Archive for May 2015

Don’t Be a Soda Jerk!

Don’t Be a Soda Jerk!

As school ends and summer begins, it can be easy to lose discipline with our diets. And when you’re wearing braces, you already know to avoid crunchy and chewy foods, but it’s also important to be mindful about beverages. Whether you say soda or pop, it’s all sugary carbonation. And while we may enjoy this treat, it’s not the best for your teeth! “Why,” you ask? It’s pretty simple. We all know that humans need food. And guess what? So do bacteria. And what sustains it? The sugar that you eat throughout the day. Yep, that’s right. And it stays in your mouth until you brush it away. The bacteria turn the sugar into acid, which then eats away at your tooth enamel. Hello, cavities. If you’re wearing braces, this can cause some problems.

ACID. Enamel’s Enemy.

Not only does sugar decay tooth enamel, but acid does, too. So you’re not even safe with diet soda! And since soda acid has a cumulative effect on enamel, drinking that pop over a period of time exacerbates the issue.

But I Need Caffeine!

Scientists agree at this point that caffeine hinders calcium absorption. And since calcium is the foundation of healthy bones and teeth, this is more than a problem. Want the breakdown? Two 12-ounce caffeinated soft drinks can lead to a loss of 5mg of calcium. WHAT? Yep. And if you’re drinking super-sized sodas, you’re most likely drinking fewer calcium-rich beverages.

What Do I Do?

Keep your chin up. You can take measures to cut down on this tooth tragedy:

  • Curb that bad habit. Try to avoid introducing your kids to soda if possible. Bad habits (and good ones!) start early. If your children are used to milk and water, they won’t expect that super sweet and fizzy libation. And they may even grow to find them distasteful.
  • Keep Soda as a Treat. Soda really shouldn’t be a mainstay. Have it every once in a while as a treat. Equate it to candy!
  • Opt for healthier drinks. Kids want something FUN! Go for fruit and vegetable-infused water or herbal tea. They come in fun flavors, and they are excellent choices for enjoyable options with all the health benefits.

If you have any questions regarding your diet while wearing braces, or proper care of your braces, please give our office a call today! We can help you be healthy, and get you that SMILE to last a lifetime!


Invisalign Teen®

Invisalign Teen®

If you ask anyone if they would like straighter teeth, most would say, “Yes, please!” Everyone wants the confidence that a bright smile brings, but we understand that some may have reservations about getting braces. Most teens don’t want to be different, have to watch what they eat, or worry about how they look. Never fear! There are now more orthodontic treatment options available than ever, and now is a great time to consider Invisalign Teen.

People Don’t Notice What’s Invisible.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners are virtually invisible. Gone are the days of smiling with a mouth full of metal if that is a concern. Most likely, the only people who will know are your friends and family, or whomever you choose to tell.

Maintain Your Food Freedom.

Since the aligners are removable, so you may eat as you normally would. You don’t necessarily have to avoid crunchy or chewy foods because you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck between your braces or a bracket coming loose or popping off. You can have food freedom with Invisalign Teen! Unlike with traditional braces, you may still enjoy:

  • Popcorn
  • Trail mix with crunchy nuts and dried fruit
  • Chicken wings and ribs
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables

With Invisalign Teen, Oral Hygiene is a Snap.

When wearing braces, the patient must pay extra attention to efficient oral hygiene. As exciting as achieving your ideal smile is, unfortunately there is a possibility of tooth decay during orthodontic treatment. The Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable, so you have access to every nook and cranny! You may brush and floss as normal by simply removing the trays from your mouth.

Achieving your ideal smile will boost your confidence for many years to come, and there is no reason to miss out on that with new orthodontic technology. Invisalign Teen will allow you to continue living as normally as if you were undergoing no orthodontic treatment at all. Please give our office a call today to make an appointment to discuss your new smile. With Invisalign Teen, the possibilities are endless!