Last updated 6 months ago
Braces aren’t just a tool for boosting your confidence and the overall appearance of your smile. Having properly aligned teeth can actually significantly improve your overall oral health. Not only are straighter teeth easier to clean, but also they allow your gums to fit more securely around your teeth, helping reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Prevents gum disease
If you’re teeth are crowded or spaced too widely, you may develop swollen, red gums. These symptoms are also initial signs of periodontal disease. Braces can help you properly align your teeth, eliminating spaces between your gums and teeth. Gums that fit securely around your teeth are one of the strongest defenses against periodontal disease, as this helps prevent bacteria build up along the gum line.
Makes cleaning easier
Teeth that are overlapping or crowded can be very difficult to clean around. For this reason, straightening your teeth is an investment in your future oral hygiene, as it ensures that you will have properly aligned teeth for the rest of your life. However, if you have traditional braces with metal wires and brackets, you will need to take extra oral hygiene precautions to ensure you thoroughly clean during the course of your orthodontic treatment. You can also look into Invisalign braces with removable aligners, as this allows you to continue brushing and flossing normally.
Improves overall health
The condition of your teeth and gums is a good indicator of your overall body health. Residual bacteria in your mouth can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If this is left untreated, you may develop mouth sores, tender gums, and possible tooth loss. Oral infections can also lead to serious body health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
If you would like to learn more about clear braces and Invisalign in Fairfield, schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Thomas Braun. You can reach our office by dialing (203) 502-7717. Our mission is to provide professional, compassionate dental care that helps patients achieve the beautiful and healthy smiles they deserve.
Last updated 7 months ago
Dr. Thomas Braun is a proud member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Lingual Orthodontic Association. As a member of the ADA, Dr. Braun is able to connect with other professionals across the country, learning how to stay up-to-date in the latest dental technology. Through the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Braun is able to continually learn about the latest orthodontic technology, including clear braces and Invisalign.
Our orthodontic practice is committed to providing patients with individualized, comfortable treatment plans. For this reason, we offer patients the latest orthodontic technology, including Invisalign braces, which allow patients to straighten their teeth with custom, virtually invisible aligners. As a member of the American Academy of Orthodontists, Dr. Braun has access to the latest research in patient education and care. Dr. Braun uses the knowledge gained from his professional memberships as well as his experience as a Fairfield orthodontist to continually offer the very best orthodontic care to patients.
Dr. Thomas Braun offers a free initial consultation, with friendly service and financing options. To learn more, you can reach our Fairfield office at (203) 502-7717.
Last updated 7 months ago
If you’re like most people, Valentine's Day usually brings plenty of temptations filled with sugary snacks and drinks. Unfortunately, all of the constant snacking on cookies, chocolates, and candies can lead to cavities at the end of the February. The following are some tips to help you keep your smile healthy all year round.
Switch to mouth-healthy foods
Not all appetizers and sides at the holiday dinner table are bad for your teeth. Cheeses, chicken, nuts, and milks all have properties that can help you protect your tooth enamel. These food items contain calcium and phosphorus, elements that help re-mineralize teeth. It’s also a good idea to include firm, crunchy fruits in your holiday diet, as these items have a high water content that will naturally dilute the effects of sugars and stimulate saliva flow. If you do choose to eat acidic foods like citrus fruits, lemons, and tomatoes, be sure to include them as a larger meal, as this will help mitigate the acidic affects.
Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to dislodge any food particles stuck between teeth as well as to stimulate saliva flow. Some sugar-free gums even contain ingredients that help reduce cavities and heal areas where cavities are beginning to form. However, you should be careful about chewing gum if you already suffer from jaw pain or other jaw issues.
Drink plenty of water
Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage choice for your teeth. However, you can also drink milk and unsweetened tea during your holiday dinners. To avoid cavities, it’s a good idea to avoid drinking sugary drinks, including soda, lemonade, and coffee sweetened with added sugars. If you do decide to indulge in some sugary beverages, you should be careful to avoid sipping on the drinks throughout the course of the day.
Dr. Thomas Braun is an orthodontist in Fairfield dedicated to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Our office utilizes the most advanced treatment technology coupled with individualized treatment plans. For more information, give us a call at (203) 502-7717.
Last updated 7 months ago
Staying healthy this holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to avoid sugary treats altogether. In fact, not every food item you will see is necessarily bad for your teeth, as cheeses and milks contain nutrients that can help strengthen your tooth enamel. The key to keeping your body and smile healthy around this time of year is indulging in moderation, making healthier substitutions when possible.
This video provides an overview of some healthier snacking options you can make this holiday season. As you can see, some of your favorite treats, like Starbucks frappuccinos, have delicious, reduced sugar options. Aside from exploring low sugar alternatives, you can help reduce your risk of developing cavities by avoiding frequent snacking on the more sugary treat options.
To schedule a meeting with a Fairfield orthodontist, call Dr. Thomas Braun at (203) 502-7717. Our office offers flexible scheduling and affordable treatment plans.
Last updated 7 months ago
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. Before the age of seven, a child’s jaw is still developing, so an orthodontist can catch any issues before they become a major oral health concern. However, in some cases, a child may develop early issues in their teeth that immediately warrant a checkup with an orthodontist.
Teeth that are poorly aligned can make it difficult for your child to chew and swallow his or her food. This is especially true if your child’s teeth are positioned in a way that makes them bite into the cheeks or roof of the mouth. In some cases, the poor alignment of your child’s teeth can also cause the roof of the mouth to block his or her air passage. If this occurs, you may notice your child having difficulty breathing, especially at night.
Early or late loss of baby teeth
While early loss of baby teeth can cause your child to develop gaps and spaces in between the teeth, late loss of baby teeth can lead to tooth crowding. Either way, this can create problems eating, speaking, and cleaning his or her teeth. The advantage of early orthodontic treatment is that it can help facilitate proper teeth placement while the teeth and jaw are still growing. This allows orthodontists to yield results that might not be possible once the face and jaw are completely grown.
Crowded, overlapping teeth are a very common reason why people seek orthodontic treatment. If your child’s teeth are crowding, it can cause problems in removing bacteria and food from his or her teeth each day. It can also cause your child to feel self-conscious about smiling, talking, or laughing with friends.
Dr. Thomas Braun is a Fairfield orthodontist dedicated to helping his patients achieve healthy, glowing smiles. Our office provides orthodontic solutions for both children and adults, including Invisalign and clear braces. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, give us a call at (203) 502-7717.