5 Foods on Orthodontists’ Naughty List for Christmas

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!

Navigating Thanksgiving with braces

Thanksgiving is all about food, family, and friends. Family traditions, grandma’s family recipes, seeing relatives you don’t get to see on a daily basis, and of course, football make Thanksgiving one of the most fun holidays of the year. But when you’re wearing braces, it can be a bit tricky to navigate.

Halloween candy that’s safe for braces

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!

Top 5 secret foods that cause cavities

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?

Causes and treatments of an overbite

If your child has an overbite, you may be concerned that they could be teased in school. But the dangers of an overbite don’t stop with schoolyard bullies. Though mild overbites are very common and often do not require treatment, people with more severe overbites should seek overbite treatment because this condition can contribute to a host of health problems including gum disease, jaw pain and tooth decay.

Why do humans have crooked teeth?

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?

Everyday habits that are ruining your teeth

We ask a lot out of our teeth. They come in when we’re just kids, and then we expect them make it through 80+ years of meals, sports, smiles and more. That’s a lot! Unfortunately, you’re probably doing things every day that hurt your teeth’s chances of making it to 80. If you want to be taking pictures with your great-grandkids with a strong, bright smile, make sure you’re not doing these six things that can ruin your teeth.

Should my child get fluoride treatments?

You’d do anything to keep them smiling — and that means taking care of the smile itself! Next time your child is seeing the dentist, you may be asked if you’d like to have a topical fluoride treatment applied to your child’s teeth. With fluoride in toothpaste and most municipal water supplies, is a fluoride treatment at the dentist really necessary for your child?

How to deal with a dental emergency on vacation

Spring Break is here! If that means you’ll be hitting the beach, heading to the mountains, or traveling to your favorite vacation destination, you’ve probably gotten everything ready … or so you think. Nobody wants to think about the possibility that their out-of-town fun could be derailed by a dental emergency, but it does happen! But when you’re hundreds of miles from our office, what should you do?

7 Things that cause crooked teeth

Ever wonder why your teeth aren’t naturally straight? Humans are the only species on Earth that commonly experiences misaligned teeth, which makes the condition even more thought-provoking.