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»

Navigating School Lunch for Kids with Braces

Lunch for kids with braces

Between endless school supply lists and new schedules shuttling kids to after-school activities, calling back-to-school season a hectic time can already feel like an understatement. If your child got braces over the summer, now you’re facing another challenge: how to pack healthy, delicious meals your child will actually eat and won’t contain food that could damage the braces.

Most kids are notoriously picky eaters. Favourite foods need to be prepared just the right way – crusts cut off sandwiches, apples sliced into bite-sized pieces – or kids won’t have anything to do with the food. Throw in the food restrictions that come along with braces, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for mealtime frustrations.

So, how do you pack a school lunch for kids with braces? At Docbraces, we understand that finding the right lunch foods for kids with braces is actually a pretty big challenge. Fortunately, we’ve learned a few tricks along the way to keep kids’ lunches healthy, delicious and braces-friendly. More»

Want to Save Money on Braces? Than Get an Orthodontist’s Second Opinion

Orthodontist Second Opinion

We all deserve a healthy, confident smile. Unfortunately, some people assume that because braces are so costly, they are simply out of reach. That doesn’t have to be the case! If you have received a cost estimate for braces from an orthodontist, it’s very important to get a second opinion from another orthodontist. Why? In some cases, an alternative course of treatment could be more affordable and just as effective. But if you never get an orthodontist second opinion, you may never know that this alternative treatment is even an option. You could be overpaying or worse, missing out on an affordable payment plan. More»

What Do Braces Really Cost?

What Do Braces Really Cost

Cost is one of the top considerations when deciding to get braces. We all want a healthy, confident smile. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that it costs less to solve a simple orthodontic problem over a more complex one. For some patients, this means that the dream of a straight, attractive smile feels like a financial impossibility. Here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be! Yes, braces can feel like a big financial investment. But the right Halifax orthodontist will also help ensure that this investment lasts a lifetime– and is one you can afford no matter your financial circumstances. More»

How to Care for Your Braces: A Guide for New Patients

How To Care For Your Braces

Congratulations! Now that you have braces, you’ve taken an important first step to enhancing your smile’s natural beauty and keeping your teeth healthy. You may also be realizing that many things we take for granted without braces – like the ability to bite directly into an apple or easily floss your teeth at night – are much more difficult or even unsafe now that you have braces!

It’s natural to have questions about what foods are safe to eat, which foods you should avoid, and how best to keep your braces clean.

You may be wondering, “Can I chew gum with braces?” or “How do I get the remains of tonight’s dinner out from my braces?” No one wants food stuck in the wires! This guide will give you a quick overview to learn more about the basics of caring for your new braces.

For more detailed information – including the special items you can use to care for your braces – be sure to download the comprehensive guide from Docbraces, “How to Care for Your Braces.”

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How Do Braces Work: Your First Appointment

How Do Braces Work - Your First Appointment

What to Expect During Your First Appointment and Beyond

When was the last time you smiled with confidence or laughed freely? Our self-esteem is directly linked to our appearance. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you may feel uncomfortable laughing, smiling or even talking up close to a partner. A great smile is more than just a confidence booster– it’s also an indicator of good health. Missing or crowded teeth and jaw misalignments may increase your risk for a host of oral health problems, including tooth decay, tooth loss and facial deformities. More»

How to Avoid Getting Food Stuck in Your Braces

How to Avoid Getting Food Stuck in Your Braces

Sick and tired of getting food stuck in your braces? Wearing braces as an adult is hard enough. There’s nothing worse than eating lunch with a boss or client and all the while fearing that your entire meal has ended up stuck in your metal wires and brackets! (No one wants to have another ‘meal’ saved for later!) Good news: you don’t have to give up all your favourite foods to avoid that awkward food-stuck-in-my-braces look. All it takes is a few simple changes to avoid getting food stuck in your braces.

When you first get braces, your orthodontist probably told you to avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy or hard. Yes, this does mean you’ll need to steer clear of popcorn, caramel treats, pretzels, and gum. These foods can get caught between brackets and wires, creating a big gooey mess and causing tooth decay. But are there any foods that you can eat with braces? Absolutely! More»

Am I Too Old for Braces? 3 Amazing Benefits of Adult Braces

Adult Braces

There was a time when having orthodontic treatment was considered strictly for children or teens. Adults who didn’t have their teeth straightened during their childhood or adolescence had simply “missed the boat” when it came to enjoying straighter, more attractive smiles and healthier teeth. But today, all that’s changed, and adult braces are becoming increasingly more common. In fact, according to the Canadian Dental Association, more adults than ever before are opting to have their teeth straightened with traditional braces, ceramic braces or removable aligner systems like Invisalign. More»

Can I Straighten My Teeth Without Braces?

straighten-teeth-no-braces-Nova-Scotia-orthodontist

Are you avoiding a trip to your Nova Scotia orthodontist because you don’t want to get metal braces? A crooked smile is unattractive as an adult, but unfortunately the alternative – a mouthful of metal – is hardly any better. Adult braces can be uncomfortable, awkward and downright embarrassing. Wondering how to straighten teeth without braces? Good news: common orthodontic problems including crooked teeth and overcrowding can be corrected without braces. More»

Invisalign or Braces: Which is Right for Your Smile?

Invisalign or Braces

Do you hesitate to smile for photos? Do you feel self-conscious laughing or talking because of your teeth? A crooked smile can be downright embarrassing as an adult. Unfortunately, many adults are reluctant to straighten their teeth because they are worried about the cost, discomfort and perceived embarrassment associated with braces. Delaying orthodontic work, however, can ultimately lead to bigger problems down the road. Crooked teeth that do not fit together may look unattractive right now, but things could get even worse should tooth decay or gum disease occur. Straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall oral health, reducing the risk for tooth decay and gum disease that go hand-in-hand with overcrowding or misaligned teeth. Invisalign or Braces can help, but which is right for your smile? More»