Hygiene is more crucial when a patient has braces on, so brushing your teeth takes a little more time and effort. Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth a couple of times each day and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. With all the brackets and wires in your mouth it creates places for plaque to hide. Plaque is sticky and made up of food, saliva, and lots of bacteria. So when plaque attaches to your braces and teeth it causes cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and permanent stain marks on your teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but whenever possible try brushing after every meal. Floss is also very important as it helps get in between the teeth, which braces make it easier for food to get stuck. It is also good to keep seeing your dentist and hygienist regularly every six months to keep your mouth healthy.
An end-rounded bristle toothbrush works well for brushing braces, and your dentist might prescribe fluoride toothpaste to help you fight tooth decay even more. Brush gently but thoroughly. If your braces look clean, shiny, and you can see the edges of the brackets clearly, you’ve done a good job! Make sure to rinse your mouth after brushing with water, or with a mouth rinse. Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge, but it can be done. You just need to take your time being careful and get under the gum line. A floss threader is a tool that allows dental floss to get underneath the arch wires easily. There are a lot of other inter-dental cleaners that might be even easier for you to use.
One of the most common issues we see when braces come off is decalcification. Sometimes called white spots, decalcification are stains around your braces and they can be permanent. During treatment, your orthodontist will watch and warn you if white spots are developing, but you can prevent that from happening yourself. Your braces can’t damage your teeth but poor oral hygiene can and that’s why we stress the importance of brushing and flossing when you have braces.
Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others it is all about the beach of barbecues. However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the area.
*The Beginnings of Fourth of July Celebrations*
Although it wasn’t officially designated as a federal holiday until 1941, the actual tradition of celebrating Independence Day goes back to the time of the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). At the time of the American Revolution, representatives from the 13 colonies penned the resolution that ultimately declared their independence from Great Britain. The continental congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd of 1776. Two days later, Thomas Jefferson’s famous document that is now known as the Declaration of Independence, was adopted by delegates representing the 13 colonies.
*First States to Recognize the Fourth of July*
In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state (or commonwealth) whose legislature resolved to designate July 4th as the date on which to celebrate the country’s independence. Two years later, Boston became the first city to make an official designation to honor the country’s birth with a holiday on July 4th. In that same year, North Carolina’s governor, Alexander Martin, became the first governor to issue an official state order stipulating that July 4th was the day on which North Carolinians would celebrate the country’s independence.
*Fun Facts About the Fourth of July*
*The reason the stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle is because it was believed that would indicate that all of the colonies were equal.
*Americans eat over 150 million hot dogs on July 4th.
*Imports of fireworks each year totals over $211 million.
*The first “official” Fourth of July party took place at the White House in 1801.
*Benjamin Franklin didn’t want the national bird to be the bald eagle. He believed that the turkey was better suited to the coveted distinction. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed with him, and he was outvoted, so the bald eagle became the official bird of the United States.
Dr.Goff and the staff at Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July! We also want to say our deepest thanks to those who are in/were in the military! We appreciate all you do!
The Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics team knows that oral hygiene is important, whether you have braces on your teeth or not. But if you are a person who wears braces, caring for your teeth and gums can become somewhat challenging. Without daily oral hygiene practices, you may become prone to cavities and tooth decay during your time in braces.
Naturally, you know that brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as after you eat, will help keep your mouth healthy and clean during the months you wear braces. But flossing is also an important part of your hygiene routine. Flossing with braces can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Any of our wonderful clinicians, your general dentist, or your dental hygienist can help you become more comfortable and adept at flossing your teeth during the months you wear braces.
Flossing Tips for Those with Braces
Use Tools Provided by Our Office. A floss threader is a small, plastic needle that will help you floss between the wires and your teeth. Thread a 12-to-18-inch piece of floss onto the needle, and use the needle to get the floss easily behind the wires.
Flossing Under the Wires. Once the floss is behind the wires, use your hands to manipulate the floss. Move it up and down along the wires to remove food particles.
Flossing Between Your Teeth. Floss between your teeth as you normally would without braces. Move the floss up and down between your teeth, using a clean section of floss for each tooth.
After You Finish Flossing. Your orthodontist may have suggested that you use a water pik or proxy brush after you finish brushing. Either of these tools will help remove any loosened food particles to ensure that your teeth and braces are clean.
Continue Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Good oral hygiene habits you use while wearing braces will help you achieve the beautiful smile you and the Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics team have been working toward. Once your braces are off, it may be tempting to slack off on the brushing and flossing. Don’t let yourself fall into any habits that will have a negative impact on your oral health or the attractive smile you waited for throughout the months you wore braces. See your general dentist for regular cleanings, and continue to brush and floss your teeth each day.
It’s springtime and again time to remind our patients at Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.
If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouth guard. Mouth guards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions. That being said please remember DO NOT use a regular mouth guard (the mouth guards that are boiled). Dr. Goff recommends using a mouth guard that is braces friendly, which it should say it on the box or you can buy one from our office.
Having a mouth guard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouth guard may no longer fit as it should. Please feel free to ask Dr. Goff and his staff any questions you have regarding mouth guards.
One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place.
Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands
With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:
• School spirit colors
• Favorite sports team colors
• Patriotic colors
• Holiday themes
Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures.
What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You
• Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
• Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
• Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
• Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
• Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
• Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.
Keep this in mind when you come for your appointment!
*Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.
*Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.
*Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween.
*70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
*76% of Americans think the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be eaten.
*Egg dyes were once made out of natural items such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and juices.
*The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
*Easter takes place on a Sunday, after the 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time of fasting, but participants focus more on giving up one significant indulgence.
*Holy Week is the celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then finally, Easter Sunday.
“The White House Easter Egg Roll” event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe Easter with their family!
–Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics staff
On March 17, everyone has a little Irish in them. St. Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration of Irish heritage. The holiday originated as a commemoration of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The saint arrived in Ireland in 432 and earned the reputation of a champion of Irish Christianity. March 17th, the day of St. Patrick’s death, has been commemorated by the Irish for over 1,000 years. St. Patrick’s Day is still observed as a religious feast day by several Christian denominations, but it is better known in the public imagination as a rich celebration of Irish culture.
St. Patrick’s Day has been an official public holiday in Ireland since 1903. Each year, the Irish celebrate with a several-day festival that includes theater performances, music, fireworks, and festive parades. The celebration is also a public holiday in Northern Ireland, Montserrat, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In other parts of the world with heavy Irish populations, it is an unofficial celebration of Irish heritage. Parts of Great Britain, Canada, Argentina, South Korea, Switzerland, New Zealand, the United States, and Australia commemorate the holiday each year. Typical celebrations in these countries include drinking green beverages, wearing green, eating traditional Irish foods, parades, and shamrock decorations.
Many people, Irish and non-Irish alike, take part in the “wearing of the green” on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue. His use of shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish made the green clover emblematic of the holiday, leading to the traditional green attire worn by thousands on St. Patrick’s Day. Other little-known facts about St. Patrick’s Day include the following:
•Each year, the United States and Ireland face off in a rugby competition called the “St. Patrick’s Day Test.”
•Montreal celebrates the holiday with an annual parade, which has been held each year since 1824. The Montreal city flag even features a shamrock in its corner, as a nod to its Irish heritage.
•The Guinness World Records named St. Patrick’s Day the “Friendliest Day of the Year.”
•Along with Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.
No matter your cultural heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to let loose and celebrate your inner Irish-ness! Don your greenest attire and exclaim “Erin go Bragh!” (Ireland forever!) to everyone you meet. We hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s day! -Dr. Goff and team
The staff here at Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics love and appreciate all of our patients! Hope you enjoy the following fun facts about Valentines day!
The origin of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for lovers began with Geoffrey Chaucer in his 1382 poem “Parlement of Foules.” Chaucer wrote, “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate,” and the modern romantic holiday was born. William Shakespeare and other writers mentioned Valentine’s Day as a day of love.
Valentine’s Day as we know it came about in the early 19th century. In Victorian England, printers began manufacturing small numbers of cards with romantic verses, lace, ribbons, and other frills. Anonymous Valentine’s Day card were a popular way for young lovers to exchange romantic sentiments in an otherwise prudish time. As the 19th century progressed, printers began mass manufacturing Valentine’s Day cards. People in the United States give an estimated 190 million valentines every year, and up to one billion if you count children exchanging cards at school! With the rise of the Internet, Valentine’s Day e-cards have become a popular mode of communication, with millions of e-cards sent each year.
The other items associated with Valentine’s Day include chocolate and flowers. The tradition of giving chocolates has been around for decades, and Richard Cadbury created the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates nearly 150 years ago. Today, purchases of chocolate total over $1 billion in the United States alone, with 35 million heart-shaped boxes sold each year. Loved ones also exchange flowers, with red roses being associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. On Valentine’s Day itself, florists sell nearly 200 million stems of roses.
February is National Children’s Dental Health month!!
Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!
Use the 2min2x rule…
*Brush for 2 minutes twice a day
*Floss twice a day.
Other good rules to follow are…
Limit sugary foods, visit Dentist for regular check-ups, and add fun flavor mouthwashes into cleaning routine to make dental hygiene fun!!
Make sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months or after you are sick!
Copy and past this link for a poster to print and hang in your bathroom as a fun reminder of the 2min2x rule, from the American Dental Association…
This video explains how to take care of any braces problems you may have if you cannot make it into our office. If you still have unanswered questions please feel free to always give our office a call.
The holiday season has arrived! And with it comes many tempting treats that can make it challenging if you have braces. Here are some guidelines to help you enjoy the holidays (and keep your orthodontist happy!)
Foods to Enjoy:
Green bean casserole
Pumpkin pie (without hard crust)
Foods to Avoid:
Hard candies (cinnamon, peppermint)
Hard cookies (gingerbread, hard sugar cookies)
Meat on the bone (ribs, chicken wings, turkey legs)
Remember to brush and floss especially after any sugary treats. Have a wonderful holiday!
The Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics team would like to take time to show appreciation for our Military. To the men and women who have served, as well as those who are serving, THANK YOU for all you have done and sacrificed for our freedom! You are our heroes… Happy Veterans Day!
If you are a member of the Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics family or if you’ve previously visited our site you’ve probably noticed a few changes. Well, after months of hard work, we finally have our new website launched. There is a lot of useful information for current patients and families looking to start orthodontic treatment. I want to take time and point out some of the highlights and new features of the website.
There are two areas at the top of the home page that are very important. To the left is a tab for special offers. Click on this tab to see what discounts and promotions the office if offering on our services from braces to Invisalign and teeth whitening. To the right you will see a cluster of social media icons. Facebook, Twitter, g+, and our Blog. Our Twitter and g+ accounts are still in the works but our Facebook page and Blog are up and running. Click on the links and find out what’s happening at the office!
As stated before, there is a lot of helpful information. Under the new patient drop down are entries that will explain new patient exams, what to expect at each appointment and offers you the ability to print out your new patient packet. For our current patient, there is information on how to handle an emergency or comfort care situations and information to let you know what life with braces is like.
Under the treatment tab, you will find insight into why orthodontic treatment is needed, based on your age. There are specific sections for children, teenagers, and adults so click on your sections to find out what options are available for you! We also have a section which presents the different types of braces and retainers that we offer.
For those interested in Invisalign. We are one of the largest Invisalign and Invisalign Teen providers in Brevard County. Click on the Invisalign section to read about Invisalign and watch several testimonial videos about Invisalign for teens and adult treatment.
Another very useful feature is the Calendar which allows you to select a week or month and see which days we are in the Palm Bay of Melbourne office. This is helpful for planning ahead and scheduling appointments or for knowing where to find the team.
Last but definitely not least, under office information you can read our welcome message, find out more about the Brilliant Smiles Experience, and read the mini-biographies of the Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics Team including Dr. Goff.
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I want you to know how much I personally appreciate you as our patient and I hope you enjoy coming to the office for your orthodontic care and treatment. Additionally, I appreciate the referrals of your friends and family members. It really means a lot to our team and it lets us know we are doing things the right way.
We have made some wonderful changes at Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics and we’ve added a few new faces. Lindsay and Celeste have recently joined the clinical team. You will find them assisting me with you or your loved one’s treatment. These ladies are phenomenal. They love working with people, pay close attention to detail, and enjoy what they do.
Administrative changes include Denise moving to the front desk to assist with scheduling your orthodontic appointments. Linda has joined the team as our financial coordinator and office manager. She brings over 30 years of management experience to the Brilliant Smiles team. Linda is an extraordinary resource when it comes to finding ways to make orthodontic care affordable. She will assist you in making sure you understand the financial aspect of your orthodontic treatment.
In the upcoming blog entries we will highlight features of our new website and inform you of new office procedures.