Showing posts from October, 2020

Adjusting To Your New Braces

Heather K. Burch Orthodontics   You just got your braces on and they are driving you crazy. Yep…that sounds about right. To help make this adjustment period a little easier the team at Heather K. Burch Orthodontics recommends... Smoothing things over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheeks, place wax on the bracket or wire. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is also very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces won’t last long, so try your best not to get mad at your braces.   Avoiding sticky or hard foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your bestie harm. And even though it may seem like the best foods are the foods that are sticky and/or hard…sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire. Chewing with your back teeth. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Cut large foods into smaller piece

More Than Just Straight Teeth

Heather K. Burch Orthodontics   At Burch Orthodontics , we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a beautifully straight smile. When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned , you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down. That leads to pain, and it can cause your teeth to wear down, chip, and even break. Not only that, but poorly aligned teeth are also harder to clean properly which can lead to decay and gum disease. The benefits of braces go well beyond pure aesthetics. Braces have many positive side-effects. Better Breath - If you suffer from misaligned teeth you may also suffer from bad breath. When your teeth are crowded or crooked, adequately cleaning them becomes difficult. Having straight teeth makes it much easier to brush away the bacteria that causes bad breath. Reduced Risk of Bone Erosion - Misaligned teeth can result in jawbone erosion or bone loss. Bones and tissues are less lik