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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!

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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!

Back to School is here!

Can you believe it’s time to head back to school already? The staff at Global Smiles Orthodontics hopes you have been enjoying a great summer, and are looking forward to the new school year.  We know you have a lot on your mind including new classes, new teachers and new academic challenges, but don’t forget to take great care of your teeth as well!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while wearing braces:

1. Leave your retainers in your locker at lunch.

2. Remember to wear your elastics; it can make a big difference in getting your braces off on time.

3. Don’t forget to brush and floss after lunch.

4. Stay away from hard candy and foods.

Brushing is important when you are back at school

Brushing is important when you are back at school

Great smiles are a family affair at Global Smiles

Great smiles are a family affair at Global Smiles

 

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.

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When your orthodontist talks to you about oral hygiene he is not joking at all. Dr. Edgar Mendieta at Global Smiles Orthodontics is 100% serious about maintaining good oral hygiene! Not taking care of your teeth and mouth can cause a lot of problems for you alone, but with braces it’s a whole other level of responsibility. The brackets are glued to the teeth and not brushing your teeth could lead to corroding of the enamel and tooth itself.  It may also cause unsightly white spots that may be permanently left on your teeth.  Not brushing may also cause many problems with your gums. If you have any questions about improving your oral hygiene ask your Dentist or Orthodontist.