Tips for living with Fastbraces®

Daily routines and the kinds of food you will eat will likely change once you have the Fastbraces® treatment.  Following some common tips for living with Fastbraces® will help make the transition easier.

Eating soft foods, especially during the first few days wearing your new Fastbraces, will reduce tenderness in gums and swelling in the mouth.  Hard raw vegetables, hard candies, sticky foods such as licorice, tough meats and bagels should be avoided.  It is also important to abstain from chewing on non-food items, such as pens, fingernails or other objects. Hard foods and foreign items can cause damage to the brace hardware.  Damaging your Fastbraces® will lead to an extended period of treatment and could be expensive if you need to return to the dentist between scheduled visits to have repairs made.  Damaged Fastbraces® can also be painful to deal with.

You may experience mild to moderate discomfort which can last up to several days.  Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water can help to alleviate tenderness.  To create a salt water mix, add one part salt to eight parts water and mix together until salt has dissipated.  This treatment can be repeated several times each day.

Once your Fastbraces are in place, brushing and flossing become more important.  Keeping food particles and plaque from building up is vital to successful treatment.  Special floss for braces can be purchased at a local pharmacy or provided to you by your doctor.

Should a band or wire break, try to bend the wire to a secure location that does not cause pain. Call Dr. VanderMolen to see if you need to be seen right away or if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment.

If you are participating in sports, you need to first check with your Dentist to see if any special guards might be required to protect your hardware.

At Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, the friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions about living with Fastbraces®  If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at  Advanced Dental Care, (217) 546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces® are right for you.

5 Tips for Increasing Your Dental Health

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile, but even more important is having healthy, problem-free teeth and gums.  By following a few basic tips, you can maintain optimal dental health.

Keeping teeth clean is the most important step to maintaining dental health.  Make sure to clean gums and entire oral cavity.  Regular brushing and flossing are critical to keeping both teeth and gums clean and healthy.  Brushing and flossing remove particles that can become trapped in between teeth.  This can lead to plaque build up and gum disease.  The standard recommendation is to brush and floss at least twice a day.  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging teeth and gums, or follow your Dentist’s suggestions.  Using too hard of a toothbrush can remove enamel from your teeth, leaving them unprotected and vulnerable to decay.  Flossing will help eliminate small particles from in between the teeth and keep your gums strong.

Regular visit to your Dentist for cleaning and x-rays is recommended every six months. Regular dental exams can help prevent existing problems from becoming worse, and help identify any potential future problems.  Preventative maintenance will not only help maintain a healthy smile, but it can also save you thousands of dollars down the road.  Developing a regular routine will make visiting your dentist a positive experience.

Maintaining a healthy diet is also important to your oral health.  Be sure to eat healthy foods and avoid too many sweets.  Reducing the amount of sugary snacks will help prevent cavities and decay.

Fluoride is beneficial to the enamel on your teeth.  If you do not have fluoride added to the water where you live, try an enhanced toothpaste to increase the strength of your teeth.

Cigarette smoking and other tobacco use can cause yellowing of the teeth, and diseases of gums. Avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco will not only benefit your lungs and health, but it will help to maintain your beautiful white smile

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.

Dental Implants: A Popular Dental Treatment

Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jaw bone surgically. They provide an excellent means of tooth replacement. They are usually made out of titanium and titanium alloys. The success of dental implants lies on the level of osseointegration (fusion of implants to the jaw bone); thus good oral hygiene and bone density are essential.

Dental implants are one of the latest innovative developments in dentistry and are gaining popularity day by day. Some reasons for their increasing popularity are:

  • High Aesthetic Appeal

A dental implant cannot be distinguished from a natural tooth easily because it gives the impression of growing out of the gums naturally. The growing popularity of dental implants is due to their excellent aesthetic properties. To look great and feel confident is what everyone looks for while opting for any type of tooth replacement.

  • Superior In Function

Apart from looking natural, dental implants give a natural feel as well. They function independently similar to any other tooth in dentition. The biting forces on the implant are directed to the jaw bone directly without affecting the adjacent teeth. Patients have stated that they feel extremely comfortable while chewing with dental implants. This is mainly due to their enhanced efficiency compared to dentures. Dental Implants are the superior option for smile restorations.

  • Highly Durable

When compared to dentures, dental implants are highly durable and long-lasting. Dentures need replacement after about 5 years whereas implants do not need to be replaced once they are taken up by the jaw bone. They can last for a lifetime with good oral hygiene and preventative dental maintenance.

  • Renders Confidence

Many people with dentures become self-conscious while smiling. This is because sometimes dentures can be loose and snap down creating an extremely embarrassing situation. Such incidents are less than ideal, for certain. On the contrary, dental implants are secure and natural feeling and can boost the self-esteem.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Attend one of our monthly Dental Implant Seminars. For details and dates, please contact us at (217) 546-3333 or Click Here.

Dr. VanderMolen has the answers you need.  Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care today, (217) 546-3333.

Fastbraces®: What to Do if a Wire Breaks, a Bracket Comes Loose

If you have Fastbraces, it is normal to have some concerns about how to handle accidental breaking.  What if a wire breaks or a bracket comes loose?  These are some common questions you may have when first wearing Fastbraces®, as the experience is new.

A wire or band may break, or come loose, occasionally when eating sticky or very hard foods.  Certain foods can also weaken the materials used in your Fastbraces®, making them more vulnerable to breakage.  Avoiding sticky and hard foods is generally recommended by Dentists to help prevent this from happening.  Not only can these foods cause damage, they can also make your Fastbraces® hard to clean.  Taking a preventative approach, maintaining oral care, and following your Dentist’s recommendations will help make sure your Fastbraces® are effective and problem-free.

Sometimes, even with the best care, a wire may still break.  When this happens it is important to call Dr. VanderMolen's office right away to determine if you need to be seen.  It may be an issue that can wait until your next appointment. Generally, if the break is caused from a non-food item, you may need to make an appointment right away. Your Dentist may have provided a wax when your Fastbraces® were put on.  This wax can be used on a broken wire to prevent the wire from rubbing into your gum.  This is a great way to prevent pain and further damage until you can have a repair done. Never try to cut the wire; wait until you can be seen by the Dentist. If you have a sore or develop tenderness as a result of a wire, try using a salt water rinse for relief.  If a bracket has come loose, you will need to see the Dentist immediately.  Your Dentist will need to repair the broken bracket and may even need to replace it.

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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