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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.

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What is an Observation or Recall Appointment?

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 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

5 Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

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!

Why you should not bite your nails…

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!

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!

 

Different types of Retainers

It is a true fact that retainers are a very important part of every patient’s treatment plan.  Without a retainer to keep the teeth in place, the teeth will begin to shift naturally causing the treatment of your child’s braces to be compromised.

The retainer keeps the teeth in place after the braces are removed.  There are many options out there for retainers such as a clear Essix, your old-school acrylic and wire, Hawley retainer, that will show the wire across your teeth, or a permanent retainer that is hidden behind your teeth with wire to keep your teeth in place.

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Retainers at Global Smiles Orthodontics

Speaking to your Orthodontist about your options will help you decide which is best for you. Listen to your Orthodontist for the retainer schedule that is fit for you; normally patients are supposed to wear their retainer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a year after removal of the braces excluding eating and brushing your teeth. After 12 months, you may talk to your Orthodontist about your retainer treatment plan to keep your smile looking great!