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Dating with Braces – Dos and Don’ts

Dating with Braces – Dos and Don’ts

Date night should be a fun experience, don’t let your braces hold you back from making the most of it! Fortunately, your braces don’t have to be a source of worry. Instead, you can focus on what to wear, where to go, and what to talk about. With a few simple tips you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets. Read on for some advice from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Gabriela Aragon, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar, Dr. Kara McCulloch and Dr. Todd Steinhart at Advanced Orthodontics.


At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods

While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. So you can smile with confidence all night long, stick to soft foods. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Any crunchy fruits or veggies could prove difficult as well. Let’s just say corn should be a “no-go” whether you have braces or not! Also, any chewy bread or pizza should be cut up into small pieces before consuming.

At the Movies – Skip the Popcorn

Not only are those little kernels bound to get stuck in your braces, eating popcorn can potentially damage your braces. Nothing will ruin date night like breaking a bracket in the middle of a movie. Also, be sure to avoid any sticky or hard chocolate or candy items. Instead, order a refreshing ICEE or soda. You can even split a delicious soft pretzel, just be sure to eat it in small pieces!

At the Fair – Skip the Sticky Stuff

Any sticky taffy, candied nuts, or hard cookies should be avoided. Be careful with cotton candy too, sticky foods are a challenge with braces. Instead, opt for a soft elephant ear or some soft serve ice cream. Then you’ll be fueled to ride rides until the sun goes down!

Date night with braces is just like any other date night, you can still feel beautiful and have a great time! Just be sure to be a little cautious when picking out what to eat. Also, you can always pack a toothbrush if you want to be super prepared. If you ever have questions about what foods are best for braces, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!

Dental Implants – What Are They?

Dental Implants - What Are They?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Dental implants require a consultation and treatment that is performed by a qualified dental professional. They can help you determine if this is the right course of action for your teeth goals. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar, Dr. Gabriela Aragon and Dr. Todd Steinhart at Advanced Orthodontics.

Dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth because implants fuse to your jawbone. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth. This is very important to ensure comfort and that eating and speaking aren’t a challenge.

To receive implants, it is crucial that you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. By getting implants, you also need to make a commitment to keeping these structures healthy. Impeccable oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are the keys to success.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post, either individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture. 

  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts. 

Dental implants are not simple. They are a big deal and a major commitment. Be sure to consult a dental professional before seeking to get dental implants. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions. 

Need to be the Tooth Fairy? Here’s What to do!

Need to be the Tooth Fairy? Here’s What to do!

Losing a tooth is so exciting because it means they are due for a visit from the Tooth Fairy! This is such an exciting time in a child’s life, and a great opportunity to create lasting memories for your child. There are so many creative things that go beyond just putting money under a pillow nowadays. Keep reading for some ways from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar and Dr. Gabriela Aragon at Advanced Orthodontics to make your child’s visit from the Tooth Fairy a lot more exciting!

  • Leave a note – A simple way to make the Tooth Fairy seem a little more believable is with a note. If you want to go the extra mile, you can buy or print out fairy themed stationary here or sprinkle some “fairy dust” on the card!

  • Tooth Fairy pillow – Who really leaves their tooth under their pillow anyway? Eliminate the risk of having to reach under your child’s pillow and wake them up – instead either buy or craft a Tooth Fairy pillow. These pillows have an adorable tooth shaped pocket where your child can leave their tooth for the Tooth Fairy to pick up!

  • Deliver the money in style – If you are opting to give your child money for their teeth, spruce up this gift with this super-cute printable that makes whatever amount of money you’re giving them a lot more magical!

  • “Fairy Money” – Give your child the most beautiful dollar bill he or she will ever lay eyes on. Give them money that glitters by following the simple instructions here.

  • “Tooth Fairy Dust” – Before bed have your child sprinkle some glitter dust outside your home (on the grass or sidewalk so you don’t have a mess in your home) so the tooth fairy knows which house to visit!

Be the best Tooth Fairy of all time by sprinkling in these special little upgrades! These little additions will make the Tooth Fairy experience a blast for the entire family. These ideas will make for a Tooth Fairy your child will never forget! As always, please contact our office if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

Some Simple Tips for Better Flossing

Some Simple Tips for Better Flossing

While brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health, flossing (while more commonly forgotten about) is just as important! Flossing helps to prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Most people skip flossing because it can seem tricky or time consuming. However, flossing isn’t hard at all if you know what to do. After all, floss can reach places in your mouth a toothbrush can’t. Below are 3 secrets from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar and Dr. Gabriela Aragon at Advanced Orthodontics to make flossing simpler.

  • Be Generous! – Flossing isn’t as simple as one would think, which is probably why so many people view it as a nuisance and choose to skip it. Fortunately, floss is an inexpensive product, so you don’t need to be conservative with it. Having a generous supply of floss makes it easier for you to use a clean section for each tooth, which is far more hygienic than the alternative.

  • Be Gentle! – You don’t want to jam the floss in between each tooth with too much force or vigor. Vigorous flossing won’t produce positive results and will actually be uncomfortable and/or painful. Flossing slowly and steadily is the way to go!

  • Get a Grip! – Make sure the floss is securely held or even wrapped around your fingers. Having a firm grip allows you to have the most control over where the floss goes and how much pressure you apply!

Next time you brush your teeth, make sure you take the time to floss as well. Your mouth will thank you! Be sure to incorporate the tips above to make flossing simpler! As always, we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have.

10 Chipped or Cracked Tooth Treatments

10 Chipped or Cracked Tooth Treatments

Chipping or cracking a tooth is a terrifying thing to think about. However, if you can be prepared, it might not turn out to be the nightmare you expected. Read on for our best solutions on how to handle a chipped or cracked tooth and avoid dental distress from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar and Dr. Gabriela Aragon at Advanced Orthodontics.

First, you need to identify if you have a cracked or chipped tooth. While it’s pretty easy to notice a broken tooth at the front of your mouth, here are some other symptoms you should be on the lookout for, especially for those teeth you can’t easily see:

  • Sudden sensitivity to cold foods or drinks
  • An irritated tongue from rubbing against a tooth’s jagged surface
  • Pain when biting or putting pressure on the tooth
  • An irritated gum line around one tooth
  • Feeling a rough, uneven, or jagged edge on the surface of the tooth when you run your tongue over it

If a cracked or chipped tooth occurs, the most important thing is to take action. Call your dentist’s office immediately and try to schedule an appointment. Additionally, if a piece of your natural tooth is missing, try to keep it safe to bring to your dentist. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers and eat soft foods to keep discomfort at bay in the meantime.

Treatments

  • Reattachment – In some cases, the dentist can cement the missing piece back onto the chipped or cracked tooth.
  • Reshaping – If you have a small tooth chip, this issue can potentially be corrected by simply reshaping the tooth (by smoothing and polishing the affected area).
  • Filling – If you have a more significantly sized problem, they will simply fill in the hole or crack left if the tooth is unable to be reattached.
  • Bonding – This is when the crack is filled in using composite resin (which is matched to the individual’s tooth color). This bonding material will be shaped to imitate your natural tooth.
  • Veneers – This may be a good option for those larger chips or cracks that affect the front teeth. They will take an impression of your tooth and then affix a veneer that imitates the shape of your natural tooth on top of what is left of your current tooth.
  • Onlay – These are used on molars that have lost a lot of tooth or have a fairly major crack. These are typically made of either porcelain or dental gold.
  • Crown/Cap – This is recommended when a larger portion of the tooth breaks off. The crown will be fitted to the top of the tooth to cover the missing enamel.
  • Root Canal – This may be a good option if there is confirmation that the damage has reached the pulp or root of your tooth. This is a more invasive procedure that keeps you from losing your tooth and is accompanied by a crown.
  • Extraction & Implant – If your cracked or chipped tooth is beyond repair, you may have to have your tooth extracted and a dental implant will replace the cracked or chipped tooth.
  • Tooth Splint – If your tooth is cracked, not chipped, a tooth splint may be possible. The damaged tooth can be bonded to an adjacent healthy tooth, and allows the surrounding bones and gums to recover.

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, make sure you take steps as soon as possible to do something about it. Be sure to consult your dentist about which treatment is best for you, and they will help get you fixed up! As always, please contact our office with any questions you may have.

Essential Daily Care Practices for Your Teeth

Essential Daily Care Practices for Your Teeth

Maintaining your health and wellness is a crucial part of living a long and enjoyable life. This includes taking good care of your teeth on a daily basis. While you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a regular checkup and cleaning, they alone cannot account for your teeth health. Thus, the rest of the year it is up to you to take the best care of your teeth possible! Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Lauren Lewandowski, Dr. Mohammad Mainayar and Dr. Gabriela Aragon at Advanced Orthodontics on how to keep your pearly whites shining bright!

Here are some simple things you should be doing daily to ensure your teeth remain healthy:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day – You should brush your teeth every morning and every evening at least. However, if you want to keep your breath fresh, a quick brush after lunch never hurts! In addition, make sure you are using a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and increasing the rate of the remineralization process.

  2. Floss between your teeth every day – Don’t forget to floss! Flossing can also help lessen your chances of heart disease. Additionally, both brushing and flossing help to keep plaque formation at bay. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 
  3. Cut down on sugary food and drinks – High sugar foods are not good for your teeth!

  4. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

  5. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important if you: have diabetes or cancer, are an older adult, and if you’re pregnant. However, regardless of medical conditions, everyone should take care of their teeth seriously. Let us help you take great care of your teeth! Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions about oral health or how to take care of your teeth.