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What to expect during your treatment…

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.

1 in 5 orthodontic patients are adults…

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

The best age for orthodontic treatment…

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, GLOBALSMILES.us

Sweets are not so Sweet

Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment. While we trust you will continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at Global Smiles Orthodontics, you also have to mindful of what you eat. While all those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats can actually damage your teeth and braces!

Sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them, resulting in tooth decay and cavities.

Hard candy can cause brackets to break

Hard candy can cause brackets to break

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Biting a hard candy may cause part of your braces to snap. Furthermore, once the candy is broken into a bunch of little pieces, it’s not uncommon for one of those sugary shards to get wedged between your braces and teeth … and that’s a cavity waiting to happen.

Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health, too; researchers have discovered the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine just as you did before your braces. This includes visiting your dentist every six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, as well as keeping up with your regular adjustment appointments.

For more questions about foods you should avoid while wearing braces, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, we encourage you to give us a call, ask us at your next adjustment appointment or ask us on Facebook!

 

Lemons, Soda, & your Enamel

Say no to lemons!  We don’t mean stop using it for cooking or making a beverage.  We mean don’t suck on them.  It is surprising how many people like the tangy or sour taste of a lemon that makes them pucker.  The reality is the acidic nature of lemons and soda can dissolve your enamel.  Once your enamel goes away, it does not grow back!  That being said, the next layer of your teeth is the dentin which if exposed can cause you to have sensitivity and may lead to tooth decay.

Constant acid exposure to enamel will cause the enamel to erode.

Constant acid exposure to enamel will cause erosion

Stay away from prolonged exposure to acidic foods like lemons and sodas.  If you do consume acidic beverages on a daily basis, try to neutralize the acid by swishing with water or better yet brushing afterwards.

Am I too young or old for braces?

Getting braces is not based on age. It is based on the patient’s condition with how their jaws develop and/or how their teeth have grown in.  A consult with your Orthodontist at Global Smiles Orthodontics will help determine if you or your child is ready for braces.

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Sometimes going in at an early age can help prevent a problem in the future.  Also if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth you can write them down and go over them with your orthodontist to be sure you’re getting all the answers you want at your appointment.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Our staff is here to put on the Green color to your braces!

Our staff is here to put on the Green color to your braces!

Patients have the ability to customize their braces.  Today’s braces come in a wide range of colors.  Gone is the old-metal-only-braces option.  

It is no surprise that Green is, hands down, the most popular color for braces at Global Smiles this month because of St. Patrick’s Day!

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Patient wearing Green for St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Our patients consider different combinations of colors, such as:

  • Your national colors. Red, white, and blue for America; Red, white, and Green for Mexico.
  • Your school colors.
  • Your favorite sports team’s colors.
  • Gold and silver.
  • Holiday colors. Red and green for Christmas; black and orange for Halloween, Green for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Your favorite color(s).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dr. Mendieta and Staff at Global Smiles Orthodontics and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!