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Electric toothbrushes can deliver up to 50,000 strokes per minute, which is much more effective than the average 300 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush. Studies indicate that people tend to apply more damaging pressure to their teeth and gums during manual brushing than when they use an electric toothbrush. Automatic toothbrushes really do remove debris better than the old-fashioned way.

Power vs Manual Toothbrush

You may have heard the term “biofilm.” Better known as plaque when it occurs in the mouth, biofilm is the debris and bacteria that can cause decay. It regenerates quickly, so healthy habits are the best defense for a healthier you! With a healthier mouth, you face a lower risk of gum disease and other conditions like heart disease: mouth health has been linked to heart health.

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, the most important thing is that you use it!  Have questions? Contact our office or go to our website at

There are things you can do to ensure your treatment wraps up in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

Keep your appointments

Keep your appointments

Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment!

Be sure to show up on time to your appointments. This will give Dr. Mendieta and our team time to do everything we planned during your adjustment visit.

When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.

Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.

Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.

At Global Smiles Orthodontics Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:

Clear braces

Clear braces option

Clear braces

Ceramic braces

Self-ligating braces

Lingual (behind the tooth) braces

Invisible braces

Traditional metal braces

Moms and dads have busy schedules. Picking their children up from school and taking them to the orthodontist is no small task. Sometimes the appointments are very short and seemingly meaningless. One of these appointments is the observation or recall visit. These appointments are usually less than 15 minutes and many wonder if they are necessary at all. Recall or observation appointments are very important, and here’s why…Dental X-ray

Observation or recall visits are scheduled for orthodontic patients who are either not yet quite ready for braces or have had an interceptive phase of treatment and are waiting for their remaining permanent teeth to come in so they can finish. The orthodontist may take a progress x-ray at this appointment to help him evaluate your child’s dental development.

The objective of an observation appointment is to counsel with the family about the timing of the next phase of treatment.  This might mean waiting a few months or even years. If we start too early, your son or daughter may have the braces on too long. If we wait too long, we might miss the opportunity to keep treatment as short as possible or end up extending it into the prom or graduation years of high school (not popular with patients or their families).

Having your orthodontist follow your child’s development will help them receive the care they need when they need it.   Next time your son or daughter has an observation visit here at Global Smiles Orthodontics, make sure you make it in, we think you’ll find that these short, to-the-point appointments are as important as any you’ll ever have.

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.

Your child's orthodontic exam starts at 7

Your child’s orthodontic exam starts at 7

At age 7, your child will have a mixture of adult and baby teeth to make a determination about whether any problems are present. Typically the first molars have come in by the time your child turns seven, giving us an opportunity to check for a “bad bite.”

Also, by the time your child reaches the age of seven, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma.  Aside from spurring years of harmful teasing, malaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene.  Still have questions?  You know where to reach us,

If you’re wearing braces, then you know we are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, your braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here, we’ve listed the five best ways to help you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

1.  Use a Special Toothbrush

5 steps to clean teeth
5 steps to clean teeth

A regular toothbrush just doesn’t cut it when you are wearing braces. You also need to use an interdental toothbrush so that you can effectively clean behind the braces. This type of brush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree that can remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth.

2.  Brush after Every Meal

Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

3.  Don’t Forget the Mouth Rinse

Even after properly brushing and flossing, there are probably some food particles in your braces. A fluoride mouth rinse is the best way to ensure that every bit of food is removed after meals. If you do not have a mouth rinse available, we suggest using water — it’s better than nothing.

4.  Avoid Sweets

Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to avoiding tooth decay. If you can nix decay-causing sugary foods from the outset, we promise you’ll spend less time trying to treat problems in the future.

5.  Get Regular Checkups

Visit your dentist regularly while you are wearing braces. Our office recommends a thorough cleaning every three to six months.

– our entire team at Global Smiles Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy!

The habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

Reasons to stop biting your nails

Reasons to stop biting your nails


Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

  1. Its unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.
  2. It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.
  3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment because nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth.
  4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.

Global Smiles Orthodontics recommends the following to kick your nail biting habit:

Using nail polish can help

Using nail polish can help

Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.

Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.

Ask us about obtaining a mouth guard, which can help prevent nail biting.

Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.

Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.

Keep your smile healthy and stop chewing your nails!

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Update your contact details

Update your contact details

Our patients can always connect with us by calling our office. However, if you’ve recently moved or have a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you!  This is extremely important in case there is a change in our schedule or if we have to follow up with an insurance matter.

If any of your contact information has changed, please let our team at Global Smiles Orthodontics know, just in case we need to reach you. While you’re at it, you can also schedule your next appointment if you do not have one! We look forward to hearing from you!

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Congratulations!!  Now that you have your braces off you can show the world your new smile!  At Global Smiles Orthodontics we promote retention so the teeth do not shift.  Here are 7 Steps for taking care of your retainers!

  1. Wear your retainers all of the time, except when eating or brushing.
  2. When your retainers are not in your mouth, ALWAYS keep them in your retainer case.
  3. Do not wrap retainers in a paper towel or napkin; this is the easiest way to lose them.
  4. Do not place loose retainers in your pocket, this is the easiest way to break them.
  5. Keep your retainers away from pets, dogs LOVE them.
  6. Clean your retainers by holding them carefully and brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  7. Do not place retainers in the microwave or in boiling water.
  8. If you have a bonded retainer, make sure you floss underneath the wire
Brush your retainers with toothpaste and your toothbrush

Brush your retainers with toothpaste and your toothbrush


global-smiles.pngMost patients do not report sensitivity after they get their braces on at Global Smiles Orthodontics because we use gentle and slow movements to align teeth.  Despite this, many types of orthodontic treatment can come with some after-treatment pressure because of dynamic movement going on in the patient’s dentition.  Whether its Invisalign, braces, retainers, or palate expanders, it can be common for you or your child to feel some pressure after they leave the office. Here are some simple tips:

Use wax to cover the surfaces of braces to prevent sores. Some sores are caused from the inside of the mouth or lips coming into contact with orthodontic appliances.  It’s also possible to buy lip protectors for your child to wear at night, to help prevent any unconscious rubbing of the lip against the braces while sleeping.

After the visit, drinking cool beverages, or eating cold, soft food (such as yogurt or ice cream) can relieve any after-appointment sensitivity.

If your child is feeling some discomfort, find something to cause a distraction. Encourage them to watch a favorite TV show or film, read a book, play with their friends, or take a walk outside.

In most cases, the pain will subside after a few days.  But as a last resort taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen (if not allergic) about an hour or so before your scheduled visit can ease initial discomfort. This will help ensure the medication kicks in right around the time the work is being done.

Thanks for reading, let us know how Global Smiles Orthodontics can help!