Surviving the Holidays with Braces: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Holidays with Braces

From extended family gatherings to decorating and gift shopping, the holidays are a whirlwind of activity that can be stressful for anyone. One way to really up the holiday stress ante? Be the parents of a teen who just got braces!

Getting braces right before the holidays can be an especially challenging experience for teens who may feel anxious over their new appearance. Restrictions on which foods they can eat and new requirements for brushing and flossing can further compound this challenge. More»

How to Pick Your Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Does your child need braces? Braces can boost your child’s confidence, support correct oral development and improve their health for a lifetime. Perhaps you’ve taken your child for an early orthodontic evaluation or been told by your pediatric dentist that your child needs braces.

Deciding it’s time for your child to get braces is the easy part. Now you need to pick an orthodontist! Keep these considerations in mind: More»

Change Your Smile, Change Your Life

Change Your Smile Change Your Life

Do you avoid smiling because you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth or uneven smile? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. In fact, 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile will make them more appealing to members of the opposite sex. The opposite is also true: adults fear that a crooked or uneven smile will make them less attractive to romantic partners, friends and coworkers. They worry this smile will distract from their otherwise great personality or attractive facial features.

Worse, teeth that overlap can also appear darker than others under certain lighting conditions. Your smile sets the tone for your entire day. If you look in the mirror every morning and hate what you see, that’s a huge drain on your confidence and self esteem! More»

What Does Invisalign Cost?

what does invisalign cost

If you’re considering Invisalign braces, you may have read that the typical cost of Invisalign is more than regular braces. Don’t be put off by the cost, however. In fact, for some patients, the cost of Invisalign may be equivalent to the cost of traditional braces or even a bit less. That’s because cost varies a bit on a case-by-case basis. Factors like individual alignment needs and jaw/bite correction can influence overall cost. Additionally, your orthodontist may offer a payment plan that can help reduce your Invisalign cost.

Worried about the cost of Invisalign treatment? Don’t be! Below, we answer the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign costs: More»

Braces for Baby Boomers: Why Invisalign Works for Patients 50+

Braces for Baby Boomers

Wish your teeth were straighter or you could reduce gaps between your teeth, but worried about whether you’re “too old” for Invisalign? Good news: you’re never too old to achieve your dream smile. Here at Docbraces, nearly half of all our patients are over the age of 50. Invisalign can help you discreetly achieve your dream smile– no awkward metal braces necessary! More»

Invisalign Nova Scotia: Top Considerations When Selecting a Provider

Invisalign Nova Scotia - Top Considerations When Selecting a Provider

You’ve been thinking about getting your teeth straightened and have finally decided that Invisalign is the right solution for your straightening needs. You want to be sure you’re getting the highest quality care at a price you can afford. Now comes the tricky part: selecting the right Invisalign Nova Scotia provider.

If your dentist offers Invisalign in addition to routine adult dental care, it’s certainly tempting to stay with your current provider. However, keep in mind that Invisalign for straightening teeth, like braces, is a highly specialized process and a significant financial investment. You want to select a provider that not only is highly experienced in this field, but also is impeccably qualified with stellar reviews. More»

Halloween & Braces: What Parents Need to Know

Halloween & Braces

For young kids – and all of us adults who are young at heart – Halloween is an opportunity to indulge guilt-free in our favourite treats without worrying about calories or sugar content. But if you’re the parent of a child with braces, you’ll need to keep a careful eye out on what treats are in your child’s trick-or-treat bag.

Candy apples, caramels, blow pops, tootsie rolls, and other Halloween candy favourites can turn into a huge mess for kids with braces. All those sweet, sticky, and hard sour candies can get stuck between the teeth and braces, or worse, pop a bracket off all together! Unfortunately, this means that chewy candies, hard candies, and homemade treats like popcorn balls are off-limits.

As any parent knows, trying to limit a kid’s Halloween candy indulgence can be pretty difficult. At Docbraces, many of our orthodontists are also parents, so we certainly have some first-hand experience when it comes to navigating this tricky problem. Our solution: focus on what kids can have rather than focusing on what they can’t eat.

Here’s how you can help your child enjoy trick-or-treating and avoid any emergency trips to the orthodontist. More»

A Sticky Mess? How to Enjoy Halloween Candy with Braces

Halloween Candy with Braces

No matter how old (or young) you may be, the best part of Halloween is getting to indulge in all the candy and treats that are normally “off limits” during the year. Enjoying Halloween candy with braces, however, could be challenging, biting into a candied apple or a toffee candy bar could result in a sticky, unpleasant mess. Every year, we treat patients for candy-related emergencies, like popped wires or broken brackets. As anyone who’s found themselves in a similar sticky mess will tell you, Halloween is not the time for an orthodontic emergency!

Candy corn, Starbursts, skittles, Tootsie Rolls, licorice and Snickers candy bars can all spell disaster for your Halloween plans. Can you still get your candy fix without damaging your braces or bending a wire? Absolutely! Just stick to this list of what to eat – and not to eat – to have a fun and disaster-free Halloween. More»

Keeping Braces Clean: What Parents (and Teens) Need to Know

Keeping Braces Clean

Did your teen head back to school with braces this year? If so, you may already be hearing complaints from your teen about how frustrating and embarrassing it is when food gets stuck in their braces during the school day.

Keeping braces clean while on the go can be a huge challenge, especially if your teen doesn’t have the right hygiene tools or understand proper cleaning technique. Sure, teens don’t want to lug around a superstore’s worth of oral hygiene products. It’s uncool and downright awkward. Here’s the good news: a small “go kit” can hold all the essentials your teen needs for a quick cleaning at school without risking social embarrassment. More»

How Long Will Invisalign Take?

How Long Will Invisalign Take

If you’re considering Invisalign or another treatment process, the length of treatment is an important decision making factor. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just snap our fingers and achieve our dream smile? Unfortunately, like most great things in life, we need to be patient and put in the necessary work in order to achieve our goal, but how long will Invisalign take? Several factors impact the length of Invisalign treatment including your individual alignment needs and how regularly you wear your aligners. More»