Friday, February 1, 2019

Getting Braces? This Book Will Help!


Thinking of getting braces and looking for orthodontic information? Orthodontist Douglas DePew, DMD, has written a great new book you might find very helpful. Change Your Smile, Change Your Life: Your Guide to Orthodontic Treatment explains the science and the art of orthodontics. Dr. Depew offers his unique insight into today's cutting-edge technology. He also details the best practices to ensure a successful treatment experience.

“With so many different technologies today, and so many providers to choose from, it’s important to find someone who will give you the level of care you deserve” says Depew, who has been in private practice in Kennesaw, Ga, since 1990. “My goal is to help clear the air and give you accurate information about orthodontics, some of the latest treatments available, and what you should look for when choosing a provider for you and your family.

Dr. DePew goes on to say, “Orthodontics is the science of moving teeth into their proper positions and changing the shape of the jaws so the upper and lower rows of teeth fit together properly. But there is so much more to orthodontics than just moving teeth. Much of what doctors and staff do also affects the facial profile, the shape of the face, the fullness of the lips, the ability to speak and swallow properly, even the ability to breathe effectively.”

The book clearly and simply explains how an orthodontist's training and experience make all the difference when they are choosing treatments for a patient’s unique situation.

Dr. Depew runs Atlanta Orthodontic Arts, a practice focusing on TMJ, sleep disorders, and aesthetic treatments and is also the founder and Academic Director of Trapezio, an online platform which provides formal training for orthodontic staff members. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the Georgia Association of Orthodontists, the American Lingual Orthodontic Association, the Spear Dental Study Club, and the Elite Lingual Orthodontic Society.

The book is available at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tips for Taking Care of New Dental Braces


The first weeks of orthodontic braces can be exciting, frustrating, and sometimes painful. Even if you try your hardest to do the right thing, braces can cause soreness to your mouth.

As your teeth begin to move, it's normal for your teeth to ache and for your jaw to feel sore to some extent. You might get canker sores when the brackets rub the insides of your lips and cheeks. Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter treatments available to reduce the pain and irritation from braces. Some of these include Rincinol PRN, ComfortBrace Strips, OraChill, and OrthoDots. In a pinch, good 'ol dental wax also helps.

Some of the common problems that can occur when you have braces include: 

Bracket Comes Loose: To fix this problem, apply a small bit of orthodontic wax to the bracket. You might also want to apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth. Call your orthodontist to have the bracket replaced at your earliest convenience. 

Bands Come Loose: This is a more serious problem, which your orthodontist needs to fix. Try to save the band for repair, if you can.

Protruding or Broken Wires: Poking wires are very common. You can use an eraser from the end of a pencil to move the wire to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax or OrthoDots to the tip. A poking wire can sometimes tear up the insides of your cheeks and may get infected. To prevent this, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse. Call your orthodontist -- most of the time, you can just drop in to get the wire clipped, without an appointment. 

Loose spacers: Most people only wear spacers for one week to 10 days. They're not comfortable, but they're necessary to make room for orthodontic bands. If a spacer comes loose, call your orthodontist, because they will need to be repositioned or replaced. 

Avoid Problem Foods: It will be difficult to bite foods like hamburgers or burritos with your front teeth. It's better to to cut your food into small pieces and chew slowly and carefully. Avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware, stringy foods that can get caught in your braces, and sharp foods like tortilla chips. Take corn off the cob. Avoid nuts, hard carrots, biting into apples, chewing on ice, and bubble gum.

With a little patience, the first weeks in braces will fly by. In time, your braces won't hurt as much. But after each adjustment, you could develop some soreness and new canker sores. Just repeat the steps that you took previously, and you'll feel better in no time.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Retainer Brite: The Gold Standard for Cleaning Invisalign Trays and Retainers

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When dentists and orthodontists are asked what to use to clean retainers, the answer is almost always universal: Retainer Brite! These effervescent tablets are the all-time gold standard for cleaning Invisalign aligner trays, retainers, and most types of dental oral appliances.

Just drop one Retainer Brite tablet into a cup of warm water and add your retainers or aligner trays. In 15 to 20 minutes (after the water is no longer blue), your oral appliance is clean, fresh, and germ-free. Use it every single day to ensure that your retainer doesn't get any icky white plaque buildup.

Retainer Brite is available in boxes of 96 tablets (a three-month supply), and a one-year supply that also includes the soaking cup and a free retainer case for storing your retainer. For extra deep cleaning, you can optionally purchase a cordless sonic cleaner, that helps the Retainer Brite to get into all of the crannies and crevices of your retainer.

Don't be fooled by third-party sellers on Amazon or eBay who carry old expired (or counterfeit) products! DentaKit.com gets its Retainer Brite fresh from the USA manufacturer on a regular basis, ensuring that the Retainer Brite that you buy from us is genuine and has a 2-year expiration date.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Floss Your Braces Faster with GumChucks OrthoGami!

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ORTHOGami by GumChucks is a new, an easier way to floss your teeth when you have braces! The patented flossing tips allow you to safely and quickly floss your entire set of brackets faster than ever! The flexible hook on one end of the disposable flossing tips allows you to safely and quickly position the floss under the arch wire and between brackets for effective flossing. No more threading, struggling, or time-consuming contortions!

ORTHOGami's unique two-handle system increases dexterity and control, allowing you to make the dentist-recommended “C” shape with the floss to get under your gum line.

We're sure that you'll love using OrthoGami, so don't forget to buy the replacement tips! The Starter Kit only includes 10 tips (enough for 10 days of flossing if you floss once a day), but the Refill Bag contains 60 tips -- enough for two months if you floss once a day!

The Gum Chucks ORTHOgami Starter Kit for Braces includes everything you need to get started: 1 set of Handles, 10 disposable Ortho flossing tips and a convenient travel case. The tips are designed for one-time use. However, in a pinch they can be used twice. Alll GumChucks products are made from recycled plastic and are BPA Free. The plastic bags, tips and cartridges are all recyclable.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Pick-a-Dent by Denticator: A Durable, Convenient Dental Pick

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Pick-a-Dent, (Pickadent) made by Denticator, is one of the most durable reusable dental picks available. Won't bend, even after many multiple uses! Don't be fooled by imitations -- this is the genuine original product.



Compare to the leading competitor and you'll see why Pick-a-Dent is the best -- our number one selling dental pick! Great for dislodging food from your braces before you brush, better than any other dentapick. Great for gum stimulation, too! Compact size: 3" long.

If you have been searching locally for Pickadent, please note that the product is no longer available in local stores (and has not been for many years). But you can buy it online at DentaKit.com.

This product is sold in factory-sealed packages of 36 (you get 36 individual Pick-a-Dents per package -- each with its own plastic orange holder). Want to buy Pick-a-Dents in larger bulk quantity?  It's also available in a factory-sealed package of 144 Pick-a-Dents!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

No More Retainers Lost In Trash Cans with No Brainer Retainer Bags!

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Did you or your kid wrap your retainer in a napkin, only to realize it got thrown out at school or at a restaurant? You can prevent that from happening with No Brainer Retainer Maintainer Bags! They were invented by an orthodontic lab technician who heard a few too many stories of retainers getting lost in trash cans!

These see-through clear bags are zip re-sealable, and are imprinted with a design that will ensure that your retainer won't accidentally get thrown in the trash. They are 3.5" x 4"-- the perfect size for most retainers or Invisalign aligners. Put a few in your purse or your pocket for those spur-of-the-moment occasions when you need to take out your retainer, but don't have your retainer case.

No Brainer Bags are available in sets of 100 bags (that's 8 cents per bag!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Traveling? Fill The Toob Brush Toothbrush With Your Own Toothpaste!

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Tired of wasting money on small tubes of toothpaste for travel or camp? Frustrated that your favorite toothpaste doesn’t come in a small size? With Toob Brush by Aurelle, any toothpaste can become travel sized!

Toob Brush is a travel toothbrush that you fill with your own favorite toothpaste. The secret is in the handle — it conceals a special tube which you can fill again and again with any toothpaste. Full instructions are included.

The tube unscrews at both ends — one end to fill the tube, the other end to dispense the toothpaste. This toothbrush is so handy that you'll want to buy a few to keep at the office, in your backpack, or even in your car.

 The tube can be refilled many times, making Toob Brush an economical alternative to expensive travel-sized toothpaste. Complete instructions are included with the product.

Replacement brush heads are available, so you will get a lot of mileage out of just one toothbrush!