Friday, June 22, 2012

GOING TO SLEEP AWAY CAMP THIS SUMMER? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR BRACES


School-age kids going to sleep away camp need to be prepared to take care of their braces, retainers, expanders, night braces and any orthodontic appliances - when parents are not there to supervise. Here’s how to fully enjoy camp while maintaining your treatment for a beautiful smile:
  • ·        Make sure to pack extra wax, floss, and spare toothbrushes
  • ·        Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily
  • ·        Pack mouth guards and wear one when you play contact sports 
  • ·        If a wire or a band breaks or becomes loose, don’t panic.  Use the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil and gently press the wire back under the archwire. 
  • ·        Use wax or a piece of wet cotton to serve as a buffer between the wire and your mouth if the inside of your mouth gets irritated
  • ·        If you wear a retainer, pack extra retainer cases and always put your retainer in the case when you are not wearing it.  NEVER put your retainer in a napkin or tissue – that’s how they get thrown into the trash!
  • ·        Just as at home, don’t eat foods that are hard to chew – bagels, licorice, caramel, nuts, hard candy, etc.
  • ·        Call your orthodontist if you have concerns or questions

Summer camp is all about having fun and enjoying a care-free summer.  For kids wearing braces, it just takes a little extra planning and preparation!  Have a great summer!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Should you get your teeth bleached at the mall? Short answer: no!!


Should you get your teeth bleached at the mall?  Short answer: no!!
Longer answer:  getting your teeth bleached at the mall can put your teeth and your health at risk.  Several states have actually passed laws to close down these businesses.   
Harsh chemicals used in most mall bleaching centers can do real damage to the enamel layer that covers your teeth if not applied properly.   There have been many complaints around the country about bleeding gums and newly sensitive teeth after a whitening treatment from one of these kiosks.
If you have an allergic reaction to the chemicals used, the mall bleaching company takes no responsibility.  When you have a brightening process done in your orthodontists’ office, there are procedures in place if you have an allergic reaction. 
There’s no way to know if proper sterilization techniques are being followed.  In our office, technicians must have special training and be certified to ensure that every piece of equipment, from the chair you sit in to the instruments that are used in your mouth, exceed New York State guidelines for sterilization.
If your teeth are chipped or if there are underlying gum problems that you may not know about, the use of harsh chemicals in an unregulated environment is asking for trouble!   And if you have veneers or crowns, the bleach may turn your natural teeth whiter and leave your veneers or crowns a totally different color. 
If you want to have your teeth as bright as they can be, give our office a call and we’ll be happy to explain options that are safe and affordable.