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Benefits Beyond Your Smile

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Dr. Burch and all the Burch Orthodontics team want to remind you that orthodontic health is much more than straight teeth. When Dr. Burch creates beautiful smiles for our patients, she places all the elements of the face into their perfect alignment for a healthy as well as beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment at Burch Orthodontics also provides many additional health benefits. Here are just a few you might not realize:
Prevent TMJ: TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders occur from stress on the jaw joint. Often, people who suffer from TMJ have an incorrect bite pattern or a misalignment of their bite. Orthodontic treatment can align the teeth and bite to remove the stress on the joints that causes TMJ Disorder.
Aid Digestive Health: Perfectly aligned teeth help you chew your food more effectively, which helps your digestive health.
Avoid Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Crowded and misaligned teeth make it difficult to clean your teeth and gums, which can lead to food and bacteria build-…

Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

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At Burch Orthodontics we know that even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. This soreness is the way your body reacts to your teeth as they begin to move. Your braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy and beautiful smile but you may experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.
Canker Sores Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. We recommend Canker-X gel and we can provide you with a sample to try.
Loose Brackets If you have a loose bracket you can apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth. Please call the office for an appointment.
Loose Bands The band will need to be reattached. Please call the office for an appointment and remember to bring the band with you.
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The Tooth Truth

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Our dedication to providing extraordinary personal service with compassion and consideration to the unique needs of each of our patients is our top priority. We feel open communication is extremely important in creating a positive environment for our patients and ensuring a successful treatment outcome. Here at Burch Orthodontics, we consider dental health to be an integral part of overall good health. We believe that good dental health can instill a sense of well-being, provide a lifelong smile, and promote good overall health.

To that note, let’s talk about the truth about our teeth. Our bone and gum tissues are supported by our teeth. If this support is lost or is poorly aligned, then our bone and gums can begin to erode. If the teeth are properly aligned the bone and gums are less likely to erode.
Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before your food ever enters your stomach, it has to be chewed by your teeth. This process is called mastication. The food has to be part…

Thanksgiving Countdown!

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It seems like the month of November has really flown by! Thanksgiving is just a week away and we’re all looking forward to time with family and friends – not to mention all of the delicious food! While some holidays spotlight foods that might traditionally be a challenge to manage when you have braces, Thanksgiving is typically filled with foods that are braces approved!
If you’re looking to add a new side dish or two to your Thanksgiving table this year, we’ve found two contenders that will not only look spectacular but might also become a new favorite for your family. Both of these would be perfect to bring to a potluck meal since they can both be assembled in advance and each takes less than 30 minutes to heat.  
Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes 4 lbs. sweet potatoes1 cup maple syrup1 ½ cups fresh cranberries3 tbsp. butter1 ½ tsp. salt
Place whole sweet potatoes in a large pot with just enough water to cover and one teaspoon of salt. Heat to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer …

Out With The Old & In With The New

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With cold and flu season starting, germs seem to be lurking everywhere! While it’s difficult to avoid catching the office cold or flu bug, you can help keep your number one oral hygiene accessory in great shape by replacing your toothbrush regularly. Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months, and directly after any cold or flu. Replacing your toothbrush is essential since they are constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. If you notice the bristles of your toothbrush have become worn, that is a clear sign that you need a new toothbrush. People who wear braces will likely need to replace their toothbrushes frequently, as braces break down and fracture bristles which makes the toothbrush lose its effectiveness.
It's helpful to keep a pack of toothbrushes available in the house at all times for easy replacement. You may be thinki…

Braces for Kids - What Is The Right Age?

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The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. This is the recommended age because it typically is the first appearance adult teeth, and when some of the more serious issues in dental development can begin. Treatment for young children is usually primarily aimed at dealing with functional problems that immediately threaten the health of the teeth. The conditions that we treat in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, crossbite, overcrowding, jaw growth problems, snoring, thumb sucking, tongue thrust, and open bite.

Orthodontic issues can and do develop very early in childhood, which is why early treatment is important to prevent damage to the adult teeth or to limit the effects of a developing growth problem. Contact us today for your initial early consultation. Your child will be in wonderful hands and you will know what treatments may be necessary. You can easily schedule your complimentary consultation right on our website or…

Four Flavorful Fall Smoothies

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With Fall in full swing and with it the hectic holidays just a step further down the road, we thought we’d put together a list of a few fall-themed smoothies that can serve as a great (and easy!) breakfast or after school snack.

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
If you’re a pumpkin fan, this smoothie is for you! While pumpkin is a trendy item, especially this time of year, what you might not know is pumpkin has both fiber and protein which makes for a healthy and filling smoothie.

2 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin5 tablespoons milk2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt1 banana, frozen½ teaspoon honey⅛ teaspoon cinnamonpinch of nutmeg¼ cup ice
Helpful tip: If you’re finding that you have several over ripened bananas that you aren’t able to eat in time, toss them in a freezer bag! Frozen bananas are the perfect addition to smoothies and help make preparation even easier for those hectic weekday mornings. 

Cranberry, Pear, & Orange Smoothie
That’s quite a mouthful, and trust us, you’ll love this nutrient-…