Category: Community

How Jupiter Orthodontics gives back to our community

hands of team members of an Orthodontist in Jupiter

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth to us! While our role as leading orthodontists in Jupiter allows us to create beautiful smiles through braces or Invisalign treatment, our philosophy extends beyond our patients to our community as a whole. 

We’re always looking for ways to make our community smile and create a positive impact! Here are a few ways Jupiter Orthodontics has given back recently, and how we commit every day to engaging with our community beyond orthodontics:

Our local schools initiatives

The Jupiter team is proud to have built relationships with our local schools and sponsor various programs throughout the school year! We truly believe children are our future and giving them the tools they need to stay healthy and achieve greatness is our greatest passion. That’s why Jupiter Orthodontics created the G.R.I.N award for students who improve their performance and/or behavior during the year. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and sometimes that takes a little encouragement and someone who believes in them!

Dr. King, Dr. Welch, and our friendly team members are also happy to educate students on the importance of oral health and the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Jupiter Orthodontics also partners with many local schools in our efforts to give back through our Kindness Bench donations, hosting teacher appreciation events, and donating emergency supplies to school nurses. As a former child of two school teachers, Dr. King knows how important educators are in nurturing children’s healthy and well-rounded characters. 

We support local sports teams too!

Dr. King and Dr. Welch are proud to offer travel expense support for our local traveling sports team members so they can enjoy a full season of fun and sportsmanship!

Another program we’ve created with great success involves sports safety. With nearly 50% of children experiencing dentofacial injuries during sports activities, wearing the proper protective gear can greatly reduce the risk of oral injuries. This is why we’re proud to offer FREE custom mouthguards for ANY elementary or middle school student participating in a qualifying sports program. We love doing our part to keep your child’s smile safe and happy!

We’re committed to making regular charitable donations

Jupiter Orthodontics is wholeheartedly committed to giving back to our Jupiter community and beyond! We regularly make charitable donations to many different non-profits and voluntary organizations to do our part in educating our children, teaching kindness, and promoting food security. 

A few of the local and national organizations we support every year are the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, the Knights of Columbus (Food for Families), and the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

From educating young girls in our community on the orthodontic process to collecting pantry food items for families in hardship, Jupiter Orthodontics strives to help families in any way we can. Dr. King is also proud to offer FREE orthodontic treatment to children in need for every 10th patient that starts. While our practice strives to provide affordable orthodontic treatment to every smile in Jupiter, we know that families near or below poverty level can struggle with any additional expense and want to do our part to help bridge the gap.

We do our part in protecting the environment!

As a business, we recognize the impact our tools and standard of safe care can have on the environment. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint!

A few ways our practice protects our environment (and beautiful Palm Beach County beaches) is through the use of digital x-rays and digital impressions! By using digital x-ray machines to get clear digital images of your teeth and jawbones, we forgo the use chemicals necessary to “cure” traditional x-ray images and their by-product which negatively impact our environment by leaving lead waste in our topsoil (a substance that takes over 2,000 years to break down).  

Also, with the help of our iTero, our team has eliminated the use of traditional dental impressions for our patients. This is more than just a comfortable method for our patients too! By using the iTero, we eliminate the need for impression trays, putty ingredients, and storage, reducing our material waste significantly!

We want to see Jupiter thrive!

Dr. King, Dr. Welch, and our entire team hope that our community initiatives don’t just affect their direct recipients but also create a ripple effect through our Jupiter community; inspiring others in our community to act with kindness and encouraging future generations to do the same! 

While we’re proud of all our local programs and initiatives, our Jupiter Team is also dedicated to providing top-quality orthodontic care to kids, teens, and adults in Jupiter and surrounding cities. Our world-class professionals use proven and unique techniques (such as the King Method) and advanced technologies to give each patient a personalized orthodontic experience that achieves the best possible smile results. 

When you visit us for your free orthodontic exam, we’re confident that you’ll see our commitment to supporting our patients and our community. Everything we do at Jupiter Orthodontics is centered around our patients!

If you have any questions about orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Use our blog as a guide for orthodontic treatment!

Why You Should Prioritize Summer Orthodontist Appointments

Two girl friends enjoying summer moments after their orthodontist appointments

Summer is only two months away – (even though it almost always feels like summer in Jupiter.) The days are getting warmer, and you may be thinking about your summer plans. 

Is traveling or vacationing on your list? Or are you planning to hang locally at the beach? Maybe you’re in more of a ‘stay-at-home and binge-watch shows or binge-read books’ mood this year.

However you choose to enjoy your summer, it’s important that you try your best to prioritize orthodontist appointments too. Don’t forget about your friends here at Jupiter Orthodontics! 

Attending all of your Invisalign® or braces appointments with Dr. King or Dr. Welch is how you’ll experience beautiful results in the shortest amount of time.

Of course life happens, and unexpected obligations may arise – which could cause you to miss an appointment or two. What would this mean for your treatment progress? Is your new smile in jeopardy?

Here’s what you need to know about missing orthodontist appointments:

What happens if you miss an orthodontist appointment

So you have a busy summer ahead, and you realize you may miss an orthodontist visit. Now you’re wondering about the fate of your smile. Would that hurt your progress? 

Fortunately, one missed visit shouldn’t hurt your progress too much, as long as you reschedule the appointment as soon as possible.

In most cases, the further into your treatment process you are, the less likely a missed appointment is to affect your progress. If you’re at the very beginning of your treatment process and your teeth are just beginning to shift, a missed appointment that isn’t rescheduled within a week or so can slow your progress.

At your orthodontist appointments, your orthodontist will perform a check-up evaluation to assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your braces or Invisalign treatment plan. If your orthodontist isn’t able to assess your smile as frequently as necessary, this can delay progress and require changes to the initial treatment plan. It’s a good idea to prioritize your visits if you want fast results!

Sometimes, life happens, and you have to reschedule an appointment or two – and that’s okay! We’re happy to work around you. If anything comes up unexpectedly and you won’t be able to make your scheduled appointment, please give our office a call and we’ll reschedule your appointment for a better time.  

If you know that you’ll be traveling or unavailable during a certain week, please let us know and we’ll be sure to schedule around your availability.

How often are orthodontic appointments?

The timing of your orthodontic appointments will depend on your specific case. Appointments may be anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks apart. For patients who have a more severe case or who just began treatment, you may be advised to visit your orthodontist every 4 weeks. 

Patients who have minor cases, or those who are well underway in their treatment process, may be advised to visit their orthodontist every 6 to 10 weeks. 

The frequency of your orthodontic visits is likely to change as you make progress too. Throughout the summer, you can expect anywhere from 1 to 3 orthodontist visits – depending on your personalized treatment plan!

Your visits will be quick, efficient, and enjoyable with our team! 

How often do you get braces tightened?

We offer INBRACE invisible braces, metal self-ligating braces, and clear self-ligating braces! We use advanced self-ligating braces that don’t require rubber bands/elastics, and therefore, don’t need to be tightened.

Traditional braces may require tightening appointments every 4 to 6 weeks, whereas self-ligating braces appointments may be every 10 to 12 weeks! Dr. King or Dr. Welch will advise you on how often to visit us throughout your treatment process.

How often are Invisalign appointments?

The regularity of your Invisalign orthodontist appointments will also depend on your progress and the severity of your case. Invisalign patients generally visit us every 6 weeks or so. 

You’ll receive a few sets of custom-made clear aligners each time you visit us, and you’ll switch each set out for one of your new ones every 2 weeks. 

Two Tips to Speed Up Your Results this Summer

Whether you choose braces or Invisalign, there are ways to help your treatment progress along! 

1. Wear your clear aligners at least 20 to 22 hours, every day.

Wearing your Invisalign aligners for no less than 20 hours a day is essential for achieving the shortest treatment length. Your clear aligners can’t do their job if they’re not in place – so if they collect dust in your Invisalign case, you’re probably looking at a longer treatment process.

2. Maintain good oral hygiene. 

Oral hygiene isn’t just about preventing bad breath and yellow teeth. It’s also about maintaining strong teeth and gums to support your new smile. An article published by the National Library of Medicine states that maintaining great oral health is critical for patients in orthodontic treatment. Negligent oral health can lead to plaque buildup over braces and/or orthodontic appliances, leading to inflammation in the gums and compromised gum health over time. 

Oral health problems, like gum disease, will require immediate attention and will likely prolong your orthodontic treatment. Keep your braces clean, and consider carrying a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to maintain cleanliness throughout the day.

Healthy gums and teeth create healthy, beautiful smiles – in short periods of time! 

Still have questions about your upcoming orthodontist appointments this summer?

If you’re still on the fence about adult braces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to speak to you about your hesitations.

Ready to begin your journey toward your most confident smile? Get started by requesting your free exam with Dr. King or Dr. Welch, top orthodontists in Jupiter

Why to go to an orthodontist instead of an at-home clear aligners company?

young woman, smiling, white straight teeth, Invisalign, Jupiter Orthodontics

As at-home clear aligners increase in popularity, it’s natural to wonder whether in-person orthodontic care or at-home orthodontic care is the better decision for you or your child.

You may believe “at-home” has a comfortable ring to it, but when it comes to you or your child’s precious smile, do you really want to leave room for error?

Take this quick quiz to understand why in-person orthodontic treatment is the right decision for you!

1. Initial Exam
You decided on Invisalign® clear aligners as your treatment. Now, let’s begin. For your initial exam, do you choose Option A or Option B?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You took the questionable route and chose at-home orthodontics. For your initial exam, you receive an impression kit in the mail. You bite into the impression mold of thick “goop”, your hands shake and you aren’t quite sure if you’re doing it correctly. You send your molds back through the mail and await the arrival of your clear aligners.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You played it smart and scheduled your free exam with us. You meet Dr. King, who asks you what your goals are with treatment. Dr. King then completes a thorough exam of your teeth and bite. He takes x-rays of your condition and shows you diagnostic photos of previous success stories. Dr. King discusses your treatment options with you and suggests the most efficient and effective treatment to fit your lifestyle. He thoroughly explains your chosen treatment and proceeds to take impressions of your teeth and bite, using the iTero Digital Impression system. Your dental molds show immediate results, without the use of “goopy” impression materials. Dr. King crafts a treatment plan, personalized to your current condition and your unique orthodontic goals. He explains every aspect of your custom treatment plan and answers every question you have. Now, with an extensive understanding of what’s to come, you await the arrival of your clear aligners.

2. Your initial exam is complete!

Now it’s time to receive your aligners and begin treatment. If you chose:

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You receive your clear aligners in the mail. You place a set in your mouth, and they feel slightly off-kilter. You can feel that your bottom teeth are dramatically compressed in the bottom aligner, and your top aligner is fitting loosely. You place them in and begin treatment, but you have a few questions, so you resort to searching Google for answers. You continue referring to Google with questions throughout your treatment. Four months have passed, and you snap a picture of your teeth to compare with a picture of your teeth from the beginning of treatment. You don’t notice a difference, but you assume it’ll take a little longer to see results. So you continue treatment and await the results.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You receive your clear aligners from Dr. King. You place a set in your mouth, and they fit snuggly with just enough pressure exerted on your teeth. Dr. King gives you detailed instructions with your clear aligners, and you ask questions to ease every concern. You leave our office with your new orthodontic treatment and a comfortable, comprehensive understanding of your treatment plan. You visit our office regularly, every couple of months, so Dr. King can monitor your progress and order your next few sets of aligners. You visit Dr. King or call the office as often as you’d like with any questions or concerns. (You’re sure to address the hard hitting questions, like “Can I drink wine with Invisalign”?) Four months into your treatment, you compare a picture of your ‘before’ teeth with a picture of your current progress, and you notice a dramatic difference! You’re ecstatic with your current smile, and you can’t wait for the final results.

3. Your treatment is over!

How do you like your new smile?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

Your smile looks different than it did at the beginning of your treatment. You realize you were misinformed on the amount of hours to wear your aligners each day, so your treatment progressed at a slow pace. Your bottom teeth are crowding each other. Your top teeth don’t fall into perfect alignment with your bottom teeth, and it feels awkward to chew food. You realize that you must’ve taken inaccurate molds of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment. (Remember your shaky hands?) Looking at your results in the mirror, you decide that your at-home orthodontic venture was not worth the money or time. You call Jupiter Orthodontics to schedule your free orthodontic exam, and your treatment period starts back at square one.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You love your new teeth! Your smile reveals perfectly aligned teeth on the top and bottom rows. Your previous condition has vanished, and your top and bottom teeth align comfortably with a healthy bite. Your new smile exceeds your expectations, and you can’t wait to maintain it during the retention phase. You walk out of Jupiter Orthodontics with a confident smile that you can’t stop sharing. Your in-person orthodontic treatment was a success.

The risks in at-home orthodontic care should not be ignored!

In this scenario, at-home orthodontic care resulted in an ineffective treatment that required in-person orthodontic care in the end to reverse damage. (At-home orthodontic care can lead to even greater damage than this scenario!) When you choose in-person orthodontic care with an orthodontist, you’re choosing a path that will save you a considerable amount of time and money.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we want you to experience a confident smile without damaging your teeth or gums. If you’re seeking an orthodontist in Jupiter, we would love to meet you! Please feel free to reach out to us or schedule your free exam with Dr. King today.  Jupiter Orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.


young girl in orthodontist chair, waiting for exam, Jupiter Orthodontics

Many people find themselves saying, “I just want straight teeth. I don’t care if I have an improper bite.” Their motivating desire is to have straighter teeth, not to improve their bite.

While straightening teeth is extremely important, your bite alignment is equally as important!

People who have adapted to an improper bite over time have no reference for a healthy bite. They may think their bite is normal, yet they’re unknowingly experiencing the harmful effects of an improper bite.

Improve Your Quality of Life

Straight teeth are an important component to a healthy bite, as teeth must be excellently aligned for an excellent bite condition. You can’t achieve the bite you need without excellent tooth alignment!

With a proper bite, you will notice:

  • A more proportionate facial balance and attractiveness with balanced jaw positions and lip position
  • An expanded airway, which makes breathing, eating and sleeping significantly easier
  • Healthy teeth and gums protected from damage and diseases

Understanding Bite Relationships

Dental occlusion, which is a person’s bite, refers to the relationship and alignment of the lower and upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Occlusion basically describes how the teeth fit together.

A malocclusion is an incorrect bite relationship or an irregular alignment of teeth giving the characteristic of spacing or crowding. At least 70% of the population has a malocclusion! Although most people experience an improper bite, it’s not “normal”, and it disables you from living your best quality of life.

Malocclusions can contribute to three types of problems:

  • Esthetic/Psychological: Evidence shows that a malocclusion and unhealthy alignment are associated with a negative social status, while a healthy occlusion and alignment are associated with a positive social status.
    • Employment: An esthetically attractive person has a better chance of being perceived as qualified by employers.
    • Self-Esteem: Your dental and orthodontic structures directly affect your appearance. The more attractive your teeth and bite are, the higher your social status is perceived, which causes you to have a greater self-esteem.
  • Functional: Living with a malocclusion increases your potential for developing problems during your daily functions, namely chewing, swallowing and speaking. With an improper bite, you’ll likely experience pain and discomfort around the temporomandibular joints, or the two joints that connect the jaw to the skull. A malocclusion can also damage the periodontal tissues and the teeth over time by deterioration.
  • Injury/Pathology: Protruding upper teeth are at a greater risk of being injured from a trauma. In fact, “the risk of trauma to the upper incisors is as high as ⅓ in children with untreated incisor protrusion” (1). Poor alignment and crowded teeth also complicate hygiene and increase the risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

The Bottom Line

A malocclusion, or improper bite or tooth relationships, can significantly affect your quality of life without you even realizing it. A healthy bite will help you breathe easier, speak easier, sleep easier, focus easier and encourage a positive self-esteem.

Investing in orthodontic treatment to achieve a better bite and a more pleasing smile will pay off for a lifetime, in more ways than one!

If you’re ready to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. King, request your appointment here!

If you have any questions regarding bites or how you can achieve your healthiest smile yet, don’t hesitate to contact us or ask us a question.

1. Proffit WR, Fields HW, Sarver DM. Contemporary orthodontics. 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:751.


Two hands holding retainers, one hawley retainer, one mouthguard, invisalign aligner, smiling white teeth straight

Imagine a patient who’s just broken her arm. We’ll call her Suzie. Suzie will be rushed to the emergency room to mend her broken arm. Depending on her condition, the doctors will most likely perform surgery, realign the arm bones and send Suzie home with a cast to enforce the proper structure of her arm for the next few months or so.

Now imagine she removes her cast after one day of wear. The arm bones don’t know the proper way to heal; they have no structure or alignment for growth support. The arm will most likely resume its broken position, reverting to an unhealthy alignment with improper growth. Essentially, Suzie just underwent surgery for no reason, and she’ll have to endure treatment all over again.

Now, apply this to your orthodontic treatment.

You just went through a full 18-month treatment of traditional metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners. The day your braces are removed, Dr. King gives you your retainer (or in Suzie’s case, her cast) to wear diligently for the next year. If you choose not to wear your retainer, your teeth will revert to their previous position prior to your braces treatment. To avoid regression in your treatment, your teeth need subsequent enforcement and structure once your braces are removed.

Soft tissues need reinforcement 

Your braces have been removed, and your teeth and gums are standing freely on their own. They’ve become accustomed to constant surrounding pressure enforcing their structure and supporting them in their position. Once the crutch is removed, your teeth and gums will need to stabilize without the help of braces. With no enforcement, teeth have a natural tendency to revert to their natural position. (Their natural position is the reason you initially needed braces, so you obviously don’t want them back in that same position!) Your teeth and gums are tender after your braces are removed; they’re easily influenced by pressure. Wearing your retainer as prescribed will keep your teeth and gums in the proper position, supporting them through the day and night. The retainer will literally retain your perfect smile.

Teeth shift out of place

Your retainer is designed to correct overcrowding or spacing in your teeth. If your teeth are prone to spacing, your retainer’s design will ensure your teeth are held tightly together. Eventually, after a period of retention, your teeth will stabilize in a compact formation. If your mouth is relatively small and your teeth are prone to overcrowding and overlapping each other, your retainer will be designed to leave space where it’s necessary. This position will also stabilize once your retainer is worn sufficiently.

Similarly, your retainer’s design will leave room for wisdom teeth to grow with a healthy amount of space. Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. As many people have braces before or during this period, the emergence of wisdom teeth must be considered during an orthodontic treatment and after. Your retainer will ensure enough space for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Failure to wear your retainer will cause crowded teeth and gapped teeth to reappear.

How long should I wear my retainer?

Depending on the type of retainer you choose, you will be prescribed an amount of time to keep your retainer in place. We offer different types of retainers, including removable retainers and permanent retainers. Removable retainers will be worn full-time, day and night, for 2 weeks following removal of your braces. After 2 weeks of full-time wear, Dr. King will give you the green light to wear your retainer only at night. Eventually, you will be able to wear your retainer at night a few days a week, and you will continue to wear it like this for as long as you want to keep your teeth in excellent condition. (We recommend forever!)

If you have a permanent retainer, this will stay in place supporting your bottom teeth for the foreseeable future. Some patients choose to have these removed after years, while most get used to their permanent retainer very quickly and choose not to have it removed. As long as your permanent retainer remains in, your bottom teeth will have constant structural enforcement keeping them straight and properly aligned.

If you’re ready to take the next step and want to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. King, you can do so here!
If you have any questions about retainers, braces or Invisalign®, Jupiter Orthodontics has you covered. Feel free to contact us here!

We are proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.



Invisalign Clear Aligners have become an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment option because patients can remove them when necessary and they are very discreet.  Sounds simple, right?? It is, but we still get questions on proper protocol when eating and drinking with clear aligners.  Here are a few tips that we share with our patients:

  • Always remove your custom made aligners before eating/drinking.  

There are several reasons why this is important.

    • Aside from water, drinking fluids such as coffee, tea, cola or wine can stain the invisible aligners over time.  Stained aligners will make your teeth look discolored and the advantage of having clear orthodontics will dissipate over time.
    • Eating while wearing your aligners can cause them to break or become distorted. It takes time to order new aligners and waiting for a replacement tray to be delivered will delay treatment and become more costly.
    • When you eat food, your body uses the saliva in your mouth to help wash away sugars and food particles left behind. If you eat with your aligners on, food can become trapped over time, leading to decay.
    • Avoid drinking hot beverages when wearing your aligners, as they can warp the material and hinder treatment. We recommend only drinking cool/room temperature clear water while wearing your aligners.
  • Keep an oral hygiene kit on hand.
    • Ask us for a retainer case to keep your trays in when you remove them to eat or drink.  Placing them on a napkin or paper towel is very precarious, as we have had several patients accidentally throw away their aligners.
    • Keep some floss and a toothbrush handy at all times.  It is always best to floss and brush before putting your aligners back into place.  If you do not have these items, be sure to at least rinse your mouth with some mouthwash or warm water.
  • Keep your aligners clean.
    • Be sure to gently brush your aligners with a gentle mouthwash like Crest Pro Health.  Listerine and toothpaste are too abrasive to use on the aligners and can cause them to become damaged over time.

Clear braces are a fun way to straighten misaligned teeth because no one will know you have them except for you, especially when you take proper care of your invisible braces while you eat.

As always, the Jupiter Orthodontist team is here to answer any of your questions and to help you any way that we can to ensure that your Invisalign works perfectly according to your treatment plan.  Please feel free to call our office and any member of our team will be happy to assist you. Jupiter orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.


children sports soccer

September 14th, 2018

A new school year has begun, and with that, sports season is just around the corner. As the buzz of club try- outs, evaluations, selecting teams and practice/games schedules begins, it is important to not forget about safety!

Proper Equipment

When participating in sports, safety equipment should be at the top of the list when it comes to an athlete’s uniform. Helmets are typically required when playing sports such as football, baseball, softball, etc. But are mouth guards a part of the standard equipment? The American Association of Orthodontist found that 84% of children playing an organized sport do not wear a mouth guard because they are not required to do so. This is very concerning because athletes who do not wear a mouth guard are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. If your child is playing in any of the following sports, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that they wear a mouth guard: football, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, martial arts, roller hockey, skateboarding, soccer, volleyball and even surfing! We will take it a step further and say that players involved in baseball and softball should wear a mouth guard, as well. Any time there is a chance for contact to the face by the ground, another player or a ball, a mouth guard should be worn.


While wearing a mouth guard is not a sure proof way of preventing all dental injuries, it certainly helps reduce the potential severity of the injury. Approximately, 50% of sports injuries are directly to the mouth and many require professional treatment to minimize long term complications.

  • Tooth fracture/Tooth loss

One of the most common dental injuries that occurs in sports. When a tooth cracks or is knocked out due to impact with the ground or a hard ball, it is imperative to seek medical treatment in order to try and preserve the tooth. Wearing a mouth guard will significantly lower the chances of cracking a tooth or having one knocked out completely. Treating these injuries can be very costly for the parent and uncomfortable for the child.

  • Splitting of the Lip/Tongue

This occurs quite frequently when a player does not wear a mouth guard. They take a stumble, make hard contact with another player or have a ball hit them directly in the mouth, causing one or more of their teeth to puncture their tongue or lip. Again, a mouth guard can significantly reduce the risk of this injury.

Types of Mouth Guards

  • Ready Made/Boil and Bite

These are the most common mouth guards because they are the least expensive. While they do not offer the same protection as a mouth guard that is made by a dentist or orthodontist, it is still better than wearing nothing.

  • Custom Made Mouth Guards

These mouth guards are more expensive than the OTC mouth guards, but they offer the best protection. They are customized by a doctor or professional technician to ensure a proper fit and are the best option for players with braces or dental implants.

Proper Handling of the Mouth Guard

It is crucial to explain to your child the proper positioning of the mouth guard. We understand it is very common for players to complain that a mouth guard is uncomfortable or bulky and not want to wear it. To ensure the effectiveness of the mouth guard, the player needs to leave the mouth guard in place while in action and not chew on it. The mouth guard cannot do its job if is being treated like a piece of gum.

Once the game or practice is over, the mouth guard should be washed with a non alcohol mouth wash or brushed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Gently dry the mouth guard and store in a dry case. Never leave the mouth guard loose in a gym bag or store damp, as it can collect loads of bacteria and germs.

Ultimately, it is impossible to guarantee an injury free sports season but there are steps that can be taken to lessen the chances. It is our sincere hope that parents and coaches will do everything in their power to provide proper safety equipment for all sporting participants. Please let us know if we can help in any way!

We wish everyone a safe and fun sports season! Remember, protect those teeth!


young woman smile dentist orthodontist

July 17th, 2017

I FIRST LEARNED the MEAW method in its earliest stages from Dr. Kim.

Having an insatiable appetite for cutting edge orthodontic knowledge this method was inspirational since I was determined to offer patients a non surgical option.
Early in the 1970s, Dr. Kim developed the Multi-Loop Edgewise Archwire (MEAW) appliance in his Weston, Mass, practice. This appliance allowed him to treat open bites and other severe malocclusions with excellent clinical results.

The Multi-loop Edgewise Archwire (MEAW) technique is a very intricate, complex and non-surgical method for treating patients that would normally require surgical realignment of the jaws. This technique utilizes braces, custom-formed loop archwires, and elastics to guide the teeth into the correct positions.
In all of South Florida very few orthodontist are trained in the MEAW technique and is offering it as a treatment option to their patients. I am proud to have become proficient with the intricacies of custom-fitted loop archwires since 2005 and provide this cutting-edge technology to my patients with a comfortable, non-invasive alternative to painful jaw surgery.