At Egger Orthodontics, our expert orthodontists answer questions from our patients every day in great detail. As we have given quality orthodontic treatment over the years, we have noticed some questions arise more often than others as we see common trends among our patients.
How Often Should I See My Orthodontist?
Unlike a typical dentist, an orthodontist is who you want to see if you suffer from any jaw misalignment or tooth realignment concerns. If you think there is even the slightest chance that you have these problems, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. We often can help see potential problems early in addition to assessing any issues you may currently have. Such a preventative approach can assist with making future treatment much simpler and cheaper for you.
How Can I Best Take Care Of My Teeth At Home?
Before anything, you should first determine your oral health needs. As an example, certain medicines can make your mouth drier which can recommend, increased use of fluorides. If pregnant, you are at an increased risk of gum inflammation, known as pregnancy gingivitis. If you have orthodontic concerns such as overbite, underbite or tooth crowding, you will need to clean your teeth more carefully and with greater precision to make sure you get all sides of every tooth. These factors can make your own approach to your dental health unique from the norm.
Your brushing and flossing routine is a key facet of your oral care. No matter your age or how healthy your teeth are, you should brush twice a day or more so that you can remove plaque, the mass of bacteria that collects on your teeth over time. If left to gather, plaque can transform the sugars found in your food and drink into acids that accelerate tooth decay. Flossing carefully, particularly around protruding or misaligned teeth, helps to remove plaque from your gum line and all-around your teeth.
Why Does The Orthodontist Take X-rays?
Orthodontist x-rays allow us to gather the greatest amount of information that we can about any tooth alignment issues you may have along with your overall dental health. Through the use of bitewing and cone beam x-rays, we can scan your mouth’s hidden areas for possible problems and often pass results on to you on the same day. After the x-ray, we will see any small areas of decay between your teeth that may exist in your mouth. This helps prepare our orthodontists with the information they need to see if you might need braces or other orthodontic appliances.
Our orthodontists are presented with a variety of questions about our patients’ dental health every day. While those questions listed here maybe some of the most common, you may not see yours answered here. If you would like to know more about any of these issues or have a question of your own, call us today at 425.270.1616.
All of the staff members are consistently friendly and warm! They are wonderful with children (even the little sister that wanted to closely watch)! Dr. Egger and her staff are very gentle, knowledgeable and professional and spend quality time educating patients and family. We feel like we are getting excellent care!
- Kristina M.