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5 Tips for Caring For Braces and Teeth

October 16, 2012 News Comments Off

LAKEVILLE, SHAKOPEE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA– Braces are the vehicle that takes your teeth to their final destination of a straight and beautiful smile.

That vehicle needs to be properly maintained and cared for if it’s going to get to its destination in a timely manner, and without expensive repairs and setbacks.

Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Shakopee orthodontics provider, shares these five tips for caring for braces and teeth during orthodontic treatment:

Floss Teeth Twice a Day
Flossing can help you clean areas between teeth and other places toothbrushes can miss. A floss threader can be used to help you navigate safely around your appliances. It’s important to floss twice a day, preferably after lunch and before bedtime to help ward off gum disease and decay.

Brush Teeth After Every Meal
Teeth and appliances should be brushed after every meal and before bedtime using soft strokes and a fluoride toothpaste. An interdental toothbrush is a must-have for orthodontic patients, since it’s able to clean the hard-to-reach areas under wires better than an ordinary toothbrush.

Be Consistent With Elastics
If we have prescribed elastics, they are to be worn at all times, except when eating meals or brushing teeth. It’s important that you wear the correct size elastics and have a stash of extras in case our Lakeville, Prior Lake and St. Paul orthodontist‘s office is closed, since teeth can develop resistance to their pressure when they aren’t worn consistently.

“By missing one day of wearing their elastics after even a week of consistent use, patients risk their teeth moving back to their original position,” says Dr. Bonvino. ” I can’t stress enough how this phase requires cooperation and consistency on the patient’s behalf.”

Address Damage Promptly
In cases where damage has occurred to the appliance, you should contact our office immediately to set up an appointment to fix the appliance. If a wire or bracket is irritating sensitive oral tissues, applying wax and using an antiseptic rinse can provide relief until an appointment can be made.

Follow Food Guidelines
When being treated with braces and other orthodontic appliances, certain foods must be avoided. Foods that are hard or chewy like beef jerky and candy can cause costly damage and add months to your treatment time.

At Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, invisible braces such as Invisalign can conveniently be removed to allow you to eat and care for your teeth as normal without risking damage to your appliance. However, it’s important to keep the aligners clean, since they can house bacteria that may lead to cavities.

We recommend soaking aligners in denture cleaner to prevent this from occurring.

By following these tips and guidelines, patients ensure quicker results with fewer setbacks and unnecessary costs due to damage and additional appointments that may be required, says Dr. Bonvino, St. Paul braces provider.

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LAKEVILLE, PRIOR LAKE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Even though you may think sports and energy drinks help your children perform on the field, they’re one of the leading causes of tooth decay for kids and teens.

“Many parents don’t realize that these drinks have the power to cause more harm than good,” said Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Minneapolis orthodontist. “Over time, they can negatively affect kids’ oral and overall health.”

Not only do these beverages contain a large amount of sugar that can cause cavities, but they also have high acidity levels. A study recently published in the Academy of General Dentistry’s journal titled “General Dentistry” found that five days of exposure to sports and energy drinks can begin to erode tooth enamel. Once enamel is damaged, teeth can become sensitive to temperature change and touch, as well as more susceptible to decay.

Even though the study found that acidity levels of sports and energy drinks vary based on brand and flavors, citric and phosphoric acids are the main erosion agents found in both types of beverages. These acids are also found in soft drinks, which have the same affect on tooth enamel as sports and energy drinks do, and have a pH that is close to that of battery acid.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, once tooth enamel is lost, it’s gone forever (Brochure PDF). However, there are many fluoride toothpastes and rinses that can reharden tooth enamel to protect it from acid attacks.

Those types of beverages not only increase your children’s chances of suffering from cavities, but they also heighten their risk of obesity and diabetes. The American Dental Association reports that sports drinks are not necessary for most kids who are engaged in physical activities because they are designed to replace electrolytes and water lost during vigorous, prolonged activity. Children who drink carbohydrate-filled sports drinks on a regular basis can become overweight without realizing that these beverages are the culprit.

On the other hand, energy and colas contain a number of stimulants that aren’t found in sports beverages. Ingredients such as guarana, caffeine and taurine can negatively impact children’s cardiovascular and neurologic systems, as well as cause sleep, dehydration and anxiety problems.

The best way to help your kids avoid suffering from these side effects is to offer them water as an alternative, not only during and after physical activity, but with meals as well.

Dr. Bonvino recommends that if you choose to let them drink sports, energy or cola drinks, have them wait at least an hour after consumption to brush their teeth so the acidity is not spread around their mouth. Using a straw can also minimize the damage done to their tooth enamel.

“Other simple methods include rinsing their mouth with water or chewing sugar-free gum after drinking those types of beverages,” said Dr. Bonvino. “This increases saliva production and helps their acidity levels return to normal.”

If your kids are undergoing Invisalign or other type of orthodontic treatment, you know that life with braces means taking extra precautions to ensure the health of teeth and gums. Because braces patients are at a greater risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems than those who don’t have braces, Dr. Bonvino advises her pediatric orthodontics patients to watch their diet during orthodontic treatment.

“Patients who stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and develop good oral health habits tend to experience the best results,” said Dr. Bonvino. “It may require a few sacrifices, but the payoff of a perfect smile is priceless.”

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LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND FARMINGTON, MINNESOTA – Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Farmington Invisalign expert, and the entire staff at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics will educate patients about facial protection during National Facial Protection Month in April.


Although April is the official observance, protecting the face from injury is a message conveyed year-round by the dental braces specialist, Dr. Bonvino says. The staff at Cosmopolitan educates patients on the types of mouth guards available, along with their pros and cons.

“Wearing adequate facial protection is important in terms of your orthodontic treatment and your overall oral health,” she says. “Getting hit in the mouth while playing sports can damage your teeth and your orthodontic appliances.”


Why Are You So Sensitive?

January 10, 2012 Article Comments Off

LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain. No one wants to wince in pain each time they bite into a popsicle or drink a cup of hot chocolate.

Tooth sensitivity is fairly common- one in five adults deals with it- but there are some measures you can take if you are a tooth sensitivity sufferer.

Before we share our recommendations for alleviating tooth sensitivity, let’s share a bit about what causes it. We sometimes have patients at our Lakeville, Savage and St. Paul orthodontics office who complain of sensitivity after getting their dental braces. There is a difference between sensitivity and soreness. The “sensitivity” that a new braces wearer might experience is temporary and goes away when the teeth have adjusted to having appliances on them, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, the adult and children’s orthodontiston staff at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics.


Orthodontics- It’s Not Just About a Pretty Smile

December 4, 2011 News Comments Off

SAVAGE, LAKEVILLE & PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA – Although appearances always seem to be at the forefront, it’s not the sole reason why orthodontic appliances and treatment were created, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, our resident expert at our Savage and Prior Lake children’s orthodontist’s office.In addition to looks- and often more importantly- orthodontic treatment was designed to correct function problems in children and adults.

Braces for kids and adults, and in many cases, Invisalign treatment can address the following issues:

In terms of function, the job of orthodontic treatment is to correct the improper bite relationship between your child’s upper and lower teeth, says Dr. Bonvino. Orthodontics also can create a proper relationship between your child’s upper and lower jaws and correct his/her bite, making it possible for your child to chew food better.


SAVAGE, LAKEVILLE AND BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA – We are happy to announce- and our patients have been happy to hear- that we are hosting our annual Halloween candy buy-back program once again this year.

This is our third year hosting the event, which brings out the competitive spirit in our patients in quite a generous way, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Savage, Lakeville and Burnsville orthodontics provider who specializes in orthodontics for children and braces for adults.

The program is designed to accomplish a couple of things, Dr. Bonvino says. As strange as it may sound, one benefit of the program is to promote oral hygiene and protect orthodontic appliances by encouraging our patients to donate candies and snacks that might stick to or damage their teeth or braces.