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How to Floss with Braces

September 17th, 2017

Getting braces put on means learning all new ways to care for your teeth. One of the hardest things to master is flossing. Flossing can be difficult to get right even without braces, but don't get discouraged! Just follow these steps and you'll be a pro in no time.

Choose the Right Floss

First, make sure you buy waxed floss. This gives it a more slippery texture so it can slide between your wires and teeth easily. It is also less likely to split apart into threads and get caught on the metal pieces in your mouth. Alternately, you can invest in a water flosser, also known as an oral irrigator. This handy tool uses a strong, thin stream of water to blast plaque and food particles out from between teeth. Though this option is a bit more expensive, it is better at getting into hard to reach places and helps avoid sore, inflamed gums.

Proper Flossing Technique with Braces

Using regular dental floss with braces can be tricky, but it's not as hard as you might think. First, thread a piece of floss 12 to 16 inches in length behind your main wire. Next, slide it between two teeth. Then, gently move the floss up and down in a "scrubbing" motion. Move on to your next set of teeth and so on. When you have scrubbed between all your teeth on the top and bottom, you are finished! Flossing should take longer with braces than it does normally, so remember not to rush. Taking your time to show your teeth some extra TLC is essential when you have braces.

If you have any questions or want a demonstration on how to floss with braces, make an appointment with orthodontist Dr. Foley in London Ontario. His friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure you feel comfortable with taking care of your new orthodontics!

Welcome Dr. Meena Wilde to the Foley Wilde Orthodontics Team

September 11th, 2017

dr. wilde orthodontist in London, ONThe team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics are pleased to welcome the newest member of our team, Dr. Meena Wilde.

Dr. Wilde is a certified orthodontist and brings an extensive background in dentistry to the team. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Ottawa and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto. She proceeded to practice general dentistry in London for two years before completing her training in orthodontic specialty from Western University. After completing her orthodontic specialty training, Dr. Wilde received her Masters of Clinical Dentistry.

Dr. Meena Wilde met Dr. Foley during her time at Western University and they discovered that they share a similar philosophy in terms of patient care and treatment. Dr. Wilde was invited to join Dr. Foley's practice and is currently completing additional studies. She is currently enrolled in a two-year post-graduate program in orthodontics, also completed by Dr. Foley, as well as advanced courses in Invisalign.

Dr. Wilde is heavily involved with the faculty of Dentistry at Western University and is an adjunct clinical professor.  Through her continued clinical and scientific research and personal interest, she continues to expand on her knowledge in orthodontics whenever possible and is always up to date on the most recent literature.

In addition to continued research in orthodontics, Dr. Wilde provided support to underserved populations in Nicaragua and believes in the importance of social responsibility. She considers it an integral part of her profession and hopes to continue building her contributions.

Her research on the topic of orthodontics as well as her community involvement has been widely recognized, and she has been awarded the Dr. David C. Way Memorial Award, recognizing her efforts in community service and continued research.

Due to her extensive experience and research, Dr. Wilde practices using the highest quality of orthodontics and provides the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments to her patients. She is an expert in her field and we are honored to have her join the team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics.

How Do You Know if You Need Braces?

September 1st, 2017

Everyone’s smile looks slightly different, some natural imperfections may just be a unique attribute, other imperfections may cause discomfort or self-consciousness. At Foley Orthodontics, we want you to have the most beautiful, functional smile that you can.  Here are some signs to look for when deciding if you or your child should see an orthodontist:

1. Crowded Teeth

This problem is just what it sounds like: there simply isn't enough room in the mouth for your teeth! Without sufficient space, teeth become crooked. This not only looks less appealing than straight teeth, but flossing and even brushing can become a difficult task. Crowded teeth are prone to tooth decay and gum disease because it is hard to clean them properly. Braces can straighten them out so they look and feel their best.

2. Incorrect Jaw Position

Does your jaw crack, click, or shift? Does it look out of place or proportion to the rest of the face? Braces and other orthodontic devices can help put the jaw in its proper place. This can help with chewing, speaking, and pain reduction.

3. Tooth Gaps

On the opposite end of the spectrum from crowding, many people have irregular tooth gaps. Not only do gaps make many people self-conscious, they can also lead to gum disease because food has more direct access to the gum's surface. Braces help fix tooth spacing by reducing the size of gaps, ensuring a beautiful and healthy smile.

4. Irregular Bite

There is a wide variety of bite problems you or your child may face. An overbite, where top front teeth overlap and stick out past bottom front teeth, can increase your risk of trauma to the top teeth. An underbite, where top front teeth are behind top bottom teeth, makes chewing difficult and prematurely ages the face. A crossbite, where the top tooth is behind its opposing bottom tooth, can cause wear and damage to both teeth and gums. Finally, an openbite, where front teeth don't touch, often leads to speech and biting problems. Braces can align teeth to fix most irregular bites.

Whether you know you have one of these problems or you are completely unsure. Contact Foley Orthodontics in London, Ontario and book a consultation. No referral is required. Dr. Foley and his staff are friendly and professional and are ready to help you achieve the smile you want.

How to fix a gap between your front teeth

August 31st, 2017

The problem of diastema, or a gap between your teeth, can seem like a purely cosmetic issue. It is true that a gap between your teeth can affect your appearance, and this can play a role in your self-confidence as well as in how others view you. More than that, this orthodontics issue can also make it more difficult to speak clearly, to eat and more. Even swallowing issues and periodontal disease can develop if this issue is not properly treated. Dr. Foley is a reputable London Ontario orthodontist that offers exceptional treatment for this common condition.

Causes of Diastema

There are several causes of diastema, and the treatment that is recommended by Dr. Foley will be determined by the cause of your unique issue. For example, having jaw bones with different sizes, missing teeth, teeth that are unusually sized are common causes of a gab between the teeth. Braces are the most common treatment that your orthodontist may recommend, and this is because braces can be used to successfully move teeth closer together and eliminate the gap. If the orthodontist determines that braces are the right treatment for you, you may need to wear them for one to two years or longer. Regular orthodontic appointments may be needed during this time.

If the team determines that periodontal disease is present, you may require more specialized orthodontics treatment to address the issue and to prevent more serious issues from developing. Remember that this issue can result in tooth loss and the deterioration of your jaw bone in some cases.

For some younger children who have gaps between their teeth, the issue may resolve itself on its own as the child’s adult teeth come in. This is because adult teeth may be larger than baby teeth. Your child may need to be seen by the orthodontic team numerous times in the earlier years of his or her life as the adult teeth or coming in. With regular observation, the team can determine if your child will benefit from early treatment for this issue.

Treatment for Diastema

As you can see, diastema is a potentially serious issue that should not go untreated. It is easy to determine if you have a space between your teeth by looking at your mouth. If you notice a gap between one or more of your teeth, it is important to seek a professional diagnosis from an orthodontist and to learn about treatment options that may be right for you. A consultation with Dr. Foley and his orthodontics team is a great first step to take. Book a consultation today by calling 519 672 2699.