The Average Cost of Invisalign and Braces

Where Can I Find The Best Price for Invisalign or Braces Near Me?

Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are dedicated to providing the best value and flexibility with our payment plans to help our patients afford the cost of invisalign or braces in Salem, OR. We have successfully treated all types of orthodontic cases with Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and braces while accommodating almost any budget. Through our extensive training, continuing education, and experience, our team has the knowledge and skills to provide beautiful and healthy smiles for your whole family. We also offer the added benefit that all adult patients receive free professional whitening gel at the end of treatment, and we even offer a lifetime retainer program!

How Much Is The Average Cost Of Invisalign or Braces?

The cost of Invisalign or braces can vary for each patient, since no two patients will have the same exact treatment plan. The cost of Invisalign is determined by individual factors such as the severity of the bite that needs to be corrected, and the length of treatment. At many offices, the cost of Invisalign is higher than that of braces due to the lab fees involved. At Castilla Orthodontics, we are proud to say that we do not upcharge for Invisalign and the treatment fee is strictly based on the severity of the case and treatment time. Generally speaking, the cost for fully comprehensive treatment with Invisalign and braces at Castilla Orthodontics ranges from $4450-$5650, which can be financed for $149/month. This price range does not include Phase 1, Phase 2, limited, or surgical orthodontic treatments, which are not common treatments.

Do You Accept My Insurance for Invisalign or Braces?

We are an in-network provider of Moda and Delta Dental, and also work with:

  • Cigna
  • Regence/Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Met Life
  • Guardian
  • Principal
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO
  • United Concordia
  • Ameritas

If you don’t see your dental insurance listed, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your treatment options and coverage. Insurance coverage will vary for Invisalign or braces, so the best place to start is with a complimentary consultation to learn how your insurance benefits will help pay for your treatment.

How Can I Make The Cost of Invisalign or Braces More Affordable?

During a complimentary consultation, the team at Castilla Orthodontics will evaluate your treatment needs, discuss your goals, and help decide the best treatment option. We will review the available payment methods including flexible financing that breaks down the total cost, and spreads out your monthly payments throughout the duration of care. We also offer extended financing that goes beyond treatment time to lower your monthly payments. Braces requires no down payment, Invisalign requires a $500 down payment, and we offer zero percent financing with no credit checks. We also offer special discounts when treatment is paid in full at the time of the patient’s start, or when multiple family members receive treatment with Invisalign or braces.

Finding The Average Cost Of Invisalign or Braces In Salem, OR

Dr. Castilla and our team at Castilla Orthodontics provide award winning orthodontic treatment in Salem OR. We are here to answer any questions you may have involving Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Clear Braces, and Colorful Braces in Salem, Sublimity, Mt. Angel, Dallas, Keizer, and the surrounding areas of Marion County. Call or text Castilla Orthodontics at 503-399-0721 to schedule a free consultation today, or take an online virtual consultation.

Life with Braces: Food to Eat with Braces

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When you first get your orthodontic braces here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR, you are probably going to experience some discomfort and/or soreness. It may also take some time to get adjusted to your new, affordable braces, but even then, you might not be ready to jump back into your normal eating routine as anything too hard or too crispy might be difficult to eat for a few days. Here are five of the best foods to eat with braces, clear braces, and/or Invisalign.

What’s a Great Food to Eat with Braces?

1. Yogurt. Looking for something quick and easy to have for breakfast or a snack on the go? Yogurt requires no chewing, and because there are literally hundreds of different types of yogurt, you are sure to be able to find one or many that you enjoy.

2. Mac and Cheese. Tip: boil the noodles for an extra minute so that they become extremely soft. Mac and cheese is a great choice of food to eat with braces. Some chewing is required, but this tip makes it manageable.

3. Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup is usually associated with cold winter days, or when one is sick, but it’s a go-to meal in the early stages of braces. Filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals, chicken noodle soup will also help your mouth heal. Live a little and soak bread or crackers in the broth until they too are easy to eat!

4. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps. Speaking of living a little, we here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR, came across this tasty zucchini parmesan crisps recipe that won’t break your brackets!

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5. Ice Cream. Whether you just got adult braces, or your child just saw a children’s orthodontist, ice cream is an ideal choice for new braces as it helps to numb the pain and relieve some of the inflammation that comes along with wearing braces. Bonus: getting to eat ice cream after getting your braces on is sort of like a reward for adults and children alike! You did something that might be a little difficult and a little scary, but you also get to have ice cream!

Let’s Talk Teeth!

If you’re interested in braces contact us here at Castilla Orthodontics in Marion County, OR to schedule a FREE braces consultation! And if you and/or your child already have braces and you know of any other foods to eat with braces during the first few days of new braces and/or adjusted braces, let us know!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team here at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in the 97383 zip code area: Stayton, Sublimity, Monmoth, Keizer, Salem, or Marion County, OR, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503.399.0721.

The Truth about Braces: Busting the Top 5 Orthodontic Myths

Choosing to pursue braces as treatment for a dental condition is a big decision. There are many factors to consider from cost to length of treatment to aesthetic. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in braces and we want to alleviate your fears! Here are our top 5 myths (some silly and some understandable) about braces, BUSTED!

Busting Orthodontic Myths

Myth: Braces are always painful!

Some discomfort is inevitable when wearing braces, but due to advancements in materials used, the minor pain experienced is more than manageable! There are also options outside of traditional braces that offer varied levels of comfort and discretion.

Myth: Traditional braces are your only option!

When you think of braces, you may think of clunky, metal headgear. The truth is that there are new options outside of traditional, metal braces that can be more comfortable and make the appearance of braces far less obvious. They include:

  •         Invisalign
  •         Invisalign Teen
  •         Clear/Ceramic Braces
  •         Lingual Braces

Myth: I can’t play an instrument with braces!

As an expert in braces in Marion County OR, Dr. Castilla would never discourage her patients from doing something they love, especially something as important as playing music. Because braces are foreign to you, you will go through a period of adjustment, at first, but once that’s over, you will hardly notice that they are there, playing music as beautifully as before!

Myth: I will be more apt to be struck by lightning!

You’d be surprised at how often we are asked about lightning! People who wear braces have a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning, which is the same as people without braces. We are glad to report that braces do not make you a lightning pole!

Myth: I’m too old for braces!

We hear this, all of the time! The truth is that 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. With the development of some of the above mentioned options in treatment (most popularly, Invisalign), more adults are committing to pursuing orthodontics in order to improve their health, as well as their confidence!

Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics want nothing more than for you to be comfortable with your choice to pursue braces in the Salem OR area. These myths prevent people from choosing to get braces that could improve the quality of his/her life! If you have any questions or concerns, we are always happy to bust the myths that may be keeping you from having your most beautiful smile!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are expert providers of braces in Marion County OR. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Stayton, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721

How Do I Make Wearing Braces More Fun for my Child?

The idea of having to wear braces to correct an orthodontic issue is not a fun prospect for a kid near Stayton OR. For parents, getting your child to look forward to their treatment may be a tough sell. But braces are often a necessary step in helping a child’s teeth to grow in strong, straight, and functional. They can be, however, visible, uncomfortable, and limiting for the child wearing them. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics know that the time, effort, and expense put into orthodontic treatment now will bring lifelong benefits to the child in terms of a healthy mouth, straight teeth, and a secure self-image. They have ways that can help your child come to terms with the idea of wearing braces and maybe even make wearing braces more fun.

  1. Braces-friendly Cooking

To provide your kids with some motivation for good brushing and flossing habits, give them some positive reinforcement. Baking some favorite (soft) desserts is a great way to spend time together with your child and to illustrate how good food and good times are all still available to them while they are wearing braces.

  1. Colored Bands

Some orthodontic treatment plans require the patient to wear rubber bands around their braces. Colored bands are now quite common and come in an array of colors to choose from. Have your child consider a color scheme like the colors of their favorite sports team, their school’s colors, or holiday colors. It’s also fun to have them pick just one of their favorite colors, with the possibility of changing them during adjustment visits.

  1. Make Orthodontic Visits Something Special

The folks at Castilla Orthodontics say that it’s great to plan a special activity after a successful visit to the orthodontist. There are lots of fun things to do near Stayton OR! Going to the park, seeing a movie, or playing their favorite video game together will get children excited for their orthodontic appointments. It can be anything really, just consider what your child enjoys and try to turn that into something that both of you can enjoy together.

  1. Make a Photo Album of Their Progress

A photographic timeline of your child’s orthodontic development will show them that their braces are working and that dedication to their treatment will leave them with great looking straight teeth. Dr. Castilla says that this is also extremely helpful to him, as he can analyze copies of the pictures to see your child’s progress.

  1. Make a Game of Brushing

Keeping good oral hygiene is a major part of orthodontic treatment, and can speed up the treatment process. Several products on the market today that are designed to help children understand and enjoy good oral hygiene. There are interactive apps for smartphones and tablets that are free. One called “Magic Timer” was recently rated “Best New App for Kids.” The app works in conjunction with several Oral-B toothbrushes with themes like princesses, Disney characters like Goofy and Donald, or superheroes that will reward a child with “stickers” for brushing for two minutes and for brushing twice a day.

If you’re looking for an orthodontist near Stayton OR that can provide orthodontic treatment with braces for your kids and make it fun, then Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics can help. Call (503) 399 – 0721 to speak with a Castilla Orthodontics associate and put your child on the path to healthy, beautiful teeth!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are expert providers of braces near Stayton OR. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Stayton, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.

How Can I Afford Treatment From an Orthodontist?

Dr. Castilla, a certified orthodontist in the Mt. Angel, OR area, is finding new and successful ways to help his patients receive the treatment that they need without breaking the bank. The team at Castilla Orthodontics are experienced in helping their patients afford orthodontic treatment.

If you’re thinking about getting orthodontic treatment for either your child or yourself, then be sure to carefully consider the cost. Don’t worry, there are many financial options to explore.

Payment Plans

Many orthodontists like Dr. Castilla are able to make treatment with braces more affordable for their clients by spreading out the cost of treatment over a period of time with a flexible financing plan, usually coinciding with the term of treatment. To make the payments more affordable, ask your orthodontist if it’s possible to extend the payments beyond the removal of your braces. Third-party financing is also available to help patients pay for their orthodontic treatment.

The Right Type of Braces (From the Right Orthodontist)

There are several orthodontic treatment options to explore, each with its own costs and benefits. Some methods work better than others for specific orthodontic issues. For example, braces work more efficiently as the individual brackets adhered to the teeth allow orthodontists to use a wider range of methods to move the teeth within the mouth. In contrast, clear aligner systems like Invisalign aren’t as effective in treating more severe malocclusions (the misalignment of teeth). Invisalign clear aligner trays have advantages over braces in that the aligners are practically invisible to the casual observer, and they are removable, allowing you to eat whatever you’d like. If you are interested in Invisalign and want a general idea of what it might cost, check out this Invisalign Cost Calculator.

Dental Insurance

Make sure that you check with your insurance provider before you start treatment to be certain that you’re covered under your dental plan. It’s also possible to purchase supplemental orthodontic insurance if your current coverage isn’t right for you.

Initial Consultation

The best way to estimate the cost of a plan of orthodontic treatment is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Castilla. Early intervention in orthodontics can ensure a more effective and permanent treatment outcome. Once a patient’s orthodontic needs have been evaluated, you can then discuss the treatment options available, payment plans, and insurance coverage.

If you’re a patient that needs to see an orthodontist in the Mt. Angel, OR area and are concerned about the costs associated with treatment, consider a consultation with Dr. Castilla. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, don’t hesitate to contact Castilla Orthodontics today!


Dr. Ana E. Castilla is the expert orthodontist of Castilla Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Mt. Angel, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, OR, Marion County, OR, or the 97383 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.

How Do I Floss With Braces?

Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the Castilla Orthodontics staff take the time to instruct each of their orthodontics patients in Salem, OR how to floss while they are being treated with braces. Wearing braces on the teeth can make good oral hygiene habits difficult to perform, can create spaces where food debris can collect, and they provide an environment for bacteria to thrive. Good brushing and flossing techniques and habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces is often a challenge, but flossing with braces can be accomplished effectively once equipped with a little advice.

Why floss with braces?

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) advises that flossing is just as important as brushing in a conscientiously applied regimen of good oral hygiene. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning plaque from the fronts and back surfaces of the teeth, but they simply cannot reach the sides, in between the teeth, and along the gumline. Food debris in the mouth feeds bacteria. The bacteria in the mouth creates acid that causes bad breath and breaks down tooth enamel. Flossing removes most of this acid-causing food debris to keep teeth healthier and breath fresher. All of this becomes even more prevalent while undergoing treatment with braces because the brackets and wires can often be a catch-all for food and bacteria.

Get in the game.

A floss pick is an instrument that is effective at keeping braces clean and clear of food debris. A piece of dental floss spans a space at one end, kind of like a harp. The other end is a tapered point that can be used to force food debris from behind the wires, around the brackets, and in between the teeth. Floss picks are available for both children and adults and may be either reusable or single use. A floss threader is a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss. The plastic piece is threaded above or below the wires to access the spaces between teeth.

Up your game.

There is actually a technique for flossing that is proven to help effectively remove plaque from teeth. Carefully manipulating the dental floss between the teeth and into a “C” shape is a good method to clean the back surfaces of the teeth, including down by the gumline. Make an up-and-down motion against the tooth, keeping the floss tight against the surface. Floss each tooth individually and move in sequence. Keep going until each tooth has been flossed. A Waterpik® water flosser is an oft recommended method of flossing. It may be more effective than dental floss and works with a pulsating stream of water to flush out food or particles stuck between teeth and gums and to remove the plaque that can build up on braces.

Stay on the scoreboard.

A conscientious oral hygiene regimen including a fluoride toothpaste, anti-plaque mouthwash, and thorough flossing is the program patients in Salem, OR can rely on to keep their mouth after braces clean, healthy, and in the best condition possible. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics coach their patients to a winning treatment outcome every time. They are important teammates in their patients oral health care. For more information about how to floss with braces, or to schedule an appointment, contact Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, OR today at: 503-399-0721

Invisalign vs. Braces: Which is the Real Winner?

Of all of the treatment plan options Dr. Ana Castilla of Castilla Orthodontics near Monmouth, OR, most patients choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. So many factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divine which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases.

Dr. Castilla offers both types of treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign:

Braces

Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well. Metal braces:

  • Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
  • Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
  • Come with some common-sense food restrictions.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Castilla allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient);  brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer.

  • Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
  • Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
  • Aligners are made of a plastic (which won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get informed

Dr. Ana Castilla and Castilla Orthodontics near Monmouth, OR can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ana Castilla call our office at: 503-399-0721

What You Need to Know Before Choosing Braces

Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics develop orthodontic treatment plans that are personalized for each patient’s needs. These plans may include treatment methods and approaches that are best suited to the patient’s needs and treatment goals near Woodburn, OR, including choosing braces. Traditional braces, ceramic or lingual braces, Invisalign clear aligners and other treatments are options Castilla Orthodontics offers their patients.

So if you are debating orthodontic treatments, before choosing braces you should know:

Traditional Braces Can Be Uncomfortable

Traditional braces are made of metal that are comprised of many small parts such as wires and brackets. Because of this, you may experience trouble with your braces such as a loose bracket or wire. If your system seems to cause you pain apart from the normal discomfort of jaw or misalignment movement, you need not worry. The solution is simple – apply soft wax to the area that is bothering you, and come into Name Orthodontics as soon as possible. Dr. Ana E. Castilla will be able to fix the broken part so that your braces will work properly for you to continue a comfortable day-to-day routine with braces near Woodburn, OR.

Braces Can Trap Food

Braces can trap food in and around the teeth. Regardless of what you’re eating, the location of your braces will cause some food debris to get stuck. It is important to brush thoroughly and completely while being treated with braces. Dr. Ana E. Castilla suggests brushing after every meal, before bed, and upon waking. It is important also to floss well during treatment. You may want to purchase a braces-friendly flosser, like a Waterpik, to eliminate food debris between your brackets and wire.

Some Foods Should Be Avoided

Dr. Ana E. Castilla also suggests that you avoid some foods while living with your braces near Woodburn, OR. Some commonly known foods to avoid include gum, popcorn, and bagels. Ana E. Castilla Orthodontics can provide you with a detailed list of foods to avoid that could damage your braces.

Eventually, caring for your braces will become second nature and adjusting to your new lifestyle will be easy. You may find that your new oral health care habits stick around after your braces are removed.

Castilla Orthodontics and Dr. Ana E. Castilla help their patients decide which orthodontic treatment options fit best with their budgets, schedules, and treatment goals. If you have more questions, need further information, or to schedule an appointment, call Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, OR at: 503.399.0721

How Do I Fix My Orthodontic Speech Impediment?

Did you know that chronic speech problems can be caused by the misalignment, or malocclusion, of your teeth? Dr. Ana Castilla of Castilla Orthodontics near Stayton, OR knows that these and other oral health care issues can cause an orthodontic speech impediment.

Do you have a lisp? Do you whistle when pronouncing certain sounds or words? Do people complain that you mumble? Then orthodontic treatments with Dr. Ana Castilla of Castilla Orthodontics may be the key to regaining your clear speech, straight teeth, and healthy mouth.

Types of Malocclusions

  • Bruxism. When someone grinds or clenches their teeth while they sleep at night. This can lead to a sore jaw in the morning and, if left untreated, can result in jaw disorders that affect speech.
  • Open Bite. When the upper and lower teeth extend forward from the jaw and do not fit together optimally when the mouth is closed. The problem is rooted in habits from early childhood (for example, thumb sucking). Open bite is a common cause of speech impediments, uneven tooth wear, and can interfere with proper oral hygiene.
  • Gaps between the teeth. When there is significant space between two teeth, or a tooth is missing. This may make it difficult to pronounce certain words or “ess” sounds.

Treatment

Dental malocclusions don’t go away on their own. If you suffer from any of these types of orthodontic issues that sometimes result in a speech impediment, you will need orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into alignment. Braces can correct any type of misalignment and possibly reduce or eliminate speech problems. With braces, brackets are affixed to the front of the teeth, and an archwire is run through them, which will slowly situate the teeth into their optimal location. (Remedial speech therapy may also be indicated so that, as the teeth are repositioned, the patient can get used to pronouncing words or sounds that were once problematic.)

If you don’t like the idea of being treated with metal braces, there are other options for you to choose from that are more discreet. Ceramic braces, which are clear or tooth-colored), and lingual braces, which are braces that are adhered to the back of the teeth where they are not visible.

Tips and Tricks

To prevent your lips or cheeks from becoming irritated by your braces or Invisalign, dental wax can be placed over your brackets or wires. Dr. Ana Castilla and the Castilla Orthodontics team will show you how.

Some patients may find that their speech is inhibited due to the installation of their new braces. There are some exercises that can help a patient improve their speech while being treated by an orthodontist. Try speaking a little slower. You can then more easily adjust your speech to the way you want it to sound. Singing can help strengthen mouth and cheek muscles, making speech a more controlled movement. Reading aloud may help with your pronunciation and your speech projection while wearing braces.

If you’d like to find out if your orthodontic speech impediment is caused by your teeth and how you can fix it, call Dr. Ana Castilla and the Castilla Orthodontics team to schedule a consultation at their office near Stayton, OR. Help is just a phone call away: (503) 399-0721

How To Maintain Oral Hygiene with Braces

Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics near Dallas, OR are orthodontics experts and can help explain to you why you should always maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces.

We’ve all been taught about the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth, typically in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. But the one thing that you should never forget to do is clean your teeth properly, especially if you wear braces. While wearing braces, whether you’re a teenager or an adult, maintaining good oral health care Castilla Orthodontics helps ensure a successful treatment outcome.

Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces

While undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, food often gets caught in the brackets and wires, and then lingers on your teeth, creating plaque and tartar. These conditions can also cause serious and unwanted complications during your orthodontic treatment, such as:

  • Swollen gums
  • Cavities
  • Permanent stains on your teeth
  • Yellowed teeth
  • Bad breath

While wearing braces, not only is it important to brush your teeth multiple times a day but to brush them in the correct way. To get the best brushing results, make sure you brush your teeth and braces from every angle.

  • While brushing your braces on and around your top teeth, make sure to brush them with the toothbrush angled downward.
  • When brushing your braces on and around your bottom teeth, make sure you brush them with the toothbrush angled upward.

This helps to ensure that each tooth and every part of the tooth–the front surfaces, the chewing surfaces, and the back surfaces of your teeth–get completely clean. These techniques will also improve your brushing skills and give you a better cleaning treatment each time you brush.

Dr. Ana Castilla stresses that cleaning your mouth, teeth, and braces effectively is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t put the effort into your cleaning regimen while you are wearing braces, you may not get the outcome that you were hoping for: a clean, healthy, straight, white smile.

Flossing 

Just brushing your teeth is not enough when you’re wearing braces. Flossing is a necessary (even if it’s a bit more awkward and difficult) and important step toward optimal oral health and the best orthodontic treatment outcome.

For people who wear braces, the Castilla Orthodontics team recommends using a waxed floss. Some tools designed just for flossing are made with a stiff tip to reach food stuck under the wire of your braces. To be certain you are flossing effectively, remember these tips:

  • Thread the floss under the wire before passing the string between the teeth.
  • Rub the waxed floss up and down each surface of the tooth and don’t skip cleaning each and every gap.
  • Weave the floss through the individual gaps between the teeth (no blood should be seen. If you see blood, you may need to floss a little more gently).
  • Be sure to massage the gums with your toothbrush during brushing.
  • Finish things off with a good and thorough mouthwash rinse.

Both brushing and flossing your teeth properly are crucial steps in your orthodontic treatment with braces. You’ve already spent a lot of money on your braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. So why not maintain your oral health to ensure you get a healthy, beautiful smile?

If you’ve been searching for an orthodontist near Dallas, OR that can help you achieve a beautiful, glowing smile, then look no further than Dr. Ana Castilla! To make an appointment for a consultation at our office, call Castilla Orthodontics near Dallas, OR at: (503) 399-0721