Ho Ho Ho-Oh No! Preventing Breakage to Your Braces over the Holidays.

While Halloween is the holiday known the most for its candy, the Christmas season also presents hazards to braces-wearers. Knowing what is safe to eat and what to avoid can save patients (and their parents) the hassle of an emergency visit during the already hectic holiday season.

What to Avoid:

Candy Canes, Ribbon Candy, Peanut Brittle and Taffy

No candy is more iconic to Christmas than the candy cane. While delicious and festive with its enticing red and white striping, candy canes are hard and sticky which could result in the loss of brackets, the breaking of wires and the potential of pulling wires free from brackets. Ribbon candy is thinner than candy canes, but it is still considered in the hard and sticky family of candies and should be avoided to prevent breaking brackets and wires, and peanut brittle should be avoided at all costs due to being exceptionally hard and full of hidden peanuts which can result in unexpected damage to braces. Saltwater Taffy is a common treat around the holidays, but due to its extremely sticky texture, it is not a good choice as it can pull wires and brackets loose from teeth, and not to mention its just a challenge to eat!

You Can Still Enjoy:

The good news is, while hard and sticky Christmas candies are not good for patients in braces, there are plenty of other holiday treats that are a good choice! Soft Christmas cookies, pies and chocolate candies are all safe options for those in braces. Holiday dinners are almost always full of safe options as well, so patients can feel free to eat as much turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce as they desire!

Remember, if something breaks on your braces over this holiday season, there is no reason to panic as there are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Call your orthodontist if you experience a problem and they can get you scheduled within an appropriate time frame to come in for a repair.

We at Walker Dixon Orthodontics want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Ho Ho Ho-Oh No! Preventing Breakage to Your Braces over the Holidays.

While Halloween is the holiday known the most for its candy, the Christmas season also presents hazards to braces-wearers. Knowing what is safe to eat and what to avoid can save patients (and their parents) the hassle of an emergency visit during the already hectic holiday season.

What to Avoid:

Candy Canes, Ribbon Candy, Peanut Brittle and Taffy

No candy is more iconic to Christmas than the candy cane. While delicious and festive with its enticing red and white striping, candy canes are hard and sticky which could result in the loss of brackets, the breaking of wires and the potential of pulling wires free from brackets. Ribbon candy is thinner than candy canes, but it is still considered in the hard and sticky family of candies and should be avoided to prevent breaking brackets and wires, and peanut brittle should be avoided at all costs due to being exceptionally hard and full of hidden peanuts which can result in unexpected damage to braces. Saltwater Taffy is a common treat around the holidays, but due to its extremely sticky texture, it is not a good choice as it can pull wires and brackets loose from teeth, and not to mention its just a challenge to eat!

You Can Still Enjoy:

The good news is, while hard and sticky Christmas candies are not good for patients in braces, there are plenty of other holiday treats that are a good choice! Soft Christmas cookies, pies and chocolate candies are all safe options for those in braces. Holiday dinners are almost always full of safe options as well, so patients can feel free to eat as much turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce as they desire!

Remember, if something breaks on your braces over this holiday season, there is no reason to panic as there are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Call your orthodontist if you experience a problem and they can get you scheduled within an appropriate time frame to come in for a repair.

We at Walker Dixon Orthodontics want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Back-to-School Braces Basics

Read on to see what extras you should include in your child’s backpack this school year.

It is time for school to begin! Patients in braces should have a few extra things to bring in their backpacks on the first day.

1. Toothbrush and toothpaste: While the school day might be hectic, it is essential that patients take the time after lunch to brush their teeth. Allowing food particles to sit on teeth and on the gum line all afternoon can result in gum swelling and tooth decay not to mention some seriously bad breath!
2. Floss threaders and floss: Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene while in braces, and it helps get to tricky bits of food that brushing might miss.
3. Orthodontic Wax: Nothing is worse than having a wire start to poke or a bracket rubbing all day. Packing some extra orthodontic wax on the first day is a wise move, and you will be so grateful to have it if something on your braces starts causing discomfort. Remember to get the area you plan to apply the wax super dry prior to applying it to ensure it sticks!
4. Mouth sore rinse: While not mandatory, having a small supply of mouth sore rinse such as Peroxyl can come in handy in case something starts rubbing or feels irritated during the school day.
5. Pain reliever: For patients returning to school after an orthodontic appointment, having access to Tylenol, Advil or Aleve is a relief. Check with your school to ensure students are allowed to bring their preferred pain reliever with them. Some schools might require students keep it in the nurse’s office.
6. School excuse: Patients will miss a class or two due to orthodontic appointments during the school year. When this happens, make sure that they get a school excuse from the front desk prior to leaving the office. That way, their absence will be excused. For patients that forget to pick up a school excuse on their way out, don’t worry! Call the office to have one emailed.

While this might seem like a lot to bring on a patient’s first day to school, most of these items can fit into a gallon-sized baggie with plenty of room to spare! If you have questions regarding back-to-school orthodontic care, call our office. For our Fishers office: 317-570-0011 or for our Indianapolis office: 317-849-0110.

Are Your Child’s Teeth Protected During Practice?

Protecting your child’s teeth while they are engaged in sports is simpler than you might think!

For many of our patients, sports activities are a favorite pastime. However, participating in sports activities puts patients’ teeth at an increased risk of damage. Some patients are unaware that mouth guards are still required for sports activities while they are in braces. At Walker-Dixon Orthodontics, we strongly encourage patients who participate in sports to use a braces-safe mouth guard for all sports practices and games.

A typical boil-and-wear mouth guard is not an option for patients in braces as they will not fit properly, and they will stop necessary tooth movement if worn. Instead of the traditional boil-and-wear mouth guard, patients should purchase a braces-safe mouth guard, such as the Shock Doctor brand mouth guards.

These mouth guards work differently as they are not boiled and have extra space to ensure they do not adhere to the braces’ brackets. Since they are not boiled, the wearer might have to bite down to keep the mouth guard in place, but otherwise, these mouth guards work just as well as the traditional variety. There are even strapless and strapped versions to suit whatever sport patients play. To clean them, patients only have to use dish soap and warm water, and if needed, patients can trim the material to make it fit more comfortably.

Braces-safe mouth guards are available at your ordinary sports gear stores, or you can visit our office to purchase a Shock Doctor mouth guard, which we sell at cost to our patients.

For more information regarding braces-safe mouth guards, orthodontics in general or to set up a new patient exam, call our office! The Fishers office can be reached at 317-570-0011, or for our Indianapolis office: 317-849-0110.

 

 

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