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Posts for: August, 2015

By Geary Dentistry
August 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Geary Dentistry
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Learn some useful techniques for how to properly treat your veneers so they last.

Most people aren’t born with perfect smiles, and along the way, life happens and we end up with minor chips, stains and other issues Veneersthat keep us from having a smile to be proud of. Fortunately, at Geary Dentistry, your Brookfield dentists Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary and Dr. Angel Shah can hide all of these minor flaws with a non-invasive cosmetic treatment known as porcelain veneers. If you already have veneers, then you already know how great they can make your smile look. Don’t you want to keep it looking its best? If so, follow these helpful hints for properly caring for your veneers.

Don’t use your teeth as tools

It might seem tempting to open plastic packaging with your teeth, but if you have porcelain veneers then you better reach for scissors instead. Using your teeth to open bottle caps or packaging can cause your veneers to bend and flex unnaturally, which can increase their chances of fracturing.

Nix bad habits

Did you know that nail biting and teeth grinding can wear down and potentially damage your veneers? If you want your veneers to really last, then you’ll want to be aware of when these habits manifest themselves and how to put a stop to them. Talk to the dentists at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, about mouthguards for nighttime teeth clenching or other techniques to keep your nails out of your mouth.

Brush and floss normally

Just because you have veneers doesn’t mean you can get lackadaisical about your oral routine. You still need to treat your veneers just as you would natural teeth, and be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. Also, don’t forget those biannual cleanings from the dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield!

Limit stain-causing foods/drinks

While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the bonding resin used to hold them to your teeth isn’t. This means that over time the resin can start to darken and become noticeable. Consuming foods and drinks that produce stains will only exacerbate the problem. Therefore eliminate coffee, tea, wine, berries and dark condiments from your diet as much as possible.

Of course, nothing is more important than seeing  Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary or Dr. Angel Shah at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, every six months for routine care. Even if you properly care for your smile at home, you still need to get routine cleanings and exams to make sure your smile is healthy. Call us today at (262) 860-1500 to schedule your next visit.

By Geary Dentistry
August 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: canker sore  

If you occasionally experience small sores in the softer tissues of your mouth, you may have aphthous ulcers or better known as canker sores. While rarely a health concern, they can be painful and annoying particularly when you’re eating and drinking.

These breaks in the skin or mucosa (the lining membranes of the mouth) usually occur in the thinner tissues found in the cheeks, lips, under the tongue or in the back of the throat. They tend to be most painful (especially while eating acidic foods like citrus or tomato sauce) between the first few hours of appearing and for a couple of days afterward, and will often occur during periods of anxiety, stress or after a minor injury. The sores will normally heal and fade within a couple of weeks.

Although occasional outbreaks of canker sores are quite common with most people, 20-25% of people (more often women) have a recurring form of painful outbreak known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). Another variation called herpetiform aphthae, similar in appearance to herpes simplex virus sores, is characterized by smaller clusters of ulcers. While the specific causes for canker sores are still unclear, there’s some correlation between them and abnormalities with a person’s immune system, as well as with other systemic conditions like gastrointestinal disorders or vitamin deficiencies.

The basic treatment for canker sores is to first soothe the pain and promote quicker healing. Many over-the-counter medications are available for mild cases that numb the area temporarily and provide a protective covering while the sore heals. For more severe cases, there are also prescription medications (like steroids) that can be applied topically or through injection.

While canker sores are not contagious and usually benign, there are some situations that call for a dental examination: sores that haven’t healed within 2 weeks; increasing occurrences and severity of the sores; and never being completely free of a sore in the mouth. These may indicate some other condition, or be an occurrence of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition.

If you have any concerns, be sure to schedule a visit. We’ll be glad to evaluate any occurrence of the sores and recommend the best course of treatment to ease the pain and annoyance.

If you would like more information on canker sores or other types of mouth ulcers, 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 “Mouth Sores.”