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Many of Dr. Van Treese’s young patients in the Sidney, OH area are undergoing some sort of orthodontic treatment. While receiving orthodontic treatment will improve the cosmetics of your smile, the functionality of your mouth, and your long-term health, it can have adverse effects on your current oral health. The reason for these adverse effects is that braces add a lot of bulk to your mouth, and make removing plaque, tartar, food particles, and germs from your mouth more difficult.

Below, Dr. Van Treese offers 4 tips on how to keep your mouth healthy while going through your treatment. While it is harder to keep your mouth clean, it is not impossible!

Use an electric toothbrush

Usually, if you use proper technique, you can remove plaque and tartar from your mouth with no issues at all. However, when you add brackets and wires into your mouth, things get a little more difficult. To counteract all this bulk, you should use an electric toothbrush for more effective brushing and removal or food debris, plaque, and tartar!

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Just add toothpaste

Hygiene technique still matters

We touched on technique briefly above. However, Dr. Van Treese wants to stress the importance of using the correct technique when doing your dental hygiene. Proper technique includes brushing the correct way for two minutes at a time and flossing as directed.

Flossing is important

With all the clunky metal in your mouth, flossing becomes much more difficult. However, it is still important to floss your teeth to keep them fully healthy.

Remineralize your teeth

Your teeth demineralize (and remineralize) every single day. By introducing more minerals into your mouth, you will keep your teeth strong and resist more cavities. To consume more minerals, you should choose dental products that contain fluoride, drink more tap water, and consume more dairy products. 

Are you in need of professional cleaning in Sidney, OH?

Dr. Van Treese wants your oral health to be in great condition. If you are in the Sidney, OH area or Shelby County, we welcome you to schedule an appointment.

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Porcelain Veneers

You can ask almost anyone, and they will tell you that they wish they could improve the appearance of their smile. Some people want whiter teeth, others want teeth that are longer, or to have that chipped tooth repaired. No matter what you want done, whitened teeth, a chipped tooth fixed, a gap closed, or a tooth lengthened, porcelain veneers can be the solution to your cosmetic issue!

You may be wondering what a porcelain veneer is, exactly. Veneers are thin shells that are made of porcelain and are adhered to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can be designed by your dentist to be the shape, size, and color that you desire for your smile. A veneer is one of the easiest and least invasive ways to drastically improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile. 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can correct that following defects:

  • Discoloration that cannot be corrected via a teeth whitening system (e.g. discolored teeth from prescription medication)
  • A gap between teeth that you want closed
  • A tooth that is chipped 
  • A tooth that is not long enough or appears too short

What are the advantages of receiving a porcelain veneer?

  • Veneers keep your teeth looking natural
  • Your gums are tolerant of porcelain
  • You determine the shape, size, and color of your veneer
  • Porcelain resists staining from foods and drinks
  • The procedure is minimally invasive 

Do you live in the Sidney, Ohio area and want to learn more about veneers? Dr. Van Treese and his team want to see you! Our team is always welcoming new patients who have a desire to improve their smile and oral health. To schedule an appointment, click here

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