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Can a Chipped or Broken Tooth Be Fixed While Wearing Braces?

Your teeth are the hardest substance in the body – even harder than your bones! However, strong doesn’t mean indestructible teeth are susceptible to decay, chips, and cracks, especially while going through orthodontic treatment. Dental fillings are the most efficient … Continue reading

Braces Causing Bad Breath? Here’s What to Do!

Braces can help you achieve a beautiful smile, but having them on your teeth for months, or even years, can pose certain challenges. From difficulties flossing to getting food trapped between brackets and wires, your oral hygiene routine during orthodontic … Continue reading

Do You Recognize These Hidden Sugars In Your Family’s Diet?

You rarely feed your family sweets and sugary desserts, and your children prefer to drink water or a can of soda. If this sounds like you, you’re probably feeling pretty good about your family’s sugar consumption levels. But what about … Continue reading

What Causes White Spots On Teeth After Braces?

While most people can all agree that visible white spots on the surface of your teeth are less than desirable in appearance, the excellent news is medically, they aren’t considered a severe cause for concern. When it comes to what’s … Continue reading

6 Easy Ways To Make Oral Health More Fun For Kids

With what seems like an unlimited amount of games and toys at their fingertips, it’s no wonder that mundane tasks like brushing their teeth aren’t exactly on your child’s list of fun things to do. For parents, this can make … Continue reading

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery Tips For Teens

Getting your wisdom teeth removed has become somewhat of a right of passage for most teenagers, and it’s one of the most common dental surgeries performed. Most children’s wisdom teeth come through between the ages of 17 and 25, while … Continue reading

Teeth Whitening Treatments After Braces

One of the most common questions we hear from patients who have just gotten their braces off is, “What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?” After months (or sometimes years!) of shifting and aligning, it’s obvious why you want … Continue reading

Is Your Teenager Grinding Their Teeth?

Teeth grinding is an involuntary habit that causes destructive consequences to the teeth and also affects other facial structures. Teeth grinding can affect individuals of any age, and it’s not uncommon to start noticing signs of teeth grinding in teenagers. … Continue reading

5 Ways To Prepare For Braces

The day your child finally gets their braces put on is a milestone moment in their life and yours. Orthodontic appliances take time to get used to, and being prepared is one way to make the process as smooth and … Continue reading

The 10 Worst Summertime Foods To Eat With Braces

Braces and other orthodontic appliances are great for correcting overcrowding, alignment and bite issues, and closing unwanted gaps. While there are many advantages to wearing them, braces require specific care to work properly. The best way to prevent damaging your … Continue reading

The Worst Drinks For Kids With Braces

Everyone should be aware of their sugar intake, but this is especially true for anyone going through orthodontic treatment. Sugar makes foods and drinks taste better, which is why it’s such a common additive in many packaged products. Because the … Continue reading

Routine Teeth Cleanings With Braces: What To Expect

Sticking to regularly scheduled teeth cleanings and exams are a critical piece of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Routine dental cleanings and exams should be performed by your dentist every six months, and they’re more important than ever while undergoing … Continue reading

Is a Root Canal Safe While Wearing Braces?

If a dentist has recently told you or your child that a root canal is needed, you may be wondering if it’s a safe treatment to have performed while wearing braces. It’s common for people to associate having a root … Continue reading

6 Secrets For Preventing Bad Breath With Braces

Braces are an incredibly effective method for straightening crooked teeth and correcting misalignment issues. During orthodontic treatment, significant changes happen to your mouth, and if your hygiene habits aren’t altered to keep up with these changes, things like bad breath … Continue reading

Orthodontics: A Long-Term Solution For Jaw Pain

Orthodontists are well-known for correcting crooked teeth through the use of braces and other orthodontic appliances. However, your local orthodontist may also be the solution for correcting troublesome dental issues, like Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ. Several factors can cause … Continue reading

Gingivitis and Swollen Gums In Teens With Braces

Braces can give your teen a beautiful, straight smile for life, but getting there can sometimes come with challenges. Brushing and flossing with braces can be more challenging to clean the teeth thoroughly. If plaque isn’t removed daily, it can … Continue reading

Managing Acid Reflux Symptoms During Orthodontic Treatment

Acid reflux is when acid produced by the stomach moves up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. Not only is this condition very uncomfortable, but it can also silently damage the teeth. The stomach acids wear away the enamel on the … Continue reading

How Plaque Leads to Tartar Buildup With Braces

A common oral health misconception is that plaque and tartar are the same. However, there are undoubtedly significant differences between the two. Excellent daily oral hygiene is so critical while wearing braces and a key piece in achieving the goal … Continue reading

Every Child With Braces Should Be Water Flossing: Here’s Why!

Taking great care of your teeth with braces can be a big challenge. At Thomas Orthodontics, we believe that an excellent oral hygiene routine is a significant part of finishing an orthodontic treatment with a beautiful and healthy smile. Plaque … Continue reading

5 Facts About Mouthwash For Kids With Braces

Incorporating a mouth rinse for children can provide an extra level of cavity prevention while strengthening their developing teeth. Mouthwash can also provide an additional benefit for kids with braces since the swishing and rinsing of the liquid can help … Continue reading

8 Ways To Keep Teeth and Braces Healthy During COVID-19

These past few months have been filled with uncertainty for everyone. At Thomas Orthodontics, it’s our top priority to help our patients and their families stay healthy during COVID-19. After all, if there’s one thing to focus on during the … Continue reading

Tooth-Inspired Stocking Stuffers For Kids With Braces

It’s a holiday tradition to fill Christmas stockings with candy and treats, but parents of children or teens with braces may want to think twice. Many sugary holiday treats can be detrimental to braces, not to mention unhealthy for your … Continue reading

How Space Maintainers Prevent Long-Term Problems

Space maintainers are an innovative yet straightforward way to keep a space open until a permanent tooth can come in. Space maintainers, in addition to another phase one orthodontic treatment, can prevent more expensive and extensive treatments in the future. … Continue reading

Why Dental Implants Aren’t Right for Most Teens

There is a lot to consider when it comes to replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This type of tooth restoration is, by far, the most superior option when you’re ready. For many reasons, most dentists encourage getting … Continue reading

Can My Child Get Braces If They Still Have Baby Teeth?

Traditionally, orthodontic treatment begins when a child has lost most of his or her baby (primary) teeth, and a majority of the adult (permanent) teeth have grown in. This usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14 for most … Continue reading

How Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Total Mouth Health

Orthodontics can do more for a child’s mouth than just straighten their teeth. Braces can be effectively used to correct problems such as overbite, underbite, and narrow arches. By improving the jaw structure, a child’s total mouth health can be … Continue reading

Can Braces Solve Problems Caused by Missing Teeth?

A common question during braces consultation appointments is if braces can solve problems related to one or more missing teeth. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will often drift into the empty space, which leads to dental health issues down … Continue reading

Why Large Gaps Between Baby Teeth Are Nothing To Worry About

Baby teeth are essential to the overall health and development of your child. The shape and structure of your child’s primary teeth will also determine how comfortable they will be able to eat, speak, and smile. Many parents have growing … Continue reading

The Right Way To Wiggle Out a Loose Baby Tooth

Starting to lose baby teeth is an exciting time in a child’s upbringing. Baby teeth often fall out on their own; however, it can be a fun learning experience for your child to help the tooth loosen until it’s ready … Continue reading

Can I Prevent My Child From Needing Future Braces?

The development of the mouth, airway, and jaw begins at an incredibly young age. After years of extensive monitoring and research, it is now evident that babies who use pacifiers and bottles into childhood frequently require more dental work and … Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Orthodontic Wax

The early days of new orthodontic appliances and braces can lead to minor discomfort for most young patients. The soft tissues of your mouth can become irritated by the new appliances. Once your cheeks and gums get used to your … Continue reading

The Impact of Puberty On Your Teen’s Oral Health

As your children begin to transition into their teenage years, their oral health becomes at risk in more ways than one. From sports and social events to poor eating habits, the teenage years can have a significant impact on an … Continue reading

Tips For Comfortably Playing a Musical Instrument With Braces

The optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment for most children is between the ages of nine and 14. Unfortunately for many kids, this is also the ideal time for learning to play a musical instrument. While having braces can be … Continue reading

Broken Braces Bracket? Follow These 5 Steps ASAP!

It is not uncommon to experience a loose bracket during orthodontic treatment. Brackets are attached to your child’s teeth using a small amount of tooth-colored resin, and over time, this resin can weaken and can lead to brackets becoming loose. … Continue reading

The Many Health Benefits of Braces

Orthodontic braces can correct many issues within the alignment of the upper and lower jaws, in addition to remedying spacing between the teeth. They may also be the best thing that has ever happened to your child! Time, money, and … Continue reading

Can Wearing Your Old Retainer Realign Your Smile?

If it has been years since you had your braces removed, you may find yourself trying to remember when the last time was that you wore your retainer. It isn’t uncommon for patients to begin to see new gaps in … Continue reading

Dentist Vs. Orthodontist: What’s the Difference?

Maintaining excellent oral health is an essential piece of your overall health and well-being. However, it can be confusing to determine which type of dental treatment is right for you or for your child. To explain the difference between dentists … Continue reading

5 Common Questions About Palate Expanders

Palatal expanders are designed to take full advantage of a child’s natural growth process by treating or preventing malocclusions or poor alignment. Palate expanders help an orthodontist to create more space in a child’s mouth by gradually widening the upper … Continue reading

How Long Will Braces Hurt After Getting Them?

Preparing to get braces put on is an exciting and unnerving time for most. Those first few days or weeks of adjustment can be a learning curve, and we want to help everyone in your family feel prepared for this … Continue reading

COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, we at Thomas Orthodontics want to do everything we can to keep our patients and team members safe. We have decided to close our office from 3/18-3/31. The closure will be in accordance with recommendations by … Continue reading

The Best Braces Color Combinations To Try Next

It’s always fun to pick a new color scheme for braces. Orange and black bands are perfect for Halloween, and around the holiday season, you may be inclined towards traditional red and green or blue and white. Spring may seem … Continue reading

Preparing For Future Orthodontics If Your Child Has a Crossbite

A child or teen with a crossbite should be addressed as soon as possible due to the way it can impact their developing facial features, jaws, and airway development. Treating this common condition will require orthodontic treatment using braces and … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Early Childhood Dental Care Is So Important

Early childhood dental care is essential to help your child keep their mouth healthy throughout their entire lives. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics both agree that every child should visit a dentist by age one. … Continue reading

Smoking With Braces and Why They Don’t Mix

It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products can be extremely harmful to your health in a variety of ways. Even so, every 1 in 5 adult Americans consume tobacco, 65 million adults suffer from gum disease, and … Continue reading

Easing Any Fears Over Your Child’s First Orthodontic Appointment

Orthodontic treatment is extremely common, and as a parent, you may not realize that many children have fears of the unknown when it comes to their first orthodontic appointment. Fear of pain, the application process, food restrictions, and fear of … Continue reading

8 Ways To Prevent Bad Breath While Wearing Braces

Braces are an incredible tool that can correct crooked teeth and give you a straight smile like you’ve always wanted. After first getting braces on, some significant adjustments need to be made to your daily hygiene routine to avoid embarrassment. … Continue reading

How To Keep Your Teeth White With Braces

We hear the question of “Can whitening products be used while wearing braces?” a lot. The short answer is, yes, but there are certain things to keep in mind before any attempt is made. Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions on … Continue reading

8 Must-Haves For Keeping Braces Clean Over the Holidays

Now that you have braces, your teeth are more difficult to clean, so you have to be very careful to keep those new braces clean. You should brush your teeth properly after every meal and snack. Always keep your toothbrush … Continue reading

Does Your Dental Insurance Cover Braces For Kids?

Dental insurance can help to save money on many different treatments, and your insurance may even help you cover some of the costs associated with braces. Orthodontics can correct several issues that may come up later on in life. If … Continue reading

4 Signs Your Permanent Retainer Should Be Removed ASAP

After having braces removed, you will be faced with the choice between wearing removable retainers regularly at night or having a permanent retainer bonded to the back of your teeth. Teeth tend to drift over time once the influence of … Continue reading