September 6th, 2017
First Braces Appointment
Your first braces appointment is an exciting time! You have made the decision to improve your smile and self-confidence, so what comes next?
The first time you come to our office is your initial consultation. This first visit allows you to meet our team and establish a relationship. We will give you a tour of the office before starting a comprehensive exam.
During this time, we will assess your smile and individual treatment needs. We will take x-rays of your teeth, determine a treatment plan customized to your smile, and discuss financial information. We can also answer any questions regarding insurance and payment plans at this time.
First Treatment Visit
After your initial consultation, it’s time to place your new braces! The type of braces you receive depends on the treatment options we discuss in your consultation. This appointment typically takes about an hour, and then you’ll be on your way!
At Gray Orthodontics, your comfort is our priority. If you or your child has any special needs, feel free to let us know. We will do what we can to accommodate you.
Are you ready to start your journey to a better smile? Contact us today!
August 22nd, 2017
Dental Health and Braces
Your dental health becomes even more important when you get braces put on. When you get your braces off, we want you to have healthy teeth and gums to match your new, straight smile!
Your appliances can trap food under brackets and wires, making it difficult to clean. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may not be able to reach every area of every tooth. Over time, buildup from food can cause plaque, and plaque left on the tooth enamel can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
To keep your teeth healthy, it’s imperative that you continue to schedule your regular dental checkups throughout your orthodontic treatment. No matter what type of braces you get, see your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning.
In addition, you may want to keep a travel toothbrush on hand to brush after every meal. If you’re unable to brush, drink water after meals to help wash away food particles.
If you have any questions about dental health and orthodontic treatment, contact our office!
August 8th, 2017
Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies
Orthodontic emergencies can happen at any time, such as a broken appliance or severe pain that doesn’t subside. Thankfully, you can prevent most orthodontic emergencies from even occurring! Check out these tips to keeping your braces in excellent shape throughout treatment.
Watch What You Eat
Crunch, chewy, sticky, and hard foods can damage your appliances. If you don’t want to break your brackets and wires biting into a whole apple or hard candy, eat softer food in smaller bites. Trust us—no food is worth additional visits and orthodontic fees.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
No matter what you eat, make sure you brush and floss properly after every meal. Food trapped after a meal can cause plaque build-up and lead to gingivitis and gum disease. You want your teeth to be healthy so you can show off your beautiful, white smile when treatment is over!
Wear a Mouthguard
If you play sports, nothing can protect your teeth and appliances better than a mouthguard. Mouth injuries are incredibly common during sports, so it’s better not to risk it. Let us know if you play sports and we can help you choose the best mouthguard for you.
If you do experience an orthodontic emergency, review these tips or contact our office!
July 26th, 2017
Cleaning your orthodontic retainer is crucial to keeping it in excellent condition for as long as possible. Bacteria forms on retainers as you wear them throughout the day and night, so
remember to keep your orthodontic retainer sanitary.
When you remove your retainer, clean it immediately to remove
debris before it hardens onto the plastic. You should use a small amount of mild soap and brush it with an old toothbrush.
If you notice hard, white spots, don’t be alarmed. You can remove
these calcium deposits using a denture cleaning tablet from your drug store. Some stores may also sell retainer cleaning tablets, but they are not always available and may be more costly.
No matter what you do, never put your retainer in the dishwasher or boil it in a pan.
This can cause the material to warp, and it may not fit correctly after
ward. If this happens, you risk having to pay for a new set of retainer
Remember: consistently wearing your retainer keeps your teeth from returning to their original positions after braces. Keep wearing your retainer as prescribed. If you have any questions or need help cleaning your retainer, contact our office!