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Smile Confidently With These Summer Tips

What’s on your summer to-do list? Traveling or vacationing? Swimming and playing sports? Maybe you’re more interested in ‘Netflix and do nothing at all’? Whichever way you prefer to do it is the right way to do it. That’s the beauty of summer.

For some kids and teens, there are no questions asked when it comes to doing what they want, when they want during summer. But what about kids or teens with braces? Do they have to sit on the sidelines until next season?

Nope! If you have braces, you don’t have to sit out on any games or cancel any hangouts. Your treatment won’t stop you from living your best life this summer.

As an orthodontist in Jupiter, we know all about the summer, the Florida heat, and the necessary lifestyle adjustments that come with it…

Check out these tips and tricks to help you stay cool, calm, collected, and on-track to a beautiful smile this summer.

1. Make a braces care kit…. And carry it everywhere you travel.

Okay, you don’t have to bring it everywhere—but you might want to. Gather some necessities, like braces-friendly floss, a small tube of toothpaste, a travel-sized toothbrush, interdental brush, and especially some orthodontic wax.

It may be a good idea to add an over-the-counter pain reliever, like Tylenol, depending on how far along you are in your treatment or how recent your last adjustment appointment was to minimize any soreness.

You’ll never know when you may need any of these tools, and orthodontic wax can come in really handy if a bracket or wire irritates your cheeks while traveling.

2. Eat cautiously… but don’t be too hard on yourself.

Traveling can make it pretty difficult to stick to your normal diet. When you don’t have access to your fridge, you’re forced to eat at restaurants or pick up snacks at Publix on the way. Having to eat out isn’t the worst thing in the world. (It may be one of the best parts of vacationing actually.)

Trying new foods is always a good time! But if you have braces, you may be nervous about which foods are off limits and which ones are still on the table.

If you’re on vacation-mode, you may be in the mood for some guilty pleasure foods. You can still have pizza (no crunchy crust), brownies (no nuts), chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, soft tacos with all the fixings, ice cream, mac and cheese, slushies and french fries… the possibilities are endless.

Just be sure to stay cautious of your braces. Opt for softer foods, and avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods to prevent damaging your brackets or wires.

3. Don’t take risks! Wear a mouthguard.

If there is any chance that you can damage your mouth during a sport or activity you’re playing this summer, wear a mouthguard! Mouthguards are absolutely essential for protecting your teeth, cheeks and gums from impact.

Whether you play basketball, soccer, football or tennis, or you participate in cheerleading, gymnastics or swimming, there’s always a chance of something spiraling toward your face. Soccer balls, footballs, other players’ body parts, the ground, a wall—you can damage your mouth anywhere, with or without braces.

Don’t take chances with your mouth! Your smile is precious and relatively delicate compared to another player’s elbow… ouch. Even if you’re not undergoing orthodontic treatment, it’s still essential that you protect your smile!

4. Smile confidently!

Last but not least—smile confidently throughout your treatment! Whether you chose Invisalign® clear aligners or braces, you should be proud that you’re putting in the work to transform your smile.

There’s a huge light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is a confident, radiant smile that lasts a lifetime (if you allow it).

Summer is about having fun, sweating, meeting up with friends and eating to your heart’s content. Your orthodontic treatment shouldn’t get in the way.

Can we survive summer 2021 with braces?… Absolutely.

Summer is arguably the best time to undergo orthodontic treatment. Children and teens have a much-needed break from school, which allows for the perfect transition period into life with braces.

If you have any questions about adjusting to summer with braces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you’re ready to take the first step toward your beautiful new smile, request your complimentary consultation with a leading orthodontist in Florida today.

Dangers of DIY Aligners

Recently, DIY teeth aligners have become increasingly popular. Tons of brands have flooded the market, offering ‘at-home’ or ‘do-it-yourself’ clear aligners that don’t require an orthodontist’s supervision.

While this may sound like a convenient alternative to professional orthodontic treatment, at-home treatment is incredibly risky and has the potential to do irreversible damage to your smile.

Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of DIY aligners:

Treatment with DIY Teeth Aligners is Not Doctor-Monitored

Undergoing treatment with a DIY braces kit is risky. From your initial orthodontic exam, your DIY treatment process isn’t monitored by a qualified orthodontist. Dr. King or Dr. Welch perform a thorough orthodontic exam to assess your teeth and jaw bones. They take x-rays and diagnostic photos of your condition to develop your treatment plan.

Creating a treatment plan without examining the teeth can worsen an existing condition or create another problematic condition.

When you visit Dr. King or Dr. Welch for your regular check-up appointments every 12 weeks or so, they’ll assess your progress to determine whether he needs to make adjustments to your treatment plan. Depending on your progress, he may alter your plan or extend your treatment length to ensure the best results.

With DIY teeth straightening, your treatment plan is typically inflexible and you’re in charge of monitoring your progress. Once you receive your plan, you won’t have an orthodontist to help you make informed decisions about your process.

DIY Teeth Aligners Can Cause Irreparable Damage

The “DIY braces gone wrong” stories are unfortunately very real. Most DIY aligner companies don’t require a professional orthodontic exam, which means conditions can go undetected and untreated.

Because many orthodontic conditions stem from below the gumline or in the position of the jaw bones, problematic conditions can go undetected with DIY teeth straightening. Treating the teeth without considering the underlying problems can worsen existing conditions or create new conditions.

Some of the “DIY braces gone wrong” stories include bleeding gums, loose teeth, difficulty chewing and swallowing, tooth loss and jaw pain. Why risk this damage to you or your child’s health?

“Cheap” Aligners Aren’t So Cheap

Though DIY teeth aligner companies advertise themselves as the more affordable option, the truth is, DIY aligners can end up costing you more than safe, professional orthodontic treatment!

If your at-home treatment damages your smile, you may end up requiring professional treatment on top of your at-home treatment. If you choose qualified treatment first, you won’t have to pay for the cost of treatment twice!

DIY companies are also infamous for tacking on hidden costs and fees that weren’t included in your initial quote.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we are completely transparent about the cost of treatment. We do everything we can to lower the cost of braces, Invisalign® and in-house aligners for our patients, because we believe everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality treatment.

We offer a number of different payment plans to meet our patients’ financial needs. And the cool thing is, the cost for our in-house aligner is similar to DIY aligners because Jupiter Orthodontics has a 3D printer. Lucky you!

Don’t take risks on your smile!

Dr. King and Dr. Welch have undergone years of specialized training and education in order to provide you with the greatest quality of care. He considers every detail when he creates your personalized treatment plan.

Don’t risk damage to your smile. Schedule your complimentary consultation with one of the leading orthodontists in Jupiter for exceptional results that last for years to come.

Demystifying Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery – also called orthognathic surgery – is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). This surgery is performed to correct a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities, stemming from misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Orthognathic surgery is painless most of the time., and is often covered by medical insurance.

Orthognathic surgery treats jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to bite, talk, breathe and speak. This procedure also improves facial appearances and corrects deformities by properly aligning the facial bones. Moving the jaw bones also moves the teeth, so braces are used in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery. This helps to ensure the teeth and jaw bones are aligning after surgery.

If you experience any of the following symptoms or conditions, this may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

Your dentist, orthodontist and OMS will decide together if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is responsible for determining the specific type of jaw surgery necessary, and he or she performs the surgery. It’s important to understand that your treatment will likely incorporate an orthodontic treatment of braces or Invisalign, before and after surgery, and may take a few years to be completed.

Your OMS and Dr. King know this is a commitment for you and your family. We will do everything we can to support you throughout your treatment, provide you with all of the information and resources you need, and ensure that you have a realistic expectation of the process.

Orthognathic surgery and subsequent therapy can be a relatively complicated process. We help break it down in the following stages:

Stage 1: Diagnosis and Planning

The diagnosis and planning stage lasts about a month. Exams and tests are performed by your oral surgeon, and the oral surgeon will meet with other team members to create a comprehensive plan for you. Creating this comprehensive plan includes your oral surgery team, Dr. King, and sometimes speech or language therapists. Specialists will take photos of your jaw and use programming to forecast surgery results.

Stage 2: Surgery Preparation

The time period for this stage relies on your specific needs. Some patients may need dental work to address other dental medical problems, before they’re prepared for surgery. If you have wisdom teeth, they must be removed so that they do not get in the way of the surgical cuts. Dr. King is a proponent of surgery first, before braces, if the patient qualifies. Before surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to understand what you can expect during and after your surgery.

Stage 3: Surgery and Recovery

You’ll undergo surgery in a hospital or a qualified medical facility. You will start out with a liquid diet, and will be monitored by medical staff while you recover from anesthesia.

Stage 4: Home Recovery

Once you are home, it is highly recommended to rest as much as possible. Your surgeon will tell you the approximate recovery time that you should adhere to. While you are in recovery, the doctors will provide instructions on the pain medication and antibiotics you should take. Start with a delicate eating regimen and steadily work your way back to a normal diet. It’s imperative you attend all of your follow-up appointments as directed by your surgeon! You will need to commit to an effective oral hygiene routine to minimize the risk of infection and to propel the healing process.

Have questions about corrective jaw surgery?

If you would like to know more about jaw surgery or surgical orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Jupiter location. We would love to answer all of your questions!

If you recognize some of the symptoms or conditions that may indicate the need for surgical orthodontics, we encourage you to request your complimentary exam with us today. Dr. King has extensive experience detecting problematic orthodontic conditions and providing solutions that help you reach your goals. We want to help you live your greatest quality of life—and that has everything to do with your smile!

It’s Never Too Late for Adult Braces!

There’s a common stigma against adults wearing braces. The thought of wearing metal brackets and wires may cause some to believe that it’s just too late for braces—but it’s never too late for braces.

Although we believe no one should be ashamed about the process of transforming their smile and gaining new confidence, we understand our adult patients’ concerns and it’s our goal to accommodate your preferences!

That’s why Dr. King and Dr. Welch provide options in traditional or clear braces for adults.

Can adults get braces?

Yes… we promise adult orthodontic treatment is more common than most people think! That’s the beauty of advanced technologies. With Invisalign® clear aligners, you may not even realize someone you see everyday is undergoing orthodontic treatment.

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports one in three adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is for anyone who wants to experience their greatest quality of life.

Invisible Braces for Adults

For adults who prefer an invisible treatment option, we offer Invisalign, Damon® Clear, INBRACE and ceramic braces! In other words, you’ve got plenty of options with Dr. King and Dr. Welch.

Invisalign is the most common form of invisible braces. This modern technology uses clear, flexible plastic aligners that cover the entire surface of the top and bottom teeth to shift the smile toward a perfect alignment.

Invisalign is virtually-invisible and undetectable! Clear aligners are a convenient treatment option that can be removed to eat, brush your teeth and floss your teeth.

Damon Clear Self-Ligating Braces
Damon Clear braces use advanced, self-ligating technology, meaning they don’t require rubber bands to hold the bracket to the archwire. These braces use a “slide” mechanism that clips the bracket to the archwire, which makes them more discreet than traditional braces.

Damon Clear braces are made of transparent ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of the teeth.

INBRACE Lingual Braces
INBRACE braces use unique, custom-designed “loop” brackets that are positioned behind the teeth. These lingual braces are bonded to the back surface of the teeth, so nobody will be able to see your braces!

These are 100% invisible braces for adults. Using Smartwire technology combined with GentleForce technology, INBRACE braces are designed to allow for optimal movement of each individual tooth, by applying light, persistent force to move the teeth.

Ceramic Braces
Similar to Damon braces, ceramic braces are made of a transparent, high-quality, durable ceramic material. These ones resemble traditional braces closer, because they use rubber bands to hold the archwire to the bracket.

Ceramic braces use ceramic brackets and transparent rubber bands for a less noticeable appearance than metal braces.

Cost of Braces for Adults

The cost of braces is affordable with us! We’re on a mission to provide the highest quality of orthodontic care in Jupiter—for an affordable price.

At your first visit to our office, we’ll work with you to create a payment plan that meets your needs, fits your budget, and enables you to experience a healthy, beautiful smile.

With any of our braces options for adults, we’ll do everything we can to help make the cost of treatment practical for your financial situation.

Still have questions about adults wearing braces?

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.

It’s Pediatric Dental Health Month!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The ADA (American Dental Association) and our Jupiter Orthodontics team are using this month as an opportunity to educate our patients, social media followers, parents and children on oral health. We want to promote good dental hygiene habits that support healthy smiles for a lifetime!

According to the CDC, 1 in every 5 children (20%) aged 5 to 11 years old have at least one untreated cavity! That’s about 5 children in every classroom who have untreated tooth decay.

We’re joining in on pediatric dental health awareness, because now is the time to prevent cavities! Here’s why:

The Importance of Oral Health with Tiny Teeth

Baby teeth may be small, but they play a critical role in preparing the mouth for a beautiful set of permanent teeth. They also impact major functions, like chewing, speaking, and sleeping quality. Baby teeth are in our mouths for about 8 to 10 years—a significant amount of time!

Good oral hygiene is as important as ever when the baby teeth are still present. Baby teeth can still develop cavities (tooth decay) and the gums can still develop gum disease! Developing strong oral hygiene habits early on can protect the gums and baby teeth, and support the permanent teeth for a lifetime.

How Jupiter Orthodontics is Celebrating

It’s an important month! We want all of our patients (children, teens and adults) to understand the importance of proper oral hygiene.

Throughout February, our team is giving away prizes to our pediatric patients who exhibit excellent dental hygiene!

When you bring your child in for his or her next appointment in February, we’ll gladly reward their commitment to oral hygiene.

How You Can Celebrate

The best way to bring awareness to pediatric dental health month is to help your child develop a strong oral hygiene routine.

  • Help your child understand why it’s important to brush and floss their teeth every night.
  • Explain the potential consequences of neglecting their dental hygiene.
  • Lead by example. Brush and floss your teeth with your child.
  • Encourage your child to love their smile and to do everything they can to protect their smile.

Still have questions about pediatric dental hygiene?

We’re here for you! Dr. King has decades of experience working with young patients and their parents to develop strong, healthy smiles. If you have any questions, or you’d like some more advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Don’t forget to bring your child into our Jupiter Orthodontics office during the month of February for an oral hygiene reward. If your child isn’t a patient yet, that’s okay! We encourage you to request his or her complimentary orthodontic exam today.

(Though many other orthodontists will suggest it is necessary to begin treatment immediately, Dr. King takes a conservative approach toward children’s orthodontics. Once the young patient visits us for the first time, Dr. King will monitor the patient every six months until they are ready to begin treatment, at no charge with no deposit necessary!)

Sugary Sweets and Braces: What to Avoid?

When you first get braces, you may wonder, “what can I eat with braces?” Fortunately, the answer is tons of delicious food—in moderation, of course. But it’s really important that you don’t overload on sweets with braces! Here’s why:

Not only are children at an increased risk of developing cavities, but they’re also the largest demographic wearing braces! That’s why it’s especially important that children develop strong oral hygiene habits.

How diligent your child is in brushing and flossing their teeth regularly with braces will help to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile during treatment and when their braces are removed.

Sugar and Braces

Although sugar intake isn’t the primary cause of cavities, yellow teeth or similarly unhealthy dental conditions, it can certainly add to the problem! Do you know why it’s so important that people brush and floss their teeth after sugary food and drinks? Well, when sugar is left in our mouths, between our teeth and along our gum line, it wreaks havoc. Kimberly A. Damages, the previous President of Minnesota Dental Association, clarifies that acid is really the main source of cavities and sugar actually triggers an overproduction of acid.

The more sugar we devour, the more acid the mouth produces. The way to keep cavities away is to regulate the amount of acid in your mouth—which means remaining cautious of the amount of sugar you intake.

Consequences of Eating (too much) Sugar With Braces

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry discusses the significance of exposure time to sugar. In other words, the longer our teeth are coated in sugar and the longer we leave them unbrushed or unflossed, the worse the damage.

Every time we eat something with high sugar content, our mouths go through a 20-minute acid assault. For example, a sip of soda puts your teeth under a 20-minute acid attack if you don’t cleanse your mouth after! The more sugar you intake, the longer the acid attack.

Eating a bunch of sugar while you have braces on can also cause discoloration! The last thing you want when your braces are removed is to be left with white spots. This happens, because sugar converts to acid and a buildup of this acid under your brackets can discolor your teeth. Acid also disintegrates the protective enamel on your teeth, which can increase your chances of tooth decay.

Don’t be scared—be conscious!

We don’t want you to be scared of sugar, we just want you to consume it consciously. After you drink soda or gorge on some desserts, wash your mouth out with water—or, even better—antibacterial mouthwash. Give your teeth a good brushing and floss if you have time! Your teeth will support your smile as long as you support them.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we believe patient education is incredibly important! When you understand the potential consequences of eating certain foods or neglecting your oral health, you’re more likely to take the proper actions to avoid those consequences.

We’re always here to give you advice and help you work toward the best possible results. If you have any questions, please reach out to us! If you’re ready to begin your journey to an incredible smile, we encourage you to request your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King today! Visit our Jupiter office, or schedule a virtual smile assessment without leaving your home.

Starting the New Year With Good Oral Care Habits for Braces Wearers

The New Year brings a fresh start. It’s the perfect time to develop new habits—especially healthy oral hygiene habits. We’re deeming 2021 the year of perfect smiles! Committing to your oral hygiene, whether you have braces or not, will benefit you for a lifetime.

So let’s start the New Year off the right way with positive orthodontic care, oral hygiene for braces wearers and the best braces care tips.

Habit #1: Brush at least Twice Daily; Floss at least Once Daily

We know you’ve heard this one before, but we can’t stress this enough. If you don’t commit to regular brushing and flossing, you’re paving the way for some bad braces hygiene! That means yellow teeth, bad breath, plaque build-up, possible gum disease—and the list goes on.

Food easily gets stuck in between teeth and within brackets and wires. (If you wear braces, you know how difficult it is to keep a spotless smile after every meal.) A simple brush and floss can prevent food particles and bacteria from building up and leading to further oral concerns.

All throughout 2021 (and beyond), we’re brushing our teeth in the morning, brushing after as many meals as we can, brushing again at night and flossing to achieve beautiful smiles.

Habit #2: Don’t miss your orthodontic or dental appointments!

When you visit us for your complimentary consultation, we tell you everything you need to know about how to maintain oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment.

It’s important to remember that your orthodontic appointments don’t take the place of your regular dental appointments, and your dental appointments can’t replace your orthodontic appointments! Both routine visits are essential for creating a healthy, aligned smile.

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you’ll visit your dentist every 6 months, or as often as her or she advises. Every 8 to 10 weeks, depending on your personalized treatment plan, you’ll visit Dr. King to have your braces adjusted and your progress monitored!

During your routine ortho visits, Dr. King will examine your teeth and bite to ensure that everything is going according to plan. If we detect a problematic oral condition appearing, we want to be able to discuss it with you and reverse it as soon as possible. This could mean discussing better oral hygiene habits with you or working with your dentist. The sooner we’re able to intervene with an oral condition, the quicker we’re able to get you back on track to your new smile.

Habit #3: Keep a braces cleaner kit on-hand.

Carry a small cleaning kit with you, when you go to school or work, to support an effective braces cleaning routine on-the-go. We know you’re busy! We know you probably don’t have access to your home bathroom after every meal.

Whether you’re in middle school, college, or you have a job, carrying a braces cleaner kit around will come in super handy during your treatment. This kit doesn’t have to be hefty! All you need is a travel-sized toothbrush with toothpaste and a small container of floss. You can add a proxabrush or some dental picks too if you want.

Use your cleaner kit after each snack or meal to keep your smile free of food and bacteria. You know that moment after you had a lengthy conversation with someone and you look in the mirror to realize you had a green speck of food in your front braces bracket the whole time? It happens! With a braces care kit, you’ll be able to take care of the embarrassing specks before the awkward moment of realization.

We’re maximizing our self-confidence in 2021! Life is way more enjoyable when you smile confidently, laugh with friends, and snap some beautiful selfies. Caring for your braces properly by committing to these oral hygiene habits will empower you to love your healthy smile from the beginning of the year, to the day you get your braces off—and every day after that.

If you have any questions about the best oral hygiene habits for braces or Invisalign®, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team loves to hear from you! We’re here to guide you through your orthodontic treatment to ensure the greatest possible end results.

If an incredible smile is on your New Year’s resolution list, let’s get started today with your complimentary consultation in Jupiter, FL!

Top 5 Benefits of iTero Digital Impressions

Dr. King uses the iTero® digital scanning system to take impressions of our patients’ smiles, because we want our patients’ treatment journeys to be as comfortable and convenient as possible!

Traditional methods for taking impressions of the teeth can be uncomfortable and a bit messy. Traditional impressions required a “goopy” putty substance that patients had to bite into to leave an impression of their smile. This method often makes patients gag and leaves a bad taste in their mouth.

We started using the iTero digital impression system for a number of reasons. Here’s what we love about the iTero scanning system:

Top 5 Benefits of iTero Digital Impressions

1. iTero Digital Scanner Produces Precise, Accurate Impressions

The iTero digital scanning system produces precise, accurate, detailed impressions of the teeth. This technology produces 10 times fewer rejections than traditional impression methods! That means the system is 10 times more likely to produce an accurate result on the first try. Traditional methods sometimes require two or three tries to get an accurate impression.

2. iTero Digital Scanner Saves Time

The iTero system produces impressions in under 5 minutes! This system only takes 2 to 3 minutes to scan the teeth and bite, and develop a 3-D model of your smile. Instead of using a tray filled with a goopy putty material, the iTero scanner wand allows Dr. King to map the edges and surfaces of the teeth with minimal room for error.

3. iTero Digital Scanner is Comfortable!

The iTero Digital scanner is specially-designed to fit comfortably in the mouth.

iTero’s small handheld wand enables patients to breathe and swallow easily while the iTero digital impression scans their bite. This device won’t expose you to any radiation or leave a poor taste in your mouth!

4. iTero Digital Scanner Produces a Preview of Your New Smile!

With iTero Digital Scanner, you can preview a simulation of your new smile before you even begin treatment!

This device can be used for braces or Invisalign®. The digital software is able to predict the movement of your teeth, before you even begin treatment, to show you a preview of how your end smile results are likely to look.

5. iTero is Eco-Friendly!

The iTero digital impression system presents a sustainable way to take impressions. This system replaces the need for disposable impression trays and materials.

The digital impressions we take are stored electronically. In case of an error, we can correct it before submitting the impression to the dental laboratory. This mitigates the need for paperwork and printed records!

We use iTero, because it allows us to take 3D-digital impressions of your teeth and gums more accurately and more comfortably than other impression methods. The iTero system produces precise, accurate impressions in only a few minutes. It sits comfortably in the mouth, and it shows you a simulated preview of your projected smile results—before you even begin treatment!

If you’re ready to experience the difference with the iTero digital impression system and Dr. King’s quality of care, then it’s time to schedule your free consultation!

Visit our Jupiter office, or schedule a virtual smile assessment without leaving your home. We are on a mission to provide affordable, high-quality treatment, using the most advanced technologies available!