Category: Braces

Smile Stocking Stuffers: Best Gifts for People with Braces or Invisalign

3 kids pose on the beach wearing santa hats and talking about stocking stuffer ideas

The holidays are right around the corner! If you’re starting to think of gifts or stocking stuffer ideas for someone who’s currently wearing braces or Invisalign®, or someone who’s considering orthodontics, we prepared the ultimate guide to make it easy on you.

Bring on the holidays, festivities, and beautiful, healthy smiles! Here are the top stocking stuffer ideas (for all budgets) from your team at Jupiter Orthodontics:

1. Water flosser/Waterpik®

A water flosser is like a mini power washer for your mouth! A modern flossing solution, water flossers use a gentle stream of pressurized water to clean between teeth and along the gum line.

  • Benefits: These devices are highly effective at removing food particles and plaque from teeth, and they’re super easy to use. They help prevent gum inflammation and gum disease, keeping breath fresh and teeth sparkly.

Using a water flosser during orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign is particularly beneficial, because it can clean areas where your toothbrush can’t reach and can make oral hygiene maintenance a lot easier!

  • Where to get one: Brand name Waterpik water flossers can range anywhere from $40 all the way up to $140. You can also grab one on Amazon for about $25! They’re the perfect practical stocking stuffer for people in orthodontic treatment, and anyone who wants to keep their smile clean and healthy.

2. Pack of Colgate® Wisps

Colgate Wisps are portable, mini toothbrushes prepasted with freshening toothpaste, a freshening bead and soft bristles on one end, with a soft pick on the other end to clean hard-to-reach spaces.

  • Benefits: These mini, disposable toothbrushes are super convenient for on-the-go cleaning with braces or Invisalign. They don’t take up much space and fit easily in a purse or bag; they don’t require you to carry toothpaste; they’re perfect for removing food particles between teeth and between brackets and wires.

You can use one in just a few minutes, then toss it in the trash and enjoy fresh breath and clean teeth! You don’t even have to rinse with water afterward (but you may want to so you can swish away any food particles if you’re wearing braces.)

  • Where to get one: You can buy a pack at Walmart, Target, most grocery stores and drug stores, or online! Amazon sells brand name Colgate wisps (4-pack) for $17, but also sells off-brand alternatives (24-pack) for $20. These are the perfect stocking stuffers for a fresh mouth on-the-go.

3. Invisalign Stickables™

Invisalign Stickables are small, colorful accessories that you stick to clear aligners to decorate your smile. They’re the perfect stocking stuffer idea for teens, kids, or anyone who likes a one-of-a-kind smile and is in the midst of an Invisalign transformation!

  • Benefits: Stickables come in a variety of shapes, colors and icons, with 100 stickers per pack. You can choose from different themes, including animals, emojis, food, sports, holidays, shapes, limited edition shapes and so much more. They’re easy to apply and wear, and they allow you to show off your personality! You’ll be able to wear new Stickables every time you change out your aligners to the next set.
  • Where to get them: You can order Invisalign Stickables right from the Invisalign site. A 100-pack of Stickables is $25, and they’ll fit perfectly in a stocking!

4. Electric toothbrush

Does your gift recipient still have a manual toothbrush? If so, an electric toothbrush is the perfect practical stocking stuffer this season!

  • Benefits: Electric toothbrushes provide consistent and thorough cleaning, with rapid rotations that can remove more plaque and food particles than manual brushing. They’re gentle, and the rotating bristles are ideal for cleaning around brackets and wires and reaching spaces that may not be reached with a manual toothbrush.

Studies show that using a powered toothbrush can reduce plaque by 11% in 1-3 months, and 21% in 3 months or more!

Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes and evenly cover all surfaces of your mouth. They can help reduce the risk of gum disease, plaque and bacteria buildup, and some even feature pressure sensors to prevent brushing too hard, which helps prevent receding gums!

  • Where to get them: You can find electric toothbrushes almost anywhere, from Walmart and Target to drug stores, grocery stores and a number of websites. Look through this list of ADA-approved electric toothbrushes to help your search! They can range anywhere from $20 to $150 or more, depending on how much you’re looking to spend.

5. An Invisalign/braces care package

You can create a handy, portable Invisalign/braces care package for your person’s stocking stuffer! You can use a small bag or container to hold items that your gift recipient can keep on-hand and use throughout the day to keep their smile fresh and clean.

Here are some ideas for your braces care kit or Invisalign care kit:

  • A mini hand mirror to check their smile when needed
  • A mini toothbrush & toothpaste, or on-the-go Colgate Wisps
  • Orthodontic wax (for braces wearers) to cover poking wires or irritating brackets
  • Specialized flossers for a quick after-meal flossing
  • Mini mouthwash
  • Chapstick or lip balm
  • Extra elastics or rubber bands (if they’re a part of their treatment plan)

You know your child, teen, friend or family member best! Add anything that you think they’ll benefit from throughout the day. Pick out a cute little bag or a sleek monochromatic case for a stylish care package.

Or, give the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday!

Technically it’s not a stocking stuffer, but gifting a beautiful new smile through orthodontic treatment is the gift that keeps on giving for the rest of their life.

If you’ve been considering braces or Invisalign for your child, or you don’t know if they need orthodontics yet, it’s the perfect time to schedule a free consultation with our team.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we’re proud to be a top family orthodontist in Jupiter, FL! Dr. King, Dr. Welch and our entire team are committed to providing highly-personalized care for you and your family. We go above and beyond to earn your trust and happiness!

Check out all of our treatment options, get to know more about us, and request your complimentary consultation with us! Happy Holidays!

Can crowded teeth cause problems?

teens crowded together as a joke about what causes crowded teeth

If you have crowded teeth, you may be wondering whether this condition can lead to any health issues!

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we believe that patient education is incredibly valuable. We want you to be informed about your smile and your health. Let’s explore how crowded teeth affect your smile, and what we can do to fix this condition!

What causes crowded teeth?

When there isn’t enough room in your jaw to fit all of your teeth in a healthy alignment, your smile is considered overcrowded. A crowded condition may be due to any of the following causes:

  • Genetics. Yes, orthodontic conditions are often hereditary! Because genes are responsible for creating everything from your eye color to your nose shape, they also play a part in how your smile grows and develops. So if you needed braces as a child, your children may need them too.
  • Tooth shape. Every tooth in your mouth isn’t the same shape, because they all serve different purposes – from incisors to molars and canines. Some shapes take up more room than others and can lead to more crowding.
  • Early tooth loss. Your baby teeth play a vital role in the health of your adult teeth! Not only do they allow you as an infant and beyond to chew solid foods, but they also preserve the space for adult teeth to emerge. So whether your child lost baby teeth earlier than most due to decay or an accident, it’s important to schedule an orthodontic evaluation around age 7 so crowding doesn’t become an issue for them.
  • Poor habits. Thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, or using a pacifier beyond age 4 can greatly affect how your child’s teeth grow and develop. This is because the repetitive force can negatively affect the healthy development of their palate, causing narrowing of the upper jaw and crowding of the front teeth.
  • Congenital disorder or rare conditions. These abnormalities found at birth (or in pregnancy) can cause orthodontic issues like crowded teeth such as those with cleft palate or hyperdontia.

How does teeth crowding affect your smile?

There are a few different ways to refer to ‘teeth crowding’. These include: overlapping, overcrowding, or crowded teeth. When teeth are bunched together, this can cause problems with your overall oral health, and more:

  • Low self-esteem. Because crowded teeth are easier to spot than most orthodontic conditions, this can unfortunately attract negative comments. Yea, we’re talking bullies! Having crowded teeth at any age can impact your self-confidence.
  • Speech difficulties. In some cases, crowded teeth can affect your speech. So if you or your child has trouble pronouncing “s” and “sh” sounds, teeth crowding may be to blame.
  • Hard to clean teeth. Crowded teeth tend to overlap one another, making it difficult to clean teeth thoroughly with your toothbrush and floss. This puts you at an increased risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay (cavities).
  • Trouble chewing. When teeth are misaligned, this can cause discomfort when chewing, and can cause potential jaw issues, like TMJ-D.

What if I have mild crowded teeth?

About 30 to 60% percent of people have this common orthodontic condition and most of them have only mildly crowded teeth. Even mildly crowded teeth can lead to health and self-esteem issues!

This is why we provide free orthodontic consultations with our experienced orthodontists, Drs. King and Welch! Once Dr. King or Dr. Welch examines your teeth, we’ll be able to give you some answers about your smile.

How do you fix crowded teeth?

If you have crowded teeth, orthodontic treatment can help you! At your first visit with us, our team will take digital x-rays, diagnostic photos, and perform a comprehensive exam on your smile.

If this assessment shows that you’d benefit from orthodontics, you’ll have the option of Invisalign clear aligners, metal braces, clear braces, advanced self-ligating braces or lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces.

Still have questions about teeth crowding problems?

Having crowded teeth can affect your self-esteem and oral health if left untreated. If you’re ready to experience the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’d love to help you live your best quality of life.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Jupiter, come meet us!

Your Guide to Orthodontics When Sick

adult covers mouth with her hand while being sick with braces

You’re committed to your smile transformation – through the ups and downs, in sickness and in health, right? After all, your beautiful end results will be worth the wait!

So what happens if you catch a bug or wake up feeling under the weather during treatment? We’re here to answer FAQs about being sick with braces or Invisalign®, and give tips on how to handle your orthodontic commitments when you’re not feeling so great.

Good hygiene = Healthy recovery

When you’re sick, maintaining good oral hygiene is even more crucial. Your mouth is a direct route to the rest of your body, so a clean mouth is the key to a healthy body. 

You’re already keeping your braces or Invisalign aligners pretty clean (right?!) – but on your sick days, it’s important to go the extra mile. Maintaining clean braces or aligners can help you kick the sickness much sooner than if you continue putting the same sickness-causing bacteria back in your mouth. 


  • If you have braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean around your brackets and wires thoroughly after each meal. While you may typically brush your teeth twice a day when you’re feeling well, brushing your teeth three to four times a day when sick can make the difference!
  • If you have Invisalign, be sure to disinfect your aligners once daily in a cleaning solution (like Retainer Brite or a homemade mix of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water).

When should I change my toothbrush after being sick?

It’s important that you replace your current toothbrush with a fresh, clean toothbrush after you’re sick! The bacteria that caused your sickness can continue growing within toothbrush bristles and reintroduce the illness back into your body while your body is trying to heal.

Experts advise that you replace your toothbrush once you start feeling better, in order to “make sure lingering bacteria doesn’t lead to reinfection or get passed on to family members” (Cleveland Clinic).

Should i cancel my orthodontist appointment if i have a cold?

Yes. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re not feeling well, please give us a call to reschedule your appointment. We would rather you rest up and visit us when you’re feeling better!

If you have cold or flu symptoms, we want to help prevent you from feeling worse and prevent the spread of germs. Rescheduling your appointment is better for you and for our team.

Stay hydrated!

Fluids are your friends! It’s crucial that you stay hydrated when sick. Hydration helps the body fight off infections and prevents dehydration, which, consequently, helps prevent symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.

Staying hydrated is essential for healing from your illness, but also for maintaining clean teeth with braces or Invisalign. Proper hydration promotes saliva production, which helps prevent dry mouth and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Drinking water also helps rid your teeth of food particles and debris that can otherwise contribute to bacteria buildup, plaque and tartar.

Tip: Try to keep a bottle of water with you at all times! Consider buying a new reusable water bottle or stylish tumbler in your favorite color. This may give you the motivation you need to keep sippin’ and stay hydrated.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We’re on your team and we’re here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about your orthodontic treatment, or questions about how to handle your sickness with braces or Invisalign. 

If you experience any “orthodontic emergencies”, like a loose wire, broken bracket, or something just doesn’t feel right – simply reach out to us and let us know. We’ll tell you how to handle the situation at home while you’re sick, or work out a way for you to visit us safely.

Take it easy!

Remember, it’s okay to take it easy when you’re unwell. Your body needs time to recover, and regaining your health is the first priority. Take it as a chance to binge-watch your favorite shows, cuddle with your pet, and give yourself a break!

We hope these tips help you breeze through your treatment – through sickness and health. If you haven’t received your complimentary consultation with Dr. King or Dr. Welch yet, or your child is ready to receive his or her first orthodontic exam, request a free consultation with us in Jupiter today!

How important is wearing rubber bands with braces?

Smiling girl wearing rubber bands with braces

If you just started your journey to a beautiful new smile and your orthodontist tells you that rubber bands will be a part of your treatment plan, you may have some questions!

Why are rubber bands used? How do they work? What happens if you don’t wear them? Here’s everything you need to know about braces rubber bands:

What are rubber bands?

Rubber bands are one of the most common types of orthodontic appliances used with braces.

They are tiny elastics that hook around a braces hook located on a top bracket of your braces as well as a bottom bracket.

These appliances are used during braces treatment (and sometimes Invisalign® treatment) to apply pressure to the top and bottom jaw bones, which helps guide them into proper alignment. Rubber bands are used to correct all types of misalignments, including overbites, underbites, midlines, crossbites and open bites.

Interarch rubber bands Vs. Colored elastics for braces

Interarch rubber bands are different from colored elastics for braces. These different braces’ elastics types serve different functions, and have different elasticity/resistance. 

The interarch rubber bands are the ones that help align the jaw bones by applying pressure to the top and bottom teeth. (These are the ones you’re reading about in this guide!)

The colored elastics for braces are the tiny elastics that wrap around each bracket to hold the archwire to the bracket. This prevents the archwire from slipping out of place and essentially “tightens” your braces. At each check-in appointment, we’ll replace these rubber bands with new ones to maintain the pressure applied to your teeth.

Both types of rubber bands are designed to apply pressure to your smile, but interarch bands align your jaws, while colored elastics align your teeth. Together, they help us create your perfect smile! 

How important are rubber bands?

If rubber bands are included in your treatment plan, they’re integral to your transformation. It’s essential that you wear your rubber bands as frequently as prescribed. Aligning your jaw bones is a critical part of straightening your smile, treating any present orthodontic problems, and ultimately, achieving the results you came to us for!

In the event that you don’t wear your rubber bands as instructed, this can significantly delay your treatment progress and therefore push back your treatment end date. If you want to see your new smile as quickly as possible, it’s important that you wear your rubber bands and follow your personalized treatment plan to a tee. 

Braces rubber bands: how long do I wear them?

In most cases, patients are prescribed to wear rubber bands 24/7 for anywhere from one month to eight months, or more. You could also be instructed to wear rubber bands part-time, half of the day. It all depends on your personalized treatment plan. 

What is the proper braces elastics position for me?

When your orthodontist hands you your first bag of elastics, we’ll explain how to position your rubber bands, where to place them, how to attach them, and how long to wear them. Our goal is to answer all of your questions so you don’t have any lingering questions when you leave our office.

Your braces’ elastic positions will be determined based on your orthodontic condition, but here’s an example of how they’ll work: 

Rubber band positions for underbite

If you have an underbite where your lower jaw extends further out than your upper jaw, your rubber bands are aimed to guide your lower jaw backward and your upper jaw forward into alignment. In this case, your rubber bands will be attached to a braces hook toward the back of your upper teeth, and one on the canines of your lower teeth.

This position would effectively guide your lower jaw backward.

Rubber band positions for overbite

If you have an overbite where your upper jaw extends further over your lower jaw, your elastics aim to shift the upper jaw backward and the lower jaw forward to align your smile. 

In this case, your rubber bands will attach to a braces hook on the bottom teeth, toward the back of your mouth, and a hook on the top teeth, toward your top canines. The rubber band tension will start to pull the upper jaw backward and the lower jaw forward, effectively treating an overbite. 

Still have questions about rubber bands with braces?

When you visit us for your complimentary consultation, we’ll explain everything you need to know! After Dr. King or Dr. Welch examines your condition, takes diagnostic photos and x-rays and discusses your smile goals with you, we’ll discuss your personalized treatment plan in full detail.

Educating our patients is extremely important to us! We want you to be informed throughout your entire treatment process, because that’s how the greatest results are created.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We love to hear from you. We’re here to guide you through your treatment process.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Jupiter, we’d love to meet you! Request a complimentary exam today.

Can an HSA lower the cost of braces?

Father and daughter learning about HSAs for orthodontics

Spoiler alert: Yes it can! Using your HSA to pay for orthodontic treatment is not only possible, but it can also lower your costs and give you greater value for your money.

Here’s everything you need to know about HSAs for orthodontics – so you can make the best decision for your smile (and your wallet).

What is HSA or FSA?

HSA stands for Health Savings Account, which is a type of savings account that allows you to set money aside (pre-taxed) to be used for qualifying medical expenses. This money can then be withdrawn tax-free and dedicated toward healthcare deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket costs.

The portion of your orthodontics cost that isn’t covered by your insurance company may be covered by your HSA account. HSA funds are tax-deductible, tax-deferred and tax-free!

Since HSA money goes into your account untaxed and comes out of it untaxed, this allows you to get even greater value from your HSA funds than you would from your typical checking or savings account.

An FSA, which stands for Flexible Spending Account, is essentially a less-flexible version of an HSA. For example, FSA funds may not be able to roll over to the next year if benefits aren’t used by the end of the year. FSAs are also owned by your employer, whereas HSAs are personal savings accounts. 

Can you use HSA for braces?

You sure can! In fact, any orthodontic treatment deemed necessary after your free initial orthodontic exam can be considered a qualified medical expense for your HSA. 

Orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign® clear aligners is not just for cosmetic benefits. While orthodontic treatment can and will improve your appearance and confidence drastically, it can also improve your quality of life and a number of major functions related to your teeth and jaw bones. 

For example, orthodontic treatment can help widen the jaw bones and free blockages from the airways to improve breathing and sleeping quality. Some cases of sleep apnea can be treated with orthodontics alone. For many people, orthodontic treatment is medically necessary to improve their quality of life and can therefore be covered by HSAs.

Do HSA funds roll over to the next year?

Yes, unlike FSA accounts, all money in an HSA account rolls over to the next year. If you have a healthcare FSA from your employer that does roll over, you’ll only be able to carry over about $570 from your 2022 contributions to 2023.

If you have an FSA, it’s a good idea to use those funds before the year ends in order to receive the maximum benefit! We encourage you to request your complimentary exam with us to get the treatment process started and make the most out of your 2022 FSA!

How do you use an HSA for orthodontics?

The steps you’ll need to take to apply your HSA funds to your orthodontics costs will depend on your specific provider. However, there are a few common ways to access or redeem your savings.

  1. Use your HSA debit card or benefits card. When you open your HSA, you typically receive a debit card attached to your account to access your funds. You can use this benefits card like you would a traditional debit card, but only for healthcare expenses. If you use the HSA debit card method, you can simply swipe your card to use your HSA for orthodontics.
  2. Write a check from your HSA. Nowadays, checks are not as common as debit cards for HSAs, but if you prefer to use a check to access your funds, you will receive a checkbook linked to your account. You can then write a check the same way you would a traditional check to cover medical expenses.
  3. Complete an online payment to your orthodontist. Online payments have proven to be one of the easiest routes for using HSA funds. With many HSAs, you can send money directly to your orthodontist, like you would with a traditional bank account. HSAs can be linked similarly to bank accounts.
  4. Get reimbursed. If you don’t have enough money accrued in your HSA, you can pay your treatment costs out-of-pocket, then file for a reimbursement from your HSA months or years down the road. 

With orthodontic HSA fund applications, you have options! In most cases, it’s up to you to decide how you want to apply your HSA funds in a way that’s most convenient for you. 

We’re here to help!

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we’re here to help in any way we can. We’re happy to discuss how you can apply your HSA to your orthodontics cost. 

On your first visit to our orthodontist office in Jupiter, we’ll help you configure your costs and develop an affordable payment plan to cover your out-of-pocket expenses with your HSA. 

We’re proud to offer a variety of payment options, including 0% interest in-house financing, to make your braces costs or Invisalign costs affordable for you! 

Everyone deserves a confident smile – without breaking the bank. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Ready to start your journey? Request your complimentary exam today to get started!

Top 3 Vitamin Supplements for Healthy Teeth with Braces

adult with Invisalign learns which vitamins she can take with braces

Taking daily vitamins and mineral supplements is one of the easiest ways to improve your health, strengthen your immune system and shine bright from the inside out! 

You can take certain vitamins to grow your hair, help clear your skin complexion, and improve your brain function, so are there vitamins that can help support your teeth throughout orthodontic treatment too?

Yes there are! If you’re interested in discovering which vitamins you can take with braces, this one’s for you.

The Role of Vitamins in the Body

Taking vitamins has a range of benefits, from improved eyesight and greater heart health, to reduced stress and anxiety, brighter skin complexion and stronger teeth!

Our bodies are filled with natural vitamins that facilitate proper function and growth of our cells – and our cells are responsible for everything that goes on in the body. In fact, our bodies are just a big, beautiful clump of cells.  Vitamins are a one-stop solution for living a healthier and happier life.

Certain vitamins hold unique benefits. For example, Vitamins C, D and E are three of the best vitamins to support healthy skin cell function. To strengthen your teeth and gums, you can focus on adding more calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and potassium to your diet or through supplements.

Vitamins and Orthodontic Treatment

So how does this all apply to you during your treatment with braces or Invisalign®

Vitamins that support your teeth, gums and jaw bones can promote healthy tooth movement, speed up the orthodontic process, and help you reveal a bright smile when your orthodontic treatment is complete!

Top 3 Vitamins to Support You Through Orthodontic Treatment

1. Calcium

Calcium is a no-brainer when it comes to your smile. Calcium is a powerhouse for bones and teeth. It strengthens enamel, the outer protective layer of the teeth that has the key responsibility of preventing cavities, discoloration and erosion. 

It’s recommended that young adults intake about 1,300 mg of calcium daily. This will help support your teeth and provide them with the strength they need to move quickly and healthily for the best treatment results.

Adding calcium to your diet:

You can find loads of calcium in milk, cheese, yogurt and leafy vegetables (like spinach, kale and collard greens). Try adding an extra slice of cheese to your lunch, or grabbing a milk on the go. You can also choose a calcium vitamin or supplement to get your daily dose!

2. Magnesium

Magnesium is a key mineral essential for the proper development of the jaw bones and gums – two very important parts of your smile. Magnesium (along with other minerals) comprises the structure of the teeth and helps maintain bone density.

In order to move your teeth to a beautiful new formation through orthodontic treatment, we need strong teeth and jaw bones that can react appropriately to your braces’ guidance.

Magnesium also works hand-in-hand with calcium, helping the body absorb calcium. Double win! 

Adding magnesium to your diet:

You can find magnesium in beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, wheat and fruits like avocados, bananas, kiwis, raspberries and cantaloupes. Try a fresh fruit salad for your next snack! Of course, you can also supplement with a magnesium daily vitamin.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D does wonders for our bodies! Like magnesium, it helps us absorb calcium and plays a key role in bone and tooth remineralization. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help maintain healthy gums and keep bacteria at bay. 

Studies published by the National Library of Medicine have shown that “supplementing with vitamin D was associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of dental caries (cavities) compared with no supplement”. This is more than enough reason to add more vitamin D to your day!

Adding vitamin D to your diet:

The average person should intake about 600 IU of vitamin D daily. This can be achieved through lifestyle changes, dietary changes and supplementing with a daily vitamin. 

Although it isn’t difficult to get vitamin D in Florida year-round, it’s important that you make time to get anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes of natural sunlight a day with your arms and face exposed to the sun. 

Add vitamin D-rich foods, like eggs, butter, yogurt, cheese and fish to your grocery list. And of course, you can add a daily vitamin or chew to your diet!

Can I take gummy vitamins with braces?

Gummy vitamins are more desirable for children than traditional, solid vitamins of course (yay sugar!) But is taking gummy vitamins a good idea? Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Gummy vitamins hold fewer minerals and vitamins than traditional, solid vitamins.
  2. Flavored gummies can make a considerable dent in your recommended daily sugar intake of fewer than 25 grams. Some gummies have upwards of 8 grams of sugar in them!
  3. Some gummy vitamins also have harmful additives, like Red #40 and Yellow #6 in them. These chemicals are known to cause hyperactivity in children, difficulty focusing, and may even increase the risk of certain cancers. 
  4. Gummy vitamins can become lodged within your braces, due to their stickiness. Eating them could potentially loosen a bracket or wire and require an emergency orthodontist appointment.

We think it’s best to avoid gummy vitamins during orthodontic treatment and opt for solid traditional vitamins!

Still have questions about vitamins and orthodontics?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re here to guide you through orthodontic treatment and ensure that you achieve beautiful, lifelong results. If you’re looking for advice – or just want to chat about your child’s treatment – we’re here for you.

Still considering orthodontic treatment? We’re proud to offer a variety of desirable treatment options for all ages! Choose from InBrace® truly invisible braces, traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, advanced self-ligating braces and Invisalign® clear aligners

Dr. King, Dr. Welch and our team will help you make the best choice for your smile on your first visit

Ready to get started? Request your complimentary orthodontic exam with our experienced orthodontists in Jupiter, Florida today! 

We’ll help you smile with confidence. 

How to Deal with Bullying & Braces: 5 Tips

teen with braces learns about bullying with braces

Braces are becoming more popular over recent years with an estimated four million people wearing braces at any given time!

With new technological advancements that make braces more customizable and less noticeable than ever before (like lingual braces and self-ligating braces), braces don’t hold the stigma they once did. However, children in school can be critical of peers who have unique qualities – and that can unfortunately include a unique smile. 

The facts about braces and bullying

According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, 66% of adolescents were teased about their physical characteristics; malocclusions (dental misalignments) were found to have a significant correlation to bullying.

Another study revealed that of the children who were bullied for their teeth, 78% reported that they were no longer being bullied once they began orthodontic treatment!

While this is a hopeful statistic, we would like to see that 100% of children are not bullied for their teeth, their braces, or any reason whatsoever.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so we’re kicking it off early by spreading awareness! Parents, here are 5 tips to handle childhood bullying.

Tips to handle bullying with your child

Tip #1: Listen to your child.

First things first, hear your child out. Bullying is a serious matter, and it’s important that your child knows he or she has your support through it all. Children shouldn’t have to feel alone as they navigate challenging situations in life!

Listen to your child’s concerns and know when to raise the issue to school administration if necessary. 

Tip #2. Model self-love and self-acceptance.

Modeling self-love and confidence for your child goes a long way. Parents’ habits dictate their children’s habits. If you look in the mirror, smile and call yourself beautiful, your child is likely to do the same!

Lead by example and show your child that they have plenty of qualities to love. Self-love is the best defense against bullying. 

Compliment your child’s positive attributes and emphasize the ones that lie below the surface. Qualities like kindness, intelligence and kindness should be celebrated above physical appearance.

Tip #3: Show your child that their favorite celebrities had braces too!

Braces are a normal part of growing up and many of our favorite celebrities and influencers had braces too. It may help to show your child pictures of popular stars in orthodontic treatment. 

Emma Watson, Gabrielle Union, Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Ariel Winter, Kendall Jenner, Venus and Serena Williams, Niall Horan, Emma Stone, Beyonce and Dwight Howard all went through orthodontic treatment to experience a confident, movie-star smile!

Tip #4: Remind them that wearing braces is something to be proud of.

Your child can be proud of the self-discipline and patience it takes to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile! This is something to be proud of, not made fun of.

In a few months’ time, your child will get to reveal an incredible smile that improves their health and boosts their self-esteem. Let them know that anything they do to improve their life is something to celebrate.

Tip #5: Consider alternate treatment methods if your child is particularly apprehensive.

We understand that braces aren’t for everyone, especially children and teens exploring their own unique styles in life! Braces aren’t your only option. At Jupiter Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer Invisalign® clear aligners as an alternative to braces.

A lot of our teen patients choose clear aligners as their preferred treatment method, and we’re more than happy to accommodate. Both types of treatment are just as effective as traditional braces, and they tend to be more convenient for teens’ lifestyles. It’s all up to your preferences!

Dr. King and Dr. Welch have the experience you need to undergo a successful treatment with your preferred treatment option.

Still have questions about orthodontic treatment?

We want your child to undergo a successful, life-changing transformation – and we’re here to help you support your child along the way. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at our Jupiter office.

We’re happy to discuss any of our treatments and technologies with you. We support the families in our community!

If you haven’t started treatment yet and you’re ready to get started, request a complimentary consultation with us today.

Back to School with Braces in 2022! Top 5 Tips

teens after their back to school orthodontic exam

*School bells ring in the distance* It’s that time again! School is back in session and if you’re starting off the school year with a fresh metal grill, you may have mixed feelings. It’s only natural.

Your experience doesn’t have to be awkward. Braces treatment is a lot less challenging than you may think. 

Your friends here at Jupiter Orthodontics have the pro tips you need to go back to school with confidence. (We have a feeling this is going to be your best school year yet.)

1. Be selfie-ready at all times with a braces care kit.

Don’t let your breakfast linger into lunch with you! Carrying a braces care kit is ideal for keeping your smile clean and avoiding the embarrassing realization that you had a piece of lettuce in your teeth the whole time. 

Consider any of these items for your handy kit:

  • Mini toothbrush
  • Mini toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Interproximal brush
  • Pocket mirror
  • Orthodontic wax

You don’t have to carry too many items or spend more than $5! As long as you have a travel-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, you’re good to go. Keeping your teeth clean will help you maintain excellent oral hygiene.

After breakfast, lunch and snacks, bring your braces care kit to the bathroom for a quick cleanse. Clean teeth = great breath + exceptional treatment results.

2. Keep it cool with a refillable water bottle.

Bring your coolest water bottle to school and refill it a few times each day. You’ll see the benefits pretty quickly! Water plays an important role in your orthodontic treatment journey, from your dental health to your mental health.

Plus, drinking more water means more bathroom breaks – and more bathroom breaks means more chances to use your braces care kit.

3. Don’t take risks with your precious smile!

Life is all about taking risks – safe risks, that is. Ask that girl or guy out. Learn how to play the drums. Try out for the main role in the next play! Why not? Live a little!

However, one risk you don’t want to take this school year (or ever) is stepping onto the field or court without your mouthguard. Leaving your teeth exposed to a ball spiraling toward your face or another player’s elbow is a dangerous, painful, and expensive risk.

According to studies published by the American Dental Association, “individuals who do not use mouthguards have more than twice the increased risk of orofacial injury.” Wearing a mouthguard reduces the chances of dentofacial injuries in collision sports by 27.6%!

Your mouthguard protects you from a potential braces emergency, or worse – a cut lip or a missing tooth. If you don’t have a mouthguard yet, please let our team know at your next appointment and we can help you choose the best one. 

4. Pack some braces-friendly snacks – just in case.

Who doesn’t appreciate back-up snacks? Whether you prefer eating school lunches or packing lunches from home, it’s a good idea to keep some braces-friendly snacks in your locker.

During the first week with braces, your teeth and gums may be a bit sore, and you may feel discouraged from eating some of your usual foods. (Don’t worry, this is temporary!) While your mouth is still adjusting to braces treatment, you may want to pack some soft snacks, like:

  • Pasta salad
  • Oatmeal
  • Apple sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Soft chocolate
  • Chicken soup

After the first week or so with braces, you may be able to reintroduce the full braces-approved menu. Try any of these snacks:

  • String cheese
  • Muffins
  • Shredded chicken
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Fruit salad
  • Grilled cheese

With braces-friendly snacks by your side, you won’t have to face lunch on your own or feel that your options are limited. (And you won’t be hangry by the end of the day.)

5. Smile as much as possible!

Take every chance to smile with friends – and in the mirror! Watch your smile transform over the months and start tapping into the confidence you’re gaining.

We provide different types of braces so you can choose the one that makes you feel the most confident. Choose from traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces and advanced self-ligating braces. (We’re also expert Invisalign® providers.) 

Remember, all of your hard work will pay off soon. Enjoy this school year – and prepare for a life-changing smile! 

Need more back-to-school tips?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’ll give you all of the tips and advice you need for a comfortable transition back to school – with braces, but without the awkwardness. 

Has your child received his or her first orthodontic exam yet? We are a leading orthodontist in Jupiter, FL, and we offer free first visits. Your first visit includes a one-on-one consultation with Dr. King or Dr. Welch and a thorough orthodontic exam with x-rays and photos!

Request your complimentary back-to-school orthodontic exam today.