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Wearing Braces? Watch for Gum Disease

Woman With Braces

If you are currently wearing braces or considering this traditional type of orthodontics, you are on your way to a straighter, more attractive smile. Unfortunately, wearing braces requires some temporary sacrifice. While the need to avoid certain foods and habits during your braces treatment is inconvenient, you may also face some notable challenges in keeping your teeth clean while wearing brackets and wires. For this reason, orthodontic patients in metal braces are at greater risk for gum disease.

The Impact of Poor Dental Hygiene During Orthodontics

Dental plaque is a thin film of bacteria and food particles that accumulates on our teeth after meals. Brushing and flossing each day is the primary weapon to fight plaque buildup and avoid the cavities, gum disease and other dental problems it can cause.

If you are wearing braces, however, your toothbrush has a lot of extra materials to work around. Wires, bands and brackets can often stand in the way of a good dental cleaning. When parts of your smile are missed and plaque hardens in isolated areas, it can trigger irritation and infection within your gums. This is the first stage of gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis. To make matters worse, teenagers in braces have the extra risk of surging hormones, which is known to contribute to gum disease.

There are some telltale signs that indicate poor cleaning habits while wearing braces. Among bad breath and staining, you may also notice that your gums are red, puffy and bleed easily. If you notice any of these warning signs, you’ll need to take action right away to halt the serious threats of gum disease on your oral health and body health.

Preventing Gingivitis During Orthodontics

At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we stress the importance of dental cleanings during orthodontics treatment, which includes what you do at home as well as how often you come to our office for a professional cleaning. It is common to see patients more than twice a year for these cleanings when they are wearing braces. Many patients also invest in special tools that can clean teeth better with braces, such as an interproximal brush or water flosser. If you are worried about the challenges that fixed metal braces can bring, you may also want to consider Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear removable aligner system that allows patients to remove their appliance to brush, floss and eat!

Call Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell to learn more about dental care during orthodontics.

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
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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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