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

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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

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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.