Posts made in December, 2012

The Importance of Retainers

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

For those who have had the experience of wearing braces, they can attest that wearing braces could be both a discomfort and a joy. They know that the end results of wearing braces is far too irresistible to pass up. This is why many anticipate the day that they have their braces removed. To them,  is a day of freedom from the braces that have restricted them for so long. It is also saying farewell to the discomfort that comes with wearing braces, but hold that thought. Before celebrating your day of freedom, remember that you may have to wear retainers after you have gotten your braces removed. While you are tempted to not wear your retainers altogether, it is important to remember that they will play a crucial role in having your teeth straightened.

First of all, what are retainers?  Retainers are a sort of removable orthodontic appliance that your orthodontist may have you wear right after you have your braces removed. Why? Teeth have a tendency to revert back to their original positions, once the braces are removed and the wearing of retainers will prevent this from happening.

Your retainers are usually made out of wire and hard plastic. For the first several months, your orthodontist would recommend that you wear your retainers all the time. It might take a bit of getting used to, at first. This is completely normal and it is crucial that you don’t let yourself be tempted to not wear your retainers. If you don’t want to go through the whole process of wearing braces again, it is important that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, and wear your retainers the recommended amount of time.

Remember, your retainers will bring you one step closer to your ultimate goal — straighter and healthier teeth. Contact HGS Ortho if you have any questions about retainers or your orthodontic treatment in general.


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The Advantages of Invisalign

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

Invisalign braces are clearly making their mark in the dental industry nowadays. These wonderful inventions are a great alternative to the traditional metal braces. If you are not comfortable with the concept of wearing these shiny metal contraptions on your mouth, then you should give Invisalign a try.

What is Invisalign? They are custom-made aligners that you wear on your teeth. These aligners are made of clear and lightweight plastic that are practically invisible. No one can tell that you are wearing them, which is the point of wearing Invisalign. If you cannot stomach the thought of having an awkward smile, then you should give these a try.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that it eliminates the entire discomfort of having to go to the dentist to have your braces tightened and adjusted every month. With Invisalign, there are absolutely no metal wires or brackets to hold you down. You practically forget that they are even there at all.

Invisalign is also much easier to maintain than the traditional braces. Many people who have used the traditional braces complain that the upkeep of braces can get quite tedious. Even simple tasks, such as chewing food or brushing one’s teeth can turn into quite a task. With Invisalign, things are made more simple. You could simply remove them before eating, and pop them back on again.

Invisalign can be your solution to crooked teeth. Contact HGS Ortho to book a consultation and learn if Invisalign might be right for you.

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Food you can eat while wearing braces

Posted on Dec 6, 2012

It’s a known fact that having braces can get you many dental benefits especially for your smile. However, braces can take a long time to take effect and this means some major changes in your lifestyle. You need to be more meticulous when it comes to your dental hygiene and you should also be careful with what you eat. Because of the metal arches, metal brackets, and elastics of the braces, there are certain foods you need to avoid so that you don’t damage or ruin your braces. If you are unsure of what foods you can eat while wearing braces, here is a simple guideline you can use and take to heart.

There are those foods that are strictly off limits if you have braces. These tend to cause problems for your braces when you eat them and can even ruin your braces. Hard foods like uncooked vegetables/fruits, peanuts, candies and the like should be avoided because they can become stuck in between the wires of your braces and be the cause of not only tooth decay, but also damage to the braces. You should also avoid chewy foods like caramel, toffee, bubble gum, and the like. There is a good chance that these foods can become entangled into your braces and you’ll have a big problem on your hands.

Focus your diet on soft and well cooked food. Foods you can eat while wearing braces include cooked vegetables, eggs, soft fruits, and bread or rice. Most meats are also okay to eat as long as they are cooked properly and are not too stringy. Noodles or pastas are also good as they can be packed with flavor and are very adaptable.

While your diet is restricted to certain types of foods, this temporary change in your life style is all for the better and will help you get a much healthier and good looking teeth. If you want more details about the foods you can eat while wearing braces, be sure to visit HGS Ortho for more information and get professional advice on taking care of your braces.

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