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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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.[1]

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans'

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Day Light Savings

Don't forget to change your clocks back on 11/2, yay we get more sleep.Daylight savings is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that people get up earlier in the morning and experience more daylight in the evening. Typically, users of DST adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn.[1]

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Happy Halloween!!!

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

Don't forget to bring you candy to our office on 11/3 and 11/4 for candy buyback.

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health month!? This is a great time to educate our patients about orthodontics and oral hygiene. There are currently more than 4 million children and 1 million adults receiving orthodontic treatment from members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Orthodontics was the very first dental specialty and is now comprised of more than 16,000 members in the AAO. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. In a month full of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy treats, it’s more important than ever to encourage patients to be kind to their teeth during treatment. If you have braces, try to avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, and candy with nuts. If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, opt for softer candy such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth treats

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