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How to Have a Braces-Friendly Halloween

October 6th, 2017

So many children (and adults) look forward to this time of year. From picking the perfect costume to ending the evening with sweet treats, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Halloween. It just so happens that October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so to ensure that your child has a Halloween free from candy-related complications, Lansdowne Orthodontics offers the following advice.

Candies to Avoid
Here are some treats that children should be careful about eating:
• Hard, sticky, chewy candy - Now and Laters, Starbursts, Good and Plenty, caramels, taffy - all of these could cause damage to brackets and wires.
• Gummy candy - Swedish Fish and gummy bears are sticky and difficult to remove from the crevices created by orthodontic hardware.
• Sour candy - Like gummy candy, these sweets are sticky, but they also contain acids (which is what makes them sour) that can harm tooth enamel.

Acceptable Candies
There are plenty of candies that are both tasty and braces-friendly! The list includes:
• Chocolates - Chocolate requires less chewing than other candies so it is less likely to cause damage to braces.
• Lollipops - As long as you can trust your child not to bite lollipops or other hard candies like Jolly Ranchers, they can be enjoyed. If your little goblin is a biter, then avoid these, as well.
• Powdered Candies - Pixy Stix and Lik-M-Aid are nothing but flavored sugar, but they won’t harm brackets, bands, or wires.

No matter how orthodontic-friendly these candies may be, they are not the best choice for healthy teeth. Make sure your child brushes and flosses thoroughly after enjoying their Halloween treats to help avoid tooth decay. The best treats may be non edible treats such as stickers, bouncy balls, mustaches, or removable tattoo decals. No candies for Halloween? Now that’s a spooky idea!

If you do have an orthodontic emergency this Halloween, Lansdowne Orthodontics is here to help. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

How To Treat Discomfort Caused By Braces

August 2nd, 2017

 As anyone who has experience with braces knows, there is a period of discomfort after each orthodontic adjustment. Whether traditional braces or clear aligners, the teeth are being physically moved to their optimum position. And while discomfort is to be expected , it does not have to be tolerated . Below are a few suggestions that just might help relieve the discomfort caused by braces.
1. Ice Packs - Ice isn’t just for sports-related discomfort, it works for other discomfort, as well. To relieve discomfort from braces, apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling and discomfort. Cold drinks like iced water and foods like popsicles can also do the trick - just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards so they’re not coated with sugar.
2. Diet Modifications - Instead of eating foods that require chewing, stick to soft foods like yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes, or smoothies. Once the discomfort has subsided, you can resume your usual, braces-friendly eating habits.
3. Orthodontic Wax - If your mouth discomfort is the result of irritation from brackets and wires rubbing against the inside of your cheeks, use orthodontic wax. This pliable wax can be applied to your braces to smooth the surface, making them far less uncomfortable to deal with.
4. Salt Water - Swishing with warm salt water is a tried and true method for reducing infection and alleviating soreness. It works for sore throats and it works for sore mouths, as well.
5. Oral Anesthetics - Oragel is most often associated with teething babies, but it’s also quite effective for treating discomfort caused by braces. Apply as directed to mildly numb the gum discomfort being caused by your shifting teeth.
6. Over-the-counter Pain Relievers - Products like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can reduce inflammation and provide serious relief from discomfort. Be sure to consult your doctor or orthodontist first to make sure it’s safe for you to take. Luckily, the discomfort associated with having braces adjusted subsides within a day or two. In
the meantime, the suggestions above might help you get through those uncomfortable first hours. And when you are frustrated by the discomfort, remember how great your teeth will look when you have completed treatment.
If you’d like to discuss alternative methods of discomfort relief or you’re simply interested in learning more about the orthodontic treatments that we offer, contact Lansdowne Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hukmani.  We can’t wait to improve your life by giving you the smile you deserve.

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March 10th, 2017

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