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What Candies Can You Eat With Braces?

October 10th, 2019

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Orthodontic treatment is an investment of both time and money. The average treatment process lasts up to three years, which can present challenges when the patient has a sweet tooth. Even the most disciplined person is likely to crave a candy bar while wearing braces and may think that eating candy just one time will not do any harm. The reality is that even one piece of candy can reverse months of progress. Those who are considering braces Gilbert AZ should read on to learn more about candy and orthodontics.

Why Sugar is Bad

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Sugar is a carbohydrate that can harm or destroy teeth when it combines with acidic oral bacteria. Candy contains high amounts of sugar, that creates a threat for those who wear any type of braces. The wires, bands, and brackets of metal braces compound the problem because they cannot be easily removed like plastic aligners. This means that regular consumption of candy while wearing metal braces makes the development of tooth decay a certainty, and it is best to just not give in to temptation. In addition, the type of candy makes no difference because there is always sugar involved, and it has many places to hide with braces. The longer it is allowed to accumulate and sit in the mouth, the more problems it causes. Chewy candies and hard candies also cause stress to the teeth when they are bitten into, which may cause wires and brackets to pop off and require repair at the orthodontist's office.

Safer Treats

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A sweet tooth is difficult to say no to. Research has suggested that sugar may have addictive qualities, which makes it hard to quit completely, even while wearing braces. There are some safer foods that can be consumed during orthodontic treatment that do not cause the harm of candy:

• Dark chocolate. While this type of chocolate does contain some sugar, it is vastly less than a typical candy bar. Dark chocolate also contains fiber and magnesium, which are good for the body.

• Cookies. Eaten in moderation, cookies are safer for braces than candy.

• Ice cream. This food not only tastes good, it is soothing for inflamed gums.

• Milkshakes and smoothies. The residue from these tasty drinks can be easily rinsed away afterward.

• Sugar-free gum. Aside from not containing sugar, it keeps the mouth busy and also reduces calorie intake by not eating candy and other snack foods.

The Robison Orthodontics office is always ready to answer questions about braces Gilbert AZ. Call today for a consultation.

Invisalign Compared to DIY Aligners

October 2nd, 2019

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Having a straight, beautiful smile gives a person confidence and boosts their self-esteem. Modern orthodontics offers elegant solutions for teeth straightening, including Invisalign. More recently, do-it-yourself (DIY) aligners have appeared on the market, claiming to do the same job without the office visits. The following will compare the two methods and help those looking for Invisalign in Queen Creek to make the right choice for their needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Invisalign

In the past, the only way to straighten teeth was wearing metal braces. While effective, metal braces can be uncomfortable, and they make daily oral care a challenge. Invisalign is a customized system of clear plastic aligners that gradually reposition the teeth. The aligners are made of a material called SmartTrack that allows for the right fit and avoids speech and slippage problems. When used as directed, Invisalign delivers the same results as traditional braces while offering flexibility and allowing for better mouth care during the treatment process, reducing the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay.

DIY Aligners

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A DIY approach to teeth straightening also utilizes plastic aligner technology, but it skips the orthodontist visits, which are an important part of a treatment plan. To begin the DIY method, the individual must visit a special shop to have dental impressions made or choose to receive an impression kit in the mail. The impressions are then sent off, the aligners are created and delivered right to the person's door. While these aligners may help to straighten teeth, they are also used without the supervision of an orthodontist or another experienced dental professional.

Why Choose Invisalign?

While DIY aligners are more convenient and less expensive, they do come with risk. The American Dental Association discourages the use of DIY aligners because of the complications that could arise during home treatment. A proper Invisalign in Queen Creek plan includes regular examinations, treatment planning, evaluations of progress, X-rays, prescription medication and a final assessment at completion. When the treatment course is not working effectively, the orthodontist can easily switch the patient to traditional braces or another method that may bring better results. In the end, it is better to work directly with an orthodontist for teeth straightening than it is to do it alone.


The experienced staff at Robison Orthodontics always available to answer questions and explore options for straightening teeth. Call today for a consultation.

Annual Candy Buy Back!

September 17th, 2019

Adult Braces On the Rise

September 12th, 2019

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In your teen years, you watch as classmates get their braces to fix their crooked grins, and stare in awe when the day comes their straight, braces-free smile is revealed. Now as an adult, perhaps you are just as envious now as you were then when you see someone with a perfectly straight smile while yours is…well…less than aligned.

Gone are the days where braces were just for teens, and the number of adults opting for orthodontic treatments is higher than ever. That’s right, adults must know how to choose the right orthodontist as well! Don’t spend one more year wishing you had the perfect smile, and become one of the millions of adults who are making their dreams a reality one aligner at a time.

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Here are a few signs that you may need braces once again:

Teeth Gaps

When there are gaps between teeth, this usually means that the upper and lower jaws aren’t fitting together the way they should. Your jaws should work in perfect harmony, but there are many reasons why they end up clashing including things like genetics, childhood habits like thumb or finger sucking, or oral tissue formation. Gaps can heighten your risk of gum disease because the open spaces are more prone to be affected by plaque and becoming inflamed.

Overcrowded Teeth

Overcrowded teeth are a clear sign that braces will be beneficial. Overlapping, tight teeth are both an aesthetic issue and a threat to your oral health. Tight spaces in your smile are likelier to hold plaque buildup and are more difficult to keep clean by just brushing and flossing.

Painful Bite

Your upper and lower teeth should fit together without strain or gnashing of your teeth. When your mouth is closed, do your teeth meet comfortably? If not, you’re not alone as approximately 70% of the population has an incorrect bite.

Pain In Jaw

Jaw pain might seem like a temporary annoyance, but it can lead to bigger consequences. Maintaining ongoing tension in your jaw from a malocclusion leads to discomfort in your jaw, face and head. Your jaw will slip out of place easily, leading to clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep. An ongoing jaw issue can lead to the development of a TMJ disorder which makes it difficult to perform daily tasks like chewing and speaking.

Schedule an appointment with Robison Ortho to straighten your smile today!

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