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Get braces for your children now because there is no better time to start orthodontic treatments than the summer, says Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics. Here are five reasons you should consider starting your kids on braces now.
Get braces in summer to give kids more time to get used to wearing and caring for them.
When your children get braces, it can potentially change their lives. It can impact how they see themselves and as a result, how they interact with friends and classmates. Giving young people a few weeks to get wearing braces might make the change much more comfortable in the new school year.
Summer helps kids learn important things about wearing their new braces, such as:
- Eating a braces-friendly diet
- Learning proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Feeling comfortable with having braces on their teeth
- Gaining confidence about wearing braces.
New technology improves comfort.
New orthodontic technologies have minimized most of the physical discomfort of getting braces, but young gums and growing teeth can still feel a bit tender shortly after the initial installation. There’s also a learning curve for wearing braces, such as getting used to eating with them on and learning appropriate cleaning techniques.
Becoming familiar with these aspects at home and under your guidance is a lot easier for kids. While at home, they will be able to experiment with soft foods and slowly move to harder foods. By the time their school is back in session, your child will see their braces as more of a natural extension of themselves and less of a hindrance.
Adjusting to change can take time and the more time you have, the more comfortable your child will be when school starts.
Extra time to consider options and get braces you want.
Summer allows kids extra time to relax, free from school-related stuff and extracurricular activities. When kids get braces during the summer, it gives them a head start to learn to care for their teeth and apparatus.
The special time to it takes to get braces improves family bonding.
Making the decision to get braces is shared one-to-one time with you and that child. That makes it special. When its summertime, you can work together with your kids to plan appointments and oral care. You can even turn your visits to Sky Ortho into memorable field trips by adding lunch and a unique activity following each visit. There is a lot more time to spend with each other when school is on break and turning the visit into an adventure makes checkups and braces more exciting.
Less hassle with appointment schedules to get braces.
Summer is an excellent time for braces because you have more time to adjust to your orthodontic office visits which fit comfortably into a summertime schedule. It takes time to visit the orthodontist and care of new braces. Doing it during summer gives both the patient and the doctor an opportunity to discuss and set up an oral care plan.
Get braces before summer growth spurts.
The best time to complete orthodontic treatment is during your child’s maximum growth rate. Most kids will grow for short periods and then go into somewhat of a lag stage until the next spurt. Studies have shown that the greatest of these growth spurts occur during the long days of summer.
While researchers are still studying the cause, the most likely reason is pituitary gland factors that relate to the length of the day and increased heat. Whatever the root cause for this growth spurt, the fact is that it’s ideal to get braces beforehand to ensure that your child’s teeth move into their desired positions while they are growing.
A variety of options if you plan to get braces.
Sky Ortho offers many different types of braces for all ages. For the youngest orthodontic patients, Dr. Larson uses only fixed appliances. Fixed braces are made of stainless steel that is bonded to teeth for the duration of treatment. These braces are great for kids because there’s nothing removable to lose.
Call now to schedule an appointment to get braces or use our online request form.
Call our Moore office at (405) 378-4774 or the Shawnee office at (405) 275-3800, or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Larson provides your child with a thorough exam, followed by a discussion with you and your child about recommended treatment.
Take the journey with your children to achieve the beautiful and healthy smiles they deserve.
You finally managed to stick to your health plan and you are working out regularly. Good for you. But maybe not so great for your teeth unless you take precautions.
Increased cavities can become a real problem for people who work out regularly. While sports drinks and protein shakes can contribute to the issue, the real culprit is your own saliva.
Exercise Can Damage Dental Heath by Altering the pH in Saliva
Normally your saliva helps build strong teeth and fights cavities by keeping the pH in your mouth neutral. Your saliva contains proteins from the salivary glands that normally help break down foods. But when you exercise, the pH in your saliva becomes more alkaline and interferes with the proteins in your mouth that help fight tooth decay.
The protein in your mouth helps prevent a buildup of plaque bacteria. When left unchecked, bacteria produce acid that erodes teeth. More exercise means more damage to teeth.
Dehydration Means Less Saliva and More Dental Health Damage
Making matters even worse, as you exercise and get dehydrated, the salivary glands produce less saliva to fight decay.
“If you rehydrate with a sports drink, you are at more risk because you are adding lots of sugar,” said Dr. Priscilla Larson at Sky Ortho in Moore and Shawnee. “Your mouth is already compromised during exercise due to a temporary pH imbalance. Bacteria feast on the sugar in sports drinks and turn it into tooth-destroying acid.”
4 Simple Things to Improve Dental Health and Keep on Exercising
But don’t stop exercising! It is much healthier overall to be in shape. Just follow some simple steps so you won’t have to worry about any damage to your teeth. It is simple to maintain oral health even with exercise if you apply the same discipline you’re using to sustain your workout schedule.
1. Don’t drink sugary sports drinks.
It is important to replenish electrolytes, especially on a hot day. Try doing it with a healthy fresh salad and a light meal after a good workout. If you are an athlete working out excessively for longer than an hour each day, speak to your doctor about the healthiest electrolyte replacements.
2. Brush your teeth twice a day or more if possible.
Be sure to brush right before your workout. This is even more important if you are working out later in the day and have not brushed since your last meal. A clean mouth will make it easier for your body to fight bacteria.
3. Focus on nutrition.
Eating tooth-healthy foods like cheese, meat, nuts, milk and crunchy veggies like carrots and celery. These will raise the pH and help fortify your teeth against damage.
4. See your dentist or orthodontist on schedule.
See your dentist or orthodontist at least twice each year unless you are wearing braces or dealing with other issues that require more frequent visits. This will allow your dentist or orthodontist to recognize a potential issue before it becomes serious. Plus, a good cleaning twice a year only helps to keep you healthy.
Keep up the good work while you keep your body and your smile in shape. And if you are due for a visit to the orthodontist, schedule with Sky Ortho today.
Planning orthodontic treatments as part of your family dental care doesn’t have to wait for economic recovery, even though predictions for job growth are strong in Oklahoma for 2018. In fact, experts predict continued economic growth for Oklahoma through 2024.
How Does A Job Change Impact Planning Orthodontic Treatments?
Families experiencing a job change this year may also have to change insurance and dental plans. If you make a job change in the middle of an orthodontic treatment plan or if you need to start one, do not worry about how that impacts your treatments. Sky Ortho has a dedicated team of experts in Moore and Shawnee to work with you on the most affordable options.
Should I Be Planning Orthodontic Treatments Now or Can I Wait?
If you have put off getting braces for yourself or your family during the economic downturn, do not wait for the economy to improve before you begin planning orthodontic treatments. Irregularities in the teeth and jaws can lead to more serious issues if left unattended. Come see us at Sky Ortho to find out how serious the issues are, we can help, and what kind of plan might make sense for you.
“Our specialists are dedicated to assisting all patients with finding affordable options,” said Dr. Priscilla Larson. “We never want finances to get in the way of a great smile.”
What Kind of Options are There for Planning Orthodontic Treatments Now?
Beyond insurance benefits, flex spending, and health savings accounts, Sky Ortho also offers in-office financing, discount programs, and external finance programs. Sky Ortho also honors insurance, family, military, and other discount programs. Please feel free to contact the office or schedule an appointment to learn more.
How Do I Know if I Should Be Planning Orthodontic Treatments?
If you can answer yes to any of the following for yourself or a child, you should be planning orthodontic treatments.
- If your teeth or your child’s teeth are crowded, protrude, overlap, are missing or have gaps.
- If you or your child have an overbite, underbite, or your teeth do not meet when you bite.
- If you or your child grind or clench your teeth.
- If your jaw or your child’s jaw pops or clicks.
Reveal Your Winning Smile in 2018 at Sky Ortho
There is no time like the present to stop frowning and light up your future with a winning smile from Sky Ortho. Thanks to the latest technology and 0% financing, Sky Ortho is doing everything possible to ensure that no one in Oklahoma City, Shawnee or surrounding communities must go without a perfect smile. Whether you need dental alignment or restoration, no matter your age, Dr. Priscilla Larson is ready to help you have the smile of your dreams.
University Studies Support the Importance of a Winning Smile in Social, Romantic, Career and Political Pursuits
Why is a winning smile important? No matter what the nature of our interactions, we are initially judged by our smile. Subconsciously we know this and many of us, especially teens, feel self-conscious about chipped, stained, missing or miss-aligned teeth.
Crooked or discolored teeth might prevent you from smiling freely or cause you to put a hand over your mouth when you laugh. If you’d like to improve your smile and make it shine, Dr. Larson can help you achieve your goals.
When it comes to cosmetically improving your smile, the options are nearly endless. From teeth whitening to alignment and braces, whatever you dream for your smile, your orthodontist can make a reality.
A Winning Smile Will Improve Your Health
When our teeth and gums are healthier, we have fewer dental infections, plus our risk for diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease are also lower.
When our teeth are misaligned, plaque and gum disease form. Bacteria from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream to the organs in your body, including brain tissue, muscles, and joints, resulting in inflammation. As inflammation grows, your body produces cholesterol to form a wall against inflammation. Cholesterol, also known as plaque, in the organs and blood vessels can result in long-term health issues.
The leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver problems is gum disease. Gum disease also links to cancer. Eight years ago, the US Office of Women’s Health, stated that breast cancer was more prevalent among women with gum disease.
The Financial Benefits of a Healthy Smile
There few investments that will have a better long-term return than the investment you make in your smile. It saves you on medical costs over the years and improve your longevity and therefore your earning potential. Plus, studies have shown that candidates with the healthier smile will land the better accounts, get the best job offers, get elected over other candidates, sell faster than competitors, and get more promotions at work. In general, a healthy smile boosts your confidence, and that improves your performance.
Turn your braces into an interactive experiences when you sign up for the Sky Ortho app! Search for our Sky Ortho icon and find interactive videos, cool ways to care for your braces, fun stuff to eat that won’t hurt your hardware and other special goodies we have waiting for you.
This AR (augmented reality) app is just what the doctor ordered…Dr. Larson, that is. Download the Sky Ortho AR app and scan your new patient paperwork to learn all about your braces, Invisalign and accelerated orthodontics. We’ll even teach you how to take care of simple orthodontic emergencies.
The team at Sky Ortho is dedicated to making your fabulous teeth and best health as painless as possible, and they put their hearts into making every visit a great experience. Orthogogo with our Sky Ortho app. Download it now.
Cultivating a family kitchen garden is a wonderful way to teach young children healthy eating when it comes to good teeth foods. What are good teeth foods? According to family orthodontist Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Ortho in Moore and Shawnee, they are foods that contribute to the growth of strong bones and teeth, and support dental maintenance.
This is especially good during the summer months when kids have more time to focus on a project, and the entire family is looking for cool, refreshing treats. Continue reading
Making the decision about when to see a dentist or an orthodontist can be confusing. There is really no need to decide
which is better orthodontist or dentist. It really just depends on your needs.
When a doctor studies orthodontics, they first become a dentist. Then they study orthodontics, defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws, including the use of braces. Continue reading
More than just a beautiful smile
Did you know that straighter teeth have long-lasting health effects? Sure it’s great to have that fantastic smile. One you want to flash whenever you can. But did you know that having straight teeth can help in other ways? Here are a few.
When your teeth are properly aligned, it aids in helping gums “fit tighter around them.” which may lead to better periodontal health. When Patients can brush and floss normally, it allows for better cleaning and overall tooth and gum health. It also reduces the chance for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
A very common question we are asked often is, what is not too young or when is the best time to start treatments? The easiest way to measure is after your child has lost their primary teeth and the permanent teeth are growing in. This is when many of the indicators present themselves. It may be a lack of jaw space which could lead to overcrowding teeth. This often results in an overbite or cross bite, resulting in a malocclusion.
Age seven is generally a good age to visit an orthodontist. It is typically a good age to spot indicators of what you may anticipate when the rest of the permanent teeth finally start to erupt through the gums.