Americans smile a lot. In the American culture, smiling indicates happiness, friendliness and sociability. We smile at strangers, when we meet people for the first time, when we are greeting beloved friends and family, as we are carrying on conversations, and even when we are uncomfortable. We smile a lot when we are feeling happy.
If you are new to visiting the orthodontist to see if you need braces or if you are getting braces and want to know what to expect, you are likely to have questions. Read on to get the answers to common questions about braces and orthodontists.
If you’ve never visited an orthodontist before (and even if you have), you might have a few false ideas about what they do and how they do it. We’re going to clear up some of the common misconceptions surrounding braces and orthodontists.
Whether or not you wear braces, good oral hygiene is an absolute must for clean, healthy teeth and gums and a dazzlingly bright, white smile. You might not be aware of all the available options when it comes to getting rid of plaque and bacteria or in your efforts to remove stains and keep teeth
It’s sad, but there are certain foods you need to avoid when wearing braces—even if you love to eat them. In some cases, the foods aren’t good for you anyway, so you’ll be healthier for avoiding them (we’re looking at you, soft, sugary sweets!). In other cases, the food item could damage or break your
Your mouth can feel a little sore and tender when you first get wires attached or after the first couple times they get adjusted. Experiment with these soft foods to keep your tummy full without the need for much chewing. 1. Pizza Soup When you’re craving pizza, make this soup instead. Blend thoroughly
You may not enjoy visiting the dentist or having your braces tightened, but dental professionals have been making this world a better place for thousands of years (if you ignore the enthusiasm for blood-letting that ancient doctors and barbers/surgeons inflicted on their desperate patients). Today, you can expect quick relief from a toothache or fairly
Ever had a broken bracket or bent wires? Candy is one of the biggest culprits. And as anyone who’s busted a bracket will tell you, Halloween night is not a good time to have an orthodontic emergency. Kids and teens with braces can enjoy Halloween parties and Halloween
One common question orthodontists get from parents of teens and preteens is whether it’s best to wait to start braces until a kid’s wisdom teeth have come in. The concern some parents have is that if you get braces for your kids before their wisdom teeth come in, the wisdom teeth could erupt and mess up all those
If you are a band student, you might be worried that getting braces is going to throw off your musical groove. Fortunately, getting new braces will only cause some minor issues at first, and you can deal with these issues pretty quickly—usually within a week or less. Braces technology has improved so much over the