How to Survive Summer BBQ Season with Braces

summer-bbq-foods-with-bracesSummer is here! That means outdoor barbecues with family and friends will be abundant. Whether celebrating a national holiday, graduation or attending a simple gathering, summer barbecues are a common summertime activity meant for everyone to enjoy. So how do you survive a summer BBQ while wearing braces? Fear not, we’ll break down the foods you should avoid and the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Foods to Avoid During a BBQ

Orthodontist Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics recommends avoiding the following common barbecue foods:Read More

How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

blog-featured-image-keeping-Invisalign-aligners-cleanYou’ve gotten your clear aligners and it’s time to begin your journey to a healthier, straight smile with Invisalign. Just as your oral hygiene routine would change with braces, you will need to adopt a new routine with Invisalign. This includes stocking up on a few more hygiene products and supplies to maintain your new lifestyle. To make things easier, we’ve listed all the things you’ll need to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean.

Get Another Toothbrush

Dr. Britt Vinson at Vinson Orthodontics recommends that you have two toothbrushes: one for your teeth and one for your Invisalign clear aligners. This is due to the fact that your Invisalign aligners do not need the same tough bristles used to scrub teeth clean. A softer bristled toothbrush is all you will need to clean the aligners as to not damage them. Having two different toothbrushes also reduces the risk of staining the aligners with leftover food particles from brushing your teeth. Read More

Announcing Our “My Teacher Rocks 2019” Winners!

One of our favorite things to do at Vinson Orthodontics is to support our community, including the great teachers at our schools. Our patients were asked to nominate their favorite teacher and provide a short explanation of why their teacher rocks!

These awesome patients were selected from a drawing of pooled entries, and awarded a prize of $50! Their teachers a prize of $100! Thank you to everyone who participated this year, and thanks to all our local teachers who inspired their students so much!

Our 2019 Winners

*Alexandria and her nominee Ms. Clemmons of Endeavor Charter Middle School
*Amelia and her nominee Mr. McAven of Riverwood Middle School
*Andrew and his nominee Ms. Beal of Rolesville Middle School
*Grace and her nominee Mr. Moorehead of Cleveland Middle School
*Jenna and her nominee Coach Cox of Archer Lodge Middle School
*Parker and his nominee Ms. Blackburn of Wakefield High School

School’s out for summer, but more fun contests and events are on the horizon at Vinson Orthodontics – check out our Contests & Events page for more information! We hope all of our students (and their teachers) have a safe and happy summer!

My Braces are Off But My Wisdom Teeth are Coming In

woman with toothacheYou’ve been patiently waiting for your orthodontic treatment to come to an end and your braces to come off. You followed all the oral hygiene instructions during and after treatment, but now your wisdom teeth are starting to come in. Will they ruin your new smile?

At Vinson Orthodontics, we get this question a lot and rightfully so. With the typical timeline for orthodontic treatment being between about 18 and 36 months, we understand that it would be very disappointing for all that hard work to go to waste. In some very rare cases, the eruption of wisdom teeth can shift the teeth and ruin past orthodontic treatment, but again, this is rare. This is why it is important to maintain a relationship with an orthodontist, like Dr. Britt Vinson, even after treatment has ended. Once your wisdom teeth do come in, it can be determined if they need to be removed or not. Read More