Posts for tag: braces

By Michael J Morris, DDS
April 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   braces  
PracticalTipsforKeepingYourTeethCleanWhileWearingBraces

Wearing braces can pose challenges for your daily life and habits. One in particular is trying to keep your teeth and gums clean.

Braces or not, your oral hygiene needs to be thorough. Every day, your teeth accumulate a thin film of bacteria and food particles called dental plaque that can cause tooth decay or gum disease. It's essential to remove as much as possible each day by brushing and flossing.

That's a more difficult task with braces. The brackets and wires interfere with accessing many of your teeth's surfaces with a toothbrush or floss. As a result, braces wearers on average have a higher incidence of dental disease than non-wearers.

But while it's difficult to keep your mouth clean wearing braces, it's not impossible. Here are some tips and tools for making oral hygiene easier during orthodontic treatment.

A low-sugar diet. Besides items like chips that could damage your braces, you should also limit your consumption of foods and snacks with added sugar.  This carbohydrate is a primary food source for disease-causing bacteria. Limiting sugar in your diet can help reduce plaque buildup.

The right toothbrush. Brushing with braces is easier if you use a soft multi-tufted brush with microfine bristles. The smaller bristles maneuver better around the braces than larger bristled brushes. You'll still need to make multiple passes above and below the wires to be sure you're brushing all tooth surfaces.

Flossing tools. Traditional flossing using just your fingers can be next to impossible to perform with braces. But a tool like a floss holder or threader can make it easier to get between teeth. You might also try a water flosser that removes plaque from between teeth with a pressurized spray of water.

Dental treatments. Your dentist can give your teeth extra protection while you're wearing braces with topically applied fluoride to strengthen enamel. Using mouthrinses with an antibacterial ingredient like chlorhexidine may also reduce harmful bacteria.

Be sure you also keep up regular visits with your family dentist while wearing braces, and especially if you begin to notice puffy and reddened gums or unusual spots on your teeth. The sooner any case of dental disease is detected, the less impact it will have on your dental health.

If you would like more information on dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

InvisalignGet a straighter smile the clear way with Invisalign treatment in Spring, TX.

Are you an adult who wants a straighter smile? If you said “yes” then you’ve come to the right place. Now, more than ever before, more and more adults are getting the smiles they want without ever having to wear metal braces in order to do it. From the office of our Spring, TX, family dentist Dr. Michael Morris, find out how Invisalign offers a discreet way to fix crooked, misaligned smiles.

How does Invisalign work?

While there are other systems that use clear aligners to straighten smiles, it is Invisalign alone that uses a proprietary thermoplastic to fix misaligned teeth comfortably and with incredible precision.

Aligners are customized based on the issue or issues you are dealing with, as well as the measurements of your teeth. In order to create your aligners, our Spring, TX, dentist will need to map out which teeth will need to shift and exactly how much they should move to give you the results you want. We will take digital images of your teeth, which will be uploaded to special computer software so we can map out tooth movements.

From there, the information is then submitted to an Invisalign lab where they will create your set of aligners. Once your aligners are complete your treatment is about to begin. What you have to do is simple. All you have to do is wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours each day, only removing them before eating or brushing and flossing. It’s that easy. You wear your aligners and the incredible technology does all the work.

Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks at a time and then replaced with the next set in your treatment plan. As you go through each aligner you should see gradual and positive changes in your smile.

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign is a great option for both older teens and adults who are dealing with common misalignment problems such as:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding

If you are interested in finding out whether Invisalign is the right way to straighten your smile in Spring, TX, then call our dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Morris. Let Invisalign give you a smile you can’t wait to show off.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Millions of people from around the world are turning to Invisalign as a hassle-free way to straighten their smile. Many patients love the fact invisalignthat Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. Dr. Michael Morris is your Spring, TX dentist. He offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to his patients. Here are four advantages of Invisalign.

1. Corrects Dental Problems

A series of aligners are custom-fitted for you, to gradually move your teeth in the sequence determined by your dentist. The aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material, look similar to teeth-bleaching trays. Invisalign corrects the same problems as metal braces, including: a crossbite, overcrowded teeth, gapped teeth, an overbite, an underbite, crooked teeth, and protruding teeth. 

2. Invisalign is Invisible

Don't let metal wires and brackets hold you back. You can straighten your teeth without the use of metal. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Invisalign moves your teeth using a series of nearly invisible aligners. Many patients love the fact that Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. 

3. Invisalign is Comfortable

Invisalign treatment has a minimal impact on the quality of your people's lives. The aligners are very comfortable to wear, so you will be able to wear them for about 22 hours a day without much effort. While traditional braces are effective in straightening the teeth, metal brackets and wires can be uncomfortable to wear.

4. Invisalign is Removable

With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can become stuck next to your teeth. Invisalign moves your teeth using removable aligners. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat the foods you love and maintain good dental hygiene. The aligners are removable, so you can continue to floss and brush your teeth as you normally would. Your Spring, TX dentist can help you find out if Invisalign is right for you.

So, what are you waiting for? There's never been a better time to straighten your smile. Call Dr. Michael Morris at 281-379-6939 now to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Spring, TX. Invisalign won't just improve your smile; it will also change your life for the better.

WhyemBigBangTheoryemActressMayimBialikCouldntHaveBraces

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?



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Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
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