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All over the Internet you’ll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there — you can even mail order your own impressions to get clear aligners, without even seeing a dentist or orthodontist. Following the instructions laid out in these videos and articles (by people who have zero training in orthodontics) is about the worst decision you can make for your overall oral health.

Performing DIY or at-home orthodontia can lead to or cause:

Loss of teeth
Infection
Cavities or infections that are missed or un-diagnosed
Gum damage

Dr. Christina Carter, president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, says that DIY orthodontics can have terrible consequences. She spoke to TODAY about closing gaps between teeth using rubber bands or elastics:

“The teeth are connected to the gums and the blood supply and there is a risk of infection, of tearing the gums which might not heal properly, and a risk of damaging the attachment between the tooth and gums so the tooth no longer gets the support it needs.” She also noted, “A simple rubber band can actually slide up the tooth and cut all the attachments to it and you can actually lose a tooth.”

One of the worst parts about DIY orthodontics is that you never consult with a trained orthodontist, so you’re really operating on a dangerous lack of information. It’s best not to risk damage to your teeth or infection. Let Dr. David Jolley know what you want to accomplish with your teeth and we will help you find the safest and most cost-effective way to achieve it.

Dr. David Jolley wants you to be informed and practical about your oral health. Should you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our convenient Corpus Christi, TX office.



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It’s a cloudy day in Corpus Christi Texas, and all I want is a big bowl of steamy soup for dinner. I found this recipe to be a great fit for eating with braces. Tex-Mex style dishes are a staple in my family… I find myself craving those flavors most nights of the week. This Chicken Tortilla Soup stands out from the rest because it is CREAMY and SO flavorful. And the best part is that it’s totally braces-friendly as long as you let the chips lose their crunch when you dunk them into the broth.

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
1 Tbsp finely minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped (1/4 cup)
1 (32 oz) carton low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp of each chili powder, cumin, and paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts*
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 1/3 cups milk
1/3 cup masa harina**
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
For serving:
Shredded cheese (I used a blend of cheddar and monterey jack), sour cream, diced avocados, cilantro, lime wedges (optional), corn tortilla chips

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Directions

Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and jalapeño and saute 3 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.
Add chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add chicken breasts* and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover pot with lid and gently boil until chicken has cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Remove chicken and allow to rest 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes with green chilies to pot.
Then, in the 2-cup liquid measuring cup used to measure milk (or a bowl), whisk together milk and masa harina until well blended. Pour mixture into pot and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens slightly (it won’t thicken much).
Dice chicken and add to pot, then add black beans, pinto beans and corn.
Then stir in cream and sour cream and cook until heated through.
Serve warm topped with cheese, sour cream, avocados, cilantro, limes and tortilla chips. (Either skip the chips for your braces-wearing family members, or make sure they get submerged into the hot soup and soften before eating.)

*If chicken breasts are fairly thick, slices them horizontally through the thickness to create two portions. They will cook faster this way and be more tender as they’ll cook more evenly.
**If looking to make this gluten free, be sure the masa harina you’re using is labeled as gluten-free, same with the tortilla chips. Masa harina can be found in the Latin section of the grocery store.

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Choosing when to get braces can be difficult decision. Considering every mouth develops differently, it can difficult to know if an earlier age is appropriate to begin treatment. Some parents come in with their kids and wonder if wisdom teeth can have an impact on orthodontic treatment and, if so, what actions to take. Here’s info on wisdom teeth and if/how they can affect orthodontics.

Wisdom Teeth/Impacted Molars

Wisdom teeth are the last set of permanent teeth to come in, or rupture the gums. There often isn’t enough room for them to comfortably come in and, as a result, they can come in sideways or only partially break the gums, known as “impacted.” A single wisdom tooth may come in, but it’s possible to have as many as four, a full set. According to WebMD, wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17 and 21, but it remains very possible for them to come in earlier or later. Between 15 and 25 is the likely age range one would have issues or pain related to wisdom teeth. After 25 you’re not likely to have complications.

How do Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces?

Between the ages of 10 and 20 is a popular time to complete an orthodontic treatment and to consider wisdom tooth extraction. This can lead to wondering whether or not to pull wisdom teeth first, or to wait until after braces. But what happens if wisdom teeth need to be extracted during an orthodontic treatment? Will wisdom teeth affect tooth correction? Both good questions. Wisdom teeth, because of the way they’re situated at the back of the gums, don’t exert enough pressure to cause teeth at the front of the mouth to shift. Wisdom teeth can also be extracted during treatment, though it’s less common.

Deciding whether to proceed with braces prior to wisdom tooth extraction, or after, really depends on your age and opinions from an orthodontist and dentist. Since this extra set of molars don’t often erupt until the latter teens an dearly twenties, braces are largely unaffected. For those that choose to get braces later on, who have not had wisdom teeth extracted, an orthodontist may suggest extraction before proceeding with treatment as a precaution.

What’s My Next Step?

Your best next step is to talk to your orthodontist and, depending on your age, to check for signs and symptoms of wisdom teeth. Here are the common signs and symptoms of wisdom teeth.

Signs

Pain in the back of the mouth, behind the molars
See the beginnings of teeth growing behind your back molars
Constant pain (not the case for all)
Symptoms

Pain or jaw stiffness
Pain coming from the gums at an awkward angle against the cheek, or against the top of the mouth
An infected or swelling flap of gum forming over an impacted molar
Don’t Hesitate. Talk to Your Dentist & Orthodontist

As we said before, best practice is to talk both your dentist and orthodontist about braces and wisdom teeth. Making a plan ahead of time will ease the processes of both. Give us a call today with any questions or concerns regarding braces and wisdom teeth and we’ll be glad to provide more information or to set up a free initial consultation.




Getting braces comes with some inevitable adjustments. When braces are first put on, patients will need to get used to the pressure they apply in order to shift the teeth into their desired positions. Of course, patients who get more traditional wire-and-bracket braces will need to get used to the new found objects in their mouths. Braces patients will also need to get accustomed to the maintenance required for braces, such as regular cleaning and wearing accessories and appliances like rubber bands and headgear.

Braces Pain

Every braces patient will experience some level of discomfort after their braces are first put on. This is because braces apply a significant amount of pressure on the teeth which immediately causes them to begin shifting. For this reason, the pressure, soreness, and pain are necessary for the teeth to move into their new, straight positions in the mouth. Braces pain and discomfort will vary among different patients. Patients should speak with their orthodontist to discuss some techniques for helping to relieve the initial pain and soreness associated with first getting braces.

Braces Pain Relief

There are a few techniques for helping to alleviate the pain and discomfort after first getting braces. Patients can try dissolving a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of lukewarm water. Once the solution is dissolved, patients can gargle by swishing the solution gently inside the mouth for a couple of minutes. Do not swallow the solution. This solution helps to kill bacteria, as well as provide some minor relief.

Pain Medications

Sometimes, rinsing with salt water may not be an adequate form of pain relief. If patients are still uncomfortable, a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken. Make sure that patients do not have any health conditions that could cause complications from pain medications. Topical anesthetic gels can also be applied to the inside of the mouth to temporarily numb uncomfortable areas.

Preventing Sores

After braces are first put on, patients may get mouth sores from the metal components of braces rubbing against the inside of their mouths. Orthodontic wax can often help to alleviate and prevent these sores on the inside of the lips and cheeks. Application of orthodontic wax is simple. Patients should grab a small piece and rub it into a ball between their index and thumb fingers. The small ball of wax should then be applied to the top of the bracket that’s causing discomfort. Acidic foods and drinks should be avoided, as they will often irritate any open sores.



For more info on getting braces in Corpus Christi Texas, call (361) 993-2333

Dr. David Jolley
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