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Brush Better with Plaque HD
06/14/2018
Plaque is a thin film that is made of millions of bacteria that have accumulated and covered the surface of your tooth. The bacteria turn all the sugars from your food and drinks into acid that will eat away at your teeth and results in tooth decay and decalcification stains, making plaque the enemy of every healthy smile out there. The best weapons that we have against plaque buildup is a consistent routine of brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist for cleanings, but even then, how do you really know how clean your smile is when plaque is pretty much invisible? Well now there’s a way to make all of that plaque show itself, giving you a better idea of the quality of your at-home oral hygiene routine, and it’s called Plaque HD.
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How to Floss with Braces
06/14/2018
Flossing is an essential component to any good oral hygiene routine, clearing away food particles and bacteria from the areas that your toothbrush can’t reach to keep your mouth healthy and free from tooth decay. For patients going through orthodontic treatment to get a new smile, maintaining a thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine becomes more important, since braces are notorious for trapping food particles that can put that new smile that you’re working towards at risk. While the process for brushing your teeth remains mostly the same other than adding on an extra minute of brushing for a more extensive clean, flossing poses more of a challenge with the archwire in the way. At Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, we want to make sure that you have a perfect smile that’s free from decay when you finally get those braces off, so here is a simple guide on how to easily floss with braces and make sure that your smile is perfectly clean.
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Flossing With Braces
06/06/2018
Flossing your teeth becomes a whole new ballgame when you add braces to the mix! Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics in West Palm Beach is here to help you through the adjustment period and teach you tricks and tips to continue flossing effectively, even with braces. Braces make it easy for food and bacteria to stay between your teeth and the braces. Because of this, we want all of our patients with braces to know the best and easiest techniques to remove plaque and food particles. Dr. Lunsford, Dr. McCaffrey, and our friendly staff are here to help you through this adjustment time and learn the tricks of flossing with braces.
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Why Do I Need a Retainer?
04/27/2018
Once you’re finished wearing braces or Invisalign, you’ll be thrilled to see your new smile you’ve worked hard to achieve! However, your treatment isn’t over yet because you’ll be starting the retention phase of your treatment when we’ll give you a retainer to wear. To help you understand retention and the importance of wearing a retainer, we’ve put together the following information about this important final phase of your orthodontic treatment.
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Summer Braces Care Guide
04/27/2018
Now that summer is almost here, many of you who are wearing braces will be heading off on vacation with your families or spending time away from home at summer camp. Since you won’t be following a strict routine like you do when school is in session, it can be easy to forget all about taking good care of your braces and oral health when you’re having so much fun enjoying the amazing summer weather. That’s why we’ve put together this summer braces care guide. By following these tips, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping your smile healthy and your braces safe from harm!
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Soda’s Effect on Your Teeth
03/27/2018
While we’re incredibly proud of the orthodontic treatments that you’ll receive from your Wellington, FL orthodontist here at Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, we recognize that maintaining a healthy smile requires a bit more than that as well. To keep up a healthy smile, you’ll need to watch how you take care of your teeth on a daily basis. This doesn’t just include a good oral care regimen with persistent brushing and flossing – it also includes watching what you eat. Many foods and beverages can have an effect on your teeth – with plenty of these effects being detrimental ones. Soda is an example of one of these harmful beverages.
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Do Braces Hurt?
02/26/2018
At Lunsford Orthodontics, one of the most common questions that we get from patients who are about to start their journey to a new smile is, “Do braces hurt?” To put things simply, there is typically a bit of discomfort, but never more than you can handle. Braces work by applying a small amount of targeted pressure against your teeth in order to move them into their new positioning, and what if feels like is just that; pressure against your teeth. The pressure is typically so minor that you may not even notice it, but there are certain stages of the process that there is some discomfort.
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How Thumbsucking & Pacifiers Affect Teeth
02/26/2018
Before children are even born, they will begin sucking on their own fingers and thumbs in the womb. While many see thumbsucking as a bad habit, it’s actually just one of our natural reflexes in our most early stages of development. The feeling of sucking on a thumb or finger gives a child a sense of security, helping soothe himself if things ever get stressful or challenging. That’s also why pacifiers are such a great tool for new parents to give to their children to keep them feeling comfortable. However, while the sucking reflex is pretty harmless to start out, it can develop into a bad habit later that can drastically affect the health of a child’s teeth. At Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, it’s our goal to ensure that both you and your family have healthy smiles that last for a lifetime. Here’s how thumbsucking and pacifiers affect teeth.
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Can I Play Sports With Braces?
12/19/2017
If Dr. Joseph Lunsford, your West Palm Beach orthodontist, has just placed braces on your teeth, you might be worried that you can’t play your favorite sports because of the appliances on your teeth. There’s no need to worry because we’ve got some great news to share with you! You can continue playing sports while wearing braces if you take a few precautions so you don’t get hurt or damage your braces.
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Back to School with Braces
10/30/2017
Now that school’s back in session, it means a return to your regular schedule – for better or for worse! A return to seeing your acquaintances, a return to doing homework, and an unfortunate return to having to wake up much earlier. While it may seem all too familiar, there can be a drastic change to this process – your new braces. Although you may have already become accustomed to wearing your braces at home, it can be a brand-new – and sometimes worrying – experience to have to wear them while outside the comforts of your home. That’s where we’re glad to help! When you go to visit the best orthodontist in West Palm Beach here at Lunsford Orthodontics, we’re also happy to give you all the helpful advice needed to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is a success, including these tips for going back to school with your new braces.
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The Difference Between an Orthodontist and Dentist
08/15/2017
Many people are confused over what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist because after all, both of these oral health care professionals help patients improve their smiles. If you’re unsure of how an orthodontist differs from a dentist, the friendly team at Lunsford Orthodontics is here to help you sort it all out!
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Eating Well While Wearing Braces
06/13/2017
When you’re in or around Wellington, FL and in need of braces or any other orthodontic treatment, we at Lunsford Orthodontics are proud to be your premier choice. We place an emphasis on top-notch orthodontic care and we’ll make sure that your treatment is always as convenient as possible. However, when you’re wearing braces, there will still need to be adjustments you’ll have to make in your daily life to accommodate this treatment, including watching what foods you eat. As your trusted Wellington, FL orthodontist, we’ll be glad to give you tips on what you should and shouldn’t eat during your braces treatment.
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DIY Braces - NOT Recommended by Your Orthodontist
05/02/2017
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) teeth straightening has blown up on social media recently. Online videos show adolescentes using elastic bands, dental floss, fishing line, and other materials to devise ways to straighten their teeth at home. As your local orthodontist serving the West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach areas, Dr. Lunsford and his team strongly discourage attempts to straighten teeth without seeking the professional service of an orthodontist.
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Braces-Friendly Recipe For Valentine’s Day
02/14/2017
Dr. Lunsford at Lunsford Orthodontics knows that celebrating holidays is a lot of fun for patients and with it being Valentine's Day today, some of our patients will be celebrating. With gifts of chocolates and candy being passed out for this day, those wearing braces have to be careful in which treats they indulge. Sticky and hard foods can damage brackets and wires!
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Braces and Proper Oral Hygiene
01/09/2017
At Lunsford Orthodontics, our mission is to provide each patient we serve with excellent orthodontic care. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options to the residents of West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Lake Worth, FL. We understand that if you’re in need of orthodontic treatment, wearing braces for the first time can be a big lifestyle change. We want you to know that our job does not end when we put braces on your teeth. Because we truly care about all our patients, Dr. Lunsford and his team want to help you through the entire orthodontic process, which includes helping you maintain good oral hygiene while you’re improving your smile.
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Braces vs Invisalign
10/21/2016
At Lunsford Orthodontics, it is our mission to provide the West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Wellington, FL areas with top orthodontic services like braces and Invisalign. When patients begin orthodontic treatment, many decide between braces and Invisalign as their course of treatment. While braces and Invisalign are both designed to straighten your teeth, each provide certain benefits over the other and fit different orthodontic situations. As your trusted local orthodontist, we put together a comparison of braces and Invisalign, so you can be educated about each of these orthodontic treatments.
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Can Crooked Teeth Impact Your Overall Health?
10/10/2016
When people think about orthodontic work, they think that treatments like braces or Invisalign are purely cosmetic. But in fact, crooked teeth can impact not only your oral health, but your overall health. Having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can make it hard to speak, make cleaning your teeth a challenge, and increase your chances of gum disease. Your West Palm Beach orthodontist, Dr. Lunsford, wants you to know why it is important to have straight teeth and a correct bite that orthodontic treatment at Lunsford Orthodontics can give you.
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Welcome To Our Blog
10/10/2016
Welcome to Lunsford Orthodontics and our blog! Here you’ll find useful information about orthodontics and oral health and news about our West Palm Beach office. At Lunsford Orthodontics, you’ll find a friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and his team providing professional and comprehensive orthodontic care to patients in the West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, and Wellington areas.
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