Invisible orthodontics with Invisalign

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In the world of modern orthodontics there are several types of treatments outside of traditional metal braces and a pioneering company within the field of orthodontics is Invisalign

In Somos Dental we have certified orthodontists to offer Invisalign treatment, so we will talk about the advantages that these invisible braces treatment have for you.

Invisible orthodontics with Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that uses patented technology to create clear, removable dental guards that work just as traditional braces to straighten your teeth.

How to know if my case qualifies Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment virtually works for all types of malocclusion (crooked teeth). That’s why it has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments these last years.

What are the advantages?

The Invisalign system offers numerous advantages over traditional orthodontic treatments, among these are:

  1. Better bite and easier chewing: This device place less pressure and tension on the jaw bones. This less tension means less pain, and the fact that the teeth are kept straight helps improve the bite, shape and chewing action.
  2. Healthier gums: Unlike traditional dental braces, Invisalign is less aggressive against the gums: This better interaction with the gums prevents future problems such as pain, tooth loss and even periodontal disease.
  3. Less pain: Is a treatment that does not put pressure on the bone and joints of the jaw, which reduces the likelihood of complications and pain.
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What is the process of treatment?

The orthodontic process is relatively simple, it is divided into three different steps.

  1. Diagnosis: In this part of the treatment it is decided if the patient is suitable for Invisalign treatment. Photos, X-rays and digital scans are taken.
  2. Guards (aligners): After the diagnosis, the aligners get custom made by the provider and delivered to the dental office. This is when the treatment begins, which should be used every day with changes approximately every 2 weeks.
  3. Visible results: At this stage, the results of the treatment begin to appear. However, there must be follow-up by the orthodontist from time to time (usually each month).

Where can I find certified Invisalign professionals?

The orthodontic treatment must be performed by certified professionals. If you are looking for certified providers in the Phoenix Metro area, you can come to Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we are align providers for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. You can contact us by SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or by filling out our online form which also includes a free diagnosis appointment. Also, in Somos Dental we have taken strict precautionary measures against the New Coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire world (Covid-19). You can find us at our 5 locations in Phoenix, Arizona, which are; Desert Sky, Mesa, Camelback and Downtown. You can also contact us through the phone number 623-232-0089.

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Dental implants: Advantages and disadvantages

Dental implants Advantages and disadvantages

When a tooth is lost, what is sought is to replace it as quickly as possible with dental implants. If a tooth is not replaced quickly it can cause long-term problems. Not only dental problems, but there may also be loss of the jawbone or even digestive problems.

What can I do if I have lost a tooth? What treatments are there?

Within modern dentistry we have two popular options for tooth replacement; dental bridges (fixed and removable) and dental implants. Here we will talk about its advantages and disadvantages.

What is a dental implant?

The dental implant consists of placing a titanium cylinder in the bone where the tooth was lost. This is a surgical procedure that requires the use of anesthesia. A screw-retained steel crown is placed on the implant, which will be covered with a ceramic piece that gives the appearance of a real tooth.

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Advantages and disadvantages of dental implants

Like any dental procedure, it carries risks and benefits in the form of advantages and disadvantages, here we list some of the dental implants.

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1. It is a fixed and permanent piece.
2. It is not necessary to do any dental wear. Unlike other treatments, implants do not wear dental pieces.
3. 97% success rate. Dental implants have one of the highest success rates of any dental treatment.
4. Easy to clean. An implant is cleaned as any other tooth.
1. High cost. Dental implants are one of the most expensive procedures in dentistry. However, the benefits are greater than those of other dental treatments.
2. Long waiting time. A dental implant takes a waiting process of at least 2 months.
3. Not all people qualify. There are people who do not qualify for a dental implant, from people who suffer from diabetes, to people who have undergone cancer treatment.

What is the best dental treatment for a lost tooth?

We have already talked about dental bridges, and now we have talked about dental implants. Each treatment has its advantages and disadvantages, so it depends on various points, such as the patient’s budget, the time that has passed since the loss, the urgency for replacement, among others. With the help of these two lists of advantages and disadvantages, you can make a more informed decision.

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Where can I replace a tooth in Phoenix?If you have lost a tooth and are looking to replace it, you can come to Somos Dental. In Somos dental we have fixed and removable dental bridge treatments and dental implants. At Somos Dental we have taken strict cleaning measures against the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic so that you have a safe experience. You can contact us by SMS, phone call, or through our online form, which includes a free initial assessment. In Somos Dental we have five locations through the Phoenix Arizona metro area in Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. If you like to contact us, we also have the number 623-232-0089.

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How long do I have to wear dental braces?

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If you are interested in knowing how long you should wear dental braces, the reality is that this is a medium or long-term treatment therefore, it is usually a slow process.

There are people who are already undergoing orthodontic treatment, but their dentist has never told them exactly how long they will be using braces, there are other people who simply have not started their treatment due to the whole braces process. Although the duration of the treatment varies according to each particular case, in this article we will see the stages or phases of the braces’ treatment.

1. Diagnosis and planning

The most important stage of the entire treatment begins before you even start using the devices as such. For this, it is necessary to carry out a particular study of each case with X-rays, photographs, models, etc. Once a diagnosis is made, the orthodontist will be able to give you an approximate time for dental treatment.

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2. Work stage

This stage is when the teeth straightening process begins. This is when orthodontic appliances are placed, and straightening begins. The work stage is divided into the following phases:

  • Alignment and Leveling: Usually, alignment and leveling of your teeth is proportional to your dental crowding (how close your teeth are) to achieve adequate results. It usually takes 3 to 6 months depending on the particular case.
  • Closure of gaps: Once proper alignment and leveling of the teeth is reached, they may become slightly separated. Closing the gaps between your teeth takes less time than leveling, although it depends in each particular case, you can expect it to take between 2 and 4 months.
  • Dental settling: During this step, we seek to achieve a healthy bite, since braces are not only for straight teeth. This step usually takes 6 months.
  • Ending: Here we seek to maintain the teeth position achieved through the previous steps. This stage also usually lasts around 6 months.
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3. Retention stage

This stage is carried out once the braces are removed, in this stage static or removable retainers are usually used to retain the teeth in the same position in which they were left after orthodontia.

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So, how long am I going to be wearing braces?

The treatment time depends on each individual case. However, if you require a rough answer; It can be calculated that by adding the average times of each phase, one can expect to be in orthodontics between 1 year and 6 months to 2 years.

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Where can I get braces in the Phoenix Metro area?

If you want to start an orthodontic treatment with dental braces come to Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we offer a free appointment to assess your particular case. You can fill our online form in this link or contact us through our different contact options: such as Facebook, phone call, Whatsapp, or E-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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How to know if I need dental braces

How to know if I need dental braces

Most people think that dental braces are only for fixing crooked teeth. However, this is not the only reason to start an orthodontics treatment. Some decades ago, dental braces were restricted to a few upper-class individuals. However, these last years there has been an “orthodontics revolution”, which not only means that traditional dental braces are way cheaper than before, but there are several types of orthodontic treatments available in the market which adapt to the client’s needs.

So, going back: how do you really know if you actually do need dental braces? Well, in this article we will tell you if you really need to start an orthodontic treatment. Grab a mirror and follow these steps.

You have crooked teeth.

This is the most obvious reason for getting braces, is what we call dental crowding. Get the mirror and look at your teeth. Normally, teeth start crowding at the front; however, molars can also be crooked. If they are indeed crooked, you may need to start planning on getting braces. That is because crooked teeth are not only a cosmetic problem, but they can host bacteria way easier than normal teeth, causing problems in the future.

Spaced teeth

The space between the teeth is known as diastema. For one’s bite to be normal there needs to not be space between your teeth. Diastemas are usually located in the front, just as with crowding. So, if you see spaces between your teeth with your mirror, you may need an orthodontic treatment.

Misaligned teeth

If you have some teeth that are out of their row, you may need braces. Check if you have any teeth that are outside their intended space (double check your canines). If this is the case, you may need to get dental braces to get them in their place.

Open bite and deep bite

An open bite can be caused by a continuous mechanical stimulus such as thumb sucking. There are other causes, but if you see that when you close your jaw, there is a space between your upper and lower row of teeth, you may need to go to the dentist to know if braces are needed.

Also, if your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when biting we have what is called a deep bite. A deep bite is a serious problem that also affects the jaw, leading to problems such as misaligned jaw, migraines, earache, and more, which is why you need to contact an orthodontist as soon as possible.

Where can I get a professional assessment in the Phoenix Metro area?

If you are looking for affordable dental braces, and you live in the State of Arizona, you should come to Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we have been offering emergency and elective treatment during the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We offer dental braces as cheap as 99$ a month; and we also have other orthodontic options such as Invisalign. In Somos Dental we clean and disinfect every single surface; our dentists and orthodontists wear facemasks and we only see one client at the time.

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How can I contact you?

We have different contact options, such as Facebook Messenger, phone call, Whatsapp, or e-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Dentist near me: Can we go to the dentist right now?

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Some States have lifted or eased restrictions, which now allows people to look for elective treatment. This is important for people who need dental treatment, but could not go to their dentist due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

As of May 1st, the State of Arizona now allows people to seek some non-emergency dental options, according to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examinersdental offices will “Re-open” for elective treatment. This means that if someone needs a procedure, such as braces, teeth cleaning, implants, dentures, and so on, they will be able to seek dental assistance. In Somos Dental we have complied with the strict guidelines in order to reopen elective treatment and keep offering emergency attention.

Several people have been in need of dentists during the lockdown. The term dentist near me has grown a lot since the start of the quarantine, which means that people need dental treatment. The Coronavirus pandemic has not yet finished, but if you have an unfinished procedure or a dental emergency in the phoenix area, you can now look for attention in Somos Dental.

So, can we go to the dentist right now?

A dentist is not the best place to go during a pandemic. However, every dentist that wants to keep offering services needs to comply with very strict guidelines in order to reopen. This means that a dental office needs to take several precautions in order to provide a safe space for dental procedures. A dental office can pose an important risk, since even when every dental office is mandated to clean and sanitize their machines and tools, these may not be enough precautions to deal with a virus. Once that someone undergoes a procedure that requires the use of a drill or a scaler, this can leave live viruses in the air up to 3 hours.

In Somos Dental we know the risks of dental procedures and potential viral infections. That is why we use, clean, sanitize, and sterilize every machine, tool, and material that is involved in every single procedure. We also use air cleaners and purifiers in order to offer the safest possible place for our patients.

Is somos Dental open? where can we contact you?

If you have a dental emergency, or you are looking for an affordable dentist in the Phoenix area, you can contact us in Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we have taken special precautions with the Coronavirus crisis. We clean, sterilize, and disinfect every surface, and also, we only see one client at a time. We can help you with an emergency dentist and elective treatment. In conclusion, in Somos Dental we want to do everything in our hands to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world, that is why you should call or message us to know if your case is considered an emergency. At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone, or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and, Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Most people are postponing much needed dental procedures, since they are not considered an emergency during the lockdown. Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, many have not been able to get preventative medical and dental treatment as a way to stop the rapid growth of the virus. However, according to theArizona State Board of Dental Examiners, we have received orders that as of May 1st, dental offices will “re-open” for elective treatments. This means that dentists will no longer only offer emergency care, but will also start to offer services for elective procedures. This means that you will be able to get several pending procedures such as braces, teeth cleaning, implants, dentures, and so on. If you have a pending dental treatment that you have not been able to move forward with then you can visit us at Somos Dental for an affordable and professional service in the Phoenix area.

So, is it safe to visit the dentist now?

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Once the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started to grow, every non-essential activity had to cease in order to flatten the curve and stop hospitals from overcrowding. Most basic health care units had to stop operations in fear of becoming focal infection centers. These included dental offices since they actually work with mouth fluids. The main concern is that even though every dental office is mandated to clean and sanitize their machines and tools, that this may not be enough precautions to deal with a virus. Once someone undergoes a procedure that requires the use of a drill or a scaler, there is the possibility that it can leave live viruses in the air up to 3 hours. Having potentially contaminated zones can be dangerous for both the patient and dentist, which was why the federal and state government had mandated to ceases non-emergency interventions.

At Somos Dental we know the risks of dental procedures and potential viral infections. That is why we use, clean, sanitize, and sterilize every machine, tool, and material that is involved in every single procedure. We also use air cleaners and purifiers in order to offer the safest possible environment for our patients.

What exactly falls under elective treatment?

Elective treatment includes several dental and aesthetic procedures that do not require immediate attention, since they do not present an immediate threat to the patient’s health. Many of these were not the specified conditions and procedures from the American Dental Association, which mainly applied to emergency care. Some of the new dental service procedures that can be attended to now are:

  • Braces
  • Braces maintenance/ tightening
  • Cleanings
  • Deep Cleanings
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Etc.

Why choose Somos Dental?

If you have a dental emergency, or you are looking for an affordable dentist in the Phoenix area, you can contact us at Somos Dental. We have taken special precautions with the Coronavirus crisis. We clean, sterilize, disinfect every surface, and we only see one client at a time. We can help you with an emergency dentistry and elective treatments. In conclusion, at Somos Dental we want to do everything in our power to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world. Make sure to give us a call or message us to find out if your case is considered an emergency. At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals that can take care of your needs! If you do need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, by phone, or by email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and, Camelback. We are open for limited days and hours so give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Emergency dentist in Phoenix

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what is considered a dental emergency

The world has been under stressing times with the Coronavirus pandemic. The whole country has been locked down in an attempt to stop the propagation of the virus. The state of Arizona has complied with the country’s efforts and has ordered non-essential businesses to cease activities. Dental offices have also ceased non-urgent dental appointments such as checkups, dental cleanings, and dental bleachings. However, people still have dental emergencies that need immediate attention. So, what should you do when you have a dental emergency in Phoenix? Can I look for an emergency dentist near me? 

What is considered a dental emergency?First of all, we need to know what is considered a dental emergency. According to the American Dental Association, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the following guideline specifies what can be considered a dental emergency case, which will require immediate attention:

  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop
  • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
  • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jawbone
  • Gum infection with pain or swelling
  • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
  • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue
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Is it safe to visit the dentist?

We have already discussed this information in a former article. To summarize the contents, we can state the following. In Somos Dental Machines and dental tools are always cleaned, sterilized, and disinfected after every patient, however, the new Coronavirus stays in the air after a dental procedure that uses a drill or a scaler. This may leave live viruses in the air up to 3 hours, which can be dangerous for both the dental health practitioner and the patient. That is why the federal and state governments have restricted dentist appointments to dental emergencies as a way to slow down the mass infections that have been taking place in the last weeks. Only attending emergency patients will leave space to completely sterilize the dental office.

What to do in case of a dental emergency?

First and most important: try to remain calm. If you have a dental emergency in the Phoenix area you can contact us in Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we have taken special precautions with the Coronavirus crisis. We clean, sterilize, and disinfect every surface, and also, we only see one client at a time. We can help you with an emergency dentist.

In conclusion, in Somos Dental we want to do everything in our hands to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world, that is why you should call or message us to know if your case is considered an emergency At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Should I go to the dentist while coronavirus is going around?

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

As of April 4, 2020 at 11:32 pm (MST), the United States of America is the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 (also known as ‘Coronavirus‘) in the world. This has led the president of the U.S. to declare a state of emergency for the entire country. Furthermore, several states have mandated social distancing and quarantines. Since we, Somos Dental, are located in Arizona (which has also been declared in a state of emergency) we have decided to comply with the American Dental Association and stop all elective dental treatment (such as, braces, cleanings, fillings, crowns, etc.) and only attend patients for dental emergencies. Right now, most health care providers have taken the same measures and precautions.

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So, Should I go to the dentist when there are coronavirus cases everywhere?

The short answer is no, unless you are in pain. You should not seek dental treatment unless there is a dental emergency. If you had an important dental appointment scheduled with us or with any dental health professional, please contact us, or try contacting your dentist through phone, email and social media is also a great way to get a faster response. Do not go out during these critical times, since you can put your overall health in danger, and others that fall under the category of at-risk individuals. Follow all instructions given by your state and do not visit any dental office.

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

  1. Keep up your regular dental health routine. A healthy dental health routine includes brushing 3 times daily and flossing at least once a day.
  2. Do not use tools that can build up bacteria or viruses such as tongue scrapers.
  3. Avoid doing activities that can lead to dental damage.
  4. Avoid abusing foods and substances that can damage or corrode your teeth such as:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Sweets
  • Etc.

In conclusion, pay close attention to your dental health. Any accident could leave you with damaged teeth for some time until social distancing is lifted, and you can get proper dental assistance.

Other general tips for the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are the following

  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
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  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider: Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

For any further information regarding Coronavirus updates, you can refer to the CDC webpage which is constantly being updated with helpful tips and important news. You can click here to be redirected to the CDC webpage.

At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-869-1091 if you have any questions.

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How to take care after a tooth extraction

How to take care after a tooth extraction
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Tooth extraction aftercare.

Healing properly after a tooth extraction depends on how well you stick to the routine given to you by your dentist. Maybe you got your wisdom teeth removed, maybe you got a tooth removed for a dental implant, or maybe you got several teeth extracted to start wearing braces. Now you’re asking yourself “How do I care for myself after a tooth extraction?”. Your dentist may have given you instructions on how to let your tooth wound scar over with minimal issues. However, you may still have some questions regarding the aftercare process. So, in this blog entry we will cover some frequently asked questions. The key to a successful recovery lies in taking care of clotting blood, keeping your mouth clean, and keeping the tooth socket food-free for the first few days after your extraction. Follow the next several tips to achieve a fast and healthy healing process.

Take care of the blood clot

The most important point to follow in the aftercare process is to preserve the blood clot that forms in the socket where the tooth used to be. Taking care of this blood clot can prevent any complications that can lead to serious setbacks such as infection and a dry socket. Taking care of the blood clot will also leave good tissue for a future dental implant.

Keep a soft diet after the procedure

Maintaining a soft food diet for the first week is common, especially after going through an extraction. If your dentist or orthodontist has asked you to keep a soft food diet, then this list will have foods that are acceptable. Procedures that require a soft food diet can include dental extractions, wisdom teeth extractions and other services offered at Somos Dental. This past Somos Dental post, can give you more information. Here is the list of soft foods:

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  • Liquefied soups: A good way of staying hydrated after the dental procedure.
  • Broths: Like soups, broths are good to eat after a dental or orthodontic treatment. Broths are also a way to stay hydrated, which is important for proper recovery.
  • Ice cream: The cold helps with inflammation.
  • Puddings and jellies: These are low-sugar options to stay hydrated.

Keep good dental hygiene

A day after the extraction you can start brushing your teeth as usual. However, you will need to avoid the extraction area. Instead of brushing, rinsing with saline water will take care of the dental socket area’s health.

Do saline rinses

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When the blood clot has formed, you will need to rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. The saline solution will kill any bacteria that can complicate the aftercare process. You can make this solution yourself. Just add a pinch of salt to a cup of warm water (not too hot!). Rinse your mouth twice a day, this will help you recover correctly, which is necessary for any future dental implants.

These aftercare tips can be followed, after a tooth extraction or any other kind of dental treatment. If you notice any changes, have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional, call us at 623-869-1091.At Somos Dental we have a great team of professionals! You can contact us by any of the means listed on this page, or by visiting our locations. We are located in the following 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback.

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Tips for brushing teeth with braces

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One of the first questions people ask once they get braces is: “How do I brush my teeth with braces?”

Usually, an orthodontist will give you detailed instructions, but you may still have some doubts about how to brush your teeth with braces.

Braces are a type of orthodontic intervention, that helps correct alignment and occlusion issues. Once someone undergoes this type of orthodontic procedure, the brushing process will become more difficult than usual. Although, the difficulties of cleaning your teeth with orthodontic appliances can be challenging at the beginning, the benefits of braces far outweigh those difficulties.

There are plenty of instruments and brushes on the market for people who have braces. Of course, you can always sufficiently clean your teeth with a traditional toothbrush, but many of the products and instruments available can help make cleaning a bit easier. These products tend to save you time and effort. The only downside is the additional expense. In this blog post we will discuss hygiene techniques, with various instruments, that will help you achieve proper cleaning of your teeth and braces.

Traditional toothbrush

To clean your braces properly your toothbrush must have a small head and soft bristles. It is important that your toothbrush meets these characteristics, because you must be able to reach all areas without damaging the dental braking mechanisms and/or your gums.

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Interdental brush

Interdental brushes are specifically designed to reach difficult areas that most traditional toothbrushes cannot. These brushes come in different sizes, depending on the size of your braces or the size of your teeth. They can be carried with you for any occasion, where you may need to remove food scraps from between your teeth or braces.

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Floss

One of best habits when you have braces is, flossing. If you’ve never used dental floss to clean your teeth, you may find it difficult at first. Follow this link to see the proper way to clean your teeth with dental floss.

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Sonic toothbrush

This type of toothbrush is relatively new to the market. It is a toothbrush that vibrates at a speed of 40,000 times per minute. This is a very practical way to brush your teeth when you have braces.

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Oral irrigator

An oral irrigator is also an excellent option for someone with braces. As previously mentioned, flossing with braces can be difficult, this is an alternative to that issue. The oral irrigator covers both the functions of the interdental brush and dental floss, because it cleans both the back and the front of your teeth.

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These dental care tips and instruments can help significantly while wearing braces. At Somos Dental our experts can help you with your dental health care as well.  Come visit us at any of our 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. You can also schedule an appointment by calling us at 623-869-1091. Don’t risk your health, call today!