Who doesn’t want a pearly white, shiny smile? Besides being our pearly whites, teeth play an important role in our overall health. Some of us are blessed with healthy, white teeth, and some of us aren’t. But, as teeth health and care is not exactly nuclear physics, there really isn’t an excuse for having bad teeth. Moreover, today’s technology has evolved so much that even if you have aesthetic problems with your teeth, you can easily solve it. For instance, the invisalign dentist is the latest option on the market; invisalign treatments are becoming more and more popular. Here is all you need to know about invisalign procedures and your overall teeth health:
Invisalign is an orthodontic device that was invented as an alternative to wire braces. So if you have problems with how your teeth are positioned (which beside influencing your self-esteem, can cause serious problems in your mouth), you can skip the braces and visit an invisalign dentist to see if you can get the treatment. Invisalign treatments involve incremental aligners that are molded by your teeth and serve to adjust your teeth in the desired position. The procedure comes down to taking a mold of the patient’s teeth and scanning it, so that the invisalign dentist gets a clear idea of how should your teeth be aligned. A series of scans, x-rays and teeth photos is made and a treatment is then established. The first few aligners are then installed in your mouth, and afterwards yo visit your invisalign dentist regularly to get new aligners. As a relatively new procedure, it’s a little expensive, so do your research before you decide to go for it.
If you don’t need to visit an invisalign dentist for teeth adjustment, you should educate yourself in taking proper care of your teeth, so they serve you for a very long time. Here are the basics in teeth health:
Everybody knows that teeth should be brushed at least two times a day, early in the morning and last thing in the evening. Some people even go further and brush after lunch as well, which is totally fine if you have the time to do it. Brushing two times a day at least is mandatory. First, get a brush that is soft in your hand; you don’t want a brush that is too firm. You need to gently clean your teeth, not to tear apart your gums. Secondly, when you brush, pay attention to your gums as well; they need to be massaged as to boost circulation in them. Finally, change the brush after a 3 month use.
Flossing is part of the procedure. It’s important because with brushing you can’t really reach to the roots of your teeth, where bacteria and small chunks of food stay. Floss easily, and daily. Don’t saw your teeth; the dentin between your teeth is not mineralized with enamel enough for that.
Bleaching your teeth should be done exclusively by a dentist. Homemade drugs that contain chemicals like methamphetamine or muriatic acid cause so much damage to your teeth instead of getting you results. Conditions such as meth mouth ( teeth fallout) or dry mouth are the results of their use. Nicotine is another enemy to your teeth. Smokers often have stains on their teeth, and in severe cases, gum diseases. Avoid cigarettes if you want a white smile. Sugar is also something you should avoid; sugar is the food bacteria feed on, and afterwards destroy your teeth by multiplying. If you by any case have eaten sugar, chew a gum afterwards ( especially the ones containing xylitol, help your mouth in creating more saliva that dissolves sugars in your mouth). Using sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is also a good teeth cleaner that can also act as a bleacher. Baking soda has a crystal consistency, thus cleaning your teeth very effectively.
Plaque is not really a disease, but it’s a problem that if you don’t treat, will cause you a disease. Plaque is a sticky layer of filthy bacteria that forms around your teeth. These bacteria produce acids that attack the tooth enamel forming a hole in the gum and causing cavity and eventually, tooth decay.
Gum disease is the next stage; when plaque makes the damage causing you cavity, gums become infected and inflamed. That’s when you start noticing blood in your spit, and eventual itch in your teeth. This is as clear as a sign can get; go to the dentist! If you don’t solve this gum bleeding, the next stage is teeth falling.