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Summer Happy Smiles!

Ms. Sheryl wanted me to let everyone know we treat adults too! She said she wanted to make sure all adults in the Springs know that Smiling Springs does a great job and treats adults too! We are very happy to hear that she is going to spread the word with her beautiful smile.

Adult treatment is very similar to treating Teenagers! The same tools are available. Adults love clear aligners, Invisalign but that is not always the fastest or the best fit! Sometimes a short time of traditional braces can do wonders. With Adults we often focus on what is bothering them so times can be a lot shorter depending on what our goals are. Often the teeth on the bottom in the front are not aligned and adults want that corrected and not much else. This can be a quicker treatment time than you might think. Braces, Adjustments, Retainers, all very similar to teenagers.

Colorado Springs Adults love coming to Smiling Springs Orthodontics for braces, invisalign, whatever we can do to help get them the smile they love!

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Retainers!

Retainers are super important to your Orthodontic treatment! When you are done with your treatment everyone gets a retainer. Lets talk about some different types of retainers.

Fixed/Bonded Retainers

These retainers are glued in your mouth. You do not need to think about them daily and are overall pretty nice. They make brushing and flossing a little more difficult and there are no health side effects to them as long as you can keep your teeth clean. So that is great. Normally they are glued on your tongue side on the top if you started with a space between your two front teeth, and routinely on the lower normally canine to canine. The downside to these retainers is they can break! Breakage is a huge issue. Some people have great experiences with fixed retainers and that is great. Every week I see a broken fixed retainer that has been placed somewhere and they come to me for an emergency. They last 1, 2, 5, 10 years maybe longer, but anything glued in your mouth will break at some point. Some people catch it and when it breaks they know right away and we can repair it and keep your teeth perfectly straight. A lot of times people only know the fixed retainer is broken because their tooth has moved and they want to know why. Then this becomes an issue because in order to get your teeth back to where you want them you need to get some sort of orthodontic treatment again. I want to avoid ever having you back in Braces or Clear aligners!

Essix/Clear Retainers

These are my favorite type of retainer. They are clear retainers that are suction molded around your teeth in the perfect position. You wear them at night while you sleep and that is enough to keep your teeth in the ideal spot. The great thing is if you forget to wear your retainer for a few nights and your teeth move you can pop these back in and they can get your teeth back to where you want them! This is fantastic and a huge bonus. A big downside is you need to remember to wear them every night. There are some good and bad things about each option!

Hawley/Traditional Retainers

Hawley or traditional retainers I still use but is case dependent. People often dislike the fit and comfort of these vs clear essix retainers. They are a bit bulkier and they can not get your teeth back to where they belong if you do not wear them for a few days. But they do a great job at letting teeth come together and touch naturally without having any plastic between your teeth.

Which type of retainer is a discussion and we will figure out what is best for you. Often if someone wants a fixed retainer I will do both a fixed and a clear essix retainer. That way you know if you are wearing your retainer nightly and when the fixed retainer breaks you have a backup! you can get the fixed retainer taken out and continue to wear your clear essix retainer that was made when you finished treatment!

Are you flossing everyday?

Do you floss every day? If you don’t, you are allowing bacteria to build up that can cause a number of different dental health issues to occur.

But what about brushing your teeth? Isn’t that enough? Brushing your teeth is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, but brushing does not remove all of the bacteria that can get in between your teeth and around your gums.

Bacteria that is left in between your teeth and around your gums increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. Not only are cavities and decay a possibility, but gum disease is another dental health problem that can occur due to a lack of flossing. This is why flossing is so important for your oral health.

To protect your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing every day is necessary. Dental health problems do not just affect your mouth, but can also have an impact on your overall health.

Something we suggest to all of our patients is a Waterpik. They are great at removing plaque and getting around the braces efficiently. To use a Waterpik put warm water into the reservoir and aim the tip at your gumline starting in the back with your molars. Make sure you lean over the sink and close your lips slightly to prevent splashing. Then just follow your gumline front and back until you get around all of your teeth. This should take you around 1 minute to do! It's that easy! 

 

 

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