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We know that sometimes dentists sound like a broken record with the “brush and floss regularly” advice we give out frequently, but the value of strong oral health and hygiene habits at home can simply not be understated. We frequently see patients who require extensive work (such as crowns and implants) that could have easily have been prevented.

While it’s normal to forget a brush here and there, serious oral health issues can result from a sporadic brushing and flossing routine. Beyond the annoyance of cavities, those who do not devote adequate attention to their smiles may find themselves in need of tooth replacements, bridges, and a host of other extensive work.

Make your smile a priority everyday!
Your smile is too beautiful to ignore! We recently stumbled on the infographic below and we think it serves as a great visual reminder to our friends and patients about how to properly care for your teeth and mouth in order to keep your smile fresh, happy, and vibrant.

Give it a glance below, and let the Bell Dental Group of Cincinnati, Ohio know what you think!

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*Retrieved from http://www.beaconcovedental.com.au/prevention-service/why-prevent-decay/

If you ever have any questions about oral health care, our friendly team is always happy to help. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Almost everyone goes through that stage of life: getting braces. It’s a rite of passage, that life-changing time when you turn the alignment and arrangement of your teeth into the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! You might be nervous about getting braces – the look of them, the feel, the discomfort of adjustments – but there’s no reason to be. Fortunately, most dentists now offer the option of Invisalign. Here are three reasons you should consider Invisalign over traditional braces:

They’re quick
Invisalign is a thermoplastic aligner that’s tailor made to fit your teeth. The aligners are designed after a consultation and treatment development plan with your dentist. They are used to correct tooth alignment, eliminate gaps, and straighten crooked teeth by placing gentle force on key points of your teeth. Most importantly, the process works smoothly and relatively quickly; depending on your exact needs, an Invisalign treatment can last from three to eighteen months.

They’re removable
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed. This makes it much easier to eat and drink, and they cause no disruption to your normal dental hygiene routine. You can easily pop them out for brushing and flossing, then pop them back in. And because they’re made of plastic, there’s no concern over allergic reaction to the metals used in most braces. The key to remember, though, is that the treatment works most effectively when you wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day!

They’re gradual
Even though treatment can move quickly, the re-alignment of your teeth happens through a steady adjustment process, which minimizes the pain and discomfort. Most treatments work in two-week increments. After two weeks of wearing your aligner regularly, your dentist supplies you with a new aligner that adjusts the pressure put on your teeth and continually moves them into the right formation.

Over at The Bell Dental Group of Cincinnati, we strongly believe that Invisalign helps you achieve your dream smile without the disruption and discomfort of traditional braces. The aligners blend in so seamlessly that friends and family may not even realize you’ve been wearing them. But once you show them the before and after pictures, they’ll be amazed! Contact the Bell Dental Group of Cincinnati today to get started on your perfect smile.