When Christmas rolls around, there’s one thing we all look forward to – the food! From cookies for Santa (that you snag for yourself) to the Christmas dinner spread and, of course, stocking candy, there are a lot of sweet treats and savory snacks we wait all year to enjoy. But some of those Christmas foods are getting coal in their stockings because they lead to broken braces, emergency orthodontic visits, and just a general buzzkill for the holiday spirit!
Grab your plastic pumpkin, your costume and your best “boo” face because Halloween is almost here! While the streets will be filled with ghouls, goblins, and ghosts, we think the scariest thing you’ll see on Halloween is candy that rips your braces right off your teeth! Yikes!
Jaw pain keeping you up and night or preventing you from enjoying your favorite foods? You may have TMJ dysfunction, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is where your jawbone connects to your skull, and whether you realize it or not, you use it constantly!
Another visit to the dentist or orthodontist, and yet another cavity! How does this keep happening? After all, your child brushes and flosses just like we’ve shown them here at Atlanta Orthodontic Specliaists because brushing and flossing takes a little more effort and ingenuity while you’re wearing braces. But try as you might, your child is still getting cavities. Why?
When we meet someone with naturally straight teeth, it’s a shock! “You’re so lucky!” we say. Why are crooked and crowded teeth so common? Are we at the mercy of our genetics when it comes to naturally straight teeth? New research suggests that we have more control than we think over whether we develop crooked teeth, and it all comes down to diet.
It’s every teen’s nightmare – losing their retainer and dealing with the wrath of mom and dad when they find out they have to buy a new one! If you want to stay in your parents’ good graces and avoid a lecture about “being responsible,” (ugh, the worst), get proactive with these tips and never lose your retainer again!
If you look at your dog or cat, you may notice that their teeth are probably perfectly straight. Think about it – how often have you ever seen an animal with crooked teeth? Not very often, right? So why is it that nearly every person you know deals with some sort of orthodontic issues, from crooked teeth to overcrowding, wisdom teeth impaction, cavities, teeth grinding and more?