Don’t Let Braces Keep You From a Delicious Holiday

To make sure you have delicious sweets to eat on your holiday with braces, try making them yourself! Here are some great ideas for braces-friendly desserts for your holiday get-togethers. Cake: Cake–as long as you avoid nut pieces, caramel, and candied fruit (sorry, fruitcake lovers)–is totally fine with braces. A well-made, simple cake can be… Read more »

Three Options for Flossing with Braces

Though flossing can be challenging for those with braces, it’s all the more important that you do it. Thankfully, there are multiple options and tools to try so you can choose the easiest and most effective option for you. Here are three of them and how to use them: Waxed Floss: If you’re a traditionalist,… Read more »

Caring for a Fixed Retainer

Your braces and routine adjustments have slowly altered the alignment of your teeth for a more appealing and better functioning. However, after Dr. Michael Bowen removes the braces from your mouth, you will need a retainer The most common retainers are called Hawley retainers. These are removable and composed of a piece of acrylic attached… Read more »

How a Space Maintainer Works

Did your child lose a tooth before its time? He or she may need a space maintainer. A space maintainer is an orthodontic device made specifically for children who lose primary teeth prematurely and are waiting for their adult teeth. Premature tooth loss includes primary teeth that were knocked out in an accident or lost… Read more »

What Are My Braces Options?

When it comes to aligning the smile with braces, you have many options. In fact, there are several treatments that can meet your needs and comfort and also give you the smile you have always wanted. To tell you a little more, our orthodontist, Dr. , is happy to mention the different types of braces… Read more »

A Clear Plastic Retainer Might Be Used to Help Preserve the Alignment of Your Teeth

Minor deviations in your dentition can potentially be corrected by some form of orthodontic braces. This could come in the form of traditional metal bracket and wire braces or clear plastic braces like Invisalign®. Even after your teeth have been fully corrected you will still need to take measures to preserve the alignment of your… Read more »

Your Child Should Receive an Orthodontic Consultation and Treatment at a Young Age

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children first visit the orthodontic office by the time they are 7 years old. This is important because the teeth and jaws are developed enough for our orthodontist, Dr. , to know if there will be alignment issues that need treatment now or in the future. Most… Read more »

The Causes of Crooked Teeth

No matter how well we care for our smiles, there are still things in the world today that can cause crooked teeth. This is quite unfortunate, because a misaligned smile can lower the self-esteem and make life difficult–especially because it can promote dental issues and even make biting and eating tough. To help you know… Read more »

Take Your Oral Health Care to New Heights With Braces Maintenance

Although not all braces are equal in the maintenance they require, it is highly recommended to take the time to care for and clean your braces so they can continue to correct your smile. Take your oral health care to new heights with brace maintenance. For more information about cleaning braces, see below: – In… Read more »

The Oral Health Care Guidebook to Orthodontic Braces

Not all orthodontic treatments are designed in the same fashion, but the quest for straightening smiles remains true with all of them. If you would like to straighten your teeth with a set of braces, it is important to weigh all options and needs you may have along with your jaw health, dental profile, and… Read more »