How to Help Your Teen with Braces Survive the Holidays

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‘Tis the season for gingerbread houses, candy canes and mince pies. Unfortunately, not all these holiday treats are safe for teens wearing braces. As a busy parent, the last thing you want to deal with during the holidays is an emergency orthodontic appointment to repair damage caused by a holiday treat. These tips can help you stock the pantry with braces-friendly treats and help your child maintain good oral habits during the holiday season. More»

Braces or Invisalign: Which is Right for Me?

Braces or Invisalign

“Straight Talk” from an Orthodontist Who Offers Both – Trying to decide between braces or Invisalign? Choosing between these two options can feel a bit overwhelming. On the one hand, both braces and Invisalign achieve similar end results. They straighten your teeth, support good oral health and help you achieve your dream smile. On the other hand, the process and timeline for each differ.

Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible and can easily be removed for eating and cleaning. Braces, on the other hand, are metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and held together with wires and tiny, rubber bands. Clear and enamel brackets are available, but these options are still not as discreet as Invisalign. More»

Best Solutions for Crooked Teeth: Traditional, Invisible or Invisalign Braces?

Change Your Smile Change Your Life

Dreaming about a straighter smile? Maybe you never had braces when you were younger and now, as an adult, you feel self-conscious about your crooked front teeth. Or, you may have had braces when you were younger, but your teeth have moved a bit since then and you’d like to re-straighten your teeth. From choosing the right orthodontist to evaluating different treatment options and cost, just thinking about straightening your teeth can seem a bit daunting! More»

Invisalign for Teens: Better Than Braces?

Invisalign or Braces

For multiple generations of teens, awkward, uncomfortable metal braces have been a rite of passage. Now, today’s teens have a new option for straightening teeth and achieving that perfect smile: Invisalign Teen. Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without the restrictions and embarrassment typically associated with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gently shift your teen’s tooth placement. Depending on your teen’s needs, Invisalign is just as effective as braces– and doesn’t include the pain or stigma typically associated with them.

Is Invisalign Teen better than braces? Here’s what you need to know: More»

Why Summer is the Best Time for Teens to Get Braces

Best Time for Teens to Get Braces

Is there a “right” time for your teen to get braces? Many factors ranging from schedules to family finances can influence the timing of your child’s orthodontic treatment. Braces by their very nature are all about change! We love watching our patients smiles change and progress over their treatment time. That’s why summer is a great time for teens to get braces: they have time to adjust to the initial changes of braces outside of school, more flexible schedules for appointments, and plenty of time to develop good hygiene habits at home.
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4 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing a Dartmouth Orthodontist

Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing a Dartmouth Orthodontist

Braces are an important investment in your child’s future. Not only can straighter teeth give your child a huge confidence and self-esteem boost, but straighter teeth are also healthier. Your child is less likely to suffer from oral health problems since its easier to brush and clean straight teeth. Of course, deciding to get your child braces is the easy part. The harder part? Knowing which Dartmouth orthodontist to pick.

Some pediatric dentists may offer orthodontic referrals. For busy parents, it’s tempting to stick with the referral rather than compare multiple providers. Failing to compare providers, however, could mean your child’s braces end up costing more than they need to. You might even end up with a provider that’s not the right fit for your child’s orthodontic needs.

Watch out for these four common mistakes when choosing an orthodontist: More»

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

When most parents think about taking their children to the orthodontist, they probably imagine doing so when their children are pre-teens getting braces. But did you know that children as young as seven years old can benefit from an orthodontic check-up?

As a parent, you may already be taking important steps to protect your child’s oral health. You’re teaching your child good oral health habits, including regular brushing and how to floss correctly. You’re taking your child to the dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. So why is a visit to the orthodontist so important? More»

Orthodontic Emergency Care for Braces

Orthodontic Emergency Care for Braces

Missing bands, loose brackets, protruding wires, gum irritation… while you won’t need to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for these emergencies, they can still be incredibly painful and require immediate, prompt care. If a bracket pops off in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, it’s easy to head straight to your orthodontist and be better by dinner. But if the same issue occurs on a weekend when the office is closed or while you’re on a trip out of town, panic may set in. How do I address this problem? Good news: a few simple supplies commonly found at home can remedy many of the problems until an orthodontist is able to provide immediate care. More»

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»

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»