Soft Foods for Braces: Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Bothered by the food restrictions when getting braces? This family favorite goes great with dental work! As long as you cook the macaroni until it is soft and savory, you won’t have to worry about anything wrecking your brackets and wires. INGREDIENTS: -1 package macaroni (8-9 oz.) -3 cups thin white sauce (see below) -¼… Read more »

Tips on How to Have a Top-Notch Orthodontic Journey

Orthodontic treatment can help you have the strong, healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. However, this is only the case if you do all you can to keep your teeth, gums and appliance in tip-top shape. To increase your chances of having a top-notch orthodontic journey in , , our orthodontist, Dr. , is happy… Read more »

Why Bother with Braces?

Do you really need braces? After all, they just make your teeth straight. That’s not a big deal, is it? Well, if you don’t care about having a spectacular smile, it can certainly seem that way. The truth is, though, that braces do a lot more for you than just making your teeth straight and… Read more »

Inquiries Into Malocclusions

In order to ensure your smile is properly cared for, any issues associated with malocclusions will need to be dealt with through orthodontic therapy. A malocclusion is a bad bite or misalignment in your smile. Frequent questions regarding various types of malocclusions can be seen here: What is the significance of malocclusions? A malocclusion is… Read more »

Orthodontic Treatment for Children

When you think about braces, do you see the embarrassed smiles of teenagers hiding metal brackets and wires? While many patients in that age group receive braces, it is actually more ideal to undergo orthodontic treatment at a younger age. Our orthodontist and team are pleased to offer orthodontic care for children to help young… Read more »

Traditional Braces Might Help Minimize Gapped Teeth

As children grow their developing oral structure allows for the necessary space to accommodate their 32 permanent teeth. Sometimes genetics and abnormalities in their facial bone structure can cause two or more teeth to emerge with significant spacing between them. Known as a diastema, this condition can affect your essential oral function, and could also… Read more »

Dental Checkups Are Especially Important for People with Braces

Traditional braces consist of various hardware components such as brackets, wires, bands and spacers. This creates a system that allows our Orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. Maintaining strong teeth and a healthy mouth is very important for a successful realignment. Food particles, plaque buildup and other bacterial… Read more »

You Will Need a Retainer After Your Braces Have Been Removed

Each of your regularly scheduled braces adjustments at play an important role in manipulating the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth to your gums. Over time, and with consistent oral hygiene habits, your teeth will attain their ideal alignment. However, even after your braces components have been removed, there will still be a mild… Read more »

Why Having a Braces-Friendly Diet is Important When Aligning Your Smile

If you have braces, then it’s very important to have a diet that is friendly to your braces. You have probably heard this a million times by your orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten, but it’s very important. If you want a top-notch smile at the end of your orthodontic treatment, you need to follow your… Read more »

The Steps to Building a Better Smile: Orthodontics

Focusing your oral health care on orthodontic alignments is essential in order to ensure your mouth can thrive. If your teeth are out of alignment for any reason, it can lead to severe oral ailments that can plague your teeth and gums for years. If you wish to improve your smile, it is essential to… Read more »