Signs to Get a New Toothbrush Head

Knowing the telltale signs to get a new toothbrush head will keep your brushing habits on the upper tier. Using an old head on an electric toothbrush reduces the efficiency of your brushing. This may leave plaque or other debris on your teeth, causing decay or worse.

Physical Signs to Get a New Toothbrush Head

There are definitive physical signs that you should change your toothbrush head. Manufacturers will recommend that you change every three months with or without the physical signs of degradation. Some manufacturers also employ a color-changing system to let users know when to change. New heads have brightly colored bristles that fade over time. When the color is gone, it is time to change the head on your toothbrush.

Some of the telltale signs that are visible on your toothbrush head:

  • Frayed or worn bristles
  • Brushing seems less effective
  • Old toothpaste is “stuck” around the base of bristles

Although many people believe that manufacturers only recommend changing the toothbrush head to sell more products, it is more complicated than that. Bacteria develop over time. Even when you rinse or clean your brush regularly, bacteria are still present. It is also a fact that new bristles remove more plaque.

 

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This brings us to subscription services. There are several available through manufacturers and online retailers. They work on a fairly simple plan. Once you purchase your electric toothbrush, you enroll in a service. Every three months, they send you a new toothbrush head. When it arrives, you change it out. Simple and effective, computerized, and no burden on you other than paying the fee for the service and the cost for new heads.

Other Times It Is Good to Replace Your Toothbrush Head

Health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have also weighed in on the great debate. They recommend that people replace toothbrushes and toothbrush heads every three to four months.

There are other circumstances when you should replace your toothbrush head early:

  • If someone else has used your brush
  • When a child (or frustrated adult) has chewed on it causing premature fraying
  • If it is dropped on the floor
  • After anyone has been ill, especially with things like strep throat

It is always better to err with caution in mind. To quote an over-used clich√©, “Better safe than sorry.”

When You’re In Doubt — Just Change it Out

Toothbrushes and toothbrush heads are relatively inexpensive. There are times when you might use a brush for one month, and sometimes longer than the recommended four months. The bottom line is that if you are wondering if it is time for a new toothbrush head — it is.

If you have additional questions about the signs to get a new toothbrush head, please ask us at Pitner Orthodontics. Our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help!

If you are ready to explore different ways to perfect your smile, contact Pitner Ortho for a FREE Smile Assessment. This package, with a value of $249, will offer alternatives to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We have three locations serving the Columbia, SC area, including one office dedicated to adults only!

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Best Braces near Elgin

When you find out that you or your child needs braces, you begin a search for the best orthodontist. When it comes to your smile, you want the best braces near Elgin. Whether you are thinking about Invisalign or traditional braces, Pitner Orthodontics can help.

Pitner Orthodontics Has the Best Braces near Elgin

Pitner Orthodontics is confident that they can offer you the best braces near Elgin. They offer a complimentary first examination. Valued at $249, this is a comprehensive examination including digital X-rays and complete smile analysis. Treatment options will be discussed following this initial examination.

Dr. Leslie Pitner is South Carolina’s #1 Invisalign orthodontist. She maintains the belief that changing your smile can truly change a person’s life. She is a dedicated professional not only in fixing smiles but in helping people to attain true happiness in life. While she does treat families, Dr. Pitner is a premier orthodontist catering to adults. She even wrote the book, “Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Guide to Orthodontics for Adults.”

 

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If you’re still not convinced, there is more. Pitner Orthodontics is a Diamond+ Invisalign provider. This puts them in the top one percent of all Invisalign providers.

Options for Orthodontic Treatment

In the world of orthodontics, there are several available options to straighten your smile. The first, and probably most well-known, are traditional metal braces. But that is not the only option anymore.

Invisalign: This almost invisible tray alignment system has gained popularity as a treatment for adults. In recent years, Align Technology has added both Invisalign Teen and Invisalign First to its lineup. Invisalign treatment is effective for almost all malocclusions, from minor to complex. Patients prefer it because it is very discreet. The tray aligners are removable, which makes both eating and oral hygiene easier.

Clear Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces function exactly like traditional metal braces. Rather than stainless steel, the brackets are ceramic and clear. They blend with natural tooth coloration, making them less visible than traditional metal braces. For patients who wish to make a colorful statement, there is an option to use colored elastics on the brackets to hold the archwires in place.

Lingual Braces: Lingual means toward the tongue. Lingual braces use traditional brackets and wires, but they are mounted on the back of teeth. For adults, this is an option that allows the straightening of their smile with no visible outward appearance. Because the process is more difficult than traditional braces, lingual braces are slightly higher in cost, but comparable to the cost of Invisalign.

As you can see, there are options for braces. Whether you are seeking treatment for a child, teen, or adult, Pitner Orthodontics can help. If you’re ready to begin, the process starts with a complimentary consultation.

Contact Pitner Today for Your Braces

Pitner Orthodontics has three convenient offices. For those with a busy schedule who want in-and-out convenience without being in a noisy waiting room, the downtown, adults-only office is a perfect solution.

To set up your complimentary consultation, click on any of the “Request Appointment” buttons on our website. Fill in the information and submit the form. Yes, it really is that easy.

But if you would rather call, please use one of the numbers below for the office nearest your location:

Columbia Office: (803) 859-4442
Chapin Office: (803) 859-4377
Downtown — Orthodontics for Adults: (803) 859-4346

The staff at Pitner Orthodontics is looking forward to meeting you!

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