Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

At The Best Braces, there is nothing like witnessing our patients see their new smile without braces or clear aligners for the first time following the completion of treatment. While one of the biggest benefits of orthodontic treatment is the improvement to the appearance of your smile, that is not the only reason we may recommend treatment. Orthodontic treatment can greatly improve your oral and overall health as well. Here are some of the ways orthodontic treatment can improve your health:

Eating With New Braces

At The Best Braces, we know that it can be a transition for patients who are wearing braces for the first time. The first few days are going to be an adjustment. Not only do you have to get used to having something on all of your teeth, but there is also the discomfort of the braces starting to do their job. We recommend planning ahead and having foods available that will be a comfort during this time of adjustment. These foods can also be handy after an adjustment to your braces when you may be feeling some discomfort for a few days. Here are some food suggestions for meals:

Summer Safety Tips For Braces

We don’t know about you, but after another long winter in Michigan, we are thrilled that summer has finally arrived. We know that many of our patients are enjoying the long days and the slower pace of summer. Whether you are on summer vacation from school or perhaps taking some much needed time off from work, we hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing time. We want to share some things to avoid to ensure that your braces don’t keep you from experiencing everything this summer has to offer. Read on to learn more about what to avoid while wearing braces.

Do You Always Follow The Rules?

When patients are ready to start their orthodontic care journey, we are very specific with instructions on how to properly clean your teeth, what foods you should and should not eat, as well as how to properly wear any hardware you might have to add and remove from your mouth. Following our directions not only keeps your mouth safe from harm, but it also allows your teeth to move properly so you can finish your orthodontic journey on schedule. Continue reading to learn about the consequences of not following your orthodontic care instructions.

It’s Time For Some Spring Cleaning

We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more thrilled that spring has arrived! The winter always seems very long, and the change of season is much appreciated. Many people use the start of a new season to clear out the winter cobwebs. This is one of the reasons the term “spring cleaning” is so popular. Similar to the cleaning you may do in your home, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning to your orthodontic hardware. Continue reading to learn more.

Tongue Thrusting And Orthodontics

When a patient visits our office for their initial consultation, there are a number of factors we check to determine if orthodontic care is needed. We look at the placement of the teeth and we also check the jaw placement and learn if you suffer from conditions such as TMD, sleep apnea, have a speech impediment or other issues. One issue in particular that we look for is tongue thrusting. Tongue thrusting occurs when the tongue is in an incorrect position during swallowing. It can also be called a reverse swallow or an immature swallow. It is cause for concern because it can reverse the corrections made by orthodontic treatment and move teeth out of alignment.

How Do I Take Care Of My Teeth With Braces?

Are you or a loved one currently receiving orthodontic care from our office? Are you brushing and cleaning your teeth as often and as well as you should? Before you started your treatment, we should have reviewed the importance of properly caring for your teeth during treatment. When patients are receiving orthodontic care, they have to change the way they clean and care for their teeth. At times, they may need to use special tools to ensure that their teeth are receiving the proper care. Continue reading to learn some of the best cleaning tools to have on hand when wearing braces, retainers, aligners, or other orthodontic hardware.

Be Prepared This Holiday Season

December has arrived, and we can feel the excitement in the air! The holiday season is upon us, and we love hearing about everyone’s plans for holiday parties and get-togethers with family and friends, day trips for when school is closed, plans to visit family, and vacations for escaping the cold weather. No matter what exciting plans you have for this time of year, we want our patients to be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens. Continue reading for some helpful tips and ways you can be prepared.

Why We Still Love Braces

Are you or a loved one interested in orthodontic treatment, but are undecided which option would be the best choice? With the popularity of social media, certain orthodontic trends such as clear aligner trays are on the rise, but what about traditional metal braces? Have they become totally obsolete? While clear aligner trays do have their benefits, they are not always the best solution for every patient. Today we want to share some of the benefits of choosing traditional metal braces for orthodontic treatment. Continue reading to learn more about this timeless treatment and why it may be the perfect treatment for you.

Why is Oral Hygiene Important While Wearing Braces?

At The Best Braces, our team continuously stresses the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene. It is important for patients to realize the care they put into their oral health while wearing braces can affect the health of their teeth for many years to come. Lack of oral hygiene can greatly disrupt your current treatment plan and lead to complications, emergencies, and additional treatment time.