Caring for your braces while on vacation

Orthodontic tips from your Austin Orthodontist

Braces are beneficial for straightening the teeth, but if you’re going on a vacation, there are a few tips that you need to remember so that you enjoy time with your family while keeping the braces secure. Before leaving on your vacation, Austin orthodontist, Dr. RJ Jackson can recommend a few supplies to take with you to help keep the brackets clean and to prevent any damage to the brackets or wires. When you pack your bag to take on your vacation, there are some items that you don’t want to leave at home:

  • Floss for getting between brackets and underneath wires
  • Toothbrush to ensure that the teeth stay clean
  • Mouthwash to remove debris from the mouth after brushing
  • Wax that can be put on wires to prevent them from poking the mouth

You can get a small plastic travel bag for toiletries to use as an oral hygiene kit. Some stores sell kits for people who have braces.

If you can’t contact your orthodontist office while you’re on vacation, you could search online for an office in the area you’re visiting. Many orthodontists will provide some kind of answer or relief to any questions that you have.

There are a few foods that you should avoid while on vacation as there are a few more temptations while away from home:

  • Anything sticky
  • Whole fruits
  • Corn still on the cob
  • Foods that are hard, like cookies or nuts

If you have an aligner and happen to lose the tray, you can wear the tray you had in before or the next one until you can get back to the office. Have a fun vacation, but take care of your teeth and braces at the same time.

Orthodontic Tips for the 4th of July

Austin Orthodontist wishing everyone a happy 4th of July

The 4th of July holiday weekend is upon us and Austin Orthodontist, Dr. RJ Jackson wants you to have a great time while keeping your braces in tip top shape. This holiday is a time where friends and families get together for fun, food and festivities. If you are wearing braces, you must take some precautions in knowing which types of food to eat, and what you might want to avoid. If you’re wearing Invisalign, no need to worry, you can remove your retainers and enjoy whatever type of food you wish (just make sure to properly brush your teeth and clean your aligners before putting them back on).  OK, back to the foods.  Here are some recommendations for patients wearing braces:

Avoid hard chips, pretzels, nuts or popcorn. Instead, choose pasta, soft breads and cooked rice.

Avoid sticky candy such as licorice, Starburst or caramels. If you desire something sweet, you can have a bite of chocolate, or soft cake.  Just try to avoid anything that’s hard and sticky.

Avoid tough meats like beef jerky. These hard meats tend to make your brackets and wires loosen.  Instead, opt for ground meats, hamburgers, hotdogs and soft cooked chicken.

Be careful with hard breads, pizza crust or bagels. Sometimes biting into these will cause your brackets to come off. Feel free to enjoy soft breads, tortillas, biscuits and muffins.

If you like fruits, make sure to cut them up into small pieces. Biting into a hard apple can have unexpected consequences. Soft fruits like bananas, peaches are perfect choices.

Don’t chew on ice or hard objects or bite your nails. Chewing on these hard surfaces is a guaranteed way to damage your braces.

Indulge in your favorite smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, frozen yogurt. Just make sure to brush your teeth so you can remove any sugar from your teeth.

What to do if you get food stuck in your braces?

Even if you follow the recommendations given, it’s inevitable that you may get some food stuck in your braces. For this reason, make it a habit to head to the bathroom after every meal to clean your teeth. Start by swishing water around your mouth and spitting it out. Repeat several times. Next, use a small toothpick to remove food particles from around your braces. Finally, carry a small toothbrush and thoroughly brush your teeth.  This 3-step approach will keep your braces free from lingering foods and your teeth cavity-free!

Happy 4th of July Austin!

Dr. RJ Jackson

Second Opinions Matter If You Want To Get Invisalign in Austin

Invisalign Second Opinion in Austin Texas

Many Austinites like the idea of using Invisalign to fix their smile. People who wear Invisalign in Austin, can fix their smile without metal and brackets. However, not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign. Some people have serious orthodontic problems that cannot be corrected with Invisalign.

If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for Invisalign, then you may want to get a second opinion from Dr. RJ Jackson, a Board-Certified Austin orthodontist. While one orthodontist may have told you that Invisalign is not right for you, you may be able to get this treatment by visiting our Orthodontic practice in the Austin Steiner Ranch and River Place areas.

Dr. RJ has given many second opinions over the last few years. He is one of select Orthodontists in Austin to have the Elite designation by Invisalign. This designation is awarded to doctors who complete a high number of successful cases with Invisalign. In most cases, Dr. RJ can treat you with Invisalign even after other orthodontist have told you that this treatment will not work.

Do not Give up on Having the Perfect Smile

So if you want to get Invisalign, then you will be happy to know that there is an Austin orthodontist who can make it work for you. Place the future of your smile in our hands and let us provide you with the information you need to make the best plan for your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Misconceptions About Orthodontists

Orthodontic Treatment Room at Austin Orthodontist

Most people are aware of the fact that dentists take care of teeth. However, many people do not understand know what an Orthodontist does. That is why there are a lot of misconceptions about orthodontists.

Misconception #1-Orthodontists are the Same as Dentists

Both orthodontists and dentists are committed to helping you keep your mouth healthy for the rest of your life. However, they have different jobs. A dentist is the person you will see if you have a cavity, toothache or gum disease. You will also see your dentist for dental checkups.

You will be referred to an orthodontist if there are problems with the alignment of your teeth. An Austin orthodontist will likely recommend braces or Invisalign for teeth straightening. Taking a young child to the orthodontist can prevent alignment problems from getting worse.

Misconception #2 Orthodontists Only Treat Children

You will likely see a lot of young kids if you go to an orthodontic clinic. However, these are not the only patients that orthodontists treat. They also treat college students and adults. There are several things that can cause crooked teeth, which is why people of all ages seek orthodontic care.

Misconception # 3 Orthodontics is not Worth the Money

Orthodontics is not cheap. However, it is worth the money. NO one has ever regretted spending money on orthodontic care. A beautiful, healthy smile is what you will get after you have completed orthodontic treatment. You will be able to have a smile that you are proud of –  something that money cannot buy.

If you want to know more about orthodontics and how you can benefit from orthodontic care, then please get in touch with us. It is best to get these questions answered directly Dr. RJ Jackson, a board-certified Austin Orthodontist. There are many Internet resources that can help you, but it does not replace the information you can get from an experienced orthodontist.

6 Common Questions For Your Austin Orthodontist

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If your Austin orthodontist has told you that you are going to need braces, you are sure to have questions. You’re probably wondering if you are going to have traditional metal braces and brackets or if you will be able to go with Invisalign clear aligners. The length of treatment is another concern that must be on your mind. What kind of braces you will have and how long your course of treatment will be, is based on your teeth and what they need to create a smile transformation. However, some general questions apply to everyone and can help you to prepare yourself for the road ahead to a beautiful set of pearly whites.

What Kind of Food Can You Have with Braces?

When you get your braces, regardless of what kind, your teeth are going to be tender. You are applying pressure to your teeth that will gently shift them into the proper position. It will take time for your mouth to adjust. Go with foods that are soft until your teeth no longer ache. You can also take pain relievers that are available over the counter. Once you are used to your braces, you can have practically anything. The only things you should avoid are extremely chewy or hard foods. Gum, popcorn, taffy, and nuts are not recommended. You may also find it easier to cut certain foods into small pieces, such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob.

Will Your Speech Change with Braces?

You do not need to worry about your speech when you get braces. When your braces are first put on and your mouth is sore, you may speak a little differently. The same may be true if you have a palatal expander. Otherwise, your speech will be the same as always. In some cases, you may speak more clearly once your teeth have properly adjusted.

Will Braces Get in the Way of Sports?

Braces are not going to change your lifestyle. You can still be as active as you have always been. If you play any kind of contact sports, you can cover your braces with a mouth guard. You can choose a generic mouth guard that is available in the store or online. You can also ask your Austin orthodontist for a mouth guard that is tailored to fit your mouth.

Can You Keep Playing Your Favorite Instrument with Braces?

Your mouth is going to feel strange when you first get braces. It might be painful. However, your gums and the tissue inside your mouth will heal. As they do, you will be able to get used to playing your musical instrument once again.

How Should You Brush Your Teeth?

You should plan on brushing after every meal with braces to make sure that nothing is stuck in your teeth. You should take your time and be sure to be thorough. Flossing should continue as well. You can ask your orthodontist about brushes and other cleaning tools that are beneficial for braces to make sure your teeth stay healthy.

Should You Be in Pain?

Most patients worry that braces will be painful. It’s only in the beginning that braces make your teeth sore and when you have adjustments to your braces. Otherwise, you will get used to it. Every step along the way will be worth it when you see the final results.

Teen Orthodontics for Lifelong Health

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Wearing braces during the teen years is practically a rite of passage. When most Austinites begin to consider braces for their children, the first thing they think about is fixing the appearance of their child’s teeth. While aesthetics are certainly important in life, did you know that there are life long health benefits to having a beautiful smile?

Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Everyone knows that good oral hygiene is important for the life-long care of your teeth. But did you know that good brushing and flossing habits can reduce the risk of heart disease later in life? Properly aligned teeth make it easier to reach areas in your mouth to ensure great brushing and flossing technique. This, in turn, helps ensure great oral hygiene throughout life.

Good digestive health begins with the breakdown of food in the mouth. A properly aligned bite can help you chew food properly which helps with the digestion and processing of foods. This increases nutrient absorption, which will have a life long effect on your child’s health.

Alleviating Pain

Over time, a misaligned bite can produce jaw pain and neck pain due to chewing foods improperly. Correcting your child’s bite can help avoid painful jaw adjustments in the future and can also reduce the need for medications to alleviate these types pain.

Mental Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

The aesthetic benefits of a properly aligned jaw and teeth are a great benefit to your child’s self esteem. Many teens feels embarrassed about their smile. This can lead to isolation from friends and social activities, which can lower self esteem. Being able to smile at those around them will give your child confidence, which has a positive effect on their mental health.

Starting Early

Beginning orthodontic treatment early on is very important. Early treatment can mean an easier process and access to more options.

Many teens worry about how braces will look. An early start can mean more discreet options. In many cases, no one is aware that they are even undergoing treatment.

Starting treatment early can help avoid expensive and complicated surgeries. Less surgeries can mean shorter treatment times and certainly less discomfort for your child.

There are many options available for orthodontic treatment that didn’t exist even 10 years ago. RJ Orthodontics in Austin, Texas will be able to tell you whether treatment is needed and what choices are available to give your teen a healthy, beautiful smile.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in the future of your child’s health. Call to schedule a consultation today and get started on the road to a healthy smile.

Reasons to get Invisalign in 2017

Getting Invisalign in Austin Texas by RJ Orthodontics

A resolution you can keep

Many Austinites set New Year’s resolutions that they do not keep. However, if you want to straighten your teeth, then this is a resolution that you can easily keep. You may have thought about getting Invisalign, but you have some concerns. You may be worried about how you are going to pay for Invisalign. You may also be worried about whether someone will be able to see the aligners.

However, there is no need for you to settle for having an imperfect smile. Your life will change for the better after you get aligners.

Benefits of Austin Invisalign

More Laughter and Smiles

You may be reluctant to smile if you are ashamed of your teeth. However, you will not mind smiling and laughing after you get invisalign. People are attracted to someone who laughs and smiles.

Healthy Teeth and Gums

Crooked teeth are not just a cosmetic problem. They can increase the risk of tooth loss and gum disease. It is harder to brush and floss when your teeth are crooked. This can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, which will eventually lead to gum disease. You can remove the aligners, which makes brushing and flossing harder.

Active Social Life

When your confidence is not as high as it should be, your social life can be negatively-impacted. However, Invisalign can give you that self-esteem boost that you need. You will feel better when you go out with your friends.

Less Joint Pain

When your teeth do not fit properly, you are likely to suffer jaw pain. Straightening the teeth can help alleviate this joint pain.

Invisalign Offers Quality, Convenience and Comfort

Are you ready to improve your smile? If so, then Invisalign is a great option. You will be able to get the smile of your dreams. Your Austin orthodontist will develop a treatment plan for you. The aligners are clear, so you can discreetly where them. You can also remove them when you are drinking and eating.

Get in touch

The Austin Orthodontist practice of Dr. RJ Jackson invites you to schedule a free initial consultation at our Steiner Ranch location. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and provide you with the best course of treatment.  Call us today at (512) 363-5792.

Get the Best Results from your Austin Orthodontist

Best results from your Austin, Texas Orthodontist

Orthodontics is more than just a great smile!

Did you know that Orthodontics does not focus solely on vanity, which is usually associated with this particular specialty. The smile one can gain from RJ Orthodontics in Austin, Texas can be glamorous and spectacular, but some treatments help correct speech impediments while others boost a person’s self-esteem.

Improve Overall Health With Orthodontics

For example, you have probably noticed that some children are more susceptible to allergens or even harmful bacteria. Some of these children grow up thinking that they are a little more sensitive than others, but that is not always the case. It is possible that some of these children and people might just be mouth breathers. These breathers make it impossible for the nose to filter out allergens and trap bacteria before entering the body. This issue also makes it possible for the tongue to add pressure to the jaw. This elongated pressure may intervene with the natural growth of the jaw, which is one reason why some people have a misaligned jaw.

Many issues can be taken care of by visiting Dr. RJ Jackson, an Austin Orthodontic Specialist, including reducing the risk of cavities. Misaligned teeth make it easier for harmful bacteria to hide in the mouth and teeth, and this could give way to cavities or even gum disease.

What Issues can Orthodontics Deal With?

The following are just a couple of the issues that we can help with:

  • Sleep issues, like insomnia or sleep apnea
  • Weight gain
  • Digestion problems
  • Mouth breathing issues
  • Allergies
  • Mild to acute head and neck pain
  • Facial stress
  • Low energy issues
  • Poor mood

So, sure, you will have a social media ready smile, but that glorious side-effect is minuscule compared to some of the other benefits associated with this treatment.

Get in touch

The Austin Orthodontist practice of Dr. RJ Jackson invites you to schedule a free initial consultation at our Steiner Ranch location. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and provide you with the best course of treatment.  Call us today at (512) 363-5792.

Getting the Most from Your Orthodontic Health Insurance

Getting the most from your orthodontic insurance plan in austin

Now that the holiday season has arrived, just a few weeks separates us from the new year. And in keeping with the image of rebirth and regeneration that New Year’s stands for, a lot of insurance plans are reset after December 31st. This basically means that if you still haven’t used up the dental benefits that come with your health coverage when the end of the year gets here, any of your benefits left over from the year will just vanish. The purpose of this article is to fill you in on the best way to prevent that from happening. Following that, you’ll learn why right now really is the perfect time to put money into your smile.

Putting Your Dental Benefits to Work

When you receive or pay for dental insurance, you are usually allocated a specific amount of money for dental treatment, so it’s to your advantage to visit RJ Orthodontics in Austin Texas to receive your 100% free consultation with Dr. RJ Jackson. All things considered, the one thing that tops getting a vibrant, cheery new smile is learning your insurance carrier will pay for at least some of the expense!

You Really Can Afford a Beautiful Smile

Our New Year’s pledge at RJ Orthodontics Austin is the same year after year: A resolve to making sure you achieve the smile that fully expresses your inner beauty. And since we believe it’s necessary to stick to our promises, we offer our clients a variety of financial programs and payment plans. One example is our no-interest financing plan that we provide to patients, which can enable you to enjoy a whole new, stunning smile and make convenient payment installments.

Don’t Wait to Explore the Many Options Available to You!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate New Year’s with a brand-new smile? More to the point, doesn’t it make sense to have your remaining yearly coverage benefits take care of some of your dental expenses? For more information on beginning your quest for a more balanced and expressive smile, get in touch with RJ Orthodontics today and let us brighten up your teeth – and your New Year!

Get in touch

The Austin Orthodontist practice of Dr. RJ Jackson invites you to schedule a free initial consultation at our Steiner Ranch location. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and provide you with the best course of treatment.  Call us today at (512) 363-5792.

Why is Orthodontics so important at a young age?

Early Orthodontic Treatment in Austin Texas

Some may think that orthodontic treatment only applies to teens and older children with spacing issues in their mouth. However, the truth is that Orthodontic treatment can be very beneficial for children at a young age, starting at 7 years old.

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