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.

Don’t Let Your Braces Stop You This Halloween!

Are you wondering if you are going to be able to enjoy Halloween while wearing braces? We are happy to tell you that of course you can enjoy the holiday; however, your indulgences may need to look a little different than in previous years. Being that Halloween is centered around sugary treats, it is important to be mindful of your choices while wearing braces. It is even possible to incorporate your braces into your Halloween fun. We want to offer a friendly reminder of treats that are safe to choose and those that should be left behind. Read on to see if your favorite treats made the list and how your braces can play a fun role in your celebrations!

Common Orthodontic Terms You Should Know

Do you or a loved one visit our office for treatment and you are confused with the terminology that you hear? We know that it can be a little tricky to understand not only the different treatments we offer, but the vocabulary and terms used for each one. It is important to have some idea what the more popular terms mean especially if you or a loved one experience an emergency and have to explain over the phone what is broken. We have created a glossary of ten popular orthodontic terms to help guide you. Read on to see how many terms you are familiar with.

Three Things To Know Before Starting Orthodontic Treatment

Are you or a loved one planning on starting orthodontic treatment in the near future? Whether you are starting treatment with traditional braces or clear aligners, it can be an exciting time to imagine what your teeth will look like in the future. It can also be a little nerve-racking to begin, especially if you are a new patient with no prior experience with orthodontics. We wanted to share some important information that is important to know before starting treatment.

How To Keep Teeth And Braces In Tip-Top Shape This Summer

Summer is a favorite season for many of our patients. It is a time to let loose, enjoy the longer days and nights with family and friends, travel to favorite destinations, and not have to worry as much about rules and regulations… unless we are speaking about orthodontic care. As carefree as the summer can be, patients who are receiving orthodontic treatment need to be mindful of their oral health this summer. Treating your mouth properly can ensure that your treatment stays on target and orthodontic emergencies are avoided. Continue reading to learn our suggestions on how to keep your braces intact this summer.