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Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

Published on February 08, 2018
Photo provided by circamagazine.com

At Spannhake Orthodontics we know that even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. This soreness is the way your body reacts to your teeth as they begin to move.

Your braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy and beautiful smile but you may experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

  • Canker Sores...[more]

Crowd Pleasing Braces-Friendly Game Day Recipes

Published on January 30, 2018
If you're still searching for a few more snacks to add to your Super Bowl menu, we've got two that will be sure to score with your friends & family.

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 lb. deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Eating With Braces

Published on January 09, 2018
Photo provided by oralb.com

Now that you have your braces, what foods can you still enjoy? While some foods are off limits, don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time!

However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Please do not eat hard foods, including nuts, ice, crisp ...[more]

Loose Bands, Broken Brackets, Poking Wires...Oh My

Published on December 18, 2017

We know even despite your best efforts, the wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Spannhake Orthodontics as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance.

In the interim, the following are helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until you can be seen in our office.

  • Poking Wire: If a tie wire is irritating your mouth,...[more]

Bad Breath & Braces

Published on December 07, 2017

After getting braces, new patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth properly.

Simply doing a quick job brushing your teeth is not enough to keep bad breath at bay, especially when you wear braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles leftover after you eat, and this bacteria creates an unpleasant odor.

We understand that bad breath can be an uncomfortable thing to talk...[more]
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