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Adjunct: A headgear is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment used to modify skeletal growth and/or to affect tooth position. Headgear can be used in addition to any fixed appliance (braces) system. Don't get hung up on gadgets. Focus on finding the best qualified orthodontic specialist in your area to treat your family. Let him pick the best appliance for the individual's needs. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more
Oral hygiene: You should brush and floss properly and for a total of two minutes after eating. Mouth rinses for most patients are unnecessary (unless your own dentist recommends one for a specific purpose). The order is not important. The technique and diligence is. It's often best to actually demonstrate your technique to your dentist or dental hygienist. Many people think they are doing it properly but aren't ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No : Toothpaste is used mainly to prevent cavities/gingivitis or reduce tooth sensitivity. Regular toothpaste will not whiten teeth and neither will whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is usually more abrasive and will remove surface stains on the outside of the tooth, but is not absorbed into the tooth to actually whiten your teeth. In other words, it may clean the teeth but not whiten. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
They should ....: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
YES!!!: Teeth whitening pens work, but those products are designed more maintenance purpose then for " whitening". I mean that if you have not had your teeth cleaned for ten years... And , all of a sudden, you buy this whitening pen and plan to use as " miracle wand" .... It may not work , sorry. On the other hand, you you regularly visit your dentist and have your teeth cleaned, and/or whitened, then ok. ...Read moreSee 11 more doctor answers
Flossing: It is important to floss the back teeth. A dental pick does not get back there easily and completely. This is a difficult area for many people to get to. Work with a dental hygienist. They are very knowledgeable in techniques and tools that would work for you. The hands on instruction with your hygienist would help you perfect your flossing. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Any adult brush: I am not aware of any tooth brush that has been designed specifically for wisdom teeth. The technique and way you brush your teeth is more important than the design of the brush. Any adult brush was mentioned only to allow adequate length for the brush to reach the wisdom teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not equivalent: Traditional braces are still the gold standard, best result in shortest time. Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, with higher risk of relapse because of inability to ideally position roots in supporting bone. They are also not effective for complex issues. Lingual braces take longer, are harder to get used to, and "finishing" can be a challenge. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?
NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
My ortho told me not to clean my retainer with toothpaste and toothbrush because it'll scratch them and turn them white. How else do I clean them?
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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
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
I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. should i change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since i wear these?
Yes: I'm assuming you're talking about abrasion of the root surfaces of your teeth where the root "dentin" becomes exposed. I would be very careful about expanding your smile too much, the potential for increased root sensitivity, increased bite forces that might worsen the condition, etc. This is a job for your dentist or orthodontist to watch out for, though. Other that that, you should be fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Parasites: None that i know of. I have never heard or read an article showing that parasites live on toothbrushes with plastic bristles and handles in rare cases fungus maybe. Be sure your brush can air dry daily and change when worn. If you are still worried run through dw or let sit in 1 part bleach and 3 parts water for 15 min then rinse well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: I used to think if you were careful, manuel toothbrushing was as effective as electric. Then i started using a sonicare and my gums and teeth are much cleaner. My periodontal probings(pockets) have all improved. By using the electric toothbrush exclusively and flossing daily, you too can achieve better oral health. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bleach water: A simple and effective solution to disinfect your toothbrush would be a solution of water and bleach(10 to 1). You can simply put a capful of household bleach like clorox into a glass of water. You can't use it with any metallic surface or item due to corrosion. Let it soak for an hour. Then rinse it off. ...Read more
Not that necessary: Cold sores/herpes are quite common and can be contagious. Changing your tooth brush every 3 months or so is recommended for dental care, but not that necessary for cold sore prevention (assuming u r not sharing toothbrush). The virus that is causing your recurrent sores comes from your own body/nerve, not toothbrush. There are medicines to suppress them if you have frequent recurrences. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer