October 10th, 2016
Don’t let it be spooky for your teeth and braces! Avoid those hard, crunchy, sticky and chewy treats. Always remember to brush and floss daily to keep that healthy, beautiful smile!
October typically means one thing for children, Halloween and candy. For Drs. Brad Gilbert and Adam Wells, October is a month for embracing a healthy, beautiful smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month!
The American Association of Orthodontist has offered five timely tips to protect braces, and other orthodontic appliances while protecting teeth from decay.
- Avoid sticky situations with your braces and aligners. Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, gummies, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind), jelly beans and soft drinks.
- Say “boo” to hard treats – including hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels). And whether in orthodontic treatment or not, we advise that no one should ever chew ice.
- Brush up! Sweets can cause cavities, which means brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.
- Spooktacular news: Not all Halloween candy is off-limits. Good alternatives include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties. The American Association of Orthodontists even offers orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween on its website here.
- Make a commitment to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break braces.
Our doctors and staff at SmilesForever Orthodontics wish all of our patients spooky fun and a safe Halloween!
October 5th, 2016
Every day, Georgia teachers are making a difference educating and inspiring young people across our state. Drs. Brad Gilbert and Adam Wells would like to encourage our patients and parents to join us in recognizing our outstanding teachers. Let’s all take a simple moment to let a teacher know what a great job their doing for our children’s futures!
World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our teachers and say thanks for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms and communities.
Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers’ Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognize the role of teachers in society.
Our SmilesForever Orthodontics staff has pledged to each let one teacher today know how appreciated their efforts are!
August 22nd, 2016
Summer is coming to an end which means most of our young patients are already back to school. We at SmilesForever Orthodontics put together a few helpful tips to ease you back into the school routine.
Bring a Travel Kit
You’ll want to keep a travel toothbrush with you as it’s important to brush after meals. Keep floss and floss threaders in your kit to help remove any stubborn food items. Keep your travel kit handy in your backpack, purse or school locker.
Pack Braces-Friendly Meals
At lunchtime eat soft, healthy foods and remember to stay away from any food items that are hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy. Stick to water and avoid the sport drinks and soft drinks.
Keep Your Wax Handy!
You may want to keep extra wax in case your braces or appliances rub against areas in your mouth causing discomfort. If this happens to you, apply your dental wax to the parts of your braces that are irritating you.
Wear an Orthodontic Mouthguard
If you plan to play sports, it’s very important to wear an orthodontic mouthguard, which will prevent damage to your teeth and braces. Mouthguard’s aren’t only recommended for contact sports like football, lacrosse and wrestling, but also any sport with the potential for contact such as volleyball, baseball and basketball.
Pick up enough elastics for both school and home! Rubber bands align your bite, so not wearing them could make your treatment time longer.
Bring Advil Along With Parental Consent to Your School Nurse
Though Drs. Brad Gilbert, Adam Wells and our clinical assistants treat all of our patients with the utmost care, the actual movement of teeth after an adjustment may cause discomfort. If you have just had a new wire placed, or been prescribed elastics to help align your teeth, you may experience a little discomfort for a day or two. Not all patients are sensitive to minor adjustments but if you are, we certainly don’t want you to be uncomfortable! By planning ahead and taking an unopened bottle of Advil or Tylenol to your school nurse along with parental consent, you’ll be a step ahead of any potential discomfort.
Don’t forget to smile!
Show off your beautiful smile to your friends and family an let your confidence shine through!
July 21st, 2016
You can vote simply by clicking the button above!
Our doctors and staff at SmilesForever Orthodontics are excited to announce that it’s time again to vote for us in the Best of Gwinnett 2016! With your confidence and trust in us – we’ve won the Best of Gwinnett award the past 7 years running! We’re not really into popularity contests, and we’re not what you’d call “joiners” by nature. But this list is more than that – it’s a way for us to tell that you appreciate the results of your beautiful, confident smiles and that we are continuing to maintain your trust in us to care for your families and to make our patients happy. That means everything to us. So please cast your vote for SmilesForever Orthodontics in the Health category by clicking the button above and voting for us. We’re sending out a HUGE thank you to everyone who nominated us.
We appreciate each and every vote (and a special thank you to those of you voting every day)!