Friday, December 28, 2012
It's important that New Year's resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life. For example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent gum disease during your orthodontic treatment? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities while you are wearing braces. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.
If your resolution is to attain a great looking smile, Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics would love to help! Please feel free to contact any one of our team members to schedule your appointment. Happy Holidays!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use. These are worn full time when the appliances are first removed. However, you will be able to enjoy some time with no appliances in your mouth. In some cases when there is a need to have the correction held constantly. A removable retainer must be worn responsibly, as instructed, to prevent relapse. Another major benefit to a removable retainer, is the ability to remove it to clean your teeth.
Permanent retainers work well for individuals who desire less maintenance. Once the permanent retainer is placed there is no need to worry about daily retainer schedules. Because teeth tend to shift as we age, a permanent retainer is typically a better long-term solution. One draw back for some patients is the extra effort of cleaning around a permanent retainer, which can sometimes become a "food trap" and does take a little more time to keep clean.
Some offices use a combination of the two; for example a removable retainer on the top, and a permanent one for the lower teeth. The lower teeth have a higher rate of relapse, so it is pertinent that they be held in place at all times. The most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed, is extremely important. Our doctors will recommend the retainers that are best for your situation. If you have any questions about retainers or the options that may be available to you, please contact anyone of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics wants you to be educated and comfortable during your orthodontic treatment. Questions that will be answered during your consultation/conference appointments include:
- What different options do I have such as braces, Invisalign or retainers?
- What type of preparation is needed to begin the process?
- How long I will be in treatment?
- What foods do I need to stay away from?
- What is the estimated cost of my orthodontic treatment?
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
The first toothbrush with bristles, similar to current toothbrushes, was invented in around 1498 in China. Brushes were made out of bamboo or bone, with bristles made from the hairs on the back of a hog's neck.
It wasn't until around 1940 that the first nylon bristled toothbrush was introduced, and people quickly became more aware of practicing good oral hygiene.
Here are some other interesting facts about toothbrushes and toothpaste:
- Most people are said to use blue toothbrushes over any other color.
- The first toothpaste was used in 500 BC in China and India.
- On average, children smile about 400 times per day.
- Your toothbrush should be replaced about every two months.
- Crest was introduced in 1955 and Colgate in 1873.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics would like to give you some tips to help keep your teeth and braces safe.
- Avoid sticky situations with your braces.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. This includes caramel, licorice, taffy and all types (even sugar free) gum.
- Also try to steer clear from nuts and popcorn.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
To promote a healthy and clean environment, the entire Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics staff gives a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times. Remember to routinely wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay Healthy!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is developing a new Google Tour. Have you heard of Google Tour? It will give you a virtual tour of our office from the outside in. Check us out on the web at Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics to see our Google Map location, and keep checking back for the release of the Virtual Tour.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Lip and cheek injuries
- Jaw fractures
- Joint injuries
- Tooth root damage
- Mouth lacerations (particularly for players who have braces)
The American Dental Association estimates that a third of all dental injuries are sports related. Fifty-eight percent of game injuries are the result of player-to-player contact. If you have any questions about a mouth guard you are currently using, or are in need of a mouth guard, please contact any of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics staff members, who will assist you with the proper type of mouth guard.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Here are a few helpful hints for keeping your retainer clean:
- Always rinse your retainer in water after you have removed it, as drying saliva can cause tartar build-up.
- Remember to clean your retainer case periodically.
- Brush your retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste every night.
- Wash your hands before and after handling the retainer.
- Never use hot water to rinse or clean your retainer, as it will distort the retainer.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
- Get plenty of sleep every night. Eight hours is recommended.
- Eat a healthy breakfast as it's the most important meal of the day.
- Pack a healthy lunch or make healthy choices when selecting your school lunch. Try to limit the amount of junk food.
- Stay on top of your homework and reading assignments.
- Stay active. Limit time in front of the TV or playing video games. Instead, try to get outside for some exercise--go for a walk or ride your bike.
- Ask for help. When you are having a hard time understanding a concept, ask your teacher, parents or your peers for guidance.
- Always have a positive attitude and a smile on your face!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
- Eat food that is safe for your braces. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove while brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove while brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break the brackets off your teeth. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into, like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob, should be cut up into smaller pieces.
- Brushing is key. You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and gently in the area between the wire and teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing your toothbrush every time you brush will help as well. Rinsing is always important, but especially so when you have braces because you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can't always reach.
- Cleaning tools. Waterpik flossers, special brushes and other tools to get under the wires and clean around your braces are available. You can ask any one of our Sondhi-Biggs team members to explain this further, or show you examples.
- Keep your regularly scheduled cleanings with your Dentist. It is important to keep your routine appointment with your dentist for a thorough cleaning approximately every 6 months, or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits is up to your dentist, as some patients require more frequent cleanings.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Signs that you or your child should schedule a consultation include:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking the thumb or fingers
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed
- Speech Difficulty
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth, teeth that meet in an abnormal way, or teeth that don't meet at all
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Inability to comfortably close lips
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 to 3 cups of watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind
In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium-high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this "syrup" for at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender to liquefy. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
1.) Am I eating with my aligners on? - These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.
2.) Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? - Though it's not a necessity for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky a soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.
3.) Am I brushing before putting the trays on? - The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also easy: just make sure you've brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.
These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The first primary teeth are usually lost around six years of age. The ideal age for an Orthodontist to see a child is age 7, to evaluate the space and growth pattern of the individual child. Some children need interceptive treatment at this time, to help with the eruption of permanent teeth, or to avoid the possibility of extracting any permanent teeth at a later stage of development. Reasons for delayed eruption include crowded teeth, missing permanent teeth or extra teeth that can block the normal eruption of the permanent teeth. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a staff member at Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
is going mobile!
Keep checking your smart phone for a new MOBILE website. We are in the process of making it easier for our patients to find the information they need while on the go! We will let you know when the new site has been launched.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Your dentist is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of our staff members at Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This study specifically evaluated patients who had undergone the older, non-digital x-rays, and this data therefore has no bearing on the way x-rays are utilized during orthodontic treatment in our office.
If you have any questions about any of the recommendations made for your treatment in our office, please don’t hesitate to ask the doctors or the staff.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
- Orthodontic Wax
- Floss & Threaders
- Proxy Brush
- Rubber bands (if required)
Should you experience a problem with your braces while you are gone, please feel free to check out our YouTube Channel for some easy repair suggestions. If you are in need of anything while you are gone please feel free to contact anyone on the Sondhi-Biggs staff and we will guide you in the right direction. Have a wonderful Spring Break!!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Early treatment, using a new generation of appliances, is a much more comfortable alternative to wearing a headger, and provides a superior final result. This is just one more reason why Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is "Smiles Above the Rest".