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Back To School Orthodontics Tips

September 5th, 2017

Frisco Orthodontist Back To School Tips 2017

Now that the holidays are over, Frisco and Allen parents are occupied with preparing their children to go back to school. One important aspect that most parents tend to forget is the oral health requirements of their kids. Dental health plays a crucial role in a child's entire health and well being. For children with Frisco braces, observing the right oral practices and measures is necessary. Here are a few tips that will help you ensure proper oral hygiene for your child when they return to school.

Dental Care Practices

Brushing and flossing are important dental care practices that your child needs to learn. Experts recommend brushing two times a day but it might be better to brush thrice because of the food debris that remain in teeth after children take their lunch snacks. Furthermore, for brushing to be effective, it needs to be performed for 2 minutes: 30 second for the upper right, lower right, upper left, and lower left teeth respectively. Also make sure your child learns to brush their tongue. Frisco and Allen Orthodontists at Rendon Orthodontics may also advise you to buy a few toothbrushes for your child. It is considered healthy practice to change toothbrushes every three months.

Make Your Child Carry a Water Bottle

Encourage your child to carry a water bottle to school. Water does not only keep the body hydrated, it quenches your child's thirst and keeps them from drinking sugary beverages. Water also contains fluoride, a natural cavity fighter.

When your child eats food or drinks sugary juices, cavity causing bacteria in their mouth feed on the left-over sugars and release acid that destroys their enamel. Water helps to rid the mouth of left over sugars and food that nourish bacteria. Furthermore, water dilutes the acids that are produced by the bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, as long as you train your child to drink water throughout the day, their teeth will remain stain and cavity free.

Instruct Them To Keep Extra Rubber Bands

Not all children with braces need rubber bands. When determining whether your child needs rubber bands, your orthodontist will check their jaw alignment. These rubber bands are connected to brackets with hooks. The rubber bands connect the upper tooth bracket with the lower tooth brackets to adjust the teeth's position in the mouth and to also position the jaw accordingly. Rubber bands help to properly line up your child's teeth. The bands should be taken off during meals and when cleaning the teeth and brackets. Additionally, bands should be replaced on a daily basis because they wear out and loose elasticity quickly. This is the reason you should instruct your child to carry a pair of extra rubber bands to school.

A Healthy Diet

Food and drinks have a huge impact on your child's oral health. Starchy and sugary foods encourage the formation of cavities and often lead to tooth decay. Inquire from your Allen Texas Orthodontist what foods are best for your child. If your child should take sugary drinks, then instruct them to use a straw to prevent contact with the teeth. Some examples of healthy food items include raw vegetables, cheese, grains, milk, and fruit. Bananas come highly recommended for their richness in fiber and potassium. Bananas are good for strong jaws, bones, and a healthy heart. If there is a school cafeteria, make sure you pick healthy food choices for your child.

Many parents tend to overlook the importance of oral health for their kids. As your children open school, make sure you do not fall into the trap of disregarding their dental health needs. The tips above will go a long way in ensuring their teeth remain in good shape.

Why You Should Seek an Orthodontist's Second Opinion

August 9th, 2017

Something as simple as braces, it seems, shouldn't warrant seeking a second opinion. Such consultation, you would think, is only required for serious surgical procedures or matters of life and death. Contrary to what convention might say, however, you should seek a second opinion for orthodontic matters.

Seeking a second opinion is important. It lets you know that you got the right option at the right place. Often, other treatment options are available at other places. Further, Frisco orthodontists have much more experience dealing with braces than dentists, and have a wider variety of specialized options available. Moreover, you can find an orthodontist that you can develop a relationship with, one who you can trust as you adjust your teeth into a beautiful smile. Lastly, at Rendon Orthodontics, seeking a second opinion is free, so you have nothing to lose!

In this article we'll tell you five reasons why you should consult multiple orthodontists before making a decision.

Seeking a second opinion may save you money

Orthodontic care isn't always covered by insurance, making the monetary expenses an issue for most. If you want to invest in a brighter smile for your future, you should make sure you're getting the best deal possible. The Frisco and Allen Orthodontics practices of Dr. Rendon gives you access to a number of financing options, agreements that can often save you significant amounts of money. Such options include:

  • Payment plans sans credit check for flexibility: We won't check your credit before setting up a payment plan, an offer you might not get at the bank!
  • Direct billing options if available for insurance: this often saves you the cost of out of pocket expenses or prepayments

A Second Opinion can offer alternatives

There might be multiple options available, treatments you would only learn about by consulting another orthodontist for a second opinion. If you wanted to use clear braces, for instance, and were told they weren't suitable, Rendon Orthodontics offers more versatile options, giving you a greater chance of getting the treatment you want.

Not all orthodontists have every option available. Consulting a second opinion can often get you the style of braces you want.

Other clinics might have more experience

If a dentist wants to give you braces, often you ought to consult an orthodontist for a specialized examination first. Orthodontists have three years of extra training in alignment issues, giving them the expertise knowledge to give you the right recommendation if you need braces.

Second opinions are free at Rendon Orthodontics!

If you go to an orthodontic practice like Rendon Orthodontics, your second opinion will be free, meaning that you will be able to assess your orthodontic needs without having to pay extra money for a second appointment.

Schedule your second opinion consultation today!

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Orthodontic Tips for your Summer Vacation

July 6th, 2017

If you are wearing braces and heading to vacation, the Frisco Orthodontists at Rendon Orthodontics want you need to be prepared.  In this blog, we have put together a list of helpful tips and ideas when packing to leave home for your summer vacation.

Some handy items to take with you are:

  • A toothpick. A floss pick helps you the option of having both a toothpick and floss that is easy to use
  • Interdental cleaners
  • A small bottle of mouthwash
  • Orthodontic wax, in case the brackets or wires become painful
  • A portable mirror to look at your braces or detect any problems that might be going on with your wires
  • A small container of toothpaste
  • An extra toothbrush
  • A toothbrush holder that will keep your toothbrush from getting dirty in your suitcase or purse

You may want to avoid some foods while you are on vacation, to prevent damage to your brackets and wires. Some of the foods you want to avoid while on vacation are:

  • Chewy food
  • Hard, whole fruit. Cut the fruit into wedges or bite-sized pieces before eating it
  • Gummy foods like taffy or gummy candy
  • Corn on the cob
  • Whole nuts like almonds, pecans, and cashews
  • Hard candy
  • Cookies that are hard
  • Pretzels
  • Pretty much any hard or chewy food

You may be wearing aligners instead of the traditional brackets. While these rarely break, it is easy to lose one of your trays. If you have the previous tray with you, use it until you can get home and get the tray replaced. Or if you have the next aligner in the series, use that aligner.

We want your vacation to be stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a drastic braces problem while on vacation, try to get in contact with a local orthodontist to repair the problem. Most doctors will be very helpful in handling emergency cases. When you get back, be sure sure make an appointment with us so we can make sure that everything was done correctly.

Are your teeth shifting after completing treatment?

May 31st, 2017

You wore your braces for a year or two. You followed your Frisco Orthodontist's instructions. You made sure you took care of your teeth and avoided certain foods. You are finally able to get your braces off and see your beautiful smile. However, you are  disappointed to see your teeth moving back to their original position. Orthodontists typically receive calls from patients who are panicking because their teeth are shifting. If you have been experiencing this problem, then there is no need to panic. In most cases, this is normal.

Teeth Shifting After Braces are Removed

Your teeth were held in place while you were wearing braces. The teeth were forced to shift into the proper position. Your teeth are able to move after the pressure is removed. The teeth will naturally shift. In some cases, this can make your bite better.

The body is constantly changing. Just like your skin and hair change as you get older, your teeth also change. That is why it is normal to see some movement after you get your braces off. Wearing a retainer will help prevent your teeth from shifting too much.

When Is Teeth Movement a Concern?

If there are significant changes, then you will need to call us right away. You will also need to wear your retainer. In some cases, your dentist can also use veneers to close the spaces in between your teeth.

Here is where Retainers come into Play

In most cases, a retainer will prevent major tooth movement. However, some people may need to wear a clear aligner at night and during the day for a few months. Other people may need to wear braces again for a short amount of time. Patients who do not wear their retainer or experience major movement might need to come in so we can evaluate their bite and suggest the appropriate course of action for a lifelong beautiful smile.