If you want a gorgeous smile that will turn heads, you should think about your daily brushing routine before making an appointment to talk about braces. Though it’s important that you brush regularly, it’s also important that you do not brush too hard or brush too often. The more you brush and the more vigorously you brush, the more damage you can do to your teeth. Vigorous brushing can strip the enamel from your teeth and lead to increased sensitivity too.
The Right Amount of Brushing
You typically want to brush your teeth at least twice a day, including once in the morning and once before going to bed. Brushing first thing in the morning helps remove the scum or film that develops on your teeth, and brushing later at night is a great way to remove food particles and other debris from your teeth. Make sure that you floss at least once a day too, which removes the debris trapped between your teeth that can lead to periodontal disease.
Before making an appointment with an orthodontist to talk about Invisalign, you may want to think about how hard you brush your teeth. Using extra pressure while brushing can damage both your teeth and your gums. Some may notice that their gums bleed during regular brushing. While this can be a sign of periodontal disease, it’s also a sign that you brush your teeth too hard. Any pain that you experience during brushing may indicate that you use too much pressure.
While an orthodontist can talk with you more about braces like Invisalign, the orthodontist can also determine whether you brush your teeth too hard or too often and give you tips on better caring for your teeth and gums at home. Make an appointment today to talk with the qualified professionals working at Gorton & Schmol Orthodontics about your oral health and dental procedures.
Learn More about Orthodontia at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics is located in Larkspur, Calif., in Marin County. There are three experts at our facility who can determine if you need to wear aligners or braces. Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist:
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
To make your orthodontic treatment more personalized or faster, you can choose to use the Acceledent or WowSmiles systems along with these devices:
• Damon Clear
Visit Gorton and Schmol Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how the Invisalign system can help you.
Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle,Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006
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Dr. Jasmine Gorton, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor degrees in both Integrative Biology and Social Sciences and then went on to graduate from Harvard with honors for her Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
She continued her education at UCSF with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Growth and Development, followed by an Orthodontic Residency with a Master of Science in Oral Biology.
She is Board Certified in Orthodontics. She received the American Association of Orthodontics Award for Craniofacial Research and the Harvard Odontological Society Award for Excellence in Research. Her work on preventing decay around braces has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics.