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Six Tips for Cleaning Your Teeth With Braces

Braces will result in a beautiful smile, but making sure that smile remains a healthy one is equally important. An important part of the orthodontic process is proper tooth care. Braces increase the likelihood of plaque buildup because the brackets and wires attract food debris and create a shelf around the outside of teeth that make them harder to clean. Plaque can stain teeth and wear away tooth enamel. Follow these tips to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.

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What to Eat During the Holidays With Braces

The holiday season has arrived, and it’s a time of family, friends and food. It’s no secret that holidays involve big meals and lots of candy, especially for children, but patients in braces should take certain precautions concerning what they eat. Orthodontists advise patients to avoid foods that may bend wires or break brackets because this can prolong the time in braces. Fortunately, there are many holiday treats that patients can still enjoy.

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Enjoying Candies with Braces

Candy serves as a source of happiness for most children. No matter what the occasion, sweet treats are sure to bring a smile to their faces. However, children with braces face a unique challenge when it comes to candy cravings. Braces come with strict directions from orthodontists regarding specific foods on the can and can’t eat list.

In general, most candies are on the “do-not-eat” list in order to make sure the braces aren’t damaged. It is important to know … Read the rest

More Adults Getting Braces

While many parents purchase braces for their children, an increasing number of adults are signing up for orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adults with braces has increased annually since 1986. Now, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have braces.

There are a number of reasons people may choose to seek orthodontic treatment later in life. They may want a perfect smile to feel more confident while interacting with colleagues and clients. … Read the rest

Maintain Your Results After Braces

The journey toward healthy, straight teeth doesn’t end the moment you take off your braces. It’s important to maintain that perfect smile after years of effort. It’s essential to wear retainers, have regular check-ups and focus on daily tooth brushing to ensure the time and money you’ve spent on braces isn’t wasted.


Wear Retainers

Committing to a new routine of wearing retainers regularly right after your braces removal is the single most effective way to keep your results. Even … Read the rest

Benefits of Traditional Braces

When it comes time to make that decision to wear braces, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Will you have to wear your braces long? How noticeable will they be? Will they hurt? In today’s world, advances in medical technology have diversified the kinds of braces you can wear as well. With products like ceramic braces and Invisalign, you may be wondering what advantages traditional braces can offer.

To begin with, traditional braces are tried and true … Read the rest

Invisalign – Are clear braces right for you?

While traditional braces have their uses, many prefer the cosmetic appeal of Invisalign.  Aligners are particularly popular with adults who may wish to avoid the social stigma of traditional braces, but they can also be used to correct minor issues with a person’s teeth alignment in a relatively short period of time.  While the cost of these aligners is often higher than traditional braces, Invisalign offers several benefits over conventional appliances.

Invisalign is an orthodontic device aimed at correcting … Read the rest

What is the right age to start considering braces?

While braces are often thought of as a passage of the young, the reality is that any time is a great time to consider braces. Ideally, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children meet with an orthodontist by the age of seven to detect any potential problems before they ever become an issue, but if you’ve already passed that point with your child or are looking to get braces yourself, there are still many reasons to consider … Read the rest

Orthodontic Options – What is the best solution for you?

We all want a sparkling smile, but sometimes getting there takes a bit of work. Thanks to modern technology, there are many ways to get a gorgeous grin, and some treatments are so subtle no one will even know you’re getting your teeth straightened!

Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics delivers orthodontic treatment options that are both effective and affordable. State-of-the-art solutions can put a fantastic smile on your face in the shortest possible time and with a minimum of discomfort.… Read the rest

Ten Myths about Braces

So, your parents have told you they’re taking you to get braces. They seem pretty happy, you on the other hand, might not be so excited. You understand that you need to get your teeth straightened; you knew this day was coming. But even still, getting braces can be a scary thought.

It’s likely that you have a million questions. At the top of the list is always the question of what the braces will look like. Will wearing them … Read the rest