Four common dental problems associated with wearing braces in Colchester and what to do about them

Having to wear fixed teeth straightening devices requires patients to make adjustments in their lifestyles. These adjustments include adding extra time to the mouth cleaning routine and avoiding favourite foods, if these pose a challenge to eat (chewy, hard and crunchy foods). Not adjusting properly to these changes can result in patients experiencing problems and developing various dental conditions. These conditions can be avoided. Patients experiencing problems with wearing braces in Colchester are urged to contact our orthodontists at Hello Dental to discuss their issues.Braces in Colchester

  1. Greater risk of gum disease

Patients wearing teeth-straightening devices are more prone to develop gum disease if they fail to take good care of their oral health as instructed by the orthodontist. The main reason for this is that by not thoroughly cleaning teeth, gums, tongue and the wires and brackets that make up the fixed teeth straightening device, bacteria is allowed to build-up across the gum line, leading to gum disease. Symptoms of the condition include: inflammation, bleeding, and in an advanced condition, receding gums. Gum disease places the patient at risk of tooth decay and the quality of bone structure deteriorating –  resulting in tooth loss. Gum disease is preventable. When having the teeth straightening device fitted, patients should ensure they have the orthodontist show them the correct way to keep gums clean. Patients who have developed symptoms of gum disease due to wearing braces in Colchester should make an appointment with a dentist for further treatment.

  1. The increased risk of cavities

Again, not taking care to keep teeth scrupulously clean, patients are at a greater risk of cavities forming in teeth. Food particles can become trapped in the spaces between wires and brackets that make up teeth straightening devices, allowing bacteria to grow. Fortunately there are ways patients can continue to wear their teeth correcting instruments and keep them clean. There are special dental tools available to clean brackets and regular professional teeth cleaning carried out by a trained dentist is highly recommended.

  1. Stained teeth

Food and beverages are the most common causes of teeth becoming discoloured if not given a thorough cleaning. When brackets are removed after some time, there will be a noticeable difference in the colour of teeth where the brackets were positioned and the rest of the tooth. Professional teeth whitening can effectively whiten teeth after the removal of the teeth correcting device.

  1. Bad breath

Another very common problem many patients experience with wearing teeth straightening devices is bad breath. This condition mainly arises due to poor dental hygiene. Other reasons can include the foods a patient eats and the development of an infection. Patients who are under orthodontic treatment should be especially careful with oral hygiene and have teeth professionally cleaned regularly.

Orthodontic treatments offer a high success rate and many patients achieve desired results without experiencing any major problems. Patients are required to follow all instructions regarding diet, care for orthodontic devices and the recommended oral hygiene routine. Let us at Hello Dental help you keep on track with your dental treatments.

Good Oral Health

Here at Hello Dental our focus is on oral health and a major role in this is good oral hygiene. We recommend using an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush.  Evidence suggests that a pulsating, rotating and oscillating electric toothbrush removes more plaque vs another brand of electric toothbrush and/or a manual toothbrush. The most important thing to remember when brushing is to angle the toothbrush towards the gumline. Plaque and bacteria build up against the space where the gum meets the tooth. To make sure you are removing as much plaque as possible it is important to angle the bristles towards the space where the gum and tooth meet. Electric toothbrushes are doing all the work for you so all you need to do is hold it against the gumline for 2-3 seconds on each tooth and move round slowly. This is true for upper and lower teeth and on the outside and insides. If you divide our mouth into 4 (upper, lower, outside and insides) you can spend 30 seconds on each quadrant with your toothbrush. This then adds up to the recommended brushing time of 2 minutes. This should be done twice daily. Here are some handy tips for when brushing your teeth.

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes at a time
  2. Use an electric toothbrush to maximise plaque removal
  3. Angle the bristles towards the space where the gum and tooth meet
  4. Work your way round slowly taking care not to scrub with the brush
  5. Use a fluoride toothpaste to keep the enamel strong
  6. Spit out the excess toothpaste but do not rinse afterwards

If you have any questions or queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team for some advice.

Change your smile and outlook on life with braces in Colchester

Let’s face it: we live in a world that prioritises perfection. How we look and how well we groom ourselves has become important, thanks to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

Braces in ColchesterHumans are a naturally imperfect species; we all have our flaws, some of which we have hang-ups about. There are certain aspects about ourselves that we have to live with, but walking through life with embarrassingly crooked teeth is not one of those things.

Braces in Colchester are now available for anyone looking to improve their smile by having their teeth straightened.

Gain confidence and increase your self-esteem with a straightening aid fitted by our experienced dentists – there are several different types of orthodontic devices from which to choose. Whether you have children going through adolescence or are a fully-fledged adult, we have braces that are suitable for you.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to braces

We live in a changing world with ever advancing technology, and that includes modern orthodontics. Less than 50 years ago, a person wanting straight teeth had one option available, metal braces with large brackets that were uncomfortable to wear and noticeable. Sure, braces were effective in what they could achieve, but not what you want to be seen wearing as a self-conscious teenager or adult for an extended period.

Since their initial introduction to society, however, there have been several other developments and upgrades to the archetypal metal braces.

No two people have the same dental issues, which means that methods for treatment from one person to the next vary, even if only slightly.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the more popular types of braces in Colchester that we offer our clients.

  • Fastbraces: it’s in the name

Aside from their appearance, a common complaint about regular braces is that they work slowly, meaning you have to wear them for longer than you would like, for at least one or two years. With Fastbraces, you can achieve more or less the same results in half the time.

Unlike metal braces, that work in two stages: first aligning the crown of the tooth, followed by the re-positioning of the root, Fastbraces straighten your teeth with triangular-shaped brackets and unique wiring that start to align the root of your teeth from the start.

  • ClearCorrect: the joy of invisible braces

If you are looking for alternative braces in Colchester that are removable and practically invisible, ClearCorrect might be a more suitable option for your needs and wants.

The mechanics for straightening teeth with ClearCorrect are also different from traditional methods. Using custom-made aligners that you can slip in and out of your mouth, your teeth are gradually made straight a few at a time.

Aside from the invisible nature, people enjoy ClearCorrect because they can remove their plates when they need to eat or brush their teeth, meaning there is no need for you to adjust your lifestyle around your braces.

It is never too late to attain a scintillating smile with us!

Interdental Cleaning

Interdental Cleaning

Did you know that when you clean your teeth with a toothbrush alone you are only removing around 60% of the plaque from the teeth, the remaining plaque sits in the spaces between the teeth so to ensure you are cleaning your teeth effectively you need to be using something to reach these areas. This post will explain the options that are available to you although it is always best to follow the advice of your dentist or hygienist.

Floss – floss is a really easy and effective way to clean between the teeth, you will need to pull off a long piece and wrap it around your index fingers leaving approximately 3-4cm free to use, this can then be placed in between the teeth and gently dragged across the sides of the teeth in a V motion to remove the plaque. Avoid using a sawing motion as this can traumatise the gums.

Interdental brushes – These brushes are perfect for cleaning in between large gaps in the teeth, these can be pushed between the gaps two to three times, ensure you wipe the brush with a tissue before moving on to the next gap to avoid spreading the plaque around. Using the right size is essential so ask your hygienist or dentist to check which size you would need.

Floss picks – This is very similar to floss as it is a piece of floss on a plastic pick, this allows for easier access in the back teeth and should be used in the same way as string floss.

Water flossers and air flossers – These are devices that spray out water or a combination of water and air. Whilst this method of interdental cleaning isn’t as effective as floss or interdental brushes it is certainly better than not using anything between your teeth at all. Water of airflossers are good for anyone who may find floss or brushes too difficult to hold but they can be messy so be sure to use them in a bathroom. You can also use diluted mouthwash in water/air flossers to give you a fresher feel, your dentist or hygienist will be able to tell you if these would be suitable for you and can show you the best way to use these devices.

You should avoid using anything in the mouth that is not designed for interdental cleaning, whilst wooden toothpicks can dislodge pieces of food that get stuck they can also cause trauma to the gums and do not effectively remove everything. It is important to remember that cleaning in between the teeth should be carried out at least once a day as part of your normal oral hygiene routine rather than just when food gets caught between the teeth.



Fluoride is the ingredient present in toothpaste and mouthwash which helps to strengthen the teeth and prevent against tooth decay. The amount of fluoride present in oral care products only serves to benefit the teeth and does not cause any damage to other parts of the body unless it is ingested in incredibly large amounts. Many oral care products are available in the shops which claim to contain only natural or herbal ingredients, whilst this may sound beneficial often this also means that they do not contain any fluoride, therefore, the benefits are very few. Fluoride is particularly beneficial for children whose teeth are still developing, this is because fluoride use can result in stronger teeth that are more resistant to decay as the child grows up. To get the best out of fluoride it is recommended to brush the teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, spit the excess toothpaste into the sink but do not rinse the excess away. Fluoride mouthwash can be another good use of fluoride but it is only useful if it is used at a separate time to brushing, you don’t want to wash away all of the fluoride from your toothpaste away! If you choose to use fluoride-free products you should inform your dentist and stick to a low sugar diet to avoid decay.

Our Treatment

Teeth being straight is all part of the process of making a smile more aesthetically pleasing, and like many medical problems, catching crooked teeth early can make a huge difference. At Hello Dental we pride ourselves in providing a fantastic service for braces in Colchester. Call us for a free consultation as to whether braces are necessary for you or for someone you know.

Braces in ColchesterOur Practice

Our practice has a variety of different treatments at your disposal, from general dentistry, to facial rejuvenation and medical hypnosis. The aim of our practice is to combat the fear of the dentist and dispel the belief that the dentist is a negative place. We want our practice to be a calm and safe place to be, and want to approach all patients in a warm, friendly manner.

Dental Anxiety

We understand that many people have an extreme anxiety towards the dentist, whether it be down to needle phobia, an extreme gag reflex, or poor treatment in the past. This is why we have programmes in place, to make sure we effectively deal with anxious patients, such as using lasers instead to remove the need for some standard dental tools. If you have any anxieties about our braces and are looking to find the best and easiest solution for braces in Colchester, then look no further than our website, where you can book a free online consultation.

Varieties of Treatment

There are a multitude of different brace styles to choose from, at Hello Dental, we pride ourselves in using advanced technologies to provide simple solutions. In terms of braces in Colchester, we provide a fantastic variety of orthodontic treatment, including Fastbraces, which provide a quick solution to crooked teeth, and ClearCorrect, which provide an invisible solution to crooked teeth, so nobody will be able to tell you are undergoing treatment. Ideal for those who might be self-conscious about dental treatment.

Benefits of Braces

Teeth that are not straight can carry a litany of problems with them, including tooth erosion and sensitive teeth, due to the jaw not being aligned correctly. Aside from the medical factor, braces can be greatly beneficial to one’s self esteem. A straight smile can lift the appearance of the entire face and provide a more positive outlook, which can also greatly improve your confidence to speak to new people. Within 3-12 months, our dental treatment will provide an improvement on the appearance of your teeth, and relieve any symptoms associated with poor tooth alignment.

Hello Dental

At Hello Dental, we aim to provide the ideal service, an equilibrium between fast and effective service, and a warm understanding approach to our dental care. Make sure to research on our website exactly what it is you are looking for, so that you may find and learn about the treatment that is best for you. Or come and find us directly, and take a look at our modern, spa-like interior, that reflects our ethos of utilising eco-friendly and biologically friendly treatments and materials to achieve our goal.

Dental Mythbuster

Myths and Facts

This post is going to challenge some of the common myths around dental health that are actually incorrect, some of them may surprise you!

Mouthwash is essential for a health mouth – It is essential to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean in between the spaces of your teeth with floss or interdental brushes to prevent decay and dental caries. After brushing your teeth, it is recommended that you spit the excess toothpaste out but do not rinse the remaining toothpaste away as there are high levels of fluoride in the toothpaste which helps to protect the teeth. Mouthwash contains much lower levels of fluoride than toothpaste and some brands do not contain any, by rinsing with mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth you are washing away the benefits of the toothpaste. Whilst mouthwash can help to freshen your breath it should only be used as an added extra to your oral hygiene routine at a separate time to brushing and flossing.

Flossing is harmful for the gums because it makes them bleed –  If you haven’t flossed in between your teeth before or if you have left it a while there is a high chance that harmful bacteria has built up in between your teeth. This can cause your gums to become inflamed making them more prone to bleeding when disturbed. So when you first start flossing you may notice a small amount of bleeding in the area caused by this inflammation. Your dentist or hygienist will show you the correct technique to use to ensure you do not cause any damage when flossing. A small amount of bleeding for the first few days is normal but if you stick with it every day the inflammation will start to reduce resulting in no bleeding. This is because you are removing the harmful bacteria regularly and the gums are no longer inflamed so keep flossing!

I should only visit the dentist if I am in pain – When a tooth becomes painful there is a high chance that something is wrong and you are likely to need a lot of treatment to fix the problem. Regular visits to your dentist can actually help to prevent these problems before they occur which in the long term will result in less pain, expense and hassle for you. Long gone are the days when a dentist would just take teeth out if they were a problem, dental teams are now highly trained to teach you how to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist will tell you how regularly you should be seeing them for a check up which is much more convenient than waiting until you are in pain.

 If I have toothache I will need antibiotics – There are a number of causes for toothache, antibiotics are only helpful if a tooth has a bacterial infection which a dentist can often determine by taking an x-ray of the painful area. Antibiotics are only prescribed when they are really necessary as we are becoming more aware of ‘antibiotic resistance’ worldwide and the whole medical community is aware that antibiotics should only be prescribed when they are essential.

Why do I need to see a hygienist?


Oral hygienists are trained in preventative oral care, with their focus on ensuring you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. In the United Kingdom the number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Gum disease can be exacerbated by many factors, but the primary cause is the presence of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria which stick to the teeth and irritate the gums. It is essential this bacterium is removed for a healthy smile. A hygienist will remove the plaque build-up for you and help you to continue a good oral hygiene routine at home by recommending different toothbrushes and interdental cleaning products.

Top tips to help your child cope with wearing braces in Colchester

Fixed teeth straightening devices remain a highly effective dental treatment method to correct teeth and jaw issues including crooked teeth and bad bites. However they can be no fun to wear, especially for children. Even though many developments have been made to make these instruments comfortable, it is still an adjustment for anyone having to wear them. Fortunately there are tips parents can implement to help a child adjust to the sensation of having wires and brackets in their mouth. For parents with children having to wear braces in Colchester, Hello Dental has trained orthodontists to recommend appropriate cleaning techniques and suitable products to use that help to minimise the disruption to daily routines when adjusting to wearing teeth straightening devices.

Braces in Colchester3 Ways to ease the transition to wearing teeth straightening devices for children

  1. Encourage your child to follow the orthodontist’s instructions on what to eat

Protecting the wires and brackets is a top priority to ensure the treatment process remains on track. This means that parents have to ensure that their child sticks to the food (what is acceptable and what is not) recommended by the dental practitioner. Having to give up foods they are used to or like is a major change to implement for a child. Another change brought on by fixed teeth correcting devices is the need to cut up foods such as apples and carrots into bite-sized pieces before eating them to make them more manageable to eat.

Parents can play their part by making sure the child is provided with foods that are easy to eat. Have wires become damaged or brackets loosened? These can be repaired by a dental practitioner offering treatment in braces in Colchester.

  1. Supervise the cleaning routine

Teeth straightening devices that feature wires and brackets can be quite tricky to clean and require more effort from adults, let alone children. This may demotivate and distract the child from being thorough with their oral health routine. Having a choice, what child would not want to  sleep later in the morning rather than have to wake up a bit earlier to ensure the teeth, gums,  wires and brackets in their mouth are scrupulously clean?

A useful trick for parents is to keep on encouraging the child to practise this cleaning process until it becomes a habit. The behaviour then becomes natural and the child is less likely to forget or forego the cleaning routine. Until the habit is formed, parents will have to supervise their child during the cleaning teeth process to ensure the child is using the toothbrush correctly as instructed by the orthodontist. A good tip to make things a little easier is to buy an electric toothbrush which makes keeping teeth clean much easier.

  1. Encourage them to share their concerns

Children may be very self-conscious about metal brackets and wires in their mouths which are very noticeable. They may face teasing and bullying from other children. Parents should talk to their child and encourage them to share their feelings of embarrassment or dread of being made fun of. Listening to the child’s concerns and not dismissing their feelings plays a critical role in this process. In addition to this, parents should encourage the child to continue to take part in those extracurricular pursuits that give them joy.

In order to help a child stick to their orthodontic treatment plan and see desired results, parents have to find ways to make life for the child a little easier. Should you have any concerns or need extra advice on what to do to help the adjustment process, speak to one of our dental practitioners at Hello Dental. Schedule an appointment today.

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