How To Navigate Thanksgiving With Orthodontic Treatment

November 7, 2019

How To Navigate Thanksgiving With Orthodontic TreatmentThanksgiving is only a few days away, which means it is almost time to gather with loved ones and enjoy a good meal together. As great as the holiday is, we know that it can also be a stressful time, especially if you have orthodontic appliances. If this is your first holiday season with treatment or not, we understand you might be nervous about not being able to enjoy your seasonal favorites, especially after a tricky Halloween. Luckily, when it comes to Thanksgiving most of the traditional foods are safe to eat even with braces.

A general rule of thumb is to avoid placing sticky, hard, or crunchy foods on your holiday plate. Sticky foods tend to get caught in between brackets and teeth, while crunchy and hard foods often increase your chances of damaging wires and brackets.

We know you might be worried about how your dental appliances hold up against the holiday and you don’t want any malfunctions or emergencies, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you navigate this holiday feast.

Starters

Appetizers are typically served while waiting for guests to arrive and help keep you satisfied until everyone is ready to eat. While some appetizers might not be the best for braces, there are still a lot of options for you!

Deviled Eggs, cheese, sliced meats, soft dips with bread, meatballs, and cocktail weenies are great starters to munch on while you wait for the main course.

Steer clear of crunchy chips and potatoes as well as popcorn, nuts, and raw vegetables as these hard and crunchy treats can do damage to your teeth and appliances.

Main Course

The best thing is that most Thanksgiving staples and traditional foods are perfectly brace-friendly foods, so you won’t have to hold back at all!

  • Turkey, Ham, and Meats- Most meats such as turkey and ham are safe foods for your teeth. Just make sure to cut the meat from the bone and into small pieces before digging in. Avoid stringy meat that could potentially get stuck between teeth.
  • Stuffing- Stuffing is typically soft making it a great choice for orthodontic appliances. However, some recipes may call for walnuts or pecans, be sure to ask what is inside before getting a serving and be careful with edge pieces as they might be too crunchy for your braces.
  • Vegetables- Cooked vegetables are always a healthy and happy option for any meal. As long as they are cooked and not raw, you should be in the clear. This even includes mashed potatoes! Due to their soft texture, mashed potatoes are an excellent choice. Enjoy those creamy and fluffy potatoes and put a dollop on us! Do not eat corn on the cob, as this could damage your braces. Instead, remove the kernels from the cob and eat them off your plate.
  • Casseroles- Casseroles can be a great way to combine several brace friendly ingredients into one tasty dish. Whether you want green beans, sweet potato casserole, or anything in between you are safe to do so. Just be sure there are no crunchy or hard foods in the casseroles and watch out for those sticky marshmallows!
  • Bread- Unless there are nuts added into your bread options, you are free to load up on those delicious rolls and muffins.

Dessert

This is where things can become tricky. While dessert may be the best part of any meal, there are some desserts that you should look out for.

Most baked goods such as cookies, pies, and cakes are safe options provided there are no nuts, caramel, and aren’t too crunchy. Jell-O, mousses, and puddings are other great options.

Caramel and sticky sweets or crunchy bark candies and treats can damage your braces and should be avoided.

Whatever you decide to load your plate with this Thanksgiving, be sure as always to brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. This will help keep cavities at bay and prevent any other dental problems from creeping up on you. For more information or tips, please contact us at Bracify 3D Orthodontics today.

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Orthodontic Treatment and Your HealthA smile is one of the first things you notice about someone. In terms of orthodontic treatment, the most notable and noticeable benefit from orthodontic treatment is the improvement of your smile. A bright smile is not just a symbol of confidence, but it can also be a sign of good health. In addition to improving your smile and boosting your emotional and psychological wellbeing, orthodontic treatment can optimize your oral health and improve your overall quality of life.

5 Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

1. Orthodontic treatment can alleviate speech impediments.
Your teeth and jaw play an essential role in your ability to speak clearly. Misaligned teeth can affect your speech pattern. Orthodontic treatment can reposition your teeth to allow for clearer, more precise speech. This can improve self-confidence, interpersonal relationships, and overall quality of life.

2. Orthodontic treatment can decrease your risk of oral disease.
An uneven smile with misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, brush, and floss properly due to deep crevices between teeth. These hard-to-reach places can allow harmful bacteria to build up and turn into tartar and plaque leading to the development of cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to bone loss within the jaw and possibly the loss of teeth. Straightening your teeth through orthodontic treatment helps enable you to clean them properly and can considerably lower your risk for oral health conditions.

3. Orthodontic treatment can improve jaw function.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment can be used to correct a bad bite or malocclusion. Ensuring your bite fits together is important as misaligned teeth can place additional stress on the jaw and supporting structures of the mouth. This pressure can lead to abnormal wear-and-tear causing discomfort or pain and affecting your ability to chew, bite, and even speak.

After orthodontic treatment, your jaw can return to its natural position reducing pain, improving function, and relieving other symptoms of jaw dysfunction such as migraines, neck pain, and facial pain.

4. Orthodontic treatment can lower your risk of oral injury.
A malocclusion or misaligned teeth can weaken your teeth and their supporting structure making your teeth more susceptible to chipping and breaking up. This can be especially true for patients who often engage in high-contact activities such as sports. This can lead to infection and the need for extraction in severe cases.

5. Orthodontic treatment promotes a healthy body.
A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Your teeth and jaw work to break down your food effectively before it reaches your stomach. Misaligned teeth or malocclusions can cause large bites to not be broken down correctly increases the risk of reflux. This can affect your stomach lining and possibly tooth enamel. This poor digestion can even impact your body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. There is also some medical evidence that supports oral health in connection to a variety of health issues beyond the mouth such as an increased risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Harmful bacteria can enter from the mouth and make its way to the bloodstream, lungs, and gut affecting the entire immune system. Orthodontic treatment can help to decrease your risk of these health conditions by promoting good oral health to limit your exposure.

Orthodontic treatment can benefit patients of any age. Early treatment, especially in children, can help to create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime saving many patients time and money in the long run. The length of treatment will vary depending on each patient’s condition and overall goal. For more information on the benefits of orthodontic treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics office.

5 Common Oral Surgeries and What to Expect

5 Common Oral Surgeries and What to ExpectMany times when a dentist mentions oral surgery, it can be met with panic and fear. However, what many patients don’t realize is that oral surgery is more common than they think. Oral surgery covers a wide range of procedures that address common conditions with which patients may struggle. It is typically considered an outpatient procedure allowing patients to return to normal activities within a few days.

If you’ve never had more than a filling, the thought of oral surgery may feel daunting, but knowing what to expect for surgical procedures can give you more confidence. To remove some worry and help you arrive better prepared, we’ve decided to share a few facts about the most common procedures we perform.

Wisdom Teeth

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Root Canal

Root canals are widely regarded as the most common type of oral surgery with millions of teeth being treated every year. Underneath the surface of your teeth is a soft core known as dental pulp which contains blood vessels, nerve endings, and tissue. When a tooth starts to decay and is left untreated, bacteria can enter the tooth and begin to infect the pulp. This infection will cause pain, swelling, and sensitivity.

During a root canal, the decayed part of the tooth is removed and the infected pulp extracted. Once the tooth is thoroughly clean, it is then sealed. The final step is to restore your tooth using a crown or larger filling to protect it from damage and restore your tooth to full functionality. Root canals are typically outpatient procedures that may be broken up into smaller parts to ensure proper treatment and may take a few days to fully recover.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth due to injury or infection, a dental implant can help fill the gap. Dental implants replace the root or roots of a tooth. They are used to secure crowns to the jawbone using a metal post made of titanium or titanium alloy. These metals are lightweight and biocompatible meaning they are less likely to be rejected by the body.

Dental implants are a longer type of dental surgery as it takes time for the bone to properly fuse around the implant before the artificial tooth can be placed. The procedure is typically broken into two procedures. First, the mounting system will be installed. After approximately two months and the site is healed, the artificial replacement tooth will be attached. You may use a temporary cosmetic tooth during the healing process which will conceal the gap in your teeth.

Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life as they restore functionality and confidence in your smile.

Surgery

Accidents can happen and cause facial trauma that may affect your oral health. Reconstructive surgery can help you regain function and correct any injuries that may have occurred. Though the patient’s condition will determine the best treatment option, reconstructive surgery is generally broken into two types: soft tissue injuries and fractures.

Soft tissue injuries include damage to the gums, tongue, cheeks, or palate. Fractures refer to damage directly to the jawbone, teeth, and any bone tissue within the mouth.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that involves pauses in breathing during sleep which can be caused by a variety of conditions. If conservative treatments do not reduce symptoms of sleep apnea, surgical intervention may be the solution.

During this procedure, excess tissue from the lower jaw or back of the throat is removed to alleviate and reduce symptoms. Laser surgery may also be used to tighten the palate to prevent soft tissues from collapsing on the airway during sleep.

We hope that with this new knowledge you have a better understanding of these common oral surgeries. Whatever your oral needs may be, we are here to assist you every step of the way by addressing any worries and concerns about procedures and ensuring your needs and comfort come first.

For more information on these common oral surgeries or to schedule an appointment, please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today.

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Bracify 3D Orthodontics

2361 E University Dr. Suite #30
Prosper, TX 75078

Phone: (972) 525-5500

Business Hours
Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic TreatmentTiming is everything, especially when it comes to your child’s oral health. Orthodontic treatment should begin earlier than most parents realize as certain conditions can become progressively worse if left untreated. Our staff and doctors are happy to help you determine whether or not early orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child.

What is early orthodontic treatment?

Though treatment can be beneficial at any age, early orthodontic treatment can prevent conditions from becoming more severe and leading to extensive treatment later on.

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as an interceptive treatment, refers to orthodontic treatment performed while primary or baby teeth are still present. The goal of this treatment is to intercept and stop the developing problem to guide the proper growth of facial and jawbones as well as provide enough space for incoming teeth.

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), recommends that children recieve an orthodontic screening at the age of seven. This is around the time that the back molars have erupted, and we can begin to identify any conditions or problems that may be developing.

Why should I consider early treatment for my child?

There are several advantages to receiving early orthodontic treatment. Early evaluation provides us with both timely detection and a greater opportunity for a more effective treatment. During this time, a child’s mouth and jaw are still developing allowing treatment to easily correct any misalignments. In the long run, this will allow for shorter, less extensive, and less expensive treatment.

Early treatment can correct and prevent several problems including:

  • Excessively spaced teeth
  • Expand upper or lower arches
  • Malocclusions (underbites, crossbites, any misalignment among the upper and lower teeth)
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Protruding teeth

Is treatment always necessary?

No, not all cases will benefit from early intervention. In some cases, we may monitor your child’s growth before beginning treatment and in other cases, treatment may not be necessary at all. Our staff will conduct a thorough examination to determine the optimal time for treatment.

Will my child need additional treatment later on?

Though treating problems early has the chance of reducing your child’s need for orthodontic treatment later on, your child may still need treatment once all of their permanent teeth have erupted. However, treatment is often shorter in length and less extensive.

Early orthodontic treatment enables your child to avoid lengthy procedures, tooth extractions, and extensive treatment later in life. It also sets a stable foundation for future oral health. For more information on early orthodontic treatment and our services, please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today.

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