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Your “weird” braces questions answered

November 10th, 2015

Getting braces affects many aspects of daily life. When you come in for your consultation and subsequent visits, you’ll get information on how to take care of them, what to eat, how to keep your teeth clean, etc. But what about those obscure questions you never thought to ask, or were perhaps too embarassed to? We’ve got a few covered--but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have more. Your dental health is our priority!

Can I put charms on my braces?

Unfortunately no. Charms belong on bracelets. If you bite down on the charm, you could damage your braces or your teeth. You could also swallow your jewelry. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your braces! Decorating your braces with colored bands is always an option.

Is it OK to use my teeth as a bottle opener?

While it may seem more convenient and relatively harmless, this is a BIG no. Never use your teeth as a bottle opener. This becomes even more important when you are wearing braces. While braces straighten your teeth, your teeth are moving in the process. That makes them weaker, and the metal in the braces does not make them invincible. Buying a bottle opener is much less expensive than having to replace your braces.

Can I use my braces as a radio?

Contrary to what you might think, your braces are not designed to work as a radio. There are tales of people who have picked up radio signals from dental fillings or braces. While this is remotely possible, attaching an antenna to your mouth is just not a good idea. Besides, you will get better quality music from a radio. (Don’t get any ideas!)

Can I kiss someone while wearing braces?

You can still kiss someone while wearing braces. In fact, even if both of you wear braces, the chances of them getting locked together are almost negligible. However, to avoid cutting your partner’s lips, kiss with caution.

Again, if you have more questions, feel free to ask any of us at Struble Orthodontics. Or, leave your question in the comments!

Which Halloween candy is safe to eat with braces?

October 10th, 2015

We all know Halloween means candy. And even though we sincerely want you to take the bull by the horns, live life to the fullest, carpe diem, all that good stuff, we also would really like to make your orthodontic treatment as quick, painless, and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a list of braces-friendly Halloween candy options for you to take advantage of. The good news is that you can still live it up in the candy department this October while keeping your teeth healthy and your orthodontist happy!

What to watch out for

Certain sweets can cause some serious damage to your teeth and braces, which can delay precious treatment time. Hard candies, chewy candies, caramels, taffy, nutty goodies, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, suckers, Tootsie Rolls, and sour candies are some of the foods that can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Skittles and M&M’s may seem innocent, but those tiny pieces of candy love to slip inside wires and pop off brackets. Better stay away. Furthermore, sour and fruity candies like Starbursts and Skittles are the worst because they are highly acidic, which can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth, paving the way for tooth decay and cavities.

These candies are your friends

Candy such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything that contains the sugar substitute xylitol is not as harmful for your teeth as hard, chewy, or sticky sweets. Experts at the American Association of Orthodontists recommend softer treats or melt-in-your-mouth foods. These include:

  • Soft chocolate (Hershey’s Kisses are in the clear!)
  • Peanut butter cups (Go for those Reese’s Cups!)
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider
  • Cookies and crackers (Just be careful about hardness.)
  • Apples (Great in bite-size pieces! Don’t bite into a candied/caramel apple, but feel free to dip it in sauce.)
  • Kit Kat Bars
  • Three Musketeers
  • Malt Balls
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Snow Caps

Some extra tips

Staying away from sticky and hard candies this Halloween is the name of the game. In addition to avoiding broken brackets and bent wires, we encourage you to brush and floss between teeth immediately after eating candy, including around brackets and at the gum line, as well as swishing water in your mouth--even “good” candy can cause cavities!

If you happen to damage your braces, give us a call at 541-848-6642 and we can help get your teeth all straightened out again. And from everyone at Team Struble, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Stars with braces - they’re just like us!

September 17th, 2015

Most Hollywood stars rock a million dollar smile to be envious of. But the truth is, many of them didn’t start that way. In fact, a few had to go through braces treatment, just like you! Here are just a few.

Emma Watson

Watson said she went through a rather awkward stage that included “terrible skin,” fluctuating weight, and braces. Look where she is now!

Faith Hill

Hill wore an unlikely accessory on the red carpet for the Grammy Awards: her braces. She’d had them for about 4 months at the time. “I’m getting used to them,” she said, “I had braces as a kid and I forgot to wear my retainer. Kids, wear your retainer!”

Tom Cruise

Surprisingly enough, one of the world’s most famous smiles needed some orthodontic help at one point. He wore “invisible” braces that had ceramic brackets for a few months just after his 40th birthday. Barely anyone knew!

Dakota Fanning

Like Watson, Fanning went through some troublesome teeth years as a teenager. Braces and dental work gave her that stunning smile we see now. She even proudly sported her headgear during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Who would have thought that the 2013 Most Beautiful Woman named by People Magazine wore braces in high school!

Niall Horan

For all you One Direction fans, Horan wore braces for several months. He got them removed in April 2013.

Gwen Stefani

In 1999, the No Doubt singer started wearing metal in her mouth but claimed it was just a style choice. She had always wanted them as a child, but, she admitted, "I could afford them at that point, and that's when I went and got them."

Faye Dunaway

This Academy Award winning actress who got her braces at the age of 61! "You just sort of let your teeth go for a while. But it's time to have something done,” she said.

Ryan Seacrest, Prince Harry, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Drew Barrymore also belonged to the metal mouth club at one time or another. But the truth is that in the end, whether your braces are metal or invisible, whether you’re young or old, and whether you wear them in the classroom or on the red carpet, it all comes down to how you work it! Schedule your appointment with us today to get the rock star smile you’ve always dreamed of.

A big thank you (with ice cream) to our patients!

August 25th, 2015

The Struble Orthodontics office has been getting a little facelift lately, and we are so excited for it to be complete! Thank you so much to all who attended our ice cream celebration, and to those who couldn’t make it but have been so kind throughout our remodel. It was a beautiful sunny Bend day with good friends, fun games, lots of smiles--and delicious ice cream.

We have the BEST patients and Team Struble truly appreciates your “patience” during this time!

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