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Things To Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

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How Mouth Ulcer Develops While Wearing Braces

When an individual starts wearing braces for the first time, an achy or sore sensation is normal. There is often tenderness when biting down or general soreness for about three to five days. The individual should consume a soft food diet including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, milkshakes, soups, ice cream, and smoothies. During the first 72 hours, chewing sugar-free gum will help with the soreness.

Numerous patients wonder how mouth ulcer develops while wearing braces. So, what is a mouth ulcer? A mouth ulcer occurs when there’s a loss of the tissues lining the mouth. This can happen when braces are first installed by an orthodontist. Mouth ulcers are not harmful and usually disappear within a week with no treatment necessary. If the mouth ulcer persists, the individual should visit the orthodontist.

Mouth ulcers or sores inside of the mouth can occur within the first week because the cheeks and lips have not become accustomed to rubbing against the braces. When asking what is mouth ulcer, this is the answer. The mouth becomes tougher as time passes. There are steps the individual can take to help ensure the mouth ulcer improves in just a couple of days. The ulcer should not require more than a week to heal completely.

If there is no improvement, the expertise of orthodontists may be required. The majority of individuals wearing braces do not have issues with either soreness or mouth ulcers, but it can happen. Soreness can also result from the movement of the teeth as they move into correct positions. In some cases, a band or wire can become loose. Any necessary repairs can be made easily by the orthodontist. Read more

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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces? | EPIC ANSWERS (2020)

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Braces are specifically designed to straighten teeth. Misaligned teeth (malocclusions) or overcrowding of teeth vastly impact our appearance, affects how we eat and how we talk. Ill-fitting teeth can create tooth decay problems, like gum disease, cavities, empty spaces (interdental), and the loss of teeth. In this post, we’ll take you through what happens after the removal of braces. Let’s get cracking.

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices? (TAD’s) | 5 FAST FACTS

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

The presence of crooked teeth is a big nuisance and can greatly affect your confidence in social situations. Previously, such teeth were fixed using high-pull headgear, elastics, bite blocks, and functional appliances. Serious cases of crooked teeth had to be fixed through surgery.

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Are You Too Old for Orthodontic Braces?

Smiling old woman with eyeglassYou’ve guided your children through braces and various types of dental appointments and you’ve seen the change in their appearance. Now you’re wondering, “Does age matter for braces?”. Seeing these children turn into adults and still have their beautiful straight smile might keep you wondering, “Are above 50 years old too old for orthodontic braces?”.

Well, if you wish for straight, even teeth to provide you with a beautiful smile then your age will not matter at all. You’re never too old to get braces if you want to enhance your smile or if your teeth have suffered disease or trauma, after all, what you just want is a more beautiful smile. If you’re unsatisfied with your teeth or feeling less than secure in your appearance because your teeth are not white enough or are not even complete, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Childers’ orthodontic office to get started on your new smile. Read more

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Close Gaps Where Teeth are Lost | 3 QUICK FACTS

 

MIND THE GAP SIGN

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Teeth are lost for a variety of reasons, whether through inadequate care or some kind of accident. Regardless, many times patients walk into an orthodontist’s office and wonder: any chance that my teeth will move and close the gaps caused by the fact that two teeth are lost? In this post, we’re going to show you the quick facts on missing teeth. Let’s dive right in.

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What are Lingual Braces?

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Surprisingly, of the more than four million people in the U.S. wearing various types of braces, 25 percent of these individuals are adults. This is according to the insurance company, Humana.

Lingual braces are said to be the least conspicuous orthodontic braces available to children and adults seeking to improve their smile with dental appliances. Although this choice of braces does not usually get the spotlight it deserves, it can be as effective as traditional metal braces, tooth-colored or ceramic braces, and Invisalign.

So, our orthodontist at Childers Orthodontics is not usually surprised when patients ask, “How do lingual braces work” “How long is lingual braces treatment” or “When to have lingual braces treatment.” These are just a few of the frequently asked questions by adults considering lingual braces to correct misaligned, crooked, overcrowded, or widely-spaced teeth. Read More

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(7 REASONS) Braces for Adults are Worth the Trouble

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When you think of braces, you probably picture a kid or teen wearing metal appliances and going to school. It’s often thought that after you’re out of your teens, the thought of getting braces is absurd and shouldn’t be considered.

Thankfully, there is a growing trend of individuals who are choosing to get braces well into their adult years. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it still worth it to have braces as an adult?”, you’ll want to consider all of the benefits that will come from working with an orthodontist and having this work done. Braces for adults are here to stay.

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Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed

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If your child still has their baby teeth, you may be wondering when they should be removed to prevent major orthodontic delays. Most baby teeth start to fall out when a child is around five or six years old. It can take a few years for all baby teeth to fall out. If your child still has some or all of their baby teeth when they are nine or 10 years, they may need to be removed. Removing the baby teeth can help your child to have a fuller and straighter smile with fewer orthodontic problems.

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