The Brace Place Blog

5 Invisalign Treatment Tips
11/08/2017
Many individuals choose Invisalign aligners due to their ease of use and comfort. However, there are still some important rules to follow to avoid damage, accidents and minor discomfort with your aligners. Here’s a quick re-cap of 5 tips to keep your treatment on schedule
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Dr. James Crouse Publishes Orthodontic Guidebook
10/18/2017
Dr. James Crouse recently published a comprehensive orthodontic guidebook entitled “A Smile to Change Your Life: A Guidebook to Orthodontic Care”.
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Brace-friendly Halloween Tips
10/06/2017
With Halloween fast approaching, we wanted to remind everyone that October is National Orthodontic Health Month and provide some helpful tips to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.
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Ortho-Friendly Lunch Tips
08/30/2017
For most new brace wearers, the food restrictions can be tricky to get used to but are necessary to avoid any damage to the brackets and wires. Most of the foods off limits are too hard or sticky for braces but others can be modified to eat while wearing braces. Foods such as apples and raw carrots are a bit hard but if cut into small pieces are ok to eat. Back to school can prove to be a challenge when packing your child’s lunch, especially if they are new to wearing braces. We’ve come up with some great brace friendly snack ideas to help make back to school a little less stressful.
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Back to School Tips
08/14/2017
As the summer comes to an end and school begins again, many children may be showing off more than new clothes to their friends. Summer is the most popular season for children/teens to begin orthodontic treatment.
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How to get your Smile Wedding Ready
07/27/2017
There are many things to consider when planning your wedding, the dress, venue, food, music, photographer, etc. But what about your smile? Your wedding will only be one day but your pictures will last a lifetime. Don’t you want a beautiful straight smile for all of those amazing wedding photos?
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Summer Orthodontic Travel Tips
07/13/2017
Summer vacations are full of fun and relaxation, but what if something happens to your braces while you’re away? No worries, here are some handy tips and a list of supplies you’ll need in order to treat some common orthodontic emergencies until you’re able to get to the orthodontist.
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Why is Summer the Best Time to Start Orthodontic Treatment
06/05/2017
As the school year comes to an end and children begin their summer vacation, it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic exam for children age 7 and up. The scheduling flexibility of summer makes it one of the most convenient times of year for children to start their orthodontic treatment with braces.
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Top 4 Mistakes Parents Make When Seeking Orthodontic Treatment for Their Kids
05/12/2017
Waiting too long for an orthodontic examination. Many people including dental professionals think that all the baby teeth need to be gone prior to seeing the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7.
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Benefits of Oral Appliances
04/25/2017
Healthy teeth, healthy gums and also…healthy sleep! When it comes to oral health care, patients turn to me for guidance, and many learn that a visit to The Brace Place can also help improve their sleep.
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The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Wear a Mouth Guard
04/06/2017
There are many injuries that can occur from not wearing a mouth guard such as breaking a tooth, lacerating your lip or gums or breaking your jaw. With that being said, nearly 67% of Americans admit they don’t wear a mouth guard during sporting practice or games. Many sports now mandate mouth guards in an effort to prevent injuries but even then there are some athletes that are non-compliant.
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Brace Friendly Easter Basket Tips
03/29/2017
Easter is a holiday that both adults and children enjoy and is typically full of family traditions. The holiday is also symbolic for egg hunts and baskets overflowing with candy. But, if you have a family member with braces, there are some treats they aren’t able to enjoy during the holiday. Sticky and crunchy treats can cause damage to their braces and lead to an emergency trip to see the orthodontist. Avoid candies like jelly beans, starburst and jolly ranchers, as they tend to get stuck in the brackets and cause them to break. There are plenty of other sweet treats that aren’t off limits to add to their basket.
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Foods to Avoid to Prevent Tooth Staining
03/15/2017
Want to keep your pearly whites looking their best and brightest? There are some everyday foods and drinks you should limit in order to prevent staining of your teeth. Check out the list below to see what culprits could be discoloring your teeth without your knowledge.
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Does your child need braces?
03/03/2017
Braces can be a scary thing to think about not only for a child but for a parent as well. We’ve put together a list of common questions regarding when and why your child should visit an orthodontist. Even if your child’s general dentist does not see any visible issues with your child’s teeth, it’s still a good idea for them to get an orthodontic exam by age 7 as a precaution and especially if they demonstrate any of the warning signs below.
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National Children's Dental Health Month Tips
02/02/2017
This year’s slogan for National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” Limiting sugary beverages is an easy way to reduce your child’s risk of cavities and decay and keep their mouth healthy.
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How to get your braces off in HALF the time
01/19/2017
I’m sure you weren’t always thinking - I can’t wait until I can get braces. It’s not exactly exciting to think about having a mouth full of metal or plastic for a couple of years. Sure, some people can’t wait to get braces and create their perfect smile but most aren’t as thrilled initially. So, what if you could get them off in half the time?
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Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
01/04/2017
Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can be very dangerous, if left untreated, and may increase the risk for stroke, heart disease and more. Along with the dangers that are associated with sleep syndromes, a good night’s rest is rarely achieved for the sufferer or their partner.
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8 Myths About Invisalign
12/21/2016
If you're considering orthodontic treatment with Invisalign go through these 8 myths before you begin treatment.
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10 Tips for Choosing a Great Orthodontist
12/07/2016
1. Make sure that your doctor is a university trained orthodontist. Any dentist can offer orthodontic treatment without any training beyond dental school. Only university trained orthodontists can be a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and their web site is www.braces.org.
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7 Tips to Prevent White Spots from Braces
11/16/2016
One main concern many patients have when wearing traditional braces is that they will have white spots on their teeth once their braces are removed. This does happen to some but there are also many ways to prevent them from occurring. See below for our tip list on how to prevent these dreaded white spots “lesions” on your teeth.
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Harmful Effects of Nail Biting
09/06/2016
In addition to being gross and ruining your manicure, nail biting is quite harmful to your health and your teeth. We know nail biting can be a hard habit to break but doing so will improve your overall health as well as your dental health.
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2016 Patient Appreciation Announcement
07/28/2016
Thank you to all of our patients and families for choosing our office for your orthodontic care. We are honored that you chose our practice and to say Thank You, we are hosting our 2nd Annual Patient Appreciation Night on August 28, 2016.
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Chronic Headache & Migraine Relief
07/21/2016
If you suffer from chronic headaches, migraines or clicking and popping of the jaw, the end could be in sight in as little as 8 weeks. There’s a new therapy available that helps target trigger points and pain associated with chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ.
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7 Tips to Ease Orthodontic Discomfort
06/20/2016
If you have braces then odds are that you’ve experienced some slight discomfort along the way. Whether you have traditional metal braces or clear aligners, there’s typically a feeling of tightness after an adjustment appointment or when you put in a new set of aligners for the first time. What if there was a way to get that beautiful straight smile you’ve dreamt of with little to no discomfort? Sounds good right? Well we have 7 tips to help you ease orthodontic discomfort whether you have braces or aligners.
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Could you have sleep apnea?
05/24/2016
Do you routinely catch yourself dozing off in the afternoon? Does your partner constantly complain about your snoring? Are you feeling like you just aren’t sleeping well at night, even though you can’t remember tossing or turning? If so, you may be suffering from a common but underdiagnosed problem known as obstructive sleep apnea.
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Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
04/06/2016
Everyone knows that people who have braces end up with a nice smile. But did you know that a great smile is only one of many benefits of orthodontic treatment? Along with making the front teeth look good, your university trained orthodontist is also making sure the back teeth all fit and work properly. People with a “bad bite” are more prone to having gum problems, TMJ problems and adverse wear of their teeth. Straight teeth not only look good, they function better and will last longer.
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4 Warning Signs of an Obstructed Airway
03/09/2016
Most of us have heard that eight is the magic number as far as hours of sleep each night. While 8 hours of sleep would be nice, it’s not realistic for most people. In fact, according to most research only about 40% of Americans are able to achieve that magic number on a regular basis.
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National Children's Dental Health Month Tips
02/04/2016
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. In an effort to promote healthy eating, this year’s theme is entitled “Sugar Wars”. Limiting sugary foods and beverages is an easy way to reduce your child’s risk of cavities and decay and keep their mouth healthy. Although primary (baby) teeth are replaced with permanent teeth as your child ages, cavities can still occur and need to be treated promptly. Encourage your children to brush twice a day for two minutes to remove food debris and plaque for a sparkling smile. Below are some additional tips to maintain a healthy mouth.
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