Our Top Tips for Brace Care 0
Braces can help to correct a number of teeth alignment and bite problems, helping to not only improve the appearance of our teeth, but also to help make our life easier. To get the best possible results out of your braces, it’s important to practice careful brace care – this includes avoiding damaging your braces, whilst continuing with your daily oral healthcare routine.
Damaging your braces or poor oral healthcare can mean extra appointments with your orthodontist and in many cases, the length of your treatment is increased. To take the best care of your braces, be sure to follow our useful advice:
If you have braces with brackets and wires, you should take care to avoid particularly chewy foods as these can get stuck in your braces and break them. Whilst you can eat crunchy foods, such as apples; it’s advisable to cut them up into small pieces so you don’t have to bite into them.
In terms of your oral health, your teeth are much more vulnerable to problems such as tooth decay whilst you are wearing braces. It’s easy for food to get stuck behind brackets, so you should look to avoid especially sweet foods and sugary, acidic drinks such as fruit juices and fizzy drinks.
Cleaning your teeth
After every meal, it’s really important to clean your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste. When wearing fixed braces, you should take extra care, taking the time to brush around the brackets and wires, cleaning in between the teeth and where your teeth meet your gums. After brushing we also strongly recommend that you use a fluoride mouthwash.
Throughout your teeth straightening treatment, it’s important to also continue to monitor your overall oral health. Look out for mouth ulcers that last for more than 3 weeks and any unusual red or white spots as these can be signs of mouth cancer. November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and help to save lives by promoting early detection and prevention.
If you take care to look after your braces carefully, emergency appointments shouldn’t be necessary, but on some occasions, it’s important to call us on 0161 998 2622. Brace emergencies can include dislodgement of the brace so that you cannot move it, as well as trauma to brace that has caused injury to your lips or cheeks. Call us immediately to leave a short message; your orthodontist will then ring you back as soon as possible.
If you have a broken wire or find that a bracket is loose, it’s also important to arrange an appointment. Even if you are due to see your orthodontist soon, it’s important to call the practice for advice as you may need an additional appointment to make any repairs that there may not be time to do during a routine appointment.
It's Time to Smile as World Smile Day approaches 0
There isn't a person on this planet who wouldn't recognise a smiley face. It might feel that life didn't exist before this iconic image but in fact the smiley was only invented in 1963. Its inventor, Harvey Ball intended it to be a symbol of good cheer and goodwill and for that reason created a special day in October to celebrate acts of kindness and happiness. So with World Smile Day taking place on October 7th 2016, people all over the planet will be celebrating it with acts of kindness and generosity. Will you be one of them?
If you want to join in the big event here are some ideas to get you started:
Individually you can celebrate World Smile Day by:
- Delivering a home cooked meal to an elderly neighbour
- Holding open a door for someone
- Calling a friend you haven't spoken to in ages
As a group of friends or work colleagues you could perhaps organise:
- A pie eating contest
- Choral performances
- A hospital Smiley event
You may have many other ideas and there really is no limit to what you can do. Acts of kindness can be large or small but they all make a difference, so whatever you choose to do, you can be sure it will have a positive impact on someone, somewhere.
At Northenden House Orthodontics, we know the power of a great smile. It can bring about happiness and joy to others, and a confident smile can bring much happiness to ourselves too. If you would like to make any improvements to your smile, contact us for more information about our range of orthodontic treatments. Brighten someone's day on World Smile Day with your smile.
Why More Adults Are Looking for Teeth Straightening Treatments 0
It was no surprise to read recently that a rising number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. In a survey from the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), seventy-five percent of their members said they were experiencing an uplift in patients asking about and undergoing treatment to straighten teeth and improve the smile.
It is great to see that adult orthodontic treatments are on the rise and below we share our theories about this increase in popularity:
- Increased awareness – One of the main reasons cited in the survey was the increased awareness of the orthodontic treatments available. We think this is partly due to the marketing efforts of orthodontic practices but is also thanks to the celebrity promotion of braces treatments. Well-known names such as Gwen Stefani, Tom Cruise and most recently Andrea Mclean have helped to make it ‘hip’ to have braces.
- Selfie culture – the popularity of the ‘selfie’ means more people are aware about their smile on camera and want to look their best. If you are too embarrassed by your smile to pose for your own photograph, then it is a logical step to enquire about the treatments available to help straighten crooked and wonky teeth or close gaps between teeth to give you back the confidence to smile freely.
- Affordability – over time and with the constant evolution of new treatments, teeth straightening has become more affordable. With many different types of braces to choose from and free consultations available to help determine the best course of treatment, there has never been a better time for adults to transform their smiles.
What results can you expect from orthodontic treatment?
Though the results always differ from individual to individual, those who have adult braces generally report greater self-esteem and an improved quality of life following completion of their treatment. At Northenden House we have helped transform many smiles – just take a look at our cases page to get an idea of the results you can expect.
If you would like to speak to us about the orthodontic treatments available or book an initial free consultation, please call us on 0161 998 2622 or make an enquiry online.
What You Might Have Missed from the Northenden House Blog! 0
As a dedicated orthodontic practice the team at Northenden House always strive to deliver the best customer care, providing patients with their expert tips and advice on orthodontics and the latest in the industry.
This year we’ve aimed to share key news and guidance with you on our blog, whether you’re considering teeth straightening options, are undergoing orthodontic treatment or simply want to improve your oral health.
As we’re now just over halfway through, we thought we’d round-up some of our top blogs from the year that you may have missed:
Improving your smile with orthodontics
At the start of 2016 we looked at working on those New Year’s resolutions, and how transforming your smile can greatly improve your confidence. Research has shown that the smile is deemed one of the most attractive and first-noticed features of a person, however many adults are self-conscious of their teeth and lack the confidence to smile or laugh in the company of others.
In our blog promoting a ‘new year, new you’, we detailed the variety of treatments to help you get the smile that you desire, from hidden braces to clear aligners.
How can orthodontic treatment benefit children?
Having a great smile through teeth straightening orthodontics can make a lasting difference to a child’s self-esteem, as well as their overall health. But as a parent you may be concerned about what age your child should have orthodontic treatment, what type of treatment will be best for them and what’s involved.
The help of celebrities and social media are making dental braces more popular
Despite being very effective we know that traditional metal braces have never been a massively popular thing – in fact many adults chose not to wear braces as teens through fear of being seen as a ‘metal-mouth’.
Luckily though nowadays dental braces are much less bulkier and a good deal more comfortable. And the number of people opting for braces has significantly grown with the help of celebrities and advocacy on popular social media sites. We report on the growing trend of people sharing their orthodontic journey online, and how one celeb in particular made dental braces seem a lot more viable for adults in the UK.
Looking after our oral health – National Smile Month
From the 16th May to the 16th June, The British Oral Health Foundation ran its annual National Smile Month campaign, aiming to increase awareness of oral health and get us smiling!
We provided some top tips on looking after your oral health, including maintaining a good oral routine and teeth-friendly diet.
How to take care of your braces on holiday
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and will be going on holiday this year, you can still relax and fully enjoy your time away. However, it’s always best to be prepared, and by reading our blog you’ll be able to know what to take away with you to keep your braces, teeth and gums in top condition, as well as what to do should your braces become damaged.
If you’d like any more guidance or to speak with one of our expert orthodontists, call us on 0161 998 2622, email email@example.com, or alternatively use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Holiday Care for Your Dental Braces 0
The summertime is here which means that many of us will be packing our suitcases and jetting off to more exotic locations. However, though your holiday is a chance to take a well-earned break from your day-to-day home life, it doesn’t mean you can take a break from your braces.
The temptation may be there, but it’s important to take the proper care of your braces wherever you may be - after all they’re an investment to help you achieve the perfectly straight and healthy smile you want! Not taking the proper care could prolong your treatment time
Additionally, you may not have access to your orthodontist or orthodontic provisions should a problem arise with your braces or oral health, so it’s best to make sure you’re prepared before you travel. Here are our top tips on what to do if you’re going away and how to take care of your braces and oral health:
Your holiday orthodontic packing list
There are a few essentials you’ll need to pack to take away with you. Be sure to keep these wherever you go on your holiday, in a waterproof bag if you’ll be by the pool or on the beach:
- A travel-sized toothbrush
- Orthodontic wax to help with any discomfort from your braces
- Travel-sized mouthwash
- Dental floss
- A compact mirror to help resolve any issues
These items will help you keep your teeth clean and your braces in top condition throughout your holiday. However, it’s a good idea to be careful about what you eat to avoid any potential damage to your brackets and wires which will be difficult to manage whilst away.
Your orthodontist should have advised you on the certain foods that should be avoided whilst wearing braces, such as hard foods like nuts or raw vegetables, and chewy or sticky foods like caramel or sweets. Being sensible whilst you’re on holiday will minimise the risk of damaging your braces as you may not be able to get them fixed immediately.
If anything should happen to your braces whilst you’re away, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist as soon as possible in order to get them repaired. If you’d like any more advice on caring for your braces, you can call the Northenden House practice on 0161 998 2622 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can use our simple online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.