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Traditional braces are often used to gradually correct misaligned teeth through the process of consistently timed adjustment appointments. Each of these important sessions will tighten the braces components and alter the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in your gums.

Our orthodontist notes that preventing cavities and maintaining healthy gums is very important to the realignment process. Complications from tooth decay can potentially increase the amount of time it takes to bring your teeth into their ideal position.  

It’s important to thoroughly brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. You also need to remember to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once per day.

Consistently removing food particles and other bacterial deposits will significantly reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease. Dr. Lautt also notes that healthy gums tend to experience less discomfort after an adjustment.

Your regularly scheduled dental checkups are also very important for cleaning your teeth while monitoring the health of your mouth. Early detection allows a problem to be addressed before it develops into a more serious oral health condition.

If you live in the Ventura, California, area and you have misaligned teeth, you should consider scheduling an appointment at Coastal Orthodontic Care.