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All About Braces is Proud to Support Smiles Change Lives

May 6th, 2018

At All About Braces, we strive to provide world-class orthodontic care to patients of all ages throughout the greater Denver area. We do this because, on a deep level, we believe that a new smile is more than just a cosmetic improvement: it can truly be a life-transforming change. In addition to providing braces and Invisalign to Denver patients through our regular practice, we're proud to regularly take part in the Smiles Change Lives program as well –  powerful initiative for making a new smile accessible to anyone.

All About Braces & Smiles Change Lives

Smiles Change Lives is a program that provides brand new smiles, in the form of quality orthodontic treatment, to patients who may not otherwise be able to get them. At All About Braces, we're proud to regularly participate in this program as a way of giving back to our community. We truly feel blessed to get to do the work we do, and participating in Smiles Change Lives is just one way we show our gratitude.

Recently, we were very pleased to receive warm feedback from the mother of a patient of our own Dr. Hilary Baskin from the Smiles Change Lives program. We're always glad to hear positive feedback from our patients – but this sweet letter left us feeling especially inspired:

Dear Smiles Change Lives and to the most amazing Dr. Hilary Baskin of Colorado,

Thank you so much for your help! My daughter got her braces off on Tuesday and she is so thrilled. You have helped me to boost her self confidence. She smiles instead of hiding.

You have no idea the impact of what you do for families. I am so thankful and so grateful for your program and for the most amazing orthodontist in the world Dr. Hilary Baskin who has gone out of her way to make this happen.

I can't explain to you how much it means to me as a mother. I am so thankful and so in debt to your program for helping me to see her smile again.

There are no words that can adequately explain the gift that you have given to me and to her. You are angels and your program is full of angels and Dr. Hilary is more than an angel.

Thanks to you and your program and beautiful people like Hilary Baskin for giving the gift of a smile without shame and embarrassment.

You're amazing program and amazing Orthodontists out there in this world like Hilary, help to save kids from bullying and from depression.

You save lives. You truly save lives! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

We are truly in debt to you and we are so thankful for you. She smiles now!!! Thank you so much for this gift!!!!

Contact Your Denver Orthodontist

Sometimes, it's easy to forget the powerful impact that a new smile can have on a person's life – but letters like these remind us just how wonderful a new smile can be. We were honored to receive such a kind and thoughtful letter, but even more importantly, we were honored to give back to our community and help this patient achieve a new smile in the first place. If you're interested in pursuing a new smile for yourself through orthodontic treatment, we would be thrilled to help you. Feel free to contact us to schedule your consultation or to learn more about our practice or the Smiles Change Lives program. We look forward to hearing from you, and we hope we can change your own life with a new smile!

What's an Orthodontic Retainer and Why Do I Need One?

May 6th, 2018

At All About Braces, we're proud to provide quality orthodontic treatment to patients in Aurora, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, and the greater Denver, CO community. If you're like most people, when you think about what orthodontic care looks like, you probably picture treatments like metal braces or Invisalign. While these are critical to successful treatment, though, they're not the only component to the treatment process – and no matter what type of treatment you choose, orthodontic retainers will play an important role.

What Is a Retainer?

A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that helps to keep the teeth in place after the active phase of treatment. Retainers are a constant in orthodontics – whether you get treatment with traditional metal braces, lingual braces, or alternatives like Invisalign, you'll have some form of retention therapy once you finish your treatment. Your orthodontist may recommend any of the following types of retainers, depending on the specifics of your treatment course:

  • Hawley Retainer: Made from molded acrylic and metal wires, this sturdy, removable retainer is among the most common.
  • Essix Retainer: Similar to Invisalign, these clear aligner-type retainers area a convenient option for patients that need 24/7 retention.
  • Fixed Retainer: Fixed, or bonded retainers, are made from a small wire cemented to the back side of the front teeth. These are not removable, so they're most appropriate for patients with a high risk of tooth regression.

Why Do I Need a Retainer?

So, why do people need orthodontic retainers? To answer this question, we have to understand the biology of the mouth. Once you finish your orthodontic treatment, your teeth will be in new positions and you'll have a brand new smile – but the underlying ligaments and tissues that support your teeth will not have adapted to this new alignment. Without retention, the "muscle memory" of these tissues will cause your teeth to drift back to their old positions, erasing your progress. A retainer helps to keep your teeth in place while your mouth adjusts, cementing your smile for a lifetime to come.

Contact Your Denver, CO Orthodontist

Retainers are a vital part of the process of getting a new smile – and if you're interested in pursuing a new smile for yourself, we'd love to help. Feel free to request an appointment online to schedule a consultation at one of our Denver orthodontic offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams through orthodontic treatment and maintain it for a lifetime through retention!

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

May 6th, 2018

At All About Braces, our mission is to help patients throughout the greater Denver area revitalize their smile through orthodontic treatment – and we're proud to help countless patients with that goal every day. If you're currently undergoing treatment with braces or are considering straightening your smile with braces, you probably already know there are a number of lifestyle adjustments to make during treatment. One of the biggest is diet: you'll need to adjust your diet while wearing braces, but it can be confusing to know exactly which foods to avoid. Thankfully, we're here to help.

What Not to Eat with Braces

While modern braces are more durable than ever, it's still important to take good care of them – and there are a number of foods you'll need to avoid to prevent damaging your braces. Here are the main categories of foods to steer clear of during orthodontic treatment:

  • Hard Foods: Things like hard candies, hard-shelled bread, raw carrots and other raw vegetables, apples, or anything else hard or crunchy. Sometimes it's ok to eat these if they're cut into small pieces, but use extreme caution to avoid breaking off brackets.
  • Tough Foods: Any tough foods that require a lot of chewing, like jerky or some other cooked meats, should be avoided or eaten with care to protect braces.
  • Sticky Foods: Sticky foods can both break off brackets and get stuck in braces, making them extra important to avoid. Foods like laffy taffy, nut butters, gum, caramel, and other thick, sticky foods should be avoided during treatment.
  • Anything Inedible: This may sound obvious, but many people have a habit of chewing erasers, fingernails, and other inedible objects. However, during treatment, these can pose the risk of damaging braces – so try to break these habits before starting treatment.

The Best Foods to Eat with Braces

So what can you eat during treatment with braces? Plenty of delicious foods! In general, any food that isn't hard, sticky, crunchy, gooey, brittle, or full of sugar is fair game. Here are some examples of excellent food options during treatment with braces:

  • Steamed vegetables
  • Lean, soft meats like chicken breast
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Soft fruits & berries
  • Yogurt
  • Soft cheeses
  • Soft grains
  • Soft bread (most patients find sliced bread with a soft crust is the best option)

Schedule a Consultation with Your Denver, CO Orthodontist

While it can take some time to adjust to these dietary changes, keep in mind that they're only temporary – and they'll help to both protect your braces and help you achieve the best smile possible. Interested in finding out how orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a new smile of your own? We'd love to help. Use our easy online form to request a consultation at one of our offices. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle and set you on the path to a beautiful new smile!

What Causes Crooked Teeth and How Can You Help Your Child from Having Them?

May 6th, 2018

Just about everyone ends up needing braces if they want a healthy smile – but why is that the case? While a few people are born with perfect teeth, most of us need orthodontic treatment at some point. So what causes crooked teeth? And how can you keep your child from having crooked teeth?

Why Do Most People Have Crooked Teeth?

To understand why so many people develop crooked teeth and malocclusions (bad bites), we have to look to evolutionary biology. Humans have 32 adult teeth, which grow in from age 6 to age 21, ending with the third molars, or wisdom teeth. But here's the problem: wisdom teeth are something of a vestigial organ. That means that we don't really need wisdom teeth to survive – they're simply a leftover we inherited from previous species in the human evolutionary chain, such as Homo erectus and Homo habilis.

In fact, it isn't just that we don't need the third molars to survive: most people don't have sufficient room in the dental arches to accommodate all 16 teeth. Our mouths are smaller than our evolutionary predecessors', but most people still have wisdom teeth grow in. This is one of the main reasons that so many people grow up with crooked teeth.

How Can I Prevent My Child from Having Crooked Teeth?

Unless your child is one of the lucky people who grow up with perfect teeth or don't have wisdom teeth at all, the best way to prevent crooked teeth is through orthodontic evaluation and treatment. Orthodontic treatments, like braces, are the only way to ensure straight teeth and a healthy smile. You should bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation at age 7, as this is the best time to spot problems before they develop. By working with a trained, board-certified orthodontist, you can ensure your child gets the treatment they need and grows up with a beautiful, healthy smile.

All About Braces is a comprehensive orthodontic practice serving the Denver, CO area. If your child is turning 7 soon or hasn't yet seen an orthodontist, we're always happy to provide a consultation – request one online today!

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