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Cleaning A Retainer
Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? im wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.
Either one: Either one should be fine. It's more how you brush your teeth than whether it's a soft or extra soft toothbrush. We just don't recommend a medium or hard toothbrush normally. Your own dentist or dental hygienist can go over the technique with you and recommend one. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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No: The answer is no. Flossing properly with dental floss is the hands down best way to clean between teeth and prevent interproximal cavities and gums disease. All other methods may help to some degree but are not as effective. Having said that, and I hesitate to even say it, but doing something is better than nothing. However, I believe we should always strive to do our best in everything. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Edward's works: The edward's procedure or supercrestal fiberotomy was described in 1970 and assists in retaining problematic, rotated teeth. This small procedure is usually only accomplished for 1 or 2 teeth. The need, the process, and the risk/benefits should be discussed with your orthodontic and periodontal specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis? I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.
I brush my retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush for 3 weeks, should i switch to a NEW RETAINER because of abrasives?
Retainers: Brush them every time you brush your teeth. Use a plain soft toothbrush. Brush gently but thoroughly, including any wires. Avoid toothpaste or whitening agents as abrasivity can dull the shine of the plastic. Place retainers into Denture Cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) while you eat dinner. After dinner rinse them carefully and put back into your mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening harm the retainer?
Problematic ?: In what way ? The tooth should be restored. Fillings sometimes chip or dislodge during a cleaning, but not because of the cleaning... The instruments and technique do not put that much force on the restorations. Biting food places much more force. The restorations most likely were undermined, so having the filling dislodge only brought it to everyone's attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who Says So: Look it is important that you do all three when you clean your teeth, and some one might have developed a new theory about the order. My preference is to get as much plaque off the teeth before dragging the string between the teeth and possibly drawing infectred material with the floss. So i say brush floss and rinse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Depending on the material used to make the initial crown, it can be successful if it is an all ceramic crown and relatively new.I've done it after a patient refused to have me remove their chipped all ceramic crown. They understood there was no guarantee but 8+ years later it still looks great. So, yes, it is possible but the dentist has to understand the limitations. A new crown is best. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Usually but : You can do an equally good job with a regular tooth brush. I find for my patients, and myself as well, it does work better. Don't forget to floss as well. ...Read more
Yes, but...: The term "overbite" means different things to different people. If it's a true overbite, where the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth, then you do not want to treat it with just a retainer. You should not cut corners....It may cause problems later on. See a fully trained orthodontist. You probably need full orthodontic treatment with braces on all your teeth. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers