May 16th, 2013
1. Visit our office to get a Gilmore Orthodontics wristband.
2. Wear your Gilmore Orthodontics wristband without removing it until your next regular office visit. (For at least one month. Emergency appointments are not applicable.)
3. Get 10 of your friends and family to scan the QR code and “Like” Gilmore Orthodontics on Facebook.
4. We will remove the wristband, at your appointment, write your name on it and enter you to win an iPad mini!
5. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and Blog. So be sure to check back regularly!
If you have any questions about this contest ask us on Facebook. Good luck!
April 4th, 2013
Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began.
How do I keep my teeth clean?
Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why we recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. We also recommend the use of fluoride rinse. When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will experience.
You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth or damage the braces.
It’s critical to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.
How do I maintain my oral health during treatment?
Lastly, in addition to visiting our office during your orthodontic treatment for regular adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments every three months, or as recommended by your doctor.
Questions? Please let us know below by giving us a call or during your next adjustment!
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December 10th, 2012
Attempts to straighten teeth date back to the days of Ancient Egypt. Archaeologist have uncovered multiple mummies with appliances they believe to be similar to that of a wire used by a modern-day orthodontist. Early Romans buried their dead with appliances affixed to their teeth with the belief that it would preserve teeth in the afterlife. It was not until the 17-20th centuries that orthodontics developed into it’s own dental specialty with specialized placement and appliances.
Since the early days of what we now call “braces,” many advances have been made to improve the functionality, material, comfort, and treatment time of braces. Early treatment consisted of bands (or brackets that wrap around the entire tooth) on every tooth, wires, color ties to keep the wire attached to the bracket, and elastics to help align the patient’s bite. Today, most braces are placed on the front surface of the tooth and are used in conjunction with wires to align the teeth and elastics to align the bite; bands are oftentimes placed on molar teeth. Many orthodontists still use color ties to attach the wire to the bracket, but many orthodontists use self-ligating brackets which require no color tie. No color ties are advantageous to treatment for several reasons; a couple being reduced surface for plaque build up and improved movement of teeth. Self-ligating brackets, like the Damon brackets used at Gilmore Orthodontics, also reduce the frequency of office visits and can reduce the length of treatment.
August 30th, 2011
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