DIY Braces!!

A recent trend is becoming more popular, Do It Yourself Braces. Videos are popping up with teens showing how to make cheap braces at home using floss, rubber bands, ect.

The American Association of Orthodontics released a consumer alert about such methods stating “The American Association of Orthodontists is urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which encourage people to try and straighten their own teeth. Moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist. Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects ordered on the Internet. Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite.”

Clearly this trend needs to be stopped and teens looking for braces need to be educated fully about the seriousness of seeing and being treated by a certified Orthodontist. Spread the word, it could save teeth and lives!

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Teen Confidence

While 38% of teens say feeling out of place is just part of being a teen, this doesn’t mean it’s easy dealing with the emotions.  Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) believe not fitting in with their peers is embarrassing for kids their age. Below are a few statistics founded by the Kelton Teen Confidence Survey.

  • The “Pretty” People: 94% of teens think their appearance has an impact on whether or not they are popular
  • 1 in 2 teens say being unpopular has already had or would have, a negative impact on their self esteem
  • 9 in 10 feel judged by their peers… while half of them say it happens DAILY!
  • Judging Themselves:  more than 1 in 4 (26%) of teens believe they are unattractive
  • 83% of teens say they have been teased and 51% admit to picking on someone else… with a more common occurrence amongst boys

What are the top three concerns teens have? 

#1 – Body Shape / Weight  

#2 – Skin Type  

 #3 – TEETH

  • Nearly 2.4 million teens are MOST self-conscious about their teeth

     As adults, we know popularity shouldn’t matter… but it does to teens. Their appearance contributes toward being a target for teasing or being popular which directly connects to their confidence and self-esteem. As orthodontic providers, it’s impossible to know which teens are most troubled by their appearance or the way others see them. It may be best to assume this is a concern and provide options that can best accommodate them. Making sure we take time to generate a positive patient experience especially during treatment is a small step in helping teens feel more confident with their teeth and themselves.

**Information provided by the Kelton Teen Confidence Survey.

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Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.[2]

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work.[3] While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[4][5] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

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What happens when your baby is teething?

At some point, usually between 4 to 7 months of age, your baby will begin teething for many children, this process can last up to three years, allowing time for a set of 20 teeth to push through the gums.

How will you know when your baby starts teething?

  • Your baby may become very fussy
  • He or she may have trouble falling asleep
  • He or she might not want to eat
  • Your baby might start to droll more than usual

How can you make your baby more comfortable?

These behaviors can result from sore and tender gums. Try soothing the gums by rubbing them gently with a clean finger, a moist gauze, or a small cool spoon. Letting your child chew on a clean teething ring can also relieve some of the discomfort he or she is feeling.

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What you should know when getting braces

1. When can I expect soreness to go away?

The day that you get your braces on, you will probably just notice the odd feeling of having something taking up more room in your mouth. The second and third days of wearing braces are usually your greatest adjustment days and when you might experience some soreness, if you are to experience any at all. After the third day, braces should seem to become a normal part of your life! The degree of soreness that each patient experiences varies from having very little effect to a more significant one.

2. What can I do to help my discomfort?

Our main recommendation for soreness relief is Tylenol, which contains acetaminophen. Take the recommended amount for your age and size. Dr. Davis prefers that patients stay away from ibuprofen, the main ingredient in Advil and Motrin, because it slows down tooth movement. As braces come with certain food restrictions, our office has also provided you with some homemade, tried-and-true soothing recipes to help ease your discomfort and satisfy your stomach in the process.

3. What if my braces break or become loose?

Your braces are applied to your teeth with special “tooth glue”, which means that in rare occurrences brackets can dislodge themselves after your braces are applied. Just give the office a call should this happen and we will re-affix your brace. It should not be a large matter of worry and seldom recurs.

4. What if my mouth develops sore spots?

Your teeth are not the only ones adjusting to having new appliances in your mouth – your cheeks and tongue are, too. As you get used to your new braces, brief sore spots may develop inside your mouth, which can be quickly and easily relieved with orthodontic wax. We provide you with orthodontic wax in your initial “braces bag”, our customized kit for braces. Remember that your mouth is adjusting and will soon cease to be irritated by your braces.

The best method for using orthodontic wax is to break off a small amount and roll it between your fingers – the friction will warm and soften it to better shape around your bracket. Dry the area of your braces that you wish to apply the wax to, and then firmly press the wax onto the metal. When the irritating part of your wire or bracket is covered with wax, your mouth should quickly heal itself. If discomfort persists, give Dr. Davis’ office a call and we will help make you more comfortable.

5. What is the proper way to care for my braces?

We will give you the tools you need to have a successful orthodontic experience, but you play an equally important role. On the day that your braces are put on, you will receive a “braces bag” with a travel toothbrush, floss and floss threaders, orthodontic wax, sugar-free gum, a proxy brush and instructions to care for your orthodontic appliance, as well as a few fun surprises to bring a smile to your face! It is important to brush your teeth after meals, even when you are not at home. The travel toothbrush fits well in a purse or backpack. Flossing plays a big role in your dental health and floss threaders make flossing with braces much easier. It is more important during orthodontic treatment than ever to keep your teeth plaque-free and your gums healthy. Not doing so can cause cavities, swollen gums, or tooth discoloration – yuck! We want you to have beautiful, strong, healthy teeth during and after treatment, and we’re sure you do also.

6. What can I eat now?

There are very few diet restrictions that come with orthodontic treatment, but it is important that they be followed carefully. Hard foods like nuts and French bread, sticky candies, and ice cubes have the potential to damage your orthodontic appliances. We will supply you with a complete list, and our foods to avoid with braces page is always accessible online. When in doubt, it is best to ask us. Other than these, you are free to enjoy the same diet that you always have!

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Brushing Tips

What Is the Right Way to Brush?
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that's right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. To find the right Colgate toothbrush for you, click here.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitistartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you. To find the right Colgate toothpaste for you, click here.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.

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Happy Chinese New Year!!!!

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

Chinese New Year is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.[2] Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong,[3] Macau, Taiwan, Singapore,[4] Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius,[5] Philippines,[6][7] and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity." Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

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Presidents Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

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National Children's Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

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First Day of Winter

Today, 12/21/2014 is the first day of winter!! Make sure your dressing warm and have your rain coats. Don't forget to wear your retainers this winter : )

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