Welcome to the official Blog for Burch Orthodontics. Braces are for all ages. The only requirement is the desire for a beautiful smile. We create those smiles all day, every day! Burch Orthodontics is located in Tallahassee, Florida. We've served our local community since 2003.
Straighter Smiles Available Online
You may have noticed lately that some online
direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies have been making orthodontic treatment
sound cheap and easy.
While it may sound great to save money and buy your
orthodontic treatment directly online…the reality is you aren’t getting the
treatment for less. You are simply purchasing a product and opting out of the
many important aspects that make orthodontics work. The money you save today
may end up costing you more in future corrective action.
Orthodontic treatment is a major medical procedure. This is
precisely why orthodontists, like Dr. Heather Burch, are required to
undergo extensive training and education before they can begin performing
Remember…orthodontic treatment is not a product or device.
Orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is
personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the American
Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your orthodontist spent
years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic
treatment to patients.
Before making any decision about orthodontic
treatment, we strongly encourage you to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Burch Orthodontics. Our team sincerely cares about your
smile, and we will take the time to discuss the pros and cons of all your
treatment options with you.
Myth: My dentist says he can give me braces Truth: Pause and consult with an orthodontist. While all orthodontist are dentist, a very few percentage of dentist are also orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must successfully complete an additional two to three-year residency program of advanced dental education in orthodontics. Myth: Braces can interfere with radio signal Truth: This would actually be cool, but this is false! The type of metal used to make your braces might look like what your radio’s antenna is made out of, but your braces are not going to conduct radio signals. Myth: I can’t play sports with braces Truth: Having braces, does not mean you have to stop living your life! As long as you wear a mouthguard, braces should not stop you or your child from playing your favorite sport. Ask our staff for more information on mouthguards. Myth: My teeth will re
Heather K. Burch Orthodontics You may not be excited to be getting braces, but before you know it…you will love your new braces. And soon you will realize your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. To help you get used to your new braces as quickly as possible, the team at Heather K. Burch Orthodontics recommends... Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods. Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires can be bent or broken when eating certain foods . For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard and sticky foods should be avoided as hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets and sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Smooth Things Over. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until your cheek tissues have toughened, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around the
Heather K. Burch Orthodontics After getting braces , you may develop bad breath from not cleaning your teeth properly. Bacteria feeds on food particles left in your mouth, and this bacteria creates odor. Because braces contain so many small spaces to trap food, the habits that worked great for cleaning your teeth before braces may no longer be enough. It's important to brush immediately after every meal or snack, or to vigorously rinse your teeth with water or mouthwash if you absolutely can't brush. Bad-breath-causing odors and bacteria can also cling to removable orthodontics (like a retainer or clear aligners), so be sure to remove them before eating, even if you're only eating a small amount. 4 Tips to Prevent Bad Breath While Wearing Braces 1. Brush and Floss Often - Follow a strict routine of brushing and flossing regularly. Brush your teeth after breakfast every morning and prior to going to bed at night. Be sure to also floss daily to remove any food part