Guide to Retainers

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Getting your braces off is an exciting time, but you can’t ride into the sunset with your beautiful smile without abandon! For the rest of your life, your retainer will be a necessary part of your oral care. At first, you need to wear your retainer every day, all day for 3-6 months. Over time, you can just wear your …

Caring For Braces While on Vacation

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School is almost out! Are you going on any fun summer vacations? In all the fun of swimming, camping, exploring and sight-seeing, you might discover an issue with your braces. Crunching down on unfamiliar food, getting hit in the mouth while playing sports, or just losing a wire while out of town can be very scary as an orthodontia patient! …

Is Invisalign Right For You?

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Maybe you had braces as a child, but now your teeth have moved. Or maybe you’ve never had braces, but you’re interested in making your teeth straighter. It might be time to consider Invisalign? Invisalign works like braces, though instead of metal brackets and wires, it’s a series of clear plastic retainers that move your teeth incrementally, week by week. …

Soft Food Idea – Breakfast for Dinner

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The few days after you get your braces put on, or after an appointmetn with your orthodontist can leave teeth and gums sore. Eating soft foods is a good idea so you don’t feel so much pain. Even when your mouth is feeling good, you know you should avoid super crunch foods while you have braces. But having smoothies, soup, …

Are Your Habits Damaging Your Teeth?

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Your daily habit could be causing damage to your teeth. Is yours one to be aware of? Chewing on Ice Chewing on ice can put as much as 250 pounds of pressure on people’s teeth. It causes microfractures in the enamel and it’s not only due to the force but also the temperature change, so the temperature change causes the …

Cheer on Team USA With Braces!

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The Olympics are here! We at True Image Ortho love watching the games every year. If you have an appointment over the next few weeks, we’d love to hear about your favorite events. We might even have the games on TV! If you want to cheer on Team USA with your smile, consider some themed braces rubber bands. Red, white, …

New Years Resolution To Keep Your Smile Healthy

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Happy New Year! Your resolutions likely have to do with helping your life be happier and healthier – but don’t forget your teeth! Try sticking to one or all of these dental hygeine new years resolutions for the new year. 1. Floss Every Day Flossing is the number one thing you should be doing every single day. It’s necessary for …

Festive Braces Rubber Band Colors

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One of the most fun things about braces is getting to customize the rubber bands with different colors! Whether it’s a favorite sports team, favorite colors, or something that celebrates the season, there are limitless color combination options. As the holidays are around the color, why not use some festive rubber bands! These are some fun ideas to get you …

Finding The Right Toothpaste

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Yes, you need to brush your teeth twice a day when you have braces. But you need to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste! It can be overwhelming at the store to choose which toothpaste is best. Whitening? sensitivity? fluoride? The first thing to look for is make sure it has the American Dental Association seal (ADA). The reason …

Tips For Living With Braces

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1. Clean your braces after every meal and snack. To protect your teeth, you should wait at least one hour after eating to brush your teeth. And to help you even more, see our article about brushing your teeth with braces. 2. Floss every day. Floss every night before you go to bed. Using a floss threader will make this …

How to Keep Invisalign Trays Clean

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Even though you trade out your Invisalign trays every week, they can still get dirty and gross. Here’s how to keep your Invisalign trays clean: 1 Brush them Without toothpaste, use a wet toothbrush to clean the outside and inside. This is a good quick fix after you’ve had a drink with your trays in. 2. Use denture cleaners Purchase …

Don’t Forget Your Retainer!

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A new study revealed how often patient’s teeth move after braces are removed. The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has launched a new campaign to encourage patients to continue wearing wires at night even when their teeth have been fixed. It comes after research found that 70 per cent of people who had braces need treatment again after 10 years. To …

Soft Food Recipe: Pumpkin Pepper Soup

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Finding tasty and healthy foods to eat that are easy on sore teeth can be tough! We thought this recipe was perfect for lunch or dinner after you get your braces on, or have them tightened. Plus, it fulfills those Fall pumpkin cravings! Pumpkin Pepper Soup from Organized Island 2 Tablespoons butter 2 Tablespoons minced onion 1 15 oz can …

Dental Hygiene Reminders

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Keeping your teeth clean is a full time job! Well, maybe not that much work, but it is important! Here are some dental hygiene tips and reminders for our patients: The Importance of Floss Don’t skimp on the floss. Use a long piece, about an arms-length, that provides enough grip to access the spaces between every tooth, front and back. …

Oral Hygiene Tips

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It’s not as simple as brushing your teeth and calling it a day. Keeping your teeth healthy takes a few extra steps! Here are some tips you might not have heard before: How to Floss: Without flossing, millions (yes, millions) of bacteria can feast on the gunk between your teeth, forming acids that, over time, cause cavities and irritate the …