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All About Retainers

March 30th, 2021


One of the most important parts of your orthodontic journey is the phase after your braces are removed, called retention. The focus of the retention phase is to keep your teeth in their new positions. Teeth naturally want to shift over time due to a variety of factors like chewing, growth, and even breathing. This is why wearing and taking care of your retainers is so vital.

Wear & Care of Your Retainers

Always follow your orthodontist's directions for wearing your retainers. In most cases, you will wear your retainer all only at night. Most patients will receive a retainer for both their bottom and top teeth. You can remove your retainers to eat and brush your teeth. When the retainers are not in your mouth, remember to always put them in your retainer case. Retainers are notorious for being easily thrown away or eaten by a pet. As soon as you are done eating or brushing your teeth, put your retainers back in so you wear them as long as possible.

Cleaning Your Retainers

Like anything you want to last, it is important to keep your retainers clean. Bacteria can quickly grow on retainers and cause it to smell if it is not cleaned daily. We suggest rubbing mild soap or using Retainer Brite on your retainers when taking them out to brush your teeth in the morning. You can also use an old toothbrush with toothpaste to clean your retainer. Never boil your appliance or put it in the dishwasher. The heat can melt the plastic that the retainer is made out of.

Lost or Broke Your Retainer?

We understand that sometimes accidents happen. If you happen to lose or break your retainer, call us about getting a replacement one or scheduling an appointment. If your retainer breaks, keep as many of the pieces that you can and bring them to your appointment. If your retainer no longer fits, we will schedule an appointment to see if we can adjust your retainer. Retainers are key to keeping your smile "orthodontist approved" and we are here to help with any retainer needs that you might have! *Please note that there could be a cost with repairing or replacing your retainer. We will give you more details at your appointment.

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.

Preventing White Spots with Braces

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 Dentist 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!