It’s so important to take great care of your braces and your smile during orthodontic treatment. Why? Well, firstly, your teeth move most effectively in a healthy oral environment. Also, getting cavities, regularly breaking your brackets, or having other dental issues could set your treatment time back. Plus, no one wants to walk around with food caught in their braces or a wire sticking out of their mouth because they damaged their appliances. Caring for your braces and making your oral health a priority during your treatment will really set you up for success.
Thank you, spinach for ALWAYS getting stuck in my braces when I’m about to talk to someone important!
Here’s some fun facts about Spinach you may not know about:
1. The plant originated in Iran, and wasn’t brought to the USA until the year 1806.
2. Spinach quickly loses its nutritionally value. By the 8th day after being harvested it has lost 50% of its original nutritional value.
3. The U.S. is the second largest producer of Spinach.
Thank you, expanders; or as parents call you, a broken record of slurping noises!
So what exactly is a palatal Expander? It’s a very common orthodontic appliance that is often used in young children. It’s a way to perform Arch expansion which is a common way to get rid of crossbites and crowding in children that are still growing. Use of this expander requires that the growth plate in the roof of the mouth is not yet fused, which commonly occurs between 13 and 16 years old.
Thank you, braces for providing a convenient storage system for food to snack on later! Just another reason to make sure you continue to brush and floss your teeth even when you have braces on.
Thank you, Starbucks Gingerbread latte for teaching me what 2 weeks of plaque feels like on my teeth!! But you know, those Gingerbread lattes are actually quite delicious!
Thank you, rubber bands for destroying vacuums cleaners and forcing Dyson to up their game! Someone has to give those vacuum manufacturers a challenge right? Might as well be us, Orthodontists!