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Caring for Your Smile After Invisalign

September 16th, 2018

Caring for Your Smile After Invisalign
Few things are as exciting as the moment you finish your Invisalign treatment. While you've been watching your smile improve for the duration of treatment, this is the first time you're seeing your gorgeous new smile in all its glory – so there's good reason to be excited! That said, this isn't the end of your orthodontic treatment. After finishing the active phase of Invisalign care, you'll enter the retention phase of your treatment, and this is critical to maintaining your smile over the long-term. At All About Braces, we're committed to the success of your smile, so we'll provide detailed instructions on caring for your smile when you visit our Aurora, Arvada, Lakewood, Thornton, or Denver, CO office to finish your Invisalign treatment – but to get you started, here are a few simple post-Invisalign smile care tips.

Be Diligent with Retainers

The main thing you'll need to do after finishing the active phase of treatment is to be diligent with your retainers. It's critical that you wear your retainers for the duration and frequency that we tell you to, as without proper wear, your teeth will simply shift back to their old positions. As an Invisalign patient, though, you'll likely have the convenience of using your last pair of aligners as retainers, which means you'll still enjoy the same conveniences you had during Invisalign treatment.

Brush & Floss Daily

Thanks to orthodontic treatment, your teeth have reached an ideal alignment – but it's still just as important to keep them clean. Brushing and flossing is the only way to prevent cavities and keep your new smile looking healthy and beautiful. However, now that you've finished with treatment, you won't have to keep up the 4-times-per-day brushing schedule you had during treatment: you can go back to brushing twice a day and flossing daily. What matters is to stay consistent and diligent with your oral hygiene.

Visit Your Dentist

As your Denver orthodontist, we've helped correct the alignment of your teeth to help you achieve a new smile. But you'll still need to schedule regular checkup appointments with your dentist to ensure your teeth stay cavity-free and your smile lasts a lifetime. Regular checkups and dental cleanings are critical to preventing cavities and keeping your smile healthy. For most patients, that means scheduling a checkup appointment twice a year, but we encourage you to talk with your dentist to find out how frequently you should make appointments.

Contact Your Denver, CO Orthodontist

Ultimately, caring for your teeth after Invisalign treatment will look very similar to how you cared for them before: aside from wearing your retainer, it's all about consistent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. The difference is that now, you'll be looking after a beautiful, healthy new smile that you feel proud to call your own! We wish you luck in taking care of your new smile, and as always, we're here to help if you have questions. Contact us today to learn more about caring for your smile after treatment, and feel free to request an appointment online if you'd like to schedule a visit. We can't wait to hear from you!

Starting School with Braces

August 18th, 2018

Starting School with Braces

Starting treatment with braces can be an intimidating prospect, but heading back into the school year with a brand new set of braces can be even more unsettling. At All About Braces, however, we've helped plenty of school-aged kids in the Denver area achieve a new smile through braces, and experience has shown us that life with braces during school is truly #NBD. If you're nervous about starting school with braces, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

You're Not the Only One

Be honest here: do you think you're the only one that's starting the school year with braces? While we can treat patients at any age, the vast majority of orthodontic patients start braces between the ages of 9 and 14. That means that generally, most of the kids in your grade will all get braces around the same time. You likely won't be the only one heading into school with braces this year, and the majority of your classmates will have either had braces recently or be starting orthodontic treatment soon.

#TYBG for Modern Braces

On another note, braces aren't nearly as bulky as they used to be. Modern braces are thinner, more comfortable, and – best of all – more discrete and aesthetically pleasing than ever. Instead of massive metal strips, you'll be heading back to school with sleek, small, and thin brackets on your teeth, which means your braces will be less obvious in pictures and in day-to-day life. While it may seem daunting at first, you'll forget you're even wearing braces by mid-semester!

In the Long Run, It's Worth It

Finally, it's important to remember that your braces aren't some kind of punishment: they're your ticket to a gorgeous new smile that you'll get to enjoy for a lifetime. While braces can be inconvenient, you're working towards optimal orthodontic health and ensuring that your best asset – your smile – is one you feel great about. If you find yourself nervous about wearing braces to school, just think about the confidence, self-esteem, and happiness you'll get to enjoy when you get your braces off and see your new smile for the first time – and remind yourself that you'll get to enjoy that for the rest of your life.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Denver, CO Orthodontist

Going back to school with braces may not be the most fun experience in the world, but it's a small price to pay to get a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. As always, feel free to reach out to us at our contact page if you have more questions about going back to school with braces, and if you're interested in pursuing orthodontic treatment for yourself, we encourage you to request a consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope you have a happy, braces-friendly school year!

Packing List For Traveling with Braces

July 11th, 2018

Heading out on a trip while wearing braces? Use this handy checklist to remember everything you need to pack, then schedule an appointment before you leave!

Heading out on a vacation, road trip, or weekend excursion? We're excited for you! But if you're traveling while wearing braces, there's an extra layer to the preparation process you'll need to consider. Traveling with orthodontics is fairly easy, but you'll still need to take care not to forget any crucial supplies you need to care for your braces or your teeth. At All About Braces, our mission is to help patients throughout the greater Denver area through every part of the orthodontic treatment process – so if you're about to travel with braces, here's a quick checklist you can use to make sure you're completely prepared.

How to Pack for a Trip with Braces

Whether you're heading a few miles down the coast or halfway around the globe, there are a few things you'll need to be sure to pack to make sure your orthodontic treatment continues as planned. Use this checklist as you pack to make sure you have everything you need to take care of your braces:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Floss threaders
  • Elastics/Rubber Bands (if needed)
  • Interdental Toothbrush/Proxabrush
  • Travel Size Antiseptic Mouthwash
  • Travel Size Hydrogen Peroxide (if needed)
  • Dental wax
  • Invisalign aligners & case (if applicable)
  • Invisalign cleaning tablets (if applicable)
  • Retainer & retainer case (if applicable)

This list isn't necessarily exhaustive – if there's anything you need that's particular to your own treatment, make sure to double check that you have it. But as a general packing guide, this checklist is a great way to help yourself pack everything you need for your braces. In addition to packing thoroughly, it may also be a good idea to brush up on how to handle orthodontic emergencies in case anything happens on your trip. And as always, if you have questions, we're here to answer them.

Contact Your Aurora & Lakewood, CO Orthodontists

If you still have questions on how to care for your braces on vacation, we encourage you to contact us at one of our Denver, CO orthodontic offices, and if you'd like to schedule a checkup before your departure date, feel free to do so using our easy online form. No matter where you're going, we hope you have a great trip, and we hope to see you soon when you come back to Denver!

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!

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