Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics

Seeing a Dentist While In Braces

November 5th, 2021

Seeing a Dentist While In BracesEven though it may seem like you’re in the dental exam chair a lot while you’re in braces (or clear aligners), seeing the orthodontist is not the same thing as seeing your regular dentist. Keep reading to find out why.

The Difference in an Orthodontist and Dentist

Both of these dental professionals play a big part in keeping mouths healthy and improving your oral health, but in different ways. A dentist covers a broad range of dental problems, specializing in teeth, gums, nerves, and jaws. A large part of general dentistry is treating or preventing tooth decay. Orthodontists are specialists who focus on correcting the alignment of teeth. This may include correcting bites, occlusion, and/or the straightness of one’s teeth.

Why See Both

While you’re wearing braces, it’s vitally important that you keep up with your regular dental checkups. Even though Dr. Cox went to dental school before diving into his specialty, your orthodontist appointments will not include a regular cleaning or an exam of the overall health of your teeth. Keeping up with your twice-a-year dental checkups while you’re in braces will allow for you to have your teeth professionally cleaned as well as check for tooth decay or other dental problems.

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Braces and other orthodontic treatments play a big part in your overall dental health. But there is one potential drawback if you aren’t careful – brushing and flossing can be a bit more difficult with braces on. It’s a small risk, but one that doesn’t need to be ignored. Brackets and wires can make it hard to get food particles out from in between your teeth. Leaving food or sugar on your teeth for a prolonged time can lead to tooth decay or cavities. Keeping up with your dental appointments is the very best way to make sure that any problems are spotted early. Your general dentist is also able to spot any gum problems that an orthodontist isn’t looking for at your exam.

A Team Effort

Orthodontists and dentists work hand-in-hand to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy. The goal of our entire team – and of good general dentist offices – is to always make sure our patients get a well-rounded approach to oral health!

Best Orthodontic Practice 12 Years Strong

November 1st, 2021

Best Orthodontics 12 Years Strong Rome, GA

Dr. Ryan Cox and the entire team are excited to announce that we’ve been voted best orthodontist in Rome, GA in the Best of Rome contest! We are also excited to announce that this is our 12th year in a row to receive this award and we are thankful for the support of our patients and their families. We would like to thank all of you for the continued love and support you've shown Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics.

Voted Best Orthodontist in Rome, GA

Our amazing orthodontist, Dr. Ryan Cox is passionate about serving the families of Rome and their smiles. Our team offers a variety of treatment options based on the individual needs of our patients. After your complimentary consultations, Dr. Cox will create a custom treatment plan just for you. Whether it's traditional bracesInvisalign, or clear braces, we will be there for you every step of the way.

Ready to Start Your Orthodontic Journey?

Are you ready to grow your confidence with a beautiful smile here at Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics? Click here to schedule your complimentary exam or give us a call at (706) 234-0877. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 15th, 2021

Orthodontic Health Month | Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics
Join us to celebrate one of our favorite months of the entire year! October is National Orthodontic Health Month and we want to bring awareness to how important staying up to date on your orthodontic health is. Not only does a beautiful smile make you feel confident, but it also has so many physical health benefits to having a healthy smile! Read more about the many benefits of taking care of your gums and teeth the right way below.

Straight Teeth are Easier to Clean

Straight teeth are easier to clean. Not only does this make mornings and evenings easier when brushing and flossing our teeth, it means there is less room for tooth decay. Teeth that are overcrowded and misaligned are harder to clean and you are bound to miss those hard-to-reach spots when you're cleaning your teeth. Without seeing your orthodontist and fixing your orthodontic needs, there is a far greater chance your tooth enamel might erode. Tooth erosion occurs when acids wear away the enamel on your teeth.

Avoid Problems with Breathing, Swallowing, or Talking

Another benefit of treating your orthodontic problems correctly is to avoid breathing, swallowing, or talking problems. While some may overlook this issue, this is a very big concern when you don't take care of your teeth properly. Crooked teeth can lead to lisp or slurring in one's speaking abilities. The good news is this can be fixed with braces or Invisalign®! Crowded and crooked teeth can also lead to issues with eating due if you have an overbite or jaw issue. It can also lead to problems fully chewing which will lead to digestive issues.

Prevent Headaches with Orthodontic Care

Many people suffer from chronic headaches and we know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. In some cases, people are experiencing those headaches as a side effect of crooked teeth. The team here at Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics would love to help you alleviate those problems with the right orthodontic care.

Many Perks to Orthodontic Treatment

As you can see, there are many advantages to having proper orthodontic treatment. While this isn't all of the perks, we fully believe that a beautiful and healthy smile leads to overall improved quality of life. If you are ready to start your orthodontic journey, give us a call today at (706) 237-8501 to set up a complimentary consultation! Happy Orthodontic Health Month!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

February 11th, 2021

national childrens dental health month

Did you know that there is an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of dental health in children? The first dental health day was observed on February 8, 1949 by the American Dental Association. The observance was extended to one week in 1955 and to one month in 1981. Dr. Ryan Cox and the team are proud to help kids and their parents learn how to have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime!

Getting an Early Start

Tooth decay is one of the top problems we see in children. For this reason, it is vital that we teach our young ones how to properly take care of their mouth. The sooner a child learns how to take care of their teeth, the better! The best way for them to learn is to see their parents or guardians practice good habits. It is also important that they begin to regularly see a dentist or pediatric dentist at age one. Although kids lose their baby teeth, their permanent teeth can be affected by poor oral hygiene.

Download a free brushing chart from the ADA: HERE

Download a free coloring sheet from the ADA: HERE

Orthodontic Exam at Age 7

One of the common questions we get asked is, "When should my child start braces?". The answer is, it depends. Like fingerprints, every person has a unique set of teeth. However, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Cox, at age seven for an exam. That does not mean that every child will be ready to begin treatment at that age. The exam will allow Dr. Cox to see any potential concerns for early treatment and he will be able to give each patient an idea of what their treatment will entail. If your child is not quite ready for treatment, they will be placed in our observation program where we see them every so often to check their progress. This way we can begin treatment at the optimal time saving you time and money in the long run.

Schedule an Appointment Today

The Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics team cannot wait to meet you and your family! We are currently offering complimentary consultations to new patients for treatment with braces and clear aligners like Invisalign. Have questions? We are here for you! To get started, call our office or fill out our online appointment request form and a member from our team will reach out to you.