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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!

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!

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