What Halloween Candy Can Your Child Eat with Braces?

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Halloween CandyMarietta, Georgia children who are in braces don’t have to avoid trick or treating because they shouldn’t be eating candy.  In fact, Halloween is a great “cheat” day from them to get their fill of sweets and naughty treats. To ensure that your child consumes goodies without compromising or damaging their braces, follow these guidelines:

Candy Your Child Can Eat with Braces

Soft and easy to chew treats are the safest for braces.  For example, children with braces can have: (more…)

3 Back to School Tips for Braces Wearers

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The fun Marietta, Georgia summer is over, and kids are going back to school.  With the busy life of a new school year, your child may start to neglect their teeth and put their orthodontic treatment on the back burner.

The effects of improper dental care while wearing braces can be detrimental to your natural teeth. Talk with your child to make sure that they understand the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth all year long.

As a parent, there are certain things that you can do to help make this transition easier for your children. Here are some tips: (more…)

How Often Will You Need to Visit the Orthodontist?

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Calendar Of Appointments Marietta GA Most of us know that you should visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up, but what about the orthodontist?  When and how often are you supposed to visit a braces specialist?

The First Orthodontic Visit

Your child’s first visit to East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta, GA should be around the age of seven.  While your little one won’t have all of their permanent teeth in yet, we use this time to check to see if their jaws are growing properly.  If needed, we can do provide intervention with braces to correct any abnormalities while your child’s mouth is still growing. (more…)

What Is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

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Teen ProcedureTypically, we start your child with their orthodontic treatment once all of their permanent teeth have come in, which is usually around the age of 13.

However, it’s a great idea to have your child come in for a consultation sooner, like around the age of seven.  There are some instances in which we can spot potential issues in your child’s growing and developing mouth.  If arches are too narrow, for example, or if the jaw isn’t properly aligned, we can often intervene with Phase 1 orthodontics.

By taking earlier action, we can take advantage of your child’s growing mouth to easily manipulate its development and get issues corrected in a more efficient manner.  If ignored, these problems can often times still be fixed later in age, but doing so will likely be more tedious and take longer to correct (meaning more time in braces.) (more…)

Braces Don’t Seem to Be Working? Here’s Why

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You knew that it would take time for braces to straighten your teeth. But you didn’t think it would take THIS long! Why does it seem like your braces aren’t doing anything?

A Marietta orthodontist explains several possible reasons your braces don’t seem to be working.

You just can’t see the progress being made.

Every individual’s orthodontic needs are unique. Your braces treatment plan may have focused on aspects you can’t see such as straightening back teeth or pulling teeth down or up into even alignment. (more…)

Vivera Retainers for Orthodontic Retention

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Retainer Marietta GAAfter undergoing a teeth-straightening procedure like Invisalign, wearing a Vivera retainer is a great way to maintain your new smile. The clear, plastic trays look much like the Invisalign trays themselves, and are the top choice for keeping your teeth in their new aligned positions.

Why Choose Vivera Retainers?

An after ortho maintenance protocol isn’t limited to Vivera retainers. However, they are the method we choose due to the following reasons: (more…)

What You Should NOT Eat with Braces    

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Young Girl in Dentist Chair Giving the Thumbs UpAre you committing to achieving a better smile with braces in Marietta? Then it means there are some sacrifices that you’ll have to make when it comes to your diet.

Certain foods can cause your wires and brackets to break off, halting, or altering your treatment. Others may highly increase your chances of developing tooth decay.

Foods to Avoid With Braces

During your time in braces you should avoid the following:

Bread: Soft bread is especially hard to clean out of wires and brackets. Food particles that are left behind cause cavities so it’s best to just stay away from these types of food.

Sticky Foods: You should avoid sticky foods and candies like taffy, caramel, and gum.  In addition to being hard to clean after, sticky foods can pop your braces off. (more…)

When Should Your Child Get Braces?

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If you suspect your child needs braces, you may be wondering when the best time is to get them in to see an orthodontist. It may help to know there are some key points in your child’s life when it’s ideal to come in for an orthodontic consultation.

The First Ortho Consult

By the age of seven, when your child’s permanent teeth begin to come in, you should go ahead and bring them to seen an orthodontist. At this point we’ll be able to determine if there any dental or facial developmental problems.

If there are, we can intervene with the first phase of orthodontics or growth appliances, which can correct a number of issues and get things back on the right track. (more…)

What to Do If You Lose Your Invisalign Trays

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Clear Dental AlignerSince your Invisalign trays need to come out to brush your teeth and eat, they can quickly be misplaced or accidentally thrown in the trash. What are you supposed to do though, if you lose your Invisalign trays?

Try Other Trays

Depending on how long you were wearing the lost set of aligners, you may be far enough along to proceed to the next set of trays.  Try them in but don’t force them.  If they fit, then wear them, but if they don’t, then try in the previous set (which you should always keep for such an occasion).

The last thing you want to do it completely interrupt your orthodontic treatment so you should always be wearing aligners.

Come See East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta (more…)

Traveling with Braces: What if You Have to Travel During Orthodontic Treatment?

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Orthodontic TreatmentsOrthodontic adjustments are critical to successful treatment. But on occasion, those scheduled appointments don’t line up with your busy personal schedule.

What if you’re going to be away on a lengthy business trip and miss a couple of your regular orthodontic visits? Or perhaps it’s your teenager who’s in braces and has plans to go overseas for the summer. What then?

A few tips from East Cobb Orthodontics will help you prepare for traveling with braces. (more…)