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5 Tips for a Healthy Smile

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Chorak Orthodontics Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. For many people, an ideal smile is a mouth full of pearly white, perfectly aligned teeth. It’s not a bad goal to have, but in addition to straight white teeth, you need to make sure that your smile is a healthy one. Follow our tips below to make sure your mouth and your smile are in tip top condition. 1. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Every Day Brushing removes leftover food particles that can bond with saliva to form plaque. These particles feed the bacteria that naturally live in our mouths and these bacteria can eat through our tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Because plaque can harden into tartar, frequent brushing helps your teeth stay whiter and healthier than in people who brush less often. When brushing your teeth, be sure to use a quality electric toothbrush or a soft bristled manual brush. Angle the bristles toward the gumline at a 45-degree angle, with just enough pressure to mak

7 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath While Wearing Braces

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Chorak Orthodontics We understand that bad breath can be uncomfortable to talk about but unfortunately it happens to most people for several different reasons. The most common factor for bad breath in patientswith braces at Chorak Orthodontics is almost certainly caused by poor oral hygiene. After getting braces, patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth correctly. Bacteria feeds on food particles left in your mouth, and this bacterium creates odor. Because braces contain so many small spaces to trap food, the habits that worked great for cleaning your teeth before braces may no longer be enough. Bad-breath-causing odors and bacteria can also cling to removable orthodontic appliances (like a retainer or clear aligners ), so be sure to remove them before eating, even if you're only eating a small amount. Brush and Floss Often - Follow a strict routine of brushing and flossing regularly. Brush your teeth after breakfast every morning and prior to going to

Invisalign is the Perfect Option

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Chorak Orthodontics If you want a straighter smile but don’t want to spend years of wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign is the perfect option for you . At Chorak Orthodontics , we are a provider of Invisalign and have years of experience permanently correcting alignment issues in a shorter time than traditional braces. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created just for you. These aligners are smooth and comfortable. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Chorak has planned out for you. Not only is Invisalign effective, but the aligners are nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. This eliminates the anxiety or low self-confidence that usually come with traditional metal braces. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed instantly and easily.   You can take them in and out without compromising your treatment. You don’t h

You Might have Gum Disease

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Chorak Orthodontics More than 80 percent of Americans are living with periodontal or gum disease, which most often than not, goes unnoticed. At Chorak Orthodontics our goal is to continually raise awareness of the prevalence of gum disease while encouraging patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Gum disease is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. But because the symptoms of gum disease are subtle and painless, most people just shrug it off. If gum disease is left untreated, the consequences could be severe.   Gum disease has been linked to a host of general medical problems, including: Heart disease, Endocarditis, Lung problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Colorectal cancer, and Diabetes. According to the AmericanAssociation of Periodontology (AAP) , you may have gum disease if: Your gums are red, swollen, and sore to the touch.  Your gums bleed when you eat, brush or floss.   You see pus

Learning to Love Your Braces

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Chorak Orthodontics If you just got braces …you may be thinking that this is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to you.   Your mouth is most likely sore , you’re probably having a hard time eating the foods you love, and you are may be wondering if it is ever going to get any better.   Well…we know exactly what you’re going through, and we are here to tell you that pretty soon you are going to love your braces. Not loving your braces just yet. Try these helpful hints below. Smooth things over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheeks, place wax on the bracket or wire. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is also very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces won’t last long, so try your best not to get mad at your braces.   Avoid sticky or hard foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces or orthodontic appliances harm. Even though it may s

5 Common Bite Problems

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Chorak Orthodontics Our smiles are uniquely ours. However so is our bite. In orthodontics, “bite” refers to the way the upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite, called a “malocclusion”, happens when teeth meet improperly, or they don’t meet at all. When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints. 5 Common Orthodontic Problems 1. Crowding - Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. This can be a result of big teeth or inadequate space in the jaw or both. This may result in teeth that overlap, are rotated, or take on a crooked/staggered appearance. Crowding is the most common reason for braces. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal p

Gum Disease is a Real Thing

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Chorak Orthodontics More than 80 percent of Americans are living with gum disease , which most often goes unnoticed. Gum disease is something that many people will experience at some point in their lives. But because the symptoms of gum disease are so subtle and painless, most people just shrug it off. If gum disease is left untreated, the consequences could be severe.   Gum disease has been linked to a host of general medical problems, including: Heart disease, Endocarditis, Lung problems, and Diabetes. At Chorak Orthodontics our goal is to raise awareness while encouraging patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP) , you may have gum disease if: Your gums are red, swollen, and sore to the touch.   Your gums bleed when you eat, brush or floss.   You see signs of infection around the gums and teeth.   Your gums look as if they are "pulling away" from