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Healthy Snacks That Won’t Damage your Child’s Teeth

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You know what your child shouldn’t eat while they have braces, but what should they eat? When your child gets home from school they always look for a quick bite that provides the energy boost a little kid needs. Now that they have braces, many foods they use to be able to eat need to be avoided, such as carrot sticks and hard cheeses. Any food that’s too hard, crunchy, or chewy can damage brackets and wires and will need an extra trip to your orthodontist. Our dentists at Orthocenter recommend these healthy and braces-friendly options for your child’s midday snack.

Fruits and Vegetables

Strawberries and bananas are great, soft fruits that are easy on your child’s braces. If you want to incorporate greens such as kale and spinach, blending it along with sweet fruits will mask the grassy flavor making it palatable for children to drink. For apples and carrots, you should cut them in thin slices if your child would still want to eat them making their braces less susceptible to damage.

Meat and Dairy

Cheese and dairy provide the calcium and vitamin D that children need. You can give your child braces-friendly soft cheeses like string cheese and cream cheese. Yogurts and similar products are also a great option to give your child calcium. For meats, anything that doesn’t require much chewing such as chicken, ham, and eggs is full of the protein that children need.

These are dentist-approved foods to give your children. Parents only want the best for their children and they want to provide healthy nutrition-rich foods that are also delicious. Let us know what your child’s favorite snack is on their next visit to Orthocenter. If you have any other questions about foods your children should or should not eat contact us!

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

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Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park. obtain numerous parents setting appointments to get their children’s smiles fixed, but adults are no stranger to getting theirs done as well. We provide comprehensive orthodontic treatment for adults who want a better and healthier-looking smile. However, orthodontics tend to put off adults for a variety of reasons. Here are some common reasons adult patients mention to us as to why they stay away from smile correction.

” I think I am too old”. When talking about orthodontic treatment, it is usually related to children and teens so a majority of adults might think that it is too late for them to correct their smile. Since its invention, it has never been said that adults are too old to receive the treatment they need to have a better smile.

Another common excuse adults like to say is that they dislike metal braces because it will make them look immature. Although brackets and wires are traditionally used, there are other options available for discreet and unnoticeable orthodontic treatment. Treatments like Invisalign and clear braces. These treatments have increasingly become popular and with today’s orthodontic treatment, adults can feel better about it because it is aesthetically pleasing.

Adults also complain about it being harder to eat and brush their teeth when on orthodontic treatments. Although there might be some changes to their daily routine, it will not be so greatly affected. Treatments like Invisalign make it easier to take care of than traditional metal braces while clear braces do contain brackets and wires, our team will help to demonstrate and properly inform patients on how to brush and floss.

At Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park, our team is prepared with orthodontic treatment options for adults. We are here to help every patient at any age live a bright and smiley life. Please contact us if you have any further questions about getting orthodontic treatment as an adult. We look forward to giving you the smile you deserve.

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Tips For Taking Care Of Your New Braces

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At The Orthodontic Center of Orange County, we do everything we can to ensure the time you spend wearing braces is the best experience possible. However, some issues may arise throughout your journey; we hope you take note on these tips and tricks to make your experience the best it can be.
Care of New Braces
1. Never Stop Smiling!

Although you have now braces, that shouldn’t hold you back from smiling. Over 4 million Americans wear braces, 25% of them being adults, so it is not something that you should be ashamed of. You would be surprised at how many individuals try and cover up their mouth when they have braces. Smiling can also be contagious, where as it only takes 17 muscles to smile, and 43 muscles to frown.

2. Carry Orthodontic Wax with You

When you first receive your braces or go for a monthly check up to tighten the brackets, it is normal to feel some discomfort within your mouth. It is always a great idea to keep orthodontic wax with you at all times. The wax can act as a barrier between your cheeks/lips and the metal brackets/wires and eliminates the friction between the two causing less irritation and discomfort in your mouth. The orthodontic wax can help a bracket that may have fallen off, or if the wire is poking your cheeks. If you feel wires and brackets are causing too much irritation and you are in pain, please give us a call for further instructions.

3. When to Remove Your Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are what help your teeth shift into the place they need to be in. Even though you may be a little sore at first, make sure you are ONLY removing your rubber bands when you are about to eat or brush your teeth. If you are not constantly wearing your rubber bands, this may result in your time wearing braces being delayed or halted.

4. Check Braces for Bent or Lose Wires Regularly

When your teeth are shifting into the correct place, it is sometimes common to experience the wire poking into your cheeks and irritating your mouth. If this happens, you should call our office immediately to set up an appointment for repair. A tip in case of emergency is sanitizing finger nail clippers and having someone help you safely clip some of the wire.

5. Make a To-Go Braces Care Kit

A to-go kit can be a life saver in many different ways, including bringing the kit to school, to work, or leave it in your car for emergencies. Products that go inside the kit can include: A travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and more importantly, dental wax. Many patients have said they recommend having a to-go kit when you are a braces wearer.
Care For New Braces To-Go-Kit
6. Be Aware With Your Retainer

Don’t be fooled by the freedom you feel when you have your braces removed, it is relieving but you still need to maintain your new straight teeth. Wearing your new retainer is mandatory and the only way to make sure your teeth stay straight. We have a few different options when it comes to retainers, your orthodontist will provide you with the best option that he/she finds fitting for your lifestyle.

We hope you enjoyed learning about those tips and tricks and that you can use them in your routine with your new braces. Remember that if you have any problems with your braces to call us as we are here to help you throughout this journey.

7 Common Questions And Myths About Orthodontic Treatments

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When people are interested in getting Braces or Invisalign, they often have multiple questions to ask their Orthodontist. While asking questions is great, Orthodontists often get asked the same common questions. We are here to tell you about the 7 common myths about orthodontic treatments.1. Can Anyone Provide Braces And Aligners, Not Just An Orthodontist?
This is false. Only an Orthodontist who has had advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves an Orthodontist specialist or be a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Making sure that your Orthodontist is an AAO member is crucial not only for your future beautiful smile, but more importantly your safety.

2. The Orthodontist Is Expensive
Most AAO Orthodontists offer free consultations and flexible payment plans. Most offices are willing to work with their patients to help them achieve the beautiful smile they desire. AAO Orthodontists carefully customize their patients’ treatment plans, and the fees will depend on the complexity of specific cases.

3. You Don’t Need To Go To See Your Orthodontist Often
In the past, patients needed to have monthly check ups to see their Orthodontist. The good news is that today’s technology allows patients to extend their appointments to about 8-10 weeks. Your teeth are shifting often, so your Orthodontist wants to see you frequently to be sure that your treatment stays on course.

4.Treatment Takes Several Years
The time of how long you need to wear your braces will depend on the severity of the treatment that is needed. And of course, if you are not skipping your scheduled appointments. From simple cases that may only take a few months, to more complex treatments that can take much longer. Your AAO Orthodontist has all the right experience, training and skills to deliver amazing results in the shortest amount of time possible. Remember that one of their goals is to make you happy with your smile, which also includes getting your treatment done in a safe, timely manner.

5. Orthodontic Treatment is Mainly A Cosmetic Reason
While most individuals think that Orthodontic treatments are to simply only achieve a beautiful smile, there’s much more that meets the eye. While improved appearance is the most obvious result, you’d be surprised  to learn that when your teeth and jaws are aligned right, it means a proper functioning mouth like: chewing, biting and your speaking is improved. That means that you receive a dual treatment!

6. Orthodontists Only Offer Metal Braces
At our Orthodontist office, you will find that we offer four different types of braces for everyone’s individual needs. These four options include: Invisalign, ceramic braces, regular braces, and six in 6. Invisalign are seen as the clear alternative to braces, which we see a lot of adults getting. Ceramic braces are translucent and also very popular with our adult patients. Our regular braces are our most common type of braces made out of stainless steel. And lastly, we offer six in 6. Six in 6 are our clear braces that gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.7. Orthodontic Treatments Are Strictly For Kids Only
This is very much false. We at the Orthodontic Center of OC have a ton of adult patients. While it is more common to have younger patients, we love helping our adult patients achieve the smile that they have always desired. Whether our patient is young or old, anyone can benefit from an Orthodontic treatment!