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If you wear braces, you likely dream about the day when they come off and you get to see your beautiful new smile. Now, imagine looking into the mirror to find that your teeth are covered in discolored spots and decay that wasn’t there before. This is a real risk that patients with braces face, but it is preventable. If you work with your dentist to make a plan for maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces, you’ll end up with that winning smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some tips for keeping your oral health in check while you have braces.
See Your Dentist Often
When you’re wearing braces, your teeth need a little extra attention. It may be helpful to bump up the number of annual cleanings you have at your dentist to keep your teeth in good condition. Talk to your dentist about how often you should come in for a check-up while you’re wearing braces. With regular visits, your dentist can spot and treat early tooth decay before it becomes a bigger issue.
Re-Learn How to Brush and Floss
Your standard brushing and flossing technique will need to change when you have braces. Ask your dentist to show you new techniques to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. You may need to use special equipment, like a proxibrush and floss threader, to get under and around your brackets and wires effectively.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The foods you choose have a big impact on your dental health when you’re wearing braces. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar or acid. You should also skip hard and sticky foods, as these could break your braces. Eat lean protein, dairy foods, and soft fruits, like bananas, instead.
Don’t let poor oral health stand in the way of getting the best results possible with braces. Aria Irvani, DDS, can help you maintain great oral health before, during, and after your braces treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Lake Forest dental office today by calling (714) 707-6724.Leave a comment »
December 05, 2013
When you get braces, your dentist will go over all kinds of dos, don’ts, and special care tips with you. One of the most important lessons you will learn is which foods you should eat and which you should avoid. Follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to food selections carefully. Eating the right foods can boost your dental health, but eating the wrong foods could break your braces and set back your treatment. Here are the foods your dentist would like to see on—and off—the menu when you have braces.
Don’t Eat: Sticky Foods
Sticky foods are the enemy of braces. Sticky substances are tough on brackets and wires—they will stick to your braces and may even cause a bracket to come off or a wire to break. In addition, sticky foods tend to be sugary. When sugary foods get stuck to your teeth, they sit there and eat away at your tooth enamel. That means you’re more likely to get cavities, which can interfere with your braces treatment.
Do Eat: Low-Fat Dairy and Protein
Low-fat dairy and protein are easy and safe to eat when you have braces. They also help keep your teeth strong. Try eating chicken, turkey, lean beef, and fish, and incorporate low-fat cheese, yogurt, and milk into your diet. Because these foods are soft and easy to chew, eating them with braces is not an issue.
Don’t Eat: Hard, Crunchy Foods
Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and nuts can be extremely hard on braces. Many people break a bracket or wire by eating these very foods. However, since so many healthy foods are also crunchy, you should try to work around the danger. Cut crunchy foods into small pieces so they are easier to eat when you’re wearing braces.
If you need help managing your dental health, call Aria Irvani, DDS. We offer teeth whitening, braces, cosmetic dentistry, and much more in our Lake Forest office. To make an appointment, please call (714) 707-6724.Leave a comment »
November 26, 2013
Flossing is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing cleans the parts of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Learn exactly how to floss effectively by watching this video.
To start, unwind about 18 inches of floss and wrap the ends around each of your index fingers. Use your thumbs to guide the floss in between your teeth, gently bending the floss around each tooth as you do so. Don’t forget to get all the way to your back teeth, where food and bacteria can accumulate.
If you need some extra advice on good flossing technique, bring it up during your next appointment with Aria Irvani, DDS. Our Lake Forest dental practice is a one-stop shop for all of your dental care needs. You can make an appointment by calling (714) 707-6724.Leave a comment »
November 21, 2013
Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace one or many lost teeth. An implant is comprised of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root. The post is attached to a porcelain crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth. Caring for a dental implant is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Floss around the implant once a day and brush the crown twice a day. Although a dental implant cannot get cavities, the bacteria that cause gum disease can affect the tissues supporting your implant. Regular daily care is essential to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that cause inflammation of the gums. In addition to daily oral care, maintain regular checkups with your dentist to chart your dental health. During exams, your dentist will check the health of your gums, jaw bone, and dental implants.
With the right care, your dental implant will last a lifetime. If you’d like to discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with Dr. Aria Irvani, DDS, please call Foothill Ranch Dentist at (714) 707-6724. We proudly offer a wide variety of dental services in a single office for your comfort and convenience.Leave a comment »
November 14, 2013
Even a single missing tooth can affect your overall dental health. Today, you have many options to restore a healthy smile. Dental implants offer an effective, cosmetically-pleasing, and permanent solution to restoring one or many missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of your jaw. The titanium post fuses with the bone over time, creating a secure and permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures must be replaced every 10-15 years, but a dental implant will last for a lifetime.
Dentures and bridges provide replacement only for the visible portion of a lost tooth, rather than the root. Lack of a root causes the jaw bone to weaken and disintegrate, leading to shifting of your remaining teeth and further tissue deterioration. Dental implants prevent jaw bone deterioration by acting like a natural tooth root. The forces of biting and chewing are transferred into the bone via the titanium post just as they would be in a normal tooth.
Easy to Clean
While dental implants require diligent daily oral care to maintain, they do not need the same extensive removal and cleaning procedure necessary for dentures. You will care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss the implant twice a day when you perform your regular daily oral care routine.
Comfortable and Secure
Many patients find dentures uncomfortable or feel they are not secure when eating or speaking. Dental implants will not slip and are completely comfortable and worry-free. Implants can also be used to secure dentures if you are missing many teeth for a more comfortable experience.
Could you benefit from dental implants to restore the look and function of your smile? Contact Dr. Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (714) 707-6724 and find out more. We offer a variety of dental treatment options, including implants, Invisalign, and crowns, in the Lake Forest area.Leave a comment »
November 07, 2013
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, an infection that affects the tissues of the gums. Infection is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and along the gum line, and can progress into a more serious condition if not addressed.
Poor daily oral care, smoking, misaligned teeth, and the use of oral contraceptives can all increase your risk of developing gingivitis. Talk to your dentist about proper brushing and flossing techniques to remove plaque from the teeth. You can see more about preventing gingivitis for healthy teeth and gums by watching this video.
Dr. Aria Irvani, DDS provides a variety of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services in Lake Forest. Contact Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (714) 707-6724 to schedule your appointment today. You can check out a full listing of the many dental services we provide under one roof on our website.Leave a comment »
October 31, 2013
TMJ disorder refers to problems with the temporomandibular joints that are responsible for motion of the jaw. Issues with these small joints can cause pain and difficulty opening or closing your mouth. Your dentist can offer a variety of treatment options to address discomfort related to the temporomandibular joints.
The Causes of TMJ
In many cases, the cause of TMJ problems remains unknown. Pain in the temporomandibular joints may be related to alignment or growth problems in the jaw, the production of female hormones, or blunt force trauma to the face or mouth. Even if your dentist cannot determine the cause of your TMJ disorder, he will evaluate the extent of the issue and discuss the best treatment to relieve your symptoms.
The Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ disorders often result in pain or muscle soreness in the face, jaws, or neck. Clicking or popping noises may be heard when you open or close your mouth. Your jaw may become locked in an open or closed position. TMJ can also cause headaches, earaches, and nighttime tooth grinding.
The Consequences of TMJ
If left untreated, TMJ can affect your overall dental health. Tooth grinding wears down the enamel of your teeth, causing both cosmetic and functional issues. You may experience sensitivity due to exposed dentin or cracked teeth. Continued jaw or facial pain can result in chronic headaches and difficulty performing everyday functions.
The Treatments for TMJ
Application of heat or cold, muscle relaxing medication, and the use of an oral appliance or splint to position the jaws at night offer effective, non-invasive treatments for TMJ. If your TMJ results in more extreme or uncomfortable symptoms, behavioral therapy, corrective orthodontics, trigger point injections, or surgical treatment may be recommended.
Don’t let jaw pain affect your dental health or enjoyment of life! Contact Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (714) 707-6724 to find out how we can relieve your TMJ pain. Visit us on the web to learn more about braces, teeth whitening, dental implants, and more in Orange County.Leave a comment »
October 24, 2013
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a flexible joint that connects your jaw to the skull on either side of your head. TMJ disorders occur when this joint is damaged, misaligned, or suffers from small defects. These disorders cause facial pain and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. There is no single known cause responsible for all TMJ disorders. Joint malfunction and pain may be caused by trauma to the face that damages the components of the jaws or temporomandibular joints. In some cases, misalignments of the teeth and jaws cause TMJ problems that can be eliminated with orthodontic treatment. Tooth grinding, or bruxism, may also lead to pain in the temporomandibular joints. Diseases such as rheumatic arthritis can cause damage and deterioration of the joint tissues. Because TMJ disorders are more common in women, some dentists believe there may be a link between female hormones and this condition.
If you suffer from face or jaw pain, contact Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (949) 382-1243. We offer TMJ dentistry in Orange County to address tooth grinding, misaligned teeth, and facial pain. Visit our website to learn more about Dr. Irvani and his dedicated dental staff.Leave a comment »
October 10, 2013
Missing teeth affect your appearance as well as your dental health. Dental implants replace lost teeth to restore a healthy and beautiful smile. Your dentist will explain your personalized treatment plans to ensure you understand what your procedure will entail.
Prior to Receiving Implants
Before you can receive dental implants, your dentist must assess the health of your gums and jaws. Although age is generally not a factor in receiving implants, healthy jaw bone and gum tissue is needed to support the titanium implant posts. You will receive a thorough dental examination, including X-rays, to assess your dental health. If your jaw bone has begun to deteriorate, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary during or prior to dental implant surgery.
Receiving Dental Implants
Placing dental implants requires a short surgical. Titanium posts are implanted into your jaw to act as a natural tooth root, transferring the forces of biting and chewing into the jaw. During this procedure, you will be sedated. Your dentist will use a drill to create small channels in the jaw bone, then thread the implants into these channels and stitch the gums closed.
After Dental Implant Surgery
After surgery, some bruising and swelling of the gums should be expected. Your dentist will provide information about what you should eat, how to care for your gums and teeth, and how to manage post-operative pain. Your mouth will need six to nine months to heal and allow the bone to integrate with the implants, forming a strong natural bond. When this bond is complete, you will undergo a second short procedure to expose the tops of the implants and attach the abutments. Impressions of your mouth are taken so your dentist can fabricate and fit your final crown, bridge, or dentures.
Would you like to learn more about dental implant surgery and how it can change your life? Contact Dr. Aria Irvani by calling Foothill Ranch Dentist at (949) 382-1243. Check out our website to find out more about our wide range of dental services in Lake Forest.Leave a comment »
October 03, 2013
The goal of orthodontics is to bring your teeth, jaws, and facial muscles into healthy alignment. Braces are a common type of treatment used by your dentist to move the teeth into their proper positions.
A simple examination can tell your dentist whether you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Braces can be worn by patients of all ages, ranging from teenagers to adults, to help them achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. You can learn more about the benefits of orthodontics by watching this video.
At Foothill Ranch Dentist, Dr. Aria Irvani offers orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, general dentistry, and more in a single practice. Call our Lake Forest office today at (949) 382-1243 to learn more or to schedule your first visit. Click through the articles on our blog to read more about braces and other orthodontic treatments.Leave a comment »
September 26, 2013