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Tips for Going Back to School With Braces

Tips for Going Back to School With Braces

Starting a new school year is stressful enough on its own, so you don’t want to add to that by worrying about your new braces. When your child is away from their routine, it can be difficult for them to adjust to taking care of their teeth and new braces in a new setting. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want to ensure your child’s new school year is as stress-free as possible! We’ve compiled a guide to going back to school with braces so they always feel prepared.

If you live in or around Scotia, NY, and are looking for a highly-rated orthodontist for your child, look no further! Dr. Hoskinson is board-certified and has vast experience in both early intervention and adolescent orthodontic care. We’ll make sure your child’s braces are as comfortable and manageable as possible.

Our Tips to Rock the School Year with Braces

Be Prepared with a Braces Kit

It’s ALWAYS a good idea to be prepared for any situation that might arise. When your child is at school all day, you don’t want them to be left without their tools and resources. Put together a “braces kit” that contains anything they might need to freshen up or avert a crisis throughout the school day. Look for a small cosmetics or toiletries pouch like this one that they can keep in their backpack or locker for easy access!

Here are some braces-kit essentials:

  • Soft-bristled travel toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Floss
  • Extra rubber bands
  • Cosmetic mirror

Pack Brace-Friendly Lunches

There’s nothing worse than not being able to enjoy your lunch because of your braces, and quite a few foods should be avoided. Eating a school lunch can be tricky without knowing ahead of time if it’ll be edible. To play it safe, pack your child their own lunches and snacks that’ll keep them energized throughout the day! Here are some brace-friendly lunch and snack options, as well as foods they should be staying away from.

What to Bring
Soft sandwiches
Tuna, chicken, or egg salad
Applesauce, yogurt, or pudding
Bananas
Rice or pasta
Avocado
Soft granola bars

What to Avoid
Whole apples
Candy like gummy bears, taffy, caramels, or gum
Popcorn
Carrots or other crunchy vegetables
Beef jerky
Crunchy chips, nuts, or pretzels

Keep a Water Bottle On Hand

Hydration is essential for everyone, but it is key for those with braces. Their lips can get very dry and cracked, and proper hydration will combat that. Drinking water will also help flush out any food or debris stuck in their braces. Additionally, sugary drinks like soda, juice, and sports drinks are detrimental to your child’s oral health and can stain their teeth, leaving white spots where the braces are. Keeping a water bottle on hand might deter them from reaching for unhealthy options. Let your child pick out a cute and fun water bottle they love–this will help encourage them to carry it around all day and stay hydrated!

Get a Mouthguard

A mouthguard is essential if your child participates in gym class, recess, or is an athlete. Physical activity can put their oral health at significant risk–if they suffer a fall, a collision with another player, or are hit with a ball, they can face damage to their teeth, lips, gums, and the braces themselves. A sports mouthguard is inexpensive and the easiest way to protect their braces and mouth. You can find them at sporting goods stores, pharmacies, or on Amazon!

Schedule Your Orthodontics Appointments in Advance

With more obligations and time commitments during the school year, it’s easy to let routine dentist and doctor appointments fall lower on your priority list–but keeping up with your orthodontist is essential to ensure that your child’s braces are holding up and improving their teeth correctly. Try to schedule your child’s orthodontic appointments ahead of time so you don’t have to stress about fitting them in later. Contact us today to get your next appointment scheduled!

Choose Hoskinson Orthodontics!

When your child needs braces, our team is dedicated to providing the utmost care and comfort. We believe that braces should not be a cause for worry, especially with all the stressors of a typical school year. If you live in or around the Scotia, NY area and think your child might need new braces or orthodontic care, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today at Hoskinson Orthodontics!

Why Choose a Board Certified Orthodontist?

Why Choose a Board Certified Orthodontist?

Many people don’t realize that not every orthodontist is board certified. In fact, only 58% currently are–which means there is little more than a 50/50 chance that your orthodontist is actually certified. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we believe in providing the ultimate patient experience, which is why our own Dr. Hoskinson is proud to be board certified. But what does that mean exactly? We’re here to lay out all the info for you!

When you choose Hoskinson Orthodontics in Scotia, NY, you can be sure that you are getting the absolute best quality care. Contact us to set up an appointment today!

What Does It Mean To Be Board Certified?

According to the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) itself, “achieving board certification is one step in a long and intensive educational experience to making a lifelong commitment to elevating the quality of patient care.” To become board certified by the ABO, a doctor must complete both a written and a clinical examination. Additionally, certification is not permanent–each member must take a renewal exam every ten years. This ensures that they stay up-to-date on best practices and the latest technologies.

What Makes a Board Certified Orthodontist Different?

When an orthodontist is ABO board certified, they are that much more qualified to provide critical care with attention to detail. This will give you peace of mind that your doctor is committed to continuously bettering their practice, and typically means they have a positive bedside manner. Since they are re-evaluated every ten years, their skills remain fine-tuned and aligned with the latest technology. You are getting the best of the best!

Get to Know Dr. Hoskinson

Dr. Hoskinson has been a practicing orthodontist in the Scotia, NY, area for over 30 years. He is committed to providing the best possible care while maintaining a comfortable and fun environment for his patients. Dr. H takes extra time with each patient to discuss their smile goals, diagnostic testing results, and overall treatment plan. His patients are truly his family!

On top of his certification from the ABO, Dr. H has achieved many awards and certifications. In 2018, he was awarded “Best Dentist” by Capital Region Living, along with “Best of the Best Dental Office” by The Gazette. Visit our website to check out all of his fantastic credentials!

”My practice philosophy is not to meet our patients’ expectations but to exceed our patients’ expectations! For every patient, at each visit, we strive to provide the finest orthodontic care in an atmosphere that is both professional and fun. And boy, can we have fun!!”

Choose Hoskinson Orthodontics!

If you are searching for a board certified orthodontist at a highly-rated dental office, choose Dr. Hoskinson at Hoskinson Orthodontics! Located in Scotia, NY, we provide the highest quality care and always strive to remain aligned with industry trends. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Types of Braces: A Breakdown

Types of Braces: A Breakdown

With so many different braces available on the market today, it can be tough to decide which ones are right for you. The good news is, that’s what your orthodontist is here for! Hoskinson Orthodontics is here to break down the four main types of braces and their pros and cons to help you figure out which might be the best for you.

Are you in Scotia, NY, or a surrounding area needing orthodontic care? Contact Hoskinson Orthodontics for a consultation today!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Braces?

Braces may be the right solution for you if you aren’t confident in your smile. Having straight teeth after braces doesn’t just improve your oral health and function of your mouth; it also boosts your self-esteem and makes you want to share your smile with the world!

Braces may be the right choice if you struggle with dental imperfections such as:

  • Too much space between your teeth
  • Too little space between your teeth, also known as crowding
  • A gummy smile
  • An overbite
  • An overjet
  • An open bite

Traditional Braces

Many orthodontic treatments exist, but there is a reason that traditional braces are the most common. They are created with high-grade stainless steel and held together with nontoxic dental cement and metal archwire. These are a fantastic, affordable option for the quickest results!

 

Pros

Most affordable
Comes in a variety of colors
Fastest treatment
Durable

Cons

Certain foods need to be avoided
Tightening and adjustments can be painful
Uncomfortable sores may occur if not cared for properly
Flossing may become more difficult

 

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to traditional braces; however, they blend into the teeth more. These braces are made of transparent ceramic material and are less visible than traditional braces. This is the fastest discrete teeth straightening method. While they are less visible, they are more expensive than conventional metal braces.

 

Pros

Effective treatment for mild to severe cases
Clear and teeth-colored options to make them less visible
Faster than Invisalign®

Cons

More costly than traditional braces
The brackets can stain easily if not taken care of well enough
Less durable than traditional braces due to material

 

Lingual Braces

The invisible orthodontic market is growing–receiving orthodontic treatment without the look of traditional braces is possible! Lingual braces are a fantastic option for some as they are exactly like traditional metal braces, but they are attached to the back of your teeth. Below are some of the benefits and disadvantages of lingual braces.

 

Pros

Least painful option
Requires less adjustments from orthodontist
Invisible from the outside

Cons

Most expensive option
Speech impairment may occur
Difficult to clean

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the only orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth unconventionally. These aligners are created using BPA-free plastic, which is far more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Adjustments come through multiple sets of clear aligners. Invisalign® braces are clear and virtually invisible, making them an excellent choice for people who want to improve their smile without drawing attention to their braces. Visit our website to learn more about Invisalign®! 

Pros

Practically invisible
Removable aligners let you floss and brush your teeth easily
You can take them out easily, allowing you to drink or eat whatever you’d like without worrying you’ll break them

Cons

Costly option, very expensive to replace
The treatment can take longer than traditional braces
Clear aligners cannot help a serious dental problem

Choose the Braces for Your Lifestyle

As technology improves, so do options for orthodontic treatment. Hoskinson Orthodontics created a list of the types of braces available on the market today and explored the benefits and disadvantages of each of them. Consult an orthodontist when it comes time to obtain the smile of your dreams!

Happy Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Month!

Happy Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Month!

June is Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Month, and we want to recognize our wonderful staff for all that they do. Our team is so important to us because they are the foundation of our practice. Without them, we couldn’t provide our patients with the high-quality care that we do!

Since we began our practice, we have continuously functioned like a well-oiled machine. Our staff members have been with us for many years, and this has allowed us to truly embody what it means to be a team. Every single task, from booking appointments to cleaning teeth to taking X-rays, is completed thanks to a crucial member of our team. They go above and beyond to assure each patient has the best orthodontic experience at every visit.

We truly believe that our staff is our greatest asset. Today and every day, we thank our skilled, caring, and hardworking team for everything they do to make Hoskinson Othordontics the great practice that it is. When you come in for an appointment at our Scotia, NY, office this month, make sure to thank our team members for all of their hard work!

Visit Our Office

If you are in search of a compassionate dental office with decades of experience, you’ve come to the right place! Hoskinson Orthodontics in Scotia, NY, provides state-of-the-art dental and orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. When you visit our office, you will see for yourself just what puts our staff members above the rest. For quality dental care you can count on, contact our office today to learn more about what we can do for you!

How Crooked Teeth Could Affect Your Child

How Crooked Teeth Could Affect Your Child

Do you think your child might need braces? We understand that beginning orthodontic care is a big decision–it’s a big cost and commitment. However, there are many risk factors that are associated with crooked teeth in children. The longer you leave their misaligned teeth untreated, the more likely they are to have issues down the road. Read on to learn more about some of the risks as well as treatment options!

If you live in Scotia, NY, and are looking for a trustworthy and experienced orthodontist for your child, look no further! Dr. Hoskinson and the rest of the team at Hoskinson Orthodontics are highly knowledgeable and skilled in both early intervention and adolescent orthodontic care. No matter how old your child is, you can be sure they will receive personalized care!

Risks Associated With Crooked Teeth

Poor Oral Hygeine

It is very easy for your child to fall into poor oral hygiene habits if they have crooked teeth. This is because having misaligned or crowded teeth makes it difficult to give each tooth the attention it needs while brushing and flossing. Developing subpar oral hygiene habits as a child can lead to a wide array of problems down the line.

Pain & Discomfort

It should be no surprise that crooked teeth can cause discomfort and even pain. When a child’s jaw is developing, misaligned and overlapping teeth can put a lot of pressure on the jaw. This can also cause regular headaches and even ear pain. Save your little one from the pain and get their teeth fixed!

Gum Disease

One common issue that stems from poor oral hygiene is gum disease, or periodontitis. This is a very common infection and is caused when proper care is not given to the teeth and gums. But the good news is that it is preventable. If not treated, periodontitis can cause teeth loss and destruction to the jawbone since it damages the bones that support the teeth. Children who deal with teeth misalignment are more likely to develop serious gum disease.

TMD

Leaving your child’s teeth crooked can put them at risk for TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. This is a disorder of the jaw and the joints and nerves associated with it. TMD causes pain, discomfort, and impaired movement of the jaw. It can be difficult to deal with and may require physical therapy. It is often caused by consistent grinding or clenching of the teeth or stress on the teeth and jaw, all of which are correlated with crooked teeth.

Speech Impediment

Did you know that leaving misaligned teeth untreated can cause speech impediments in children? When teeth do not develop properly, the gaps, overlapping, and spaces actually cause changes in tongue placement which can lead to speech difficulties. Additionally, spaces between teeth can cause whistling when speaking.

When to Begin Treatment

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we begin early orthodontic treatment between the ages of 7 to 10 years old if it is deemed necessary. Since early intervention is not always the right direction, we perform a proper evaluation to determine if it is in your child’s best interest to continue. If so, we provide expansion treatments to allow for normal development of their adult teeth and jaw.

If your child is older, from pre-teen to teenager, we will perform traditional orthodontics that accounts for their rapidly developing and changing jaw structure. Adolescence is the prime time to perform orthodontic treatment as it allows us to work with their changing mouth and correct the misalignment as they are growing.

Visit our website to learn more about our services and treatment options for children of every age!

Choose Hoskinson Orthodontics!

Our trusted team is dedicated to making the dentist’s office a safe and comfortable space for your child! If you live in the Scotia, NY area, and think your child might need braces or orthodontic care, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today at Hoskinson Orthodontics! We look forward to treating you and your family.

5 Tips & Tricks to Caring for Braces on Vacation

5 Tips & Tricks to Caring for Braces on Vacation

A vacation; how exciting! Vacations are a time to unwind, relax, and enjoy the sun. It can be easy to forget about essential routines and enjoy yourself, but it is imperative to care for your braces! Hoskinson Orthodontics made a list of 5 tips and tricks to care for your braces on vacation and ensure that they stay clean and healthy during your trip!

If you are in Scotia, NY, or surrounding areas, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics to achieve the smile of your dreams!

1. Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment Before Leaving

Having a checkup before leaving town is a great way to ensure that your vacation doesn’t have any orthodontic mishaps. At your appointment, your orthodontist will make any necessary adjustments and check your brackets and wires to ensure they are firmly in place.

2. Pack the Essentials

Hoskinson Orthodontics recommends packing a dental travel kit to ensure that your teeth stay as clean and healthy as they can on vacation. Carrying this dental travel kit will help you be prepared for dental emergencies without panicking in the middle of a break. We recommend bringing:

Toothbrush
Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride Mouthwash
Orthodontic Wax
Interdental Picks
Small mirror
Over-the-counter pain medication

Pro Tip!

When packing your toothbrush, make sure it is in a ventilated case or bag. This case prevents bacteria from building up! If you don’t have a ventilated bag, have no fear; make sure that your toothbrush is dry before putting it away.

3. Maintain your Oral Care Routine

You’re thrust out of your routine and into relaxation when you’re on vacation. While exciting, it is crucial to maintain your oral care routine. Brush and floss regularly, even when it seems tempting to skip it. Neglecting your dental care routine for even a few days can negatively impact your oral health in the long run.

4. Watch What You Eat!

Avoid orthodontic catastrophe by keeping away from crunchy, sticky, and hard foods on your trip. We understand that eating foods you don’t typically consume on vacation are tempting, but it is essential to continue eating foods approved by your orthodontist. Foods we recommend avoiding include:

Crunchy foods – nuts, potato chips, popcorn
Sticky foods – gum, Laffy taffy, gummy bears
Hard foods – apples, corn on the cob, crunchy vegetables

5. Use a Mouthguard

A vacation typically contains fun physical activities. To prevent a bracket or wire from popping loose, Hoskinson Orthodontics recommends using a mouthguard to protect your teeth. If you are interested in creating a custom mouthguard for your child, contact us to learn more!

What if an Emergency Arises?

When emergencies happen, it can be hard to know what your next move should be. Do you need an orthodontist right away, or could you wait until home? The best advice we can offer is to call (518-372-3424) your orthodontist! During the call, explain the problem, and your orthodontist will know the best next step.

Most Importantly, Enjoy Your Trip!

Braces are a great way to improve your smile, but they require extra care and attention. If you’re planning a vacation, it’s essential to keep your braces in mind. Keep these five tips and tricks in mind when planning a vacation with braces. Contact Hoskinson Orthodontics to learn more about braces, benefits, and treatment options today!

Oral Health Care Tips for New Invisalign Patients

Oral Health Care Tips for New Invisalign Patients

Invisalign aligners have taken the orthodontic world by storm. They are the most requested treatments for crooked teeth due to their near invisibility. It is a great choice for adults and anybody wanting the benefits of traditional braces without bulky hardware. Hoskinson Orthodontics has put together a few helpful tips for you to ensure your oral health.

If you are in the Scotia, NY area and looking for an orthodontist to handle your Invisalign treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

Maintain Your Regular Dental Routine

There is nothing more important you could do to take care of your oral hygiene than to follow the American Dental Associations’ recommendation of brushing for at least two minutes and flossing twice a day. Along with regular dental and orthodontic checkups, keeping up with your at-home dental routine is key to ensuring your teeth stay healthy, strong, and beautiful for years to come.

Only Remove Them When Necessary

One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign treatment is that the aligners themselves are removable. However, just because you can remove them does not mean that you should do so often. Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours a day for the best results and should only be removed for cleaning, brushing, flossing, and eating.

Properly Cleaning Your Invisalign

You should clean Invisalign aligners at least twice daily. To properly clean your Invisalign aligners, remove them, and rinse them under lukewarm water. Then, with small, circular motions, use a soft toothbrush to scrub them thoroughly, both inside and out. After brushing, inspect them for tartar build-up, and, if you find any, you may need to let your aligners soak in a denture or retainer solution. Once clean, you may either put them back in or leave them in their case to dry completely.

Store Them Properly

Ensure that your aligners are free of excess germs and bacteria by storing them properly in their designated case.

Avoid Potential Staining

Just like your teeth, your Invisalign retainers are prone to staining. Do your best to avoid food and drinks that will cause stainings such as red wine, coffee, tea, and other high acidity items.

Follow Your Orthodontists Instructions

Your orthodontist is the key to your successful treatment. They know the specific problems that you face and have tailored your treatment around them. Their instructions will keep you on the right path.

Keep Up With Your Appointments

Don’t let yourself push off going to your checkups and appointments. During this time, your orthodontist will gain valuable information on how your treatment is progressing. It will also allow them to identify any roadblocks that may have come up that could cost you money and extended treatment time down the road.

Get Started With Invisalign Today

Are you ready to start your Invisalign treatment? Take the first steps by scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist’s office. Invisalign is not suitable for everyone, so an orthodontist must perform an evaluation before treatment begins. If you are in Scotia, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

Why Parents Should Consider Early Orthodontic Intervention in 2022

Why Parents Should Consider Early Orthodontic Intervention in 2022

When it comes to your child’s orthodontic health, timing could not play a more important role. It may sound early to you now, but the American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic check-up happen no later than age 7. There are a few reasons for this as well as a long list of benefits that come with early orthodontic intervention.

Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with all the information you need about early orthodontic intervention this year. If you are looking for an experienced orthodontic team in the Scotia, NY area, contact the office of Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

Read on to learn more!

The Importance of Timing

Why does the AAO place such importance on age 7? At this age, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to not only evaluate those teeth that have already erupted but will also be able to evaluate the development of the other teeth and jaw. With this information, your orthodontist can construct a plan for your child’s treatment going forward.

What to Expect from the Initial Check-Up

Medical & Dental History

One of the first steps to an initial examination is a review of your child’s medical and dental history. Because your child is likely to have minimal history due to their age, expect your orthodontist to ask you about your history as well. They do this because in many cases, jaw problems such as over and underbites, as well as crowded or overly spaced teeth, can all be caused hereditarily. Ensuring your orthodontist has all this information is vital for them going into the examination, as they can better understand subtle problems that may pop up later in life as much bigger issues.

Examination & Imaging

During the initial check-up, you can also expect your orthodontist to go through an oral exam and get some x-rays of your child’s teeth and bite. Orthodontists are experienced in spotting problems early on. In some cases, you may not even realize that issues are arising, so having a professional take a detailed look in this way can save you time and money in the long run.

Possible Treatment Plans

Lastly, after discussing medical and dental history, and performing the initial exam and imaging, your orthodontist will consult you on possible treatment plans. In general, there are three things that will happen during this consultation. Your orthodontist may inform you that they believe treatment to be unwarranted for now, and ask you to schedule a follow-up, they may say that your child will need treatment, just not at this time, and lastly, they may suggest starting orthodontic treatment immediately.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention

The benefits of early orthodontic intervention are vast. If caught early enough, some problems such as bite issues and crowded teeth can be corrected in less time and therefore, for cheaper than if they were caught later. It is in the best interest of everyone involved to at the very least consider early intervention.

Get Started with Early Orthodontic Intervention

In order to save yourself on some expenses as well as your child some treatment time, it is important that you get into your orthodontists’ office for that initial check-up as soon as you see possible issues arise, and no later than age 7. If you are in the Scotia, NY, area and looking for an experienced team of orthodontic professionals to handle your child’s treatment, contact the office of Hoskinson Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Smile

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Smile

Starting some new year’s resolutions is a great way to get yourself excited and motivated about reaching your goals for the year. If one of your goals is to get your teeth in better shape, molding some of your resolutions around your oral hygiene is a great place to start. From the fundamentals to more advanced ideas, Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with a few new year’s resolutions that you may be interested in.

If you are in the Scotia, NY area and looking for top-notch orthodontic treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

Master Your Daily Routine

The first and most important thing you can do for your teeth is master your daily oral hygiene routine. That means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you are in the middle of your orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, make sure you are flossing as much as you can and ensure to get between the brackets.

Flossing may be difficult and even feel like a nuisance from time to time, but it is drastically important to keep everything clean while you are undergoing treatment.

If you are already an avid brusher and flosser, consider adding some new steps to your routine. The occasional stick of sugar-free gum is great to keep your mouth fresh throughout the day and in between meals, and adding a mouthwash rinse to the start of your day can also help keep your breath fresh for longer. Another way to help keep your breath fresh is to use a tongue scraper.

Keep Up with Your Check Up’s

If you are currently being seen for ongoing or upcoming orthodontic treatment, make sure you keep up to date with your check-ups. Check-ups are your orthodontists’ opportunity to ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly. If something is out of place or moving in the wrong direction, during your check-ups, your orthodontist can spot and address these issues, saving you from further treatment down the road.

Keep a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is a great way to help you knock off a couple of resolutions. It may surprise you, but keeping a healthy diet can drastically affect your teeth’ health. Sugary and dark drinks such as soda, red wine, and coffee can degrade and stain your teeth, whereas plenty of foods actually acts in fortifying them.

According to the University of Illinois Chicago, a few of the best foods and drinks for your smile include high calcium foods like cheeses, yogurt, and milk. They also recommend drinking plenty of water, eating your daily recommended dose of leafy greens, and avoiding acidic foods.

Book an Appointment with Your Local Orthodontist

If you have been putting off getting orthodontic treatment, there is no better time to start than now! Many people are under the misconception that it is too late to receive treatment, but with recent advancements in orthodontic technology, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Between Invisalign and other treatment options, bettering your smile as an adult has never been easier. In Scotia, NY, Hoskinson Orthodontics has all the expertise and tools to help you through this process, so if you are in the area, contact us today for a consultation.

New Year, New Smile

Make this year the year of your teeth! By working towards these new years resolutions, you should see some of those results you have been looking for. Remember not to skip out on any of your appointments this year, keep a healthy diet, and make sure you stick to your daily routine.

From everyone here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

Caring for Your Braces During the Holidays

Caring for Your Braces During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. Between the lights, gift-giving, and family celebrations, there is a lot to look forward to. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the busyness that we all feel this time of year, however, it is still important to make sure you are taking care of yourself, including your braces. Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with a few helpful tricks and reminders to ensure that you and your braces have a very happy holiday season.

Read on to learn more, and if you are in the Scotia, NY, area and are looking for orthodontic treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

The Basics

When it comes to your orthodontic health, it is imperative that you remember the basics. This solid foundation will keep your teeth bright and healthy year-round, but with all the eating and sweets that come with the holidays, it is even more critical this time of year.

Brushing and flossing twice daily will always be an important part of your day-to-day life, however, when you add orthodontics into the mix this becomes even more vital. Having a solid brushing and flossing routine will ensure that your braces are strong, clean, and healthy, and will cut out those emergency visits to your orthodontist to reattach a broken brace.

Tips & Tricks

Although brushing and flossing is the most important thing to remember for your orthodontic health this holiday season (and beyond), there are also some other things you can do that will help.

Traveling

Many of us travel for the holidays, and packing can be extra stressful due to how busy transportation can get during the season. If you are traveling, along with all your normal toiletries, remember to always bring extra bands, wax, or anything else that you may need for your braces in a pinch. Remember, it is always better to have it, and not need it than need it and not have it!

Eating

Next to Thanksgiving, the winter holidays are the easiest to get carried away with our comfort foods. We are not saying to skip out on your holiday dinner, instead consider how you eat. Taking smaller bites is a great way to make sure the stress on your braces is minimized.

Things to Avoid

You hear it all the time, but making sure you are avoiding certain kinds of food is drastically essential for the health of your braces. As a good rule of thumb, popcorn as well as hard and sticky foods are the main culprits here. That includes hard candies, nuts, and even jerky. Keeping these out of your holiday diet will help you stay out of the orthodontist office this season.

Indulge

Although it may seem like having braces means you can’t eat any of the things you enjoy, but there are plenty of delicious foods to indulge in this time of year. For example, soft-baked goods such as muffins, bread, and pies are perfectly fine to eat when you have braces, so if you are a dessert lover, feel free to dig in! (just make sure to keep up with your brushing!)

Make Sure to Enjoy

At the end of the day, your priority should be enjoying a safe and relaxing holiday season. After the stress and hard work of the past few years, we all deserve that. Of course, it is important to remember to keep your orthodontic health in check by avoiding hard-to-eat foods, and keeping up with your brushing and flossing routine. Ensuring your teeth and braces stay healthy this season will make starting the new year with a smile just a little easier.

From everyone at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we wish you a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

If you are in the Scotia, NY, area and are looking for high-quality orthodontic work, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today.

Address:
Hoskinson Orthodontics
207 Mohawk Ave #1A
Scotia, NY 12302

Phone: 

518-372-3424

Fax: 

518-372-6472

Hours

Monday -Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

We are open during school breaks and non-major holidays.