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Going to The Movies With Braces

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Going to the movies with braces can be difficult, especially when everyone is buying popcorn and sticky candies at the snack bar. It can seem as though every snack option is on the “do not eat with braces” list, and worrying about damaging a bracket or wire can put a damper on your evening.

Alternatives to typical movie theater snacks can be difficult to think of on one’s own, so here is a list of foods that are braces-friendly:

Ice cream: Frozen treats, such as sundaes, milkshakes, or even smoothies, are a great alternative that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also keep your braces safe. Just make sure you avoid any ice cream that contains hard candy or nuts.

Soft baked cookies: Many theatres will offer soft baked cookies, baked fresh at the concession stand!

Hot dogs and pizza: Both of these options are soft and easy to eat. Load on the toppings too because most are going to be braces-friendly.

Slushies: This is another frozen treat that’s safe for braces, plus it’s dairy free!

Soft chocolates: Soft chocolates are great, but be careful to avoid any with sticky caramels or nuts that could get stuck under your wires. Hershey’s bars, regular M&M’s, Kit Kat bars and Reese’s are a safe bet.

Snacks from home: Sometimes bringing your own snacks from home can be an easy alternative. Some good options are snacks such as, soft fruit, string cheese, cucumber slices and hummus, or homemade cookies.

Although it’s fun eating candy and junk food at the movies, keep in mind that you’ve only got braces for a short amount of time. You’ve got the rest of your life to indulge in crunchy, sticky treats. For more ideas about braces-friendly snack options, contact our office today at 770-304-0333

National Ice Cream Month: Fun Facts About Your Favorite Summer Treat!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Flashback to when you were a child on a hot summer day, when all of the sudden you hear that magical jingle that captivated all of our hearts; the ice cream truck! In the year 1984, President Ronald Reagan decided that from then on out, the Month of July would be recognized as National Ice Cream Month! Because really, what’s better than a big, cold, scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day? That was a trick question—there is nothing better. Whether it’s vanilla, chocolate, mint chip, or pistachio, there’s a flavor for everyone. Ice cream has that ability to brighten anybody’s day and for that, we’re eternally grateful. With that being said, let’s celebrate this month by highlighting some of the most fun facts about ICE CREAM!

#1: The best way to eat ice cream? In a waffle cone of course! However, it wasn’t until 1904 when an American ice cream vendor at World’s Fair in Missouri ran out of cups due to the high demand of guests, so he quickly rushed on over to a local waffle vendor and asked him to roll up his waffles so that they could hold the ice cream. The rest is history!

#2: Do us a favor really quick. Open your Freezer. Is there at least one form of ice cream in there? There should be! In fact, approximately 98% of all U.S families have ice cream in their homes at ALL TIMES! So, if your freezer is lacking, run to your local grocery store and pick up a pint so you’re not the odd one out!

#3: Brain freezes…. Ice cream’s arch nemesis. A brain freezes is a short-lasting sensation, normally lasting for about ten seconds, that often occurs when you eat or drink cold items in a short amount of time. The most tried and true way to get rid of a brain freeze? Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and wait it out!

#4: Did you know one that one of the biggest ingredients in ice cream is AIR? That’s right, air. Air is added cream to make the consistency lighter, while also improving the texture. It’s often said that the amount of air added to the batch will determine the overall quality (the more air, the cheaper the quality).

#5: Throwback to the year 1665, when the first documented ice cream recipe was handwritten in a recipe book. The ingredients? Orange flower water, mace, and ambergris, also known as whale barf. Let’s just say we sure are grateful for how far the flavors have evolved….

This month, we want you to enjoy all that ice cream has to offer. We challenge you to try a new flavor that may be out of your comfort zone; who knows…maybe it’ll be your new favorite. Give us a call at Newnan Office Phone Number 770-304-0333 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health!

How to Properly Floss

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Flossing. We know how much you hate it. But do you know how important it really is? By not flossing at least once per day, you’re putting yourself in danger of gingivitis(Link) and cavities between your teeth. Flossing allows you to remove dental plaque buildup, which if not removed, can irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become red and bleed, eventually becoming gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can then lead to Periodontitis, causing our gums to heavily recede as the bacteria continues to move towards the root of our teeth.

Luckily, the American Dental Hygienists Association has developed a simple way for you to properly floss your teeth using four simple steps.

Step 1: Take an 18-24 inch strand of floss and wrap it around your two middle fingers. Although this may sound like a lot of floss, it’s important for it to be long so you are able to keep a clean strand steadily in place as you move from tooth to tooth.

Step 2: It’s recommended that you keep a solid 1-2inch length of floss between your fingers. You can then use your index fingers to guide the floss between your lower set of teeth.

Step 3: Guide the strand of floss between your teeth using a zig zag motion. Be cautious not to allow the floss to snap between the teeth.

Step 4: Finally, slide the floss up and down against the surface of the tooth and directly underneath the gumline. You should then floss each tooth efficiently, using a clean section of the strand.

And just like that, you’re a flossing pro!

Again, we want to emphasize how important flossing is in regards to your overall oral health. It truly is essential for ensuring your gums are not only healthy, but happy too. If you have any questions about flossing or your periodontal health, please feel free to contact our office at 770-304-0333.

The History of Braces

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Nervous about getting braces? Don’t be! Over four million people in the U.S are currently wearing braces, whether they’re for correcting crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or fixing a misaligned bite. Braces, as we know and love them today, have come a long way in terms of their method and appearance. Most people think of Braces as a relatively modern invention to our world, but believe it or not; the history of braces and orthodontics can date as far back as the ancient Egyptians.
Although there is no physical documentation, Archaeologists have found that many Egyptian mummies had crude metal bands or cords, thought to be meant to straighten or close gaps between teeth. The bands were made from a type of animal intestine called “catgut” (not to be confused with actual cats) which was meant to help provide pressure in order to move the teeth.
Even though the ancient Egyptians may have been the first to practice the idea of braces, it was Aulus Cornelius Celsus of Rome whom is credited to be the very first to document his attempt to straighten teeth. How so? By the repeated pressure of his own hands! In fact, he even encouraged parents and caregivers of children to put pressure onto their children’s growing adult teeth daily, in hopes for them to come in straight.
But it wasn’t until 1728 when French Dentist Pierre Fauchard created modern orthodontics. Fauchard crafted a revolutionary device called a “bandeau”—which was meant to expand dental arches through the use of a metallic band. The Bandeau is often considered to be the first, real, orthodontic device.
Fast forward a few hundred years to the 1800’s, when Christophe-Francois Delabarre created the first modern braces for teeth (1819)—using a wire crib that encapsulated each set of two teeth. A few years later in 1843, the evolution of braces continued to push forward, as Dr. Edward Maynard added the concept of elastics to help improve jaw alignment.
Over the years, braces have continued to transform, constantly and rapidly improving, but it wasn’t until 1970, just a few 48 years ago, when braces truly became revolutionized through the use of stainless steel and dental adhesive, which not only lessened the overall wear time of braces, but made them much less painful.
Now, here we are, in 2018. Braces are still constantly being improved and reimagined. In fact, there are now clear braces, such as Invisalign, that are able to accomplish the same exact things as regular braces; without the hassles of routine tightenings, strict diets, and no one will be able to tell! If you’re interested in pursuing braces, call our office today at 770-304-0333 so we can discuss what option would be best for you!

Vacationing with Braces

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Spring and Summer are fast approaching, which means so is vacation season. If you are planning a vacation for your family and your child has braces, it is important to come prepared. You never know what could happen while on vacation so we want to help you pack.

Here are some things you should add to your packing list:

  • Toothpick or floss
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Travel sized mouth wash
  • Orthodontic wax in case there is any discomfort with wires
  • Small mirror in case you need to see any issues in side of the mouth

These items should help if a small problem arises. If you experience a bigger brace emergency, however, and you can’t get to our office, try looking up other orthodontic practices in the area you are located. They should be able to help get your child back to feeling comfortable till you get home.

Even though you are on vacation, try to have your child still avoid foods that could cause any problems.

Foods to avoid include:

  • Hard candies
  • Food you bite into such as corn, apples, pears, carrots, etc.
  • Sticky gum or chewy candies like caramel
  • Nuts or popcorn
  • Ice
  • Hard cookies
  • Older bread making it more difficult to bite into
  • Beef Jerky

These are just a few ideas to keep in mind when planning your family vacation. We are here to answer any questions you might have before leaving for your trip. It’s important that you feel like you are going on a worry-free vacation by keeping your mouth happy and healthy! Newnan Office Phone Number 770-304-0333

Make A Difference on the Scale and in Your Mouth

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One of the biggest topics that people buzz about is losing a few pounds and making healthier decisions when it comes to food. But did you know that making those changes could not only make a difference on the scale but also in your mouth?

Here are 3 food tips that bring benefits to your body and your mouth.

  1. Meal Planning: When you’re meal planning, you are taking the time to choose healthier options. You won’t be wondering what your next meal will be and you won’t be choosing fattier, sugary foods. Keep in mind when you are planning to always have a protein, vegetable and grain. You will find yourself eating a fully balanced and healthy meal and saving money by not eating out.
  2. H20 on the Go: you might have chosen the soda over water, but lately, flavored water is the trendy choice. You can buy flavored water or create your own. Cut up some fruits like lemons and strawberries, add those to your water and let it sit overnight. The next day you can grab this flavor-packed water and not feel bad while drinking it. Not only are you staying hydrated, but you aren’t consuming all the sugar that comes in one can on soda.
  3. Snacking Smart: We all love to snack, but you may find that during your snacking time, you tend to choose unhealthy options. Surround yourself with healthy snacks that you won’t feel guilty about eating after and snacks that you will enjoy. Cut up some veggies on the weekend and create snack packs that are easy to grab on the go. Hard-boil some eggs, cheese sticks, individual yogurts, a variety of nuts, the list could go on. Mix and match and make different snack packs. If you are surrounding yourself with better choices, then you will be more likely to eat them!

These three tips might not seem like a big difference, but in the end you will notice that you look and feel heathier. Not only will your body thank you, but so will your mouth. If you have more questions about what foods are good for your body and your mouth, contact our office at Newnan Office Phone Number 770-304-0333.

Bounce Back To A Straighter Smile: The Truth About Orthodontic Elastics

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As helpful as braces can be in aligning and straightening the smile, sometimes they just aren’t effective enough on their own. Often, there are issues with your bite alignment or the placement of your teeth that means you’ll need more than braces alone. When your orthodontist comes across issues such as these, they will often prescribe you elastic rubber bands, or orthodontic interarch elastics. These rubber bands help orthodontists better grip the tops and bottom teeth together.

Do Elastics Hurt?

These elastics are a relatively painless addition to your orthodontic experience. For the first week of use, they may cause some soreness while your mouth becomes acclimated to them. Once this happens, they should be painless.

What if I Swallow an Elastic?

Rubber bands have been known to snap or break when laughing or yawning, but this shouldn’t cause any discomfort. You may also swallow a rubber band or two along your journey, but this is nothing to be concerned about. The rubber band should pass through your digestive system without any problems. If a problem does arise, please contact your orthodontist.

Not Wearing your Bands can Extend your Treatment Time

Remember, your orthodontist will prescribe rubber bands that are specific to your mouth and the issue that needs to be corrected. Wearing rubber bands incorrectly, or wearing rubber bands that were not prescribed to or for you, can cause your orthodontic appliances to break, or the worsening of your bite.

If you have any questions or concerns about your rubber bands, contact your orthodontist. Rubber bands aren’t the best treatment plan for everyone, but it can be a quick and easy way to get your bite right, without prolonging your braces experience! Please call our friendly team today at Newnan Office Phone Number 770-304-0333 for more answers to your questions!

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Early Phase Braces?

child with braces smilingThe average age that a child will get their braces on is between 11 & 12. Sometimes we see children as young as 6 or 7 with a full set of braces on. Some may think that the parents of these children just wanted to start the process early, or that it is some kind of trend. However, some children truly benefit from early orthodontic treatment, reducing future pain and expensive complications. As time goes on, we, as orthodontists, are getting better at identifying these special cases in a timely manner.

How do I know if my child is a candidate for two-phase treatment?

As young as six years old, we can identify when a child has serious issues with their jaw alignment. These children need something we like to refer to as “two-phase” braces. This means that their orthodontic treatment will be completed with two phases and two sets of braces. If your child has severe jaw alignment issues, having two-phase treatment will reduce their need for surgeries, extractions, and other costly and severe treatments later on in life.

What happens during the first phase?

The first phase of treatment takes place while your child has both baby and adult teeth. Typically, children who go through two-phase treatment start phase one around the age of 7 or 8. For most cases, the first set of braces is left on for 12-18 months. This set of braces will correct functional and skeletal problems, such as overcrowding. After the first phase is complete, there is a period of rest as we wait for the remaining adult teeth to grow in.

What happens during phase two?

The second phase of treatment begins only when your child has all of their adult teeth. With phase one being complete, the jaw is already in a better position and each of their adult teeth has its own space. During the second phase, your child’s orthodontist can focus on the aesthetics of your child’s smile!

5 Tips for a Healthier Smile

woman smiling holding fruit slicesSometimes we skip a tooth brushing every now and then, which may seem like no big deal. While, in the grand scheme of things, it may seem like missing a tooth brushing here in there isn’t the end of the world, it may lead to unhealthy dental habits, which eventually could result in serious dental damage! By adopting healthy, regular dental habits, you can lower your chance of tooth decay and cavities. Here are some helpful tips towards a healthy, happier smile!

Brush and Floss Regularly:

You should brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once. If you want to have impeccable oral hygiene, you may also brush your teeth after each meal or snack. If brushing isn’t a post-meal option for you, thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water will help as well.

Use Mouthwash:

Using mouthwash twice a day after brushing is a great way wash away leftover bacteria and give your mouth that super clean feel.

Eat Tooth-healthy Foods:

Believe it or not, there are certain foods that are good for your teeth and will help to strengthen them and fight against bacteria and plaque build-up. Some foods that will benefit your dental health include but are not limited to: fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum.

Make Routine Dental Visits:

Professional teeth cleanings and dental check-ups should be scheduled for every six months. If you have a history of dental issues, or if you know you need special attention, visiting your dentist more often than every six months may be best for you.

Consider Dental Sealants:

During your next dental visit, ask about dental sealants. Dental sealants will seal up small grooves and nooks in your teeth, preventing bacteria build-up in those hard to reach places. They can also help prevent tooth decay and can last up to ten years with proper dental care!

If you have any questions about your oral health, please give us a call at Newnan Office Phone Number 770-304-0333.

How to Help Your Child Get Through A Dental Impression

orthodontic dental moldIf your child needs a retainer or other orthodontic appliance, they may need to have a dental impression made. We all know that impressions are never fun and can be unpleasant, especially for children. It is possible that your child won’t be a fan of the process either, so you are probably wondering how you can help them get through it if we need to make an impression!

Here are some tips to keep in mind to help children get through the process smoothly.

Breathe through the nose: It’s not easy having to keep your mouth open for a long period of time. But breathing through your nose will take the focus off your mouth and help the time go by quicker.

Drooling is okay: It may not feel okay to drool, but sometimes you should let it go. It can be hard to swallow your saliva when your mouth is wide open and it could trigger the gag reflex. Tell your child to let the drool flow. Let them know that it’s normal and happens to everyone.

Sitting up: If you child is having a hard time with the impression, the orthodontic assistant will prop them up in their chair. If they are sitting upright, the material won’t drip back into their throat making them gag.

Reward: Tell your child that when they are done with their impression, you will take them out for their favorite treat. Have them brainstorm an idea of what they want and where they want to go while getting their impression. Not only is it a good distraction, but it will give them something to look forward to after.

Dental impressions may not be everyone’s favorite thing, but once they are done, your child shouldn’t have to deal with it again for quite some time. Remind them that it’s a part of the process and they are once step closer to a pretty smile.