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Elastics for Braces, Explained.

blog-featured-image-elastics-for-bracesWhether you’ve had orthodontic treatment or not, you’ve seen people wearing elastics or rubber bands as part of the process. But do you know what they’re used for? To help give you a better idea of why rubber bands are used with metal or clear braces, we’ll explain what they are, why they’re used, and how to take care of them during treatment.

What are Rubber Bands?

In short, rubber bands are used to help move your teeth along the archwire to aid in tooth movement for your particular treatment plan. There are many different ways to wear rubber bands and how long you wear them is determined by your orthodontist. Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics will instruct you on exactly how to wear your rubber bands and when and how often to change them based on your personalized treatment plan. Since your rubber bands lose their elasticity with use, patients are normally instructed to replace them at least once a day, especially after eating and brushing.Read More

How to Survive Summer BBQ Season with Braces

blog-featured-image-summer-bbq-with-bracesSummer is here! That means outdoor barbecues with family and friends will be abundant. Whether celebrating a national holiday, graduation or attending a simple gathering, summer barbecues are a common summertime activity meant for everyone to enjoy. So how do you survive a summer BBQ while wearing braces? Fear not, we’ll break down the foods you should avoid and the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Foods to Avoid During a BBQ

Orthodontist Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics recommends avoiding the following common barbecue foods:Read More

How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

blog-featured-image-keeping-Invisalign-aligners-cleanYou’ve gotten your clear aligners and it’s time to begin your journey to a healthier, straight smile with Invisalign. Just as your oral hygiene routine would change with braces, you will need to adopt a new routine with Invisalign. This includes stocking up on a few more hygiene products and supplies to maintain your new lifestyle. To make things easier, we’ve listed all the things you’ll need to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean. 

Get Another Toothbrush

Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics recommends that you have two toothbrushes: one for your teeth and one for your Invisalign clear aligners. This is due to the fact that your Invisalign aligners do not need the same tough bristles used to scrub teeth clean. A softer bristled toothbrush is all you will need to clean the aligners as to not damage them. Having two different toothbrushes also reduces the risk of staining the aligners with leftover food particles from brushing your teeth. Read More

Announcing Our Summer “Flat Doc Photo” Contest

Flat Doc Photo Contest Enter to Win a Family Fun Pack Elliott Orthodontics

Dr. Elliott couldn’t make up his mind on where to travel for his summer vacation… so he’ll be hanging out with all of you, wherever your journeys take you!

If you’re headed someplace hot, cool, or interesting this summer, bring along “Flat Doc” Dr. Elliott with you! Snap a selfie of yourself and the “Flat Doc” in the midst of your vacation action for a chance to win a prize.

Send us your selfie submissions between now and August 19th. All entries will be compiled in an online gallery for final voting. We are limiting one “Flat Doc” photo per patient.

What You Could Win

Prizes will be awarded to the three photos with the highest vote counts.

*1st Place Prize – A $50 Altitude Trampoline Park gift card, a $50 Cinemagic gift card, and a $25 Merrimack Ten Pin gift card

*2nd Place Prize – a $50 Altitude Trampoline Park gift, a $25 Merrimack 10 Pin gift card

*3rd Place Prize – a $50 Trampoline gift card OR a Cinemagic gift card (winner’s choice)

For contest rules and information on how to submit your “flat doc” photo, head over to our Contest page! Best of luck to all who enter (and make sure “Flat Doc” Dr. Elliott packs his sunscreen for your trip!)

We hope our patients and their families have a safe and enjoyable summer!