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Avoiding Soft Drink Tooth Decay

June 14th, 2017

SUMMERTIME IS COMING, BUST OUT THOSE BRACES FRIENDLY REFRESHMENTS!

It is well known that soft drinks can be harmful to your teeth. Whether you’ve seen a video of a tooth dissolving in a glass of coke, or you’ve heard the term ‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ before, many people are aiming for safer ways to quench their thirst!

WE LOVE HEARING PEOPLE BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THEIR  TEETH.

Cavities are caused by acid destroying enamel and underlying tooth structures.

The acid can come from the soft drink itself.

The acid can come as a byproduct of the sugars on your teeth.

The longer it sits there, the more damage it does!

How acidic are these drinks?

pH of water             = 7 (NEUTRAL pH)

pH of battery acid  = 1 (VERY ACIDIC)

pH of soda  = 2.5!!!!!!!!!!

ARE THERE ANY OTHER ACIDIC DRINKS I SHOULD BE AVOIDING???

Surprisingly, some drinks that appear to be healthy, can actually be quite acidic. They may not contain the sugars that other drinks contain, but they can be just as dangerous if left on the teeth for too long.

GATORADE

POWERADE

PROPEL FITNESS WATER

NANTUCKET NECTAR

ENERGY DRINKS

The safest thing to drink for refreshment is water, however if you are going to have a drink that is either acidic or sugary, make sure you take the time to brush if possible, and at least rinse your mouth to decrease the chance of developing cavities or white spots!

For more information on soft drink tooth decay, see our flyer below!

WHY DID MY BRACE COME OFF???

February 2nd, 2017

Over the course of an orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will likely need a total of 28 individual braces to stay glued to your tooth from the beginning to the end. Gluing a tiny brace to  something that is involved with chewing foods all day long, and expecting that brace to stay on for 18 months seams like NO EASY FEAT!

Did you know that it can take up to 20 lbs of pressure to break an orthodontic brace off???

That’s right! If you were to bite on your brace, or try to pull it off, you would need to apply upwards of 20lbs of pressure to do so!!! That’s some tough glue!!!!

How to keep them glued on:

In order for a brace to stay connected to a tooth, there are things that both the patient and orthodontist can do to maximize your success!

  • PROPER TOOTH PREPARATION: You and the orthodontist working to make sure your tooth is as clean and dry as possible during the gluing procedure.
  • GIVING YOUR ORTHODONTIST FEEDBACK: If you feel like you are biting on a brace, let them know! They can fix it!
  • CAREFUL ATTENTION to what you eat and how you eat it. We will go over foods to avoid and how to eat them, but you everyone is different.

Assuming that a brace has been successfully glued to the tooth, we should be good for as long as we need the brace! Mistakes will happen. You will accidentally eat something you’re not supposed to, your friend accidentally hit you in the face with a basketball, you were flossing and the floss got stuck on the brace, etc.

What can you do if you break a brace?

A broken bracket is not an emergency, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know about it!

Let us know! That way we can change your next appointment to allow time to fix it.

Try to pay attention to what you were doing at the time that it was broken so that we can make sure it never happens again.

How can I tell if a brace is broken?

If a brace feels loose, it is broken.

If a brace falls off the wire, it is broken.

If a brace is sliding back and forth on the wire, it is broken.

If you are unsure, take a picture, call us, and let’s figure it out together!!!

Accidents happen! The truth is that sometimes a broken brace is out of your control. Sometimes due to your bite, or some teeth having unusual enamel, crowns or bonding which will make them more difficult to glue to. Our goal is to work with out patients to give you the best shot at not breaking them, and to give you the most efficient and easiest treatment experience possible!

Taking a little bit of extra time to ensure braces stay in place will not only shorten your time in braces, but save you from unnecessary trips to the orthodontist!

Why Are People Seeing The Orthodontist At Such A Young Age???

November 22nd, 2016

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial visit to the Orthodontist at age 7 to begin monitoring their orthodontic health and needs.

7 YEAR OLDS ARE ALMOST NEVER IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT, however that does not mean that they are in the clear! Age 7 is the time when most children have their first permanent teeth beginning to erupt. It is the perfect time to begin monitoring eruption and development of their adult bite!

Things the orthodontist may identify at age 7 include:

*CROWDING

*CROSSBITES

*ERUPTION PROBLEMS

*GROWTH PROBLEMS

*TRAUMA TO TEETH

*TRAUMA TO GUMS

*FINGER HABITS (THUMB SUCKING)

*MISSING or EXTRA TEETH

It is not uncommon for the orthodontist to make simple recommendations that could prevent future orthodontic treatment from being difficult or long!

Although most of the time an initial appointment will be as simple as taking photos and counting up your child’s baby teeth, occasionally a situation is diagnosed that requires more urgent attention. By being proactive and maintaining good orthodontic health, you are ensuring the easiest pathway to a beautiful long lasting smile!

Call and receive your free initial consultation today!

HAPPY NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC HEALTH MONTH!

October 14th, 2016

In addition to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also a month that is very special to Klar Voorhees Orthodontics!  October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

With Halloween quickly approaching, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun! With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy just as much of the candy as your friends without braces!

Steer Clear of the Following Types of Candies!

*Sticky (Sugar Daddies, Taffies)

*Chewy (Tootsie Rolls, Starburst)

*Crunchy (Hard Candies, or candies with nuts)

*Popcorn

*Jelly Beans

*Licorice

INSTEAD, Try:

*Peanut Butter Cups

*Peppermint Patties

*Hershey Bars

*Kit Kats

*3 Musketeers

*Candy Bars without Caramel or Nuts

After you have had your Halloween Candy, Don’t Forget to Brush!

Immediately after consuming sugary foods or drinks, be sure to rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth. The sugars turn to acids and the acids turn into decay. The longer they sit on your teeth, the more time they have to destroy your enamel.

The health of your teeth does not just mean staying cavity free, and Orthodontic health

does not just mean staying away from sticky, crunchy, and chewy candies!

does not just mean staying away from sticky, crunchy, and chewy candies!

Orthodontic treatment not only produces beautiful smiles, but can improve your orthodontic health!

An unhealthy bite can result in broken or worn down teeth! Even if teeth appear to be straight, the health of your teeth could still be in jeopardy.

At Klar Voorhees, we offer a full range of treatment options from traditional braces and clear braces, to invisalign. All using the latest and greatest in Orthodontic Technology.

Call and have your free initial consultation today!