Three Reasons Braces Are Better Than Invisalign for Busy Moms

Three Reasons Braces Are Better Than Invisalign for Busy Moms

As a mom, you’re the chef, chauffer, tutor, and nurse all rolled into one. But you’re also a woman who needs to take care of herself, even when it comes to your teeth. And braces may be a necessity, since crooked teeth can cause TMJ, interfere with proper cleaning, increase tooth decay, and increase the risk of breaking a tooth. You don’t need to add these problems to your already-full plate!

You have a choice between braces and Invisalign, but which would be the best option for a busy mom? While it is your choice, Reagin Orthodontics recommends braces for moms with young kids. Here are three reasons why.

  • Braces require less mental energy. With Invisalign trays, you have to remember to take them out and put them back in. Our moms tell us they like braces because once the braces are on, they don’t have yet another thing to keep track of. You can get them and forget about them, so to speak.
  • Braces don’t get changed out every week. Aligners are created to be worn a week or two at a time. Then you get a new set to wear. But who can keep up with which set of trays you’re on? You’re busy keeping track of schedules, pacifiers, meals, and a million other things. With braces, you don’t have the constant change!
  • Braces don’t get lost. They don’t get turned into an art project for school or a chew toy for the dog. Keeping up with a home full of small kids means one thing—chaos. You don’t have to worry about losing braces or finding them in the toilet. And with braces, you don’t have to say, “Don’t Touch!” a thousand times a day.

Are Braces Safe for Nursing Moms?

One question we often get is whether braces will affect milk production or introduce metals into breast milk. You don’t have to worry. Braces contain no chemicals that have an effect on milk production. They’re completely safe for you—and your little one.

Do Many Moms Get Braces?

You may think that adults don’t wear braces, but that’s not true. Today, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. That means 25% of the moms in your play group probably has braces already! You won’t look weird. In fact, you’re setting a great example for your kids by taking care of yourself.

How Do I Get Braces?

Getting braces is easy—and it doesn’t take as much time as you think. First, schedule a free consultation at one of our locations, whichever is the most convenient for you. We will do an initial exam and let you know what we recommend. Then, you can work with our staff to find a time to place your braces. Once that’s done, you’ll have adjustments done every 8-12 weeks. We even offer virtual appointments for those times when you can’t get away for a visit.

Even busy moms need to take care of their teeth. Call or email us today to set up an appointment.

Best Sports Mouthguards: What You Need to Know

Best Sports Mouthguards: What You Need to Know

You want to take care of your teeth. That’s why you brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular check-ups. You also know it’s important to protect them when you play contact sports, but you may not know the best sports mouthguards to use or how to purchase them. That’s where we come in. We’ll help you understand your options for buying a mouthguard for playing the sport you love.

Kinds of Sports Mouthguards

You’ve seen players using sports mouthguard on the TV, but what kinds of mouthguards are those athletes using? And which one is the best mouthguard to use? If you play sports for teams like Summerville High School, Cane Bay Middle School and High School or other local teams knowing your options is important, and so is choosing the best for you. Here are the three basic types:

  •  Stock Mouthguards. These are the most commonly used type of mouthguard, and they’re the least expensive, too. You can find them at most retail sporting goods stores. However, research from the American Dental Association has shown that stock mouthguards are the least effective sports mouthguards. That’s because they’re pre-formed so you can’t adjust them to your mouth’s nature bite.
  • Mouth Formed Mouthguards. This is also called the “boil-and-bite” mouthguards. These mouthguards soften when placed in boiling water before being inserted into the mouth. The heat from the water softens the mouthguard so it molds to the user’s mouth. These are also available at sporting goods stores.
  • Custom Mouthguards. As the name suggests, these kinds of sports mouthguards are made by dentists and orthodontists to fit the user’s mouth. They cost more than the other two kinds of mouthguards, but they are much more comfortable and provide better protection against injuries. Prices are typically 150-200 depending on customization options.

No matter what kind of sports mouthguard you choose, make sure you or your child wear them. Although parents know their value and importance, 67% of them admitted that their children do not wear a mouthguard during organized sports. That’s because the mouthguards are not required.

How Custom Sports Mouthguards Are Made

When you opt for a custom mouthguard, the process of having one made is quick and easy. First, you’ll need to make an appointment with our office. During your visit, our staff will use a digital scanner to create a 3d image of your mouth. Next we 3D print a model of your teeth. Finally a mouthguard will be created with superheated thick plastic. If your child is using a custom mouthguard, they will need a new one every few years as they grow and mature.

Why You Need a Sports Mouthguard

The American Association of Orthodontists reported that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth than those who wear one. But that’s not the only reason to wear a mouthguard. They can also help prevent injury to your jaw and mouth. Even the most expensive mouthguards cost significantly less than repairing an injury.

Getting the best sports mouthguard is an important decision, and we’d like to help. Contact our offices and we will schedule an appointment for you to discuss your options. Your dental health is too important to ignore.

Tricks for Hosting a Braces Friendly Halloween Party

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Halloween is a week away and on a Friday this year, making it a perfect time to host a Halloween party for your middle and high school age child and their friends. Hosting a crowd of 12-15 year old children will inevitably bring a bunch of kiddos with braces to your house. Reagin Orthodontics has some Halloween party food ideas that are braces friendly and shouldn’t leave your guests with loose wires and brackets.

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Have a happy and safe weekend!

Before and After Orthodontic Treatment

It is no secret Reagin Orthodontics is in the smile business. Seeing the transformation in our patients’ smiles and the way that makes them feel truly makes us happy! The transformation is as much on the inside as it is on the outside and how can you not love your job when you get to be a part of that?

We take lots of before and after photos of our patients. They are always so surprised at the difference their orthodontic treatment has made! These two cases are AMAZING!
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Before and After Braces

Wondering what braces can do for you? Give us a call to schedule your free consultation.