The Best Things You Can Do for Your Smile
Your smile is unlike anyone else’s and stays with you throughout your life. From childhood through old age, there are things you can do to keep your teeth looking and functioning their best. At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we like to remind our South Florida patients of all ages of things they can do to get and keep a healthy smile.
No matter what your age is, good dental hygiene is a must. Sticking to a brushing and flossing schedule keeps your teeth clean, free of plaque and tartar, and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. When you clean your teeth, you should:
- Brush two times a day
- Brush for two full minutes
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Floss once a day
as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that eats away at the enamel (the protective surface layer) of your teeth. When you don’t clean away the bacteria on your teeth, or brush away sticky and sugary food residue that it feeds on, cavities can develop in your teeth. A small cavity can eventually go deeper and deeper into a tooth and cause pain, an abscess, or even loss of the tooth. A mouth that’s full of dental decay can require root canals, crowns, bridges and other dental work. Brushing and flossing your teeth, however, can help keep tooth decay at bay, and keep your smile bright and healthy.
Keeping your teeth clean isn’t the only thing you can do for a healthy smile. Making sure your teeth are properly aligned also has benefits for your smile, including:
- Improved appearance
- Improved bite
- Reduction on pressure on teeth from crowding
- Teeth that are easier to keep clean
Crooked teeth may make you self-conscious, but they can do more than that. Crowded teeth can cause damage to surrounding teeth and make it hard for you to clean the entire surface of each of your teeth. A misaligned bite can cause you to have trouble with biting and chewing, and can cause jaw pain, headaches, and other uncomfortable problems. At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we know that a straight smile is a healthier smile – straightening your smile with braces and maintain a good oral care routine can improve the look and function of your teeth.
At our offices in Miami, Brickell, and Weston, we help patients get straight teeth through our many treatment options. One of these options uses advanced orthodontic technology to create customized braces for each patient – Insignia Advanced Smile Design at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. With Insignia braces, you can have comfortable and precise orthodontic treatment. Because Insignia Smile Design braces are customized, Insignia patients of Dr. Maria Yazji, DDS may need fewer office visits and finish their treatment sooner than they would with traditional braces. If you’re looking for braces in South Florida, make an appointment for an Insignia Advanced Smile Design with Dr. Yazji and get a straight smile you can keep healthy.