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Date Night with Braces – What to Order

Date night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, to what to talk about. The numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry during your night out, and they don’t have to be! With a few simple tips you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want to without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets. Read on for some advice from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods

While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. So that you can smile with confidence all night long, stick to soft foods. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat, and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Any crunchy fruits or veggies could prove difficult as well. Let’s just say corn should be a “no-go” whether you have braces or not! Also, any chewy bread or pizza should be cut up into small pieces before consuming.

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How to Prepare for Your Next Dental Visit

You should be seeing your dentist at least twice a year as part of your oral health maintenance. Although it can be challenging to find time for an appointment with busy schedules, these appointments are crucial to having your best and healthiest smile. Once you have your appointment, here is a list of things you should do before you go to your appointment from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

You should see your dentist twice a year for check-ups. It is important that you have the necessary items for your appointment and also make a list of any questions or concerns you may have to make the most of your appointment time. Read below about how best to prepare for your dental visit.

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Why Do I Need an Orthodontist?

You may be thinking, “why do I need to see an orthodontist if I already see a dentist?” In fact, you should see both of these doctors to help keep your oral hygiene in check. They each have different training backgrounds that allow them to do specific jobs. To learn more about why you need an orthodontist, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

While a beautiful smile is the result of a good orthodontic treatment, there is a lot that goes into the process of getting there. Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex process that orthodontists have special training in. Treatment involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue. After dental school, orthodontists must complete a two to three year residency in an accredited program to master the multi-faceted intricacies of orthodontics. This intensive training gives them the tools they need to create healthy, beautiful smiles.

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How You Can Naturally Whiten Your Teeth with Food

A beautiful smile filled with pearly whites is what everyone longs for. However, some of our daily consumption of products such as coffee, tea, red wine, and even some sodas can stain your teeth and darken your smile. Have no fear though, this doesn’t mean you need to invest in a fancy teeth-whitening treatment. Start with food! Several foods can actually whiten your teeth naturally. To learn more about what foods can naturally whiten your teeth, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

Fortunately, there are several foods you can find at your local grocery store that can help make your teeth whiter. Be sure to add these foods to your cart next time you’re at the store!

  • Strawberries – They contain an enzyme called malic acid that may aid in the tooth whitening process.

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Daily Habits to Improve Your Oral Health

Your oral health is always extremely important, whether you’re in braces or not! If you’re looking for some simple ways to boost your oral health, you’re in luck. Keep reading for some daily habits that you can incorporate into your routine from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

Some of the easiest ways to keep your oral health in tip-top shape are to do the simple things you have been told to do your whole life, like brushing your teeth. 

  • Proper brushing is an essential part of dental hygiene. Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too – plaque can build up on the surface of your tongue as well as your teeth! Also, be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.

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Feeling a Little Sore After Tightening? These Tips Can Help!

While braces are not painful, your mouth is a very sensitive area. Thus, it is not uncommon to experience a little soreness after your braces have been tightened. However, what everyone feels is a little different! Most only feel a mild, achy pressure that will subside within a day or two. The longer you’re in braces, the quicker your discomfort will go away after each tightening. In the meantime, have no fear! These simple tips can help ease your discomfort from Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics.

Stick to Soft Foods

Soft foods like mashed potatoes and applesauce are great when you are experiencing any mouth discomfort. When you initially get your braces, soft foods are a great option for the first couple of days. Then, on each day you go in for a tightening it is smart to stick to a soft food diet.

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