Bummed out that summer is almost over? At Phipps Orthodontics in Spokane, WA, we feel this is a great time of year to revisit the basics of caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Starting a healthy routine at the beginning of the school year will go a long way towards achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. When done right, good oral care maintenance could lead you all the way to next summer and beyond.
Here are five helpful reminders to kick off the fall session with clean teeth and a happy mouth:
- Follow the 2×2 Rule
- Avoid Crunchy and Sticky Foods
- Drink Lots of Water
- Plan Your Meals and Snacks
- Bring a Braces Care Kit
You’re just starting orthodontic treatment and it’s time to brush your teeth. Do you brush with a manual or electric toothbrush? The truth is that either type of toothbrush does an effective job of cleaning the teeth. For those of you not convinced, we’ve listed some features and benefits of each so you can decide for yourself.
Benefits of Using a Manual Toothbrush
- It’s simple, affordable and easy to find.
- Changing your brush every 3 months doesn’t hurt your pockets.
- Depending on the type of brush and your brushing method, manual toothbrushes could be softer on the tooth enamel and gums.
Wouldn’t you love to simply take a selfie, and/or impression of your teeth or get your teeth scanned, and receive aligners that straighten your teeth in a few months without even leaving your home? Sounds too good to be true, huh?
This is exactly the type of convenience offered and advertised with direct-to-consumer orthodontics. Companies like SmileDirectClub, Smilelove, SnapCorrect, etc. are appealing because they address the concern most people have about orthodontics: time. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises you to take a step back and look at the overall picture before considering the latest alternative to straighten your teeth. Read More
Would you consider undergoing orthodontic treatment to improve your smile without ever having to step foot inside an orthodontic or dental office? In the last couple years, there has been a significant increase in the purchase of mail order orthodontics and at-home teeth straightening kits, especially with teens. What’s the hook? It is advertised as a more cost-effective and convenient way to achieve a better smile. Watch this video!
While we’ve all heard that milk is great for building strong bones and teeth, not everyone drinks milk. Although more Americans are becoming proactive about taking care of their overall health, many of us have dietary preferences that exclude dairy products.
Both calcium and vitamin D are essential to your oral health, but are you getting enough calcium? At Phipps Orthodontics, we understand that some of us simply cannot consume foods rich in calcium, like milk, due to lactose intolerance and dairy allergies…even when wearing braces. We also understand that others choose vegan or vegetarian lifestyles that eliminate certain food groups, increasing the risk for calcium and vitamin D deficiency.Read More
Most parents understand the importance of starting children young with an at-home oral care routine. While children start their dental care routine in their toddler years, do you know the best age to start them with orthodontic treatment? Some parents choose to wait until all of their child’s permanent teeth have come in, but what is the real answer? Lucky Number 7
At Phipps Orthodontics, we suggest bringing your child in for an orthodontic evaluation at age seven. We recommend this age because the first molars come in around this time. While your child will have a mix of adult and baby teeth, our staff can identify any abnormalities or problems in the near future. These problems can include crowding, deep bites and open bites.
In some cases, early treatment can help regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, reduce the threat of impacted permanent teeth, eliminate the need for extractions and resolve speech problems. When caught early and quickly treated, many patients do not need orthodontic treatment later in life, saving them both time and money.
How Soon Will Treatment Begin?
Keep in mind that while you can have your child evaluated for early orthodontic treatment, the treatment itself may not begin for another few years after the exam has been performed. Depending on our findings, treatment can start as soon as one year later and as late as five years after the examination.
Early Treatment Benefits
Taking a proactive approach to your child’s oral health could prevent physical and emotional trauma as they mature. Kids can be cruel and children with misaligned teeth can experience poor oral hygiene and a lot of teasing from peers.
It is important to note that not every treatment plan is the same. Dr. Gerald Phipps works with each patient to develop a custom plan for treatment based on their needs. If treatment is not yet necessary, patients are placed on our orthodontic supervisory program in order to monitor progress.
Is your child’s seventh birthday coming up? If you suspect that your child may need an evaluation, contact our office to schedule your complimentary consultation. The sooner we meet, the better our chances of ensuring your child has a healthy smile and even brighter future.