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By Forest Hills Dental
July 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health

On your way to a more attractive smile, you’ll have to deal with some inconveniences while wearing braces like avoiding certain foods or habits or dealing with possible embarrassment about your new “metal smile.” But there’s one consequence of wearing braces that could dramatically affect your dental health: the difficulty they pose for keeping your teeth clean of dental plaque.

Dental plaque is a thin film of bacteria and food particles that if allowed to build up on tooth surfaces could trigger tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Brushing and flossing thoroughly every day helps prevent this buildup.

Unfortunately, metal brackets and wires can get in the way and cause you to miss areas while performing these hygiene tasks. This could cause plaque buildup in those isolated areas that could trigger an infection. And if you (or someone you love) are also a teenager, the natural adolescent surge in hormones can increase your infection risk.

If while wearing braces you notice your gums are reddened, swollen or bleeding when you brush, these are all signs of infection and the body’s inflammatory response to it. The longer the infection continues, the weaker the tissues become, causing them to gradually detach from the teeth. Along with bone deterioration (another effect of the disease), this can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to be as thorough as possible with daily brushing and flossing. To help make it easier, you can use special tools like an interproximal brush that can maneuver around the braces better than a regular brush. For flossing you can use a floss threader to more readily guide floss between teeth or a water flosser that uses a pressurized stream of water rather than floss thread to remove plaque.

This extra cleaning effort while wearing braces can greatly reduce your disease risk. But you’ll still need to keep an eye out for any symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums, and see your dentist as soon as possible. If the symptoms become severe you may need your braces removed until the disease can be brought under control. The health and future vitality of your teeth and gums is what’s of primary importance.

If you would like more information on dental care while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Swelling During Orthodontics.”


While braces are a tried and true method for achieving a more attractive smile, they may also give rise to problems with dental disease. This is because their hardware — the brackets and bands that serve as tracks for the tensioning wires — make it more difficult to access the tooth and gum surfaces to clean away plaque. This thin film of food remnant may then become a haven for bacteria that cause gum disease or tooth decay.

One of the more common conditions to occur while wearing braces is gingivitis. This is an initial inflammation of the gum tissues caused by bacterial plaque that hasn’t been removed by brushing or flossing. As the inflammation grows unchecked, the infection could advance deeper into the tissues to become a more serious form of gum disease that threatens the survival of affected teeth.

Difficult as it may be for those wearing braces, the best way to avoid gingivitis is through more thorough oral hygiene practices. Fortunately, there are many hygiene products that can help you get around many of the access difficulties posed by braces. Smaller toothbrushes known as interproximal brushes and floss threaders, small aids that thread dental floss under braces wires, can access the spaces between teeth more readily than conventional brushes or floss. Water flossers (which use water under pressure to remove plaque between teeth) and motorized toothbrushes can further increase efficiency. We can also reduce bacterial growth in the mouth if need be with prescription-strength antibacterial mouthrinses.

If, however, gingivitis or gum overgrowth (another common occurrence during orthodontic treatment) continues to be a problem, we may need to take other actions including surgery. In extreme cases, the braces may need to be removed to adequately treat the gums and allow them time to heal before proceeding with orthodontics.

Extra care with daily hygiene and regular dental checkups and cleanings in addition to your orthodontic visits will help keep gum problems at bay while you’re wearing braces. Taking this extra care will stop or minimize the effect of disease as you continue on to the ultimate goal of your orthodontic treatment — a more beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental care during orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Forest Hills Dental
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

What your dentist in Forest Hills, NY wants you to knowinvisalign

You may be thinking orthodontic treatment is just for teenagers. You may be thinking orthodontic treatment means wearing brackets and wires for years. It’s time to rethink orthodontic treatment, thanks to Invisalign! Invisalign is the most discreet method to achieve a straight smile, and it’s perfect for people of any age, including adults. Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, NY wants to share the advantages of Invisalign and why it is the right choice for you.

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign system uses a combination of clear plastic trays, called aligners. You will receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for 2 weeks. You then move on to a different set of aligners, which you wear for another 2 weeks. You will progress to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. The typical length of treatment is between 9 and 15 months.

Why Choose Invisalign?

The Invisalign system has many advantages over other methods of orthodontic treatment. These are just a few:

  • Invisalign treatment is quick, compared to years with conventional brackets and wires.
  • Invisalign treatment is comfortable, because the aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to irritate your gums, cheeks, or tongue.
  • Invisalign treatment is cosmetically beautiful, because the aligners are clear plastic and virtually invisible to people around you.
  • Invisalign treatment is convenient, because you can remove the aligners to eat, brush, and floss.

Invisalign aligners may look delicate and beautiful, but they are strong enough to correct the same tooth and jaw alignment problems as conventional brackets and wires including:

  • Underbite and overbite
  • Open bite and crossbite
  • Twisted and rotated teeth
  • Gapped or overlapped teeth

The many advantages of the Invisalign system help to make it the right choice for you. If you want rapid results in a short period of time, Invisalign is the right choice to make. If you want a comfortable, discreet way to achieve a straight smile, you need Invisalign! To find out more about this revolutionary way to straighten your smile, call Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, NY today!

By Forest Hills Dental
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Invisalign is a successful dental treatment that replaces traditional metal braces. It uses clear aligners that are made of an invisible invisalignplastic material. Rather than being bonded to the teeth like braces, they are completely removable. They have proven to be successful in patients of all ages. Your Forest Hills, NY, Invisalign specialist, Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental, can determine whether or not this dental treatment is a viable option for your oral health.

Benefits of Invisalign

There are many advantages to choosing to have Invisalign. The first is improved oral hygiene. With this appliance, you are able to clean your teeth easier than if you had braces. They are discreet, another benefit, making them work great for younger patients.

In terms of comfort, Invisalign wins too as the aligners will not irritate the soft tissues in your mouth like metal wires and braces do. Also, they protect against teeth grinding as they serve as thin nightguards. Your Forest Hills dentist can examine your teeth and decide if Invisalign will be successful for you and your goals for your smile.

These clear aligners are custom made with special computer software to move teeth from their current position to the best alignment. This movement is broken down into several stages. Aligners are worn for a period of time before the next set is worn and so on until the desired position is achieved.

Proper oral hygiene is imperative with these aligners. Since they are removable, it is easy to brush and floss regularly to prevent decay, cavities or gum disease. Wearing your aligners as prescribed is important to achieve your new beautiful smile. To learn more about realigning your teeth with Invisalign, contact Dr. Mark, your Forest Hills, NY, dentist at Forest Hills Dental, today by calling (718) 275-9792 to schedule an appointment.

By Forest Hills Dental
September 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Want to get a straighter smile without having to wear bulky metal braces? Your wish has been granted!

Our Forest Hills, NY dentist, Dr. Gregory Mark, is making it easy for teens and adults to finally fix their crooked smiles without having to invisalignsport the dreaded metal braces that you remember from childhood. Now, you can choose to get that straighter smile the clear way when you get Invisalign.

The Clear Alternative

Did you think the only way to get a straighter smile was with metal braces? Well, think again! Invisalign uses nearly invisible plastic aligners (that look similar to a mouthguard) that will help to shift teeth into the proper alignment. And because you are wearing plastic, custom-fitted aligners instead of metal brackets and braces you’ll find that many people won’t even notice that you are wearing them.

Don’t Change Your Lifestyle

Another benefit to choosing Invisalign is that you’ll wear comfortable aligners that won’t irritate gum tissue like metal braces can. Plus, you won’t have to worry about dietary restrictions. Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking and then clean them out and place them back in when meals are over. The same rule applies for brushing and flossing your teeth. Invisalign easily fits into your lifestyle, not the other way around.

Is it right for me?

It’s important to know which issues Invisalign is able to address. If you are a teen or adult looking for a nearly invisible solution for fixing problem teeth, then getting Invisalign in Forest Hills might just be the best option. Common issues that Invisalign can treat include:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open Bites
  • Cross bites
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crookedness
  • Crowding

Forest Hills Dental is here to give you the smile you deserve. If you want to fix crooked teeth and other problems then find out if getting Invisalign in Forest Hills, NY is right for you. Call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation!

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