When it comes to improving your smile, at-home teeth straightening kits have become an increasingly popular option for patients looking to correct minor to moderate orthodontic problems. Even though teeth straightening kits are less expensive and time-consuming than services diagnosed and treated by an orthodontist such as Dr. Douglas Elliott at Elliott Orthodontics, the kits can cause more harm than good to your smile and bite in the long run.
What are At-Home Teeth Straightening Kits?
At-home teeth straightening kits are typically purchased online or at a physical location where a “Smile Specialist” explains the process and takes digital impressions of your teeth. You are later presented with clear aligners to begin treatment. The kits purchased online include a dental impression kit that you send back to have scanned and your aligners created. In some cases, you may even receive a preview of what your new smile could look like.Read More
Getting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Play Safe, Play All Season
In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.
Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More
Whether 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
Summer 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