how to keep braces clean

Please Do Not Forget to Floss!

August 16th, 2016

In the media you may have heard recently the flossing may not be necessary and has no effect on getting cavities or keeping gum disease away. Well, we ask that you think twice about that statement. Patients in braces or other orthodontic appliances are at risk for inflamed gums, decalcification leading to cavities due to the lack of proper brushing and floss use. We encourage all patients to continue to floss. Please take a moment to look at these images to get an idea of what a lack of oral hygiene can do. Our advice - PLEASE FLOSS in conjunction with proper brushing.

It's not just sugar!

May 25th, 2016

It's not just SUGAR. Cooked starches can lead to cavities too. ‪#‎themoreyouknow‬ ‪#‎lifewithbraces‬

April Fools 2016

April 5th, 2016

If you were in our office on Friday (April Fools) you may have seen our new shirts. Even Miss Mila (Kim’s daughter) was sporting the new shirt. If you missed out on the shirts take a look a the images.

Dr. Rojas also arrived to find his chair neatly wrapped topped off with a bow by Sarah. We got him good this year.

We thank you Dr. Rojas for being such a good sport and we promise not to try anything until next year.

Before and After Braces Photos from Our London Ontario Orthodontic Office

March 24th, 2016

Check out some before and after photos from actual patients of our London, Ontario Orthodontic office! If you want to know more about orthodontics visit our website. www.londonbraces.com

Don't Brush too Hard.

January 8th, 2016

Happy Friday! Don't brush too hard! #snowmanproblems #fridayfunny #londonorthodontist

Share your Smile for a Chance to Win an iPhone 6s!

December 30th, 2015

This smiles are rolling in!

Are you an past or present patient of our office?  If so, this is your chance to "show off your selfie" and tell us what "makes you smile." By doing so, you have a chance to win 1 of 2 iPhone 6s's being given away by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists!

You can't win, if you don't enter!  :)

Enter today by visiting this link and clicking "share your smile."

Good Luck!

http://yoursmileourspecialty.ca/testimonials/selfies

Number 1 Thing Woman Notice First, Do You Know What it is?

December 29th, 2015

The #1 thing woman notice first about men is their smile!

Want to know if orthodontics is an option for you? Then give our office a call at 519-675-0330 or visit our website www.londonbraces.com to see what we offer.

We treat patients of all ages. Everyone deserves a "beautiful, healthy smile."

Snack Smart With Braces

December 1st, 2015

Snack Smart With Braces. Check out our list of "What to Avoid" and "What to Enjoy" instead! Happy Snacking!

Patient Review - London Orthodontist

July 28th, 2015

5's all around from a recent post appointment survey! Thank you Brianna! #ourpatientsarethebest #patientreview #londonbraces

Do I need to see a dentist for check-ups when I have braces?

April 16th, 2015

A question we are asked on occasion is this.

"If I have braces, do I still need dental check-ups every six months?"

Definitely! In fact it is even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces or other orthodontic appliances, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces to help provide the best possible outcome.

Floss, it's good for your health!

March 9th, 2015

Floss, it's good for your health!

http://longevity.about.com/…/livet…/ss/life-expectancy_4.htm

Why are we smiling???

February 12th, 2015

What's not to SMILE about? We now have a SELFIE STICK at our office. A great way to take the perfect "seflie" of your smile! If you want to use it, just asked! Any one who tries out our "selfie stick" and emails their picture to tricia@londonbraces.com will be given 5 Smile Miles! Let's see those selfies.

National Popcorn Day!

January 19th, 2015

Today is National Popcorn Day. We will use this to remind all patients in braces and wearing cemented orthodontic appliances that popcorn is to be AVOIDED while in treatment. Popcorn and braces do not mix. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple... ways. The husks from popcorn can become lodged beneath the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Un-popped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires resulting in discomfort and possible extended treatment time.

Once your braces or appliances are removed you will be able to once again enjoy popcorn.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Braces off for Claire today!

December 11th, 2014

Claire got her braces off today and took a moment to show off her new smile with Dr. Rojas! Your teeth look amazing Claire! #debondday #drbabyrojasortho #welovetomakesmiles #bracesoff

Bone Toothbrushes and Chew Sticks! #TBT

December 4th, 2014

#TBT Bone toothbrushes and chew sticks for your dental hygiene needs, how's that for throwing it back this Thursday.

Retainers and Pet's Don't Mix!!

November 24th, 2014

Are any of your pets guilty of this? Be sure to always put your retainer in the case provided when not in your mouth. Animals LOVE to get a hold of your retainers.

For more retainer care instructions visit.  http://www.londonbraces.com/retainer-instructions

Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene

October 7th, 2014

Poor oral hygiene does not only contribute to puffy gums and cavities. It can affect your whole body! Remember to brush 2 times daily (more frequently if wearing braces) and floss once a day. Your body will thank you!

Bad VS Good Brushing

October 6th, 2014

Brushing with braces can be tricky and take a little extra time, but the benefits are huge. Take a moment and look a the pictures below. If you have any questions about brushing with braces or need some tips and tricks be sure to ask our staff next time your in.

Wedding Smiles

May 26th, 2014

For your wedding you want to look your best. Check out Esther's story on her reason for choosing Invisalign to help make her smile the best it could be on her wedding day! Come see us and we will help you decide if Invisalign is the right treatment for you and your smile!


https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=XWye8T-lNyk


Good vs Bad Brushing

April 10th, 2014

Brushing and flossing is essential to dental health for every individual, especially those with braces. Patients with braces should take special care to ensure that they are properly and frequently brushing and flossing. This is because bra ces create extra areas for food and bacteria to collect. Failure to properly clean the teeth and braces can lead to significant consequences for a patient’s oral health. Take a look a these photos.



Have you seen your "Dentist" lately?

February 13th, 2014

Unfortunately, we do not have a cleaning crew in our mouths to take care of our braces. Regular checkups with your dentist is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Your general dentist and their hygienist will make sure your teeth are kept clean, check the condition of your gums, and check for cavities. We work as a team for you and your oral health.


Snow Day Crafts = Great Christmas Gifts!

December 10th, 2013

Snow days mean no school! Why not get crafty??  Check out this link for some fun ideas for your next snow day. All crafts make great gifts for this holiday season! If you make a craft be sure to show us and share on our Facebook Page!

http://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/crafts/holiday-gifts-kids-can-make/#page=3

Back to School Braces Friendly Lunches!

September 5th, 2013

Back to School Braces Friendly Lunches!

How is everyone’s first few days of school going? Stuck on some “braces friendly” lunch ideas? Well we have some answers and helpful hints for you!

Foods to Avoid!

Foods that can stick to or damage your child’s braces should be avoided, such as;

· Soft, chewy, and sticky candy that can adhere to brackets and wires

· Cakes, cookies, brownies, or other sugar-loaded treats Nuts, hard candy, and popcorn

· Sodas, fruit juices, and similarly high-acid beverages

Foods that are mom and orthodontist approved!

To stay strong and healthy, your children’s teeth need a steady supply of calcium, phosphate, vitamin D, and other minerals and nutrients, which can be found in foods like;

· Chicken, turkey, and beef, especially in lunch-meat form, which is easier on your child’s braces.

· Milk, sugar-free yogurt, and other dairy products

· Fruits like bananas and peeled-apples

· Drink plenty of water.

Here are some other treats for meals-on-the-go:

  • Banana slices, grape halves, and thinly cut (peeled) apples (dip them all in a bit of
    lemon juice to keep them from browning)
  • Canned peaches or pears, fruit cocktail and Mandarin orange slices
  • Applesauce or any of the mixed fruit “sauces” in individual servings
  • Thin carrot-curls made with a scraper, plus a small container of grated cheese or
    hummus, with torn-up fresh pita bread for scooping
  • Individual pudding and yogurt cups

Post Adjustment Lunches Ideas

After adjustment appointments, your child’s teeth may be especially sensitive. Sandwiches and other normally acceptable foods that require a lot of chewing should be avoided for the next day or two. Foods that require minimal chewing and discomfort include;

  • Soup/Chili
  • Pasta
  • Pudding

Though challenging, packing a lunch that agrees with your children’s braces and smiles is less difficult when you plan ahead. Please visit the links below for more ideas.

This website also contains a wealth of information on braces friendly recipes – check it out! http://metalmouthmedia.net/resources-3/resources/

We have “pinned” a few braces friendly recipes on our Pinterest page as well! http://pinterest.com/babyrojasortho/braces-friendly-recipes/

Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween

October 11th, 2012

Click on the link below for some helpful tips for healthy smiles at Halloween.

http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/halloween.asp

It's National Orthodontic Health Month - Here are Some Tips to Keep Your Braces Clean!!

October 4th, 2012

It's National Orthodontic Health Month and we want to make sure you braces are as clean and as shiny as they can be! Here are some great tips on keeping those braces sparkling!!

One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

Always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide.

May 28th, 2010


Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide.

Hope these tips help!

--Drs. Baby & Rojas