Very helpful
from Midland, 02 Jun 2015
Very efficient and streamlined appointments
from Midland, 02 Jun 2015
Very satisfied
from Sanford, MI, 07 Apr 2015
Love the staff
from Sanford, 03 Aug 2015
Our second child is in braces using this office. Staff and Doctors have all given wonderful service!
from Midland, 23 Jun 2015
We love Davis and Davis!!!
from Midland, 11 Jun 2015
Excellent people!
from Bay City, 29 Apr 2015
The care and the customer service at Davis and Davis is phenomenal! We love all of the people who work there!
from Mt pleasant, 09 Jul 2015
Went very quickly and she was friendly
from Sanford, 20 May 2015
The staff was wonderful. Dalton enjoyed his visits and his smile is great. Thank you for a wonderful smile.
from Beaverton, 16 Apr 2015
Very friendly and amazing!
from Freeland, 16 Jun 2015
Always satisfied
from Bay city, 09 Jun 2015
Love Dr. Dale and all the assistants!!! Overall wonderful experience with everything here!
from Saginaw Township, 06 May 2015
Really nice staff and overall very happy with how everything turned out!
from Freeland, 06 Apr 2015
We were very happy with our treatment and the office staff was all very friendly.
from Freeland, 16 Jun 2015
Nice office and friendly staff! Our entire family has had treatment there.
, 17 Feb 2015
Wonderful service! We love the friendly staff
from Augres, 22 Jun 2015
Great service
from Midland, 03 Jun 2015
The staff is great. The doctors are both very patient and gentle. Very pleased with the quality of care.
from Coleman, 23 Jun 2015
We couldn't be happier with the service we are receiving for our daughters treatment.
from Sanford, 29 Jun 2015
Dr. Dale and his staff are ALWAYS friendly and make the experience fun and educational for my daughter! Everyone is so friendly and you can't help but smile and share in the happy atmosphere that is beaming in this office. Thank you for all the extra efforts you put in to make the time spent with you such a wonderful experience.
from Auburn, 30 Jul 2015
Good
from Midland, 22 Apr 2015
Thank you , I love my smile.
from Midland, 25 Feb 2015
Very friendly staff.
from Hemlock, 14 Jul 2015
Great job Dr. Dale!!! Braces off and straight teeth in 9 months!!! Great experience with Dr. Davis and his whole wonderful staff!!
from Midland, 11 Mar 2015
Everyone is very friendly!
from Midland, 22 Apr 2015
Staff is very friendly
from Midland, 12 Mar 2015
You guys did awesome and were always friendly and made me feel at home :)
from Tawas City, 25 Feb 2015
Always a great atmosphere and the Drs and assistants are awesome
from Midland, 14 Jul 2015
You were patient with my girls. They took a long time.
from Midland, Mi, 08 Jun 2015
Invisalign

Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Playing Sports with Braces

Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.