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The Blog of Los Angeles Orthodontist Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen

October 14 2016

Can You Use an Electric Toothbrush When You Have Braces?

Braces can correct misaligned teeth and give your smile and appearance a spectacular finish. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential for healthy teeth, especially during orthodontic treatment. In fact, proper care of the teeth can help shorten correction time. But what is the best way to care for your teeth when wearing braces? An electric toothbrush can help keep the teeth clear of oral disease-causing bacteria and plaque.The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Tre... Read More >>
September 15 2016

Wearing Braces Confidently

Everyone wants that perfect beautiful smile with straight sparkling teeth. However, the unfortunate truth is that many times, a person’s natural teeth are not quite so straight and may become overlapped or misaligned. Thus, to correct these dental conditions, braces have been proven to be very effective as they can rectify the misalignments of the teeth and grant you that beaming smile.Normally, braces are applied during childhood, so that as one grows older, their teeth will remain straig... Read More >>
August 14 2016

How Healthy Gums Can Help You Live Longer

For the most part, when we think of gum diseases like gingivitis, we do not think beyond our teeth and mouth. Unfortunately, gum diseases do not just wreak havoc in our mouth. Doctors have discovered that oral diseases can actually worsen our overall health and even lead to major health concerns like heart disease. So, it is important to remember that healthy gums go hand in hand with overall wellness of the body.What is Gum Disease?Let’s briefly look at how periodonti... Read More >>
July 13 2016

How to Care for Sensitive Teeth

Have you ever taken a sip of hot coffee or a bite out of an ice cream cone and felt an intense pain at the root of your teeth? If you have, then it is likely you have sensitive teeth. But, do not worry as sensitive teeth is a common dental condition and millions of Americans experience it at some point in their life.Let’s look at what causes our teeth to become sensitive. To put it simply, our gums protect the inner layers of our teeth from different types of food that we eat. Unfortunatel... Read More >>
June 30 2016

How to Floss with Braces On

 Flossing is an important part of every person’s daily teeth cleaning routine. Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen recommends patients to floss at least once a day. However, what we find at times is that some people who wear braces do not floss at all possibly because they do not know how to go about doing it properly.Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional flossing - Waterpik Water Flosser. Some may recognize Waterpik Water Flosser as an instrument that is used mostly by dentists. It ... Read More >>
February 25 2016

Foods that Erode Your Enamel LA

 What is the Enamel?Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body?Enamel, the thin outer layer of the tooth, is one of the four tissues that make up the tooth. Composed mostly of the mineral hydroxyapatite, enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth from the wear and tear of everyday functions such as chewing, biting, and grinding.Dangers of Enamel ErosionIf the enamel layer is reduced, or eroded, is can ... Read More >>
January 27 2016

Straightening Teeth as an Adult LA

We all value a stunning smile. Your smile makes a strong first–and lasting–impression, giving the people you meet a glimpse of your ability to laugh and present yourself with ease. If you are insecure with your crooked teeth, you may feel inhibited to smile–and that can have consequences, particularly when you are interviewing for that dream job or networking for professional or social reason... Read More >>
December 22 2015

Common Misconceptions About Oral Care LA

We have all been told about the importance of brushing and flossing. Yet, myths still abound when it comes to taking care of our teeth and gums. Here are some common misconceptions about oral care:You should brush vigorously. Many people assume that brushing harder is better. In fact, the opposite is true: brushing too aggressively can wear down enamel and contribute to receding gums. Gum recession creates gaps where harmful bacteria can build up and cause infection... Read More >>
December 9 2015

How to Protect Your Braces LA

Congratulations, now that you have been fitted with the appropriate orthodontic appliance, you are on your way to a perfect smile! As your teeth are being straightened, Los Angeles orthodontist Dr. Nikaeen emphasizes the importance of maintenance: proper care of your braces or ... Read More >>
October 21 2015

Can Food Stain My Braces?

Many people don't realize the great role food plays in their oral health. For those with braces, consuming certain foods and drinks can be particularly devastating and cause unwanted results. There are several different foods and drinks that can stain teeth, regardless if you wear braces or not.Black coffee is probably the most common offender of staining teeth. Tea, red wine, cola, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and beets are all offenders as well. These items are consumed frequently by ma... Read More >>
October 5 2015

Braces and Wind Instruments LA

As the school year begins and children start new hobbies, braces are the last thing on their mind. When students get braces, they may be worried about limits on their activities, specifically playing wind instruments. Although there may be some limitations or minor inconveniences, overall countless people with braces have continued to play their instruments without trouble. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you or your child takes up a... Read More >>
September 14 2015

Dietary Tips for Brace Wearers LA

Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen is experienced with all major types of braces - from traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, braces behind the teeth (lingual braces), ... Read More >>
August 31 2015

Tips to Wearing Invisalign LA

Invisalign is a great, virtually undetectable alternative to traditional metal bracket braces. Many people love the flexibility, convenience, and confidence that Invisalign offers over traditional braces. However, Invisalign does require a full commitment from each patient in order to get the best results. Because the clear plastic trays are removable, and should be removed for eating and drinking, the onus can be upon the patien... Read More >>
August 18 2015

When to Seek Orthodontic Treatment LA

Getting braces is a common rite of childhood, and many of us remember the liberating day when we finally graduated to retainers. However, it can be confusing to determine the best time for children to get braces or orthodontic treatment in general, and there can be debate... Read More >>
July 28 2015

Main Causes for Tooth Crowding LA

Having crooked teeth, which are also referred to as crowding, can interfere with chewing, cause discomfort, and even alter speech. Cleaning the teeth becomes a more grueling and arduous task when crowded teeth hide parts of the tooth that cannot be properly reached.Crowding is something that many dental patients deal with. Ge... Read More >>
July 21 2015

3 Tips to Flossing with Braces LA

It is important to realize that when you have braces, flossing is still a vital part of maintaining healthy oral care. If you have braces, it does not mean you can stop flossing. If anything, flossing becomes more essential because food particles are more likely to get stuck in the braces, bands and wires. It can increase your chanc... Read More >>
May 8 2015

Do Invisalign Trays Smell Bad?

Many patients are concerned with the Invisalign trays' hygienity. The Invisalign tray itself does not have a smell. Being in your mouth all day and night is what will cause it to smell bad. Plaque can build up on the trays (the same way it builds up on teeth), and eating/drinking with the trays on, improper teeth brushing and tray cleaning all contribute to tray odor.You won't notice the smell until you remove your tray fro... Read More >>
April 27 2015

Sleeping with Your Invisalign Tray LA

Invisalign braces must be worn during the overnight hours to procure proper teeth positioning. Sleeping with a foreign device in your mouth may seem awkward at first, but before you know it, it will become perfectly natural, and you will drift off to sleep as easily as you did before you started your teeth straightening regime.For the first few nights, as your device settles perfectly into place, your mouth may remain slightl... Read More >>
February 26 2015

Are Metal Braces Safe to Wear While Playing Contact Sports LA?

If you're like most parents, you worry about the safety of your child playing contact sports while wearing metal braces. You have concerns about the quick-paced physical activity causing cuts to the lips and mouth, tooth loss, and damage to the braces themselves. The good news is that wearing metal braces while playing contact sports is perfectly safe as long as you take the proper precautions. Follow Dr. Nikaeen's recomme... Read More >>
December 3 2014

What If I Lose An Invisalign Tray?

Unfortunately, replacement trays are not free. One tray can cost up to $150. Although the best thing to do is NOT lose a tray, these things do happen. Sometimes trays get left behind at restaurants or accidentally thrown in the garbage. Here are Dr. Nikaeen's tips for keeping track of your Invisalign tray at all times and how to reduce the cha... Read More >>