Ft. Worth Orthodontist Explains Dental Health & Braces

attractive woman with toothbrush and bracesBecause conventional braces are attached to teeth, they can influence your personal dental care, and make good hygiene even more important than usual. In addition to straightening crooked teeth, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, can also help you keep your smile strong and healthy. For many older teen and adult patients, Dr. Cabal offers alternatives to traditional braces that make hygiene easier, such as Invisalign’s clear, removable aligners. For severe cases of malocclusion (crooked teeth) that require traditional brackets and wires, he ensures that patients are well-educated about keeping their smiles clean throughout their orthodontic treatment.

Braces and Your Teeth

Customary braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to a patien’s teeth and arch wires that connect them. The goal of orthodontic braces is to gradually move teeth into more desirable positions, allowing the jawbone surrounding their roots to reform and support the teeth in their new positions. Dr. Cabal periodically tightens the arch wires to sustain the gentle, continuius force necessary to move a patient’s teeth. Unfortunately, the components can make effective dental hygiene more challenging by obstructing teeth and providing difficult-to-reach spots for dental plaque and food debris to accumulate.

The Source of Dental Health Issues

Plaque, the sticky, colorless goo that builds up on your teeth and along your gum line, is the by-product of oral bacteria. The germs in your mouth are mostly anearobic, meaning they thrive without oxygen, and dental plaque allows them to multiply more efficiently. As bacteria consume nutrients from your meals, they produce substances that harm oral tissues, like acid that destroys tooth enamel and toxins that attack your gum tissue. If you wear braces, then bacterial plaque can accumulate around the brackets and wires, feeding on food particles and increasing your risk of a dental disease that might complicate your orthodontic treatment. You can effectively clean around your braces using an interdental cleaner, and maintain your good overall hygiene with case-specific instructions provided by Dr. Cabal.

About Dr. Cabal:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist who’s known a passion for providing dental care since his early teens, and continues to serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.