Are you in the final phases of orthodontic treatment?
You’ve spent months, and most likely years, wearing braces or Invisalign. But orthodontic treatment doesn’t end when the braces come off or the clear aligners go away. Next come the retainers, which play a vital role in maintaining your new and beautiful smile.
Hoskinson Orthodontics in Scotia, NY, is here to discuss five reasons why you need to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist, contact us today. Otherwise, let’s get started!
1. Keep Your New Teeth in Position
Although your teeth have moved during orthodontic treatment, they aren’t cemented in place. That’s because the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth are malleable. Retainers help to hold teeth in place, preventing them from shifting, as these ligaments and bone reform and stabilize.
The bone surrounding your teeth and the ligaments that hold them in place is malleable. Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting and hold them in place as the surrounding ligaments and bone reform and stabilize.
Retainers also allow time for the alveolar bones to harden, better preventing loose teeth and potential tooth loss.
2. Stabilize Your Bite
If teeth aren’t held firmly in their new positions, they will shift back to their old positions. Crooked teeth can then affect a patient’s bite. Otherwise known as malocclusion, a misaligned jaw can change a person’s smile, cause discomfort, and make it difficult to chew.
As the bone and surrounding gum tissue heal after orthodontic treatment, retainers maintain and stabilize the bite by keeping teeth in their new and aligned positions.
Retainers also provide adequate space for when wisdom teeth start to come in. We recommend all of our orthodontic patients have their wisdom teeth removed before they erupt. Unremoved wisdom teeth will eventually cause overcrowded teeth, pain, cysts, tooth damage, and other complications.
3. Improves Oral Hygiene
Misaligned teeth and an improper bite make it difficult to brush and floss behind and between teeth, which can lead to more tooth decay and cavities down the road. Braces and Invisalign not only correct misaligned teeth and malocclusion ‒ but they also make it easier for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene for the rest of their lives.
However, if a patient decides not to wear their retainers, subsequently causing their teeth to shift and become crooked, they are more susceptible to having poor oral hygiene and cavities in the future.
Misaligned teeth can also cause enamel wear, which can lead to teeth sensitivity, discomfort when eating certain foods and drinks, stained teeth, and increased risk of tooth decay.
4. Optimizes Overall Health
A straight smile is a healthy smile, and a healthy smile is a cornerstone to overall health and wellness. But poor oral hygiene not only leads to cavities and tooth decay but can increase the risk of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can cause any or all of the following symptoms:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Mouth pain
- Gums that bleed easily after brushing & flossing
- Bad breath
- Pus & abscesses in the gumline
- Receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Periodontal disease can also contribute to other health-related conditions, such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Even patients who do wear their retainers run the risk of gum disease if they don’t brush and floss adequately. So, it’s important that ALL patients brush and floss their teeth twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup.
5. Reduce Need for Treatment Reversal
Nobody wants to have to go through orthodontic treatment twice. Unfortunately, many patients who don’t wear their retainers wind up having to pay for and endure orthodontic treatment later in life.
The bottom line: A retainer maintains a straight, healthy, and attractive smile. By not wearing a retainer, teeth will shift within a matter of months after orthodontic treatment, altering the smile they worked hard to achieve.
Tips for Wearing & Taking Care of Your Retainers
Our orthodontist recommends our patients wear their retainers in between meals and while they sleep for the first year after completing Invisalign or orthodontic treatment. After that, we recommend our patients wear their retainers at night for life. We understand wearing retainers long-term can be bothersome for some patients, but wearing them at night will maintain your straight and beautiful smile for a lifetime!
Keep your retainers clean. Always rinse them after use and soak them in a cleaning solution for five minutes. Make sure you brush your retainers with a soft-bristled toothbrush under warm water. This will remove debris and minimize bacterial growth.
Whenever you’re not wearing your retainers, keep them protected inside their case. Keep your retainers, as well as the retainer case, away from heat and hot objects to prevent them from melting. Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports or high-impact activities.
Always remove your retainers before eating. This will prevent wear-and-tear on your retainers and keep food from getting caught in between your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Orthodontist
Wearing retainers may seem like a burden after years of wearing braces or Invisalign clear aligners ‒ but they are essential to maintaining a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile you don’t want to take for granted.
Do you have questions about wearing retainers or your orthodontic treatment plan? Are you located in Scotia, NY, or Schenectady County and are interested in scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist?
As the weather gets warmer, everyone will likely be spending more time outside. For kids and teens, that may mean participating in spring sports and activities. While it’s certainly a great opportunity to have fun and be active out of the house, it’s also a time of year when smiles and faces are more at risk for injuries.
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to recognizing April as National Facial Protection Month. In addition to our orthodontic services, we strive to keep our patients across Scotia, NY, informed about the best ways to stay safe and protect their faces and mouths.
For helpful safety tips, read on below, or contact us to learn more about orthodontic treatment.
What is National Facial Protection Month?
National Facial Protection Month is an annual awareness campaign that strives to educate parents and children about the importance of using proper protection to help prevent sports-related injuries. Taking place every April, the campaign is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and American Association of Orthodontists.
Sports & Facial Injuries
Around one third of childhood injuries occur while a child is playing sports. No matter how talented or athletic your child is, playing sports puts them more at risk for dental damage than any other type of facial injuries.
Accidents can happen during sports, increasing the chances of chipped, broken, or knocked out teeth, as well as broken jaws and other painful facial injuries. That’s why it’s always important to stay informed about proper precautions to prevent such accidents and injuries.
How Can You Prevent Facial Injuries?
Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment. While it may be difficult to convince your child to wear protective gear, it’s important to remember that it’s a much safer and preferred alternative to a painful sports-related injury. Below are some effective methods for preventing facial injuries.
Wear a Helmet
If a sport allows the use of a helmet, then it’s highly recommended to wear one. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and can help to prevent damage to the head.
Wear a Face Shield
A face shield can protect the face and mouth from objects being hit, thrown, or kicked at them. While it can be more obtrusive than other options, it offers the benefit of protecting the entire face from injury.
Wear a Mouth Guard
The best way to prevent damage to the teeth and mouth is to wear a mouth guard. Small and often inexpensive, mouth guards can dramatically reduce teeth and jaw injuries, while helping to avoid costly medical expenses.
Why Are Mouth Guards Important?
Mouth guards are specifically designed to guard and protect the teeth and mouth. According to the American Dental Association, mouth guard users are between 82% and 93% less likely to suffer dentofacial injuries than non-users. As one of the easiest and least expensive pieces of protective sports gear available, mouth guards can ultimately prevent teeth from being chipped, broken, or knocked out.
A properly fitted mouth guard is vital for providing the best protection possible. For children with braces or other orthodontic apparatuses fixed to their teeth, mouth guards are especially important as they can protect braces from breaking. If you have questions or are interested in recommendations for orthodontic mouth guards, please contact us today.
What Types of Mouth Guards Are Available?
Choosing the right mouth guard can depend on a number of factors, including the planned amount of use and your budget. No matter your needs, it’s always helpful to know what options are available and the differences between them.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Custom-made mouth guards are created from full-mouth impressions and are specifically molded to fit every tooth’s contour. While they are the most expensive option, they provide the most protection and comfort, covering all the teeth and providing cushioning for the jaw.
Orthodontic Mouth Guards
Orthodontic mouth guards are specifically designed to offer protection and comfort for individuals who have braces or are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Recommended brands include Shock Doctor mouth guards (available at Walmart, Amazon, and sporting goods stores) and Sisu mouth guards (available on Amazon).
Keeping Your Face & Smile Protected
Prevent damage to your child’s face, mouth, and teeth this National Facial Protection Month and year-round by having them use protective sports equipment. Whether that means wearing a mouth guard, helmet, and/or face shield, the use of such gear can provide vital protection and safety.
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re doing our part to promote best practices when it comes to facial protection. While we do not offer mouth guards, we can provide recommendations and advice for our orthodontic patients. From answering whether Invisalign aligners should be removed during contact sports to determining the right kind of mouth guard to fit over braces, we are dedicated to helping you and your family stay protected.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!
Is it time for your teenager to begin orthodontic treatment?
When a parent discovers their teenager has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, braces are usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’ve seen more young patients choosing Invisalign® over traditional metal braces in recent years.
Both Invisalign and metal braces can equally create a beautiful smile for your teenager. One is not necessarily better than the other ‒ but there are key differences between Invisalign vs. braces.
What’s the best treatment choice for your teenager? In this article, Hoskinson Orthodontics explores the differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. Read on to learn more and contact us today if you’d like to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.
With traditional braces, metal brackets are placed and bonded to the enamel of every individual tooth. A metal archwire is then connected between the brackets, which our orthodontist adjusts over time to pull the teeth into the proper position.
How Long Do Teens Wear Braces?
Teenagers can wear metal braces anywhere from several months to a couple of years. Treatment time varies on the individual patient, whether or not they’ve received early orthodontic treatment, and other factors.
Treatment time will also depend on how thorough a patient follows their treatment plan. In many cases, young patients must attach elastic bands between their upper and lower braces. These elastic bands align and improve the bite. Typically, patients have to wear these elastic bands anywhere from six to 12 months. Not wearing these elastic bands as directed can delay treatment.
Our orthodontist creates accurate images of teeth, which are then used to create Invisalign® removable clear aligners. Virtually invisible, Invisalign gradually shifts the teeth into position over time.
Invisalign® are removable clear aligners that are virtually invisible and gradually shift teeth into position over time.
Hoskinson Orthodontics does not make aligners in cases where major tooth movement is required. In minor cases, we first scan a patient’s teeth with an iTero Scanner. Dr. Hoskinson will then develop a treatment plan and send it to Invisalign®. Once the prescription is developed and the case approved by Dr. Hoskinson, we order the Invisalign!
How Long Do Teens Wear Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from a year to two years for teenage patients. Treatment time depends on how thorough a patient wears their aligners.
Patients can remove their trays to eat and brush their teeth, but they’re required to wear their trays between 20 and 22 hours per day. They must wear their Invisalign trays overnight while they sleep. The better a patient follows this treatment plan, the better and faster the treatment.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Braces & Invisalign
Metal braces can correct a wider variety of orthodontic issues than Invisalign. But for many young patients, the appearance of metal brackets is a common area of concern.
Of course, children can personalize their braces with different colored rubber bands. But some patients would prefer not having noticeable metal brackets on their teeth whatsoever.
However, in cases of crowding or severe malocclusion, Invisalign may not be a viable treatment.
Still, there are less severe cases where Invisalign may be equally effective, making the discreteness of Invisalign all the more appealing for patients who are more self-conscious about their appearance. It ultimately depends on what our orthodontist decides is best.
The ability to eat a wider variety of foods with Invisalign also makes it more appealing to younger patients. Because with metal braces, patients must avoid hard, chewy foods that can potentially damage the brackets and wiring.
Both metal braces and Invisalign do require daily brushing and maintenance to create the best results in the shortest amount of time. But those with braces have to be more painstaking about brushing and flossing between each bracket; otherwise, they risk having decalcified stains on their teeth once braces come off.
With Invisalign, there is another drawback. Young patients need to practice a higher level of discipline because their aligners are so easily removable. If they don’t wear their Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours per day, they risk longer treatment time.
Invisalign vs. Braces: What’s the Best Choice for Your Teenager?
Completing orthodontic treatment is one of many adolescent milestones, among others like obtaining a learner’s permit or going to the prom.
Though both effective at treating many of the same orthodontic problems, the experience of having braces is different compared to wearing Invisalign clear aligners.
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want to make your teenagers’ orthodontic journey as easy and worthwhile as possible. Our orthodontist and staff are here to guide you and your family every step of the way and help you decide between Invisalign vs. braces.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your teenager. We look forward to speaking with you!
Orthodontists once believed that children should not receive braces or orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth came in, allowing for proper growth of their facial and jawbones before undergoing further changes. However, as orthodontics has advanced over the years, the recommendations for early intervention have increased. While early orthodontic intervention is certainly not necessary for everyone, it offers the potential to treat current issues and prevent more serious problems later in life.
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we believe in keeping our patients informed and educated about their treatment options. If you’re wondering if early intervention is right for your child, then it’s important to learn more about what it involves and how it can make a difference.
Phase I of Early Intervention
Put simply, early intervention refers to orthodontic treatment that is performed while baby teeth are still present. While it may vary depending on your child’s development, phase I of early intervention treatment is typically recommended for children between the ages of 7 and 10. This phase focuses on the growth and development patterns of a child’s teeth, which are not all permanently grown yet.
Phase II of Early Intervention
Once a child is past age 10, they most likely have more permanent and developing teeth and would be better candidates for later treatment. Phase II of early intervention is usually implemented at peak growth and development years. This is the time when a child’s teeth are developed and grown enough to receive braces or Invisalign. The teeth are in an efficient movement position, resulting in avoiding unnecessary prolonged treatment.
How to Begin Treatment
If your child is under age 7 and exhibiting an orthodontic problem, it’s important to schedule an early check-up with an orthodontist as soon as possible for them to evaluate your child’s condition and determine if early intervention is necessary. Treating oral conditions as early as possible can ultimately prevent time-consuming and expensive treatment later on in life.
Conditions Treated by Early Intervention
Early intervention can be in your child’s best interest if they have a problem that could become more serious over time if left untreated. By detecting problems early on and guiding the growth of facial and jawbones, adequate space can be made for incoming permanent teeth.
This type of treatment is available for conditions such as:
Crowding occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for permanent teeth, which can cause them to come in crooked.
Excessively Spaced Teeth
With spaced out teeth, there is more room in the mouth than needed, which can cause gaps to form between permanent teeth.
This occurs when the bottom front teeth cover up the top front teeth.
This typically happens when the jaw shifts to one side, causing upper teeth to close inside lower teeth rather than on the outside.
Extra or Missing Teeth
Extra or missing teeth can cause issues with spacing in the mouth as well as discomfort.
Thumb, Finger, or Pacifier Sucking
Any of these habits can lead to orthodontic problems, causing bones to shift in position and affect teeth and jaw growth.
As a habit over time, mouth breathing can cause an open bite, in which the front teeth do not come together all the way.
Benefits of Early Intervention
The sooner that your child’s oral condition is evaluated and treated, the higher the chances are of improving their jaws, face, and overall development. Early orthodontic intervention can offer a wide variety of benefits and advantages for your child’s future, including some which may not be so obvious.
Early intervention can:
- Lead to early identification of oral problems, ultimately saving your child from potential surgeries and more advanced complications in their future.
- Create more space for incoming permanent teeth and guide them into more favorable positions for a more aligned smile.
- Lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Reduce teeth grinding and its uncomfortable symptoms by realigning your child’s jaw placement.
- Improve your child’s appearance and confidence by correcting crooked or misaligned teeth.
- Help with speech difficulties by correcting the alignment of the teeth and jaw.
- Assist with digestion as straight teeth and an aligned jaw can allow your child to more easily chew their food.
The Importance of Preventative Treatment
Your child’s growth and development is key to their future. Early orthodontic intervention offers the opportunity to detect and treat issues before they become more advanced, while also giving your child the chance to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we can help to determine if early orthodontic intervention is appropriate for your child. For more information about our orthodontic treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!
When the holiday season rolls around, you know we all are most excited for the home-cooked meals, fresh desserts, and guilty pleasure treats. As a parent of a child with braces, you should be aware of the foods they should avoid to prevent any mishaps. Having braces during the holidays doesn’t have to be daunting – it just takes some extra planning!
At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we are here to help you avoid the discomfort with some tips on how to plan. Yes, your child may have to sacrifice some of their favorites, like caramel, but they can still indulge in other tasty treats this holiday season.
What Foods Should I Avoid With Braces?
Some foods, and oftentimes your child’s favorite snacks and treats, can cause a detached wire or busted bracket. This can lead to misalignment in teeth, causing their braces to stay on longer. There is a reason why eating risky treats can lead to painful cuts or sores on the inside of your mouth.
Here is a list of foods your child should avoid if they have braces:
- Pecan pie
- Caramel apples
- Raw or Crunchy Vegetables
- Peanut Brittle
- Christmas Bark
- Candy Canes
- Fruit Cake
Your child may be tempted to indulge in some of these items this holiday season, but it’s important to remind them of the damage they can cause to their braces. These are just a few foods to steer clear of, but there are other foods to avoid as well, such as gum, pretzels, hard taco shells, and more.
So… What Can Your Child Eat Safely With Braces?
Your child may seem frustrated at the food restrictions due to their braces, but don’t worry, there are plenty of delicious alternatives! Ditch the caramel apples and candy canes for treats with a softer texture that are just as enjoyable. This will help keep your child’s braces intact and prevent any harmful stray wires or bracket mishaps.
Foods To Safely Enjoy:
- Pumpkin Pie
- Soft Bread Rolls
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Soft Chocolate
There are so many different options to choose from that won’t negatively impact your child’s smile. Plus, by ditching the sticky and hard candy, you’re also skipping the mess. If your child is still upset about missing out on other foods, remember the better they take care of their braces, the shorter duration they will have them.
What Other Ways Can I Protect My Braces During The Holidays?
If your child takes the risk and sneaks in a crunchy, sticky treat, make sure they take extra care of their braces. You should be prepared if a bracket loosens or a wire disconnects. There are plenty of methods to add to your teeth cleaning regime when having braces to ensure your mouth stays unharmed.
Care For Your Braces By:
A Proper Diet
Allowing bones and tissues to receive essential nutrients needed to adequately change the structure of your teeth with braces.
Using Orthodontic Wax
Protect the surfaces within your mouth from bracket or wire scraping.
Brushing & Flossing
Cleaning the crevices and surfaces of your teeth to avoid decay or food buildup.
Fluoride mouthwash can strengthen your teeth, while leaving them polished and fresh.
Reach the places your toothbrush or floss may miss.
Make The Holiday Season Pain-free!
Help your child and their braces enjoy the holidays with these easy care methods. There are many more techniques they can use to care for their teeth. We look forward to seeing your child in our office, but not with broken braces after the holidays. We want their orthodontic treatment to go smoothly and be able to enjoy the holiday season pain-free!
At Hoskinson Orthodontic, we want to help you enjoy the holidays without oral issues. For more information about our services, please contact us today.
While the way we conduct our in-person appointments has changed in response to COVID-19, Hoskinson Orthodontics is excited to announce some new and innovative changes that are happening.
We’ve recently integrated 3D printing technology into our practice, and we are looking very forward to how this technology will enhance the way we provide orthodontic treatment to all of our patients across Scotia, NY, and the surrounding communities!
No More Gooey or Gaggy Mold Impressions!
If you’ve ever had braces, or if you or your child is currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you might recall the mold impressions made of your teeth or your child’s. These impressions replicate a person’s teeth before treatment and allow us to measure and customize braces, retainers, Invisalign, and other orthodontic appliances for the best and most accurate fit.
The compound material used to make these traditional mold impressions is similar to putty. This material goes in two sets of trays that are separately applied to the top and bottom teeth. Each impression needs about one minute to harden. The process isn’t painful, but it can be uncomfortable for some patients.
How 3D Printing Technology Works
With our office’s new 3D printer, there’s no more need for these gooey and gaggy impressions! We now use an intraoral scanner to measure a patient’s smile and import the digital measurements to our CAD software. Our 3D printer then produces a precise and customized resin model of the patient’s teeth. Meanwhile, the patient can sit comfortably throughout this quick and seamless process.
We also take these digital impressions after a patient has their braces removed or completed Invisalign treatment. Our 3D printing technology allows us to yield better-fitting and comfortable retainers that will help patients transition into retainer therapy and maintain their new smiles for years to come.
Have a Safe, Healthy, & Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving in 2020 will look and feel very different compared to previous years. We understand these changes can be difficult to cope in some children. We invite our families to learn more about how to teach adaptability to kids and apply these positive practices to the new way of celebrating Thanksgiving and the holidays.
If you have any questions about our new 3D printing technology, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our staff is happy to explain the technology, the process, and the results you or your child can expect.
On behalf of the Hoskinson Orthodontics team, we want to wish all of our patients and their families a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!
October is National Orthodontic Health Month! Here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’d like to take this opportunity to provide our patients in Scotia, NY, with fun reminders on the importance of their braces and oral health.
With it also being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have some unique ways for our patients to get involved and raise awareness.
Read on to learn more!
National Orthodontic Health Month
Imagine a whole month dedicated to achieving and maintaining your healthiest smile. That’s what National Orthodontic Health Month is all about: Because while it’s no secret that brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is crucial to your oral health, having a straight and beautiful smile is also essential to your overall health and well-being.
Crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, and other orthodontic problems can cause a variety of dental health issues, such as:
Cavities. Crowded or crooked teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss certain areas that can harbor bacteria and lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Poor brushing and flossing can also cause gingivitis or periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and other health complications.
Worn Down Tooth Enamel. Misaligned teeth and improper bites can cause extra friction while chewing, eventually causing the tooth enamel to wear down. Worn down tooth enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity, pain, or erosion.
Headaches & Jaw Pain. Do you grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw when you’re stressed? An improper bite or misaligned teeth add stress to your gums and temporomandibular jaw (TMJ), which can cause pain, affect your sleep, and damage your teeth as a result of teeth grinding.
If you think you could benefit from orthodontic care, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation!
The Power of a Straight & Healthy Smile
A straight smile can help you avoid the array of health problems mentioned above, but it can also do wonders for your self-esteem.
Simply put: If you like your smile, you’re less likely to feel self-conscious or shy away from pictures and more likely to bust out laughing and show off your pearly whites without hesitation.
Smiling is great for our health, as it can produce feel-good endorphins that can act as natural pain relievers and elevate your mood. When you have straight teeth, you’re less likely to experience jaw and gum pain, which leads to a happier and healthier you!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Many patients aren’t thrilled with wearing braces; still, the beautiful end results and benefits of a straighter and healthier smile make treatment time well worth it!
In the meantime, there are fun ways to personalize your braces, and this month, we’re honoring those patients who rock pink ligatures in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
For every patient who chooses pink ligatures on their braces, Dr. Hoskinson will donate $1 in your name to Bellevue Women’s Center. All participants will then be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Visa gift card!
1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Together, we can raise awareness and support women in need today!
Halloween Is Right Around the Corner…
Halloween may be different this year, and many kids and adolescents are learning how to adapt to change. Even though many of us will not be trick-or-treating this year, it’s still possible to enjoy the season and make the most of this Halloween!
Here are some ideas on how you and your family can celebrate Halloween during COVID-19:
- Tell scary stories around a fire
- Have a movie marathon with your family
- Carve and decorate pumpkins
- Throw a virtual costume party
- Play board games or charades
And just as a friendly reminder to our orthodontic patients, please refrain from eating the following festive treats this Halloween:
- Apples (unless they’re cut up in small pieces)
- Sticky or chewy candy, like caramel, toffee, taffy, Skittles, or gumdrops
- Hard candy, like jawbreakers, butterscotch, or Jolly Ranchers
- Candies that contain nuts
- Caramel popcorn
Opt for softer chocolates and candies like peanut butter cups, pure chocolate, or even dive into some ice cream if you’re trying to curb your sweet tooth!
Take the Best Care of Your Smile This Fall
Between Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and National Orthodontic Health Month, October is one of the most exciting times of year at our orthodontic practice! Don’t forget to brush and floss thoroughly twice a day and after meals; that way, your smile is always beautiful and healthy!
Stay tuned to our blog for more news and updates from Hoskinson Orthodontics!