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How To Survive Halloween With Braces

Getting your child's first braces can be an exciting time for kids, especially for those with severely misaligned teeth. As orthodontists, we always recommend that children should get braces to help realign their teeth so they can have a healthy smile. However, the time, money, and limitations that come with braces can make it especially difficult for children who love sweets and candies. As Halloween comes around the corner, it can be disappointing for children with braces, but luckily we're here to help provide your child the happiest Halloween possible by further educating you about their braces, what candies they can enjoy and what candies to avoid this spooky season.


How to Floss Your Teeth With Braces

Wearing‌ ‌braces‌ ‌often‌ ‌means‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌ahead‌ ‌with‌ ‌brushing‌ ‌and‌ ‌flossing.‌ ‌

Flossing‌ ‌is‌ ‌often‌ ‌considered‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌hardest‌ ‌parts‌ ‌of‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌braces,‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌wires‌ ‌and‌ ‌
brackets‌ ‌used‌ ‌to‌ ‌align‌ ‌the‌ ‌teeth‌ ‌often‌ ‌get‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌areas‌ ‌in‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌teeth.‌ ‌The‌ ‌
floss‌ ‌can‌ ‌easily‌ ‌get‌ ‌stuck‌ ‌along‌ ‌the‌ ‌wires,‌ ‌pieces‌ ‌of‌ ‌floss‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌cut‌ ‌off,‌ ‌and‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌worst‌ ‌
moments,‌ ‌attempting‌ ‌to‌ ‌floss‌ ‌can‌ ‌even‌ ‌cause‌ ‌the‌ ‌wires‌ ‌and‌ ‌brackets‌ ‌to‌ ‌fall‌ ‌out‌ ‌if‌ ‌they're‌ ‌not‌ ‌
properly‌ ‌placed.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌if‌ ‌your‌ ‌orthodontist‌ ‌has‌ ‌told‌ ‌you‌ ‌anything,‌ ‌then‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌
flossing‌ ‌is‌ ‌even‌ ‌more‌ ‌crucial‌ ‌than‌ ‌ever‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌teeth. ‌ 

How Protruding Teeth Can Cause Traumatic Dental Injuries

Overcrowded teeth can impact our oral health in many ways; it can lead to an increased risk of cavities due to plaque development, lead to gum disease due to the pressure the teeth place along the gums, etc. even lead to tooth decay when those factors are combined. However, one under-noted aspect of protruding teeth is that it can lead to traumatic dental injuries. For children and teenagers especially, protruding teeth have an increased risk of injury compared to aligned teeth, which can have long-term consequences on their dental health. Receiving treatment for protruding teeth is one of the best ways to prevent traumatic injuries from occurs, but how do these two areas connect?

How Nickel, Copper, and Cobalt and Changing Braces

Orthodontic braces have constantly been evolving to correct alignments since the 18th century. Traditionally, stainless steel and titanium have become the standard for working with bites affected by a malocclusion. Correcting tooth alignment becomes an art form. With the development of using new metals such as cobalt, copper, and nickel, these metals have provided people with improved results and make braces more bio-compatible with the patient’s teeth.

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

Health insurance attempts to cover the costs and increase the availability of health services needed for people with conditions that affect their lives daily. Typically, coverage costs can be covered under insurance companies, whether private or federally, for essential services such as checkups, x-rays, and other forms of diagnostics. Despite its integral part of general health, dentistry takes on additional prohibitive costs that significantly affect people annually. With the increasing demand for dental health services, many have to look towards insurance companies that separate dental healthcare from general healthcare, making processing payments and receiving benefits all the more confusing for those new or struggling to gain access. Here, we'll provide some basics for dental insurance and provide what experts say people should do to achieve the most out of dental healthcare. 

Glass Ionomers: The Future of Dental Fillings

Glass ionomers are a unique tool for dentists to help patients receive fillings for teeth that have recently suffered from cavities and tooth decay. Recent innovations in dental technology have allowed engineers to develop new materials for correcting people’s teeth. Glass ionomer fillings present an avenue of restoration that has assisted many in restoring their teeth to health. Glass ionomers, when observed through an analytical standpoint, offer many benefits and have helped advance dentistry to provide people with alternative options to composite fillings. 

Why You Need To Wear A Retainer

It's been a long road of orthodontic treatment, and you're finally ready to have your braces removed. By now, you've heard that you'll have to wear a retainer once the braces are removed. If you're like most orthodontic patients, you're probably wondering how long you'll have to continue wearing it. While all orthodontic cases are different, one thing remains consistent when it comes to retainers. The simplest way to ensure that your new smile stays in place for the rest of your life is to continue to wear them consistently.


Why You Should See An Orthodontic Specialist

Until you've needed the help of a dental specialist, it's probably never occurred to you to ask what each type of specialist focuses on. Every specialist gets additional training on one particular area of dental health. As a result, they become an expert on the specific practices of that field. Today we're going to examine the differences between an Orthodontist and a dentist. At the end of this article, you'll understand what specific dental needs require the attention of an orthodontist. You'll also know which ones need a visit to your general dentist.

Having Braces As An Adult

 Braces are often associated with teenage years; icky, obtrusive, and just plain unsightly. But that stigma has been ending, because more adults have now turned to braces as a way to correct their teeth. The stigma of bad teeth has permeated society as a form of self-improvement and a new beauty standard, even during adult years. There are also adults out there who need braces not just for their looks, but for their health - malocclusion, or "bad bite" can create swallowing and chewing problems, and can make it difficult to pronounce certain words and eat certain foods. Braces offer a more permanent solution to these issues, but one of the biggest debates surrounding braces is whether or not adults can correct their teeth.

Why Your Child Can Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment 

It's often a surprise to parents when they get advised to take their child to an orthodontist early in life. When children have reached the age of seven, they should be scheduled to see an orthodontist for the first time. During this visit, the dentist will have a chance to explore the overall health of your child's oral cavity and catch conditions that can benefit from early treatment. If you've had early orthodontic work suggested by your dentist, and are wondering how your child will benefit from it, read on.


Orthodontics by Mail: Are They Safe?

Being lured by the low price can cost you more than just your money. For those with hectic work schedules and constant commitments, aligners may seem like the last idea on your mind. Many times, people ultimately end up ordering aligners and braces online to save time and money. The lack of time investment sounds great at first, but with ordering orthodontics online, there are a significant number of risks associated with mail-order. In short, no, they are not safe at all. Here’s why orthodontics treatments ordered by mail isn’t the best option for your teeth.

What is a MARA Appliance and Why You May Need One

Orthodontic work doesn’t have to be scary. Understanding the nature of the tools used in performing these kind of procedures can be a big step towards eliminating anxiety related to orthodontic procedures.  One important piece of equipment used when realignment of the mandible is necessary is known as the MARA device. This device helps resolve concerns with overbite in children with the aim of preventing the need for future surgery. If you have a child who is experiencing severe overbite, you’ll want to learn more about this device and how it can help give your child a perfect smile.

3 Secrets to Make Flossing Simpler

Flossing is one of the most underappreciated habits, but it’s essential to great oral health, just as much as brushing on a regular basis. Flossing removes additional debris, plaque, and tartar that builds up overtime from your teeth. It gets into places your toothbrush can’t reach, and if not taken care of, can cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.


Why Checkups Are Essential

When you are careful about your oral health you may wonder why it is that you need to schedule that twice a year appointment with your dentist.  Even if you’re flossing every day on top of a good brushing regime and are careful to use mouthwash, there are still important reasons to make your way to the dentist.  There are multiple reasons, most of which involve concerns that you may not be able to identify at home. Following are just a few of the reasons why getting your yearly dental checkup isn’t optional.


Drinks That Impact Your Oral Health

We often get warned about drinks that can have a negative impact on our oral health, but have you ever wondered which ones they are?  If you think that only sugary drinks like coffee, soda, and sweet teas are a risk to your oral health you’re in for quite a shock. There is quite a collection of beverages that you may have never thought could have an effect on your teeth that can have quite an impact on the health of your smile.  We’re going to go through a list of beverages that affect your oral health, some in unexpected ways.


Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

When you’re taking care of your car or home, you want the best tools available to help keep it clean and working in top condition.  The same can be said of the state of your dental health and the tools you use in oral hygiene. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are essential parts of the oral hygiene process, there are ways to enhance your effectiveness by using better equipment.  One of the options available is to switch to an electric toothbrush, bringing the power and effectiveness of battery driven brushing to your routine. In this article we’ll cover the benefits of electric toothbrushes and why you should consider switching.


Am I Too Old to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

No one looks forward to having their wisdom teeth removed, which makes it an uncomfortable truth that 50% of all Americans will have to have them extracted.  There are many reasons why someone who has wisdom teeth that are causing them pain may not have had them removed. Fear of the dentist, no dental coverage, and never making the time to get an appointment can all contribute, and if enough time passes they may wonder if it’s even possible to still have them removed.  While this procedure typically takes place by the age of 25, but it’s possible to have them removed later.

Best Foods for Braces

One of the challenges that people living with braces undergo is the necessary changes in their diet.  The ability to eat without thinking about it becomes a struggle as they start having to consider what will be safe for their new hardware.  The foods they can eat are limited to those that won’t get caught into their braces, and won’t cause corrosion or staining. If you’re beginning a journey to great teeth with braces and want to know what you’ll be able to eat along the way, read on.

Different Types of Braces

If you’ve discovered that you’re going to need braces and are imagining yourself spending the next several months or years with a mouth full of brackets and wire, we’ve got some good news for you.  While traditional braces fit the description above these aren’t the only options available to the modern orthodontics patient. Innovations in dentistry have led to the creation of multiple options for patients looking to correct a misalignment, so the metal cage look is no longer your only choice.

How Children's Teeth Erupt and Fall Out

If you’re a new parent just coming into your child’s first teething age, you’re probably wondering how this whole thing works and what you can look forward to on the road ahead.  We’re excited for you as you begin your journey as a parent, and we’re happy to be able to help you understand how their teeth are going to arrive and develop as they grow. If you’ve ever wondered how we go from a burbling baby to an adult with a mouth full of teeth, sit back and read up!

Having Braces a Second Time

There’s nothing quite like that first braces free breath of liberty from the tyranny of the iron wire, is there?  Your dentist stressed how important it was to continue wearing your retainer, and you likely did so religiously… For a while.  But over time you either got tired of replacing them when they broke, or just having to constantly wear them and take care of them.  “How bad could it be, really? My teeth look great now.”  

What Happens During my Dental Checkup?

A trip to your dentist should take place at least twice a year,  but for some of us that has never been a reality. If for whatever reason it has been years since you’ve last seen a dentist, or you’re one of the unfortunates who has simply never been able to see one at all, you’re likely wondering what to expect.  A dental check-up is a straight-forward process that helps identify where your dental health reality currently sits and what can be done to improve it in the months following the appointment. Read on to learn more.

Keeping Your Orthodontist in the Loop

While we often first think of our dentist when it comes time to consider braces, you may be surprised to find out that your dentist doesn’t do orthodontic work.  This isn’t an opportunity or reason to stress out though; it’s just an excuse to meet your friendly neighborhood orthodontist. Orthodontists are specialists in braces and other types of orthodontic procedures.  It’s important to keep both your general dentist and your orthodontist in the loop once you’ve seen them so that both sides of the coin know how you’re progressing with your treatment.

Maintenance After Invisalign

So the big day has finally come, you’ve managed to finish your last Invisalign tray, and you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of.  The big question now is “What Can I Do To Ensure That It STAYS perfect?”. If you were one of those who never stopped to consider this while going through the Invisalign process, it’s bound to come as a bit of a shock that you have to work to maintain that smile once it’s gotten perfect. 

Preparing for Braces


While many people dread the idea of getting braces, the reality is, braces offer much to be excited about. Think about the fact that braces promise not just a more attractive smile, but also ensure your bite is healthy and your teeth are aligned so you’re less prone to decay.

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