Incorporating Orthodontics into Your Perio Treatment

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Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GA

If you’re someone who has experienced symptoms of gum disease (aka periodontitis or periodontal disease) you may have other things on your mind than orthodontics. But truth be told, incorporating braces or clear aligners into your periodontal treatment plan could help you regain control over your oral health and reduce the severity of your infection. 

Here’s why:

Straighter Teeth are Easier to Clean

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Summertime Tips for Braces Wearers

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Teen ProcedureAt East Cobb Orthodontics, it’s common to see plenty of braces repairs during the summer, due to kids’ activities.

To prevent things like broken brackets, irritated lips, or orthodontic emergencies, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

Involved in sports? Even independent activities during social distancing can lead to accidents. Wearing an athletic mouthguard can help prevent busted lips and lacerations inside of your mouth if you fall down.

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How To Clean a Lingual Wire

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Once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia,  we will place a lingual wire across the back of your teeth to help ensure that they continue to stay in place and a relapse doesn’t occur.

Cleaning Your Lingual Wire

Cleaning your lingual wire is very important to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. To clean your “bonded retainer,” observe the following steps:

  • Thread a string of floss through a floss threader.
  • Push the tip of the threader through at the gum line of the first tooth that has your lingual wire attached.
  • From the backside of your tooth, pull the threader until the floss has come through.
  • Remove that threader and maneuver the flossing string around to clean the area.
  • Slide the string out completely and repeat the above steps with every tooth that’s is attached to your lingual wire.

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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…)

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…)

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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Embracing Your Braces

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Young Lady Wearing Braces Marietta GA Teens and younger kids can be a little nervous about wearing braces. They might feel concern about the appliances being uncomfortable and hurting their gums and cheeks, but more often any worry is over how they will look with braces.

While there are plenty of options for “invisible” orthodontic options, not all dental plans will pay for treatment equally, and traditional metal braces typically end up being the most cost-effective option for the family.

Fortunately, there are ways for your child to personalize his braces and make them fun! (more…)