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BeatDentalPlaqueWhileWearingBraceswithTheseToolsandTips

Wearing braces will probably never make your list of Most Pleasurable Life Experiences: you'll have to avoid certain foods and habits, endure some occasional discomfort, and perhaps feel some embarrassment about your appearance. The good news, though, is that at worst, these are mostly no more than inconveniences and additionally they're well worth the straighter, more attractive smile you'll achieve.

But there's one downside to braces that can lead to something more serious. The braces hardware makes brushing and flossing more difficult—and that could increase your risk of dental disease.

The principal goal of oral hygiene is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of accumulated bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Without effective brushing and flossing, plaque can build up quickly and make the chances of having either of these two diseases more likely.

Not only does the braces hardware hinder your toothbrush's or floss's access to the parts of the teeth it covers, but it can also create "hiding places" for plaque build-up. Several studies have found that braces wearers on average have up to two to three times the plaque build-up of non-braces wearers.

There are ways, though, to make hygiene easier while wearing braces, particularly with flossing. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes can both be used to access between teeth while wearing braces. Another option is a water flosser or irrigator that sprays pressurized water between teeth (and beneath brackets and wires) to remove plaque. And braces wearers can get a prevention boost with topical fluoride applications or antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce disease-causing bacteria.

Besides taking a little extra time with brushing and flossing, you can also boost your mouth's health with good nutrition choices, less sugar consumption and keeping up regular dental visits. And, you should also see your dentist promptly if you notice any signs of tooth or gum problems—the sooner you have it checked and treated, the less damage any dental disease is likely to cause.

It's not easy keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free while wearing braces. But with a little extra time and effort, a few helpful tools and your dentist's support, you can maintain a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information on best hygiene practices while wearing braces, 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 “Caring for Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Lynch Dental Center
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign  

InvisalignOrthodontic problems are usually associated with children and teenagers, when getting braces is most common and generally accepted as a rite of passage. However, adults are not immune to bite and alignment problems that require treatment. The problem is that for many older teenagers and adults, the prospect of wearing traditional metallic braces is not appealing for both professional and personal reasons. That's where Invisalign clear aligner trays come in. The dentists at Lynch Dental Center Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch offer orthodontic, cosmetic, and general dentistry services in River Forest and Chicago, IL.

Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign 

There are a number of malocclusions (bite and alignment issues) that require orthodontic treatment, some of which are more severe than others and are best treated with traditional orthodontics. Invisalign is a good option for mild to moderate problems such as:

  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gaps
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite

A dental exam is the best way to determine whether Invisalign is the right option for your situation.

Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligner Trays

Most people are drawn to Invisalign because they are the least invasive and most discreet option available to get straighter teeth. But there are a number of additional benefits that make Invisalign the ideal choice for many teenagers and adults. The trays can be removed for up to two hours a day, so there are no dietary restrictions like with braces. You can also continue to brush and floss, maintaining your oral hygiene routine throughout the treatment period. In some cases, the length of time it takes to straighten your teeth with Invisalign can be shorter than with traditional braces.

If you're ready to invest in a straighter, healthier smile - without getting braces - contact Lynch Dental Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (708) 366-6411 in River Forest or (312) 263-3235 in Chicago.

By Lynch Dental Center
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

If you have misaligned teeth or bite issues, you may have considered orthodontic care to straighten your smile. However, if the thought of invisaligntraditional metal braces and their obvious appearance has held you back from pursuing treatment, you may be able to straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign. But what can Invisalign do for you? Are you a good candidate for this treatment? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in River Forest and Chicago, IL.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which, instead of using traditional metal brackets and wires, uses clear, plastic aligner trays worn in the mouth to straighten the smile. Though Invisalign is effective in its results, its appearance is subtle and discreet, meaning you will not have to compromise your look to get the smile you want.

Can Invisalign help my smile? 
Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients who want to straighten their smile or address their bite issues. Common uses for Invisalign include treating:

  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

What can I expect during Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign’s aligner trays come in a series, the number of which depending on your treatment plan and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Treatment length usually averages about a year. Patients wear the trays for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and perform their daily oral care tasks like brushing and flossing. You will wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series.

Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in River Forest and Chicago, IL​
Invisalign's removable design allows patients to eat the foods they love and brush and floss as they would have before braces. This treatment provides the same results as traditional metal braces and can help most patients who require orthodontic care. If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in Chicago, IL, and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago or (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest today!

By Lynch Dental Center
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Find out how this clear orthodontic system could potentially help you get a straighter smile.invisalign

As an adult, there are many things that you may feel too old to do: riding your local state fair’s kiddy rides or getting a lollipop after a dentist’s visit. Perhaps you think getting braces also belongs on that list. While most people assume that braces are just meant for children, our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch are here to dispel this myth and tell you why you may just want to consider getting Invisalign if you want to fix your crooked smile.

The Clear Alternative

This is the most obvious benefit to getting Invisalign and yet one we shouldn’t forget. While there are certainly tooth-colored brackets and wires that you can get, which are more discreet than their metal counterpart, you can still see these braces.

Instead, why don’t you opt for a system that uses a set of clear plastic removable aligners, which can be just as effective for shifting teeth into the proper place but doesn’t require you to wear braces that the whole world can see?

Convenience

We know that you lead a busy life and having to visit our Chicago and River Forest, IL, general dentists every few weeks for routine checkups can really make getting braces more of a chore than a positive experience. Of course, when you get the Invisalign treatment you won’t have to come into the office nearly as much as you would with traditional braces, which means a little more time to spend doing what makes you happy.

Comfort

Wearing metal all over your teeth is certainly no picnic, and it probably goes without saying that it can also be rather uncomfortable. The brackets and wires can rub against your cheeks and gums and cause some serious irritation. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of this. Each aligner is custom-made just for you from a special, flexible thermoplastic. While the aligners will offer a snug fit, the material is far more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

Quick Treatment

While your length of treatment will really depend on the severity of your dental issues, we find that by and large most adults who get Invisalign can get the results they want in about one year. Of course, minor misalignments may take far less time to treat. This is a much better option than traditional braces, which can take up to 2 years or more to get a straight smile.

Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the best option for your smile? If so, the next step is to call Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, to schedule your consultation.