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10 Myths About Braces

April 10th, 2018

If you’re about to get braces and you’re a little nervous about some of the myths and rumors you’ve heard surrounding the process of how braces work and what can and can’t happen while you’re wearing them, we’re here to help! There are so many myths out there about life with braces, but here are 10 truths that we think are most helpful.

Braces must hurt to work

When you first get your braces on, you may experience some minor discomfort as your teeth adjust to the new gear they’ve just received, but the soreness will not last for the entire time you have your braces on. The discomfort you may feel will only be temporary and should not be a level of soreness that you can’t tolerate. Don’t let anyone scare you by telling you that you will be uncomfortable for the long-term.

The metal will set off metal detectors

If you’re worried that the next time you go to the airport your braces will set off the metal detector when you go through security, don’t be. The metal used for braces is not the same metal they are looking to detect, and it is highly unlikely that you will set off the airport detector. So rest assured that the next time your traveling on an airplane, or going to an event where metal detectors are present and mandatory, no one will notice you have braces unless you flash them your beautiful smile!

Braces are only for kids and teens

Yes, they are most commonly worn by children and teenagers, but anyone can have braces. Adults can wear braces later in life, especially if they are in need of orthodontic correction.

You can’t play your instrument with braces

If you’re an avid player of a wind instrument, you can still play beautiful music with your braces on. There may be a small adjustment period at first, but you will be perfectly capable of keeping up with your practicing and performing. Don’t worry about losing your touch or missing out on one of your favorite hobbies, you’ll be just as capable of playing with your braces working on your lovely smile!

Braces permanently straighten your teeth

Braces do work to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, but that does not mean it will last permanently once you have them removed. You must follow your orthodontist’s recommendation and wear the retainer to maintain your straight teeth after they are free from braces. The retainer will work to maintain what your braces worked so hard to achieve.

The wires on your braces will need constant changing

The wires on your braces will not need constant changing, however, they may need to be replaced a few times over the course of your time wearing braces. Your frequent visits to the orthodontist, while you have braces, will be merely to assess the progress of your teeth and to make sure everything is working correctly. The wiring should not need to be changed at every appointment unless there is an issue your orthodontist uncovers.  

Only braces can straighten my teeth

Braces are an effective way to correct and straighten your teeth, but they are not the only way. There are a few alternatives that can also work to correct your bite, such as retainers and invisible aligners. Talk to your orthodontist about the best option for you.

You can’t eat normally with braces

Having braces won’t affect your normal diet by any means. Yes, you’ll need to avoid certain things like sticky candies and hard, crunchy snacks, but for the most part you’ll be able to carry on your normal diet as usual--maybe with just a few more thinly chopped vegetables and smaller bites.

Braces take years of treatment

Some people may need up to two years to fully correct their bite, but that is definitely not the case for everyone. It is common to wear braces for anywhere from 6-18 months depending on what your needs might be. There is no need to stress about having braces on for years, your orthodontist will be able to give you a more direct estimate during your consultation.

Braces can only help people with crooked teeth

While they do help correct crooked teeth, braces can also help for other dental health problems. Jaw overbite or underbite, missing teeth, or other problems associated with your teeth or jaw,  can all be reasons for braces.

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New Year, New Me: 6 Resolutions for 2018

February 5th, 2018

We’re one month into 2018! Maybe you’re still going strong with New Year’s resolutions, maybe you gave up on a few, or maybe you're just starting in on them now. It’s never too late to begin working on your goals for the year, but if you need a little encouragement or inspiration to get moving, we’re here for you! We have six orthodontist-approved resolutions for you in the new year that’ll make you happier and healthier!

Drink more H2O

This may be the easiest and best thing you can do for your body. Our bodies crave it, and more importantly they NEED it. Drinking enough water can help with weight loss, digestion, energy levels, hydration, etc. But did you know it also helps defend against tooth decay? Drinking water keeps your saliva levels high, which contain minerals and proteins that fight against enamel eating acids.  The common recommendation is to drink eight- 8 ounce glasses of water, or if you have a water bottle that you prefer to drink from throughout the day, just do the math for however many ounces it holds and drink that amount.

Rest up

Getting enough sleep every night is equally as important as diet and exercise. Your body needs rest to reset and re-fuel for the day to come, and it does that by sleeping. When you deprive your body of necessary rest, you make yourself more susceptible to things like weight gain, mood swings, and a decrease in your immune system. Sleep is essential for your overall well-being, so make it a priority to get the adequate amount of rest every night.  

Exercise outside

Go for a walk on your lunch break. Ride your bike to work. Invest in a new outdoor hobby like skiing, paddle boarding or rock climbing. It doesn’t have to be a super intense activity to be beneficial for your health, as long as it gets you moving outdoors. Research suggests that when you exercise outside, you work harder, burn more calories and boost your immune system. Not to mention it’s way more beautiful and scenic than the walls of any Gym.

Eat your greens!

You don’t have to like salads to get your daily dose of greens in your diet. In fact, there are so many ways to incorporate more greens in your diet without even tasting them (for all you picky eaters out there!). Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, arugula, to name a few, are high in calcium and help build your teeth’s enamel. Try adding a handful of greens in your smoothie and blending with fruit-  chances are you won’t be able to taste the greens at all!

Go see your doctors

We’re not just saying this because we want to see you more often, which we always do, but more so for the benefit of your health. Making appointments to see your primary care physicians, dentists, therapists, orthodontists and so on, is important to maintain your overall health and well-being. Even though you may feel as healthy as a horse most days, it’s always good to have your doctor reinforce that claim at least once a year.

Get outside and soak in that Vitamin D

If you live in a place that has this option year round, get outside and take advantage of it. Sunlight can naturally affect your mood and your sleep, not to mention that it is also the only natural way to get the essential Vitamin D. That being said, you should always wear sun protection and when your outside to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays.

4 Ways to Stay Stress Free this Holiday Season

November 28th, 2017

The holidays are one of the most joyous times of the year, filled with love and laughter. But with all the joy and excitement that this time of year brings can also come a great deal of stress. All the chaos of planning and attending multiple holiday parties, buying and preparing gifts to give and trying to keep up holiday traditions may have you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It’s easy to forget the true value and meaning of the holidays when you're too busy feeling stressed out; here are a few things you can do to maintain sanity and reduce your stress levels this holiday season.

Get Outside

Take a walk, go on a run, simply sit on a park bench taking in some fresh air, whatever you can do to take a break from it all outside, do it. Being in the outdoors, breathing in that cool, crisp air can sometimes be all you need to reset and recharge to make it through another day of gift shopping and meal prepping.

Stick with a Routine

If your normal routine is to wake up and go to the gym, get coffee and then start your day, don’t stray away from that. It’s important to keep a sense of normalcy in your routine throughout the holidays so you don’t completely exhaust yourself. If you usually go to bed by 10pm, don’t stay up until 1am online shopping. Do the things you need to do to be your best self and everyone will thank you.

Don’t overschedule yourself

Do you find yourself getting invited to more holiday parties than you are willing and/or able to attend? If so, try not to agree to attend all of them. Pick and choose one or two to go to a week and politely decline the others. After all, there is always next year to go to your second cousins ugly Christmas sweater party.

Exercise

You should never put your exercise routine on the backburner, especially not during the holidays. One of the best things you can do to reduce stress is to do some sort of physical activity. The endorphins your body receives after a good workout will have you feeling like you can conquer anything the holidays throw at you.

Fighting the Candy Craving

October 24th, 2017

It’s that time of year again--the time when everywhere you go, there is likely to be a bowl of candy on the counter inviting you to take a piece or two. It’s also the time of year when your kids come home with bags of sugary treats from all the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating fun surrounding the holiday. Resisting the temptation to overindulge in sweet treats can be hard, especially when they are right in front of your face asking to be eaten!  That’s why we’re here to help you fight the urge to put your hand in that candy jar once and for all! Here are a few simple, healthy alternatives to help you satisfy that sugar craving without feeling guilty.

1. Frozen Fruit

If you are more inclined to go for the fruity-flavored candy, just eat the real thing instead! Frozen fruit, like grapes for instance, have the sweet flavor and crunchy texture, but are a whole lot better for you! And they are bite sized, so you can eat a few without a sugar overload!

2. Honey Sticks

Naturally sweet and easy to eat, honey sticks make for the perfect sweet-tooth fix. Honey is nature’s energy source, and a great tasting one at that!

3. Natural Fruit Leather Strips

You may have these already on hand for kids lunches or a grab-n-go snack, but organic fruit leather strips can be a simple fix for a sweet craving. They also are a great item to hand out to trick or treaters instead of traditional candy.  

4. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt with Fruit

This may be what you eat for breakfast or a snack, and it’s a great go to when you have the urge to grab that piece of candy in the afternoon. Add your favorite fruit or nuts to it to give it some extra flavor and texture, making it even more satisfying.

5. Chewing Gum

This is obviously not an option for people with braces, but chewing flavored gum is a great way to satisfy that sugar craving without totally indulging in another food group.

Don’t let the candy cravings get the best of you! And, have a wonderfully spook-a-licious Halloween!

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