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Some Eating With Braces DOs And DON’Ts

September 20th, 2017

WE KNOW IT’S NOT FUN WHEN one of your favorite snacks—such as hard candy—is suddenly off the menu! But eating right while you have braces will make a big difference in avoiding emergencies or setbacks. Since navigating through the “DOs” and “DON’Ts” can be confusing, we’d like to share a few rules of thumb.

For the most part, foods that are bad for your braces are the same foods that are bad for your teeth. But right now, you have to be more careful than usual since tooth decay is trickier to care for while you’re wearing braces. If you’re wondering if a particular food item is okay, ask yourself the following questions:

1. How long will it be on my teeth?

  • Things you suck on, like hard candies, are in your mouth for a long time, even if they’re not stuck in your teeth. Not good.
  • Chewy things like taffy, caramels, or gummies get stuck in your teeth. And don’t forget dried fruit. It’s not candy, but it’s still sticky and sugary.

2. How much acid and sugar is there?

Sugary and acidic things are always bad for your teeth because they can cause wear and decay. The biggest sugar/acid combination is found in sodas and energy drinks. But keep an eye on the labels of other things you eat like granola bars and cereals. Sugar is hidden in even the most harmless-looking things.

3. Will it do damage to brackets and wires because it’s...

  • Large: Things like apples or corn on the cob—things you just can’t tackle in one bite—need to be cut up.
  • Tough: If you have to bite, then tug… That’s not good. (i.e. jerky or hard pizza crust)
  • Hard: Jordan almonds and corn nuts can spell disaster for your brackets. Even raw vegetables can be risky—try them steamed instead.

There Are Lots Of Great Options

Now, all of these cautions DO NOT MEAN that you have to live on watered-down protein shakes for the rest of your time in braces! If you’re at a loss for good food ideas, check out these great recipes from Metal Mouth Media.

What’s YOUR favorite braces-friendly food or recipe? Do you have any questions about which foods work with braces and which don’t? It’s easy to ask us in a question below or on our Facebook page.

If you have questions about braces, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics at 925-757-9000 in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Thanks for the trust you place in our practice. We appreciate you!

Braces, Apples, and Caramel

September 15th, 2017

APPLE SEASON IS HERE and every orthodontist knows what you're thinking: can I eat apples slices with caramel with my braces?

The answer is: YES!

Take Care When Eating Apples With Braces

A favorite treat in September and all year round, apples can be eaten with braces as long as they are cut into thin slices. Remember to slice your apples with braces and enjoy this healthy treat.

What you need to AVOID with braces is biting directly into an UNSLICED APPLE with braces. Biting directly into an unsliced apple with your front teeth while wearing braces is very likely to break off your orthodontic brackets. This will create an orthodontic emergency which will need attention and rework for you and your orthodontic office.

The most dangerous apple of all for braces is the candied apple. Biting into a candied apple with braces is orthodontic bracket suicide! DON'T DO IT! Even slicing a candied apple is not good. Stay away from candied apples with braces.

You're The Apple Of Our Eye!

Thank you from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics for taking care of your braces during apple season. If you have questions about braces, call us at (925) 757-9000 for a free orthodonic exam. Visit us at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California right behind Deer Valley High School.

A sliced apple a day keeps the orthodontist away! Remember to slice your apples with braces.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Smiling is Contagious

September 12th, 2017

“ONCE YOU’RE DONE with your orthodontic treatment, all you can do is smile! Smiling is contagious and I love helping our patients achieve a beautiful smile.”

I Love Watching Smile Transformations

“As the records coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics, I start the orthodontic process with the initial photos and diagnostic records. It's amazing to see a smile transform through orthodontic treatment start to finish. Not only do I see teeth getting straighter, I also see dental arches getting broader, teeth getting whiter, bites becoming healthier, hygiene improvements, and profiles becoming more esthetic, while patients smile more and become happier!”

It’s My Pleasure Getting To Know Our Patients

“As time goes on during the orthodontic process, I also see our patients open up with their feelings and personality showing through. It is my pleasure to serve and get to know every one of my patients on a personal level. I love helping them gain the confidence that a new, beautiful smile can give them.”

No Matter The Treatment, We’re Here For You

“Whether it’s braces, Invisalign, or retainers, I am here to take the initial orthodontic records of impressions, photos, panoramic and lateral cephalometric images, and organize and digitize the findings. I take the final records as well, and help our patients achieve a beautiful smile each and every step along the way!”

“It is my pleasure to serve you. Your smile truly is my inspiration!”

-Katie, RDA, Records Coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite A, Antioch, California (925)757-9000 www.clubbraces.com

Uneven Jaws can be Corrected

September 6th, 2017

SOMETIMES JAW GROWTH is uneven. It can produce jaws of different sizes right and left. One side may be too far forward or too far back. Uneven jaw growth may cause the face to look off-center or crooked.

Uneven Jaws Cause Problems For Your Smile

With uneven jaws, teeth do not fit together properly. A too-small, too-large, or crooked jaw with poor tooth position can make chewing, smiling, speaking, breathing, and even sleeping more difficult. An improper bite caused by jaw asymmetry may also lead to jaw pain or excessive tooth wear.

We Can Help Give You A Straight Smile

Uneven jaws can be fixed. Your orthodontist can help. Working together with a maxillofacial oral surgeon, your orthodontist will align your dental arches and teeth with braces or Invisalign to prepare you for orthognathic jaw surgery. Your uneven jaws will be repositioned and your smile, teeth, and bite form and function will be improved forever.

Jaw Alignment Restores Facial Symmetry

Once jaws are brought into alignment, dental midlines will match facial midlines and facial balance will be restored. Your bite and face will be more symmetrical and you will look and feel great.

Jaw corrections are all done within the mouth. Incisions, screws or plates (fixation devices) won't be seen or felt with jaw surgery. The short side of the jaw will be lengthened and the long side of the jaw will be shortened. The chin will also be centered (genioplasty). Your natural look will make it difficult for anyone to know that you had jaw surgery done at all.

If you have uneven jaws, we're here to help. Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California (925) 757-9000. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Uneven jaws can be corrected. Enjoy your results for the rest of your life, and keep smiling!

Your smile is our inspiration.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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