Dr Pat recently attended the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) conference in San Diego.
This is by far the largest orthodontic conference in the world for Orthodontists. There are literally thousands of Orthodontists who attend this conference plus auxiliary staff and orthodontic supply companies. The trade display is simply enormous.
Attending these conferences allows Dr Pat the opportunity to see and listen to presenters that are leaders in the orthodontic profession as well as up and coming orthodontists presenting interesting research.
What is Orthodontics Wax and What is it used for?
After braces are placed, it will take some time to get used to them in the mouth. This is when you will most require wax. The braces might irritate causing some discomfort on the inside of the mouth from the edges of the wires, brackets and bands. Wax helps to create a barrier between the bracket and the inside of your cheeks, lips. Over time as you get used to the braces and your mouth “toughens up” you may require less wax.
Orthodontic Wax is usually made of paraffin, bees wax or carnauba and is generally given to you in your goodies bag when you first get your braces on. The wax is not toxic and so there is no need to worry if you happen to swallow it accidentally.
This is a topic of discussion that pops up all the time. Do I need to floss? Does floss really prevent decay? Does flossing really prevent gum disease?
My parents’ don’t floss and their teeth and gums are fine. There have been articles saying that flossing is dead, and that there is weak and unreliable evidence proving that flossing is a necessity.
Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes. Protecting your smile while playing sport is essential when you have braces due to the increased risk of oral injuries, including mouth lacerations if you are unlucky enough to be hit by a ball or another player.
There is the potential for injury whether you have braces or not when playing sports like basketball, football, hockey, skateboarding, soccer, martial arts, wrestling, boxing and even track and field.
In fact even non-contact sports or recreational activities can potentially have increased risk of laceration injury with braces on. A special mouthguard for braces is highly recommended for your protection.
The obvious benefit that most people know of having braces is having straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
However, the aesthetic advantage of braces is only one of the many benefits orthodontic treatment can provide. The correct alignment of teeth not only is aesthetically pleasing but it also feels better when chewing as the teeth are more effective at breaking down the food we are eating.
If food is being broken down more effectively, then this will in turn help with digestion and for those who struggle to eat in the first place because their teeth don’t bite together properly.
A common question that is asked is ‘Do I need to use a mouthrinse or does it affect my teeth when in braces?’ Mouthrinses are used for a variety of reasons such as to:
- freshen your breath,
- help prevent dental decay,
- reduce the amount of plaque, or
- to prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease).
The answer actually depends on what you are trying to achieve. Even though there are basic ingredients in a mouthrinse like water, cleansing agents, flavouring ingredients and colouring agents, they tend to differ with their active ingredients.
It’s back to school for our wonderful school-based trainee, Sharni (here with Dr Pat).
After completing her school-based traineeship with Ocean Orthodontics, Sharni now has her qualification – a Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
She will finish her year 12 studies with a completed certificate.
Congratulations Sharni and good luck for your studies!
Ocean Orthodontics can now process your orthodontic accounts more efficiently saving you time. Next time you visit us, why not ask if you can use HICAPS to claim on the spot. No more queuing or claim forms to fill in!
When you’re going on holidays, the last thing you need to worry about is your braces. So if you come across an orthodontic emergency or something feels loose or broken, don’t panic. You yourself might be able to temporarily solve the problem until you’re able to come back and see us.
Yes, I know you are all thinking “well of course they do, what a silly question”. But did you know that your mouth can show signs of what is happening to your body and vice versa.
Your mouth is connected to the rest of the body by an intricate system of blood vessels, lymphatic tissues and nerves. Therefore the same blood that flows through your body also flows through your mouth, teeth and gums.