Preventing Periodontal Disease while Wearing Braces

Keeping your mouth and your braces clean is important for maintaining a healthy mouth while keeping the amount of time you need to wear braces to a minimum. While the wires, brackets and other hardware of your braces are not made from materials that are subject to bacteria and tooth decay they still need to… Read more »

Caring for Your Teeth

After making the decision to straighten your teeth, it is important to care for your teeth and braces. The brackets, wires, and other parts of your braces will attract food and plaque. If not cleaned properly, this can stain or damage the teeth. Dr. Burris and Dr. Fiegle recommend that you brush your teeth morning,… Read more »

How to Help Your Child Avoid Thumbsucking

Does your child suck their thumb? If so, we ask that you encourage them to stop. Thumbsucking is a destructive habit that can harm the smile in many ways. It can warp the development of the mouth and it can cause misaligned and crooked teeth. If you want your child to grow into a strong… Read more »

How to Maintain a Strong Oral Health as a Teen

Your oral health is important to our team at , which is why we encourage you to take very good care of your smile as a teen by doing the following things: · Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is one of the best ways to keep your smile in tip-top shape, so make… Read more »

Wearing a Retainer is Necessary for Maintaining your New Smile

Your braces are just one step of the process of aligning your teeth. Over the course of your alignment sessions your teeth have migrated into their ideal alignment. However, the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth still have some residual tension. If you don’t wear a retainer this residual tension will slowly pull your teeth… Read more »

Getting the Perfect Mouthguard to Cover Your Braces

As you may already know, athletes with braces are still able to participate in sports, as long as they wear a mouthguard while doing so. If you are one who needs a mouthguard to protect your braces and your smile, we are happy to help you! There are many different mouthguards you can choose from,… Read more »

Cleaning and Caring for your Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are growing in popularity with teens as well as adults. The brackets of your lingual braces attach to the backside of your teeth making them virtually invisible to the casual observer. Your braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth. Your braces can be damaged by certain activities, foods… Read more »

How to Manage a Broken Bracket

There are many things that could cause a broken bracket, including eating chewy or sticky foods, getting hit in the mouth, brushing your teeth incorrectly, or improperly using a toothpick or floss. Broken brackets are common, but it is very important that you manage the situation as much as possible, and you can do so… Read more »

The Answers to FAQ’s About Braces

As you sit in the dental chair listening to your dentist tell you that you need braces, is your stomach filling up with nerves and anxiety? If so, relax! Orthodontics aren’t as bad as you think, and they can finally give you the smile you are looking for. A big reason why you’re nervous is… Read more »

What to Look for in a Tube of Toothpaste

As you scrub your smile each day, it’s important you have the proper tools that will give you the best cleaning possible. One tool that is very important is toothpaste, and we are happy to tell you the best toothpaste possible for your smile. We strongly recommend using one or more of the following toothpastes:… Read more »