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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Invisalign Treatment

February 22nd, 2019

Orthodontic treatment may be a unique experience for every patient, but there are certain steps everyone can take to make sure they get the most out of their orthodontic treatment. At All About Braces, we want to ensure that all our patients receive the highest quality care and also know how to maintain their treatment. Learn how to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment and smile brightly with your beautiful new smile!

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Standard oral hygiene practices still apply when you have Invisalign, but you may need to make a little bit more effort once orthodontic treatment begins. You should continue to brush your teeth twice daily at the minimum and after meals if you’ve consumed something especially sweet. You should already be flossing once a day, but this becomes even more important when wearing Invisalign. You will need to add an additional step to your oral hygiene routine by brushing and cleaning your clear aligners daily. This will ensure bacteria and food particles do not build up. For brushing and flossing questions, never hesitate to ask your local All About Braces orthodontist.

Wear Your Clear Aligners for 22 Hours Per Day

Wearing your Invisalign clear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day is of the highest importance. Our orthodontist and staff cannot stress this enough. In order to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, you should only remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, brush, floss, and the occasional sports activity.

Protect Your Teeth & Mouth!

A few adjustments may need to be made to your everyday life to protect your Invisalign aligners, but an effective and speedy orthodontic treatment is well worth some temporary inconvenience. At All About Braces, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard during any athletic activity where you may be hit in the face. This can help prevent your teeth from being damaged by contact. Remember, you should remove your clear aligners while playing any contact sport and replace it with an orthodontic mouthguard.

See Us On A Regular Basis

Keeping a regular appointment schedule is critical to your treatment process. Every time you miss or delay an orthodontic appointment, you run the risk of throwing off the treatment plan your orthodontist laid out. Reach out promptly if any issues with your Invisalign or teeth come up. We are always happy to help address your concerns and come up with solutions together. It is our priority to provide excellent, regular care with Invisalign at All About Braces!

Call All About Braces For Invisalign Today!

For all questions or concerns about your Invisalign orthodontic treatment, please talk to your local All About Braces team and orthodontists. We are more than happy to assist you. Our staff wants to ensure that you are getting the most out of your care every step of the way. To schedule your next appointment with our orthodontists, call our office directly. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to transform your smile!

School Lunch Ideas With Braces

January 19th, 2019

For most kids, life with braces can be an adjustment at the beginning. At All About Braces, we want to make this transition to braces as easy as possible, especially when it comes to food. We will give you the tools to navigate what to eat and what not to eat to ensure your orthodontic treatment goes as planned while you still continue eating the foods you love! This starts with school lunches. Whether you are bringing your lunch from home or are buying lunch at school, we want to prepare you with great school lunch ideas that will pair nicely with your braces and fuel you throughout the school day.

The Classic Sandwich

Our children’s and pediatric orthodontists always recommend sandwiches. They are a classic lunch food, perfect for kids with braces and teens with braces, and you can prepare a variety of sandwiches with different meats, cheese, vegetables, and bread. Both sandwiches and wraps are soft foods that pair well with braces and will not damage your brackets or wires. However, we do suggest avoiding any “rubbery” deli meats. Sometimes, boiled or thick cut hams or turkeys can be quite rubbery and therefore difficult to chew. Good options for sandwiches are high-quality ham and cheese, the all-time favorite peanut butter and jelly, tuna or chicken salad, and any other toppings or condiments you enjoy.

Pastas, Soups, Casseroles & More!

If you want to switch up your lunchtime foods from sandwiches, there are many hot-lunch options that are great too. Most school cafeterias have a microwave that you can use to warm up your food, therefore allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals from home. All of the following meals are great for kids with braces:

  • Various types of pasta with your favorite sauce
  • Soups or stews with meat, vegetables, or pasta
  • Casseroles with cooked meat, vegetables or pasta
  • Any type of hot sandwich like a grilled cheese
  • Ground meat, including meatballs or meatloaf

All of these options are easy to chew and will not cause problems for your braces while at school. Remember, after lunch, our orthodontists at All About Braces to recommend brushing, rinsing, and cleaning your teeth and braces to ensure food particles are not stuck in between the teeth and braces.

Foods To Avoid

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be reminded of which foods you can enjoy and which foods you should avoid while wearing braces. For school lunches, we suggest avoiding the following foods:

  • Hard & Crunchy Foods: taco shells, raw fruits, and vegetables (like apples or carrots), chips or popcorn
  • Acidic or Sugary Drinks: soda, citric fruit juices, energy drinks
  • Sticky Foods: chewing gum, taffies, or caramels

By avoiding these foods, your teeth and braces will be in better shape and your orthodontic treatment will go as planned. If you do ever eat something that damages or breaks your braces, please contact All About Braces immediately. We will schedule an appointment and ensure everything is working properly!

Call All About Braces Today!

For any food concerns while at school or questions about what you can and cannot eat, please ask our children’s and pediatric orthodontists. Our team will be more than happy to help you answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for your child or teen. Schedule your next appointment with All About Braces or contact us directly! We have 3 offices conveniently located in Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora. All About Braces looks forward to seeing you again soon!

How Smiling Affects Your Happiness

January 19th, 2019

At All About Braces, we want our patients to smile wide and bright throughout their day and every day. We want to give our patients the best smile they can have, not only for functional orthodontic reasons, but also to give them the confidence and self-esteem to do everything they want to in their life. Our orthodontists believe, and scientists have proved it, that smiling can increase your overall mood and therefore, your happiness in life. It is our goal to give our patients the highest quality orthodontic treatment to in turn provide them with a beautiful smile that they are proud of. From early orthodontic treatment to adult orthodontics, it is our mission to increase the happiness of all patients throughout the Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora area!

Smiling Affects Your Body Positively

Every time you smile, you send little messages to your brain to feel happy. Smiling actually causes our brain to release dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin into our bloodstream; all of which increase our moods, decrease our heart rate and blood pressure, and decrease any pain the body is feeling. Ultimately, smiling is pretty important to the body and it can do some pretty amazing things.

Smiling Affects Other People

At its essence, smiling is contagious. The more you smile, the more others will smile around you! This can create a positive chain reaction in your school, office space, and even in your home. Not only will you increase your overall mood, but you can contribute to the mood of those around you. Our brains naturally mimic others around us, therefore it's easy to encourage others to smile. Smile bright and big and you may just change someone’s day from bad to good!

Orthodontics: The Science Of Smiling

It is scientifically proven that smiling helps our own bodies if we smile more frequently and it also helps those around us too. So what are you waiting for? Come get the smile of your dreams to increase your happiness and the happiness of everyone in your life. At All About Braces, we truly believe that a straight, functional, beautiful smile will increase your ability and willingness to smile and ultimately, increase your happiness. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, we have various orthodontic appliance options like Invisalign and braces. We are absolutely positive that we can find the best treatment for you!

Call All About Braces For Bigger, Brighter Smiles Today!

Do you want to smile more? Are you not entirely confident with your current smile? Let’s change that! Call or visit All About Braces today! Our orthodontists and team will be more than happy to discuss all of our orthodontic options like early orthodontic treatments, Invisalign teen, adult orthodontics, and more! Schedule an appointment online or call one of our locations throughout the Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora area. We look forward to giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Invisalign Videos

November 26th, 2018

Invisalign Treatment in Aurora & Denver, CO

At All About Braces, our mission is to help patients throughout Aurora, Thornton, and the greater Denver area achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving patients of all ages, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options – but one of the most popular and convenient is Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is a great option for achieving a new smile conveniently and virtually invisibly, and if you're interested in pursuing a new smile with Invisalign, we'd love to help. Check out the videos below to learn more about Invisalign and find out if it's right for you!

Schedule a Consultation with Your Denver Orthodontist

Interested in seeing how Invisalign can improve your smile? We'd love to help! Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign treatment or simply request an appointment online at one of our greater Denver metro area orthodontic offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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