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How To Not Forget Your Retainer

July 13th, 2018

After you’ve gotten your braces off or finished with your final set of Invisalign aligners, you’ll have to wear your retainer regularly to make sure that your new smile stays perfect. If you don’t wear it, your teeth will actually start to shift back towards their original position before you started your orthodontic treatment, which is the last thing you want to happen.

Unfortunately, once you’re done with the main phase of orthodontic treatment, it’s easy to fall out of your typical routine, and when that happens, it becomes easier to forget to wear your retainer or lose it altogether. Especially for those who had braces, you now have an appliance that you need to regularly put on and take off, instead of having it attached to your teeth at all times. To make sure that your perfect smile lasts for a lifetime, here are a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use to never forget your retainer!

Make Your Retainers Case Stand Out

When you get your retainer, your orthodontist will give you a case for it so you can store it whenever you take it off. While most retainer cases already come in a variety of vibrant colors, making your case stand out even more will help you never forget to grab your retainer and leave it sitting out in the open. Stickers are a simple & fun way to make your retainer case truly yours, and we’ve seen this work for both kids and adults! Just find some stickers that you like and cover your retainer case with them. With the eclectic collection of images and colors, there’s no way your eyes are going to overlook that case sitting on the table before you leave!

Leave Yourself Notes & Reminders

Never underestimate the power of a simple note, from basic sticky notes to a timed reminder on your smartphone. At CFSS Braces, we find that reminder notes for wearing your retainer are most effective when you have a lot of them, so leave yourself notes all over the place to reduce the chance of you forgetting your retainer. A note on your mirror for when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning or before bed, a note on the door before you leave the house, and anywhere else you think could be helpful for remembering your retainer!

Make It A Group Effort

When it comes to remembering things like your retainer, it’s better to have more minds on the job instead of just one. Ask your friends, family, or significant other to help you remember your retainer, so even if you forget, there’s a good chance that one of them will remind you! Even if those you ask for help still forget, simply the act of telling someone about your retainer will actually help you remember it later, and the lower the chance of your forgetting your retainer, the better off you are!

Get Into A Routine

During your orthodontic treatment, you probably got into a routine with your braces or Invisalign where you always remembered to floss between your brackets or brush your aligners. Try to think of your retainer the same way. If you put your retainer on or take it off at the same time every day, it will eventually become ingrained in your mind as a part of your daily routine. The key is consistency, because the better you are at remembering to wear your retainer or take it with you, the easier it will be to quickly identify that you forgot it in the instance that you do.

Contact CFSS Braces For More Tips!

We want your smile to last forever just as much as you do, so if you need any help with caring for your retainer and not forgetting to wear it or take it with you, contact us at CFSS braces and we’ll be happy to help you in any way that we can. In the event that you do lose your retainer, reach out to any of our three local offices in Fayetteville, Fulton, or North Syracuse, NY so we can get you a replacement as soon as possible.

Out-Of-Town Orthodontics Emergencies | Fulton & Syracuse Orthodontist

April 23rd, 2018

Spring break is quickly arriving and soon after that, summer will be here. For many patients out there, this will mean traveling out of town on vacations and other fun adventures. However, just because you’re going to be leaving your everyday life behind, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to do the same for your orthodontics. Braces and other orthodontics will still require the same constant care and unfortunately, there still exists the same possibility that emergencies may occur. As your trusted choice for an orthodontist in Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY, we at CFSS Braces want to help ensure that you’re prepared for such orthodontics emergencies even when you’re out of town.

Our Tips for Taking Care of Orthodontics Emergencies

If you’re leaving town while undergoing orthodontic treatment, we recommend following these tips to help take care of any emergencies that may occur to your orthodontics:

  • Make sure to bring an emergency kit with you on your trip. This should include orthodontic wax, tweezers, elastics, or any additional aligners if you’re undergoing treatment with Invisalign. By bringing these extra supplies with you, you’ll be well-prepared in case you lose anything or something happens to go wrong during your vacation.
  • Also, be prepared to get crafty during your trip if you feel like the wire of your braces is becoming bothersome. While in most cases, you can simply come to our office and have your orthodontist take care of it, you won’t have that same luxury when you’re on vacation. Since that’s not an option, we recommend utilizing a small pencil eraser or a similar item to push the wire back into position. If that doesn’t work, you can always use a pair of nail clippers (that have been sterilized in alcohol) to clip off the offending part of the wire.
  • Finally, remember to give us a call if you feel like you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency that you don’t think can wait until you get back home. While you won’t be able to make it to our office during your trip, we’ll be able to give you help over the phone and even assist you in finding a nearby orthodontist to provide immediate attention if necessary.

Contact Your Orthodontist in Fulton, Fayetteville, and Syracuse, NY!

Have any other questions for us? Feel free to get in touch with us and let us know! We at CFSS Braces will be glad to help you however we can! If you’re interested in scheduling a visit with us for our Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY braces and other orthodontics, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (315) 458-0020. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Benefits Of Straight Teeth | Invisalign | Fayetteville Orthodontist

February 14th, 2018

Here at CFSS Braces, we’re proud to offer a wide array of high-quality orthodontics, from our advanced Syracuse and Fayetteville Invisalign treatment to our time-tested and traditional braces. With the help of our orthodontic treatment, we’ll be able to help set you on the path toward a straighter smile – one of the greatest benefits that you can gain in your daily life. Why is having a straight smile so important, you may ask? We’ll be glad to tell you!

Ten Benefits of Straight Teeth

As your providers of orthodontics in Fayetteville, Fulton, and North Syracuse, we could go on and on about all of the fantastic benefits that straight teeth provide. However, we’ll limit ourselves to ten of the most important reasons as to why you’d want to have straight teeth:

  1. The most obvious advantage of having straight teeth is that your smile will be more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
  2. When you have a great-looking smile, you’re more likely to feel confident in social and professional situations.
  3. Crooked teeth can cause speech impediments; with straight teeth, you’ll be more likely to speak clearly.
  4. When you have straight teeth, it’ll be easier for you to chew your food properly and maintain great nutrition.
  5. An added benefit of eating with straight teeth is that it’ll be much more difficult for food to get stuck between your teeth.
  6. Because it’s so much easier to keep your teeth clean, your oral hygiene will be improved and you’ll likely have a healthier mouth as well.
  7. Many oral infections can lead to systemic issues that harm the rest of your body; by keeping your mouth healthy, the rest of your body will have a much better chance of staying healthy as well.
  8. Protruding or crowded teeth are more likely to get damaged in an accident so by having straight teeth, you have a better chance of avoiding a tooth injury.
  9. Crooked teeth and bad bites can lead to other problems, such as uneven tooth wear, headaches, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems.
  10. In the long run, having straight teeth can save you money as there will be less of a chance of developing dental problems in the future.

Visit Your Orthodontist in Fayetteville and Syracuse!

Interested in attaining a straighter smile? We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us for our orthodontics in Fayetteville, Fulton, and North Syracuse! To do so, feel free to give us a call at (315) 458-0020 or fill out our appointment request form. We can’t wait to see you and put you on the path toward a straighter smile!

 

Mouth Injuries

December 13th, 2017

One of the more unfortunate things to talk about when it comes to a patient’s braces treatment is the potential for incurring mouth injuries. As your Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY orthodontists, we at CFSS Braces want you to have the most convenient and hassle-free orthodontic experience possible – but we know that sometimes accidents or injuries can occur. While we can’t stop all injuries from happening, we can still be there to help you in case the unfortunate does occur. There are two main types of mouth injuries that a person can suffer from while wearing braces – tissue damage and teeth injuries.

Tissue Damage

This is actually a very common injury for patients who are wearing braces. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise either; after all, a patient wearing braces does have a mouthful of metal! If you get hit in the face (whether you’re playing sports or doing something else), the braces may sometimes cut your lips or your cheeks. Since there are plenty of blood vessels in the mouth, there may actually be a lot of bleeding, though this typically isn’t anything to worry about as long as the bleeding starts to lessen. Most tissue damage will heal on its own, but if there’s a large cut where the edges won’t come back together, you’ll likely need to get stitches. For most instances of tissue damage, the best option you’ll have is to just apply some ice to the area to reduce any swelling.

Teeth Injuries

These types of injuries are most likely to occur when you’re playing in contact sports or you suffer from a fall or hit to the face. Teeth injuries can include cracked teeth, chipped teeth, or even teeth that are jammed into your gums! You’ll want to go to the dentist as soon as possible unless you believe that heading to the emergency room is your best bet. If your tooth gets knocked out, go to the dentist immediately as the tooth may be able to be saved if you get there fast enough. Wearing braces will make these injuries more complicated as parts (or all) of them may need to be removed to treat your teeth. You’ll need to coordinate with both your dentist as well as your Fulton, Fayetteville, and Syracuse orthodontists to get your teeth fixed and repair or replace the wires and brackets of the braces. However, wearing braces isn’t always a bad thing if you’ve suffered from a tooth injury because in some cases, the braces may actually prevent your teeth from getting knocked out.

Preventing These Injuries

We mentioned in both types of common mouth injuries that one of the most likely ways of acquiring these injuries was while playing sports. While there’s always the option to not play them during orthodontic treatment, our best recommendation for keeping your mouth safe is to simply wear an orthodontic mouthguard when you’re going to play sports. An orthodontic mouthguard will fit comfortably over your teeth and your braces to protect them both in case you get hit in the face or suffer some other kind of facial injury. As your Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse orthodontists, we can provide these orthodontic mouthguards for patients who are interested in keeping their teeth and braces safe.

Contact Your Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY Orthodontists!

If you have any questions or you’re ever having trouble with your orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (315) 458-0020. We’ll be glad to help you in any way that we can. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for braces or you’d prefer our North Syracuse Invisalign treatment, we encourage you to come visit us by filling out our online appointment request form. We hope to help you through your orthodontic treatment as smoothly as possible!

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