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By Madera Family Dental Care
October 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

Do you know how to take care of your teeth while you wear braces? Good oral care and visits to your Madera, CA, dentist, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed, can help you protect your smile during orthodontic treatment. Learn more by contacting Madera Family Dental Care.

Use a gentle touch when brushing

Brushing your teeth is important, as it removes food debris and plaque, a sticky, colorless film that causes cavities. You'll need to be a little more careful when brushing if you have metal or ceramic braces, according to your Madera dentist. Brushing too hard can break a brace wire or loosen one of the brackets attached to your teeth. Eating hard foods, like carrots or nuts, can also damage brace wires or brackets.

It's best to use downward strokes when brushing. Use a lighter touch when your brush reaches the wires and brackets. When you brush, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle against the teeth.

Don't forget to floss

Floss gets rid of plaque in the areas between teeth and also removes food particles trapped under your wires. You may find flossing around wires and brackets easier if you use a floss threader or interdental brush. A water-powered flosser offers another option. The flossers use a stream of water to loosen and remove food and plaque from teeth.

Use fluoridated products

Unfortunately, you can get cavities while you're undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing as recommended and using toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride will help you keep your risk of cavities low. Fluoride, a mineral added to many oral care products, offers added protection for your teeth. If acids have begun to attack your tooth enamel, fluoride will rebuild the weak areas of enamel, preventing cavities.

Visit your dentist

Even though you'll visit the dentist frequently for adjustments, you'll still need to schedule regular checkups for your braces with the Madera dental office. Checkups help your dentist spot tooth decay and other dental issues before they can cause major smile problems.

Your checkups will also include dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. Cleanings are particularly important when you wear braces. Your dental hygienist has special tools that make it easier to remove the substances from hard-to-reach places.

Regular dental visits keep your smile healthy when you wear braces! Call your dentist in Madera, CA, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed, of Madera Family Dental Care at (559) 661-4114 to schedule an appointment.

By Madera Family Dental Care
April 29, 2019
Category: Braces
Tags: braces   oral health  

You might know that braces are an excellent way to achieve a straighter smile, but did you know that braces can also improve your oral braceshealth? Some ways braces improve oral health is by improving tooth functioning and making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. At Madera Family Dental Care, Dr. Ahmed ElSayed is your dentist for braces in Madera, CA.

Better Oral Health

No matter how diligently you brush and floss daily, maintaining good oral hygiene can be difficult if you have teeth that are crooked or crowded together. It can be challenging to thoroughly clean all around teeth without proper alignment or sufficient spacing between them. Teeth that are crooked or crowded together create more places for food particles and cavity-causing bacteria to become trapped where it is not easy to clean them away. By correcting spacing and alignment issues with braces, it will be easier to thoroughly clean the teeth.

Braces also help improve oral health by improving tooth functioning. Tooth functioning can be adversely affected when the top and bottom rows of teeth are not properly aligned. Examples of alignment problems include underbites, overbites, and crossbites. When the teeth are not properly aligned, biting and chewing functions can be unevenly distributed across the teeth. That means some teeth might do more work than others, which puts excess strain on those teeth and can cause them to wear down faster.

Types of Braces

There are several types of braces in Madera, CA. Dr. ElSayed can help you decide which type is best for you. The three main types of braces are metal, ceramic, and clear aligners. Metal and ceramic braces utilize brackets and wires to gently move the teeth into the desired position. The brackets and wires are placed on the front of the teeth with both metal and ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are also quite discreet as the brackets are clear. Clear aligners are more discreet because the aligners are made of clear plastic and have the added benefit of being removable.

Let braces improve your smile and your oral health. Dr. ElSayed can help you choose the right type of braces for you. For braces in Madera, CA, schedule an appointment with Dr. ElSayed by calling Madera Family Dental Care at (559) 661-4114.

By Madera Family Dental Care
October 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   clear aligners  

Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean and make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, there are several options available for straightening bracesyour teeth, and Dr. Ahmed ElSayed offers them at Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, California! Read below to learn of the various types of braces and how they can benefit you.

Traditional Braces

This is the style you probably picture when you think of braces; metal brackets affixed to the front of the teeth with wires in between each one. Dentists often suggest traditional braces for teenagers and those with extensive alignment problems as the wires and brackets are more versatile and can be applied to teeth that are severely misaligned with the others. They can also be used alongside other devices that are used to reposition the jaw.

"Clear" Braces

For a less noticeable alternative to traditional braces, you might consider clear braces. Although there are transparent plastic brackets available, most dentists prefer brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic with light-colored wires. Ceramic braces look great, but they can become stained over time, so it is important to always follow your Madera dentist's recommendations for keeping them clean.

Clear Aligners

A revolutionary way to straighten your teeth on your own terms is with clear aligners, an orthodontic system that uses a series of clear, flexible plastic aligners that fit against your teeth to move them into the proper place. Each aligner is worn for a few days or weeks and then another one takes its place. The aligners are designed to be removable for eating, drinking, and cleaning, but they should still be worn at least 20 to 22 hours a day to stay on track with the treatment schedule your Madera dentist has prescribed.

Interested? Call Today!

Regardless of what kind of braces you need, Dr. ElSayed's office is committed to helping you have an attractive, healthy smile. Contact Madera Family Dental Care today at (559) 661-4114 to schedule an appointment for discussing braces or any other dental needs you may have!

By Madera Family Dental Care
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Straighter teeth are an obvious advantage of wearing braces, but orthodontic treatment also provides a few benefits you may not have bracesconsidered. Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed explains how braces improve your oral health.

Orthodontic treatment may decrease your cavity risk

Thorough brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities due to plaque buildup. Unfortunately, removing the bacterial film isn't always so easy if your teeth are crooked and overlap. If toothbrush bristles or floss can't penetrate the tight spaces, plaque will flourish and begin to eat away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Braces realign your teeth, eliminating overlapping areas that harbor plaque.

Eating is easier when your teeth are aligned

Eating can become a very difficult experience if your teeth don't align properly when you chew. Any type of bite problem, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, can result in biting and chewing difficulties. If your bite problem is severe, you may find yourself swallowing food whole, which can lead to choking or gastrointestinal issues. Orthodontic treatment in our Madera, CA, office corrects bite issues, making mealtime much more pleasant.

Straightening your teeth can prevent damage to your mouth and teeth

Lacerations, gum erosion, and enamel damage are also consequences of bite problems. When your teeth don't fit together as they should, you may notice cuts or sores in your mouth, or might experience jaw stiffness, neck pain, headaches or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Correcting your bite with braces helps you avoid these painful problems.

Braces may help reduce tooth injuries

Protruding teeth are more likely to be damaged if you experience a blow to the face, fall and strike your mouth or are in a car accident. Even small protrusions can increase the risk of tooth trauma. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need bonding, crowns, or root canal therapy to repair your damaged tooth. If damage is severe, you may even lose a tooth due to trauma. Fortunately, braces not only improve the alignment of your teeth, but also ensure that teeth that stick out are gradually re-positioned.

Would you like to improve your smile with braces? Call Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed at (559) 661-4114 to schedule an appointment.

By Madera Family Dental Care
August 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   oral hygiene  

Braces can be a long, involved process, but gaining a more attractive smile and better oral health is worth it. Sometimes, though, braces can produce unintended short-term consequences.

Brace brackets and wires do the work of moving teeth to better positions. They can, however, hinder the wearer's hygiene efforts to remove plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, from tooth surfaces. Plaque buildup increases the risk of dental disease and other ill effects.

One such effect while you're wearing braces is the formation of tiny spots that look pale and chalky on otherwise smooth and polished enamel. These are white spot lesions (WSLs), where acid has remained for too long on the tooth enamel. They occur because acid-producing bacteria escape removal during brushing and flossing due to the braces hardware.

We want to try to prevent WSLs while wearing braces, and not just because they're unattractive. You're actually looking at enamel erosion, which could lead to cavity development at those weakened spots.

Although difficult for you as a braces wearer, daily brushing and flossing is crucial to WSL prevention. You'll need to take more time to be sure you're reaching all around the wires and brackets. You can improve your effectiveness with special brushes for braces and floss threaders or water irrigators. You can also help keep acid levels low by cutting back on acidic foods and beverages, especially sodas, coffee or spicy foods.

Even if you develop WSLs we can treat them effectively, especially if caught early. One way is by aiding enamel re-mineralization through saliva stimulation (the mouth's acid neutralizer) or applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel. We can also use caries infiltration, a technique that injects tooth-colored resin below the surface of the lesion. This strengthens the weakened enamel and gives the area the appearance of translucence like normal enamel.

While you're wearing braces, focus diligently on keeping your teeth clean of plaque and keep up your regular cleaning visits with us. If you notice any unusual discolorations or abnormalities, see us as soon as possible. Stopping WSLs from developing will help ensure your teeth are healthy and attractive after the braces come off.

If you would like more information on dental care with braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “White Spots on Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

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