A variety of braces are available to treat orthodontic issues, but one option that’s becoming increasingly popular with orthodontists and their patients is the Turbo Brace. Turbo braces also go by another name, bite turbos or bite blocks braces, which provide a more comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional braces. What exactly do turbos do? What are the benefits of wearing turbos braces? Keep reading to find out!


How Bite Turbo Braces Work

Over time, your teeth may have shifted from their original positions. When teeth shift out of place, it can lead to an uneven bite and crowded teeth. Many people who suffer from an uneven bite or crowded teeth find that aligners don’t help much. Bite turbo braces work by providing immediate relief from overbite symptoms caused by a wide jaw and short chin that might be associated with not enough room for all 32 permanent teeth to fit in properly. If you’re suffering from loose/shifting teeth and your orthodontist recommends bite turbos, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your alignment plan—it just means you need a little more support to help correct any crowding or shifting issues you may be experiencing.



Why Do Orthodontists Recommend Using Them?

Orthodontists have begun recommending that patients use bite blocks to increase their compliance with treatment, especially when it comes to performing oral hygiene tasks. Some may argue that chewing is an important part of dental health; however, excessive chewing can damage teeth, gums and bone structure if done at a young age. And if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment (i.e., braces), there’s a good chance your dentist or orthodontist has advised you against chewing as much as possible for two main reasons: 1) It can damage your new teeth and 2) It keeps you from being able to properly take care of your teeth.


When Can I Wear My Turbos After My Aligners Are Taken Off?

When you first get your aligners, you will be told how long to wear them before switching to your at-home retainer, called a turbos. The amount of time depends on how quickly you progress through treatment. In general, most people progress fast enough that they can get their new retainers after about a week. When you switch to your turbos retainers, it is important that you clean them and keep them fresh for when you go back in for another visit with your orthodontist. If there are food particles or other debris lodged into any groove or hole in your retainers, bacteria will start to build up and cause tooth decay and/or inflammation of gums around teeth.


The Best Time to Start Wearing Your Bite Turbo Braces

The first few days of your treatment can set a tone for how long your orthodontic treatment lasts. By getting a good fit right off the bat, you’ll make sure that your treatment progresses as quickly and comfortably as possible. That said, it’s not uncommon to start feeling an improvement in just one or two weeks with bite turbos. You should definitely be comfortable and seeing results by six weeks—and if you feel ready before then, there’s no reason not to use them! But don’t forget: The trick is to wear them every day; if you stop using them for any length of time, you risk losing all that progress!


How Do I Know Which One To Get?

If you’re like most people, your mouth is a pretty gross place. Food particles and bacteria hide everywhere from between your teeth to in-between your lips. When you don’t take proper care of those items, they can lead to cavities and other oral health problems. One part of oral care that many people fail to properly maintain is their bite block braces (turbos). Over time, buildup can build up on your bite block (braces) causing it not only to affect your appearance but also alter how comfortably it fits in your mouth and whether or not it functions correctly.


How Often Should I Clean And Sanitize My Bite Block Braces (Turbos)?

Some people worry about how often they should clean and sanitize their bite block braces (turbos). Remember, having your dentist fit you for a pair is just like having a shoes fitted. It's something that needs to be done regularly so you can make sure it fits right and is working properly. Braces don't work unless they fit properly on your teeth, which means you need to wear them at least 20 hours a day! You can wear more if you want. It's recommended to have someone check on them once every three months in addition to checking them yourself at home by taking pictures. If you're worried about keeping them clean enough or maybe if you're traveling somewhere that might not have access to toothpaste or water, think about buying some disinfecting wipes designed specifically for orthodontic appliances. The package will say exactly what part of your appliance can be cleaned with it. Just remember these tips: never use regular toothpaste, mouthwash or cleaning products—you could seriously damage your braces. And always talk with your dentist before trying anything new because he or she knows what works best with certain types of braces.

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