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Braces White Spots

December 14th, 2016

If you have braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your smile. Sometimes those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing white spots and tooth decay while wearing braces. When your braces are finally removed by Dr. Cox or Dr. Pridemore, you want a perfect, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. So here are the best ways to ensure you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

#1 - Use an electric toothbrush!

A regular toothbrush does not always cut it when you have braces, so use the Oral B 5000 series electric toothbrush that was provided By Dr. Cox and Dr. Pridemore when you started braces. Also, the orthodontic brush heads provided in your new patient work much better than the regular square shaped heads at getting around and under your braces and wires.

#2 - Brush after every meal!

Braces and the wires with braces tend to trap food from naturally escaping from your teeth after meals. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less of a chance you have of developing white spots or decay.

#3 - Floss and/or use a water pik!

Although braces make it harder to floss, it is still very important to floss during orthodontic treatment. It is very hard for the bristles of a toothbrush to remove the trapped food from between your teeth. Try using the floss threaders that were provided at your first appointment, and if you forget how to floss look up "Flossing with braces" on YouTube! Don't forget the mouth rinse!

#4 - Avoid sugary sweets!

Sticky, sugary, and sweet candy or foods can adhere more readily to your teeth and are very hard to remove when cleaning. Therefore, make your best effort to avoid them while in braces! You can do it!

#5 - Attend your regular scheduled dental cleanings!

Although we see our patients on a regular basis, we are not able to perform a thorough cleaning like your dental hygienist. These appointments at your dentist are very important for your overall dental health. Our office recommends cleanings every three to six months!

Our entire team at Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy! Feel free to ask any questions about your oral health at your next visit!

Do I need a referral?

January 20th, 2015

Not everyone has their own family dentist and many people forget about mentioning orthodontic work during their regular dentist appointments. The good news about coming to Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics is that you don't need to have any type of referral in order to book an appointment or to learn more.

Although there are some patients that come into our orthodontic office directly from a dentist referral a great deal of the people that we see in our offices are referred by other orthodontic patients and simply from finding our website online or through our advertising. If you are ever curious or concerned about your oral health it's important to set up an orthodontics consultation directly by calling our office.

You might feel a bit intimidated by the concept of price for orthodontic treatment but it is important to note that many health plans will cover the cost of orthodontic treatment, you’re financing in treatment options available and in all cases we will offer up the initial consultation for orthodontic treatment completely free of charge.

This means that you can have all of your questions answered, a recommendation for orthodontic treatment and an assessment of your oral health all at no risk to you and completely free of charge. To book a free consultation contact our office today. Regardless of whether you have a family dentist or dental referral Pridemore and Cox orthodontics is available to help you!

Are Braces Right for Me?

March 14th, 2014

Common Questions?

February 3rd, 2014

When beginning orthodontic treatment, most patients ask Dr. Cox and Pridemore and our team a lot of questions about what to expect, while others choose to just “go with the flow” and leave it to us to build for them a beautiful smile. And for our team at Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics, that’s understandable.

But for those who do ask questions, two of the ones we frequently hear are “Will my braces hurt?” and “How long will these be on?”

We explain to our patients that despite what they’ve heard, braces do not hurt when they’re initially put on. Yes, you will experience soreness after your braces are placed and when your teeth start to move. Too often, our patients hear horror stories about how much it hurts to get the braces on, so they tend to over-worry. The truth is, after their braces are on, almost all patients say “that’s it?” because it’s actually easy and painless!

At Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics, we answer most of your other questions during your initial exam. When a patient visits our office for the first time, we give him or her a time estimate of how long it will take to achieve their ideal smile. All other questions are answered at the bonding appointment when the braces are placed. We cover all the topics, everything from eating to brushing with braces, but we also know that after your initial appointment, it’s natural for you to have questions about your or your child’s treatment. And we are always here for you; we are thorough and always try to answer any questions or concerns you may have. As a patient, that’s one thing you never have to worry about. You will always know what’s going on throughout your orthodontic experience.

Are You "Braced' For the Cure?

September 30th, 2013

This month we will be Smiling for Survivors! If you have an appointment in October you will see that Dr. Pridemore, Dr. Cox and our caring Team will be wearing pink gloves and masks all month, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts on Thursdays!

We would love for y'all to support anyone you know that has been a survivor of Breast Cancer or someone who may be going through treatment by choosing PINK colors the next time you are in for your appointment!

As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but you probably didn't realize that it is also Orthodontic Health Awareness Month! So there is no better way to show your support than with beautiful pink colored smile from Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics!

Facts about breast cancer in the United States:

* One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
* Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
* Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
* Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
* Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year

One of the most common brushing mistakes!!!

September 24th, 2013

Starting in the same place every time will allow other parts of your mouth and teeth to get less effort. With time this may in turn increase cavity build up and tooth decay.

Studies also show that most right handed individuals start at the upper left corner of their mouth and left handed people start at the upper right corner of their mouth. Since the initial effort put into brushing teeth is higher and decreases accordingly as we are about to finish brushing, the last parts of the mouth being cleaned will suffer.

When you are finished brushing, the most common areas cleaned include inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and the back of the teeth. In order to avoid white spots with braces, you need to start brushing on alternate sides. Combining this with two minutes of brushing can ensure all teeth have equal chances of getting cleaned.

Do Braces Work at Any Age?

July 9th, 2013

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from the PCO Team.

Can Braces Work For Adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

Ceramic braces
Metal braces
Damon System® brackets
Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
Invisible braces
Rubber bands for bite correction

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
How long will the treatment take?
How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?
Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Pridemore or Dr. Cox, we’ll need to take some X-rays and pictures of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our Office today!

Way to go Coleen!

June 5th, 2013

Canter for Cancer took place this last weekend and we are proud to say that together with many generous offices from the Rome Dental Community, Coleen Pridemore raised the largest amount of money!

It was noted in the RNT....“The Rome dental community contributed the largest amount of money, $1,200. The funds were raised by Coleen Pridemore of Pridemore/Cox Orthodontics."

Thanks for everyones help in raising money to help put a stop to cancer!

PREVENTING WHITE SPOTS WHILE WEARING BRACES

June 2nd, 2013

If you have braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your smile. Sometimes those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing white spots and tooth decay while wearing braces. When your braces are finally removed by Dr. Cox or Dr. Pridemore, you want a perfect, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. So here are the best ways to ensure you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

#1 - Use an electric toothbrush!

A regular toothbrush does not always cut it when you have braces, so use the Oral B 5000 series electric toothbrush that was provided By Dr. Cox and Dr. Pridemore when you started braces. Also, the orthodontic brush heads provided in your new patient work much better than the regular square shaped heads at getting around and under your braces and wires.

#2 - Brush after every meal!

Braces and the wires with braces tend to trap food from naturally escaping from your teeth after meals. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less of a chance you have of developing white spots or decay.

#3 - Floss and/or use a water pik!

Although braces make it harder to floss, it is still very important to floss during orthodontic treatment. It is very hard for the bristles of a toothbrush to remove the trapped food from between your teeth. Try using the floss threaders that were provided at your first appointment, and if you forget how to floss look up "Flossing with braces" on YouTube! Don't forget the mouth rinse!

#4 - Avoid sugary sweets!

Sticky, sugary, and sweet candy or foods can adhere more readily to your teeth and are very hard to remove when cleaning. Therefore, make your best effort to avoid them while in braces! You can do it!

#5 - Attend your regular scheduled dental cleanings!

Although we see our patients on a regular basis, we are not able to perform a thorough cleaning like your dental hygienist. These appointments at your dentist are very important for your overall dental health. Our office recommends cleanings every three to six months!

Our entire team at Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy! Feel free to ask any questions about your oral health at your next visit!