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…)

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…)

Preventing Orthodontic Relapse

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Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GAGoing through orthodontic treatment in Marietta takes time, money, and energy. You worked hard to get your new smile just right.  The last thing you’ll want is for your teeth to get crooked again. Yet, without the right plan of action, it is possible to experience relapse.

Retention Methods

Once you’ve completed treatment at East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta, GA you’ll begin to use some form of retention appliance to hold your teeth in their new positions. Two of the most common ways to do this is with a: (more…)

Surviving Halloween With Braces

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Halloween CandyIt’s Halloween! All you want to do is enjoy a scary movie, visit a good haunted house, and eat some CANDY!  However, when you’re in braces, the effects candy can have on your teeth are as frightening as being crossed by a black cat on Halloween.

Yes, you can still participate in trick or treating, and you can still relish in a good sugar high – BUT – we urge you to please take some precautions.

  • Avoid sticky and gooey candy that smothers your braces and is impossible to remove.
  • Hard candy is okay to suck on, but it should not be chewed. Brackets can pop off easily, leading to an orthodontic emergency.
  • Chocolate is the best type of candy to eat during Halloween. So, if you’re a fan of chocolate then you’re in luck. Go ahead and enjoy yourself!

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