Cavity Protection, Especially with Braces

toothbrush and pasteIf you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, then chances are that you care about maintaining the health of your smile. Straightening your teeth, however, is only one aspect of helping your mouth look and function its best. Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential to preventing dental issues like tooth decay, which begins with plaque accumulation. When your teeth are crooked or adorned with braces, plaque can find additional spaces to hide, and reaching it can become more difficult. Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase your protection when other factors increase your risk for cavities. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, explains why hygiene is especially important when you’re wearing braces.

The Weakening of Your Teeth

Among the 600 different kinds of oral bacteria that contribute to dental plaque formation, one in particular has been singled out as a significant factor of tooth decay. Streptococcus mutans converts the sugars and carbs in your meals into lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Over time, bacteria can slip past weakened enamel and infect your tooth’s inner structures, leading to tooth decay. (more…)

Are Tooth Stains an Inevitable Result of Wearing Braces?

If you wear a ring on any of your fingers, you may notice a tan line in the shape of the ring whenever you remove it. If you move a piece of furniture that has stood in the same spot for some time, you may notice that the floor where it rested seems a different hue than the rest of the floor. In these cases, your ring blocks the sun from contacting the skin under it, while the furniture shields the area it rests on from dirt, grime, daily life, and other influences that have changed the floor around it over time. Following these examples, many people might believe that tooth discoloration is normal after removing braces that they or their children have worn for years. However, the comparison would be false, and the stains that are sometimes revealed upon the removal of braces are not inevitable. To help you make the most of your braces by keeping your teeth stain free while you wear them, Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, offers this advice.

Tips for Stain-Free Orthodontics

The stains that can appear when braces come off are typically the result of the braces trapping food, which provides fuel for oral bacteria to produce acid that saps your teeth of essential minerals. The resulting decalcification results in the small stains known as “white scars.” These stains are typically permanent, so to avoid the need for cosmetic tooth whitening after completing your orthodontic treatment, follow these tips for keeping your teeth and braces clean. (more…)

Are Straight Teeth a Cosmetic or Functional Issue?

woman with a confident smileAre you dissatisfied with your smile because of one or more crooked teeth? For many people, minor issues like non-straight teeth are not a concern that warrants special attention, perhaps believing that the imperfections add character to their smiles. Unfortunately, however, your oral health may not share the same nonchalance about misaligned teeth, which can affect the proper function of your mouth. Therefore, the artful science of orthodontics (the dental specialty that addresses the alignment of your teeth and jaws) is as important to your oral health as it is to your smile’s beauty. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains why crooked teeth should not be ignored, for the good of your dental health.       

How Important is Alignment?

If your teeth are out of balance, your mouth suffers from more than an awkward appearance. When you bite and chew, your mouth exerts a considerable amount of force. To maintain the integrity of your teeth and gums throughout a lifetime of use, the pressure from your bite must be evenly dispersed. An out-of-balance tooth, or several, can disrupt proper pressure displacement, exposing your teeth to excessive wear, structural damage, and/or an increased risk of developing a dental disease. (more…)

Smiling Can Help Keep You Healthy

woman with beautiful straight smileYou may not be surprised to learn that smiling can make you more attractive. After all, would you want to approach someone whose facial expression is completely devoid of humor? You may be more surprised, however, to learn that smiling consistently can also have tangible benefits to your overall health and quality of life. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the benefits of smiling due to discontent, often because of crooked or misaligned teeth, that makes them self-conscience about their smile. For many adults and older teens, the desire for straighter teeth is weighed against the possible stigma of wearing traditional metal braces throughout their social and professional lives. Lake Worth orthodontist,Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains a few reasons why you shouldn’t settle for a smile you’re not proud of, and offers a variety of solutions to fit your needs, including Invisalign clear braces.

A Few Reasons to Smile

If you are weighing the pros and cons of orthodontic treatment, don’t forget to include the myriad benefits that a confident smile can bring to your health and overall quality of life, including; (more…)

Lake Worth Orthodontist Answers: What is Gingivitis?

frightening newsMost dental health issues, including gum disease, begin as small nuisances and progress into destructive diseases when left untreated. Although brushing and flossing your teeth every day is a routine designed to help prevent such issues from occurring, the germs that cause them sometimes slip past your defenses. By learning the signs that can warn you of impending danger, you can be better prepared to act quickly and improve your chances of saving your smile from damage and the need for invasive dental work. To help you protect your oral health from the silent epidemic of gum disease, Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explores the signs of its beginning stage, gingivitis.

When Your Gums Are Irritated

At any given moment, there are between 10-15 billion individual bacteria in your mouth. When these germs congregate, they form the sticky biofilm called plaque to safely adhere to your teeth. When enough plaque builds up along your gum line, the germs within it release toxins that irritate your gums and incite inflammation in the soft tissue. Gingivitis, which is the first and mildest form of gum disease, is typically detected by the red, swollen, and bleeding gums that result from bacteria’s bothersome presence. If treatment is sought during this stage, the infection can be reversed with specialized periodontal maintenance to remove the bacteria and allow your gums to heal. Improved dental hygiene will facilitate healing and help prevent the resurgence of gingivitis. (more…)

How Well do Your Teeth Fit Together? A Discussion on Malocclusion

shy girl covering her teethYou probably already know that keeping your mouth clean is essential for it to continue operating properly. If you or someone close to you has ever worn braces, then you may be aware that keeping your teeth and jaws straight can also dictate the proper function of your mouth. As a dedicated orthodontist in Lake Worth, Dr. Ciro Cabal specializes in correcting the maladies that can arise from out-of-balance bite. Today, he discusses malocclusion and why correcting a crooked bite can save your oral health.

Striking a Proper Balance

The importance of balance can manifest itself in all areas of life. For instance, you may never have walked a tightrope, or even ridden a bike, but if you’ve ever taken a step, then you’ve placed your wellbeing in the hands of balance. Concerning your dental health, balance may not be as obvious, but it is arguably more important. Your top and bottom teeth are meant to rest comfortably together with the tips of your molars resting in the grooves of their opposites your upper front teeth slightly overlapping your lower teeth. Common forms of malocclusion include, but are not limited to; (more…)

Dealing with Orthodontic Emergencies in Lake Worth

Braces have long been the go-to solution for correcting crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite. Comprised of carefully positioned brackets and wires, braces apply force to move your teeth and jaw into their desired positions for optimal performance. While the benefits of a straighter smile are priceless, problems can arise with your appliance during the course of your treatment that may require immediate attention. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains some of the routine orthodontic issues that can arise with your wires and brackets, and steps you can take to address them until you can schedule an appointment.

Trouble with Your Braces?

  • Loose Wire—If a wire becomes loose, it can angle outward, poking and irritating the soft tissue in your mouth. Use a pencil eraser to push the wire down, or place wax on the wire to hold it in place and prevent it from poking out. You can also bend the wire back to its proper position using tweezers.
  • Loose Bracket or Band—If your bracket or brand loosens from your tooth, but is still attached to the wire, place wax on it to hold it in place. If the wire comes loose from the bracket, as well, then wrap the bracket in tissue and keep it safe until you can visit Dr. Cabal’s office. (more…)

Can Orthodontics Cure Your Chronic Headaches?

woman in painLast week, we discussed two important reasons for you to consider orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Not only is a straight smile easier to keep clean and healthy; confidence in your smile, or the lack thereof, can noticeably affect your overall quality of life. When you’re proud of your smile, you’re more likely to show it often and enjoy the many benefits of a genuine smile (including reduced stress and an improved social life). However, Dr. Cabal warns that there are other considerations for correcting teeth that do not line up properly, some of which may not even seem dental related.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Your dental health comprises more than just your teeth and gums. Your entire body, mouth included, is an intricately complex machine, meaning many parts work together to accomplish a task. When you bite, chew, or speak, your teeth and tongue allow you to enunciate your words clearly and reduce food to easily digestible chunks. The power behind your teeth comes from your jaws, which are connected by your temporomandibular joints. Your TMJs, which are the large joints located in front of each ear, allow your jaw to move as it does. When placed under undue stress and/or pressure, these joints can become damaged or misaligned, forcing your jaw muscles to work extra-hard and irritate the associated nerves. The resulting discomfort, known as TMJ disorder, can manifest itself in a number of different ways, making diagnosis more difficult than many other dental disorders.

Beware These Symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ disorder are also shared by a number of maladies. If you exhibit any or all of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Cabal as soon as possible to schedule a consultation and determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder. (more…)

Two Reasons Why Straightening Your Teeth Should be a Priority

successful woman with impressive smileCrooked teeth are not an anomaly. In fact, orthodontic treatment (which focuses on correcting the alignment of your teeth and your overall bite) is a common reason for people to seek the help of their dentist. Typically, however, traditional braces that utilize metal wires and brackets may cause some adults a bit of apprehension. Many people feel that the cumbersome apparatus may inhibit their professional and personal life, and would prefer to brave the dangers of crooked teeth rather than face the awkwardness of wearing metal braces. As an experienced orthodontist in Lake Worth, Dr. Ciro Cabal knows that this sort of hesitation could prove detrimental. Today,we offer two reasons why addressing your crooked smile is important.

Straight Teeth for a Healthy Smile

Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common, and also the most destructive, progressive oral health issues. Both can seriously threaten your dental health if left unchecked, and both begin with the excessive buildup of bacterial dental plaque. Brushing and flossing your teeth is your first and primary defense against plaque buildup, and is therefore vital to the continued good health of your mouth. When your teeth are crooked, however, the odd angles and protruding corners can offer excellent hiding spots for food debris and plaque to secretly gather. These spaces are typically unreachable by your toothbrush and are often overlooked during the daily hygiene routine. Once plaque remains for more than 48 hours, it calcifies (hardens) into tartar, which is insoluble and requires professional dental care to remove from your teeth. By straightening your smile and evening the playing field, you can increase your chances of successfully removing all traces of plaque and lowering your risk of developing oral health issues. (more…)

How Much Do You Know About Invisalign Braces?

woman with straight clear smileHaving straight teeth is more important than mere pride in your smile; crooked or misaligned teeth can also make proper dental hygiene more difficult, increasing your risk of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. At your Lake Worth orthodontist office, we can help you achieve a straighter smile without the stigma of traditional braces. To help you understand the benefits of discretely straightening your teeth, Dr. Ciro Cabal tests your knowledge of our Invisalign clear braces treatment.

Invisalign Quiz

How do crooked teeth threaten your oral health?

Your mouth is constantly threatened by oral bacteria, which congregate to form the plaque that often sticks to your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth helps to control this plaque buildup; however, when your teeth do not align properly, this plaque becomes difficult to remove as it hides in hard-to-reach places. In time, the bacteria in plaque contribute the formation of tooth decay and gum disease. (more…)