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Wearing Braces? Don’t Let Your Oral Health Suffer

Mouth With Braces Roswell, GA

Countless patients undergo orthodontic treatment each year. Wearing braces can correct a wide range of misalignments in your teeth and promote a straighter, more attractive smile. While modern orthodontics include methods like Invisalign that make it easier to clean your teeth and gums during treatment, a large majority of patients still rely on traditional metal braces. Metal braces are highly effective, but they are also pose the most challenge when it comes to brushing and flossing.

You don’t have to sacrifice the health of your teeth when trying to straighten them. However, you may have to put forth some extra effort. While brushing and flossing and steering clear of acidic beverages and sticky foods is important for any smile, one that is under brackets and wires is especially reliant on these healthy oral habits.

Brackets, rubber bands and wires create places for plaque and bacteria to hide and build up over time. To make matters worse, it is difficult for your toothbrush and floss to reach all these hiding places within your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, the presence of plaque and bacteria creates an open invitation for the following types of dental issues while in braces:

  • Gingivitis (swollen, red and bleeding gums)
  • Periodontitis (infected gum tissue)
  • Decalcification (white spots on teeth)
  • Cavities (areas of decay)

What Can You Do?

First and foremost, you’ll need to up your oral hygiene game while you are wearing braces. This may involve brushing after every meal or using a special floss that is designed for orthodontic patients. You should also consider visiting your dentist more regularly, as a professional cleaning can go a long way towards keeping your smile healthy and stain-free during orthodontic treatment. Never assume that your frequent trips to the orthodontist are a substitute for routine dental checkups!

Patients in braces should also be extra mindful about what they eat and drink. You’ll be told to avoid sticky candy and certain hard foods, as this will not only keep your brackets from breaking but also protect your teeth from harmful, cavity-causing substances. Remember that these dental care rules while in braces are only temporary, but they can ensure you are left with a clean and healthy smile when your braces come off!

Are you wearing braces? Are you concerned about the health of your teeth and gums? Call Mitzi Morris, DMD today. We can address your dental issues now so that your teeth can continue to straighten in their best condition possible.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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