthodontic treatment correctly identify dental and orthodontic emergencies when they arise. Knowing which situations require emergency care can save your life and teeth. Learning to differentiate between emergencies and minor problems will help you react accordingly and avoid accidentally prolonging your orthodontic treatment.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency

First, we should talk about the more general situations that can put you at severe risk. Many patients are worried if they suffer an accident after their dentist’s office has closed. Some others are concerned that they might be bothering their dentist without legitimate reasons.

If you are worried something might be wrong, you have sufficient reason to ask for professional help. Still, while some situations are not necessarily an emergency, others do require immediate emergency dental care.

Dental Trauma

We are referring to an accident where your teeth suffer direct dental trauma. If you had any such accidents and you fear your tooth is now fractured, chipped, or cracked, call your dentist. This is especially important if you feel your tooth is loose after receiving a hit directly to your jaw area or your teeth. Loose teeth are a reason for concern, so contact your dentist as soon as you can.

Try to clean your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling after getting hit. You could likewise take an over-the-counter painkiller to help with the pain until you go to the dentist’s office.

Oral Infection and Abscessed Tooth

This is a life-threatening situation. In some cases, an impacted tooth can develop a periodontal abscess, or as their name suggests, it can develop due to periodontal disease. An infection below the gum line immediately harms the soft tissues surrounding your tooth and could erode the bone tissue holding your teeth in place.

You may develop a fever, increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks, and a constant toothache. The more severe cases lead to swelling of your face and an infection that could spread to other parts of your body.

Get in contact with emergency services and your dentist to coordinate appropriate care. Try warm salt water rinses to draw out the pus and reduce the severe pain.

Reviewing Orthodontic Emergencies

These emergencies are, unsurprisingly, related to orthodontic appliances. Most situations are not as alarming as the ones described before, but they are bothersome. Here’s a shortlist to sum it up, and we’ll review each in a little more detail. You could also check this material from our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

  • Loose or broken brackets, wires, or band
  • Irritation
  • Mouth sores

Loose or Broken Brackets, Wires, or Band

Let’s talk brackets first. Brackets are small pieces bonded to your teeth. The bonding agent may fail, or a piece of hard or crunchy food could have pushed the bracket off-center. Make sure you get in touch with your orthodontist and listen to their recommendations.

The brackets may also have rotated. A home fix is to grab a pair of sterile tweezers, slide it to the space between two adjacent teeth, rotate it into the right position, and move it back to its original position. In any case, ask your orthodontist for help and determine when you can go to their office for help.

On occasion, an end of your archwire might get loose and poke at the inside of your cheeks. The best thing to do here is to grab a q-tip to push the poking wire towards your teeth. If you cannot force it into a comfortable position, you could clip the wire; however, it’s best to use gauze around the wire to prevent any accidental swallowing when you clip the wire.

The ligatures or bands holding the archwire in place can also become loose. If you notice any such case, make sure to review the other ligatures to prevent accidental swallowing. You could try to reposition it with some clean tweezers, but you should get in touch with the orthodontist to have them replaced.

Irritation

The constant brushing against a metal bracket and wire can irritate your mouth’s soft tissues. Fortunately, this is not a life-threatening emergency, and you can easily solve it. In these cases, you could use a little bit of orthodontic relief wax as a protective barrier between your appliance’s parts and your mouth’s soft tissues. Don’t worry if you accidentally swallow some of this orthodontic relief wax; it won’t harm you.

Mouth Sores

Neither your braces nor aligners will cause mouth sores. Still, they can exacerbate due to the aforementioned irritation. Common areas affected by these mouth sores include your lips and tongue. Get in touch with your orthodontist about the topical ointments you can use to relieve the discomfort.

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We offer our California friends all the help we can during their orthodontic emergencies. If you live in Natomas, Gold River, or Auburn, you can trust the team at Markham Orthodontics to help you out when you need us the most.

Still, we would remind you to get in touch with emergency services if you face situations marked by severe pain, uncontrollable bleeding, or face swelling. We will do our part and help your treatment stay on track, but the most crucial thing during life-threatening emergencies is that you receive appropriate care at a moment’s notice.

For the other situations we described in this article, you can come to our office for a complete fix and continue your journey towards a healthy and beautiful smile. Get in touch with us on our phones, or set an appointment online.

What’s so great about an orthodontist?

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A lot of our patients are curious about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Markham Orthodontics is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?”

A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. Dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges.

Orthodontists, such as Drs. Markham and Chiang, are more concerned with diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth. Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems such as overbites and underbites, and are responsible for straightening teeth via bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective treatment options, like braces and clear aligners. Orthodontists treat children as well as adults who wish to improve the function of their bite and appearance of their smile.

Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Drs. Markham and Chiang start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist. After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field.

Isn’t it nice to know we have orthodontic experts here at Markham Orthodontics to help you through any type of treatment your teeth and jaw might need? To schedule your initial appointment at our Sacramento or Auburn, CA office, please give us a call today!

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