Fastbraces®: Good Oral Hygiene Is SO Important During Your Treatment

Fastbraces® and Oral Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone, but becomes even more crucial while wearing braces.  If you are wearing Fastbraces®, maintaining a healthy oral cavity should be a top priority. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to ensure you not only have a straight smile, but a healthy one as well.

The brackets and wires of Fastbraces® create new spaces in which food can become trapped.   It is important to clean your Fastbraces properly after each meal.  When food is left between the braces and the teeth, it can permanently stain your enamel.   Eventually, left behind food particles can lead to tooth decay.   Spotting can also result from poor oral hygiene.  When particles are left behind, they can sometimes react with the metal in the braces, and the natural bacteria in your mouth, causing a bleach-like effect that can leave permanent spots on the teeth.  Another potential problem that can result from improper oral hygiene is the decalcification of the teeth. 

Brushing and flossing are a crucial component of oral hygiene, and the results are well worth the effort.  Special floss for braces can be purchased at the local pharmacy or provided to you by your dentist.  Brushing after each meal and flossing daily is ideal, but at least twice each day is the minimum recommendation.  If a toothbrush is not available after a meal, rinsing out your mouth with water will help eliminate some of the food particles until the teeth can be properly brushed.

There are certain foods that should be avoided during the treatment period. Sodas and most sweets promote tooth decay, and sticky or chewy foods can be difficult to clean.  Most hard foods that could break wires should also be avoided, such as nuts.  While wearing braces, slicing up hard fruits and vegetables, such as carrots or apples, before eating will ease the impact on the teeth and help avoid breaking wires.

One benefit of wearing Fastbraces® is that they have a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces.  This can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay, staining and spotting by lessening the amount of time food and plaque can build up between the hardware.

For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces®. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces® provider.

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Implant Dentistry for the Preservation of Teeth

Improving a Smile with Implant Dentistry

Implant dentistry is commonly referred to as restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry. One of the most common procedures is dental implants. Dental Implants restore teeth that are missing or have been damaged beyond repair. The implants operate as replacement teeth and are usually made out of ceramic material with a titanium root to ensure strength and durability for the patient. Dental implants are designed to match perfect and with natural teeth and they are also personalized for each patient so that they fit comfortably.

Tooth restoration is performed by Dr. VanderMolen for patients who have damaged and broken teeth. Dental implants help improve the condition of the teeth and gums because if teeth are missing, the gums are exposed, thus resulting in a greater chance of infection and gum disease. After the implants are placed, both bone and gum are preserved. Patients can be proud of their new smile.

Dr. VanderMolen will consult with each patient who is interested in implant dentistry. He will examine the teeth and the jawbone to get an idea of what is exactly going on inside the mouth of the patient and to create a customized treatment plan. Dental implants are an improvement when compared to dentures, which are often considered uncomfortable and may even slip out of the mouth. The dental implants feel completely natural and they are a permanent solution, which means that they likely will not need to be replaced.

If you are considering implant dentistry, call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment or attend one of our No Cost/No Obligation Dental Implant Seminars. The staff at Advanced Dental Care will have you loving your new smile in no time!

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Dental Crowns Provide a Quick and Durable Fix to Unsightly Teeth

Improving Your Smile Has Never Been Easier

Whether or not you've been contemplating dental crowns for some time now or if you've just been informed that this is an option to beautify your smile, the reality is that dental crowns may just be the fast and durable fix that you are looking for.

While dental veneers provide a wonderful looking exterior, dental crowns go a step further offering both great aesthetics and increased durability. Crowns look nearly identical to and function in the same way that natural teeth do. The main difference is that dental crowns must be adhered to a tooth that has been sanded down, but the end result is incredibly natural in both look and feel.

Having dental crowns placed will require that you visit a cosmetic dentistry practice that is knowledgeable in making and placing quality dental crowns. Dr. VanderMolen has the expertise in cosmetic dentistry you need to get the best results. The amount of time needed to complete a dental crown procedure will depend on how many crowns are to be made and placed, plus it will also depend on the state of your oral health. If you are dealing with problems such as gum disease, Dr. VanderMolen will likely want to address your gums issues prior to fitting crowns. This is because certain diseases, both oral and otherwise, can cause complications. But, if you are in reasonably good health your dental crown could be completed in as little as a day.

Advanced Dental Care provides state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry techniques and services in the Springfield area, including quick and durable dental crowns. Dr. VanderMolen, along with the staff at Advanced Dental Care, are ready to help you renew your smile through a little cosmetic dentistry that will have you leaving with a vibrant new smile, call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment

Good Oral Health – Important to a Healthy Body

The Human body is a combination of healthy and functional organs and systems. The Oral cavity plays the role of an entry gate for the body. Everything we eat or drink goes right through the mouth and affects all other organs and systems. Maintenance of the oral environment is essential for overall health of an individual.

Good, meticulous oral hygiene is necessary for maintaining your overall health. Neglected oral hygiene can lead to many systemic diseases. Poor oral health has been linked to heart, lung and stomach diseases, diabetes, stroke and premature birth. You should consult your dentist for ways to improve your oral health and in-turn your overall health and well-being.

Preventive dentistry focuses on solving minor oral health problems before they become issues. This approach saves a lot of time and money but requires compliance on behalf of the patient. Your early visit to Dr. VanderMolen can prevent you from undergoing major treatment procedures in the future. For maintaining a good oral hygiene, we advise you to do the following regularly.

  • Brush your teeth regularly 2-3 times a day
  • Use a fluoride tooth paste
  • Floss daily, or even better, after every meal
  • Avoid intake of too much synthetic sugars
  • Consume foods high in calcium and vitamins
  • Eat a balanced healthy diet including Milk
  • Avoid smoking  and tobacco chewing
  • Make regular appointments for routine oral check-ups

By exercising these suggestions, you can easily maintain good oral hygiene and prevent you and your family from a large number of oral as well as systemic diseases. Routine dental checkups can unveil many minor problems which can be treated easily in early stages and major diseases can be prevented. When you visit Dr. VanderMolen for a routine dental checkup, he will thoroughly examine and clean your mouth. Small dental problems will be taken care of for your overall well-being. Future preventive strategy can also discussed regarding your oral health.

If it is time for a dental checkup for you and your family, make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care today at (217) 546-3333.  Click here for more information on the general dentistry services available at Advanced Dental Care.