What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the Southern hemisphere it means fall festivals, pumpkin spice latte's, and slightly cooler weather. October means something a little different to our team, because October marks National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do.

Orthodontic care is much more than just for appearance. It helps improve functionality, longevity, and much more. To get an insight on all the details of that first exam and what treatment looks like read below:


More than just a pretty smile: Orthodontics can help you keep your mouth healthy.

Orthodontic treatment, like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease.

When should treatment begin?

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends the first visit to an Orthodontist by the age of 7. Treatment is commonly started between the ages of 10 and 14, but patients can get braces at any age. In fact, more and more adults are getting braces.

For best results, practice good oral care.

Braces have tiny spaces­­ where pieces of food and plaque can accumulate. This can cause staining, white spots, tooth decay, and gum disease. That's why it is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal.

How your teeth and gums look when braces come off has a lot to do with how you treat them while the braces are on.

The most common orthodontic treatment is braces.

Braces are made of bands, wires, and brackets. They gently move teeth into the right position. This can fix the way you bite together. There are different types of braces. The most common are metal or plastic brackets attached to the front surface of the teeth. Some patients can also be considered for Invisalign A new patient exam at no charge to you would determine the best treatment available to you.

Here are some tips to cut down on treatment time:

Practice good oral care.

  • Use tools designed for braces, like floss, and electric toothbrushes specifically designed for orthodontics.
  • Visit your Dentist for regular yearly cleanings.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Protect your braces

  • Don't chew on pens, straws, or ice cubes.
  • Don't bite your nails or play with elastics.
  • Don't eat hard or sticky foods.

Call us at 504-468-6200 to set up your complimentary consultation.  We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at Scaffidi Orthodontics.

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