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Hygiene Tips for Braces

At City Orthodontics, we aim to give each and every patient in and around Toronto the opportunity of achieving the beautiful smile that they deserve. We aim to accomplish this through our high-quality orthodontic treatments, including many types of braces. However, attaining a great smile requires more than just orthodontic treatment – it requires a constant commitment to oral hygiene. If you happen to be wearing braces, here are some proper oral hygiene tips we suggest to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.

Brush Four Times a Day

If you haven’t been adhering to this philosophy, your eyes may have bulged out a little bit. However, brushing four times a day is certainly the way to go when you’re wearing braces. Braces offer plenty of crevices for food to get trapped in and can cause dental problems such as tooth decay. We recommend brushing once after every meal and again before going to bed.

Remember to Floss Too

Just like how food can get trapped in your braces, food can get trapped between your teeth as well. While it may be tricky to get used to flossing while wearing braces, it’s still vital to remember to floss daily. If you need help with your flossing, we recommend using a floss threader.

Bring a Dental Kit with You

In case you happen to eat a meal while you’re in school, work, or elsewhere, we suggest bringing a dental kit with you so that you can brush on-the-go. This dental kit can consist of a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some floss so you’ll always be ready to clean your teeth when you’re away from home.

Drink Plenty of Water

One of the healthiest things you can do for your mouth is drink plenty of water. Drinking water won’t just keep your mouth clean, but it will neutralize the acids in your mouth, prevent bad breath, and fight cavities. While many drinks are filled with sugar that will cause tooth decay (soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, etc.), water is the safest and healthiest choice.

Contact Your Toronto Orthodontist Today!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call at (416) 222-3223. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you and help you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve!

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

As your trusted orthodontist, we understand the benefits of having straight teeth. That’s why we at City Orthodontics strive to be on the cutting-edge of orthodontic treatment for all those in and around Toronto, ON. Whether you decide to use clear braces, Invisalign, or another orthodontic treatment, our procedures will allow you to gain all the benefits of having a perfect smile. Here are a few reasons why it’s more beneficial to have straight teeth.

It Makes Your Teeth Easier to Clean

When your teeth are crowded or otherwise crooked, food is more likely to get trapped between them. Also, flossing and regular brushing to maintain good oral hygiene will be more effective when your teeth are straighter. The added benefit of undergoing treatment with Invisalign is that you can continue to brush your teeth just like normal; you just remove your aligners when it’s time to brush or floss.

It Will Make Your Teeth and Gums Healthier

Since food tends to get trapped in crooked teeth a lot more often, this will lead to gum disease and tooth decay much faster. Crowded teeth can also cause red and swollen gums. Orthodontic treatment will allow your teeth to shift into a more favorable alignment, allowing the gums to fit more securely around the teeth, lessen the food that gets trapped in them, and improve their health.

It Improves Your Overall Health Too

Unhealthy teeth can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. When left untreated, bacteria can cause other oral problems as well. This doesn’t just stop there either. This can also lead to even more serious risks such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.

It Can Boost Your Self Esteem

Orthodontic treatment can be used to boost one’s confidence as well. A lot of people with crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles and keep themselves from laughing around others because they don’t want their teeth to be seen. With the usage of an orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, a person can feel more comfortable smiling, laughing, and just acting like his or her true self. This can allow someone to achieve more confidence in social or professional settings.

Contact Your Toronto Orthodontist Today!

If you have any questions about our Invisalign or clear aligner treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, helpful staff is glad to help you in any way we can. You can also read more about our Invisalign provider or check out our Invisalign FAQ page. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to give us a call at (416) 222-3223. Alternatively, you can click on the ‘Request a Consultation’ button at the top-right of the page and fill out the box that appears to schedule your appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a straighter smile and all of the benefits that come with it!

Why Invisalign Is Perfect For High School & College Students

Back-to-school season is already well underway. Students are reconnecting with their friends and starting to hit the books after a long summer vacation. Many of our patients in high school and college have expressed to us that they would like to improve their smile, but they’re apprehensive about having braces. High school students are self-conscious about how they might look; college students don’t have the time to juggle classes and monthly appointments. In these cases, our team cannot recommend our Toronto Invisalign treatments enough. Here are some reasons that Invisalign is perfect for our patients in high school and college:

1. They’re Invisible

With the social nature of high school and college, many students are wary of the idea of getting braces because of the effect it may have on their appearance and their social lives. The Invisalign System eliminates this concern by replacing metal brackets and wires with clear aligners. These clear aligners are completely see-through, making them virtually invisible to anyone aside from the person wearing them. With Invisalign, you can walk to class or go to your first college party rest assured that you have no reason to try and hide your smile.

2. They’re Removable

Invisalign clear aligners are removable and meant to be taken out to eat, drink, brush and floss. This means that patients using Invisalign or Invisalign Teen don’t have the same dietary restrictions or dental hygiene concerns as patients with conventional braces. And if there’s a prom or formal where you don’t want to worry about keeping track of the aligners, you can choose to leave them at home for a few hours and put them right back in when you get back.

3. They Keep You On Schedule

We know that high school students have a lot going on, and sometimes they can be a bit forgetful. Invisalign Teen clear aligners make sure that one thing you’ll never forget is when to change your aligners. Made specifically for teenagers, Invisalign Teen aligners are all equipped with a Blue Dot wear indicator, which will remind you when it’s time to switch onto the next aligner set.

4. No Doctor’s Appointment Required

Invisalign has the huge added benefit of being able to adjust your teeth without needing to see an orthodontist. For college students, this means that there’s no need to manage monthly adjustment appointments in different states. You can switch aligners from the comfort of their dorm rooms every two weeks. Whenever you come home for vacation, we’ll evaluate your progress and send you back to school with a fresh series of aligners that will continue to adjust your teeth until you come home again.

Contact Your Toronto Invisalign Providers Today!

Invisalign is an orthodontic system designed to perfectly match the teenage and college kid lifestyle — it’s invisible, removable, convenient and incredibly simple. If you have any questions about our practice’s Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatments, please don’t hesitate to call us at (416) 222-3223. You can also fill out our online appointment form and we’ll schedule a time that works best for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you achieve your beautiful new smile!