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Enjoying National Barbecue Month with Braces

May 14th, 2019

May is National Barbecue Month, and while we all love enjoying food right off the grill, for patients with braces, barbecued foods can often pose a risk to orthodontic work. We’ve compiled our top tips and recipes to help you enjoy the barbecue season—without damaging your braces!

Barbecued Foods to Avoid

From corn on the cob, to short ribs, to chicken, and more, many barbecue dishes should be avoided entirely to minimize their risk to braces. Because bones in meat can dislodge brackets or bend wires, options like chicken wings or ribs should be avoided. And while corn on the cob is a delicious staple at many barbecues, pulling corn off the cob with your teeth threatens braces. Additionally, stringy meats, like pulled pork, can easily get caught in wires and brackets, so avoid them if possible.

Though there are several barbecue guidelines that patients with braces should follow, you can still enjoy freshly grilled meat and corn. As long as you remove meat from the bone or take corn off the cob, you can still eat both of these staples.

Barbecued Foods to Enjoy

There are plenty of barbecue classics that patients with braces can enjoy—without any modifications! For example, sides like potato salad, fruit salad, beans, and mac-and-cheese all are safe, soft foods for braces. Here are some additional recipes to help you create the perfect, braces-friendly barbecue.

Beef Brisket- This classic is packed with flavor—it’s sure to impress as a delicious main course. Remember, tomato sauce and barbecue sauce have the potential to stain teeth and braces, so if you’re wearing clear braces, don’t forget to clean your teeth after eating to avoid discoloration.

Shrimp Kabobs- If you’re looking for a protein-packed side, grilled shrimp may be perfect for you. Be careful with kabobs, however. Eating shrimp off the kabob could harm braces, so take food off your skewer before enjoying.

Grilled PineappleLooking for a grilled dessert? Try grilled fruit! Although this dish contains only natural sugars, all sugar can lead to tooth decay. Because braces can make regular dental care more difficult, be sure to clean teeth thoroughly after eating to remove lingering food particles and bacteria.

Smile Envy 3D: Perfecting Your Smile

May 5th, 2019

Smiles are our most memorable feature, so why not make them as healthy, beautiful, and aligned as can be? Unfortunately for some patients, misalignment—either caused naturally or by failing to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment—can interfere with smile confidence. While a full orthodontic treatment may be the best solution for these issues, many patients may not be able to fully justify the expenses or intensity of treatment that come along with braces.

Luckily, we’ve created Smile Envy 3D, our latest service that provides patients with a beautiful smile touch-up—all under the close supervision of Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price. With Smile Envy 3D, we can help you obtain a faster, convenient, and less costly smile adjustment, giving you the beautiful transformation you deserve.

What is Smile Envy 3D?

By choosing Smile Envy 3D you are investing in a safe, streamlined orthodontic process that can touch up your smile with custom-made clear aligners. Compared to traditional comprehensive treatment options, the Smile Envy 3D process is faster, less costly, and requires fewer orthodontic visits—without sacrificing the expert, individualized care brought to you by Board Certified orthodontists.

To set you up with your best smile, we make a 3D digital scan of your teeth, then use our 3D printing labs to create your custom, clear aligners—technology we have been using for many years! After printing your clear aligners, you will receive a personalized plan to map out your smile transformation, including a few short follow-up appointments to ensure that your teeth are aligning healthily and beautifully according to plan. In the meantime, you’ll be free to live your life normally, knowing that your smile is being transformed all the while!

In addition to the benefits of a streamlined orthodontic process, Smile Envy 3D also offers patients the benefit of a discreet and convenient, yet dramatic, smile touch-up. Using clear, removable aligners, patients have the ability to remove aligners during mealtimes and teeth cleaning to ensure seamless integration of Smile Envy 3D into their daily lives. With clear aligner treatment, some people may not even notice when you are wearing your Smile Envy 3D aligners trays.

If you are ready for a smile transformation but aren’t sure that a comprehensive orthodontic treatment is right for you, call us today to schedule an appointment. With Smile Envy 3D, patients of all backgrounds can explore the benefits of a smile touch-up—enjoying the perks of a rejuvenated smile with lower costs and fewer time commitments. If you want to learn if you are a good candidate for this treatment, call us at (614) 855-8800. Our friendly staff looks forward to helping you perfect your smile with the expert help of our specialists.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 3rd, 2019

While many people consider braces to be a teenage rite of passage, early intervention innovations like two-phase orthodontics are promising young patients fewer extractions and better oral health. This February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we’re urging parents to rethink braces. By bringing your child to an orthodontist before all of their permanent teeth have erupted, you can set their smile up to be healthier and happier through proactive treatment.

How Early Intervention Benefits Smiles

Most professionals recommend that patients see an orthodontist when they are as young as 7 years old. This proactive visit can be incredibly beneficial for your child’s overall health. By evaluating your child’s teeth, jaw, and mouth, your orthodontist will be able to anticipate future orthodontic issues, and if necessary, treat them in a two-phase process.

Because many parents underwent one prolonged orthodontic treatment in their own youth, using more than one phase for their child’s treatment may seem unnecessary. With two distinct treatment phases and a rest period in between, orthodontists use early intervention during Phase I to tackle jaw, palette, or other mouth problems, correcting them before they might develop into a serious issue. After Phase I is complete, patients are given a rest period as their permanent teeth finish erupting. Patients then begin Phase II, which is the final stage of fine tuning that creates a perfectly aligned, healthy smile. 

If your child is a good candidate for early intervention, Phase I orthodontics can correct jaw alignment and create more space for permanent teeth, leading to less crowded and straighter adult teeth. Treatment may consist of a palette expander, partial braces, or an active retainer—all of which offer a number of health benefits for young patients including, but not limited to:

  • Fewer extractions of permanent teeth. All teeth serve a vital purpose in the mouth, operating as tools for digestion, chewing, and speaking. Early intervention helps the mouth accommodate adult teeth, eliminating the need for multiple extractions or oral trauma.
  • Healthier permanent teeth. When permanent teeth are crowded or misaligned, it can be substantially more difficult for patients to remove plaque by brushing and flossing, and substantially easier to grind teeth or wear them down.
  • Simplified Phase II orthodontics. Early intervention eliminates the need for many invasive or painful treatments later on, making Phase II a more streamlined process.

Early intervention through a two-phase orthodontic program can save children from needing more intense and invasive treatment in their teens and can correct a number of issues that sometimes interfere with oral health. If you are interested in learning more about early intervention or want to know if your child is a good candidate for a two-phase orthodontics plan, call us today to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you may have and can’t wait to help you make your child’s smile as healthy and happy as possible.

 

Winter Braces Survival Guide

January 6th, 2019

Winter is the perfect season for building snowmen, dusting off the sleds, and making holiday memories with friends and family. However, sensitive teeth and poor oral hygiene can also come alongside the winter months, leading to pain and discomfort during an otherwise cheerful season. Fortunately, there are many ways you can protect against seasonal problems and enjoy the winter wonderland while wearing orthodontics. Read on for our best tips to help you care for your smile all winter long!

Remember Your Routine

During the holidays, many of us may switch up our schedules by sleeping in, traveling, and spending more time sipping warm drinks. However, don’t neglect good dental habits just because the season is bustling with activity. Remembering to brush for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and consistently wearing any removable retainers or aligners will ensure that you can enjoy your healthiest smile.

Be Sensitive to Your Teeth’s Needs

The drop in temperatures and harsh winds can leave your teeth more sore or sensitive than usual. Luckily, there are several strategies you can use to combat pain. If your sensitivity is mild, breathing only through your nose when outside may be effective enough to minimize any soreness. For more intense sensitivity, consider brushing teeth with desensitizing toothpastes, which can dramatically ease discomfort and help with tooth sensitivity.

Don’t Forget Your Lips

Wind, sun, and cold temperatures can harm the delicate skin on your lips, so be sure to protect them from damage. If chapped lips bother you this season, petroleum jelly is a cost-effective option that locks in moisture. You can also combat both the cold and UV rays by wearing a daily lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. To improve your skin overall, drink plenty of water and consider installing a humidifier in your home to provide extra moisture to help keep your lips healthy this season.

Treat Yourself and Your Smile

While it may be tempting to indulge in a variety of seasonal foods during the holidays, it’s best to avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your braces, get stuck in your teeth, and promote tooth decay. Be sure to also limit sweet drinks since they are high in acidic content, can damage your tooth enamel, and expose your teeth’s inner layers to the cold. Regardless of the weather, there are plenty of braces-friendly, holiday treats like pumpkin pie, ice cream, pudding, and sliced fruits that are sure to keep you happy and your teeth, healthy.

Winter Can Create Positive Change for Your Teeth

Don’t let the weather impact your smile’s health. Be sure to maintain daily routines of brushing and flossing while keeping up with your orthodontist appointments to get your best smile this season and beyond!

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