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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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3 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Braces

by Alfredo Moore

Braces are something that most people think of as a burden or, at the very least, as an annoyance. But with the proper oral hygiene knowledge, wearing braces doesn't have to be either. Whether you're a teenager looking forward to finally taking off your braces or an adult who is about to get them put on for the first time, take a look below at just three tips that will help you get the most out of your braces.

Be Careful What You Eat

The first and most important rule of having braces is to mind what you eat. Many people think that they only need to stay away from unhealthy foods such as taffy and popcorn. But the unfortunate truth is that even healthy foods such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob can do major damage when it comes to your braces. Any food that is remotely crunchy should either be cut up into very small pieces or, better yet, avoided completely. While, for many people, this may be a huge disappointment, the pain and hassle of breaking your braces is definitely worse.

Brush After Every Meal

Many people are used to brushing their teeth just once or twice a day. But if you have braces, be prepared to brush far more often. Ideally, you should brush after every meal, as there are bound to be small pieces of food that will get stuck in your braces and which - if not taken care of - may be cause for more serious orthodontic problems. If carrying around a toothbrush and toothpaste all day isn't possible for you, opt for a small bottle of mouthwash or a packet of floss. These can at least kill germs and get rid of most plaque in the meantime.

Take Care of Your Rubber Bands

If you're looking to get rid of your braces as soon as possible and not prolong your treatment, then you should pay extra attention to your rubber bands. Almost all patients with braces will have to wear rubber bands at some point in order to bring their upper and lower teeth in line, and broken or inelastic bands will only postpone this goal. In addition to brushing after every meal, you should also change your rubber bands, even if they are not broken. And in case they do break, carry some spare ones around with you at all times. 

For more information about your options for braces treatment, contact an orthodontics lab.