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  • Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

    July 24, 2018

    These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie.  Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for trained, experienced professionals when it comes to your dental health.

    The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

    The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues. An orthodontist like Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa, or Dr. Grillo has many tools in his or her arsenal to help create your beautiful smile – Invisalign, for example, is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.

     

    The Top 10 Questions To Ask

    The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

    1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
    2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
    3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
    4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
    5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
    6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
    7. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
    8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

     

    Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

    Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Grillo earned their dental degrees (DDS) at University of Michigan and each went on to fulfil post-graduate residencies in Orthodontics. They have a commitment to regular continuing education and have years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to their patients.

    Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile.

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation and be the first to have your smartphone help straighten your teen’s smile!

     

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  • How Does Your Child Sleep At Night? 5 Questions to Ask:

    December 27, 2017

    5 Questions to ask yourself about your child’s sleep:

    1. Does your child snore loudly at night?
    2. Does your child take long pauses in breathing while they sleep?
    3. Does your child experience night sweats?
    4. Does your child experience extreme drowsiness during the day?
    5. Does your child exhibit a change in behavior and/or a decline in school performance?

    If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it could be a sign that they are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    What is OSA? What is Sleep Apnea?

    OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 12 percent of children. It’s caused by partial or complete blockage of the airways during sleep. During sleep, your child’s throat muscles relax allowing the tongue and/or fatty tissues of the throat to fall back into the airways and block airflow. During an apnea event, air is restricted from moving beyond the obstruction reducing blood flow to the brain. As a result, the brain is signaled to partially awaken from sleep to tell the body that it needs to breathe. This is often followed by a loud gasping, choking, or snorting sounds as the person takes a deep enough breath to fight past the obstruction.

    While this condition is fairly easy to treat, it is often left untreated because parents aren’t aware of the warning signs. So, how do you know if your kid actually has obstructive sleep apnea or if they are symptoms of something else? Visit your local orthodontist today. Due to their expertise and familiarity with growth and development as well as orthopedic and surgical correction of the jaws, orthodontists are ideally suited to diagnose OSA.

    At Davis and Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa are well trained in looking for the signs of Sleep Apnea. We are screening kids with our CBCT (a dental CT scan that allows us to  gain a highly accurate 3-D image of your child’s anatomy from a single scan), looking at airways and discussing sleep issues.  Currently we are administering a home sleep test and consulting on how orthodontics can change the architecture of the airway for better sleep and happy and healthier kids.

    We make it a point to always ask new patients about their children’s sleep habits because it’s important to us to catch them early. Sleep Apnea can have significant side effects if left untreated, such as:

    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic acid reflux
    • Obesity
    • & Depression

    We’re proud to have helped many patients in this area – check out two below:

    If you notice any of the above signs in your child’s sleep, click below to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dale or Dr. Lisa. We look forward to meeting you.

    Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Contact us today for more information!

  • Why choose an orthodontic specialist over a general dentist?

    December 21, 2017

    Patients have so many choices for straightening their teeth nowadays — clear aligners, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces — but who is best suited to guide them through orthodontic treatment? Well, an orthodontist like Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis in Midland, MI of course!

    This may seem obvious, but there’s misinformation circulating with regard to the roles dentists and orthodontists play in treating patients’ oral health.

    Dentists are trained to clean teeth, fill cavities, perform certain dental surgeries, and examine overall oral health. Many dentists now offer braces to their patients, but according to the American Association of Orthodontists, it’s better to consult an orthodontist if you need to straighten teeth or fix a bite.

    Why an orthodontist? Because they are…

    • Specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws, even advanced cases
    • Required to study an additional two to three years after dental school
    • Trained to choose the correct treatment option because they have worked with all the available options
    • Trained to recognize the potential pitfalls with certain treatments and cases, which means there’s less chance of problems after treatment has started or been completed
    • Familiar with emerging treatments and technologies so they can make the best choice for a patient’s case

    Some dentists claim to have taken enough continuing education or additional training to offer braces to their patients. But this can’t compare to the advanced training an orthodontist receives during his or her education.

    Ideally, dentists and orthodontists work hand in hand to make sure oral health and the alignment of teeth and jaws are the best they can be. Think of a dentist as the one who is there for a lifetime, to make sure teeth and gums are healthy.

    In contrast, an orthodontist is the highly skilled teammate who helps the dentist by straightening teeth and aligning the jaws over the course of a few years. Instead of one replacing the other, they work together for the health and benefit of their patients.

  • Positive Aging with Orthodontics

    December 14, 2017

    Crooked or crowded teeth aren’t always just a cosmetic issue; they also are more difficult to clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, if your teeth don’t align properly when you bite (known as malocclusion), this can cause chewing, swallowing, and speaking problems.

    You can put these risks to rest and look amazing, however, with well-thought-out orthodontic treatment from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. More and more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment and changing their lives in the process.

    Childhood is of course the ideal time to get treatment, since the mouth and jaws are still growing, but many adults still can get beautiful and lasting results which can be achieved discreetly and effectively with modern orthodontic appliances and technologies.

    Traditional braces used to be the only thing going, and many adults understandably don’t like the way they look. There are so many other options for braces these days that it’s possible for almost any patient to be treated effectively and efficiently — usually in one to two years.

    Here are some of the technologies being implemented in our modern Midland, MI orthodontic office:

    • Clear aligners: Practically invisible clear plastic aligners are great for less severe cases.
    • Lingual braces: These are placed on the back of your teeth instead of the front, and can handle anything that traditional braces can.
    • Ceramic braces: Translucent ceramic brackets make for effective and more discreet treatment.
    • Self-ligating braces: These require less manipulation by the orthodontist, which means fewer appointments and quicker results.

    It should also be noted that the goal of orthodontic treatment (especially in adults) isn’t always limited to straightening teeth and/or correcting a bite. Teeth provide support for the lips and cheeks and help define your face.

    The relationship between the jaws, teeth, face, soft tissues, and underlying skeleton of the face are important, and an orthodontist takes this into account when designing a smile.

    In short, getting orthodontic treatment won’t just give you a good-looking and healthy smile; it can help define and enhance the entire appearance of your face. Knowing just how crucial your teeth are in determining how you look and live will help you age positively and confidently.

  • Common Braces Problems

    December 7, 2017

    It’s useful to know some of the common problems that can arise when you get braces. Even if you take great care of your braces and teeth, you might not be able to avoid certain issues or side effects that accompany braces. But don’t worry: These are all common problems that can be taken care of by following some simple advice.

    If you just had your braces put on, you may notice some general soreness in your mouth. Your teeth are starting to adjust to having to shift, so they may ache, and your jaw might feel tender at first. This will subside once your mouth becomes used to the new appliance in residence.

    You may experience soreness on your tongue or mouth, which may be a sign of a canker sore. Canker sores are common when braces rub against your mouth. You can use ointments to relieve pain and numb the area that’s been irritated. Canker sores are commonly caused by broken wires or loose bands on your braces.

    Common Issues

    • Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
    • Loose bands: These must be secured in place by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. Try to save the band for repair.
    • Protruding or broken wires: Use the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, clean your mouth with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
    • Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and possibly replaced.

    Avoiding Issues

    You should avoid certain foods that could cause major damage to your braces. No matter what you eat, make the effort to cut your food into small pieces that can be chewed easily. This will prevent chunks of it from getting lodged between brackets.

    Avoiding hard and chewy foods is also wise. Some foods can break your hardware: for example, popcorn, nuts, apples, gum, taffy, and hard candies. Avoiding any foods that easily got stuck in your teeth when you didn’t have braces is a good rule to follow.

    The appliances in your mouth are bound to attract food particles and make it easier for plaque to build up. By making sure you brush and floss carefully every day, you can prevent stains and cavities from developing over time. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend brushing and making sure that food isn’t lodged between your braces after every meal.

    Having braces can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging at first. Watching for these common issues during your first few weeks can prevent problems down the road. If you experience a lot of pain from your braces, contact our Midland, MI office and we can try to resolve any issues.

    Braces can sometimes be a pain, but they’re well worth it once your new smile gets revealed!

  • Which mouthwash should you use?

    November 30, 2017

    Although using mouthwash is certainly not the equal of brushing and flossing, it does have benefits for your dental hygiene. If you use mouthwash regularly, you should find out which type is best suited for your needs. Here are some things to think about the next time you’re at the store.

    The first item to weigh is why you want to use mouthwash. If the reason involves a high risk for cavities, you should focus on a mouthwash that contains fluoride. Make sure to double-check the label, because some mouthwashes do not necessarily include fluoride.

    If you’re looking for a mouthwash to fight gingivitis, select an oral rinse with antibacterial properties. Make sure to read labels and avoid picking one that contains alcohol. Antibacterial mouthwash would also be best for a patient who has periodontal disease.

    Another option is prescription mouthwash. These should be discussed with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and/or your pharmacist in order to avoid negative side effects. Pay close attention to the directions regarding how much to use and for how long. Keep in mind that some brands may lose their effectiveness if you use them on an ongoing basis.

    For children, you can find a mouthwash that changes the color of plaque on their teeth. This is a fun way to help them understand how well they are brushing, and what areas they need to focus on. It can even be a tool for adults who have trouble reaching certain areas of their mouth.

    While mouthwash is generally considered as a safe means to improve your oral health, you need to keep certain things in mind. Avoid using any mouthwash that has alcohol in it. If you are using a strong one, it can reduce your sense of taste over time. Be wary of a mouthwash that claims it can loosen plaque; this is not accurate and can mislead consumers.

    We hope these simple suggestions will help you the next time you’re at the store. Make sure you pick the right mouthwash to keep that healthy smile! Feel free to contact Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI with any questions you may have.

  • Avoid Brushing After Every Single Meal!

    November 23, 2017

    Here is some surprising yet worthwhile advice you might be hearing for the first time: Brushing after a meal can be incredibly bad for your teeth if you do it after eating certain foods.

    Enamel is an extremely hard mineral on the exterior of each of your teeth. It’s actually the hardest substance in the human body: It’s even stronger than your bones! Its only weakness is that acids in the food we eat can easily destroy enamel.

    Healthy teeth thrive in an environment that has the proper pH balance. That ensures your mouth doesn’t start the process of demineralization. That’s what happens when alkaline turns into acid, which attacks and softens the enamel on the surface of your teeth. Pores and fissures form, and that’s when the harmful bacteria go to work.

    Our mouth’s pH level fluctuates depending on what we eat throughout the day. Examples of the most common highly acidic foods include citrus fruits, soda, and sugary foods. Highly acidic foods tip the balance of pH in your mouth from a healthy alkaline to a dangerous acid.

    Can brushing your teeth immediately after a meal lead to even more damage? The answer is yes!

    Eating highly acidic foods causes your teeth to be more susceptible. If you brush your teeth when they have been weakened by acids, even more destruction can happen to your enamel. Your toothbrush’s bristles will actually wear away some of your enamel. So it’s healthier to wait at least an hour after eating or snacking to brush.

    Good preventive measures to take instead of brushing after you eat include:

    • Rinsing or drinking water
    • Chewing sugarless gum
    • Consuming dairy or non-acidic foods to conclude your meal

    These practices help produce saliva, which in turn restores a healthy pH level in your mouth and coats the teeth with minerals they need.

    Once you’ve allowed time for your mouth to be restored to a healthy pH level, you may brush your teeth as you normally would. Keep in mind that acidic foods can weaken the enamel on your teeth and take the right measures to prevent spiking pH levels.

    Most important, don’t forget to wait to brush at least one hour after you eat!

    Still have questions? Call our Midland, MI office and schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • How to Choose the Best Mouthwash

    November 16, 2017

    As we all know, or should by now, the key to maintaining great oral health is keeping up with a daily plan of flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash. These three practices in combination will help you avoid tooth decay and keep bacterial infections at bay.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we’ve noticed that it’s usually not the toothbrush or floss that people have trouble picking, but the mouthwash.

    Depending on the ingredients, different mouthwashes will have different effects on your oral health. Here are some ideas to take under consideration when you’re trying to decide which type of mouthwash will best fit your needs.

    • If gum health is your concern, antiseptic mouthwashes are designed to reduce bacteria near the gum line.
    • If you drink a lot of bottled water, you may want to consider a fluoride rinse to make sure your teeth develop the level of strength they need.
    • Generally, any mouthwash will combat bad breath, but some are especially designed to do so.
    • Opt for products that are ADA approved, to ensure you aren’t exposing your teeth to harmful chemicals.
    • If you experience an uncomfortable, burning sensation when you use a wash, stop it and try another!

    Still have questions about mouthwash? Feel free to ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next visit to our Midland, MI office! We’re always happy to answer your questions. Happy rinsing!

  • Bottled Water: Friend or Foe?

    November 9, 2017

    Some people choose bottled water over tap because they think it’s cleaner. Some do it out of convenience: It’s easy to grab a bottle of water to take with you for the day as you run out the door or hop in your car.

    Whatever the reason, bottled water has been coming in ahead of tap water for the last couple of years. What many people may not know is that choosing bottled water over tap can actually be detrimental to your dental health.

    Most brands of bottled water fail to include a vital ingredient: fluoride. Fluoride plays an important role in helping maintain good oral health because it helps strengthen our teeth. Stronger teeth mean a lower chance of tooth decay, and who doesn’t want that?

    When we choose bottled water over tap water, we deprive our pearly whites of something they might very well need.

    The good news is that the American Dental Association has endorsed both community water fluoridation and products that contain fluoride as a safe way to prevent tooth decay. If bottled water happens to be the preference for you or your family, you don’t necessarily have to force everyone to start drinking tap water.

    Just check the label and make sure the brand you purchase contains fluoride.

    It’s essential to remember that switching up the water you drink isn’t going to put you on the fast track to perfect teeth, though. Flossing and brushing three times a day is vital!

    If you have any questions about fluoride or your dental health, don’t hesitate to ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI office!

  • Find Out how Your Diet can Cause Cavities

    November 2, 2017

    Sometimes food that’s good for your body isn’t necessarily the best for your teeth. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team want you to know which healthy foods can harm your teeth and gums, and what steps you can take to continue enjoying these foods, even when you’re dieting.

    When you begin to substitute empty calories with whole foods, make sure you also remember to focus on your dental health. The majority of people tend to switch out sugary foods in favor of fruits and vegetables when they diet.

    It’s worth knowing that most fruits are highly acidic and composed of natural sugars. Some of the highly acidic fruits to watch out for include apples, grapes, strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Moderation is key here, as with all other things. Fruits can be a great source of energy to help you through your day, but try not to overdo them.

    Often, people also incorporate more leafy greens into their diets, which mean plenty of salads. Salad dressing is another item you’ll want to watch out for. Many dressings are filled with vinegars and sweeteners that include harmful acids, which change the pH of your mouth. When your mouth shifts from alkaline to acidic, your smile also turns to a higher risk for erosion and decay.

    Rather than get rid of these foods altogether, simply change what you do after you eat them. Rinse your mouth out with water, brush your teeth, or eat alkalizing foods after consuming these acidic foods. Healthy alkalizing foods include dairy products such as eggs and yogurt, or any type of vegetable.

    If you have questions regarding your current diet and its effect on your oral health, please contact our Midland, MI office and speak with a member of our staff. If you’ve begun to make changes in your diet toward a healthier lifestyle, we hope these tips can help your make positive changes to your oral health. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants a healthy lifestyle to be a top priority in your life.

  • A Fun Halloween with Braces

    October 26, 2017

    Having teeth encased in braces can be discouraging during Halloween. If you or your child has braces, there are certain candies to avoid this holiday season—and in general—while you have braces. Candy can be tempting, especially for children.

    But don’t worry; other sweet treat options can readily take their place. Take a look at the American Association of Orthodontists’ tips on how to keep your braces safe.

    Treats to avoid because they can cause damage to your braces include:

    • Hard candies
    • Chewy candies
    • Nuts
    • Caramel
    • Licorice
    • Jelly beans
    • Taffy
    • Bubblegum
    • Hard pretzels
    • Popcorn

    These goodies should be avoided because they have the potential to bend or break your braces. Broken brackets and loose wires can waste time and money.

    Switch out hard, chewy, and sticky candies for these options in the mean time:

    • Soft chocolate
    • Peanut butter cups
    • Gelatin treats
    • Ice cream
    • Smoothies
    • Root beer floats
    • Apple cider

    Encouraging your child to stay with alternative, braces-friendly treats may prevent her from trying to eat candies that could break or damage braces. Halloween can still be fun, especially if your youngster (or you) don’t have to visit our Midland, MI office get braces fixed.

    Make sure to remind your child to avoid harmful candies, and encourage him to exchange treats with friends to make it more fun. Only passing out candies that children can eat safely, such as soft chocolates, can make them feel included.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team hope you enjoy your Halloween season, regardless of whether you are wearing braces.

  • Orthodontic Treatment through the Internet

    October 19, 2017

    You can learn just about anything on the Internet these days. You can also order just about anything on the Internet these days.

    But would you order your braces on the Internet? There’s a new trend involving websites that claim to offer a solution for straightening teeth, without your ever seeing a dentist or orthodontist in person.

    These companies usually have patients take an impression of their teeth using putty and a tray. Then you mail the impressions back to the company where a dentist reportedly examines them and suggests a course of treatment using 3D modeling software.

    A series of clear aligners are made, to be worn by the patient in order to attain the desired result. Although this form of orthodontic treatment may cost less than seeing an orthodontist in person, there are several reasons why you should avoid it:

    • Potential health hazards are missed: If your oral health is not up to par (e.g., you have cavities, gingivitis, chipped teeth, etc.), an orthodontist would not suggest orthodontic treatment. Only after these issues are addressed would treatment be considered as an option. Whether this is the case with a person can’t be known when all the doctor sees is a set of impressions.
    • Lack of information about the patient: Before you receive any orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist will have X-rays taken to make sure you are a good candidate. If the bones or teeth do not look like they would align properly with treatment, another course of care may be suggested, even necessary. None of this background is available to over-the-net orthodontic providers.
    • No regular checkups: The purpose of regular checkups with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis is to ensure that everything is moving properly, on schedule, and most important, safely. This lack of hands-on care with Internet orthodontics could be a hazard for you as a patient and has the potential to do more harm than good.

    It’s not worth the risk of getting orthodontic treatment over the net just to save some money. Our Midland, MI office is committed to working with you, whatever your financial situation may be.

    Let’s work together to give you the smile you deserve!

  • Dental X-Rays: Are They Safe?

    October 12, 2017

    X-rays have been a function of dental healthcare for a long time. That in and of itself should be good news, because it means we’ve had plenty of time to improve them. While there is always some risk in exposure to radiation, dental X-ray exposure has decreased significantly due to all the advances in technology. So there’s risk, but X-rays are quite safe.

    Think of X-rays as you would about a car. Automobiles these days have all kinds of technology to make them as safe as possible. There’s still a chance that you’ll suffer an accident. Would you stop using a car because of that risk? When it comes to dental X-rays, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team believe the positives clearly outweigh the negatives.

    X-rays can be done digitally or with film. For film, X-rays require different exposures at different speeds to produce the image. Digital X-rays have software that automatically adjusts the exposure and produces the X-ray in a digital file. Since they substantially reduce your exposure to radiation, digital X-rays are the current standard in dental offices.

    In addition to digital X-rays, lead aprons are an essential piece of X-ray safety. They help protect internal organs from X-rays by acting as a shield. They usually come with a thyroid collar as well, since that is one of the most vulnerable areas to X-rays in the body. Lead aprons can absorb up to 95% of any scatter rays that result from an X-ray. Not bad, right?

    Although dental X-rays involve some radiation exposure (not all of it can be eliminated), so does everyday life. Getting too much sun, for example, can be dangerous. The truth is, we accumulate radiation in our bodies over a lifetime, so it’s worthwhile to be aware and avoid as much unnecessary exposure as possible. When it comes to your dental health, though, getting an X-ray — especially when your doctor says you need it — offers more benefits than risks.

    Ask us about the type of dental X-rays we use during your next visit to our Midland, MI office!

  • Elastics and Braces

    October 5, 2017

    If you’ve visited Davis & Davis Orthodontics, then there’s a good chance you’re looking to perfect your smile by straightening your teeth with braces. At some point during your treatment, you may need to use elastics, otherwise known as rubber bands, for a certain period. These are used to apply additional pressure that will move your teeth in the right direction.

    Placement of the elastics is specific to each patient’s teeth. These small rubber bands stretch over the tiny loops on both the top and bottom brackets. At first, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may recommend you wear the elastics both day and night for an extended time.

    You may be told to switch only to nighttime wear once the teeth are set in the correct position. By consistently wearing the elastics, you can shorten the overall time your braces will have to be on.

    The elastics are made from medical-grade latex. If you have an allergy to latex, make sure to let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis know, so you can be given an alternate material. We will show you how to take elastics on and off when they’re given to you at your appointment.

    You should remove them when you eat so they don’t become overstretched or break. It’s important not to overstretch the bands, and always to replace them if they break. Eventually it will become a familiar habit to carry the bands around with you for times when this might happen.

    The Do’s and the Don’ts

    • DO … always wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.
    • DO … call us if you run out of elastics.
    • DO … get in the habit of carrying around extra rubber bands as replacements.
    • DON’T … double up on elastics because this can exert too much pressure on your teeth and could actually harm the roots.
    • DON’T … overstretch the rubber bands or they will lose strength and become ineffective.

    If you were recently given elastics as well as your braces, feel free to ask any questions during your appointment, or call our Midland, MI office any time. Using elastics correctly is one more step in your journey to a perfect smile!

  • Eat Well, Feel Good, Smile Better

    September 28, 2017

    Did you know that the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and gum disease? Not so coincidentally, they are also the easiest to prevent. As much as we would like for the brushing and flossing to do all the work for us, in reality, we really are what we eat — and a healthy diet is just as important for dental health as it is for the rest of the body.

    Eating well boosts your immune system, and makes you less susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. When you maintain a balanced diet, you provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to succeed. So what does a healthy, balanced diet entail? It’s really quite simple. Here are some tips:

    1. Focus on lean meats, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats.
    2. Limit your intake of sugary drinks like energy drinks and soda.
    3. Keep your sweet tooth in check.
    4. Beware of acidic meals and snacks that are high in salt and sodium.
    5. Drink lots of water.

    Unfortunately, there’s no “one size fits all,” magic diet that will automatically improve your oral health, but following the five guidelines above as best you can is a great way to start. Food and drinks that are high in sugar or acidity weaken your enamel, stain your teeth, and make you more likely to develop a cavity or gum disease.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we like to encourage our patients to drink a lot of water during the day. Doing so not only keeps you hydrated, but also helps rinse out the sugar and acid from various things you’ve consumed during the day.

    If you think your diet might be affecting your smile, come pay Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis a visit or give our Midland, MI office a call! We’re always happy to answer your questions.

  • Pick the right electric toothbrush!

    September 21, 2017

    The electronic toothbrush has undergone several technological advances since the 1960s. Everything from design and bristle motions to rotation, oscillation, and sonic vibration has led to dramatic changes in this necessary tool over time.

    Rotation oscillation happens when the head of the toothbrush rotates from one direction to the other. The benefit of powered toothbrushes is that they can produce 50,000 strokes per minute, compared to 300 strokes with a manual toothbrush.

    When you’re thinking about brush head size, smaller brush heads are best for hard-to-reach areas and small mouths. Brush heads should be replaced every three to six months as needed. A good way to save money is to designate a brush head for each family member which can be taken on and off a shared base motor.

    Having a base motor or rechargeable toothbrush can deliver enough power on a full charge for a week of brushing, which makes it convenient for travel or when life gets busy. Some toothbrushes include audible signals that let you know when to switch the area of your mouth you’re brushing or when a full two minutes has gone by.

    Do you have sensitive teeth? Studies have indicated that people tend to apply more pressure on their teeth when they use a manual toothbrush. This makes an electric toothbrush a preferable option if you’re having issues with sensitive teeth or gums.

    There are even electric models with pressure sensors that will stop the brush from spinning when you press too hard against your teeth!

    Everyone can benefit from having an electric toothbrush. A large handle size can be taken into consideration if a member of the household is young, or has a physical disability or arthritis. They’re even recommended for children in order to maintain good oral hygiene from a young age.

    Biofilm is a term used for plaque or debris that builds up in your mouth. If not properly addressed, this can cause serious bacterial infections to your gums and teeth. If you want to remove biofilm in the most efficient way, an automatic toothbrush is the way to go.

    When you’re ready to make your decision, make sure to consult with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI office to decide which electric toothbrush is right for you!

  • Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®

    September 14, 2017

    There are so many adults and teens in our Midland, MI office who would love to have their teeth straightened but that are unwilling to go through the long and unsightly process of traditional metal braces. Well, that’s where Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® come to the rescue; the most advanced clear aligner systems in the world!

    There are several reasons why, if you’re considering getting braces, you should consider Invisalign too. Here are some of them:

    • You can eat whatever food you’d like, without worrying about it getting caught in wires or breaking brackets.
    • Most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!
    • If you need to, you can remove your aligners at any time.
    • The removable aligners let you brush and floss as you normally would, making for better overall oral health.
    • Since they are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic, Invisalign aligners are simply more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. No metal means no more roughed up gums or irritated tongue!
    • You’ll need to visit our Midland, MI office less often — only once every six weeks or so.
    • With Invisalign Teen, you’ll receive up to six replacements for lost or broken aligners.

    Before you get started with treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to see if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is right for you. If your case is a good fit, then you’ll have X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth taken. That information will be used to make the 3D models of your teeth that let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis see how they will move throughout the entire treatment and approximately how long it will take.

    After that, you’ll receive your aligners based on the treatment plan we recommend. You’ll get a new set of aligners every two weeks. Then all you need to do is wear your aligners 22 hours a day and you’ll be on your way to a straighter healthier smile. Don’t hesitate to a member of our Midland, MI team for more information about Invisalign!

  • Tips for Caring for Your Braces at School

    September 7, 2017

    School can present a few issues when it comes to caring for your braces and mouth, since you won’t have the luxury of the time and tools you have at your disposal while you’re at home. But if you head to school prepared, you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping your braces and mouth in great shape. Below is a list of helpful tips to care for your braces throughout the entire school year.

    • Bring a kit that includes all of your oral health care items. This is a seriously smart thing to do and probably the most important of all the tips. Pack things like a toothbrush, floss, wax, retainer case (if needed), a mirror, a small cup for rinsing, a small bottle of water (if you don’t already have some water with you), and some OTC pain medicine or a natural pain remedy. Keep the kit in your locker or backpack. Having all these items on hand will save you a lot of trouble and discomfort, and also ensure you don’t have anything unsightly stuck in your braces or teeth!
    • Take advantage of breaks and lunchtime. After eating lunch is a great time to pop into the restroom and give your braces and teeth a once over to make sure you don’t have any food debris caught in them and to tend to any sore spots. If you’ve just had your braces adjusted, you may have soreness on your gums or cheeks. This is where the wax you packed will come in handy.
    • Eat the right food for your braces. Avoid all the foods that wreak havoc on your braces like gum, candy, popcorn, hard chips, apples which aren’t cut into wedges, nuts, beef jerky, ice, etc. You know the foods we’re talking about; you’ve heard it enough already. Steering clear of these foods will help you prevent any possible mishaps with your braces, like breaking a bracket or wire, which is the last thing you want happening at school.

    If you follow these tips and also keep up on your oral health routine at home, you’ll be maximizing the effectiveness of your braces and making them as comfortable as possible. Do you have questions about caring for your braces during the school day? Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis or anyone in our Midland, MI office and we’ll gladly help you out!

  • Blog Suggestions? Let’s Hear Them!

    August 31, 2017

    Your opinions matter to Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team! Our blog is meant to be an educational channel, but we always want to know what things you’re interested in learning more about. After all, our blog is here for you to enjoy!

    We’d like to encourage you to send us any ideas about what you want to see more of. No idea is too small! Whether it involves a specific treatment or advice on what kind of toothpaste you should use, we’d love to hear from you about it.

    To share your thoughts with us, simply leave your comments below or on our Facebook page! You can also fill out a comment card the next time you visit our Midland, MI office!

  • Considerations When Picking the Right Mouthwash

    August 24, 2017

    A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Few patients ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about different mouthwash options, so we’ve put together a list of the conditions that mouthwashes can treat. This should help you decide which oral rinse would be best for you.

    Gum Health

    Antiseptic mouthwashes reduce large amounts of bacteria on and near the gum line and generally help to decrease your chances of developing gingivitis. The key ingredients of antiseptic mouthwashes are antibacterial and antimicrobial items. Antiseptic mouthwash is a preferable option if you are concerned about the general gum health of your mouth.

    Fluoride

    Fluoride is a great tool for preventive tooth decay treatment. It prevents tooth decay and is great for oral health in general because it kills germs that can live in your mouth. Fluoride also builds stronger teeth. If you’re a bottled water drinker, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may recommend that you purchase a simple fluoride rinse to use after brushing.

    Bad Breath

    Fluoride mouthwash can be used to fight any bad breath issues you may be facing. It’s designed to combat any bacteria that might be building up in your mouth. Most mouthwashes will help eliminate bad breath, but some are specifically designed to address this difficult problem. If you feel as though this might be turning into a chronic problem, please contact Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to discuss other options that would be effective for treating your symptoms.

    American Dental Association (ADA Approval)

    The ADA reviews all mouth rinses for safety measures and to prove effectiveness. Any mouthwash approved by the ADA has met strict guidelines according to whether the manufacturer’s claims are supported with scientific evidence. If you’re looking for a quality mouthwash, look for one that has the ADA seal of approval to ensure you have a great rinse for your mouth.

    Considerations

    When you’re trying to decide which mouthwash to pick, contact our Midland, MI or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next appointment. If you experience a burning sensation in the soft tissues of your mouth, be sure to discontinue use immediately. Avoid letting children under age six use a mouth rinse, and be sure to keep all mouthwashes out of the reach of children, because they contain alcohol and other substances that could be harmful.

  • Adults and Braces

    August 17, 2017

    Braces aren’t just for kids. Many grownups are taking advantage of orthodontic treatment and having their teeth straightened at a later age.

    Sometimes, patients include adults who already had braces in the past, but their teeth shifted over time once they stopped wearing their retainers. In other cases, adults who have never had braces are tired of having crooked teeth and ready to invest in a beautiful smile.

    Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking to straighten your teeth with braces, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis would love to help you with this process. Having a dazzling smile can increase your confidence in all areas of your life!

    Depending on what you’re willing to spend and how quickly you would like to complete the process, you have various options for getting braces. We all know what traditional metal braces look like. This is a less-expensive route for individuals who have severely crooked or displaced teeth. However, many adults avoid option because the braces are noticeable or distracting in a professional atmosphere.

    For people concerned about aesthetics, clear ceramic braces may be a preferable option. This type can still fix extremely crooked teeth or jaw alignment issues. It may be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. Patients who choose this treatment route need to be careful not to stain the clear adhesives by drinking too much coffee, red wine, soda, or other beverages that can discolor teeth.

    Another great option for adults who don’t want to have visible braces is a clear aligner treatment known as Invisalign®. This popular option differs from traditional braces by featuring a series of clear aligners that are each custom-made for your teeth.

    The entire process can take anywhere from three to 18 months to straighten your teeth completely. This may not be the best choice for patients who have an overcrowded mouth or extreme bite issues. Invisalign is often the most expensive option, but it’s great if you’re concerned about your appearance while your teeth are being straightened.

    If you’ve been thinking about straightening your teeth with the help of braces, don’t hesitate to contact our Midland, MI office to set up a consultation. From there, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can figure out the best course of treatment, depending on your budget and overall needs.

    Adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and finally give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

  • Treatment Options for TMD

    August 10, 2017

    Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) refers to a diverse range of disorders that relate to muscular function in the jaw and face — the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That could mean difficulty opening your mouth, pain in the jaw or face, or any sort of problem with the jaw joint.

    TMD can be difficult to diagnose because of the varied causes. Whatever the case, an accurate diagnosis from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis helps make treatment as successful as possible.

    Most often, jaw problems will resolve themselves within several weeks or months. Surgeries like arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, and open-joint surgery should be a last resort. More conservative and reversible treatments should come first and are in fact the most critical step in the treatment of TMD.

    Less invasive treatments like acupuncture and splints can be helpful, but that will depend on your particular case. It’s worth your while to speak with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI office to learn about solutions that could work for you.

    A combination of treatments will most often produce the greatest relief for TMJ patients. It’s a good idea to avoid activities that overuse the jaws, such as chewing gum or clenching your jaws.

    You can be proactive in finding relief for TMD by trying the following remedies at home:

    • Eat soft food: When you eat soft and/or blended food, your jaw gets an opportunity to rest. Avoid chewy and crunchy food, and food that requires you to open your mouth wide, like apples or corn on the cob.
    • Apply moist heat: A hot water bottle wrapped in a moist towel can help reduce symptoms.
    • Apply ice: Applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth or towel for no longer than 15 minutes may also reduce pain and promote healing.
    • Do jaw exercises: A physical therapist can help identify the exercises that will work for you. Jaw exercises have been shown to be an effective treatment method that can be performed at home.
    • Relaxation: Actively try to relax the muscles of the face and lips, and let your teeth come apart. Many find meditation, yoga, and slow, deep breathing to be helpful for reducing stress and tension.
    • Avoid wide yawns: Keep your fist under your jaw when you feel a yawn coming on, to keep your jaw from opening too widely.
  • Why it’s Important to Leave Us Feedback

    August 3, 2017

    At our office, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team do all that we can to make sure that your experience with us is the best it can possibly be. However, there’s an important role you play in this as well: leaving us feedback.

    Whether there is something you’d like us to improve upon, or you’d just like to express your thanks for a job well done, your feedback is essential to our practice’s success.

    Please use our online portal here to let us know how we’re doing! Leave Us Your Feedback 🙂

    We look forward to hearing from you, and are excited to hear what you thought of your most recent visit at our Midland, MI office.

  • What do you love about our practice?

    July 27, 2017

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we have been creating beautiful smiles for years. Whether you or your family have visited Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team for a single visit or have been loyal patients throughout the years, we would love to hear your thoughts about your experience! In fact, we encourage you to leave a few words for us below or on our Facebook page!

    We look forward to reading your feedback!

  • Oral Piercing: What you should know

    July 20, 2017

    If you have been thinking about getting a piercing, or if you already have one or more, there are some health risks our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants you to know about. It’s important to know the risks involved with oral piercing, including infection, chipped teeth, gum damage, nerve damage, loss of taste, or tooth loss that could occur as a result.

    Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Many people who have piercings tend to regularly touch them, paving the way for bacteria to enter piercing sites. Also, food particles that collect around piercing sites can lead to infection.

    Besides hindering your ability to talk and eat, oral piercing also leads people to develop a habit of biting or playing with their piercings, which can lead to cracked or fractured teeth. While the fracture can be confined to the enamel of the tooth and require a simple filling, you also run the risk of the fracture going deep into the tooth, which may require a root canal, tooth extraction, and additional dental treatment.

    If you still decide to get an oral piercing, you should realize that it will take some time to heal (anywhere between four to six weeks) and it may be very uncomfortable. Also please keep in mind that it will be an added responsibility to your life, as it will require regular upkeep. We want you to make sure that you’re committed to the task of taking care of it for the full healing period and beyond.

    We encourage you to clean the piercing with antiseptic mouthwash after eating, and brush the jewelry each time you brush your teeth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  • Crushing the Ice-Chewing Habit

    July 13, 2017

    It’s a habit many people have and not only can it be annoying to the people around you, it can be detrimental to your dental health. Chewing ice is so common that it even has its own name, pagophagia. We’re not talking about a slushy or shaved ice (although those artificially sugary treats should be avoided too!) but more like the hunks of ice rattling around in the bottom of your glass.

    Ice chewing can be a sign of emotional problems like stress or obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it can also be a marker for iron deficiency anemia and other physical problems. Then again, some people just like to have something to chew on. For whatever reason you find yourself chewing on it, it’s a habit you need to break.

    Chewing on ice can cause:

    • Chipped and cracked teeth
    • Damaged enamel
    • Sore jaw muscles
    • Damage to dental work such as crowns, fillings, or other appliances

    If chewing on ice is becoming a problem in your life, don’t hesitate to speak with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about it. But if you find yourself still wanting to chew on something, here are a few alternatives to ice:

    • Baby carrots
    • Celery sticks
    • Sugar-free (xylitol) gum

    We know you need to chill sometimes, but chomping down your entire glass of ice is not the way to do it. If you have any other questions on the topic, feel free to talk with a member of our Midland, MI team. It may be beneficial in solving the issue and helping to remediate any damage to your teeth.

  • Tell us about your summer!

    July 6, 2017

    The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

    Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in Midland, MI and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

  • Energy and Sports Drinks Eat Away at Teeth, Study Says

    June 29, 2017

    Sports and energy drinks cause irreversible damage to the teeth of teens and young adults. A recent study published in General Dentistry states that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they begin destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of U.S. teenagers consume energy drinks and as many as 62 percent consume at least one sports drink per day. The high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel and the result is irreversible damage.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics encourage our patients to limit their intake of sports drinks. The enamel erosion ultimately makes teeth more susceptible to bacteria and that can lead to hypersensitivity, staining, and tooth decay. If you do consume an energy or sports drink, make sure to wait at least 45 minutes until you brush, as consumption of acidic drinks causes tooth enamel to soften, making teeth more vulnerable to wear from the abrasives found in toothpaste.

    Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. It’s also preventable with proper care. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team can help identify early signs of erosion and offer solutions on how to prevent further damage and more serious problems from occurring.

  • I brush my teeth regularly. Why do I need to floss?

    June 22, 2017

    Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most crucial parts of maintaining good oral health, and perhaps the most fundamental, however, there are also other elements involved. Flossing, for instance, is also vital; some experts would say, and Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team would agree, that it holds just as much importance as brushing your teeth. To give you a better idea of why, here are some reasons that flossing is so vital to your oral health.

    Getting in-between the Teeth

    While brushing your teeth effectively cleans all of the areas of your teeth that are visible, or otherwise not touching, flossing is vital because it reaches all of the areas between your teeth that you cannot see, and subsequently cannot clean using a toothbrush. These areas are among the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of your mouth because they are most susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup.

    Reducing Bad Breath

    It is not uncommon for someone who brushes their teeth once or twice a day to still have bad breath. The reason being is that bad breath is often created by smelly bacteria that lives in between your teeth, as well as other areas of your mouth that are not accessible using a toothbrush. And that is why flossing is one of the best ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath. Still skeptical? Try flossing your teeth with unscented floss, then smell it after, that awful scent is the source of your bad breath. Coupled with frequent brushing of your teeth, you will find that flossing can really help that stinky breath.

    Brushing your teeth twice a day is hard enough, add flossing on top and it can be difficult to establish a regular habit. However, doing so is totally worth it; just look at the aforementioned reasons why. Use these for motivation the next time you don’t feel like flossing, and let us know if it worked at your next visit to our Midland, MI office.

  • More Adults Are Opting for Invisalign®

    June 15, 2017

    These days it’s becoming more and more common to see adults at our Midland, MI office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners — that is, if you can see them! Treatment with Invisalign is effective and aesthetically pleasing for all ages, but adults have certainly taken to them.

    For some it may be to overcome the stigma that “braces are just for kids,” but for others it may be the displeasing appearance and discomfort of traditional braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, from 1994 to 2010 the number of adults 18 and older getting braces increased by 58 percent, from 680,000 to 1.1 million annually. Many of these adults opt for Invisalign because of how discreet they are and since they don’t need to avoid any foods or make dietary changes like you do with traditional braces.

    The benefits of getting your teeth into proper alignment are many, and so are the advantages of Invisalign. By following your individual course of Invisalign treatment, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits over traditional braces:

    • The total treatment time is more precise with Invisalign since your treatment is modeled by a computer, as compared to traditional braces where it is really just an estimate.
    • You’ll need to make fewer trips to our Midland, MI office since you can change your trays on your own every few weeks or as prescribed.
    • There’s less risk to the health of your tooth enamel since there is no need to place brackets on your teeth.
    • Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

    If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, please let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis know. We’d be happy to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!

  • When is the best time to floss?

    June 8, 2017

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we prefer our patients to practice good oral hygiene between office visits. Part of that process includes flossing, which Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you, is the process of cleaning between the teeth to remove food and debris from the areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. When food is allowed to remain between the teeth, it provides a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause periodontal disease.

    Should you floss before or after brushing?

    You can floss either before or after brushing, according to your own preference. By flossing first, you can brush away dislodged food debris afterward. On the other hand, brushing first allows you to loosen plaque between the teeth, making it easier to floss more effectively.

    Whichever you choose, the most important goal is to floss thoroughly. That means using a fresh strand of dental floss each day, and carefully pulling it back and forth between all of the teeth. Do not skip flossing because your teeth look or feel clean.

    When to Floss

    Unlike brushing, you need only floss between your teeth once per day. Although you may choose to do it in the morning or afternoon, many prefer to floss at night to prevent food and debris from remaining in the crevices of the teeth overnight. This could prevent the build-up of plaque too, which is a cause of tooth decay.

    Help with Flossing

    If you have questions about your flossing technique or what type of floss is best for your teeth, contact our office. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you in perfecting your home hygiene regimen. In most cases, you can choose between interdental cleaning picks or flexible floss strands to perform your daily flossing routine. If you have permanent oral appliances or restorations, be sure to follow the flossing instructions provided to you, and contact our Midland, MI office with any questions.

  • What if I miss an appointment over the summer?

    June 1, 2017

    If you are planning on taking a vacation this summer, we ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may schedule your summer appointments more efficiently. We also encourage patients and their parents to be proactive in determining when they make their summer appointments.

    If you will be gone for an extended period (more than six weeks), we recommend you visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics prior to leaving and schedule another visit shortly after your return. Lastly, please remember not to indulge in hard, sticky, and chewy treats while enjoying your vacation. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your adventures!

  • Snacks for Healthy Teeth while Watching the Big Game

    May 25, 2017

    It’s almost game day and you’re wondering what to put on the menu for your guests. Most snacks are typically highly processed and unhealthy. Why not mix it up this year and opt for some snacks that promote good oral health? Here are some of Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis favorites!

    • Apples, carrots, celery, and cucumbers: These foods and other crispy, fibrous, fruits and vegetables are an excellent choice for the big game. Not only are they rich in vitamins and minerals which your body and mouth need, they are also known as detergent foods because of the cleaning effect they have on the teeth and gums. Try apples wedges spread with peanut butter and sprinkled with cinnamon.
    • Beans: Beans are filling because they are packed with fiber and that keeps you from opting for sugary or fatty snacks. Along with fruits and vegetables, beans should be one of the stars of your game-day snack lineup. How about some hearty chickpea hummus with cucumber chips?
    • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews: Nuts abound in the minerals that help keep your teeth and gums strong like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Put out a bowl of raw or roasted nuts for your guests as a crunchy, satisfying alternative to chips or crackers. Recent research even shows that the polyunsaturated fatty acids in nuts may help prevent gum disease. But remember not to eat the whole bowl! Nuts are very high in calories and a little goes a long way. Enjoy and handful or two along with your other healthy snacks.
    • Dark chocolate: This one may be hard to believe at first, but research shows chocolate can be great for your teeth and help prevent decay! Now don’t run off and start stocking your pantry with a bunch of that super sweet stuff, because these benefits come mainly from the tannins, polyphenols, and flavonoids present in the cacao bean. Dark chocolate is the least processed variety of chocolate and the closest to the cacao bean, so make sure you purchase a variety that is listed as 70% cocoa or more for these benefits. Like with nuts, chocolate is easy to overdo — aim to eat two or three squares.
  • The Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco

    May 18, 2017

    Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply isn’t the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.

    Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, snus, or simply chewing tobacco. Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on shredded or loose tobacco leaves, sometimes flavored, for a prolonged period. There are even products that emulate a dissolvable candy-like consistency which are made of compressed tobacco powder.

    What are risks and smokeless tobacco?

    Whichever form a tobacco product takes, the dangers of using or consuming them is very real. According to a 2007 study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are upwards of 28 cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco that are known to cause cancer. And these products are habit-forming just like any other tobacco product that contains nicotine. Using them will increase your risk for many serious diseases including but not limited to: cancer (especially oral and esophageal), gum and heart disease, cavities, and pre-cancerous mouth lesions.

    At the end of the day, long-term use of smokeless tobacco can cause serious health issues. These products really take a toll on both your oral and overall health. They put a strain on your immune system and make it less capable of warding off infection and disease.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team strongly advise you to stop using smokeless tobacco—or any kind of tobacco product—and not to pick up the habit if you aren’t. There is no safe level of tobacco use, smokeless or otherwise.

    Need to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco products?

    You can and should always talk to your doctor, healthcare practitioner, or Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for help quitting. But there are many other resources available today for those who’d like to quit. The National Cancer Institute offers information, support (local and online), and tools to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users quit. They offer live online chat with cessation counselors Monday through Friday and even have a smartphone application available to help people who are serious about quitting.

    You can take a look at their website at smokefree.gov or call them toll-free at 1–877–44U–QUIT (1-877-448-7848). There is also help available from your state’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

    Make the best choice for your health and well-being; avoid the bad habit of tobacco products. If you have any questions about how tobacco related products affect your oral health and hygiene, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our Midland, MI staff members.

  • How do I know if I have dry mouth?

    May 11, 2017

    Dry mouth, also medically known as xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth wet. There are many ways to keep dry mouth at bay, including:

    • Brushing your teeth after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste
    • Flossing every day after a meal
    • Avoiding tobacco, as well as drinks containing alcohol or caffeine
    • Avoiding dry foods, as well as foods containing high salt, acid, spice, or sugar levels
    • Drinking water frequently or sucking on ice chips
    • Using a humidifier at night

    Please call our convenient Midland, MI dental office to learn more about dry mouth, or ask us during your next visit!

  • Do we have your current contact info?

    May 4, 2017

    As you probably know, you can always connect with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team by calling our Midland, MI office, or going to our Facebook page. However, if you’ve recently moved or gotten a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you!

    If any of your contact information has changed, please let our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics know, just in case we need to reach you. While you’re at it, you can also schedule your next appointment! We look forward to hearing from you!

  • When Clear Aligners aren’t the Answer

    April 27, 2017

    Clear aligners like Invisalign® have become increasingly popular over the past several years and rightly so. They’re removable, easier to clean than braces, and hardly anyone knows you’re wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they aren’t for everyone.

    Below, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team cover some of the instances where clear aligners just aren’t the answer:

    • If drastic tooth movement is required – Fixed appliances deliver much more significant tooth movement. So if your case is a drastic one, clear aligners may not be the best choice.
    • If you need to move molars – Molars have much stronger roots than your other teeth and would require significantly longer to move with clear aligners. A fixed appliance is the best choice in this instance, especially if you have a substantial overbite or underbite that needs to be dealt with.
    • If you’re the type who often forgets or loses things –If you would forget to wear your aligners for the prescribed amount of time (usually at least 22 hours per day), clear aligners are probably not the best choice for you. Forgetting to wear them can delay treatment and even make it so you need to regress to the previous set of aligners to be able to move forward with treatment. And let’s face it, if you’re not careful, removable aligners are easy to lose. Losing aligners delays treatment and is expensive since you need to buy replacements to stay on course. Replacing a lost set of aligners usually takes between seven and ten days—a definite setback in treatment.
    • If you’re looking for the fastest treatment possible – Clear aligners usually can’t move teeth as quickly as fixed appliances. So if you’re looking for the fastest way to achieve your desired result, clear aligners may not be the best bet.

    Feel free to talk with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about your options regarding braces and clear aligners. We know there are pros and cons to both, so let’s find the option that works best in your life and for your specific needs in terms of treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Midland, MI office today!

  • Which type of mouthwash is best?

    April 20, 2017

    Taking care of your oral health involves a daily regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing to prevent tooth decay and bacterial infections. Though you may have asked us which toothbrush to use, few patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics ask about mouthwash.

    However, different mouthwashes you might choose will have varying effects on your oral health. So which type is best for you?

    Gum Health

    Antiseptic mouthwashes are designed to reduce the majority of bacteria on and near the gum line. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can help decrease your chances of developing gingivitis. If possible, look for a mouthwash with antibacterial or antimicrobial ingredients.

    Fluoride

    Fluoride is beneficial for oral health and can help prevent tooth decay. If you drink a lot of bottled water without fluoride, we may recommend that you purchase a rinse with fluoride in it.

    Bad Breath

    Although mouthwash is designed to prevent bacterial build-up within the mouth, many people use it to combat bad breath. Most mouthwashes will help eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath, and some are specifically designed to do so.

    However, if bad breath is a chronic problem that requires daily treatment with a mouth rinse, contact Davis & Davis Orthodontics to discuss your symptoms.

    American Dental Association Approval

    The ADA reviews mouth rinses for safety and effectiveness. A mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Approval will meet strict criteria, and will have scientific evidence or clinical studies that support the claims of the manufacturer. If possible, select a mouthwash that bears the ADA Seal of Approval to ensure you are using a quality rinse.

    Considerations

    If you are unsure as to which mouthwash is right for you, contact our Midland, MI office or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next visit. Also, be sure to keep mouthwash out of the reach of children, as it contains alcohol and other substances that could be harmful to them. Avoid letting children under age six use a mouth rinse, and discontinue use if you experience a burning sensation in the soft tissues of your mouth.

  • Sports and Energy Drink Consumption Damages Tooth Enamel

    April 13, 2017

    While they may sound refreshing, especially after participating in sports activities or after a jog, recent studies suggest that energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, thus elevating your cavity risk. These drinks are especially popular among our younger patients.

    In the study, researchers analyzed the fluoride content and pH levels of 13 sports and nine energy drinks by soaking tooth enamel samples in the aforementioned drinks. The samples were soaked for 15 minutes in each drink, and then were soaked for two hours in artificial saliva four times a day for five days.

    As much as sports drinks are harmful to your teeth, researchers found that exposure to energy drinks such as Rockstar, Monster®, and Red Bull® resulted in twice as much enamel loss as exposure to sports drinks such as Powerade®, Gatorade®, and Propel® (3.1 percent to 1.5 percent).

    Yes, there are health benefits to consuming orange juice, fruit juices, sports drinks, and flavored waters, which can contain valuable ingredients such as vitamin C and other antioxidants; these drinks can also replenish nutrients lost during a sporting event and lower the chance of heart disease and cancer. But, if not consumed carefully, these beverages can harm your teeth. They are full of sugar, which converts to acid and wears away at your teeth, causing cavities, sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss.

    Even one drink a day is potentially harmful, but if you are absolutely unable to give up that sports or energy drink habit, we encourage you to minimize their use and rinse with water afterward or chew a sugar-free piece of gum. Do not brush immediately after drinking them; softened enamel due to acid is easier to damage, even when brushing. Remember, it takes your mouth approximately 30 minutes to bring its pH level back to normal. The best thing to do is to wait an hour, then brush to remove sugar that lingers on your teeth and gums.

    There are many sports drinks, energy drinks, and flavored waters out there today. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend you take the time to read the labels. Check for sugar content and citric acid in the ingredients. If you have any questions, or would like suggestions on the best sports drink options, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office or ask us during your next visit!

  • At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

    April 6, 2017

    You may have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces and other orthodontic care a lot earlier these days. There was a time, only a decade or two ago, when braces were mainly seen on teenagers, but that is beginning to change. If you’re wondering when to bring your child to our Midland, MI office for an orthodontic evaluation, the answer actually has several parts.

    The Telltale Signs

    If your child has a very crowded set of adult teeth coming in, or if the permanent front teeth came in very early, these are signs that your child should see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, regardless of age.

    The Dental Age

    Barring signs of trouble or early adult teeth as mentioned above, the time that your child needs to be seen for initial orthodontic evaluation depends not so much upon your child’s actual age, but on what is known as a “dental age.”

    The dental age of the patient might be entirely different from his or her actual chronological age; for example, an eight-year-old could have a dental age of 13. It is part of Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff’s job to determine the dental age and then make appropriate recommendations for the resolution of orthodontic issues if they are emerging.

    The Official Recommended Age

    The American Association of Orthodontists officially recommends that kids should see an orthodontist for the first time between the ages of seven and nine. Even if the child does not have all his or her permanent teeth, the teeth growth pattern can usually be predicted quite effectively by an orthodontist.

    This allows for a proactive response to emerging problems, and this is the reason that some younger children are now getting orthodontic devices earlier in life. If a young child has serious orthodontic issues emerging, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can usually address the problems immediately and then follow up with another round of treatment when the child has all the adult teeth.

  • Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet

    March 30, 2017

    All over the Internet you’ll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there — you can even mail order your own impressions to get clear aligners, without even seeing a dentist or orthodontist. Following the instructions laid out in these videos and articles (by people who have zero training in orthodontics) is about the worst decision you can make for your overall oral health.

    Performing DIY or at-home orthodontia can lead to or cause:

    • Loss of teeth
    • Infection
    • Cavities or infections that are missed or undiagnosed
    • Gum damage

    Dr. Christina Carter, president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, says that DIY orthodontics can have terrible consequences. She spoke to TODAY about closing gaps between teeth using rubber bands or elastics:

    “The teeth are connected to the gums and the blood supply and there is a risk of infection, of tearing the gums which might not heal properly, and a risk of damaging the attachment between the tooth and gums so the tooth no longer gets the support it needs.” She also noted, “A simple rubber band can actually slide up the tooth and cut all the attachments to it and you can actually lose a tooth.”

    One of the worst parts about DIY orthodontics is that you never consult with a trained orthodontist, so you’re really operating on a dangerous lack of information. It’s best not to risk damage to your teeth or infection. Let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis know what you want to accomplish with your teeth and we will help you find the safest and most cost-effective way to achieve it.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis want you to be informed and practical about your oral health. Should you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office.

  • My toothbrush did what?

    March 23, 2017

    If you were to put your toothbrush bristles under a high-powered microscope, what you would see might give you nightmares: millions of bacteria, busily crawling up and down your toothbrush bristles, consuming proteins that came from your mouth, and still clinging to the bristles even after you’ve rinsed them with water.

    Rinsing your toothbrush after brushing removes some of those ferociously hungry bacteria, but not all. The American Dental Association says that bacterial infestations develop on toothbrushes within a month of daily use. The ADA also states that unless a toothbrush is sterilized before being packaged, it’s going to come with bacteria – free of charge!

    Germs and Frayed Bristles: the Demise of a Toothbrush

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff recommend that you toss your old toothbrush in the trash and purchase a new one every three months. Children tend to bite on their toothbrushes, which makes the bristles degrade and fray faster. Chances are kids may need to have their toothbrushes changed more frequently.

    Where do they hide?

    Bacteria are tenacious little germs that head for those concealed areas between toothbrush bristles. They are highly adaptable and exist in every type of extreme environment. Some people actually go so far as to put their toothbrush in a microwave for a few seconds to kill germs, but this doesn’t always work either. In fact, you may only end up with a toothbrush that’s as bendable as a Gumby doll – and still covered with germs.

    Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever, and Get Rid of Your Toothbrush

    When you have a head cold, your mouth is teeming with bacteria gleefully roaming around, and gobbling mucus and dead skin cells. If you brush your teeth while suffering a sinus condition, the brush will act like a magnet for ravenous bacteria. Use your old toothbrush while you are sick, but as soon as you feel better, throw it away and get a new one. Otherwise you could possibly re-infect yourself with the same cold germs!

  • Curing the Nail-Biting Habit

    March 16, 2017

    Do you ever find yourself gnawing at your nails? Nail-biting is a very common and difficult to break habit which usually has its beginnings in childhood. It can leave your fingers and nail beds red and swollen. But if you think that your nails are the only ones getting roughed up by nail-biting you’d be mistaken—so are your teeth!

    According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, those who bite their nails, clench their teeth, or chew on pencils are at much higher risk to develop bruxism (unintentional grinding of the teeth). Bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, receding gums, headaches, and general facial pain.

    Those are some nasty sounding side effects from chewing on your nails. Most nail-biting is a sign of stress or anxiety and its something you should deal with. So what steps can you take if you have a nail-biting habit?

    There are several things you can do to ease up on nail-biting:

    • Trim your nails shorter and/or get regular manicures – Trimming your nails shorter is an effective remedy. In so doing, they’ll be less tempting and more difficult to bite on. If you also get regular manicures, you’ll be less likely to ruin the investment you’ve made in your hands and fingernails!
    • Find a different kind of stress reduction – Try meditation, deep breathing, practicing qigong or yoga, or doing something that will keep your hands occupied like squeezing a stress ball or playing with a yo-yo.
    • Wear a bitter-tasting nail polish – When your nails taste awful, you won’t bite them! Clear or colored, it doesn’t matter. This is also a helpful technique for helping children get over the habit.
    • Figure out what triggers your nail-biting – Sometimes it’s triggered by stress or anxiety and other times it can be a physical stressor, like having hang nails. Knowing what situations cause you to bite your nails will help you to avoid them and break the habit.
    • Wear gloves or bandages on your fingers – If you’ve tried the steps above and they aren’t working, this technique can prove effective since your fingernails won’t be accessible to bite.

    If you’re still having trouble with nail-biting after trying these self-help steps, it’s best to consult your doctor, dermatologist, or Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. For some, it may also be the sign of a deeper psychological or emotional problem.

    Whatever the cause, nail-biting is a habit you need to break for your physical and emotional well-being. If you have any questions about the effects it can have on your oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next visit to our Midland, MI office.

  • It’s Pi (pie) day! 3.14

    March 14, 2017

  • Going Green: how a “green” office can be beneficial to patients

    March 9, 2017

    Our green office offers many benefits to patients. And just because we’ve gone green doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to provide the same services as a traditional office. In fact, our goal is to provide the same (or better) services as a regular office, but services that act in harmony with the body and world around us. Less waste, fewer chemicals and heavy metals, and reduced energy consumption; these are traits that define a truly green office.

    Some of the benefits you’ll experience as a patient at our green Midland, MI office include:

    • Better air quality – There’s a focus on using renewable and natural building materials, paint that is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), biodegradable cleaning supplies, and formaldehyde free materials for cabinetry. This leads to cleaner air in the office for patients and their families.
    • Less radiation – Digital X-rays replace old film based X-rays and expose patients to 90 percent less radiation. Digital X-rays are also convenient for patients since their images can be viewed right on the computer screen instead of on a physical printout.
    • No need for paper – Many offices have gone “paperless.” You’ll get any pertinent paperwork via email, reducing paper waste and saving you time. Patient records are also stored digitally, doing away with the wall of patient folders and making for easier and quicker record retrieval.
    • Fewer chemicals – Green offices take advantage of chemical-free sterilization by steam and clean their tools using energy-efficient washers and dryers. Biodegradable cleaning solutions instead of toxic chemical cleaners are used around the office, too.
    • Reduced heavy metal exposure – Biocompatible, non-allergenic, non-metal materials like porcelain and ceramic are preferred in a green office over the heavy metals (nickel, titanium) used in traditional offices. This is particularly important in the case of appliances that are used over long periods of time, like dental implants or veneers.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team hope you realize the positive effect a green office can have on your health, as well as that of the environment. Our office is dedicated to bringing you the cleanest, safest, and greenest technologies the industry has to offer, and we’re happy to share how our processes differ from other offices!

  • Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth?

    March 2, 2017

    When most patients ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis this question, they’re thinking strictly about sugar content — cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that’s present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better for your teeth. That seems logical, right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Let’s take a closer look at how any kind of soda can affect your dental health.

    Diet Soda – Why it can also lead to tooth decay

    The main culprit in these drinks that leads to decay is the acid content. Diet sodas and other sugar-free drinks are usually highly acidic, which weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities and dental erosion. The level of phosphoric acid, citric acid, and/or tartaric acid is usually high in sugar-free drinks so it’s best to avoid them.

    Some patients also enjoy drinking orange juice or other citrus juices. These drinks are high in citric acid and have the same effect on the enamel of your teeth.

    So what about regular soda?

    We know the acidity of diet sodas and sugar-free drinks contributes to tooth decay, so what about regular soda? Like we alluded to earlier, regular soda is high in sugar — a 12 ounce can contains roughly ten teaspoons of sugar — and sugar feeds the decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. This also includes sports drinks and energy drinks, which are highly acidic and loaded with sugar too. So these drinks are a double-whammy of sugar and acidity your teeth and body simply don’t need.

    The problems caused by both diet and regular soda is exacerbated when you sip on them throughout the day. If you drink it all in one sitting, you won’t be washing sugar and/or acids over your teeth all day long and your saliva will have a chance to neutralize the pH in your mouth.

    The best beverages to drink and how to drink them

    Drinking beverages that are lower in acid is a good step to take to keep your enamel strong. According to a study conducted by Matthew M. Rodgers and J. Anthony von Fraunhofer at the University of Michigan, your best bets are plain water, black tea or coffee, and if you opt for a soda, root beer. These drinks dissolved the least amount of enamel when measured 14 days after consumption of the beverage.

    If you still choose to drink soda, diet soda, sugar-free drinks, or juices here are some other tips to lessen tooth decay:

    • Drink your soda or acidic beverages through a straw to minimize contact with teeth
    • Rinse with water immediately after consumption of the beverage
    • Avoid brushing your teeth between 30 minutes to an hour after drinking the beverage as this has been shown to spread the acids before your saliva can bring your mouth back to a neutral pH
    • Avoid drinks that have acids listed on the ingredients label

    Still have questions about soda, sugar, and acid? Give our Midland, MI office a call and we’d be happy to help!

  • Stars Who Had Braces

    February 23, 2017

    Not everyone is born with a million-dollar smile, not even some celebrities. The following stars have all had their moments as a “brace face,” either as a child, teenager, or adult. You might be surprised to learn about stars who had braces (including Gwen Stefani, who got braces just because she could!).

    Take a look at some famous faces who sported braces!

    Emma Watson: Emma admits to going through a rather awkward stage that included “terrible skin,” fluctuating weight, and braces. But look at the swan that emerged!

    Tom Cruise: Who would have thought that one of the world’s most famous smiles could use an overhaul? Well, Mr. Cruise pulled it off … and most people didn’t even know. He wore “invisible” braces that had ceramic brackets for a few months just after his 40th birthday. And the results were pretty WOW!

    Dakota Fanning: This lovely young actress had some troublesome teeth when she was younger. However, braces and dental work gave her that stunning star-quality smile we see now. Props to her, though, for staying real. She sported her headgear during an appearance on The Tonight Show and didn’t bat an eye.

    Gwyneth Paltrow: The stunning Ms. Paltrow, who, in 2013 was named the Most Beautiful Woman by People Magazine, wore braces in high school. And she probably carried it off with the poise and grace for which she is so famous today.

    Niall Horan: This member of One Direction, the boy band that’s currently tearing it up (and breaking some hearts along the way) wore his braces for several months. He got them removed in April 2013.

    Other notable celebs who have had braces include Faye Dunaway, who got hers at the age of 61! Ryan Seacrest, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Drew Barrymore also belonged to the metal mouth club at one time or another.

    What is comes down to is this: It isn’t whether you wear braces that are fully hidden, ceramic brackets, or have the traditional metal train tracks running across your teeth. Nope, it’s all about how you work it!

  • Signs That a Child is Suffering From Sleep Apnea

    February 17, 2017

    Does your child seem drowsy during the day? Does he or she snore or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? They could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – a chronic condition where breathing stops periodically during sleep because soft tissue is relaxing and obstructing the airway. These periodic stops can happen as many as 20-30 times in an hour and cause a lack of oxygen to the brain, waking up your child so that they restart proper breathing. All that waking up can leave one pretty sleepy the next day – even if they don’t remember waking up!

    Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can affect school work and overall alertness as well as raise your child’s risk of serious health problems down the road. These include:

    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic acid reflux
    • Obesity
    • and even Depression
    • According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENTs) sleep disordered breathing affects approximately 12 percent of children.

    Luckily, sleep apnea is easily treatable. It just needs to be diagnosed. That’s where you come in: if your child has any of the following symptoms, bring them to see us for a free consultation and sleep apnea test.

    Here’s what to look for:

    • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping (tossing and turning or night sweats)
    • Loud snoring at night
    • Waking up at night short of breath
    • Long pauses in breathing
    • Chronic mouth breathing during sleep
    • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
    • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
    • Changes in mood, misbehaviour or decline in school performance
    • Hyperactivity or inattention (in some cases children who are diagnosed with ADHD are actually not hyperactive but rather are showing the clinical symptoms of OSA.
    • Orthodontists are leading specialists in spotting Sleep Apnea early because of our familiarity and expertise in working with the soft tissue in children’s mouths. As both Orthodontists and parents, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dale make a point of asking all parents if they’ve noticed any of these symptoms when they first consult with new patients.

    If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, bring them in for a free consultation and at home sleep test. We can help with a treatment plan and make sure your kids are sleeping soundly!

    While Sleep Apnea can have very serious side effects, it’s very easily treatable. The most important thing you can do is pay attention and have your child evaluated.

    Call us today at (989) 631-1334!

  • Toothpaste Guide

    February 16, 2017

    Between the huge number of toothpaste brands on the market today, the different flavors, and claims from most to do different things, it isn’t surprising that people feel so confused when it comes to something that should be as simple as buying a tube of toothpaste. This guide will help you identify the common ingredients in toothpaste, and help you understand the important factors to consider before buying toothpaste again.

    Toothpaste comes in gel, paste, and powdered forms. When it comes to the type of toothpaste, the choice is more a matter of preference.

    Basic Ingredients

    • Abrasive Agents – Abrasive agents are the scratchy substances added to toothpastes to help in the removal of food particles, bacteria, and minor stains. Calcium carbonate is one of many abrasive materials, and arguably the most common.
    • Flavor – When toothpastes are flavored, they almost always have artificial sweeteners to enhance the flavor of the toothpaste and increase the likelihood that you’ll use it. Flavors run the gamut from traditional mint to cinnamon that may appeal to adults, and bubble gum or lemon lime – flavors to target children.
    • Humectants – Humectants are moisturizing agents that keep paste and gel toothpastes from drying out. Glycerol is commonly used as a humectant.
    • Thickeners – Thickeners are used to give toothpaste its distinctive consistency, and to make it maintain a uniform consistency and come out of the tube easily.
    • Detergents – Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most common detergent used in products that foam up, like toothpaste does in your mouth.

    What to Look For in Toothpaste

    Fluoride is naturally occurring mineral. It is the most important ingredient to look for in a toothpaste. Although there are people who argue against using fluoride toothpaste, dental professionals like Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis emphasize that the fact that the incidence of tooth decay has decreased so significantly in the past 50 years is because of fluoridated toothpaste.

    The suggestion that fluoridated water gives you enough fluoride to protect your teeth is wrong. Fluoride toothpaste is the best cavity protection there is. In addition to strengthening tooth enamel and protecting teeth from acid erosion (from acidic foods and drinks,) it remineralizes the surfaces of teeth that are suffering from early acid damage and may prevent developing tooth decay from worsening.

    Tartar Control

    Tartar is the result of hardened plaque buildup on the teeth. Good oral hygiene and in between twice yearly cleanings from a dental hygienist are the best defense against plaque buildup. Plaque turns to tartar when people neglect their oral hygiene. Over time, tartar can build up on teeth and under the gums, increasing the risk of gum disease.

    Your best bet is to use a toothpaste that has a combination of anti-plaque agents. Products containing more than one plaque reducer may be more effective than products that only one. Common ingredients to look for are zinc citrate or pyrophosphates. Triclosan is an antibiotic that is believed to kill bacteria in the mouth, and it can be found in some anti-plaque toothpaste.

    Look for toothpaste that bears the seal of the American Dental Association. That seal is an endorsement of the ADA – and it means that many dentists agree that that particular toothpaste does what toothpaste is designed to do. We can also recommend toothpaste to meet your specific oral health concerns at your next visit to our Midland, MI office.

  • Post-Braces Care: Wear your retainer!

    February 9, 2017

    Many patients underestimate the importance of wearing their retainers after their braces come off, but it is one of the most critical post care practices to keep your teeth in alignment. Why spend all that time, energy, and money to straighten your teeth when you don’t plan to keep them straightened after treatment?

    What is a retainer?

    As the name implies, a retainer keeps teeth from moving back to the positions in which they started before treatment was administered; they “retain” your smile and bite. There are many different types of retainers—some are removable and some are permanent. Some retainers are made of plastic and metal (known as Hawley retainers) and others are all plastic or all metal. Some retainers can even be bonded to the back of your teeth!

    How long do I need to wear it?

    If you’ve been given a removable retainer by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, you may be wondering how long you need to wear it. It takes time for the tissues and bones around your teeth to reorganize and set into place after braces treatment.

    The amount of time you’ll need to wear your retainer depends on your unique situation, but typically, retainers should be worn at least as long as the time you spent in braces. You might need to wear them full-time for a while, and then transition to wearing them only at night. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will have a treatment plan especially for you, and if you stick to it, you’ll always have a straight smile.

    Nothing is forever (at least without retainers!)

    Research has shown that there is no “permanent” position for your teeth to remain in. In fact, some studies say upward of 70% of patients will see a change to their bite and tooth alignment as they get older. This applies to people who have had orthodontic treatment and those who have not. Of course, some people’s teeth never seem to shift—you can consider them the lucky ones, as most people’s teeth do.

    And this is precisely where retainers come in. The only way to ensure your teeth stay in alignment long-term is by wearing your retainers. If you have any questions about retainers or your treatment plan, please ask any member of our Midland, MI staff.

  • Anxiety, Phobia, and Fear of the Dentist

    February 2, 2017

    Not many people look forward to going to the dentist, especially if you already know that you need dental work done. A small amount of anxiety is one thing, but dental phobia, or odontophobia, is something else entirely. It is an irrational fear of going to the dentist. If you have it, you might be unable to force yourself to go to the dentist, even if you are suffering from bad tooth pain. The effects of dental phobia can be serious, but there are ways to overcome your fear of the dentist to help you achieve and maintain good oral health.

    Causes of Dental Phobia

    You can develop dental phobia for a variety of reasons, including the following.

    • Fear of pain, which you might acquire based on others’ horror stories of their trips to the dentist.
    • Fear of needles, such as those used to provide anesthesia.
    • A previous bad experience, when something went wrong and pain was intolerable.
    • Lack of control from not knowing what is happening or how uncomfortable a procedure might be.

    Consequences of Dental Phobia

    Avoiding the dentist can have long-term consequences. When caught early, tooth decay is easily stopped with a minor filling. If you let the decay go, you can end up losing your tooth and have chronic pain. A dentist can also check for early signs of gum disease, which, if left untreated, could lead to losing one or more teeth.

    Even if you do not have a particular problem, going to a dentist for regular cleanings is a good idea because the hygienist can point out where you need to brush better and remove the plaque from your teeth.

    Getting Over Fear of the Dentist

    Most patients with dental phobia can get over their condition. These are some approaches that Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend:

    • Explain each step of the process
    • Let you know that you can stop the procedure at any time
    • Encourage you to come with a family member or friend
    • Help you with deep breathing techniques
  • Don’t brush after EVERY meal!

    January 26, 2017

    This may come as a surprise, but brushing your teeth right after a meal can be one of the worst things you can do for your healthy teeth. A toothbrush can be considered an assault weapon against your smile if used immediately after eating certain foods.

    Enamel is like the tooth’s shield. It is a hard mineral exterior on each of your teeth. In reality, enamel is the hardest part of the human body—even stronger than bone! I like to regard it as a “super-structure.” But every superhero has a weakness, and enamel’s kryptonite is acid.

    A healthy tooth lives in a mouth that has a proper pH balance. When that balance tips from alkaline to acidic, a harmful process called demineralization begins. Demineralization occurs when acids attack and soften the tooth surface. Pores and fissures form and harmful bacteria move in.

    With each bite of food or drink, our mouth pH fluctuates. Highly acidic foods tip the balance of your mouth from a healthy alkaline to a dangerous acid. Here are some examples of those sources of acid: citrus fruits, soda, and sugary foods. There are certainly many others, but these are the most common.

    So how does brushing your teeth immediately after a meal make this process even worse?

    After eating highly acidic foods, your teeth are susceptible to damage. When you brush your teeth in this weakened state you are actually damaging your enamel. The abrasive bristles of the brush wear away the protective surface of the teeth. You should avoid brushing for at least an hour, or take other, simple preventive measures immediately following a meal.

    First, rinse with or drink clear water. Then chew some sugarless gum. Both of these practices will produce saliva, restore a healthy pH level in your mouth, and coat your teeth with nourishing minerals. Out of all the sugarless gums available, the best of the best are those that list xylitol as the first ingredient. Another option is to consume cheese, milk, or another non-acidic food or drink to conclude your meal.

    After you have given your mouth time to return to a healthy pH, feel free to brush your teeth. Just keep in mind that any time you eat acidic foods, you weaken your teeth. Make sure not to worsen the problem by brushing immediately after dining and damaging your teeth even more. Questions? Call us at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

  • Foods that Can Harm Enamel

    January 19, 2017

    Many people who are careful about brushing and flossing their teeth wonder how they still end up with cavities or tooth decay. Several factors affect wear and tear on tooth enamel. Diet is a major factor, with certain foods increasing the likelihood that your enamel will become discolored or decayed. Pay close attention to the foods you eat to keep your pearly whites looking healthy and clean.

    What causes enamel damage?

    Tooth enamel refers to the hard, semi-translucent, whitish part of the tooth that shows above your gums. The enamel is primarily composed of minerals that are strong but susceptible to highly acidic foods. When acid reacts with the minerals in enamel, it results in tooth decay. Strongly pigmented foods can also damage enamel by discoloring the surface of the tooth.

    Foods that harm enamel

    Acidic foods are the greatest source of enamel damage. To determine whether a food is acidic, look up its pH. Scientists use pH, on a one-to-seven scale, to define the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Foods with low pH levels, between a one and three, are high in acidity and may damage your enamel. Foods with high pH levels, such as a six or seven, are far less likely to cause enamel harm.

    So which foods should you avoid? Many fruits are high in acidity, including lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples. The high sugar and acid content in soda makes it another huge contributor to enamel decay. Moderately acidic foods include pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, cottage cheese, maple syrup, yogurt, raisins, pickles, and honey. The foods that are least likely to cause enamel damage include milk, most cheeses, eggs, and water.

    Beverages such as red wine and coffee also damage the enamel by discoloring it. Although stains do not necessarily undermine the integrity of your teeth, they can be unsightly.

    What can I do to prevent enamel damage?

    Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent your enamel from discoloring or decaying. The easiest way to avoid decay is to steer clear of high-acidity foods. This may not always be possible, but eliminating sugary fruit juices and soda from your diet is a good start. Brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing frequently also preserves your enamel. Another good idea is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating to wash away high-acidity particles.

    Although enamel damage is common, it does not have to be an inevitable occurrence. Knowing the foods that harm your teeth gives you the tools to prevent discoloration and decay. With some easy preventive measures, your teeth will stay strong and white for years to come! Give us a call at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to learn more!

  • Getting to the Bottom of Chewing Gum Myths

    January 12, 2017

    It’s a moment many of our patients have experienced. One second you’re chewing on a piece of gum, then suddenly you forget to keep chewing and swallow the entire rubbery gob whole! It’s at this point you remember your mother warning you as a child that if you swallow gum it will stake a claim and take up residency in your belly for seven years. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics hate to take all the fun out of the mystery, but the truth is that chewing gum, when swallowed, will enter your stomach and move through your digestive system just like any other piece of food. So, if you ever accidentally swallow a piece of gum, there is no need to worry!

    That being said, it’s important to know that gum does not have any dietary benefits, so while it’s not exactly harmful to swallow, you still want to avoid swallowing it. If you are an avid gum-chewer, we encourage you to chew sugarless gum, especially if you are wearing braces, because gum with sugar can lead to cavities. Sugarless gum still has the same amount of flavor, but has fewer cavity-causing ingredients. In fact, many brands contain an additive called xylitol, a natural sweetener known to fight cavity-causing bacteria. Xylitol is also known to increase salivary flow as it rinses away plaque and acid.

    The fact is, when the bacterium in your mouth breaks down sugar, what’s left behind is acid. This acid eats away at the enamel coating of your teeth, causing holes that we call cavities. Cavities can lead to other long-term mouth problems if they are not treated in time, so it is best to try and avoid overexposing your teeth to too many harmful substances!

    If you have any questions about chewing gum, please contact our office. Happy (sugar-free) gum chewing!

  • Xylitol: A significant factor for improving your oral health

    January 5, 2017

    Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in tree bark, plants, fruits, and vegetables. The human body also produces it in small amounts. It looks and tastes like sugar, so as part of a health regimen, most people require no willpower to use it.

    Xylitol is safe (approved by the World Health Organization) because only a small amount is needed for health benefits. With a glycemic index of seven, it is safe for diabetics. It has less than three calories per gram and 40% fewer calories than other carbohydrates. If eaten in extremely large amounts too quickly, it has a laxative effect in humans.

    Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars you eat. When you eat food that contains ordinary sugar, it gives energy to the bacteria on your teeth, allowing them to multiply and start making acids that destroy the enamel on the teeth.

    Since xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants, it does not break down like sugar, so it helps maintain a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth because they are unable to digest it. That is how it protects the teeth from cavities.

    With xylitol, the acid attack is diminished. With less bacteria and acid, your teeth stay healthier. The frequency of xylitol ingestion is important: aim for five grams a day, or one gram every three hours.

    Studies of xylitol use as either a sugar substitute or a small dietary addition have demonstrated a dramatic reduction in new cavities. It has also stopped and even reversed some existing cavities. This effect is long lasting and possibly permanent. Low cavity rates persist even years after the trials have been completed.

    Xylitol needs to be one of the first ingredients in a product to be effective. It is convenient and easy to use. You can find it in health food stores and specialty grocery stores. Xylitol can be delivered to your teeth in chewing gum, tablets, or even candy and mints.

    It also comes in toothpaste, mouth rinse, baby oral wipes, gel and pacifiers, nasal wash, dry mouth spray, a granulated form for cooking, granulated packets to add to drinks, and commercially prepared foods. It can replace sugar on a one-to-one ratio.

    Sweet rewards in xylitol are good for the body and the teeth! If you have specific questions please feel free to contact Davis & Davis Orthodontics. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • How a High-Tech Office Helps Your Orthodontic Treatment

    December 29, 2016

    Our office strives to bring you the latest and greatest in orthodontic techniques and technologies. Being on the cutting edge of the industry is important—it ensures you, as our patient, are getting the best orthodontic treatment you possibly can while keeping costs down!

    The goal of a high-tech office is three fold: to have effective treatment, to have efficient treatment, and to make the whole process easy, painless, and cost-effective for you.

    Here are some of the technologies being implemented by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to do just that:

    3D oral scanners: If you’ve ever experienced getting impressions the traditional way, it isn’t very fun! Having a gag reflex is common and it takes several minutes on both the top and bottom of the mouth to get a successful impression.

    With 3D oral scanners, we create a perfect digital scan of your teeth without radiation. We then use the results of the scan to create accurate braces, retainers, and other appliances for your unique teeth and mouth.

    Digital Imaging: New digital imaging provides us with accurate, panoramic, and cephalometric views of your teeth and their supporting structures. This lets us plan and implement treatment with the utmost precision.

    Not only does this kind of imaging expose patients to far less radiation than traditional X-rays but it also gives us immediate access to the images, whereas X-rays had to be developed. This expedites treatment time and means fewer trips to our Midland, MI office for you.

    New, high-tech braces options: There are so many more choices when it comes to braces these days! Advances in the industry like Invisalign®, self-ligating braces, and lingual braces, allow patients to not only get highly accurate and precise treatment, but do so discreetly without anyone else even knowing.

    Digital scanning and imaging takes the guesswork out of braces. Instead of the orthodontist estimating tooth movement and treatment progression, these days it’s all computer modeled with exacting detail. The result? Your braces do exactly what they’re intended to do in less time with a picture-perfect outcome.

    These are just some of the advances in the orthodontic industry. Needless to say, they all make the entire process that much easier and effective for you. If you have any questions or are interested in treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Midland, MI office!

  • What should we blog about?

    December 22, 2016

    As a patient at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, your opinion matters! Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team love hearing what our patients think about our practice and the services we provide, and now we want to know, what do you think we should blog about?

    Perhaps there’s a treatment you’ve always wanted to know about, or you’d like to learn about a specific way to improve your health and smile. Whatever your idea, we’d love to hear about it! You can let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page!

  • Periodontics and Braces Treatment

    December 15, 2016

    Most people think braces are all about their teeth. While it is true orthodontics is meant to move your teeth into proper position, there’s more to it than that. To safely move your teeth with braces, you’re going to need healthy and stable gums (or periodontium—the tissues that support your teeth).

    For this reason it’s critical to have your periodontal health evaluated prior to getting braces. This applies particularly to adults, since a 2013 study by the Center For Disease Control found that an estimated 47.2% of adults 30 years of age and older had periodontitis (gum disease). If you do have periodontitis, moving your teeth with braces will only make things worse.

    Conversely, there is also risk for periodontal disease if you don’t get orthodontic treatment. Malocclusion, as well as crooked and spaced teeth, can all contribute to periodontal disease. In these situations your teeth and gums are more difficult to clean and become breeding grounds for disease causing bacteria. Bad oral hygiene combined with these traits can greatly contribute to the development of periodontitis.

    So, periodontics and braces have a tricky relationship. On one hand, you shouldn’t get braces if you show signs of developing or have periodontitis, while on the other hand, braces can help prevent the possibility of developing periodontitis by correcting the bite and straightening the teeth.

    If you are 30 years of age or older and are considering getting braces, it would be wise to first:

    • Let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis know about your desire to get braces
    • Get an exam to make sure you’re in good periodontal health and a good candidate for braces
    • If you are a good candidate, keep an eye on your teeth and gums and get regular dental checkups
      throughout your entire course of treatment.

    If you are in any doubt about the status of your teeth and gums, it’s always best to get them checked before embarking with braces treatment. Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa offer free consultations and Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments.

    For more information or to have your periodontal health assessed for braces treatment, please contact our Midland, MI office at (989) 631-1334 today.

  • When should my child be seen for an orthodontic evaluation?

    December 8, 2016

    Thanks for asking! It really depends on the dental age of the patient rather than their chronological age. Usually a good time to have your child evaluated by an orthodontist is after the front permanent teeth have erupted into the mouth or if there appears to be extreme crowding of the teeth.

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children between the ages of seven and nine should be evaluated by an orthodontist. There are times when an early developmental treatment is indicated to correct situations before they become major problems. In these circumstances the patient will most likely benefit from a second phase of orthodontics later, when all of their permanent teeth have erupted.

    Most full orthodontic treatment begins between ages nine and 14, and lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average. It’s important, however, that children be screened at an early age. That way Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff can assess if your child will benefit from orthodontic treatment and when treatment should begin.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we tailor each plan to your child’s specific needs and will walk you through our recommendations to make sure you understand your child’s treatment plan and feel comfortable with our team.

    We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment options at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. (989) 631-1334

    Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa offer free consultations and Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Call us today for more information!

  • Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays

    December 1, 2016

    There’s something special about customizing the elastics on your braces to fit your unique personality. Once you embrace your braces (no pun intended) you’ll realize how many color options and combinations there are to choose from. Although you’ll have a fantastic smile afterward, you won’t have this level of customizability once your braces come off, that’s for sure!

    Adding flair to your braces isn’t what all patients are looking to do (like those opting for clear aligners or ceramic braces), but it’s part of the fun of traditional metal braces! Many of our patients ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to have their elastics match the colors of their favorite sports teams or their school, but how about changing your elastics to match holiday colors?

    Here are some options to consider:

    • Valentine’s Day – Red and pink
    • Easter – Pink, blue, and violet
    • Halloween – Orange and black
    • Christmas – Red, green, and white
    • Saint Patrick’s Day – Green and white

    There are a few colors that some people choose to avoid. But if you’re trying to make your teeth stand out in a crowd, the following suggestions need not apply!

    • Brown or Green – can be mistaken for food being stuck in your teeth
    • Black – might look like a rotten tooth if someone isn’t looking hard enough
    • White – Some patients think it will make their teeth look whiter, but in fact it can make your teeth appear yellower than they actually are. White elastics can also stain easily.
    • Yellow – accentuates the yellowness of your enamel

    Since changing the color of your elastics has no effect on the actual orthodontic treatment process, the idea is to have fun and add a personal touch. So, next time you get your elastics changed at our Midland, MI office, why not wear your braces boldly and opt for something festive?

  • Top Five Best Foods for Oral Health

    November 24, 2016

    Some foods are just terrible for your teeth — think cookies and candy bars — but there are certain foods that are beneficial to your oral health. Below, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team have covered five of the top foods to keep your teeth and gums healthy!

    1. Crispy, low-acid fruits and vegetables: Fruits like apples and vegetables such as carrots and celery act like “natural toothbrushes,” helping to clear plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath.

    2. Kiwis: These little green superstars are packed with vitamin C which is essential for gum health. The collagen in your gums is strengthened when you consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like kiwis, thus helping to prevent periodontal problems.

    3. Raw onions: Onions have long been studied for their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Proliferation of bacteria is what leads to tooth decay and cavities. By including raw onions in your diet, you’ll be doing your part to wipe out those little microbes before they can multiply!

    4. Shiitake Mushrooms: A specific compound in shiitake mushrooms, lentinan, has been shown to have antibacterial properties that target the microbes that cause cavities while leaving other beneficial bacteria alone. It may also help prevent gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums.

    5. Green Tea: Often lauded for its high antioxidant content and many health benefits, it turns out green tea also benefits your oral health! A Japanese study found men who drank green tea on a regular basis had a lower occurrence of periodontal disease compared to men who drank green tea infrequently. It’s believed this is due to the catechins in green tea, a type of flavonoid that may help protect you from free radical damage, but more research needs to be done. Either way, drink up for your overall health, as well as your teeth!

    If you have any questions about your oral health, or are looking for even more oral health tips, contact our Midland, MI office!

  • How to Properly Store Your Toothbrush

    November 17, 2016

    Have you ever thought about how you’re cleaning and storing your toothbrush when you’re not using it? Did you know that the way you store your toothbrush could have an affect on your oral health? In this post, we’ll look at some steps you can take to maximize toothbrush cleanliness and minimize bacteria.

    Below are some tips from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for toothbrush use and storage:

    • Don’t share your toothbrush – This may seem obvious, but sharing a toothbrush exposes both users to bacteria and microorganisms from the other user, which can increase chances of infection. You should also avoid storing your toothbrush in the same container as other people’s toothbrushes.
    • Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use – Rinsing your toothbrush well under running water will help remove food particles, toothpaste, and other debris from the bristles of your brush.
    • Store your toothbrush in an open-air container not a sealed one – Putting a wet toothbrush in a sealed container creates a favorable environment for microorganisms and bacteria.
    • Soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash after use – There is some evidence to suggest that soaking your toothbrush in an antibacterial solution may reduce the amount of bacteria present on the toothbrush.
    • Change your toothbrush every three months – The bristles of your toothbrush become less effective and frayed after repeated use so it’s a good idea to replace it on a regular basis. It’s also wise to replace it after you’ve been sick.

    There are many simple things you can do to make your oral-care regimen as clean as possible. Use common sense when storing your toothbrush—don’t put it in a dirty place like the edge of your sink or in the shower (please, not by the toilet!), and keep it upright in a cool dry place—and you’re usually good to go. If your toothbrush is looking a little worse for wear, drop by our Midland, MI office and we’ll be glad to provide you with a new one!

  • To use or not to use mouthwash; that is the question

    November 10, 2016

    A famous mouthwash company chose the marketing slogan, “Better than flossing.” As a consumer, would you believe a high-end commercial that essentially tells you to stop flossing? Just use this brand of mouthwash and the risk of gingivitis, cavities, etc., is gone. What a wonderful idea! Now for the reality: This is simply not true.

    The company that made these claims received some negative feedback for making this false claim. Does this mean that all mouthwashes are ineffective? Absolutely not. It takes a little bit of research to know which mouthwashes are most effective and best suited for you. Here are some key points to remember when choosing a mouthwash.

    First, think about why you want to use a mouthwash. If you are at high risk for cavities, you would benefit from a fluoride mouthwash. Check the labels to see which ones contain fluoride.

    If you have active gingivitis, a mouthwash with some antibacterial properties would be preferable. Read the labels carefully. You do not want a mouthwash containing alcohol. If you have active periodontal disease, an antibacterial mouthwash is appropriate, though you may want to discuss which kind would be best for your individual needs.

    Prescription mouthwashes are also an option. You should pay close attention to the directions, such as how much and how long to use them. There is one brand in particular whose effectiveness can steadily diminish if you use it continually. There can also be side effects you should discuss with our office and/or your pharmacist.

    Some great mouthwashes for kids change the color of plaque on their teeth to help them see how they are doing with their brushing. This is a great learning tool for the child and the parent! Why not pick up a bottle for yourself next time you’re at the store and evaluate your own performance?

    Beware of claims that a mouthwash can loosen plaque. This is not accurate. Beware of any mouthwash that has alcohol. This is worth mentioning twice. Take care of your taste buds. If you are using a strong mouthwash, it can reduce your sense of taste.

    These tips should help you choose the right mouthwash for your needs. Please contact Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI office with any specific questions!

  • Helpful Hints for Dealing with Braces Pain

    November 3, 2016

    Your first few days with braces will feel rather odd, awkward, and even painful. The day you get your braces you will probably just feel weird, like you have something in your mouth – because you do. You are most likely to feel pain and soreness during the second and third days. After that, you should be fine. If you experience any pain with your braces, there are a few things you can do to get some relief.

    Home Remedies

    Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will soothe it and promote healing. Rinse several times a day or when your mouth, particularly mouth sores, are hurting. You can also take some Tylenol every four hours. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team advise against products that contain ibuprofen because it slows down the movement of your teeth.

    You can also eat cold foods like ice cream or yogurt. The cold of the food will help dull the pain. Ice packs applied to your mouth help as well. You can also swish ice water around your mouth, but DO NOT eat ice!

    Cool Products

    Products for canker sores can be applied to the mouth sores you develop from your braces. There are also various rinses you can use that act as a shield or barrier in your mouth, and protect your mouth sores from further irritation.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team may have given you some dental wax to put on the abrasive areas of your braces to protect your mouth. Putting dental wax on the brackets creates a barrier that keeps your mouth from getting scraped and sore.

    Bite wafers are another great pain relief too. When you bite down on the wafer, it increases circulation in your gums, which can ease the pain a bit. Just a little pressure will work; you don’t want to bite too hard. And they usually come in cool colors, too!

    The pain won’t last forever. One day you will wake up and you won’t have any pain. In fact, you probably won’t even notice the braces in your mouth at all!

  • What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

    October 27, 2016

    Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.

    How are they similar?

    The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care. An orthodontist can work in a dental office and provide the same care as a dentist. So in this respect, they are quite similar. They are both considered doctors, and deal with the teeth and gums.

    How are they different?

    There are more differences than similarities. An orthodontist requires additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon. Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.

    Dentists typically encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to:

    • Tooth decay
    • Root canals
    • Gum disease
    • Crowns
    • Bridges
    • Veneers
    • Teeth whitening

    Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth, and provide services related to:

    • Misaligned teeth
    • Crowded teeth
    • Overbite
    • Underbite

    What an orthodontist can help with

    Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, but they assist patients with other issues as well. These include overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Additional problems with the jaw also need to be treated by an orthodontist.

    While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatments, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you require.

    To learn more about the difference between dentists and orthodontists, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics a call at our convenient Midland, MI office.

  • How can I protect my child’s teeth during sports?

    October 20, 2016

    Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally worry about your child’s health and safety. Your job goes beyond providing a water bottle and making sure your child follows the rules of the game.

    Although you may not think of your child’s teeth first when you think about sports, accidents can happen that affect your children’s teeth. A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways a child could lose a tooth. In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.

    Becoming a Better Athlete to Protect Teeth

    Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport. These components are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.

    Proper Protective Equipment for Teeth

    If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards fit your child’s mouth and consist of soft plastic. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can custom fit a mouthguard if generic ones are uncomfortable. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistence in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them. A helmet or face mask provides additional protection.

    While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does happen to lose a tooth during sports. Rapid implantation can work in about ten percent of cases. To learn about ways to save a lost tooth, contact our Midland, MI office.

  • What’s the best dental floss?

    October 13, 2016

    Dental floss is similar to a lot of products that depend mainly on the consumer’s preference. Fact is, floss comes in a wide variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations, but all types of floss essentially do the same thing. After all, that is what is most important: that the dental floss you buy is functional—cleaning the areas in between your teeth. If you want to know what the best dental floss is, the answer is the kind that enables you to successfully and regularly clean those areas. So to help you find the right type of floss for you, here are some options.

    Flavored Dental Floss

    Many people that floss prefer a flavored dental floss because it freshens their breath even more than unscented floss. The latter can also take on the smells associated with bacteria in your mouth. And we all know how bad that can be. So, if flavored dental floss is what you prefer, and it allows you to floss your teeth regularly, then it is automatically best for your mouth.

    Flossers

    There are also products on the market called flossers, which usually consist of a plastic instrument with strung floss and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas in between your teeth and scraping off plaque. These flossers also come flavored in mint and various other varieties.

    Gentle Dental Floss

    Some people find that typical dental floss is too harsh on their gums. For that reason some companies make floss with soft coatings that are less abrasive on the gums. For the most part these types of floss are just as effective as regular floss, and for those people that require a more sensitive approach to flossing, especially when just starting out, this is the best option.

    Of the aforementioned options, it is difficult to name an absolute best type of floss. However, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team say that the type of floss that works best for you, giving you the greatest chance of succeeding at regular flossing, is the best. For more information on floss, contact our Midland, MI office.

  • What’s on your fall reading list?

    October 6, 2016

    How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put off reading when balancing a hectic schedule, but reading is vital to brain development. Besides, reading is always a blast!

    This week, we thought we’d ask what you or your child are reading this fall. Do you have any suggestions for must-read books this year? Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and we would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian here in Midland, MI for some ideas.

    Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites below or on our Facebook page!

  • The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

    September 29, 2016

    It’s the big day and your braces are finally coming off! Does that mean you are completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team will recommend you wear a retainer, which must be worn routinely after treatment in order to hold your teeth in their proper, new position while your gums, ligaments and bones adapt. Most patients are required to wear their retainer every night at first, with many also being directed to wear them during the day. It’s important to know there are different kinds of retainers, and today we thought we would explain the differences between them.

    Hawley Retainers

    The Hawley retainer is one of the most common types of retainers. It is a removable retainer made of a combination of a metal wire that typically surrounds the six anterior teeth and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while the wire and acrylic framing keeps your teeth in an ideal position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors or patterns.

    Essix (Clear) Retainers

    The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of your teeth. This clear or transparent retainer fits over the entire arch of teeth and is produced from a mold. Similar to Invisalign’s clear aligner trays, Essix retainers have no metal or wires. They can also be used to produce minor tooth movements and can be helpful in prevention of tooth wear due to tooth grinding at night.

    Bonded Retainers

    Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics encourage our patients with bonded lingual retainers to be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause your teeth to shift. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep your bonded retainers clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth, as well as the wire itself.

    The retention phase of treatment begins when the patient’s braces are removed. Retainers are worn full time, typically for the first nine months, except while eating. Retainers should also be removed before brushing your teeth.

    If you have any questions about the retainers we offer or to learn more about post-orthodontic treatment, please feel free to contact us at our convenient Midland, MI office and we will be happy to answer any of your questions!

  • Tips for Handling and Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

    September 22, 2016

    The best way to avoid orthodontic emergencies is to know how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire treatment. However, emergencies are … well, emergencies, and sometimes no matter how cautious you are or how well you take care of your braces, the wires loosen, the bands pop, or you experience orthodontic discomfort.

    Common orthodontic emergencies include broken braces, poking wires, lost or broken retainers, mouth sores, and mouth injuries sustained playing sports, which often happens when you don’t wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliance.

    Food

    It’s important to avoid foods that can damage your braces. Most people wear braces for about two years. All chewy, sticky, crunchy, and hard foods should be avoided during that time. While this may seem like a long time to go without popcorn or bubble gum, hard foods can break the brackets of your braces and sticky foods can bend the wires. If you have a loose wire, don’t try to fix it yourself. Call Davis & Davis Orthodontics. In the meantime, if a wire is poking into your cheek or lip and causing irritation, put wax or a wet cotton ball over it to dull the sharp edge.

    Pain and Discomfort

    Some discomfort is a normal part of orthodontic treatment, especially in the hours after the braces are placed on your teeth or after a recent tightening or adjustment. However, if the pain doesn’t subside in three to five days, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. Until then, try dissolving a teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of water and gargling with the solution. Over-the-counter pain medication will relieve discomfort, too.

    Playing Sports

    Just because you wear braces doesn’t mean you can’t play sports. You just need to take some extra precautions. Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are common. The best way to protect your mouth and your appliance is to wear a mouthguard. There are several different types of mouthguards available, so be sure to ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis what’s best for you.

    Brushing and Flossing

    In order to keep your braces in good condition and avoid orthodontic emergencies, it’s important to brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. It’s easy for small particles of food to get trapped in your braces, and if the food isn’t removed, it gets wedged between the teeth and gums and causes plaque.

    Need more tips on how to avoid orthodontic emergencies? Just ask any member of our Midland, MI team.

  • My teeth don’t line up any more. Why?

    September 15, 2016

    If your teeth don’t line up like they used to any more, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, often called TMD. This is a term that can actually be applied to any condition that occurs because the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is inflamed.

    The temporomandibular joint is essentially the hinge that holds your lower jaw to your skull, and when it is inflamed or damaged in any way, it can be extremely painful. You have two temporomandibular joint, one on each side of your jaw, and it is typical to experience TMD in both sides at the same time.

    Shifting of the Teeth

    The reason that your teeth may not line up as they once did is that the ball and socket joints are often out of alignment and, as mentioned above, often very inflamed as a result. In order to correct the problem, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may prescribe dental orthotics such as a lower jaw splint.

    Sometimes, the wisdom teeth can play a role in the shifting of the teeth as well. If shifting wisdom teeth is combined with TMD, it may be necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. Dental splints may follow if your teeth don’t shift back to their proper positions on their own.

    TMD is certainly a difficult thing to deal with, so if you experience your teeth shifting, scheduling an appointment at our Midland, MI office is the smartest course. We want to help you get your smile back, so give us a call anytime.

  • Should I use a water pick during my treatment?

    September 8, 2016

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics know that for some of our patients wearing braces, it can be difficult to weave through those wires and brackets as you brush and floss during your treatment.

    Some of our patients use a water pick to flush out food and other particles and bacteria stuck between their teeth as the water can reach behind the metal wires and hit spots where your floss simply cannot reach. People suffering from gum disease also find water picks quite effective because of their ability to flush out bacteria from inside the deep pockets.

    Water picks are friendly to braces and are also gentle on the gums. They are less likely to cause bleeding for people with sensitive teeth or gums. But as many benefits as they may have, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team want you to know that water picks should never be used as a substitute for flossing. Though they are great tools for helping improve oral health while you are in treatment, they are just not a good enough tool on their own to keep your mouth and gums gingivitis- and decay-free. Water picks are also incapable of removing plaque from teeth as effectively as floss can. While water picks rinse the sticky bacteria off your teeth, flossing is actually more effective as it actually scrapes the bacteria off of your pearly whites.

    If you have any questions about water picks or any general questions or concerns about your orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to please ask us below or give us a call!

  • I have halitosis. What can I do?

    September 1, 2016

    Halitosis is the fancy, scientific word for “bad breath.” Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know there are several reasons why you may have halitosis; let’s look at a few:

    • Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) – There are five main types of gum disease, and each one can range from mild to severe. For example the most common one is gingivitis; it is caused by bacteria in the plaque that has been allowed to build up, usually as a result of poor oral hygiene. A more serious and uncommon type of gum disease is called necrotizing periodontal disease. It is most common in people who have a suppressed immune system.
    • Smoking
    • Dry Mouth – This can be caused by something as simple as a medication you take.
    • Food – Of course, if you eat something that is potent like garlic, it is going to give you bad breath.
    • Diseases of the Body – Some diseases such as sinus infections and diabetes, among a few other types of infections, can also cause you to have halitosis.

    How to Get Rid of Halitosis

    The most obvious answer to how to get rid of halitosis is to practice good oral hygiene, although, depending on the cause of halitosis it may not be that simple. If you have an infection that is causing the halitosis then you may need an antibiotic to clear up the infection and then the bad breath will go away. Here are more tips:

    • Brush your teeth after every meal and before bed.
    • Floss your teeth. The more plaque you get out of your teeth, the better chance you have of not getting cavities or bad breath.
    • Address any medical conditions that are not related to your teeth that can be causing the halitosis.
    • Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for a prescription mouthwash that kills bacteria.

    Halitosis (bad breath) can be an embarrassing condition to live with, but there are plenty of ways to get rid of it permanently. Start by talking to a member of our team at our Midland, MI office.

  • No Wooden Teeth, Please! Why Oral Health is So Important

    August 25, 2016

    Your teeth are precious. Once your permanent teeth come in, they need to last you a lifetime. Extensive tooth decay can lead to dental caries and the need for fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures.

    While these fixes can go a long way toward maintaining your quality of life, they cannot compare to your natural teeth. Getting braces is no excuse to let up on your thorough oral health routine: You need to take good care of your teeth before, during, and after braces to benefit completely from the gains you get from newly straightened teeth.

    Why You Should Maintain Good Oral Health for Life

    Begin a complete oral health regimen as early as possible in life, and maintain this routine throughout your life. Keeping your (or your child’s baby) teeth clean establishes a routine. It preserves healthy baby teeth whose function is to save space for the permanent teeth when they are ready to come in. Care of your permanent teeth helps preserve the enamel and prevent decay.

    Take Special Care with Braces

    It is important to pay attention to oral health when you have braces. If you do not take special care of your teeth during the months or years that you have braces, you risk irreversible damage to your teeth. Care is more difficult with braces because food can easily get stuck. In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing each day, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff suggest avoiding sticky foods.

  • What causes crooked teeth?

    August 18, 2016

    Teeth erupt crookedly for a number of reasons that range from genetics to mouth deformities and serious oral diseases. When extra teeth or abnormally large teeth create a malocclusion (crookedness or misplacement of teeth), the culprit is usually genetic in nature. Other inherited traits involve jaws that are too small to accommodate a full set of teeth and misaligned jaws that did not form properly in the womb.

    Can crooked teeth be prevented?

    In most cases, underbites, overbites, and crooked teeth are genetically derived and can’t be avoided. Orthodontic treatment with braces will be necessary to correct the condition once the child is old enough to wear them. However, certain early childhood behaviors may also contribute to the development of crooked teeth that can be avoided. These include:

    • Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
    • Losing baby teeth to decay before permanent teeth have naturally pushed them out of their sockets
    • Allowing pacifier use to continue after front teeth have erupted

    Permanent teeth underneath baby teeth are directly affected by the health of baby teeth. If baby teeth are prematurely lost due to decay or trauma, permanent teeth will shift when they start moving upward. Baby teeth are like anchors for permanent teeth that help guide them as they erupt through the gums.

    In addition, excellent care of baby teeth is vital to having healthy permanent teeth free of discoloration or decay. Harmful oral bacteria can spread into the gums and reach permanent teeth still buried in the gums. Once attached to a tooth’s enamel, bacteria will begin eroding the tooth even before it has a chance to take its first bite!

    When to Start Orthodontic Treatment for Crooked Teeth

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff suggest that parents bring your child to Davis & Davis Orthodontics around age seven to rule out potential issues with permanent teeth eruption. If problems are discovered, it is not unusual to begin orthodontic treatment at that age. In fact, specific conditions such as crowding and gaps between teeth are easier to correct at an early age.

    Early treatment also benefits from the growth process of the jaw, which helps move teeth to normal positions.

  • Does smoking affect oral health?

    August 11, 2016

    By now, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. But the truth is its broad-reaching health effects are not all known by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Smoking can have serious repercussions in this regard. To give you a better idea of how smoking can affect your oral health, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team have listed some issues that can arise.

    Oral Cancer

    Oral cancer can have steep ramifications for anyone that gets it. Surgery can be required to eliminate the cancer before it spreads to more vital parts of your body. Any type of cancer is about the worst health effect you can get, and this especially holds true to the affects that smoking has on your mouth. The type of mouth surgery required with oral cancer can leave your face deconstructed in certain areas, and it is all due to smoking or use of other tobacco products.

    Tooth Discoloration and Bad Breath

    At the very least, it is fair to say that as a smoker you will often have bad breath, and while you may try to cover it up with gum or mints, tooth discoloration is a whole other story. The chemicals and substances in cigarettes stick to your teeth staining them brown and yellow colors that are increasingly difficult to disguise.

    Gum Disease and Loss of Bone

    Another effect of smoking is the increased risk of gum disease. Your gums may start to recede, which can eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Smoking can also increase bone loss and density in your jaw which is vital to the health of your mouth. Gum disease and bone loss are two signs that smoking is definitely bad for your mouth.

    When it comes to the health of your mouth, the question is not whether smoking affects your health, it’s how does it affect your health and to what degree. If for no other reason than because smoking involves your mouth as its entry point, it is safe to say that it can have long-lasting and detrimental consequences on your oral health.

    To learn more about smoking and your oral health, contact our Midland, MI office to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath

    August 4, 2016

    Bad breath, or halitosis, is probably not a matter of life or death. But it can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative impact on your life. The majority of people suffering from bad breath are dealing with oral bacterial. However, there are other causes of this embarrassing problem. Learning more can help you fight this solvable problem.

    Five Causes of Embarrassingly Bad Breath

    1. Dry Mouth. A decrease in saliva flow can be caused by several things. Most often, medication or mouth breathing are the culprits. As saliva helps wash away food particles from your mouth, it prevents bad breath. Dry mouth can be dealt with by stimulating salivation.
    2. Gum Disease and Poor Oral Hygiene. Not brushing and flossing well enough or with enough frequency can lead to gum disease, which leads to bad breath. Halitosis can be a sign that plaque is present on your teeth.
    3. Food-Related Bad Breath. Food particles that aren’t brushed or flossed away attract bacteria that leads to bad breath. It’s especially important to brush after eating strong-smelling foods, such as garlic or onions.
    4. Smoking and Tobacco. Tobacco is bad for your health, and that includes your oral health. Smoking or chewing tobacco can contribute toward the development of gum disease, as well as oral cancer.
    5. Mouth Infections and Other Medical Problems. A mouth infection, sinus infection or even the common cold can cause you to temporarily have bad breath. Even conditions such as diabetes and reflux can cause halitosis. It’s always wise to see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to help determine the cause.

    We are Your Ally

    Even if you maintain good oral hygiene, it’s important to see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at our Midland, MI office to deal with or avoid problems with bad breath. We can help you uncover the cause of halitosis, while also providing solutions that allow you to enjoy fresh breath without relying on mints and breath fresheners. As is the case with all things related to oral health, we are your number-one ally when it comes to eliminating the problem of bad breath.

  • My mouth is dry. What can I do?

    July 28, 2016

    Nobody likes a dry mouth. It is an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid. It is not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something you certainly want to change if possible. So, if you find yourself in the unpleasant position of having a dry mouth, here is what you can do.

    Chew Sugar-free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva in your mouth. The chewing motion of your jaw and teeth should take care of at least some of your dry mouth problem.

    Suck on Sugar-free Candy: Similarly to chewing sugar free gum, if you suck on sugar free candy it should create more saliva in your mouth and moisturize it in the process.

    Cut out the Caffeine:Caffeine can contribute to a dry mouth so by limiting, or eliminating your intake all together, you may find that your dry mouth is no more.

    Stop Using Tobacco Products: Tobacco is another cause of dry mouth. Whether it is smokeless tobacco products or cigarettes, if you stop using them your dry mouth will likely improve. And not to forget, these products are exceedingly bad for your oral health to begin with, so you will be doing your mouth a favor even more so.

    Drink Lots of Water: It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water will likely improve your dry mouth. This is because dry mouth is usually a sign of dehydration, so plenty of fluids will surely help.

    Dry mouth can be unpleasant, but it is often easily solved by either drinking more water, or trying one of the previously mentioned techniques. If the problem still persists you can always visit our Midland, MI office to see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. More often than not, doing one of the above will leave your mouth more moisturized than it was previously, and hopefully it will be long-lasting as well.

  • Help! My gums hurt when I floss!

    July 21, 2016

    By no stretch is it rare for your gums to hurt during and after flossing. Even some bleeding is to be expected. This is especially true if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if your gums do indeed hurt when you floss, and unbearably so, there are some things you can do.

    Be Gentle

    Perhaps the most obvious way to combat gum soreness and bleeding is to be gentle. One of the most common occurrences of these gum problems is over-aggressive flossing. In other words, if you are too rough on your gums while flossing, either because you are out of practice or because you are in a hurry, soreness and hurting is to be expected. Instead, try taking your time and be gentle. Also, if you are just starting out, be patient and consistent, your gums will become more conditioned over time.

    Use an Alternative Method

    If being consistent and gentle does not work, there are other alternative methods of flossing that you can try. You can also try a water floss machine, or what is sometimes called a water pick. The device essentially shoots water into the crevasses between your teeth, and in other areas of your mouth, in order to dislodge food and plaque. These oral instruments also come with different attachments that allow you to reach many of the hard to see and reach areas of your mouth. And lastly, you can always buy floss that is not as abrasive to your gums. There is floss that comes with soft and gentle coatings that will do less harm to your gums while they are adjusting to the good oral hygiene habit you are creating.

    Flossing is one of the easiest parts of oral hygiene to overlook. When you first start out, it is common that you may want to stop because of the pain it can initially cause. However, if you try one, or all, of the above mentioned methods, you will give yourself the best chance of being success with your flossing, and it won’t hurt as much.

    For more flossing tips, schedule an appointment at our Midland, MI office and askDrs. Lisa and Dale Davis or a member of our team!

  • TMD Problems and How You Can Prevent Them

    July 14, 2016

    Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) describe a set of conditions that involve trouble with your jaw and face muscles. They result from a problem in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects the temporal bones, in your skull in front of each ear, to your jaw. The joint enables you to talk, yawn, and chew by letting your mouth move.

    TMD can be very painful and interfere with functions such as eating and speaking. This what to watch for and how to try to prevent TMD.

    Risk Factors for TMD

    You are at higher risk for TMD if you are a women than if you are male. The disorder is most common among adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Other risk factors for TMJ disorders include the following.

    • Arthritis in the area, making movement more difficult
    • Excessive tooth grinding, because it increases stress on the joint
    • General stress, which can lead you to clench your teeth and strain facial muscles

    Symptoms of TMD

    Symptoms of TMD can last for just a short while, or for several years. Seeing Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis is important if your symptoms make it impossible for you to eat regularly or if you have unbearable pain or discomfort. The following symptoms can occur on both or one side of your face.

    • Aching or very tired facial muscles
    • Jaws that are fixed open or shut without you being able to unlock them
    • Grating or popping sounds when you chew or close or open your mouth
    • Pain in the entire area, including the mouth, jaw, neck, or shoulders, that comes on when you chew or yawn

    Preventing TMD

    You can try to prevent TMD by focusing on reducing risk factors. If you grind your teeth at night, ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about wearing a mouthguard. If you are overly stressed, look into ways to better manage your stress and relax your muscles. Another strategy for trying to prevent the development of TMD is to avoid chewing gum, since that puts stress on your jaw.

    If you have questions about TMD, don’t hesitate to contact our Midland, MI office.

  • Five Great Reasons to Visit Our Practice this Summer

    July 7, 2016

    We’ve heard all the reasons why folks put off scheduling an orthodontic consultation: not quite ready to begin treatment, vacations, busy schedules, financial concerns, etc.

    Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t delay another day to make an appointment for yourself or your child with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

    1. Growth – there is a window of opportunity during growth when an orthopedic appliance can change the direction of jaw growth and dramatically improve your child’s case. Once this time has passed, the correction becomes harder and may involve extraction of teeth or even worse, a surgical procedure to properly align the jaws.

    2. Scheduling – Summertime is the perfect time to begin orthodontic treatment, because your child doesn’t have to miss school, especially for those longer appointments needed at the start of treatment.

    3. Early Diagnosis – Many times, early interceptive treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can dramatically improve the alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws. If baby teeth need to be extracted in order to allow the permanent teeth to erupt, timing is everything. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age seven.

    4. Financial Concerns – We offer several flexible payment plans which can be extended over your or your child’s treatment time.

    5. A Lifetime of Smiles – Why wait when you can enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful and functional smile now. The sooner you get started the sooner you will be showing everyone your world-class smile.

    Give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to book your initial consulation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • Eating with Braces: Braces-friendly snack recipe

    June 30, 2016

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff know that eating with braces can be tricky. You want to avoid damaging the bands, brackets, and wires, since any damage can delay the progress of your treatment. After adjustments, your mouth may also feel sore, which will make eating more of a chore than a pleasure.

    The good news is you do not have to avoid all of your favorite foods; there are ways you can still enjoy them. Try some of these ideas and recipes for great snacks that are friendly to your braces.

    Fruits and Vegetables

    You still need to eat fruits and vegetable for the healthy nutrients. The trick is to cut harder items into small pieces that you can chew easily with your back teeth. Canned fruits are also a great choice, but select fruits packed in water to avoid the heavy, sugary syrups. It’s a good idea to avoid excess sugar with braces, since sugar build-up around your braces can lead to plaque formation.

    Single-serving packages are available to make your snack portable and convenient. Enjoy vegetables with a small amount of a healthy dip. Hummus or yogurt can be used for flavor without adding unnecessary fat or calories.

    Banana and Honey Smoothie

    Smoothies are a healthy treat, and you can create these drinks with your favorite ingredients. You can use a variety of yogurt types for your smoothie: regular, low or non-fat, and Greek are all great choices.  Here’s one of our favorite smoothie recipes:

    • 6 ounces of your choice of yogurt
    • 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey
    • 1 ripe banana
    • 6 ounces milk

    Chop the banana into smaller pieces and put all your ingredients into a blender. Blend on low until everything is mixed and then blend on high for about 20 seconds to make your smoothie fluffy.

    The great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute just about any small or cut-up fruit for the banana. Try blackberries, raspberries, or peaches for variety. Try to avoid fruits with small seeds; strawberries can leave bits stuck in your braces. You can even make a smoothie with peanut butter and jelly!

    Please ask our team if you have any concerns regarding the foods you can safely eat while wearing braces.

  • Sugar and Your Orthodontic Treatment

    June 23, 2016

    One word no one likes to hear is “cavity!”

    For those patients of ours wearing braces, hearing that word is especially problematic, considering that delaying any dental work may result in delaying treatment time.

    We often blame candy as the culprit behind tooth decay, but other foods and drinks that kids consume can be just as harmful to their teeth, and can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Keeping your teeth or your child’s teeth from decay during treatment starts with a proper diet, and today, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will explain the negative effects that candy and other treats, including peanut butter, raisins, fruit juice, and chewy fruit snacks, have on your child’s teeth as he or she undergoes orthodontic treatment. Keep in mind that half of your child’s sugar intake may be coming from beverages that he or she drinks. A major offender is soda, but be mindful of fruit juices as well.

    While sugar is known to sit in your child’s teeth and in between and under brackets and wires after consumption, it is important to know sugar is not the only cavity-causing culprit. Carbohydrates, starches, acids, and any food that is chewy or sticks break down into sugars, and can promote tooth decay.

    So, what are the alternatives?

    Candy such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute, is not as harmful for your teeth as hard, chewy, or sticky sweets. Sugar-free gum or gum that contains xylitol are known to reduce levels of bacteria on teeth.

    And if you’re still looking for something to snack on, we recommend cutting up easy-to-eat fruits and vegetables. You would also be surprised how much eating a banana or sipping on a glass of water helps you curb snack cravings.

    If you’re one of those folks who just can’t stay away from sweets, we encourage you to brush your teeth immediately afterward and swish water in your mouth.

    Whatever you eat, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team want you to remember to brush often, floss regularly, and visit your general dentist as your treatment progresses. If you have any questions about sugary foods or drinks, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

  • How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment

    June 16, 2016

    Our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics hate the thought of delaying their treatments and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Today, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

    The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each visit with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It’s important to note that missing an appointment can add weeks or months to your treatment time.

    Next, we want you to let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit.

    Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down your treatment time. Rubber bands are critical in aligning your bite and are important for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

    Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, making them less effective in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay treatment time.

    If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office, or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next adjustment visit!

  • Top Ways to Ensure You and Your Braces Have a Good Relationship

    June 9, 2016

    You and your braces will become good friends over the coming months or years, so it’s important to get your relationship off to a good start. Consider the following recommendations to prevent rocky times ahead:

    1. Floss, floss, floss. Yes, it’s a pain to floss around your braces, but it’s the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff for floss threaders to make the chore easier. Just a few minutes per day will ensure that you don’t face significant dental health issues when the braces come off.
    2. Avoid sticky or hard foods. It’s tough to forgo toffee, caramel, gum, and other favorite sticky treats, but your braces will thank you. Sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.
    3. Chew with your back teeth. If you’re used to taking large bites with your front teeth, it might be time to switch your eating habits. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Instead, cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. This is especially important with corn on the cob, which should always be cut from the cob.
    4. Wear rubber bands and headgear. Rubber bands, headgear, and other orthodontic appliances may seem annoying, but failing to comply with wearing them can increase the length of your treatment by months. Wear them now to avoid problems in the future.
  • Don’t forget your retainer this summer!

    June 2, 2016

    As we start our summer, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants to remind our patients who have completed treatment that it is very important to wear your retainer as prescribed even while away for vacations and summer camps.

    If you are away from home and only wearing your retainer at night, here is a helpful tip: after removing and brushing your retainer in the morning, place it back in the case and then put it with your PJ’s or on your pillow. That way you have a reminder to put your retainer back in at night.

    Remember, retainers should be worn every night, not just some nights.

    We wish you safe travels and adventures this summer!

  • Brushing with Braces: How to Keep a Clean Mouth

    May 26, 2016

    A clean mouth is a happy mouth. And when Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff see you have a clean mouth, we are happy too. Of course, all of this should make you happy because you’re the one preventing sneaky little food bits from getting trapped under the wires of your braces.

    Still, you need to be thorough with your brushing. When you have braces, you’re playing a game of hide-and-go-seek with everything you eat. Here are five tips to keep your mouth (and us) happy.

    1. How is brushing with braces like geometry? It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down. Brush the bottom of your teeth with the brush angled up. Pointy brushes, aka interproximal brushes, are good for reaching the tiny spots around braces.
    2. Brush after every meal. If those sneaky little food bits hide in your mouth for very long, they’ll turn into plaque. And plaque is a sign of a very unhappy mouth.
    3. Brush one tooth at a time for at least ten seconds, and pay close attention to the spots where your braces touch your teeth.
    4. Fluoride is your new BFF. Make sure your toothpaste and mouthwash contain this cavity-fighting ingredient.
    5. Braces are no excuse not to floss. In fact, saying you can’t floss because you have braces is like saying the dog ate your homework. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff, like your geometry teacher, aren’t going to buy it. Be sure to floss after every meal.
  • Can I use mouthwash instead of flossing?

    May 19, 2016

    While mouthwash goes a long way in improving your oral care, it is not a substitute for flossing. Mouthwashes and flossing provide different benefits that you should understand.

    Mouthwash Benefits

    Mouthwash comes in two categories. Some are considered cosmetic. This type of rinse provides temporary relief from bad breath and has a pleasant taste. These do not actually kill any bacteria.

    Therapeutic mouthwashes provide the healthier benefits. These may contain different ingredients including fluoride or antimicrobial agents. This type is used to remove plaque buildup and reduce the potential for calculus formation. Therapeutic rinses can also help prevent cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis. In addition, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can prescribe special rinses to assist patients after periodontal surgery or other procedures.

    Flossing Benefits

    Flossing is what removes the plaque formation before it can harden and become calculus. While a rinse reduces buildup, only flossing will fully remove plaque, especially between teeth. The bristles on a toothbrush do not get between teeth completely. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar or calculus. When this builds below the gum line, gum disease can start.

    Types of Floss

    Floss is available in a thin string form or a tape. It can be waxed or unwaxed. If you find flossing difficult, you might want to try a different type of floss. You can buy bulk floss in containers or purchase the disposable type with a plastic handle attached. This style can be easier for many individuals to use. Interdental picks are available for bridgework or other situations where regular floss cannot be used.

    If you have questions regarding the best mouthwash or floss, or need tips for easier flossing, please ask our Midland, MI team for advice. We will be glad to give you solutions to help keep your mouth clean and healthy.

  • Is adult orthodontic treatment for you?

    May 12, 2016

    Adult patients who seek orthodontic treatment usually fall into one of two camps: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment as a child or those who had braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers for one reason or another.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we are happy to offer a variety of treatment options to straighten our patients’ teeth. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team believe you’re never too old to straighten your teeth. And we have many adult patients who are currently undergoing treatment. In fact, did you know that roughly 30 percent of all orthodontic patients these days are adults?

    Invisalign® is a great treatment option for adults. The Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and are not visible to most people. Plus, Invisalign’s clear aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment. When considering Invisalign, we tell adults to determine if they can be diligent about wearing the aligners at all times and make them part of their lifestyle for the duration of treatment.

    If you have been thinking about obtaining a beautiful smile, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office for an initial consultation. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team welcome children, teens, and adults alike. Call us today for an appointment!

  • Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!

    May 5, 2016

    Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer! Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, or dark colored juices. Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you’re working on! Another tip is to try and focus on brushing your teeth; everyone knows that when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat! A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal you can’t fully brush your teeth after. Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

    And remember, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it! Make sure to let us know what you’re up to below or on our Facebook page! We also encourage you to post any photos from your adventures!

  • Ugh, Not Braces!

    April 28, 2016

    Getting your child excited about braces is a lot like: A) convincing a grumpy toddler that it’s time to take a nap? B) convincing a teenager to stop texting during dinner? C) convincing your husband to eat his peas? The answer, obviously, is all of the above.

    And that’s why you may need a few thoughtful ways to get your child on board with braces.

    1. Throw a pre-braces party. It can’t be just any party, however, but a Willy Wonka celebration of candy, chips, gum, and all the sticky and sweet foods your child won’t be able to indulge in during the time he or she is wearing braces. Promise a post-braces celebration, too, and watch as your child’s eyes widen at the thought of an all-you-can-eat junk food buffet.
    2. Encouraging phrases like “braces aren’t eternal, but your straight smile will be” can go a long way.
    3. If your daughter is worried about getting picked on because of braces, then name-drop some A-list celebrities who have worn them. The list includes Cameron Diaz, Kelly Clarkson, Dakota Fanning, and Gwen Stefani.
    4. Emphasize that braces today aren’t the same as they were in the Stone Age. From clear ceramic braces to different-colored braces, more options are available. Braces can be cool accessories to express a personal style.
    5. To get your child to embrace braces, you need to sing the praises of beautiful teeth, even if that means pointing out how crooked your teeth are because you never got braces.
  • What Your Braces Rubber Band Color Says About You

    April 21, 2016

    However you may feel about having to wear braces, choosing the color of your rubber bands is sure to bring a smile to your face. Whether you want to express your creativity, coordinate your braces with your outfits, or show some serious school spirit, decorating your mouth with colorful bands takes some of the stress and self-consciousness out of wearing braces. So what do your rubber band colors say about you? Look no further than our rubber band horoscope.

    Red. You’re intense and forward thinking, and that you won’t back down no matter how big the challenge. Red is also the color of the heart, so red rubber bands indicate that you’re a caring, loving person.

    Blue. Blue means you’re chill – as cool as a cucumber. You’re one cool customer, as the saying goes. You’re relaxed and calm, even when your mom says you can’t chew any gum or eat popcorn because of your braces.

    Green. Look at a traffic light and green means go, right? So you’re the type of person who’s always on the move. Go, go, go! It also means you’re generous and kind. Green is the color of nature and spring, so it says you love Mother Earth. Perhaps you even recycle. Green is the color of good luck.

    Orange. You’re daring and wild, flamboyant and fun. Orange may indicate you’re an artist or a drama student. It says you have a big personality and that you don’t care what other people think about you. However, orange is also the color of balance and energy. And being flamboyant and fun takes a lot of energy!

    Purple. You’re the creative type, for sure. You beat to a different drummer and think outside the box. It says you’re mysterious. Purple is the color of royalty, and when you wear your purple rubber bands you are royally cool.

    Color Combinations

    What if you can’t choose just one color? Well, you can decorate your teeth with alternating colors. You can choose the colors of your favorite sports team or holiday colors like red and green. If you’re still stumped as to what colors to choose, ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis or a member of our team. We can let you in on all the trends our other patents are sporting at our Midland, MI office!

  • How do teeth move with braces?

    April 14, 2016

    Although teeth seem to be solidly fixed in their sockets (at least they don’t wobble when we chew!), all teeth can easily be moved if Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff attach brackets and wires to them called braces. In the past, all braces were made of stainless steel, but today’s advanced dental technology gives people the option of wearing transparent, acrylic mouth trays called Invisalign®, or relying on traditional metal braces for correcting malocclusions.

    Brackets, Slots, and Arch Wires – Oh My!

    When light pressure is consistently exerted on teeth, they will gradually move in the direction of the force. For example, affixing brackets to front teeth and threading a flexible, metal wire through tiny slots on the front of the brackets allows the orthodontist to tighten this arch wire enough to initiate desired movement of teeth. Generally, orthodontic patients visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics once a month to have this wire tightened to keep teeth moving in the desired direction.

    Tissues surrounding the teeth that experience pressure from arch wires will slowly (and, for the most part, painlessly) stretch, and allow the socket to enlarge so the tooth and its root become looser temporarily. This allows the root to move without causing bleeding or pain. Once Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff are satisfied with the repositioning of teeth, we will remove the braces and let bone material fill in the socket so that teeth are solidified into their new (and straighter) positions.

    Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces

    Both types of orthodontic corrective devices move teeth in the same manner: by applying a continual force against teeth. Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are mouth trays made of hard acrylic material that people wear for at least 23 hours a day. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign can be removed for eating and brushing purposes and the aligners are nearly invisible because of their transparency.

    Invisalign aligners are usually reserved for people with gaps between their teeth or whose teeth are only slightly crooked. Traditional metal braces are often necessary when severe malocclusion exists and requires more pressure than Invisalign offers.

  • What’s in my mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances

    April 7, 2016

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. We do this by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, we use a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

    Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after your braces are removed. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable.

    Braces straighten your teeth. Brackets, bands, and wires characterize traditional braces. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable.

    Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. These spacers create space between your teeth to optimize the alignment your braces provide.

    Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer; it features an acrylic plate that rests against the roof of your mouth and a wire crossing in front of your teeth. Essex retainers are quite popular, as they are durable and nearly invisible.

    Bite plates correct a deep bite, where the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth to cause bite problems.

    Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in.

    A palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth.

    Contact our Midland, MI office today to learn more about the ways we can improve the appeal and function of your smile.

  • Common Issues with Braces: How to avoid bad breath

    March 31, 2016

    A bright, beautiful smile is often achieved with braces. The time you spend wearing braces is an investment in the good health and appearance of your smile. However, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff know that having braces on your teeth can pose challenges. Many of these challenges are commonly faced by all who wear braces, such as flossing, getting food stuck in your braces, and bad breath.

    Today, let’s address bad breath and what to do about it. There’s no reason you have to shy away from conversation for fear that you’ve got bad breath.

    Fresh Breath Tips for Braces Wearers

    • Eat a Healthy Diet. Unhealthy foods that are laden with sugar can contribute to bad breath. Stick with healthy produce, protein, grains, and dairy found on the list of foods your orthodontist says are safe to eat with braces.
    • Drink Non-Sugary Beverages. Likewise, steer clear of sugary sodas and juices for the same reason. They contribute to bad breath.
    • Stay Hydrated. A mouth that’s continually dry can lead to bad breath by inhibiting your production of saliva. Regular production of saliva removes bacteria and excess food from your mouth, both of which cause bad breath.
    • Brush Often. Brush your teeth and tongue first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before you go to bed, to remove food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.
    • Don’t Forget to Floss. Flossing with braces might seem tricky, but it is a necessity. Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to show you the best way to floss effectively with braces.
    • Mouthwash Use. Use the mouthwash recommended by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. For the best results, swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for 30 seconds.
    • Get Regular Cleanings. Regular dental exams and cleanings are more important when you have braces. Cavities can delay your treatment progress, so be sure to visit your dentist every six months.

    Practice Good Hygiene Daily

    Good oral hygiene practices are important every day, whether you wear braces or not. But they become even more important during the months you wear braces. In addition to your regular orthodontic checkups, see your general dentist for cleanings and exams.

    Together, you and our Midland, MI team will keep your mouth healthy and fresh during and after your orthodontic treatment.

  • What role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics?

    March 24, 2016

    Wearing orthodontic braces may be the best choice for correcting your teeth and improving your smile, and that’s why you’ve come to see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. Braces, which consist of brackets and wires, work by gently applying pressure to the teeth, and that pressure causes them to move into the correct position. In some cases elastics, or rubber bands, are used to apply additional pressure needed to move your teeth.

    The Purpose of Elastics

    Customized for each patient, the rubber bands typically stretch over tiny loops on the top and bottom brackets. If worn consistently, and every day, these tiny elastics will apply the steady pressure needed to guide your teeth into the correct position.

    These elastics are crafted from medical-grade latex, which is safe to be in contact with your mouth. It’s common to remove the elastics during meals if opening your mouth wide enough to eat is difficult. Our staff will demonstrate how to affix the elastics so it will soon become second nature to replace them.

    The Do’s and the Don’ts

    DO – Get in the habit of carrying around extra rubber bands and replace them as soon as one breaks. By consistently wearing the elastics, you may shorten the overall time needed to wear braces.

    DON’T – Double up on elastics as this will cause too much pressure on the tooth or teeth and can actually harm the root of the tooth.

    DO – Always wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.

    DON’T – Overstretch the rubber band or it will lose its strength and it will be ineffective.

    DO – Call us if you run out of rubber bands.

    DO – Have fun with your braces and elastics. There are many different colors available that can let you show off your soon-to-be perfect smile.

    Rubber bands are a key part of your orthodontic treatment, and learning how to remove and replace them is an important part to maintaining your braces. Before we set you on your journey to a perfect smile, we’ll make sure you understand all there is to know about how to take care of your braces. Of course, if you have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, or orthodontics in general, be sure to contact our Midland, MI office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

  • Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

    March 17, 2016

    Millions of people, around Midland, MI and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button, or wear a pair of emerald-hued shoes, if you’re an avid St. Patty’s Day enthusiast you may want to try something different this year. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis thought of a few ideas that will help you take your holiday spirit to the next level:

    Visit Chicago’s Green River

    If you happen to be near the Windy City during St. Patrick’s Day or you’re thinking of planning a trip, don’t miss out on going downtown to watch the large-scale celebration that kicks off when the city dyes the river bright green. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago has been celebrating the holiday with this tradition for more than 50 years, with tens of thousands of people gathering annually to witness the mysterious dying process and the stunning result.

    Don Green Face Paint

    Just like an avid sports fan on game day, you can use green face paints to showcase your enthusiasm for this holiday. Avoid breakouts or allergic reactions by only using paints that are specifically meant to be applied to the skin. A little bit of face paint can cover a large area, so feel free to get creative and decorate the whole family on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Eat Green All Day

    Not a fan of green eggs and ham? With the increasing popularity of green smoothies, there’s no better time to get in on this health craze. To create a green smoothie without the aid of food coloring, you can simply blend a generous amount of a leafy green vegetable, such as spinach or kale, with the ingredients that you would typically use to make a smoothie, like fruit, ice, milk, or juice. Keep the trend going throughout the day by using those same vegetables to create a green soup, egg salad, or a batch of bright green pastries. As an added bonus, you’ll get a healthy dose of vitamins without changing the taste of most of these foods.

    If your old holiday routine has gotten stale, leave your green T-shirt in the drawer and try one or all of these tips. Don’t be surprised if you have so much fun that you decide to start a new, annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition! Have a happy St. Paddy’s day from Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

  • A Helpful Site on Orthodontics

    March 10, 2016

    As you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics would like to point you to a helpful website. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have lots of important information about everything relating to braces, including myths and facts of orthodontics, tips for a better orthodontic experience, and cool webisodes about orthodontics.

    Check out AAO today and feel free to contact us at our Midland, MI office if you have any questions.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics hope this information helps you!

  • Are You Getting the Most From Your Orthodontic Insurance? Benefits of using a Delta Dental Provider

    March 8, 2016


    Are You Getting the Most From Your Orthodontic Insurance? Benefits of using a Delta Dental Provider:

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics in Midland, MI, we often get asked the question: “Are you a Delta Dental Provider?” and we enthusiastically respond, “Yes! We are!”

    Why are we so happy about our status? Because it provides our orthodontic patients with a lot of great benefits and makes getting orthodontic treatment for themselves or their children much easier.

    Since we get asked this so often, we thought it would be helpful to list out some of the patient benefits of going with a Delta Dental Provider:

    • Same Great Service, Less Strain On Your Wallet! A Delta Dental Provider Orthodontic Practice has agreed to a pre-negotiated fee which is generally much lower than non Delta Dental Provider fees. What do we get out of the deal, you ask? Lots of great patients like yourself! And, the satisfaction of knowing we’re able to help a wide network of people.
    • Less Time & Paperwork for You. Because we bill the insurance for you and receive payment directly from them, you don’t need to waste countless hours managing insurance paperwork or bills from us. Less stress!
    • Consistent Billing. Flexible Billing. Since (as we mentioned) we bill Delta Dental and receive direct payment from them, we have the flexibility to offer you the best billing options for your portion of the payment. Whether that means a consistent bill each month that you can count on, or flexibility when the unforeseen occurs and you need a little extra time, we are able to accommodate your payment needs.
    • Options for No Down Payment. I know, we sound like a broken record… but really, participating in Delta Dental allows us to offer No Down Payment as an option for our patients. Since we’re getting regular payments from Delta Dental, we have so much more ability to be flexible with how you’ll cover your portion of the payments. Don’t let a down payment stand in the way of a great smile. 🙂

    There are many reasons to seek out a Delta Dental Provider and we hope you’ll see the benefits of finding one near you.

    If you are quoted a fee where you are told YOU will receive direct payment or that your coverage will be “paid to the insured” then consider getting a second opinion to get the most from your insurance benefits for orthodontics.

    If you live in the Midland area – we at Davis & Davis are here to support you, answer any questions, and enhance that smile!

    Call us at 989.631.1634 to book an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Dale or Dr. Lisa Davis today!

  • Dreaming of a stunning smile without using braces?

    March 8, 2016

    Most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And if you’ve thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics want you to know there is another option – Invisalign®!

    Invisalign is an ideal solution for most adults looking for a less noticeable way to achieve a better smile. In fact, Invisalign has increasingly become a very popular choice for adults looking for a more comfortable, convenient and cosmetically-appealing treatment for straightening their teeth.

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing, which allows you to smile more during treatment, as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want; brushing and flossing is easier with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

    Invisalign’s aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

    A consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can determine if Invisalign is right for you. We encourage you to give us a call at our friendly Midland, MI office if you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign or if you are ready to visit us for an initial consultation! We look forward to seeing you!

  • Tips to Avoid Common Problems Associated with Braces

    March 8, 2016

    While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

    Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

    If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. We urge those who experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems to call our office to schedule an appointment.

    • Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
    • Loose bands: These must be secured in place by your orthodontist. Try to save the band for repair.
    • Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
    • Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

    Foods to Avoid

    Some foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. Remember to cut your food into small pieces that can be easily chewed. You will want to avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware. Foods such as corn on the cob, nuts, carrots, apples, ice, and bubble gum should be avoided.

    Braces, rubber bands, springs, and other mouth appliances associated with braces will normally attract food particles and plaque. Without the proper care, this could cause staining of your teeth.

    Our staff at Davis & Davis Orthodontics recommends brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces. A fluoride mouthwash might be helpful as well as flossing. At your next appointment, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!

  • How NOT to Forget Your Retainer

    February 18, 2016

    The alarm sounds in the morning, you wake up and realize “I forgot to wear my retainer!”

    If this only happened once, don’t panic. Missing one night with a retainer is unlikely to cause significant teeth movement. However, if it has happened often, give our Midland, MI office a call to make sure your teeth haven’t shifted position.

    Here are some tips from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to help you remember your retainer:

    1. Write down the instructions we give you for wearing the retainer, whether you should wear it all day or at night, or just a few times a week. Writing things out like this helps set the schedule in your memory.

    2. Clean the retainer when you take it out each time. If you don’t you may not have time when you’re rushing to get to work or school to clean it properly and may be tempted not to wear it.

    3. Put a note on your mirror or in your purse or wallet reminding you to wear your retainer.

    4. Set an alarm on your mobile phone to remind you when it’s time to put the retainer in. If you have email with a calendar you can set up daily reminders, too.

    5. Always put the retainer in its case when you take it out to eat or sleep. You’ll reduce your risk for losing it or accidentally throwing it away.

    6. If you don’t have to wear the retainer every day, you can use some recurring events to help you remember. With this system for example, watching your favorite weekly TV show, laundry day, or family pizza night can all serve as reminders that you should put in your retainer.

    7. Don’t be shy about asking for help if you’re forgetful. Assure your spouse, parents, siblings, or roommates that you won’t consider if nagging if they remind you to wear your retainer.

    8. Surf online for examples of how teeth can shift when retainers are not properly used. Those stories can serve as timely warning not to let the same thing happen to you!

    Remember, you can always call our Midland, MI office if you feel your retainer is uncomfortable or painful. We’ll work with you to protect your smile!

  • Top Things to do BEFORE You Get Braces

    February 11, 2016

    So you’re about to get braces. Congratulations! You are taking a very smart step to improve the health of your teeth as well as get that killer smile in shape. But, as with anything that is good for you, there are a few things you will have to avoid while you “do your time.”

    Some foods don’t do so great with braces. The foods listed below should be avoided while you are wearing your braces because they can pop the brackets and bend the wires. In other words, these foods can really ruin your day, and send you back to Davis & Davis Orthodontics to get your braces repaired.

    So before you hit the chair, hit the grocery and candy store – one last time – for:

    • Beef jerky
    • Raw carrots
    • Taffy
    • Pizza crust
    • Bagels and other crusty bread
    • Popcorn
    • Hard candy
    • Nuts and seeds

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff will give you more information about eating with braces. Some foods, such as apples, are okay as long as you cut them in pieces first. Others, like pudding and pasta, are fine just as they are. But then there is “the list”: the foods that are a big no-no and should be avoided. It won’t be forever, so hang in there.

    Your braces time will pass before you know it and you can resume more normal eating. But before the braces go on, enjoy these tasty treats. Go ahead and indulge!

  • Five Braces-Friendly Dinner Recipes

    February 4, 2016

    Did you know that more than four million children throughout the US and Canada have braces? At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff know that kids can be picky and meticulous eaters. If cooking for children without braces is difficult, preparing meals for children with braces is especially daunting.

    “Comfort food takes on a whole new meaning when cooking for children with braces,” says Pamela Waterman, author of The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You and Your Orthodontist Will Love. “Whether you have new brackets, elastics, headgear, or more, there are great foods you can eat; it just takes some thought.”

    These five braces-friendly dinner recipes will be sure to keep your kids smiling!

    1. Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Pasta is soft, so it’s easy for children with braces to eat. The warm, gooey cheese melts in the mouth and doesn’t get stuck in the braces like hard or sticky foods. Chances are good that even the pickiest eater has a soft spot for this homespun classic.
    2. The key to braces-friendly cooking is to replace hard, crunchy foods with softer substitutes. In other words, burritos are a better option than tacos, and lasagna is a better choice than pizza. At the same time, if you have the culinary skills to whip up a pizza with a soft crust, you’re going to win the Best Mom (or Dad) of the Year award.
    3. Your child may not like fruits and vegetables. In fact, he or she may even try to convince you that with new braces, fruits and vegetables are off limits. Nice try, kids. While your child is wearing braces, prepare meals with cooked vegetables instead of raw vegetables. A vegetable stir-fry is a healthy and soft dinner choice for kids with braces.
    4. Whether it’s beef or chicken, meat is a good source of protein. However, meat, even when it’s carefully taken off the bone (kids with braces should never eat meat from a bone), can easily get caught in braces. Sloppy Joes are a good alternative. The beef is softened by the addition of the sauce and less likely to get strung in the wires and brackets of the braces. Serve the Sloppy Joes with a side of mashed potatoes.
    5. Ask any child and he or she will tell you that the best part of dinner is dessert. While hard candy, licorice, taffy, caramel, popcorn, and all other chewy candies should be avoided, ice cream and cake are braces-friendly treats that keep kids smiling.

    Need more braces-friendly food ideas? Feel free to ask any member of our team.

  • Are you ready for orthodontic treatment?

    January 28, 2016

    If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. Preparing for treatment is an important part of getting the smile you want.

    Basic exams

    The first step of preparation is the examination. An oral exam and X-rays taken at our office are necessary to identify potential problems and ensure the right steps are taken to prepare for orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will first examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine if it is necessary to extract any teeth or additional work is necessary before braces are possible. You will be prepared for the next step of treatment after your exam is complete and potential problems are identified.

    Model for bite

    The next step in preparing for orthodontic is taking a plaster model of the mouth. With the model, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will be able to determine how the jaw is aligned so that appropriate adjustments can be made to the mouth and jaw with braces.

    Depending on the situation, the model may be used to help evaluate your jaw and make decisions about appropriate treatment for your specific needs. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can create a model of your mouth with the bite indentation that is taken during preparation.

    Extracting teeth

    If it is determined that a tooth extraction is necessary, then the final step of preparing for orthodontic treatment is the removal of teeth. Only Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can determine if it is necessary to remove any teeth before moving forward with the procedure to put on braces.

    When your teeth are crooked, have a gap, or otherwise make you unhappy, orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics may be an appropriate solution. Although it may take time to prepare for the actual procedure, making the decision to seek treatment can provide the opportunity to show the world a beautiful smile.

    For more information about orthodontic treatment and its benefits, or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • Too old for braces? You Might be Surprised

    January 21, 2016

    Although adolescence is a common time to get braces, there’s no reason for adults of any age to have to deal with crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or other dental issues. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that demand for orthodontic treatment in adults continues to grow, with adults representing 20% of new patients.

    You’re never too old for braces or other orthodontic appliances, but it’s important to consider the following:

    1. Braces don’t have to be as noticeable as the metal brackets of the past. Many adults opt for ceramic or plastic braces, which are bone-colored or clear, respectively. Another option is a lingual appliance, which attaches to the back side of your teeth. These so-called “invisible” braces are much less noticeable than traditional options.
    2. By adulthood, bone growth has stopped. This means that certain structural changes can only be achieved by surgery. Although this typically affects people with significant crowding, bite, or jaw problems, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can provide an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique issues.
    3. Treatment may take a bit longer. The length of orthodontic treatment tends to be slightly longer for adults than adolescents. Exact estimates vary by individual, but the average length of time for adult braces wearers is two years, according to the Harvard Medical School.
    4. Outcomes are just as good for adults! Many adults worry that it’s too late to treat their orthodontic problems. However, treatment satisfaction tends to be very high, which is a testament to how effective braces can be in middle-aged and older adults.
  • Worst Candy for Braces

    January 14, 2016

    Most kids love candy; actually, most people in general love candy. So when it comes time for you to get braces there can often be a natural conflict between candy consumption and maintaining the integrity of your braces. For that reason, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know that it’s good to know which types of candy are not good for your braces. To better illustrate, here are some candies that you will want to avoid.

    Caramel

    Caramel is a sweet and often exceedingly sticky and chewy type of candy that just does not mix well with braces. Caramel can cause a mess in regular teeth, but teeth with braces are a whole other story. The sticky candy can very easily get lodged and stuck between the teeth, gums, and braces, making for a difficult task of cleaning your mouth. And if your teeth don’t get cleaned properly, cavities can easily form. If you get cavities while you have braces, that could mean additional appointments at our Midland, MI office and an extended treatment time.

    Salt Water Taffy

    Another sticky and chewy candy to avoid with braces is salt water taffy. For many of the same reasons as caramel, it is best to avoid taffy until you get your braces removed. It may be a long wait, but when it comes to the health of your teeth, and the purpose of your braces, it really is best to avoid taffy.

    Popcorn

    Popcorn of any kind is best to avoid when you have braces. The kernels can easily do damage to the braces as you chomp on them, and they can get stuck between your teeth and the braces causing discomfort and further complications. In this sense it does not matter which flavor of candy popcorn you eat, all popcorn is bad news until you get your braces off.

    Generally speaking, any candy that is chewy, crunchy, or sticky is not a good idea to eat with braces in your mouth. These types of candy will make life wearing braces much more difficult than if you were to just wait until your braces come off. With a little patience you will be back to eating all your favorite candy again, and with straightened teeth at that.

  • How Your Pearly Whites Can Help You in Life

    January 7, 2016

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff have found that patients who like their smiles have better self-esteem. People who don’t like their smiles are often skittish about talking to other people. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, when women are asked about what they’d most like to change about themselves, many point to their smile. Despite wanting to change their smiles, quite a few of the people who are unhappy about that part of themselves won’t consider getting braces.

    Most Americans Don’t Have Straight Teeth

    The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that 4.5 million Americans wear braces or other orthodontic equipment to straighten their teeth and to get a healthier mouth. One in five of those braces wearers are women. The organization’s statistics also show that about 75 percent of the population doesn’t have straight teeth, and those people would benefit from getting braces.

    While the main benefit of braces is straight teeth, and to improve the look of your smile, there are other benefits that make braces even more useful, including:

    • Straighter teeth help people chew better.
    • Straighter teeth give people a proper bite.
    • People speak better when they have straighter teeth.
    • When people have straight teeth, they have better overall gum and mouth health. A healthier mouth means flossing and brushing are easier, and that means your entire mouth stays healthy.
    • A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthy body.

    When you feel proud of those pearly whites, you feel better about your smile, and that contributes to a better self-image and improved self-esteem. Ultimately, that can lead to greater career success and a more fulfilling social life.

  • Five Fun Ways to Count Down Your Braces Time

    December 31, 2015

    Braces can straighten your teeth to give you a more attractive smile for life. The process can take 18 months to two years or more, and this amount of time can seem unending when you first get your braces. Counting down your brace time can help the time pass more quickly and build the excitement for when you finally get your braces removed.

    Make a Wall Calendar

    Crossing out each day on a calendar is a standard way of counting down time. You can make this more personal by designing your own calendar to help you count down. Use an online customization service to upload photos or designs for each month. Each month’s picture can also display the number of months remaining until you expect your braces to come off.

    Schedule Rewards

    When you receive regular rewards for continuing to wear your braces, they can seem less burdensome. Plan to buy yourself a reward every month that you wear your braces for the duration of the treatment. The time will pass much faster when you feel you are earning rewards for your patience.

    Lengthen a Paper Chain

    Use strips of paper to make the links of your chain, and add a new link each week to lengthen the chain. Before sealing each new strip of paper into a circle, write on it a reason why you are getting your teeth straightened, or an event in the future when you will appreciate your straight teeth as you smile.

    Use a Wall Hanging

    Purchase a large pad of blank white paper. Write a “0” on the bottom sheet and a “1” on the next, and continue until you reach the number of days remaining in your treatment. Rip off the top sheet each day to see how many days are left and remind yourself of the progress you are making.

    Find a Buddy

    If any of your friends get braces around the same time as you, share the experience. Make a pact to celebrate each trip to Davis & Davis Orthodontics when one of you receives news about your progress.

  • Looking Back at the Old Days of Braces

    December 24, 2015

    Braces can be painful, but if you are a teen who loves being social, the worst part about them can be their look. They show up in your photos, and you will not be able to take braces-free photos for several months, or even years. The time will pass, though, and your teeth will be the better for it. In the meantime, consider the other people who have survived braces.

    Plenty of People Get Braces

    There are many reasons for getting braces:

    • Correct an overbite or underbite
    • Straighten teeth
    • Fix poorly-spaced teeth

    With so many possible ways to get braces, it’s no surprise that they are so common.

    Find Out Who Had Braces

    The long lists of celebrities who had braces as teenagers or even adults can give you the comfort of knowing you are in good company. Even better, these lists provide visible proof that there is life on the other side of braces. Actors and actresses on the Cosby Show, Scrubs, and Ugly Betty, as well as tennis star Martina Hingis and Miss America 1975, Shirley Cothran, had braces. Ask your parents. If they didn’t have braces, there is a good chance that some of their siblings did.

    Benefits of Braces

    Wearing braces can make your life a lot better in the future. Your teeth will be more attractive, and your smile will shine through in photos of you. Straight teeth are not just about looks, though. They can prevent a variety of health problems, such as caries, gum disease, speech impairments, and trouble chewing. Be patient, and the benefits of braces will come.

  • Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces During Orthodontic Treatment

    December 17, 2015

    After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment. Today, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics thought we would provide you with five tips you need to know to ensure you undergo successful treatment at our Midland, MI office.

    Flossing
    Flossing twice a day or after every meal can help you clean areas between teeth and other places a toothbrush can miss. We also recommend using a floss threader, which can be used to help you navigate safely around your braces and brackets. It is vital to floss twice a day, preferably after lunch and before bedtime to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.

    Brushing
    Teeth and appliances should be brushed after every meal and before bedtime using fluoride toothpaste and gentle, soft strokes. We recommend using an interdental toothbrush, which can help you clean the hard-to-reach areas under wires better than an ordinary toothbrush.

    Using Elastics
    This phase of orthodontic treatment requires cooperation and consistency on your part. If your orthodontist has prescribed elastics, make sure they are worn at all times, except when eating meals or brushing teeth. It’s important that you wear the correct size elastics and have extras in case they are misplaced. By failing to wear your elastics for even one day, you run the risk your teeth moving back toward their original position.

    Addressing Damage to Your Braces
    In case your appliances are damaged, we ask that you call our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics immediately to set up an appointment.

    Eat Friendly Foods
    When undergoing treatment, there are certain foods you must avoid. Foods that are hard, sticky, chewy or sour can add months to your treatment time. These includes gum, caramels, taco shells, nuts, ice, chips or hard candies.

    We hope that helps! If you have any questions, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office or ask us during your next adjustment appointment!

  • Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

    December 10, 2015

    Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others. Check out ways to do so below.

    Floss Regularly

    As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. See, flossing reduces the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in turn, it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria. While flossing may not eliminate bad breath on its own, if you do it along with other health oral hygiene habits like brushing, then you may just develop a fresher smelling mouth.

    Use Mouthwash

    Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after brushing and flossing. There is a wide variety of mouthwash products on the market, however, you can also create your own by simply using baking soda mixed with water.

    Always Brush after You Sleep

    Whether after taking a nap, or having a full night of sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping (even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath. So next time you wake from a good slumber, give your mouth some brushing and you will find it makes a big difference in the freshness of your breath.

    There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced. Of course, you can always ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at your next visit to our Midland, MI office.

  • No More Excuses! Even Adults Can Get a Perfect Smile

    December 3, 2015

    You’re never too old to get the smile of your dreams. All too often at Davis & Davis Orthodontics we hear parents rave about our work with their kids and then mutter quietly about how they’d like their smile to be just as straight. If we ask them about it we get lots of excuses:

    • I’m too old for braces.
    • I don’t want to look like a kid with a mouth full of metal.
    • My friends and family will make fun of me.
    • I heard Invisalign is expensive.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in being the only Premier Elite Invisalign Provider in the Midland, MI area. While we love working with tweens and teens, we also love working with adults! Did you know that 1/3 of our patients are actually adults?! And, being adults ourselves, we understand your concerns about straightening your own teeth…but don’t you deserve a beautiful smile just as much as your kids?

    Invisalign is a great option for both teens and adults. In fact, we actually recommend Invisalign over traditional braces to 80% of our new patients; they’re just as effective and provide the same fantastic results!

    How does Invisalign Work?

    During your consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa determine the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. The Davis & Davis team then has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replace each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa have prescribed.

    What are the benefits?

    Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lip smiles here!

    Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.

    Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you’d like while in treatment- there are no food restrictions! Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem.

    Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You will visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track, leading you to achieve your desired smile.

    Cost Effective: At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment if that helps you achieve the smile of your dreams.

    What if Invisalign doesn’t work for me?

    Worried about your teeth going back to their crooked positions? We keep track of your progress and, in the rare case that we determine traditional braces are necessary, we will make the switch at no additional cost to you.

    A complimentary consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can determine if Invisalign is right for you. Just picture the new family photo!

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics serves all of Midland County including Midland, Auburn, Freeland and the surrounding area.

  • Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2015

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the Midland, MI area to the national level!

    When Americans sit down to dinner on the last Thursday of November, the day that Abraham Lincoln designated as the day on which Thanksgiving would be celebrated, they do so thinking that the first Thanksgiving feast was held at Plymouth in 1621. According to National Geographic, the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez Coronado and his men celebrated a feast of Thanksgiving in Texas in 1541, giving Texas the distinction of being the first place where Thanksgiving was celebrated.
    Different Types of Celebrations

    Native Americans had rituals around which they celebrated in hopes of ensuring a bountiful harvest. The Cherokees had a Green Corn Dance that they did for this very purpose. The Pilgrims (not to be confused with the Puritans,) rejected any type of public religious display. They held a three-day long non-religious Thanksgiving feast. Although they said grace, the focus of their celebration was on feasting, drinking alcohol (they did have beer,) and playing games.

    The Pilgrims at the Plymouth Plantation celebrated a different day of Thanksgiving in 1623. Plagued by a crop-destroying drought, the settlers prayed for relief. They even fasted. A few days later, they got the rain they so desperately needed. Soon thereafter, they received another blessing when Captain Miles Standish came with staples they couldn’t otherwise get. He also told them that a Dutch supply ship was en route. In gratitude for the abundance of good fortune, the Plymouth settlers celebrated a day of prayer and Thanksgiving on June 30, 1623.

    The Story of Squanto

    No discussion of Thanksgiving is complete without a discussion of Squanto, or Tisquantum, as he was known among his people, the Patuxet Indians. It is believed that he was born sometime around 1580. As he returned to his village after a long journey, he and several other Native Americans were kidnapped by Jamestown colonist, Thomas Hunt. Hunt put them on a ship heading to Spain where they were to be sold into slavery.

    As fate would have it, some local friars rescued him and many of the other kidnapped natives. Squanto was educated by the friars. Eventually, after asking for freedom so he could return to North America, he ended up in London where he spent time working as a ship builder. By 1619, he was finally able to get passage on a ship headed to New England with other Pilgrims.

    Upon arriving at Plymouth Rock, he learned that his entire tribe was wiped out by diseases that accompanied earlier settlers from Europe. In gratitude for passage on their ship, he helped them set up a settlement on the very land where his people once lived. They called the settlement Plymouth. Since they knew nothing about how to survive, let alone how to find food, Squanto taught them everything, from how to plant corn and other crops, how to fertilize them, how and where to get fish and eels and much more.

    After a devastating winter during which many settlers died, thanks to Squanto’s teaching, they had an abundant harvest. After that harvest, they honored him with a feast. It is this feast of 1621 which was celebrated between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians that is widely considered the first Thanksgiving celebration.

    About the Meal of the Plymouth Settlers

    Surviving journals of Edward Winslow that are housed at Plymouth Plantation indicate that the first Thanksgiving feast was nothing like what Americans eat today. The meal consisted of venison, various types of wild fowl (including wild turkey,) and Indian corn. There were no cranberries, stuffing, pumpkin pie, potatoes, or any of the other “traditional” foods that appear on modern menus.

    Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, the day that Abraham Lincoln designated as the holiday. It is still a day of feasting, and for some, a day of prayer and thanksgiving. For others, it is a celebration of gathering, especially for families. Still others may celebrate in entirely different ways, including watching college football bowl games, or by playing family games.

    If you ever wonder why you’re so tired after the Thanksgiving meal, it’s because turkey contains an amino acid, tryptophan, and it sets off chemicals whose chain reaction combine to make people sleepy.

  • What makes teeth crooked?

    November 20, 2015

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:

    • Thumb sucking
    • Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
    • Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
    • Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils

    There are also hereditary factors we get from our parents, like:

    • Extra teeth
    • Large teeth
    • Missing teeth
    • Wide spaces between teeth
    • Small jaws

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know that having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

    • Interfere with proper chewing
    • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
    • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

    There are several treatment options we offer at Davis & Davis Orthodontics that can help correct crooked teeth. Please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.

  • What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

    November 19, 2015

    Parents usually have numerous questions about orthodontic treatment for their children. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment for children should start at around seven years of age. This allows Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to evaluate the child’s existing and incoming teeth to determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary.

    What is early orthodontic treatment?

    Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, usually begins when the child is eight or nine years old. The goal is to correct bite problems such as an underbite as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. It also helps to make room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to be properly placed as they come in. This will greatly reduce the risk of the child needing extractions later in life due to his or her teeth getting crowded.

    Does your child need early orthodontic treatment?

    There are several ways that you can determine whether your child needs early treatment. If you observe any of these characteristics or behaviors, you should talk to Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

    • Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
    • Lat loss of baby teeth (after age five or six)
    • The child’s teeth do not meet properly or at all
    • The child is a mouth breather
    • Front teeth are crowded (you won’t see this until the child is about seven or eight)
    • Protruding teeth, typically in the front
    • Biting or chewing difficulties
    • A speech impediment
    • The child’s jaw shifts when he or she opens or closes the mouth
    • The child is older than five years and still sucks a thumb

    What are the benefits of seeking orthodontic treatment early?

    Early orthodontic treatment is begun while the child’s jaw bones are still soft. They do not harden until the children reach their late teens. Because the bones are still pliable, corrective procedures such as braces work faster than they do for adults.

    In short, early treatment at our Midland, MI office often allows your child to avoid lengthy procedures, extraction, and surgery in adulthood. Early treatment is an effective preventive measure that lays the foundation for a healthy, stable mouth in adulthood.

  • Car Magnet Contest!

    November 16, 2015

  • What is expected of me during my orthodontic treatment?

    November 12, 2015

    We hear this question a lot at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, and we don’t mind when patients who are eager to complete their orthodontic treatment ask us. After all, we know there is no better feeling than getting your braces off!

    During your initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, we will map out a specific treatment for you and will try our hardest to give you a timeline of when we expect you to wrap up treatment.

    Having said that, we know every patient is different. People have different biological responses to orthodontic treatment and some people’s teeth may move faster than others.

    Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your treatment wraps up in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

    • Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment!
    • Be sure to show up on time to your appointments. This will give Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team time to do everything we planned during your adjustment visit.
    • When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.
    • Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.
    • Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.

    If you remember to follow these guidelines, you’ll be on your way to having the dazzling, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. As for us, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will do our part to move your orthodontic treatment along efficiently. If you have any questions about your treatment time, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office or ask us during your next visit!

  • Hey, Metal Mouth, Hey, Train Tracks! Six Funny Comebacks for People Who Wear Braces

    November 5, 2015

    Brace-ism: believe it or not, it’s a concept. The Urban Dictionary defines brace-ism as “acting mean to people who have braces on their teeth.” Phrases like metal mouth, brace face, and train tracks are common jokes uttered by gap-toothed fools who like to make fun of people with braces.

    While ignoring these comments and taking the high road is the best thing to do, there’s nothing wrong with having a few clever retorts and quick-witted comebacks up your sleeve.

    1. The next time someone calls you train tracks, break into an obnoxious train imitation, with lots of toot-toot and chuga-chuga-chuga. Finish off your crazy locomotive impersonation with some sort of deafening train horn. That’ll keep the bullies at bay.
    2. “It’s better to be a brace face than a space case.”
    3. Counter with a ridiculously childish joke that makes the schoolyard tormentor feel even smaller than he already is. “Oh. Yeah. Why did the deer need braces? Because he had buck teeth. Hahaha.” Top it off with an exaggerated eye roll.
    4. “Yeah, my brother tells that joke. He’s six. You guys should hang out.” That’ll stop the haters dead in their tracks. Or would that be train tracks?
    5. Here’s one from the sarcasm grab bag. “Well, I’m just glad there’s a way to fix what’s wrong with my face.”
    6. “I can’t wait to discuss this formative moment at our ten-year class reunion, when my teeth are razor-straight and you’re wearing adult braces.”

     

  • Halloween Fun with Braces

    October 29, 2015

    Halloween is a favorite holiday among children due to the festive games, imaginative costumes, and candy. Modern celebrations stem from a combination of traditions from Pagan and Christian traditions throughout the centuries. The original holiday was called Samhain and derived from the ancient Druids of Ireland. In their belief system, November 1st marked the beginning of winter, and Pagans began their Samhain celebrations at sunset on October 31st.

    Modern Celebrations of Halloween

    Children and adults love dressing up for Halloween, and this tradition comes from the ancient belief in spirits. From sunset on October 31st until sunrise on November 1st, the souls of the dead entered the physical world. Some spirits were benevolent and wanted only to cross over to the afterlife while others harbored malicious intents of revenge and trickery. Pagans wore masks and disguised themselves so that the malevolent souls would mistake them as fellow spirits.

    Families left food and ale outside of their doors to appease the spirits. With the rise of Christianity in Europe, the church encouraged its members to offer food and money to beggars. In exchange, the beggars would agree to pray for the family’s deceased loved ones. Eventually these traditions led to the development of today’s customs where children dressed up and received candy from their neighbors while circling the community.

    Teeth-Friendly Treats

    With all of the excitement and free candy on Halloween, it is easy to get carried away on a sugar high. Parents warn their children not to eat too many pieces in one night to avoid tummy aches and cavities. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics especially wants to remind children with braces to be extra cautious about the treats they eat because some varieties can get stuck in between the brackets and damage the devices. Sticky candy, such as caramels, fruit chews, and gum should be avoided when wearing braces. Children can trade with their friends and siblings to get only safe candies. The following list offers some alternative treats that children with braces can safely enjoy.

    • Solid chocolate, including milk, white, or dark
    • Nougat-filled candy bars, such as Three Musketeers
    • Candy-coated chocolates like M&Ms
    • Powdery candy, such as Sweet Tarts or Pixie Stix
    • Mint-flavored candy
    • Malted milk balls
    • Cookies
    • Peanut butter crackers or cookies

    When in doubt, children should ask their parents or Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis if a specific candy is safe. Halloween is a fun holiday for children, and having braces does not have to take away any of the excitement from tasty treats.

  • Early Orthodontics

    October 22, 2015

    The average age of individuals who get braces is between nine and 14, although it is appropriate for younger children to visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics for a consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. While parents may be concerned about the efficacy of early orthodontics, research suggests that early intervention can prevent greater dental health problems later in life.

    What types of conditions require early intervention?

    According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 3.7 million children under the age of 17 receive orthodontic treatment each year. Early intervention may be appropriate for younger children with crooked teeth, jaw misalignment, and other common issues. Early orthodontic treatment may be of use for several types of problems:

    • Class I malocclusion. This condition is very common. It features crooked teeth or those that protrude at abnormal angles. In general, early treatment for Class I malocclusion occurs in two phases, each two years long.
    • Class III malocclusion. Known as an underbite, in which the lower jaw is too big or the upper jaw too small, Class III malocclusion requires early intervention. Because treatment involves changing growth patterns, starting as early as age seven is a smart choice for this dental problem.
    • Crossbite. Crossbite occurs when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned. An orthodontic device called a palatal expander widens the upper jaw, allowing teeth to align properly. Research suggests that early treatment may be beneficial in crossbite cases, especially when the jaw must shift laterally to correct the problem.
    • Tooth extraction. That mouthful of crooked baby teeth can cause problems when your child’s permanent teeth erupt. For kids with especially full mouths, extracting baby teeth and even permanent premolars can help adult teeth grow in straight.

    Considerations when thinking about early intervention

    Early intervention isn’t helpful for all conditions. For example, research suggests that there is little benefit to early orthodontics for Class II malocclusion (commonly known as an overbite). Instead, your child should wait until adolescence to begin treatment. Scheduling a visit to our Midland, MI office when your child is around age seven is a smart way to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses unique orthodontic needs.

  • Are you visiting the dentist during your orthodontic treatment?

    October 15, 2015

    If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day during your orthodontic treatment, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team think that’s wonderful! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every six months, or as recommended, in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing. (And visiting Davis & Davis Orthodontics for regular adjustments, of course.)

    Dental checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. Your general dentist can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of tooth decay, as well as catch and treat oral health problems early. During an oral exam, your dentist can also check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

    If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, let us know during your next adjustment visit and we will provide a few great references in the Midland, MI area!

  • Are braces ruining your photos?

    October 8, 2015

    While it’s normal to feel self-conscious, there is no reason to avoid photos just because you wear braces. Many people wear braces and you do not need to be embarrassed about them. There are also ways you can enjoy your photos without hiding your smile.

    Make it Fun

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff offer rubber bands for braces in a wide range of colors. Choose your favorite color and wear it with pride. You can mix and match your colors too. For Valentine’s Day, try alternating red and pink bands. For the Fourth of July, use red, white, and blue!

    Bands are also available in neon colors and glow-in-the-dark designs. Your imagination is the only thing holding you back. You might want to avoid using dark green bands, though. It makes it look as though you have broccoli stuck in your teeth. Gross!

    Make them Disappear

    If your braces still really bother you in photos, technology can quickly solve the problem. A photo-editing program, or even a simple paint program, can easily erase your braces. Zoom in on your teeth, pick your natural tooth color with the dropper, and paint your braces away.

    If you have a significant amount of metal in your braces, try to avoid close-ups with flash. The flash can reflect off the metal. The important thing to remember is how good your teeth will look and feel once your orthodontic work is complete. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff can also show you options for braces that are not as visible as the traditional style.

  • Halloween Guidelines from the American Association of Orthodontists

    October 1, 2015

    Fall can be a really enjoyable time of the year for you and your family. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, and Halloween approaches. This holiday is a lot of fun for kids, but Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants to remind you it can also be risky, especially for your child’s braces. If you have kids with braces, take a look at the following tips from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) on how to keep your kids and their teeth safe this Halloween season.

    Important Safety Tips

    Trick-or-treating is a favorite Halloween activity for kids everywhere. While it is a great holiday tradition for children, it comes with some potential risks. To keep your kids safe while trick-or-treating, try following these simple guidelines:

    • If you have young children, make sure they are accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • You or your kids should always carry flashlights.
    • For costumes, try to include a light-colored or reflective element that can be easily seen by oncoming traffic.
    • Avoid costumes that include a mask, especially for younger children. These can pose a safety hazard for both the wearers and the people around them.
    • Tell your kids not to eat any of their candy until they arrive home. Be sure to inspect all treats carefully before letting them dig in.

    Following these guidelines can help you keep your kids safe on Halloween.

    Halloween Treats to Avoid if Your Child Has Braces

    If your kids have braces, you’ll want them to steer clear of certain treats on Halloween. Many candies can cause damage to braces, so it’s wise to avoid them while you’re celebrating this fun holiday. Here is a list of treats to stay away from:

    • Hard candies
    • Chewy candies
    • Nuts
    • Caramel
    • Licorice
    • Jelly beans
    • Taffy
    • Bubblegum
    • Hard pretzels
    • Popcorn

    Some of these treats may seem harmless, but all of them have the potential to bend or break your child’s braces. So it’s best to avoid eating them altogether.

    Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats

    If your children have braces, they may feel like they can’t enjoy any treats on Halloween. However, there are plenty of braces-safe treat options for them to choose from, including the following:

     

    • Soft chocolate
    • Peanut butter cups
    • Gelatin treats
    • Ice cream
    • Smoothies
    • Root beer floats
    • Apple cider

    These are just a few braces-friendly alternatives to traditional Halloween candy. Helping your kids have a fun and safe Halloween—while at the same time protecting their braces—can be easy if you follow these simple tips and guidelines. Help your kids enjoy the holiday without having to visit Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for repair work on damaged braces!

  • Things You Should Never Use Your Braces For

    September 24, 2015

    When you get your braces, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff will also give you a list of foods you should not eat and things you should not do. Pay particular attention to these items to keep your teeth and braces safe.

    Charms belong on bracelets. While you can decorate your braces with colored bands, hanging a charm off them is a bad idea. If you bite down on the charm, you could damage your braces or your teeth. You could also swallow your jewelry.

    Never use your teeth as a bottle opener. This is just as important when you are wearing braces. While braces straighten your teeth, your teeth are moving in the process. That makes them weaker, and the metal in the braces does not make them invincible. Invest in a bottle opener; you can buy one for a few dollars, which is much less expensive than having to replace your braces.

    Contrary to what you might think, your braces are not designed to work as a radio. There are tales of people who have picked up radio signals from dental fillings or braces. While this is remotely possible, attaching an antenna to your mouth is just not a good idea. You will get better quality music from a radio.

    On the other hand, you can still kiss someone while wearing braces. In fact, even if both of you wear braces, the chances of your getting locked together are almost negligible. However, to avoid cutting your partner’s lips, kiss with caution.

    If you have any questions about taking care of your braces, please ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff. We want you to get the best results from your treatment without needless delays.

  • Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

    September 17, 2015

    When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign!

    Using a series of clear, comfortable, and completely customized aligners, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without traditional braces.

    Since Invisalign aligners are discreet, they’re hardly noticeable when you speak and smile, and because they’re removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in! Treatment with Invisalign is just as effective as with metal braces, and the results are just as amazing!

    If you want to know more about Invisalign, contact our Midland, MI office to schedule an appointment.

  • Invisalign Teen® Benefits

    September 10, 2015

    You can probably see how teeth straightening can make your smile more attractive, but you might be wary of how Invisalign Teen treatment works. If you’re like most teens at our Midland, MI office, you love hanging out with your friends, and you don’t want to be different, watch what you eat, or worry about how you look. Invisalign Teen has several benefits over traditional metal braces that can make your treatment easier.

    People won’t know you’re wearing them.

    Invisalign Teen consists of clear trays that are virtual impossible for others to see. Chances are, the only people who know that you are getting your teeth straightened will be your family and any of your friends whom you choose to tell. You won’t need to answer to “Tinsel Teeth” and “Metal Mouth” as some of your classmates with metal braces do.

    You can eat what your friends eat.

    You take your Invisalign Teen aligners out of your mouth for meals and snacks, so you can eat just like you normally would. You don’t need to worry about food getting stuck in your braces or leading to a bracket popping off. Unlike with braces, you can enjoy the following foods with your friends during Invisalign Teen straightening treatment:

    • Popcorn at the movies
    • Trail mix with dried fruit when you’re hanging out together
    • Ribs and chicken wings at a party
    • Eating a peanut butter sandwich, apple, and carrot sticks for lunch

    You can take care of your teeth more easily.

    It would be a shame if you took the trouble to straighten your teeth and then found out that you had developed tooth decay while wearing braces. This is less of a problem with Invisalign Teen aligners because they are removable. You can brush and floss your teeth as normal just by taking the trays out of your mouth.

    Getting straighter teeth can be a serious confidence-booster in the long run, and with Invisalign Teen, the treatment isn’t that bad. You can wear these clear aligners without letting people know that you’re straightening your teeth, and they won’t interfere with your diet or dental hygiene.

  • Happy Labor Day!

    September 3, 2015

    Labor Day is upon us, and that means the non-official end to summer. Before the kids head back to school and temperatures start to cool down, this is your last chance to barbeque in the beautiful Midland, MI community, head to the lake, and wear your favorite pair of white pants.

    About Labor Day

    Each year, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It is the one day of year Americans celebrate their achievements in work, which the US Department of Labor says has contributed to prosperity and well-being of America as a whole. Americans have been celebrating Labor Day since the 1880s, and today it is an official federal holiday.

    Interesting Facts About Labor Day

    • Every year, more than 30 million Americans travel over Labor Day weekend.
    • Canada was the first to celebrate Labor Day, and the US soon followed.
    • President Cleveland made Labor Day and official US holiday in 1894.
    • Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and NCAA sports seasons for fans.
    • Labor Day marks the end of hot dog season, when Americans consume seven billion hot dogs.

    Thanks for being a valued patient of our orthodontic office. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Enjoy your time off!

  • Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces

    August 27, 2015

    Today, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team thought we would offer a few tips for our patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. For those of you wearing braces, it’s important to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene than those not currently in treatment.

    After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment.

    Braces are known to trap food, which contributes to plaque formation. If it is not carefully removed from the teeth and gums, plaque will develop into decay or gum disease, leading to costly delays during your treatment. It is important to practice good oral hygiene by following instructions from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your treatment.

    We are proud to offer supplies to help fight plaque, such as a proxabrush, dental floss, and floss threaders. The use of an electric toothbrush and or a water pick can also be helpful in combating cavities and decay. And, of course, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics suggests brushing at least twice a day.

    We hope that helps! If you have any questions, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office or ask us during your next adjustment appointment!

  • What is the AcceleDent® System and how can it help you?

    August 20, 2015

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know most of our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics would probably welcome the idea of speeding up the time they wear braces. And now they can, thanks to AcceleDent, a treatment option that has been shown to increase tooth alignment by 106 percent and reduce the time you spend wearing braces, anywhere from 38 to 50 percent.

    By using this pain-free, simple appliance for 20 minutes a day, you will accelerate your orthodontic treatment time using patented technology that gently vibrates the teeth and surrounding bone, allowing teeth to move more freely and creating an ideal bite faster than with braces alone.

    AcceleDent is championed as a safe and comfortable option for patients of all ages. When you first begin wearing the light appliance, you may experience a small tingling sensation, much like that of an electric toothbrush, but it should diminish after you become accustomed to wearing it. You may even forget you’re wearing the appliance!

    To learn if the AcceleDent system can help you achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • Questions, questions…

    August 13, 2015

    When beginning orthodontic treatment, most patients ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis 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 Davis & Davis 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 Davis & Davis 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.

  • Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?

    August 6, 2015

    Most of our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth do not fit together properly, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will recommend that rubber bands be used. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may also recommend using rubber bands to close or open spaces.

    Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush and floss your teeth three times a day. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part-time, like only during the day or only during sleep.

    If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by our Midland, MI office and pick up more!

  • Tips for Using Invisalign®

    July 30, 2015

    More than one patient has come into our office and asked, “What can I do to help my teeth when wearing Invisalign?”

    While everyone’s teeth and dental needs are different, there are certain things everyone can do to make wearing their Invisalign aligners a more rewarding experience. Always follow the list of instructions and tips from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, and add the following advice to your daily routine.

    Always ask us about teeth whitening. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics knows how important it is for you to keep your teeth white and stain-free from the foods and drinks you consume daily. If you have attachments to your teeth, they will not whiten properly. Ask our office about teeth whitening when wearing your aligners; it might be best to wait until your treatment is complete.

    Continue flossing every day. You should be flossing in any case. But it can be easy to assume that Invisalign will protect your teeth from bacteria. This is not true. Bacteria can get behind the aligners and affect the health of your teeth and gums, so keep up with your flossing schedule.

    Follow the 48-hour rule when wearing your aligners. When you insert every new set of aligners, you should leave them in as much as possible during the first 48 hours. Your teeth will move more during this timeframe, and the aligners do the most good during this time.

    You may experience slight discomfort while wearing your Invisalign aligners. You can take a pain reliever to help with the discomfort, but if you experience too much pain, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to schedule an appointment!

  • Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign®

    July 23, 2015

    Getting your braces off is exciting. You’ve been working on your new smile for months or years, and it’s time for the trips to our Midland, MI office to pay off. Can you imagine how bad it would be to discover that your teeth are straight, but that there’s decay?

    Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you’re done with your Invisalign treatment.

    Take Your Trays Out

    The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there’s another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you’re eating so you don’t get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you’re cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.

    Brush Normally

    The guidelines for brushing your teeth with Invisalign don’t change compared to braces. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, being sure to get all surfaces of your teeth. If possible, brush after each meal.

    If you can’t, be sure to drink some water and swish it around in your mouth when you’re done eating to get rid of the extra food on your teeth. Leaving carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, on your teeth opens the door to tooth decay.

    Floss and Wash

    Flossing your teeth gets out the bits and pieces stuck between them. It’s a time-consuming task when you need to navigate the wires of traditional metal braces, but thanks to Invisalign’s removable design, flossing is no problem. Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride antibacterial mouthwash also helps clean your teeth because it gets into all of the spaces. Floss and rinse one or two times daily.

    Cleaning Your Trays

    Cleaning your Invisalign trays keeps them from getting riddled with bacteria, and it helps keep your teeth free from excess food. You can use the Invisalign cleaning system, which involves placing the trays in a tub with cleaning crystals. The plastic trays are clean after 15 minutes. You can also ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for other ways to clean your trays.

  • What’s so great about an orthodontist?

    July 16, 2015

    A lot of our patients are curious about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?”

    A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. Dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges.

    Orthodontists, such as Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, are more concerned with diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth. Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems such as overbites and underbites, and are responsible for straightening teeth via bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective treatment options, like braces and clear aligners. Orthodontists treat children as well as adults who wish to improve the function of their bite and appearance of their smile.

    Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist. After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field.

    Isn’t it nice to know we have orthodontic experts here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to help you through any type of treatment your teeth and jaw might need? To schedule your initial appointment at our Midland, MI office, please give us a call today!

  • What’s the advantage of Invisalign®?

    July 9, 2015

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know it is natural for you to feel some concern when you need to wear any type of dental device to correct a problem with your teeth. Both braces and Invisalign can produce good results in giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. Both methods can straighten your teeth and alleviate such issues as crowding, spacing, cross bite, overbite, and underbite. Both methods of treatment have a similar cost.

    You can take a cross-country road trip in a ten-year-old economy car or you can make the trip in a brand-new luxury sedan. Both will get you to your destination, but you will be far more comfortable traveling in the luxury sedan. Similarly, your journey to a great smile is much more comfortable and convenient with Invisalign as opposed to braces.

    Comfort

    Some of the discomfort you may experience with braces is greatly reduced with Invisalign. Because Invisalign is custom-fit to your mouth and made of plastic, you will feel less pain, irritation, and soreness. Unlike braces, there are no food restrictions; you can eat anything that is on your diet.

    Brushing and flossing

    Of course you will want to brush and floss your teeth to prevent plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, and dental decay. If you wear braces, these simple tasks can become quite a challenge. Invisalign aligners are very easy to remove and replace, so you can brush or floss like normal without having to work your way around any metallic framework covering your teeth.

    Appearance

    You do not have to be embarrassed to show your teeth when you are using the Invisalign system. Since the aligners are practically invisible, no one will even notice you are wearing them! Whether you are a teenager or an older adult, you can live your life normally.

    If you want to learn more about Invisalign, or are wondering what your treatment options are at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, feel free to give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • Happy Fourth of July

    July 2, 2015

    Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others it is all about the beach of barbecues. However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the area.

    The Beginnings of Fourth of July Celebrations

    Although it wasn’t officially designated as a federal holiday until 1941, the actual tradition of celebrating Independence Day goes back to the time of the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). At the time of the American Revolution, representatives from the 13 colonies penned the resolution that ultimately declared their independence from Great Britain. The continental congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd of 1776. Two days later, Thomas Jefferson’s famous document that is now known as the Declaration of Independence, was adopted by delegates representing the 13 colonies.

    First States to Recognize the Fourth of July

    In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state (or commonwealth) whose legislature resolved to designate July 4th as the date on which to celebrate the country’s independence. Two years later, Boston became the first city to make an official designation to honor the country’s birth with a holiday on July 4th. In that same year, North Carolina’s governor, Alexander Martin, became the first governor to issue an official state order stipulating that July 4th was the day on which North Carolinians would celebrate the country’s independence.

    Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

    • The reason the stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle is because it was believed that would indicate that all of the colonies were equal.
    • Americans eat over 150 million hot dogs on July 4th.
    • Imports of fireworks each year totals over $211 million.
    • The first “official” Fourth of July party took place at the White House in 1801.
    • Benjamin Franklin didn’t want the national bird to be the bald eagle. He believed that the turkey was better suited to the coveted distinction. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed with him, and he was outvoted, so the bald eagle became the official bird of the United States.

    For many, the tradition is something entirely different. Along the coastal areas of the United States, people may haul out huge pots to have lobster or other types of seafood boils. Others may spend the day in the bleachers at a baseball game, or at a park, cooking a great traditional meal over an open fire. No matter how or where you celebrate, one thing is certain: all Americans celebrate July 4th as the birth and independence of our country.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

  • How does AcceleDent® make orthodontic treatment more efficient?

    June 25, 2015

    Patients who need to get orthodontic treatment are often concerned about how long they will wear their braces. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you the good news is, is there is a solution for any patient who wants to minimize the time he or she needs to wear braces. AcceleDent is a device that uses micropulse technology to reduce how long your orthodontic treatment takes. Small vibrations go through your teeth, enabling them to move into their correct positions faster. The device needs to be worn only for a few minutes a day, and is a non-invasive and non-surgical way to make orthodontics more efficient.

    How AcceleDent Works

    The AcceleDent appliance is a custom mouthpiece that fits comfortably around your braces. It works with traditional braces, clear braces, and even Invisalign®. The mouthpiece is inserted once a day, an activator is turned on, and the mouthpiece is worn for just 20 minutes. You only need to bite the mouthpiece hard enough to hold it in place. You can participate in any activities you like while wearing it. The mouthpiece comes with an online usage history as well, so you can see how many times you have used it to make sure you are wearing it as intended.

    Benefits of AcceleDent

    Besides being hands-free, lightweight, and comfortable, you can benefit in a number of significant ways by using AcceleDent orthodontic treatment:

    • It speeds up orthodontic treatment by up to 52 percent.
    • AcceleDent® is only worn for 20 minutes a day.
    • It is approved by the FDA.
    • It is non-invasive and non-surgical.
    • It helps with dental hygiene by minimizing the amount of time needed for orthodontic treatment.

    Most of our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics welcome the opportunity to reduce their orthodontic treatment time, and that’s just what AcceleDent offers. Contact our Midland, MI office or ask our team at your next appointment to see if AcceleDent is right for your smile!

  • What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency while I’m on vacation?

    June 18, 2015

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you’re on vacation, so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Firstly, we are here for you whether you are in town or out of town on vacation. Give us a call and we may be able to address the problem over the phone. Second, if we are unable to help you fix the problem over the phone, we will help you find an orthodontic practice in your vacation area that can help you.

    If you experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get them out of pain or discomfort.

    If you have braces, whether they are metal, ceramic, or lingual, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team suggest steering clear of the following foods to avoid broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

    • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
    • Apples, pears and other whole fruits (cut fruit into thin wedges before consuming)
    • Bagels and hard rolls
    • Bubble gum
    • Corn on the cob
    • Hard candies
    • Hard cookies
    • Pretzels
    • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

    Finally, if you have clear aligners and you lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

    Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation!

  • Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

    June 11, 2015

    A great smile can go a long way. Scientific research suggests that people who smile are perceived as more attractive and confident than those who don’t flash their pearly whites. When it comes time to invest in orthodontics to improve your beautiful smile, choosing the best option can be daunting. Comparing Invisalign to traditional braces is a great way to determine what orthodontics make most sense for your unique smile.

    How is Invisalign different?

    Unlike traditional braces, in which brackets are affixed onto each tooth and connected by wires Invisalign corrects orthodontic problems using a set of clear trays. These trays are specially formed to fit your teeth, allowing you to wear them 24/7.

    Aesthetics

    One of the primary advantages of Invisalign is that the clear trays are nearly invisible. Particularly for adults self-conscious about appearing professional with traditional braces, Invisalign can correct orthodontic issues without capturing the notice of others. Their nearly invisible appearance is one of the topmost reasons that orthodontic patients choose Invisalign.

    Complexity of the Orthodontic Problem

    Invisalign works well for people who have relatively minor problems, such as crooked teeth or small gaps between teeth. For more complex problems, particularly issues with bite or vertical problems (i.e., one tooth being significantly higher than another), traditional braces may be better at pulling teeth into alignment.

    Eating and Drinking

    Invisalign trays are removable, meaning that you cannot eat or drink while wearing them. Unlike traditional braces, however, you are not limited in the foods you may eat. Chewy, sticky, or hard foods may be eaten, provided that you brush your teeth before reinserting the Invisalign trays.

    In the end, only you can weigh the pros and cons of Invisalign versus traditional braces. Consult with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to understand how these orthodontic interventions may work for your unique situation.

  • Tips to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer

    June 4, 2015

    The dog days of summer are upon us, and with the temperatures soaring, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants you to be extra careful about sun safety when you’re out and about. Check out this incredibly helpful article on the Ten Summer Safety Tips for Kids, courtesy of Discovery.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team also encourage you to always have a bottle of water handy when heading out into the sun.

    We hope you’re having a great summer! Let us know what you’re up to below or on our Facebook page!

  • Why is orthodontic treatment important?

    May 28, 2015

    The goal of orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, which may include the use of braces, retainers, and aligners, is to straighten your teeth. Treatment often starts in the pre-teen or teenage years, but adults may also need orthodontic treatment. The treatment can feel like a chore that lasts for several months or a couple of years, but it can fix important problems. These include:

    • Crowded teeth spaced too close together
    • Gaps between your teeth
    • Crooked teeth
    • Overbite or underbite
    • Upper and lower teeth that do not meet

    Straight Teeth are More Attractive

    You are more likely to be proud of your smile when your teeth are straight and evenly spaced. Pride in your appearance can give you more confidence and encourage you to try new things. This can be particularly important for adolescents. In addition, people often judge others based on first impressions. A smile that shows straight teeth is more attractive.

    Better Oral Health is Easier

    Brushing and flossing your teeth are two basic components of an oral health routine to protect your teeth from conditions such as tooth decay, gingivitis, and plaque build-up. As Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff know, caring for your mouth is easier when your teeth are straight. The American Dental Association says the following conditions are less likely to occur if you have the proper orthodontic treatment.

    • Dental caries
    • Gum disease or gingivitis
    • Tooth loss
    • Impaired speech
    • Worn tooth enamel

    Orthodontic Treatment Improves Nutrition

    Poorly aligned teeth can reduce your ability to chew properly or make certain foods more difficult to eat. Many of these more challenging foods are healthy, and avoiding them can cause you to limit your diet to softer, often less-nutritious foods, such as ice cream and canned soup. Straighter teeth and a better ability to chew let you eat crunchy foods, such as apples and carrots; stringy foods, such as asparagus and chicken; and chewy foods, such as raisins.

  • Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer

    May 21, 2015

    Memorial Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right after the Civil War. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, people still decorate the grave sites of war veterans and hold memorial services, but Memorial Day has also evolved into a day that signifies the beginning of summer.

    During the summer months, many people take road trips to visit family members. Some head off to the airport to enjoy a long-awaited vacation far away, while others look forward to spending time with friends and family at home. However you spend Memorial Day and the subsequent summer months, there are a few things you can take care of to ensure your summertime is enjoyable.

    Checklist for an Enjoyable Summer

    • Have the AC Checked. During the hottest days of summer, many families find themselves sweating it out due to a broken air conditioning system. Be proactive so you can avoid waiting for hours or days because the HVAC repair person is booked solid. Have your air conditioning system checked before or around Memorial Day each year.
    • Ensure Security While You’re Away. When you leave for vacation, the last thing you should have to worry about is the security of your home. Install a home security system, if possible, and put a timer on your lights so they go on and off at normal hours. You can also alert your local police department that you’ll be gone, and ask them to drive by your house once in a while to make sure everything is okay.
    • Visit Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis Before Vacation. Many people put off exams until after summer vacation. Avoid the crowds and make sure your physical and oral health are in top shape prior to vacation time so there are no unpleasant surprises.

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants you to look forward to Memorial Day and the days of summer by preparing to spend the time safely and comfortably. As you plan ahead, take care of your health and secure your home, you can place your focus on creating memories with family members and friends while enjoying your favorite Memorial Day traditions.

  • Adults and Braces: Not just for kids anymore

    May 14, 2015

    Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles.

    Braces for Adults

    Perhaps you never had braces as a kid and you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth. Or you went through a round of braces a decade ago and stopped wearing your retainer, which allowed your teeth to shift. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces in adulthood is an excellent way to create the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.

    What are my options?

    With recent advances in orthodontic medicine, there are numerous options for adults who need braces. The basic option is traditional metal braces. These are best for individuals who have severely crooked teeth or a significant bite problem, or require other major orthodontic changes. Metal braces are typically the least expensive option. The greatest drawback to wearing metal braces as an adult is aesthetics. Many people find them unattractive and distracting.

    If you are a professional who is worried about your personal appearance, clear ceramic braces may be a better choice. Clear braces are capable of handling very crooked teeth or bite issues, but they cost more than metal braces. You also have to be careful about smoking or drinking red wine, soda, and other dark beverages while wearing clear braces. These items may stain the adhesive that binds the brackets to your teeth.

    Another popular option for adults who need braces is a clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign®. This system works in a different way from traditional braces by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners. The series is custom made for your teeth, which makes this option more expensive than either metal or ceramic braces. In general, the Invisalign process takes anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth.

    Although you may be nervous about the prospect of getting braces as an adult, you should not let your fears stop you from talking with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. A consultation at our Midland, MI office will address your concerns and provide information about the best course of treatment for you. No matter what your personal situation, adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

  • May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

    May 7, 2015

    The month of May has the unique distinction of being National Teen Self-Esteem Month. What does that mean?

    National Teen Self-Esteem Month was created to raise public awareness about how low self-esteem can negatively affect teens. Especially during May, parents and guardians of teens are asked to be positive role models. If teens can receive positive re-enforcement and their negative images of themselves are improved, then their self-esteem has a better chance of developing in a positive direction.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics know there are a lot of young adults living in America are struggling with depressed self-images. These can affect all aspects of their everyday lives. Some evidence shows learning abilities and increased risk of eating disorders can originate in a teen’s low self-esteem. It can also lead to abuse of drugs and thoughts of suicide. Dating violence among high school teens is now more common than previously thought.

    What can be done to help?

    So what can adults do specifically to help their teens? The National Teen Self-Esteem Facebook page offers a variety of suggestions and positive messages for teens and parents alike. Of all the pages your teen “likes” on social media, perhaps he or she should include this page. Some of the tips offered include:

    1. When you stumble, get right back up.
    2. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
    3. Do things that make you feel good about yourself.
    4. Open yourself up to compliments.

    Another great way to build self-esteem is to have a beautiful, health smile, and that’s where our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics come in! Whether your teen is due for a simple cleaning, could benefit from cosmetic treatments, or needs orthodontic care, we can help bestow a confident smile he or she will be proud to show off.

    Overall, a more positive approach to life will help us all. It is a very important trait to instill in our teens. As parents, a big part of our responsibility is to show our children there is always another day and bumps in the road are just that. We need to help guide their self-esteem and reinforce their positive traits. We can help them recognize the value of who they are.

    We should make our children’s self esteem a priority — not just in May, but throughout the year. Let National Teen Self-Esteem Month serve as the impetus for new levels of self-esteem.

    For more information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • What’s the advantage to Invisalign®?

    April 30, 2015

    Invisalign, which we happily provide at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you’ve been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

    Invisalign treatment, which consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every couple of weeks, can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and more. Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into place, creating the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. During treatment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, patients wear the aligners all day and night, except for during meals and when they’re brushing and flossing; cleaning your teeth and eating are a snap since you can easily remove your aligners! And because they’re clear, no one will know that your teeth are steadily straightening!

    To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, we invite you to give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office and schedule a consultation.

  • AcceleDent®: A safe way to expedite your orthodontic treatment

    April 23, 2015

    Millions of patients around the world are currently undergoing or have already completed orthodontic treatment. On average, traditional braces can take up to two years or more to straighten the teeth, a time that is filled with periodic orthodontic visits at Davis & Davis Orthodontics for Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to monitor progress and tighten the braces. Though the outcome is always worth the duration of treatment, many patients would prefer to shed their braces faster than traditional treatment allows.

    Shorter treatment times with AcceleDent

    AcceleDent is changing the way orthodontic patients achieve a straighter smile. This revolutionary technology makes it possible to shorten treatment time by up to 50 percent, compared to traditional braces without AcceleDent. Since 2009, thousands of people around the world have benefited from the AcceleDent rapid-correction technology, and the numbers are growing day by day!

    AcceleDent is a daily-use device that includes a fitted mouthpiece and an activator. This activator delivers gentle, pain-free pulses that encourage your teeth to move more quickly in the direction of your orthodontic device. When used for 20 minutes each day as prescribed by our office, AcceleDent can cut a two-year treatment in half!

    Of course, any daily commitment requires convenience and portability. AcceleDent was designed for versatility, with a lightweight, compact design and a convenient storage case. The device easily charges via its USB port, which also doubles as a computer connection to track your history of use.

    Is AcceleDent right for you?

    You may be a candidate for AcceleDent if you are undergoing or preparing to undergo orthodontic treatment and are interested in a shorter treatment time. AcceleDent is available by prescription only, so you must consult with our Midland, MI office if you think this technology could be right for you.

  • Invisalign Teen®: Why Invisalign® is the best choice for teens

    April 16, 2015

    Those challenging teenage years are some of the most self-conscious ones of your life, and concern for your appearance definitely plays a large part. Invisalign is becoming a very popular choice for adolescent patients today, but is it the best choice?

    The results from teenage Invisalign users indicate that Invisalign is both effective for teeth straightening and for satisfying that urge to avoid the dreaded “metal mouth.” Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can help you determine if Invisalign is right for you, but this article will explain why so many people are calling Invisalign the best choice for teens today.

    Metal-Free Braces

    Invisalign is a clear plastic device that fits directly over the teeth. There are no metal parts to mar the look of your smile, and your Invisalign aligners can straighten while allowing your pearly whites to shine through. Any teen will be the first to tell you that appearance is a top concern, so this is an excellent choice. People don’t even need to know you’re straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

    Eat, Brush, and Floss Easily

    Another particularly attractive aspect of Invisalign for most teenagers is the freedom it allows. While traditional metal braces can make eating, brushing, and flossing difficult, this is not the case with Invisalign. The aligners are easily removable for these activities, which gives teens the freedom they desire to live life as usual.

    More Free Time

    Invisalign Teen aligners need to be checked and adjusted at Davis & Davis Orthodontics less frequently than traditional braces. This allows for fewer appointments, something that is really important to teens. Having your teeth straightened is no reason to forgo activities or make room in your schedule for constant office visits when you choose Invisalign.

    Learn more about Invisalign Teen at our Midland, MI office!

  • Invisalign® Q&A

    April 9, 2015

    It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign:

    Are they really invisible?

    Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance, while getting the orthodontic treatment they need.

    Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign?

    Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits.

    I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too?

    No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away.

    Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

    While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative.

    How does brushing compare with conventional braces?

    Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing.

    Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it’s an option that’s gaining more and more popularity, and it’s an orthodontic alternative that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • What is malocclusion?

    April 2, 2015

    The term malocclusion refers to misalignment of teeth. You may have been born with malocclusion, so your teeth simply grew in crooked, or the misalignment and crowding of your teeth occurred over a period of time. Either way, not only can malocclusion pose cosmetic issues, but it can have a negative effect on your speaking and eating abilities as well.

    Types of Malocclusion

    Malocclusion encompasses multiple types and classifications of misalignment issues, including twisting or rotation of the teeth and molars that do not meet when you bite down. In some cases, the top front teeth are pushed outward in an upper protrusion.

    In other cases, a misplaced midline results when the front top teeth don’t meet with the front bottom teeth. Transposition occurs when teeth protrude through the gums in a position where another tooth is supposed to be.

    Practically any type of crowding or spacing issues, rotation or twisting of the teeth, or bite problem – including overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite – is included under the umbrella of malocclusion.

    Malocclusion Classifications

    There are three classifications of bite or misalignment problem.

    • Class 1 malocclusion: While the bite may be normal, the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth slightly. This is the most common type.
    • Class 2 malocclusion: Known as overbite or retrognathism, class 2 involves a severe overlap of the upper teeth and jaw over the bottom teeth and jaw.
    • Class 3 malocclusion: Known as underbite or prognathism, class 3 occurs when the lower teeth and jaw overlap the upper teeth and jaw. Thus, the lower jaw juts forward.

    Causes of Malocclusion

    The most common cause of malocclusion is genetics. However, there may be other causes, including the development of abnormally-shaped teeth, lost teeth, or impacted teeth; thumb sucking or overuse of a pacifier as a small child; having fillings or crowns that do not fit correctly; a serious injury that causes misalignment of the jaw; or developing a tumor of the mouth or jaw.

    Treating Malocclusion

    Orthodontic care at Davis & Davis Orthodontics with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis is the main treatment available for malocclusion, which includes getting braces, Invisalign, or other corrective treatments. Treatment is ideal not just to have your smile improved, but because it makes the teeth easier to clean and maintain, lowers the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and can even take pressure off the jaw and teeth.

    Think about orthodontic treatment if you (or your child) display any signs of malocclusion. Early treatment of malocclusion during childhood can lessen expensive treatment later on.

  • What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

    March 26, 2015

    A popular option for straightening teeth at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more.

    Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces, works by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to eventually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Patients typically swap aligners approximately every couple of weeks.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they’ve always wanted. During your initial visit at our Midland, MI office, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

    Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want, and brushing and flossing are easier. Invisalign’s aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And, no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments. With Invisalign, you can view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

    Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth. Both teens and adults are now great candidates for Invisalign, so we invite you to contact our Midland, MI office to set up an initial consultation and learn more on how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

  • The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment at a Young Age

    March 19, 2015

    When you think of orthodontic treatment, you may automatically assume that it only relates to older children and teens with alignment and spacing issues. But this isn’t the case: Orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics offers many benefits when applied at a young age.

    By considering orthodontic treatment at a younger age, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff are able to identify your child’s alignment issues early on, and are able to intervene in order to provide treatment as the teeth begin to develop. It is important to start dental care early, not only for proper dental health and the cosmetic benefits, but to improve a child’s overall health as well.

    The Benefits of Straighter Teeth

    Besides the cosmetic benefits, there are multiple advantages to starting orthodontic treatment at a young age:

    • It can reduce the extent of orthodontic treatment needed later.
    • With early treatment, the pediatric dentist helps guide the teeth into their right position to prevent the removal of teeth and improve an overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
    • Straighter teeth are easier to clean and better for preventing tooth decay.
    • As a benefit to you, the parent, your child’s orthodontic expenses will be much lower with early treatment.
    • Lastly, much early treatment is covered by dental insurance.

    Stages of Orthodontic Treatment

    Multiple stages are included in early orthodontic treatment, with three stages in all:

    The first stage is early treatment that starts around age two or three, and continues until the child is around six years old. This stage deals with preventive measures, such as avoiding bad habits that lead to crooked teeth and creating a plan for the future based on how the teeth are growing in.

    During stage two, when the child is six to 12 years old, the first permanent teeth erupt and the dentist looks at possible early treatment for misalignment or bite issues.

    Finally, stage three occurs during adolescence to correct any further problems with permanent teeth.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff are able to see how the teeth first erupt and know right away whether or not your child will need to have braces later on. Early treatment means fewer procedures, cleaner teeth, and less expense.

  • St. Patrick’s Day: Celtic pride, green shamrocks, and lucky charms!

    March 12, 2015

    “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” Adrienne Cook

    Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold – it must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one of those tall leprechauns hats, dress in green from head to toe, and wear one of those carefree pins that say “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, and that is the universal beauty of the holiday. Celtic pride does not discriminate.

    Wondering what our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is doing to celebrate March 17th? Well, we’ve thought about doing everything from handing out lucky gold coins (you know, the fake ones that are made of chocolate) to shamrock stickers. Maybe we’ll even give away green toothbrushes and floss! You’ll never know unless you come in to see Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis !

    All kidding aside, St. Patrick’s Day is an important cultural and religious holiday. There are lavish parades and church services across Ireland on March 17th. Over time, however, the holiday has developed into a day to observe Irish culture in general. In places like England and the United States, where there is a large Irish Diaspora, the holiday has greater significance than other countries. From the streets of Boston to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, it is a day of celebration, and many Americans of Irish descent will cook up a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage.

    So, to all of you with Irish ancestry, and to all of you who have decided to be Irish for the day, our office wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck looking for a pot of leprechaun gold, which is said to exist at the end of the rainbow. However, keep away from those sugary Lucky Charms; sweet cereals might taste good, but your kids’ teeth might not be feeling too lucky if they eat it for breakfast every day. Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

  • Eating and Invisalign®

    March 5, 2015

    One of the greatest advantages to using Invisalign is that it provides maximum results with minimal impact on your everyday life. Invisalign is comfortable, easy to insert, and simple to remove. Because you can remove Invisalign aligners, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without worries about getting food stuck in the wires and brackets of traditional braces.

    Eating and Invisalign

    While the aligner is durable and strong, you should remove it before you eat or drink beverages, as the chewing action inside your mouth can break, crack, or distort the aligner. Even minute damage to the Invisalign tray will prevent it from aligning your teeth properly. Furthermore, eating with Invisalign in your mouth can be quite messy.

    Beverages and Invisalign

    Repeated exposure to hot liquids may also cause the Invisalign aligner to distort. This distortion changes the shape of your aligner in a way that will affect how it straightens your teeth. Contact our Midland, MI office if your Invisalign aligner has distorted after consuming a hot beverage.

    Fluids can settle inside the aligner to “bathe” the teeth. Bathing teeth in acidic fluids can be especially problematic, as the acids can wear away tooth enamel. Exposure to acidic fluids is not normally a problem, as saliva neutralizes and buffers the acid then washes it away. Wearing an aligner, however, prevents the saliva from doing those jobs, increasing your risk for tooth decay.

    Colored drinks may also change the color of your teeth. Most discoloration is temporary but stubborn stains may occur.

    To prevent discoloration and tooth decay, brush your teeth after every meal or beverage before putting in your Invisalign aligners. If you do not have access to clean water, chew sugar-free gum to remove bacteria, acid, and food particles from your teeth. As a last resort, you may leave your aligners out for an hour or two until you can brush and floss properly. Before inserting Invisalign, rinse the aligner in lukewarm water or use the Invisalign cleaning kit.

    Contact our Midland, MI office for more information about eating and Invisalign.

  • Who benefits from Invisalign®?

    February 26, 2015

    One problem with trying to answer the question as to who benefits from Invisalign is that the simple answer is “almost everyone.” The see-through, almost invisible aligners for straightening teeth are specifically molded to fit each individual’s mouth. Unlike conventional braces, they can be removed when eating and when cleaning the teeth. Because they use less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to teeth is lessened.

    Benefits to adults

    Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but cannot decide which is worse: having crooked teeth or wearing metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet by not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy.

    If you are an adult considering braces, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will tell you Invisalign aligners will give you the best of all worlds. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces. You can remove your aligners when you eat so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You do not have to worry about embarrassing yourself by getting food stuck in your braces. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and replace your aligners. If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces at all, you can remove the aligners for a few hours without causing any damage.

    Benefits to teenagers

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know that teenagers are often involved in contact sports or gymnastics. Others find that having metal in their mouth interferes with their ability to play a musical instrument. Traditional metal braces contain wires and brackets that can cause damage to the mouth and gums; this is not a risk with Invisalign aligners.

    For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is avoided. The aligners can be removed during sports activity, and a normal mouthguard is worn. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners when practicing or playing in the band or orchestra.

    Teenagers often feel they are too busy to spend time and trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces. Since the Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

    For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • Invisalign Teen®: What Parents Should Know

    February 19, 2015

    Invisalign Teen is one the newer styles of braces, and perfect for those who do not like the standard metal braces. They are available in a clear material that is practically invisible called aligners that are replaced every two weeks. The aligners are custom made for each patient and gradually straighten teeth without all of the metal and rubber bands that come with traditional braces.

    Is Invisalign as effective?

    If your child will wear them as directed to, then the answer is yes, they are as effective as traditional metal braces. However, to make sure the child is actually wearing them correctly you will notice a small blue spot on the back of each aligner. This is called an indicator and if worn correctly will fade over a period of two weeks. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will be able to tell if the patient is not wearing them correctly.

    Can Invisalign be removed?

    Parents should be aware that the Invisalign aligners can be removed for up to four hours per day to eat, brush teeth, play sports, or play musical instruments. With the option of removing them it actually makes brushing and flossing easier and helps oral hygiene. The recommended time to wear them is at least 20 hours per day.

    How long does treatment take and what is the cost?

    Your teen will wear Invisalign as long as traditional braces. However, each patient is different so you should speak with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to determine how many months your child can expect to wear them.

    The cost is also very similar to other traditional braces; however there is no set fee. The cost will depend on your child’s unique orthodontic need.

    Overall Success

    Invisalign Teen has had remarkable success because patients are happy to have the option of having clear aligners for treatment. With the child more confident they are actually more prone to keep up with their treatment and many do complete their treatment sooner. You should speak with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis as soon as possible to learn about the benefits of Invisalign Teen.

  • Valentine’s Day History

    February 12, 2015

    Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface you see. What many people don’t realize is that the modern Valentine’s Day celebration arose from a religious holiday.

    St. Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious feast day in honor of early Christian martyrs. Three martyrs named Valentine were honored: a priest in Rome, the persecuted bishop of Interamna (a town in central Italy), and a saint martyred in Africa. This saint’s day was celebrated throughout Christendom, although it was removed from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969.

    The origin of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for lovers began with Geoffrey Chaucer in his 1382 poem “Parlement of Foules.” Chaucer wrote, “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate,” and the modern romantic holiday was born. William Shakespeare and other writers mentioned Valentine’s Day as a day of love.

    Valentine’s Day as we know it came about in the early 19th century. In Victorian England, printers began manufacturing small numbers of cards with romantic verses, lace, ribbons, and other frills. Anonymous Valentine’s Day card were a popular way for young lovers to exchange romantic sentiments in an otherwise prudish time. As the 19th century progressed, printers began mass manufacturing Valentine’s Day cards. People in the United States give an estimated 190 million valentines every year, and up to one billion if you count children exchanging cards at school! With the rise of the Internet, Valentine’s Day e-cards have become a popular mode of communication, with millions of e-cards sent each year.

    The other items associated with Valentine’s Day include chocolate and flowers. The tradition of giving chocolates has been around for decades, and Richard Cadbury created the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates nearly 150 years ago. Today, purchases of chocolate total over $1 billion in the United States alone, with 35 million heart-shaped boxes sold each year. Loved ones also exchange flowers, with red roses being associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. On Valentine’s Day itself, florists sell nearly 200 million stems of roses.

    Although many people dismiss Valentine’s Day as a commercialized “Hallmark holiday,” it is beloved to couples and romantics across the United States and other countries. The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants to remind all patients that no matter what your celebratory plans, February 14th can be a wonderful day to celebrate the loved ones in your life. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • What are lingual braces?

    February 5, 2015

    Patients who want corrective braces but don’t like the look of traditional braces with the metal showing on the front have an alternative in lingual braces. As opposed to metal braces visible across the front of the teeth, lingual braces are placed on the rear of the teeth. Most of the metal in lingual braces is not visible to other people, unless you have widely-spaced teeth. For those who make good candidates for lingual braces, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will tell you it is a great alternative with a significant cosmetic benefit.

    Benefits of lingual braces

    The primary benefit of lingual braces is that the metal is on the back of the teeth, which is very rarely seen by anyone. Patients can comfortably talk and smile, without the added worry of someone noticing the metal braces on their teeth. Another advantage of lingual braces is that they are just as effective as traditional braces and are worn for the same amount of time. They are also helpful for people who play contact sports or play wind instruments because lingual braces don’t get in the way. Finally, lingual braces are a great option for patients who have are sensitive to plastic and can’t wear other types of clear or invisible braces.

    Who can get lingual braces?

    While many patients qualify for lingual braces, not everyone who needs corrective orthodontic treatment will be a good candidate. The best candidates are teenagers and adults with normal-sized teeth. Children who get braces often have smaller teeth, so lingual braces may not be suitable. A patient’s bite also makes a difference, because a deep vertical overbite makes lingual braces difficult to place.

    Talk to Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis the possibility of lingual braces if you’re thinking about correcting your smile but don’t like the idea of metal braces worn on the front. Lingual braces have the same basic benefits of straightening teeth, correcting misalignments, and fixing overbites and underbites that regular braces offer, but are a great aesthetic alternative.

    For more information about lingual braces, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • Kristin Cavallari and Palatal Expanders

    February 2, 2015

    It’s no easy feat to have one of the best smiles in Hollywood. The reality TV starlet Kristin Cavallari attributes her gorgeous smile to routine oral hygiene, the removal of two impacted wisdom teeth, and having undergone orthodontic treatment. Kristin’s treatment began in sixth grade when she was fitted with a device Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team call a palatal expander, which is used to guide upper jaw growth in our younger patients.

    What is a palatal expander?

    A palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by applying gentle pressure on your upper molars, and is used to make the bottom and upper teeth fit together better. In addition, palatal expanders work to create more room for teeth, as well as promote a broader, more appealing smile.

    Do palatal expanders hurt?

    Palatal expanders are usually not painful, however you may experience difficulty speaking and swallowing for the first few days. Adjusting your palatal expander as instructed by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will ensure there are no delays in regards to your treatment plan.

    Typically, it takes a few weeks to achieve the desired amount of expansion, after which you will keep wearing your expander for about six months, giving time for the new bone to form and stabilize. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will give you detailed instructions about how to adjust your appliance and can answer any questions you may have about your palatal expander.

    If you have any questions about your palatal expander or your treatment plan with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office!

  • Caring for Your Smile after Invisalign® Treatment

    January 30, 2015

    You have done a lot of work to get the perfect smile. You wore your Invisalign aligner trays and cared for your teeth, and now your treatment is done. You still need to take care of your teeth to keep your beautiful smile. Keeps these things in mind when you think about your oral care routine.

    Retainers

    Many patients do require a retainer after Invisalign treatment. This will be based on your unique situation. If a retainer is recommended by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, use it as directed. Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position. You should also avoid hard, crunchy foods for the first couple of weeks as your teeth adjust. For younger patients, retainers are normally used until the wisdom teeth come in or are extracted.

    Brushing and Flossing

    Brushing and flossing must be part of your daily oral care. Flossing helps remove the plaque, which becomes tartar or calculus. This build up can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Your gums may be more sensitive for a week or two after your orthodontic work is completed. A warm salt water rinse may relieve discomfort.

    Your teeth may be slightly sensitive for a short time. They have been protected by your Invisalign aligner trays and now are fully exposed. You might want to try a sensitive toothpaste to get through the transition. Just ask; we will be glad to recommend the best type for your needs. If your teeth are stained, a professional whitening treatment can be considered.

    Regular Dental Checkups

    You still need to have regular dental exams. Professional cleanings and X-rays make sure that both your teeth and gums stay healthy so you can keep your teeth for life. If cavities or other problems are found, they can be taken care of quickly.

    If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth after your Invisalign program, please ask our Midland, MI team. We want you to keep your healthy smile and enjoy the results of your Invisalign treatment.

  • The Invisalign® Treatment Process

    January 29, 2015

    Invisalign is gaining traction as a sought-after solution for orthodontic problems. Unlike traditional braces, which require the placement of brackets on teeth and the connection of unsightly wires, Invisalign works nearly invisibly (as its name suggests). Particularly for those who do not wish to draw attention to their orthodontic work, Invisalign provides an attractive solution.

    Consultation with a Treatment Provider

    Our practice has received specialized training to work with Invisalign. During your consultation appointment, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will assess your smile needs. In some cases, the type of problem may not lend itself to correction through Invisalign, and we may offer an alternative solution.

    Creation of a Custom Treatment Plan

    Invisalign works using a series of customized clear trays that fit almost perfectly over the teeth. To create these trays, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth. These are submitted to a specialized laboratory that makes a 3D image of your smile. This is used to create a specialized treatment plan that provides an estimate of how long treatment will take.

    Arrival of Custom Trays

    Once your customized trays have arrived, the treatment begins. For Invisalign to work properly, you must wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. The trays gently draw your teeth into proper alignment, correcting your orthodontic problems as you go about your everyday life.

    In general, you will replace your aligners with a new set every two weeks. This is to encourage your teeth to continue moving throughout the treatment process. You’ll need to check in with our Midland, MI office every six weeks or so to ensure treatment progresses smoothly.

    Beautiful Smile: Complete!

    Once you complete your individualized treatment plan, you’ll have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Like with traditional braces, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis may recommend that you wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions.

  • My Mummy had Braces! Weird Facts about the History of Braces

    January 28, 2015

    Sometimes real life is stranger and more interesting that any made-up story. These weird and interesting facts about braces will amuse you … and make you glad you didn’t have to get braces “way back when.”

    Mummies with braces: Archaeologists have discovered mummies with crude bands of metal wrapped around their teeth. The metal was wrapped around each individual tooth, and it is believed that ancient dentists used catgut to guide the teeth and close the gaps.

    First “official” braces: The first official braces were constructed in 1728 by Pierre Fauchard. They consisted of flat strips of metal. String was used to connect the metal to the teeth.

    Early rubber bands: In 1850, Tucker began making rubber bands out of rubber tubing.

    Brackets are better: Brackets were invented by Edward Angle in 1915. They were not bonded to the teeth directly, but instead were attached to bands that went around the teeth.

    Wiring by NASA: As braces have become more modern, the technology has improved by leaps and bounds. You may know that some braces wire contains nickel titanium. What you may not know is that this metal was developed by NASA and has special shape memory that is activated by pressure or body heat.

    Over 60 with braces: Actress Faye Dunaway got braces at the age of 61, which shows you are never too old to look more fabulous!

    Oh, and one more thing that didn’t quite make our list, but is interesting all the same. Did you know that almost 25 percent of patients who get braces have to get them again because they wouldn’t wear their retainers? So suck it up, buttercup, and use that retainer!

  • Myths of Orthodontics

    January 22, 2015

    The stereotypical braces wearer – in middle school, with a mouth full of metal brackets – has led to numerous myths about orthodontics that discourage many people from getting the dental care they need. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff would like to put some of these myths to rest.

    Myth 1: Orthodontic treatment is for kids. Although teenagers often visit the orthodontist to get braces, adults represent a growing proportion of orthodontic patients. Whether you’re eight or 80, a consultation with an orthodontist can identify problems with your teeth, jaws, or bite that can be corrected by orthodontic interventions.

    Myth 2: Traditional, metal braces are my only option. Advances in orthodontic technology have rendered improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of yesteryear. Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about Invisalign® braces and other options that make sense for your situation.

    Myth 3: Orthodontic treatment is only helpful for crooked teeth. Sure, a crooked smile is a common reason that patients seek orthodontic care. However, orthodontic interventions help with a range of dental health problems. From missing teeth to overbite to jaw misalignment, your orthodontist can help with many problems associated with the teeth, gums, and jaws.

    Myth 4: Orthodontic treatment is too expensive. As with any medical procedure, orthodontics can be pricey. However, our Midland, MI team works with patients to find payment plans, insurance coverage, or other payment options that reduce the financial burden.

  • Braces-Friendly Recipe: Dinner

    January 20, 2015

    Wearing braces during your treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics presents some unique challenges in the types of food you can safely eat. The wrong items can be difficult to remove from between your teeth and the appliance. Other foods may even break or loosen your braces.

    Dinner recipe ideas

    Lasagna is a great dinner choice because it provides you with several food groups in one easy dish.

    • 1 ½ pounds ground hamburger
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1 tsp. basil
    • 1 pound diced tomatoes — canned is fine
    • 12 oz. tomato paste
    • 1 package of dry spaghetti sauce mix for seasoning
    • 10 oz. box dry lasagna
    • 3 cups ricotta or cottage cheese or 1 ½ cups each mixed
    • ½-cup Parmesan cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 pound sliced or shredded Mozzarella cheese

    Brown and drain your hamburger meat. Dice the garlic and simmer the hamburger, garlic, basil, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and powdered sauce mix for ½ hour.

    Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package and drain.

    Beat the eggs and combine them with your ricotta or cottage cheese.

    Layer ½ of the noodles in a 13 x 9 pan. Spread ½ of your cottage cheese mix on top of the noodles, then layer ½ of the mozzarella on top. Finish this layer with ½ of your hamburger mix. Repeat the layering with the other half of your ingredients. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

    Meats

    You can enjoy ribs and chicken wings as long as you cut the meat from the bone before you eat. The same rule applies to turkey legs; do not gnaw on bones, because this can damage your braces.

    Vegetables and fruits

    You still need to include fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Skip corn on the bob, whole apples, and raw carrots. Broccoli is soft but particles can become stuck in your braces, so be sure to brush and floss after your meal.

    Desserts

    Avoid caramel, taffy, and hard candies for dessert. Pudding and ice cream are fine, but low-sugar versions are best.

    Remember that your mouth will be sore after adjustments with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. Stick to softer foods until the sensitivity is reduced. Please do not hesitate to ask our team for recipe and meal ideas. We will be happy to take the time to explain which foods items are the best choices and why.

    If you have any questions about these recipes, or if you have any questions about eating with braces, please give us a call at our Midland, MI office!

  • AcceleDent® helps you shorten time with braces!

    January 19, 2015

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics are excited to announce that we offer the AcceleDent System! AcceleDent, the first and only orthodontic micropulse device of its kind, can actually reduce the time you spend wearing braces, 38 to 50 percent faster than with traditional orthodontics alone.

    Orthopedic doctors have been using micropulse technology for years, but it just recently became available for orthodontic treatment. The AcceleDent System consists of a light, comfortable, hands-free appliance that patients use for 20 minutes per day. Its gentle microvibrations help stimulate bone movement, resulting in the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in less time than ever before.

    To learn if AcceleDent is right for you, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to schedule an initial appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • How to Floss with Braces

    January 16, 2015

    The Davis & Davis Orthodontics team knows that oral hygiene is important, whether you have braces on your teeth or not. But if you are a person who wears braces, caring for your teeth and gums can become somewhat challenging. Without daily oral hygiene practices, you may become prone to cavities and tooth decay during your time in braces.

    Naturally, you know that brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as after you eat, will help keep your mouth healthy and clean during the months you wear braces. But flossing is also an important part of your hygiene routine. Flossing with braces can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, your general dentist, or your dental hygienist can help you become more comfortable and adept at flossing your teeth during the months you wear braces.

    Flossing Tips for Those with Braces

    • Use Tools Provided by Our Office. A floss threader is a small, plastic needle that will help you floss between the wires and your teeth. Thread a 12-to-18-inch piece of floss onto the needle, and use the needle to get the floss easily behind the wires.
    • Flossing Under the Wires. Once the floss is behind the wires, use your hands to manipulate the floss. Move it up and down along the wires to remove food particles.
    • Flossing Between Your Teeth. Floss between your teeth as you normally would without braces. Move the floss up and down between your teeth, using a clean section of floss for each tooth.
    • After You Finish Flossing. Your orthodontist may have suggested that you use a water pik or proxy brush after you finish brushing. Either of these tools will help remove any loosened food particles to ensure that your teeth and braces are clean.

    Continue Good Oral Hygiene Habits

    Good oral hygiene habits you use while wearing braces will help you achieve the beautiful smile you and the Davis & Davis Orthodontics team have been working toward. Once your braces are off, it may be tempting to slack off on the brushing and flossing. Don’t let yourself fall into any habits that will have a negative impact on your oral health or the attractive smile you waited for throughout the months you wore braces. See your general dentist for regular cleanings, and continue to brush and floss your teeth each day.

  • The Clear Benefits of Invisalign®

    January 15, 2015

    Straighter teeth is something many people desire. A nice smile is one of the most attractive things about a person. However, wearing a mouth full of braces for two, three, or more years can be a major pain, both literally and figuratively.

    Luckily, there is another option. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. Learn more about the benefits Invisalign offers and why you should consider this exciting method of straightening teeth.

    • When you have straight teeth, your mouth is healthier in general and there is less chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign makes it possible for more people to straighten their teeth.
    • Invisalign is essentially invisible. You can straighten your teeth without unsightly metal in your mouth.
    • The average cost is similar to that of traditional braces, which makes it affordable for many families.
    • With Invisalign, the aligner trays are smooth and comfortable to wear. Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable and cause irritation to the mouth.
    • Invisalign is removable, so you do not have to wear the system during special occasions, or when you’re eating. With normal metal braces, you are stuck with them for the entire straightening process.
    • Brushing and flossing are simple. Since the system is removable, you can brush and floss just like normal.

    As you can see, Invisalign is an exciting option we provide at Davis & Davis Orthodontics for those who want straighter teeth. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, talk to Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and find out if it would work for your particular situation. Get started today, and before you know it you will be enjoying your straighter teeth.

    For more information about Invisalign, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office today!

  • When You Need Immediate Care, We are Here for You

    January 14, 2015

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we know orthodontic emergencies are neither convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team are more than willing to see you after hours or over the weekend. As a general rule, you should call our Midland, MI office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. If you have an orthodontic emergency after regular office hours, please give us a call and follow the emergency prompts to contact one of our doctors.

  • Braces-Friendly Snack Ideas

    January 13, 2015

    Wearing braces limits some of the snacks you can eat. However, you still have plenty of choices for fun and healthy foods that will not harm your braces. You can even enjoy a few crunchy treats as long as you choose them carefully.

    Sweet Treats

    Puddings provide a sweet and safe snack while you are wearing braces. You can even select flavored puddings such as caramel to satisfy the urge for items you should not eat. They can be purchased already made or whipped up at home. You can even select low-sugar varieties that still taste good. Ice cream and yogurt are also choices; just avoid products with nuts.

    Healthy Snacks

    Fruits are excellent for a healthy snack. You just need to avoid biting into hard fruits such as whole apples. You can avoid the problem with fruit cocktails packed in water. Cocktails still have the nutritional benefits and flavor, but contain softer pieces. Avoid fruits packed in heavy syrup, though; these tend to have too much sugar.

    Crunchy or Salty Snacks

    Not all crunchy foods are bad; you just need to limit the crunch. Walnuts are a softer nut that can normally be eaten safely. Small cheese crackers satisfy the need for crunchy and salty. You can also allow pieces to dissolve slightly in your mouth before chewing, to reduce any risk.

    Soft granola bars are also an option. Check the granola ingredients to ensure there are no large nut pieces, and brush your teeth afterwards. Otherwise pieces can become stuck in your dental work.

    If you have any questions about safe snacks, do not hesitate to ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff.

  • What are the advantages of lingual braces?

    March 5, 2014

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team get this question a lot. The word lingual means tongue, and lingual braces work in a similar fashion to regular braces, but with one important difference: Lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue, so they are practically invisible. Plus, they can align your teeth just as effectively as traditional braces. Treatment time with lingual braces at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is similar, too. Of course, each patient’s treatment time depends on his or her unique case.

    What are the advantages of lingual braces?

    Besides being completely invisible while straightening your teeth, lingual braces are just as efficient as clear aligners when it comes to complex movements such as correcting rotations, closing extraction spaces, or changing the height of your teeth. Plus, any discoloration or white spots that occur from wearing braces will be on the inside of your teeth. Lingual braces are also custom fit to each patient, which ensures a higher level of comfort.

    If you have been considering orthodontic treatment, or would like to learn more about how lingual braces work, we encourage you to give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you determine if lingual braces are right for you.

  • Why should I visit the dentist during my treatment?

    February 26, 2014

    So, you just got your braces on, and you’re wondering why you should continue visiting your general dentist since you’re seeing Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis every other month. Patients always ask us if they should continue to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer is yes.

    Today, we thought we would share a few reasons why it’s crucial to keep up with your regular visits with your dentist in addition to coming in for your regular adjustments at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    One of the best reasons to visit your dentist while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove plaque and tartar. Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies in which food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

    The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

    The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visiting your dentist every six months or as recommended can go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

    Making sure to visit your dentist will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. If you do not have a general dentist and would like a recommendation on finding one in the Midland, MI area, please give us a call or let us know at your next adjustment appointment!

  • Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment

    February 19, 2014

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, you should have a successful treatment.

    But did you know there’s another way to keep your teeth sparkling and healthy during your time wearing braces?

    Fluoride, the mineral that helps you prevent cavities and tooth decay, can also help keep your teeth strong. Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Depending on your oral health or the recommendation of Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. We may also prescribe a fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse for at-home treatment to keep your teeth happy in between visits.

    If you have any other questions about fluoride or your treatment, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  • The Transformation of Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2014

    Did you know the actions leading to the beginnings of Valentine’s Day were actually centered on the avoidance of war? A Catholic priest named Valentine defied the orders of the Emperor Claudius II and secretly married young men and their brides after the emperor had declared it illegal because only single, young men could be sent to war. Rather than lose potential soldiers to fight his war, Claudius attempted to hoard them by proclaiming marriage illegal.

    Valentine continued to marry young couples anyway and, eventually, was put to death for it in 270 AD. Before his death, he sent a letter to a secret love and signed it “From your Valentine”. Nearly 1,800 years later, people are still signing letters and cards in this manner. This year, carry on the tradition started long ago, while adding your own twist. Here are a few suggestions.

    Simple and Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

    • Memorialize it with a Photo. Couples often have photos taken around Christmas, but Valentine’s Day photos allow you to capitalize on romance. Famous couple Julia Child and her husband, Paul, had their picture taken together every Valentine’s Day and included their sense of humor with silly props.
    • Return to Your First Date Location. Even if your first date together was at a local hotdog stand, its sentimental value can make it a fun part of your Valentine’s Day agenda. Be creative and make a treasure hunt with clues that lead your partner to the original date location, where you can express your love with flowers or a gift.
    • “From Your Valentine” Messages. Deliver your message in a creative way to make this Valentine’s Day stand out from the others. Bake your partner’s favorite treat and write a message on it with a tube of icing, or draw a note on the steamed up mirror so it shows up when your partner takes a shower.

    Although Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, it doesn’t have to be a special day only for couples. If you’re single, use this special day to shower yourself with love, because you’re worth it! After all, the priest Valentine believed so strongly in the sanctity of love that he was willing to risk his life for it. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, young or old, romantic or not, Valentine’s Day is for you. Happy Valentine’s Day from the orthodontic office of Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis.

  • The Effects of Biting Your Nails

    February 5, 2014

    Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

    Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

    1. It’s unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

    2. It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

    3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

    4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

    • Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
    • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
    • Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
    • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
    • Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
    • If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting. Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team for a recommendation.
  • What is orthognathic surgery?

    January 29, 2014

    Orthognathic surgery is surgery to correct a wide variety of abnormalities of our patients’ jaw and teeth. The surgery is often done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. While the patient’s appearance may be significantly improved as a result, the primary purpose of the surgery is to correct functional problems including but not limited to:

    • Unbalanced facial appearance
    • Protruding jaw
    • Open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t overlap properly
    • Excessive wearing down of the teeth
    • Difficulty with chewing or biting
    • Chronic mouth breathing
    • Sleeping problems such as sleep apnea
    • TMJ pain (jaw joint pain)
    • Restoring facial injuries

    Knowing when to start the orthodontic treatment in preparation for orthognathic surgery can also be tricky if our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is treating a teenager. It is important to know when to get started. If orthodontic treatment is initiated too soon and the teenager is still growing, the patient will either need to hold in braces until his or her growth is complete and they are ready for surgery or the braces will have to be removed and then placed again when growth is complete. Neither of these options is attractive since it requires longer time in treatment, which is something all our patients want to avoid. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics strives to get all patients finished with treatment as quickly as possible because it is healthier for the teeth and gums and gives them a beautiful smile to enjoy for a lifetime.

    If you are considering orthognathic surgery or you have been told that you need jaw surgery, give us a call to schedule your initial consultation today. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will explain our treatment plan in a way you will understand and we will keep you informed every step of the way.

  • I got my braces. Now what?

    January 22, 2014

    You’ve taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful appearance by getting braces at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, and you’re probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the period of biggest adjustment, and there’s a lot to learn in this short time. Don’t worry; in a few short days your braces will feel completely natural.

    The first week

    On the first day, your braces will probably feel very odd in your mouth; it will take time to get used to them. By the second day, you may feel some soreness or pain. If you are going to experience any pain, the second and third days are when it will happen. Most pain can be dealt with by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol.

    What about sore spots?

    Your cheeks and tongue are getting used to your new braces, just like your teeth are. You may develop sore spots where this soft tissue rubs against the harsh metal of your braces. The best way to avoid this and allow your mouth to heal is by covering the metal spot with orthodontic wax. Break off a small piece and roll it into a ball in your hands. Dry the metal of the braces with a cotton swab, then wrap the wax around the sharp spot to create a cushion.

    What if they break?

    Braces are held onto your teeth with special orthodontic glue. Once in a great while, part of your appliance may come loose from the surface of a tooth. This won’t harm anything; it will just be slightly inconvenient. Call our office right away and we will be able to glue the bracket back on.

    Make sure you avoid hard items such as ice, brittle, and other hard candies, and don’t open packages with your teeth. These habits can contribute to braces popping off. Even fairly innocent-sounding items like popcorn or French bread can be a culprit, so avoid eating any hard foods, or cut them up into small pieces before consuming.

    If you have questions about which foods to eat and avoid, or if your braces are more sore than expected, feel free to contact our Midland, MI office and ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team. We’re more than happy to help!

  • What is a water pick and do I need one?

    January 15, 2014

    Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets.

    When you use a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing every day.

    If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to floss daily, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water picks to flossing because they don’t cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that a water pick helps you keep the area around the restorations clean.

    So how do you choose the right water pick?

    Water picks are available for home or portable use. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets, while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between water picks is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting. If you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your water pick, check the label first; some models suggest using water only.

    Please give us a call at our Midland, MI office if you have any questions about water picks, or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next visit!

  • How does wisdom tooth removal affect orthodontic care?

    January 8, 2014

    The purpose of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is to correct malocclusion, also known as crooked or crowded teeth, or “bad bites.” Past orthodontic practice dictated that wisdom teeth be removed, especially in cases of crowding.

    The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and are officially known as the third molars. The teeth typically erupt, or break the surface of the skin, in young people between the ages of 13 and 20.

    Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they cannot break through the gum tissue. This typically happens when the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent possible future infection.

    Justification for removing wisdom teeth

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you that in some cases, wisdom teeth attempt to come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth, they inevitably become impacted. Swelling or infection of the gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may cause pain. The greatest danger is pericoronitis, a potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted wisdom tooth, or around a wisdom tooth that has erupted.

    Orthodontists base their decision to remove wisdom teeth on each patient’s individual circumstances. To learn more about the impact wisdom teeth have on orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a visit with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office!

  • It’s a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!

    January 1, 2014

    People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year. At midnight people would yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous year so the New Year would be joyous and filled with opportunity. Nearly 500 years later, we still greet the New Year by whooping and hollering, but in a celebratory manner instead. Whether you intend to ring in the New Year quietly at home in the Midland, MI area or have plans to join the countdown at a gala extravaganza, these tips can help you ring out the old and usher in the new with a smile.

    Tips for a Happy New Year’s Eve Celebration from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    • Be Safe. There’s no way to predict the behavior of others on New Year’s Eve, but you can be responsible for your own behavior to keep yourself safe. If adult beverages will be part of your celebration, plan on spending the night wherever you are or line up a designated driver to bring you home after the party is over.
    • Enjoy Family and Friends. Spending time with the important people in your life is what makes the holidays enjoyable. Coordinate your schedules and choose New Year’s Eve activities that everyone in the group will enjoy. You don’t have to go to a party to ring in the New Year; some people like to go bowling, see a movie, or have a great meal at home.
    • Accessorize with a Smile. Whether you dress up or have a quiet dinner with family and friends, one of the best accessories you can add to your attire is a beautiful smile.

    New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and family, reflect on the year that’s coming to an end, and look forward to the new one with anticipation. Enjoy this transitional holiday in a way that’s safe, healthy, and fun. After all, counting down until the clock strikes 12 marks the beginning of a full year of opportunity ahead of you. From Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, have a great new year!.

  • Not-So-Sweet Sweets: The five worst candies to eat during orthodontic treatment

    December 30, 2013

    Sticky, hard, and gooey: these candies fill your dopamine receptors with spasms of sugar-filled joy, but if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to straighten your teeth, then these sweets are not so sweet. While you may have a Willy-Wonka-sized sweet tooth, there are some candies you’re going to have to avoid while wearing braces.

    Here are five bracket- and wire-destroying culprits that Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team recommend leaving on the candy aisle and not put in your mouth, no matter how tempting they may be.

    1. Gum is sticky and stringy. It can get tangled like fishing net in your braces. You don’t want to be that boy or girl trying to pull knots of Wrigley’s out of your braces without being seen.
    2. All chewy, gooey candies need to be avoided. When you’re wearing braces, don’t even think about putting a caramel candy in your mouth. Caramel will not only stick to your braces, making it look as if you haven’t brushed your teeth in a week, but the gooey texture can pull apart the wires, and trigger an emergency visit to Davis & Davis Orthodontics.
    3. Hard candy may seem like a safe choice, but it’s not. What’s the problem? Nobody ever just sucks on hard candy; sooner or later, we bite down on it. Biting a hard candy may cause part of your braces to snap. Furthermore, once the candy is broken into a bunch of little pieces, it’s not uncommon for one of those sugary shards to get wedged between your braces and teeth … and that’s a cavity waiting to happen.
    4. The taffy you enjoy getting at a seaside boardwalk is going to have to go on the back burner. Like caramel, taffy can pull apart and damage your braces. You don’t want to have your expensive orthodontic gear replaced.
    5. Please, just one lollipop? Nope. A lollipop is nothing more than hard candy on a stick. If you can’t have hard candy during orthodontic treatment, then you shouldn’t have hard candy on a stick either.

    Have any more questions about what you can and can’t eat when you have braces? Please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to learn more, or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next adjustment visit!

  • Orthodontics and Whole Body Health

    December 19, 2013

    In recent years, many links have been established between orthodontic treatments and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, researchers have observed that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or experience difficulty controlling blood sugar than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find associations between oral health and the overall health of the body, as of yet it hasn’t been determined whether gum disease is the sole cause of these health conditions. What can be determined, however, is that good oral health isn’t just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

    The associations between gum disease and whole body health

    The links between the health of your mouth and the health of your body are too many to ignore. Is it a coincidence that gum disease and other health problems occur together? Researchers don’t think so, despite the lack of definitive proof.

    Here are four possible connections between the health of your mouth and the health of your body.

    • Excessive oral inflammation has been linked to a greater incidence of clogged arteries.
    • The American Society of Microbiology has revealed that certain types of oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells and weaken the wall of the heart.
    • Loose teeth are often believed to be a warning sign for osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to become less dense.
    • Some studies suggest women with gum disease are more likely than those without gum disease to deliver preterm, low-weight babies.

    Orthodontics and gum disease

    So what does undergoing orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics have to do with gum disease? Braces do so much more than give you a nice-looking smile. Quite simply, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. Your toothbrush is able to remove more plaque-causing bacteria, and your floss is more effective at ridding tiny particles between your teeth.

    Despite the lack of hard facts in these findings, the message is clear: If you improve your oral health, you will also have a greater chance of maintaining the health of your entire body. And that’s a chance Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics believe is worth taking. For more information about this topic, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office or ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis during your next visit!

  • Feeling Confident at Your Orthodontic Consultation

    December 11, 2013

    How You Can Start Preparing Now

    When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    One of the best ways to prepare for an orthodontic consultation is to understand your options. With so many choices available today, orthodontic care is a lot more versatile than in the past. You can start preparing now by seeking out and understanding those options. With a few specific things in mind, you can be totally confident and prepared for your consultation.

    Questions to Ask During the Consultation

    As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that a few questions may naturally arise. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Our orthodontic team is here to help. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation.

    • Is there an estimated length of time that I will likely require braces?
    • How much should I expect to pay for my treatment? What are the payment options?
    • Does getting braces hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent or minimize pain?
    • Is it likely that I will be wearing extra appliances in addition to braces to correct my overbite or other problems?
    • Are there specific foods I will need to avoid when I get braces?
    • Will braces prevent me from playing my favorite sport or musical instrument?
    • How can I keep my teeth clean with braces?
    • How often will I be expected to come in for checkups and other appointments?

    Once your consultation is over, you don’t have to feel like your options are exhausted. If questions arise after the consultation, don’t be afraid to ask. Our orthodontic team will be here to help throughout the entire process.

    Confidence throughout the Process

    With answers to your questions, and an orthodontic team on your side, you can be confident about any necessary orthodontic treatments. From the initial consultation to the day your braces come off, your orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can be a smooth and simple process. The moment you see that beautiful smile, you’ll know it was all worth it.

    We love bringing nothing but the most amazing smiles to our patients!

  • What’s the deal with bottled water?

    December 4, 2013

    As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride! Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friends at the American Dental Association have endorsed both community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as a safe means of preventing tooth decay.

    In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also warned that “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” If you are avoiding fluoridated tap water in favor of ever-more-popular bottled water, you could be missing out on the levels of fluoride necessary to make a difference in your oral health. One 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found that more than 65 percent of parents using bottled water did not know what levels of fluoride it contained.

    If bottled water happens to be your or your children’s beverage of choice, check the label to make sure your brand contains fluoride. Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake.

    Questions about fluoride? Give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office! We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Thanksgiving Trivia

    November 21, 2013

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and family.

    The Turkey

    There is no historical evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner. It was a three-day party shared by the Wamponoag Indians and the pilgrims in 1621. Historians say they likely ate venison and seafood.

    According to National Geographic, the dinner at the Plymouth colony was in October and included about 50 English colonists and 90 American Indian men. The first Thanksgiving dinner could have included corn, geese, and pumpkin.

    Today, turkey is the meat of choice. According to the National Turkey Association, about 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving, or about 46 million turkeys.

    The Side Dishes

    The green bean casserole became popular about 50 years ago. Created by the Campbell Soup Company, it remains a popular side dish. According to Campbell’s, it was developed when the company was creating an annual holiday cookbook. The company now sells about $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup each year, which is a major part of the recipe.

    While there were likely plenty of cranberries for the pilgrims and Indians to enjoy, sugar was a luxury. What we know today as cranberry sauce was not around in those early Thanksgiving days. About 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced each year in the US, with about 30 percent consumed on Thanksgiving.

    The Parade

    Since Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until Lincoln declared it in 1863, the annual parades were not yearly events until much later. The biggest parade that continues to draw crowds is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning in 1924 with about 400 employees, they marched from Convent Avenue to 145th Street in New York City. Famous for the huge hot-air balloons today, it was actually live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo that were the stars of the show then.

    However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday with those you love.

  • What is a palatal expander?

    November 20, 2013

    If Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics have recommended a palatal expander, you might be wondering what it is and how it will help you. A palatal expander is a small appliance fitted in your mouth to create a wider space in the upper jaw. It is often used when there is a problem with overcrowding of the teeth or when the upper and lower molars don’t fit together correctly. While it is most commonly used in children, some teens and adults may also need a palatal expander.

    Reasons to get a palatal expander

    There are several reasons you might need to get a palatal expander:

    • Insufficient room for permanent teeth currently erupting
    • Insufficient space for permanent teeth still developing which might need extraction in the future
    • A back crossbite with a narrow upper arch
    • A front crossbite with a narrow upper arch

    How long will you need the palatal expander?

    On average, patients have the palatal expander for four to seven months, although this is based on the individual and the amount of correction needed. Several months are needed to allow the bone to form and move to the desired width. It is not removable and must remain in the mouth for the entire time.

    Does it prevent the necessity for braces?

    The palatal expander doesn’t necessarily remove the need for braces in the future, but it can in some cases. Some people only need braces because of a crossbite or overcrowding of the teeth, which a palatal expander can help correct during childhood, when teeth are just beginning to erupt. However, others may eventually need braces if, once all their permanent teeth come in, they have grown in crookedly or with additional spaces between.

    If you think your child could benefit from a palatal expander, or want to learn about your own orthodontic treatment options, please feel free to contact our Midland, MI office!

  • We proudly offer Invisalign Teen®!

    November 13, 2013

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team are excited to offer Invisalign Teen, a clear alternative to braces that’s just for teens! With Invisalign Teen, we are able to straighten your teen’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces.

    Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. What’s more, they are removable, which means your child is free to eat anything they choose, as well as brush and floss with ease! And best of all, Invisalign Teen uses no wires or metal to straighten your teen’s teeth.

    Invisalign Teen aligners are made from a lightweight plastic material and fit precisely on the teeth. Invisalign Teen has become a popular treatment here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics because it helps our younger patients achieve a straight, beautiful smile without their friends noticing.

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is aware that most teens today have a busy lifestyle, and sometimes, they tend to lose things, including their retainers or aligners. But with Invisalign Teen, if your child happens to lose an aligner, let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know as soon as possible and we will have the aligner replaced.

    For more information on Invisalign Teen, please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office today!

  • Keep that candy at bay during your treatment!

    November 8, 2013

    Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment, as Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you. While we trust you will continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, you also have to mindful of what you eat. While all those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats can actually damage your teeth and braces!

    Sour candies  can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. If you do indulge in eating these candies at some point during your treatment, be sure to wash your mouth out with water, drink milk or eat a few slices of cheese. These foods will help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

    Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health, too; researchers have discovered the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine just as you did before your braces. This includes visiting your dentist here in Midland, MI every six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, as well as visiting Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for your regular adjustment appointments.

    For more questions about foods you should avoid while wearing braces, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, we encourage you to give us a call, ask us at your next adjustment appointment or ask us on Facebook!

  • Braces-Friendly Recipe: Lunch

    November 6, 2013

    Getting braces comes with a lot of rules. No sticky candies, watch out for popcorn, and steer clear of chips. These rules leave many braces-wearers wondering what they can still eat without hurting their teeth or their expensive orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, constructing a braces-friendly lunch is straightforward once you know which foods to avoid.

    Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

    There are a few food categories to avoid when you have braces. Sticky foods also stick to the metal in your braces, and can potentially break wires or individual braces. For example: bubblegum, candy bars, caramel, licorice, fruit roll-ups, and Starbursts should be avoided. Many of these foods also contain high levels of sugar, which can cause plaque build-up if not brushed away properly.

    Also, be wary of hard foods that can harm your orthodontic appliances. Avoid eating hard taco shells, chips, Rice Crispy treats, hard candy, beef jerky, and popcorn. Some healthy foods, such as carrots, apples, corn on the cob, and nuts, are hard on braces. To eat these foods safely, cut them into smaller pieces before eating.

    Remember that certain habits may be harmful to your braces. For example, crunching on ice cubes may be a reflexive response when you’re enjoying a cold beverage, but this can significantly harm your braces and extend treatment time. To stay on the safe side, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics recommend you drink beverages without ice or add crushed ice whenever possible.

    Lunch Recipe

    Even with braces, it’s easy to enjoy a healthy, nutritious lunch. For example, make a panini on whole wheat bread with slices of turkey deli meat, a piece of Swiss cheese, and tomato slices. Spread 1 tbsp. of mustard or mayonnaise on the bread before toasting the sandwich in a panini grill. Serve the panini with ½ c. low-fat cottage cheese and a sliced pear or apple for a balanced meal. Then grab a pudding cup or some JELLO for dessert. Wash it all down with water containing a lemon wedge or all-natural fruit juice. Make sure to brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash after lunch to wash away sugars and food residue that can get trapped in braces and cause decay.

    If you have any questions about what you can and can’t eat with braces during your treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, be sure to ask our team during your next appointment at our Midland, MI office!

  • I got my braces. Now what?

    November 1, 2013

    We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment.

    Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics recommends that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. The use of a fluoride rinse is recommended as well; ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis for a recommendation.

    When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to three to five days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

    You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?”

    Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

    Ice cream, yogurt, pudding, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, as well as our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will tell you it’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our Midland, MI office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

    Lastly, in addition to visiting Davis & Davis Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

    Questions? Please let us know below, on our Facebook page, or by giving us a call!

  • The Intriguing History of Halloween

    October 25, 2013

    Halloween is fast approaching, and Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is familiar to most people today bears little resemblance to the original Halloween; back in the “old days” it wasn’t even called Halloween!

    Festival of the Dead

    Halloween started out as a Celtic festival of the dead that honored departed loved ones and signified a change in the cycle of the seasons. The Celtic people viewed Halloween, then called “Samhain,” as a very special day – almost like our New Years day in fact, as their new calendar year began on November 1st. Samhain was the last day of autumn, so it was the time to harvest the last of the season’s crops, store food away for winter, and situate livestock comfortably for the upcoming cold weather. The Celts believed that during this day, the last day of winter, the veil between this world and the spirit world is the thinnest, and that the living could communicate with departed loved ones most effectively on Samhain due to this.

    Modern Halloween

    Halloween as we know it today started because Christian missionaries were working to convert the Celtic people to Christianity. The Celts believed in religious concepts that were not supported by the Christian church, and these practices, which stemmed from Druidism, were perceived by the Christian church as being “devil worship” and dangerous.

    When Pope Gregory the First instructed his missionaries to work at converting the Pagan people, he told them to try to incorporate some of the Pagan practices into Christian practices in a limited way. This meant that November 1st became “All Saints Day,” which allowed Pagan people to still celebrate a beloved holiday without violating Christian beliefs.

    Today, Halloween has evolved into a day devoted purely to fun, candy, and kids. What a change from its origins! We encourage all of our patients to have fun during the holiday, but be safe with the treats. Consider giving apples or fruit roll-ups to the kids instead of candy that is potentially damaging to the teeth.

    Remind kids to limit their candy and brush after eating it! Sweets can cause major tooth decay, so to avoid extra visits to our Midland, MI office, make your Halloween a safe one!

  • How do I know if I need braces?

    October 18, 2013

    Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to schedule an initial consultation. Here are 12 warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

    1. Early or late loss of baby teeth

    2. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way

    3. Mouth breathing

    4. Finger sucking or other oral habits

    5. Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth

    6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or recede

    7. Speech difficulty

    8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth

    9. Protruding teeth

    10. Difficulty of chewing or biting

    11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry

    12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

    Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call at our Midland, MI office as soon as possible! Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our staff know orthodontic emergencies are never convenient or timely. If you are a patient of record, we are committed to your oral health and are available to you.

  • Making your life better with orthodontics

    October 11, 2013

    The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smiles so take the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted and make your initial consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental and overall health as well. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

    Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to schedule your consultation today!

  • October is National Orthodontic Health Month

    October 4, 2013

    What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the northern hemisphere, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly: heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start making plans for the upcoming holidays or looking at the beautiful and changing autumn scenery. October means something a little different to our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics because this is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do.

    National Orthodontic Health Month is an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals. During this month, we make a special effort to promote dental health and orthodontic health in particular. This is a great time to get your questions answered by dental professionals in your community and to learn more about exactly what an orthodontist can do for you and your family. Events held in connection with National Orthodontic Health Month are also an opportunity for us orthodontists to come out and meet community members. If you have never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect. Meeting one of us in person before your checkup is a great way to find out what kind of person you’ll be seeing during your appointment.

    Meeting Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis in a relaxed “meet and greet” atmosphere can be especially helpful for any young orthodontic patients in your family. Kids of all ages–and their parents!–can feel anxiety about going to the dentist. Getting to know the person you have an appointment with can make the experience a lot less stressful for everyone. We don’t want anyone to avoid seeing a dental professional for regular checkups just because they don’t know who we are. Just meeting and talking with the orthodontist you’ll be seeing may be enough to make you feel more comfortable about your upcoming appointment.

    Dental health is something that affects everyone; healthy teeth and gums contribute to a healthy smile and a lifetime of comfort and well-being. Orthodontists are just one of the various dental practitioners you could visit at some point in your life, so taking a little time to learn who we are and what we do is certain to be a helpful experience. We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at our Midland, MI location!

  • How long does orthodontic treatment take?

    September 27, 2013

    Your smile is unique, so your orthodontic treatment time should also be unique and customized for your special needs. In the past the average orthodontic treatment took approximately two years, but with today’s new technology and our commitment to providing the best orthodontic care in the least amount of time, we have experienced a reduction in our patients’ treatment time. With the use of lighter forces, customized braces, and clear aligners, our patients experience less discomfort and shorter treatment time while achieving a great smile.

    Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need more than two years to correct. Only Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will be able to accurately estimate the time your treatment will take. But trust us—it’ll all be worth it in the end!

    Has your child or teen visited Davis & Davis Orthodontics for an orthodontic consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help him or her begin the journey to a gorgeous smile! Please feel free to contact our Midland, MI orthodontic office, and let us know how we can help you. We look forward to working with you and your family, and giving you the right orthodontic care that makes you smile.

  • Orthodontic Emergency Care

    September 13, 2013

    Although major orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare, when they do happen it is important to seek immediate attention. By comparison, a minor orthodontic issue is something you can usually take care of yourself, or wait until your next scheduled appointment for care. Here are some guidelines to help you understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and a minor issue.

    ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES

    Acute, Direct Injury to the Mouth, Jaw, or TeethWhether undergoing orthodontic care or not, if you injure your mouth, jaw, or teeth, you should see a doctor or dentist immediately. You may need an X-ray to determine the extent of your injury. If the injury affects the orthodontic appliances, they will need adjustment or possibly replacement, depending upon the extent of the injury.

    Infected Teeth

    It is possible for teeth to become infected following orthodontic treatment. This may or may not be related to your orthodontic appliances. If you experience pain or swelling around a tooth that gets progressively worse, seek professional care as soon as possible.

    MINOR ORTHODONTIC ISSUES

    While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, minor issues are much more common. Here are some examples of minor orthodontic issues that can be remedied on your own and/or fixed at your next office visit:

    • Poking wire
    • Loose bracket
    • Loose elastic band
    • Loose wire
    • Loose appliance
    • Headgear does not fit
    • Lost or broken elastic band
    • General soreness

    Any of the above issues can happen as a result of normal usage, shifting, and wear of your braces. Eating unusually hard or sticky foods can cause or exacerbate these problems. Vigorous brushing of the teeth can also be a factor. None of these issues are emergencies unless they are accompanied by acute or prolonged pain or discomfort.

    As for on-the-spot remedies, covering a loose bracket or wire with wax can be a quick fix to alleviate discomfort until your next orthodontist visit. Poking or protruding wires can be moved with a cotton swab or tweezers, or clipped down with nail clippers. Be sure to sterilize the tweezers or clippers in alcohol first. Cover any clipped wire ends with a small ball of wax.

    Some soreness or small abrasions in the mouth are normal, especially with recent orthodontic work. Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution comprised of eight ounces or warm water and one teaspoon of salt.

    When in doubt, be sure to contact our Midland, MI office with any questions, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

  • What was your favorite part of summer?

    September 6, 2013

    It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving plans in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

    Share your favorite memories, stories, or photos with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

  • Celebrate Labor Day by Getting Away

    August 30, 2013

    Labor Day honors the contributions that workers have made to this country, and for many Americans, the holiday is a great time to relax at home with family and friends. But there are quite a few people who celebrate the holiday by getting out of town, with an estimated 33 million people traveling more than 50 miles over Labor Day weekend in 2012, according to CNN.com. If you’re dreaming of a great Labor Day escape but you’re not quite sure where to go, here are a few ideas from our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to give you some travel inspiration.

    Explore a National Park

    On a national holiday like Labor Day, it’s only fitting to experience the beauty of America’s landscapes by heading to the nearest national park. If you’re confined to an office most days of the year, national parks can provide a relaxing and scenic escape, whether you’re by yourself, traveling with a group of friends, or bringing the whole family along. Depending on how close you live to the nearest park, you can stay for an afternoon or for longer than a week. With 58 parks located in 27 states, there are plenty of beautiful areas to choose from.

    Chow Down in a BBQ Haven

    Barbecuing is a popular Labor Day activity, but instead of sweating over your own grill or oven, try visiting one of the country’s BBQ capitals. U.S. News and World Report names Memphis as the top BBQ destination, with more than 80 BBQ restaurants in the city, most notably Corky’s BBQ and Central BBQ. Kansas City is also known for the sweet taste of its sauces, while central Texas is said to have perfected the technique of smoking tender and flavorful brisket.

    Relax on the Beach

    Many people think of Labor Day as the unofficial start of fall, which brings cooler temperatures, more rain, and for many people, an end to lazy days at the beach. End your beach days with a bang by taking a trip to one of the coasts or to a lakeside beach. For an added dose of festivity, find a city or town that celebrates the occasion with a fireworks display over the water.

    Whether you’re looking to turn your getaway into a full week affair or you simply want to experience a quick escape, make the most of your holiday by changing your surrounding scenery. Happy Labor Day from the orthodontic practice of Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis!

  • Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth?

    August 23, 2013

    A lot of patients ask us why Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier as well? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

    Straight teeth are also less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque, that sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth. When you visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics for your initial consultation, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will examine all aspects of your teeth, face, smile, and jaw.

    If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up an initial orthodontic consultation at our convenient Midland, MI office. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

    Questions? Give us a call, ask us below or on our Facebook page!

  • How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

    August 16, 2013

    Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

    Graduation of Wear Time

    When we remove your braces, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

    As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

    However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

    Considerations

    If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

    Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

    Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our Midland, MI office if you have any questions about your retainer!

  • Love your new smile? Tell us about it!

    August 9, 2013

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we proudly treat adults, teens, and children; no matter what your age, we believe you deserve a great smile. Our warm and welcoming team is known for their for their exceptional orthodontic skills. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our talented team have been creating beautiful smiles for years, and today would like to ask: what do you love about your new smile? How has your smile improved your life?

    Whether you’ve just come in for an initial orthodontic consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis or your family has been visiting office for years, we would love to hear your thoughts about your treatment. In fact, we encourage you to leave a few words for us below or on our Facebook page!

    We look forward to reading your feedback!

  • It’s time to go back to school!

    August 2, 2013

    Now that many of the schools in Midland, MI are back in session, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics this fall. In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.

    As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.

    We’ll see you soon and hope summer is winding down nicely for you and your family!

  • How to Protect Your Braces During Sports Activities

    July 26, 2013

    Proper mouth protection is recommended by Davis & Davis Orthodontics when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your lip.

    Full Facial Guards

    Full facial guards are often used in football and offer protection to your mouth from most injuries. Even with full facial protection, you may benefit from additional mouth protection. While your face is protected from outside impact, you could still suffer from cuts or damage to your braces from internal impact.

    Mouthguards

    Mouthguards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth. Unfortunately, these guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis can make custom mouthguards specifically for you. The custom fitting ensures you of better protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. The American Dental Association recommends custom guards for orthodontic patients. Your mouthguard will be designed to provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

    No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouthguard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouthguard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics will provide you with properly-fitting mouth protection to ensure the safety of your braces and your teeth. We will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

  • Why is flossing so important when I have braces?

    July 19, 2013

    You’ve made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment?  Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you’re wearing braces as you did before proceeding with treatment.

    Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you’re wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids upon eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.

    While we know it’s tough enough to get kids to floss daily without braces, that battle becomes even tougher when braces are involved. Remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities and gum disease during your treatment.

    When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket. When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.

    Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. And don’t forget to add a mouthwash to your routine to break up any bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape during your treatment.

    If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics please don’t hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!

  • Foods that are Safe for Braces

    July 12, 2013

    Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So, what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

    The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

    A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

    Post-Tightening Foods

    As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

    • Pudding
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Soup
    • Ice cream
    • Cottage cheese
    • Peas
    • Pancakes
    • Pasta

    Foods to Avoid

    According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

    • Hard candies
    • Gum
    • Nuts
    • Popcorn
    • Certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)

    Considerations

    Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

    Have more questions about orthodontic treatment? The Davis & Davis Orthodontics staff is always ready to answer all of your questions and help you get the most out of the treatment plan prescribed for you by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis!

  • Do we have your summer contact info?

    July 5, 2013

    We hope you’re all having a great summer so far! If you are planning on traveling with family this summer, or think you might not be able to make it to your scheduled appointment with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please let us know ahead of time.

    Also, we ask that you give us a call at our Midland, MI office and and let us know if you have any new phone numbers, or if your contact information has changed so we can easily reach you in the future. Thank you!

  • Fun Facts for the Fourth

    June 28, 2013

    The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our country’s traditions and symbols from the team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    The Statue of Liberty

    With a torch in one hand and a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols of our country. However, as recognizable as certain parts of the statue are, not many people know that broken shackles, which represent oppression and tyranny, are lying at Lady Liberty’s feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs in at a whopping 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch up for more than 125 years, which must make for some impressive arm muscles.

    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Since 1916, people have been flocking to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to witness what some people call the “superbowl of competitive eating.” Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest challenges competitors to devour as many hot dogs as they can in just ten minutes, with the current record holder swallowing a whopping 68 hot dogs back in 2009! If you’d like to witness this bizarre and frenzied eating competition but you won’t be anywhere near Coney Island on the fourth, don’t worry. ESPN has been broadcasting this popular event for several years, so you can watch from the comfort of your couch while you eat a reasonably portioned meal.

    The History Behind Fireworks

    Viewing the nighttime fireworks display is exciting way to finish off the fourth. Many people know that these brilliant displays probably originated with the Chinese. However, according to History.com, many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting the sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for the today’s modern fireworks.

    Whether you’re planning on visiting the Statue of Liberty, watching fireworks in Midland, MI, or even participating in a hot dog eating contest, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team hope you have a safe and fun-filled holiday. Happy Fourth of July!

  • What is Hyperdontia?

    June 21, 2013

    When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth, and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics call this oral condition “hyperdontia.” Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt in your child’s mouth, typically by the time they are 36 months old, and are shed by the time your child reaches the age of 12. Permanent teeth then take the place of the primary teeth and are usually fully-erupted by the time your son or daughter reaches 21 years of age. Anyone who develops more than 20 primary teeth or more than 32 permanent teeth has hyperdontia, and the additional teeth are referred to as supernumerary teeth.

    While the cause of hyperdontia is not entirely clear, it is believed that there may be a genetic factor. Oral professionals have found that patients with extra teeth often have syndromes like cleidocranial dysplasia, Ehler-Danlos syndrome, Gardner syndrome, or cleft lip and palate. The prevalence of hyperdontia affects between one and four percent of the population in the United States, and the majority of cases are limited to a single tooth.

    So, what is the best way to deal with hyperdontia? It really depends on the case. The treatment plan your doctor suggests varies according to the potential problem posed by the supernumerary teeth, as well as their type. Orthodontic treatment may certainly may help, but extraction can also be a good option. We recommend that children receive an oral evaluation or checkup no later than the age of seven. In addition to hygiene evaluation, this helps ensure your child does not experience hyperdontia problems.

    If you suspect you or your child may be suffering from hyperdontia, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Midland, MI office to be evaluated.

  • How much do braces cost?

    June 14, 2013

    This is one of the most common questions that is asked at Davis & Davis Orthodontics and, unfortunately, it does not have a simple answer. Just as every patient we see is unique, so is their treatment plan. Some patients have very simple problems which require less appliances and time, while other cases are much more complicated and may require multiple appliances and phases.

    The treatment fee usually reflects the amount of orthodontic work required to complete the treatment plan. The only way to find out how much braces will cost is to schedule a consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis. During your consultation, we will perform a complete oral examination, listen to your concerns, and explain how we will address your needs.

    Our findings will include the cost of orthodontics and how long the treatment will take to complete. Give us a call today at our convenient location in Midland, MI for a consultation and discover how quickly we can make you smile!

  • June Marks National Dairy Month!

    June 7, 2013

    In honor of June being Dairy Month, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics would like to remind our patients about the importance of dairy to your overall health! Regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, has been found to lower your chances of contracting gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).

    Those who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease. Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth and a smile that will last a lifetime.

    Questions about which foods you should steer clear of and which you should enjoy? Give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

  • Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

    May 31, 2013

    If you’re wearing braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed by Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here, we’ve listed the five best ways to ensure you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

    USE A SPECIAL TOOTHBRUSH

    A regular toothbrush just doesn’t cut it when you are wearing braces. You also need to use an interdental toothbrush so that you can effectively clean behind the braces. According to HealthGuidance.org, this type of brush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree that can remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth. We also recommend using a WaterPik, with its highly pressurized pulsating water, to help get all of those hard-to-reach places.

    BRUSH AFTER EVERY MEAL

    Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

    DON’T FORGET THE MOUTH RINSE

    Even after properly brushing and flossing, there are probably some food particles in your braces. A fluoride mouth rinse is the best way to ensure that every bit of food is removed after meals. If you do not have a mouth rinse available, we suggest using water — it’s better than nothing.

    AVOID SWEETS

    Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to avoiding tooth decay. If you can nix decay-causing sugary foods from the outset, we promise you’ll spend less time trying to treat problems in the future.

    GET REGULAR CHECKUPS

    Visit your dentist regularly while you are wearing braces. Our office recommends a thorough cleaning every three to six months. Let our Midland, MI office know if you have questions about your oral health while in braces – our entire team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy!

  • Memorial Day

    May 24, 2013

    Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

    Marking the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, wreaths, or other tokens has been practiced throughout history, but it wasn’t until the mark of the end of the Civil War that a special day was decided upon as the one to spend in remembrance. By 1890, every state in the country was observing Decoration Day, but it wasn’t until 1967 when the name formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts, and in June of 1968, Congress moved the official date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May in order to create a three day weekend.

    Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more a day of spending time with family, friends, and other loved ones. This day is also heralded as the start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics remembers it as a day to take solace and remembered those lost.

    Traditional observances of Memorial Day are still held, and they often involve raising the American Flag then lowering it to a half-staff position until noon, and then raising it once again to its full height afterwards. The flag is lowered to remember those who’ve lost their lives while in service to their country, and then it is raised to signify our willingness to not let their sacrifice be in vain.

    From community parades in the Midland, MI area, backyard cook-outs, and fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is commemorated in many different ways. No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember those who’ve lost their lives in an effort to preserve our freedom.

  • Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

    May 17, 2013

    One exciting part about wearing braces from Davis & Davis Orthodontics is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. From Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, you have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

    Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

    Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

    With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

    • School spirit colors
    • Favorite sports team colors
    • Patriotic colors
    • Holiday themes

    Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

    What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

    • Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
    • Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
    • Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
    • Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
    • Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
    • Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.
  • What causes crooked teeth?

    May 10, 2013

    There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. The most common is hereditary, while other causes include irregularly-shaped teeth or jaws, premature loss of baby teeth, and habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting. It is very important that you schedule an appointment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics so that we can make an early diagnosis and treatment plan that will best suit your or your child’s needs.

    Establishing a proper bite is not just cosmetic but can dramatically improve our patients’ dental and overall health.

    Crooked teeth can:

    • Interfere with proper chewing
    • Hinder proper oral hygiene, which increases the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
    • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

    Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options at Davis & Davis Orthodontics that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We look forward to helping you or your child achieve the bite and smile that will last a lifetime. Give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to book your initial consultation.

  • May Marks National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

    May 3, 2013

    Did you know the month of May is designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? After all, there isn’t a better time to celebrate physical activity as when the warm weather and sunshine makes its way back into our lives!

    Now that the flowers are in bloom and the weather has warmed up, it’s easier to go outside and soak up the sun. After spending the winter working out in gyms or doing crunches at home, exercising outdoors can be a lot more enjoyable as well. Whether you enjoy hikes, jogging, or biking, spring gives us a chance to smell the grass, take in the rays, and enjoy the blue sky—all senses that we just can’t duplicate at the gym.

    If jogging or biking isn’t your cup of tea, we encourage you to try a sport! Sports have some amazing qualities that we often overlook. Team sports like baseball and soccer, and individual sports like golf and tennis can improve your coordination and agility, in addition to building determination, confidence, drive, hard-work, pride, leadership, and time management.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we always encourage our patients to stay fit by exercising or participating in sports. However, we want to remind you to always wear a mouthguard or other form of facial protection when playing sports. To learn more about how often your child should exercise, or to ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, please give us a call!

  • What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

    April 26, 2013

    If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling an orthodontic consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your questions, as well as discuss a treatment options that would best suit you or your child’s situation.

    Here are the top five questions that most patients want answered during their initial orthodontic consultation:

    • Can I benefit from orthodontic treatment, and if so, how long will it take?
    • How frequently will my appointments be scheduled?
    • Can I expect any pain when getting braces? (Ask Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis about the ways we address pain management).
    • Will I need to have teeth extracted, headgear, expansion appliance, etc.?
    • How much will it cost and what payment options do you offer?

    Visit our website for more answers to your questions prior to your initial consultation. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics are happy to answer all your questions and concerns, and excited to explain all aspects of your treatment plan, as well as the expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you with the smile you’ve always wanted.

  • Make Every Day Earth Day

    April 19, 2013

    During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

    Many people feel that they can’t make a difference if they don’t do something big. But caring for the environment doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd and all year around.

    Four Small Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

    • Recycle Your Textiles. Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
    • Reduce Usage of Disposables. Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
    • Conserve Water. If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
    • Turn Off the Lights. Flip the light switch to “Off” if you’re going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.

    It’s not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make a big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint. Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children’s generation.

  • The Evolution of Braces

    April 12, 2013

    Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? Davis & Davis Orthodontics thinks of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

    Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

    • According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
    • The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
    • A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

    18th Century: A French Development

    • The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
    • Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

    19th Century: Orthodontics Defined

    • Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
    • During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
    • Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
    • Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

    20th Century: New Materials Abound

    • Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
    • By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
    • Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular

    Today

    As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

    Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible. Call our office in Midland, MI to schedule your first orthodontic consultation!

    http://www.angle.org/doi/full/10.1043/0003-3219(2002)0722.0.CO;2 http://www.archwired.com/HistoryofOrtho.htm

  • April Marks National Facial Protection Month

    April 5, 2013

    April, also known as National Facial Protection Month, is upon us, and for Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, that only means one thing: it’s once again time to remind our patients to protect their faces and pearly whites.

    According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually. To us, that’s simply unacceptable. By simply wearing a properly fitted mouthguard or other form of protection, kids and adults alike can greatly reduce their chances of traumatic facial injuries.

    Here are five ways to ensure you and your child’s can protect your mouth this spring:

    1. Make sure you or your child wears a mouthguard for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.

    2. Remind him or her to wear a helmet

    3. …and protective eyewear

    4. Wearing a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin will help

    5. Make sure your child is alert, even as a spectator

    We hope these tips are helpful. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in contact sports or activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact us at our Midland, MI office.

    Stay safe and have fun this spring!

  • “What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency while I’m on vacation?”

    March 27, 2013

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you’re on vacation so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Firstly, we are here for you whether you are in town or out of town on vacation. Give us a call and we may be able to address the problem over the phone. Second, if we are unable to help you fix the problem over the phone, we will help you find an orthodontic practice in your vacation area that can help you.

    If you experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get them out of pain or discomfort. Lastly, we want you to know there is nothing you can do to your braces or wires that we won’t be able to fix when you return home.

    Also, if you have braces—be it metal, ceramic, or lingual—Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team suggest steering clear of the following foods to avoid broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

    • Chewy, sticky or gummy foods

    Avoid apples, pears and other whole fruits. Instead, cut fruit into thin wedges before consuming.

    Bagels and hard rolls

    Bubble gum

    Corn on the cob

    Hard candies

    Hard cookies

    Pretzels

    Nuts: All varieties, including peanuts, almonds and cashews

    Finally, if you have Invisalign and you lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us immediately!

    Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation!

  • Can you believe that it is already spring?!

    March 22, 2013

    Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you take some special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve during your orthodontic treatment.

    In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with our team.

    Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards!

  • What does a beautiful smile mean to you?

    March 15, 2013

    GirlB&WWe know that having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late thirties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

    If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

    Don’t hide your smile any longer — give us a call today to schedule your or your child’s initial orthodontic consultation.

  • Patient question: “What is malocclusion?”

    March 8, 2013


    This is a question we hear all the time. Malocclusion, or what we call having a “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your appearance. Most people will experience some degree of malocclusion, but it generally is not severe enough to require orthodontic treatment. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

    Untreated malocclusion can lead undesirable mouth problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, or chipped and cracked teeth. The most common solution for malocclusion, of course, is orthodontic treatment. The actual course of treatment, including the length of time you will require braces, will be determined by severity of your malocclusion. The goal of your treatment is to move your teeth into the proper position and correct any misalignment in the jaw.

    We use the most advanced technology in the field in order to ensure that you receive the best possible results. If you have any questions about malocclusion or about starting your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call!

  • “I’m 28—are orthodontics right for me?”

    March 1, 2013

    Thank you for the question. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing—wisely, we think—to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and we know that adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile.

     

    If you are still apprehensive about getting braces as an adult, there is another straightening teeth option called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for an initial consultation! Please give us a call to set one up!

  • What’s on your mind?

    February 22, 2013

    By now, you’re probably familiar with our blog-writing process: Each week, we write about important orthodontic topics and your well-being, including the treatments we proudly offer.

    This week, though, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our amazing patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing and exciting field of orthodontics? What would you like us to focus on our blog? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask us for a while now?

    Here’s your chance! Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page! Give us your best shot, and we’ll try to answer any question you may have!

     

  • Valentine’s Day and your teeth

    February 11, 2013

    With Valentine’s Day almost here, and all that candy making its rounds this week, it’s once again time to remind all our patients to be extra careful when choosing those candies and treats!

    All those sweet, sour and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats are known to damage teeth, as well as braces! Did you know sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them? This can cause tooth decay and cavities! Sour and fruity candy are the worst for your teeth since these candies have a low pH value, which is known to ruin enamel.

    Our friends at The American Association of Orthodontists recommends softer treats, such as soft chocolate or peanut butter cups, or melt-in-your-mouth foods. Those who indulge should make sure they brush and floss between teeth, around brackets and at the gum line. If damage occurs, please give us a call as soon as possible.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us!

  • February is American Heart Month!

    February 8, 2013

    You may remember our post from last week, when we discussed February being “National Children’s Dental Health Month.” But did you know February also marks American Heart Month?

    It’s a great time to take notice of the health of your heart as cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care, especially while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

    Visiting your dentist on a regular basis during your orthodontic treatment not only ensures a successful outcome, but can also help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. In observance of Heart Month, it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

  • February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

    February 1, 2013

    Each February for the past 63 years, our friends at the American Dental Association have sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health at a young age, and especially during your orthodontic treatment. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular visits with your dentist—even while you’re wearing braces—helps our young patients get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

    For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing can become more difficult, requiring extra time and effort to remove food particles that accrue on and between your teeth and braces. If you ignore your oral health during your treatment, the results can be significantly compromised.

     

    We are happy to explain why effective brushing and flossing is so critical during orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call, ask us on Facebook or ask us at your next adjustment appointment!

  • Patient question: What can I eat with braces?

    January 23, 2013

    We love when patients ask us this question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began. The first few days in braces are going to be more difficult to eat than normal. There will be a slight discomfort when you chew your food when you first get your braces on, so the act of chewing will make it slightly more painful.

    Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

    Ice cream, yogurt, pudding, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

    Be sure to always check with us if you have questions about a particular food item by either giving us a call or asking us on Facebook!

  • Six oral hygiene tips for our patients

    January 15, 2013

    If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, brushing and flossing after every meal and snack is the only way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth will need extra care, especially during treatment at our office. Our goal is for you to have a beautiful healthy smile, and in order for us to achieve this good hygiene on your end is very important. Food and particles are known to get trapped by brackets, wires, bands and appliances, and this can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Using a Waterpik is another great way to clean teeth and gums. Here are a few tips to help with keeping your teeth clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment:

     

    1.            Brush after every meal or snack

    2.            Floss daily to remove trapped food and particles

    3.            Rinse after eating with mouthwash to kill any bacteria

    4.            Brush with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled tooth brush

    5.            Clean teeth with a proxabrush

    6.            Maintain regular check-ups with your general dentist throughout your treatment

  • Do germs really live on my toothbrush?

    January 9, 2013

    The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

    Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart – keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

    • Wash your hands before and after brushing
    • Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
    • Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
    • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

    We hope these tips help! Feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

  • Apps to help you achieve those 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!

    January 2, 2013

    With 2012 over, we thought we would ask you, our patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a new year’s resolution or any exciting plans for the coming year?

     

    Here are the top resolutions for 2013, and some great free iOS and Android apps to help you achieve your 2013 resolutions!

     

    Eat Healthier:

    Fooducate

    iOS Download | Android Download

    Lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy. Fooducate grades your groceries, explains what’s really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. We’ve got the largest database of UPCs – over 200,000 unique products and growing.

     

    Work out / Exercise More:

    NPT BOOM

    iOS Download | Android Download

    Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then get to work.

     

    Become More Organized:

    Wunderlist

    iOS Download | Android Download

    Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shopping list with a loved one, or simply keeping track of your daily to-dos, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done.

     

    Gain More Control of Finances:

    Mint.com App

    iOS Download | Android Download

    Mint.com allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal finances organized.

     

    Expand Social Circle:

    SupperKing

    iOS Download | Android Download

    If you’re trying to expand your friend circle in 2013, or maybe just plan more exciting activities with your current friends, apps like Sonar and Highlight can connect you to new people. A new app called SupperKing is like Airbnb for at-home meals. You can charge strangers cash to enjoy a meal at your place with you — an idea that not everyone is game for.  But the app is also great for organizing dinner parties with your friends.

     

    We want to wish all our patients, friends, family and all our colleagues a happy and healthy New Year!

  • Orthodontic issue during the holidays?

    December 26, 2012

    Millions of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment will not be smiling this holiday season, and not because they didn’t get the gift they wanted. These are people whose teeth and/or braces fall victim to the hard, chewy, gummy or sticky holiday treats.

    We know orthodontic issues are never convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, we are committed to your oral health and are available to you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.

    If you have a orthodontic issue after regular office hours, please give us a call and follow the voicemail prompts to contact our team! We hope you’re having a great holiday season!

  • Season’s Greetings!

    December 18, 2012

    In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

    Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year? We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to limit the amount of sweets you eat!

    Happy holidays from our family to yours!

  • Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about a healthier, more beautiful smile?

    December 10, 2012


    2013 is almost here, and it’s a great time of year to get started on achieving a straight, dazzling and confident smile that will last you a lifetime. We are proud to offer some of today’s most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth quicker, they also offer greater comfort for you, and require fewer visits to our office.

    So if obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to give us a call to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation. Happy holidays!

  • Where’s your bite? The differences between crossbites, overbites, and underbites

    December 5, 2012

    Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

    Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?

    • Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
    • Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occur when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.
    • Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth (molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

    Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

  • The Evolution of Braces

    November 30, 2012


    Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

    Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

    • According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
    • The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
    • A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

    18th Century: A French Development

    • The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
    • Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

    19th Century: Orthodontics Defined
    • Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
    • During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
    • Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
    • Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

    20th Century: New Materials Abound
    • Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
    • By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
    • Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular.

    Today
    As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

    Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

    Sources: Angle.org, ArchWired

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 19, 2012

    With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s a great time to ask ourselves what we’re thankful for. With our friends and family around us, we celebrate the blessings given to us in the past year. Our staff thought we’d ask: What are you thankful for this holiday season? Do you have any Thanksgiving wishes or recipes you would like to share?

    Our entire team would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It’s a big food holiday, so be careful what you eat with those braces! If you have any stories or photos to share with us, we’d encourage you to send them along or post them below or on our Facebook page!

  • How to Protect Your Braces During Sports Activities

    November 14, 2012

    Proper mouth protection is recommended when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your lip.

    Full Facial Guards

    Full facial guards are often used in football or hockey, and offer protection to your mouth from most injuries. Even with full facial protection, you may benefit from additional mouth protection. While your face is protected from outside impact, you could still suffer from cuts or damage to your braces from internal impact.

    Mouth Guards

    Mouth guards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth. Unfortunately, these guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit.

    Custom fitting of mouth guards ensures you of better protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. The American Dental Association recommends custom guards for orthodontic patients. Your mouth guard will be designed to provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

    No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouth guard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouth guard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

    Our office will provide you with information on how you can get properly fitting mouth protection, in order to ensure the safety of your braces and your teeth. We will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

  • Avoiding Common Problems Associated With Braces

    November 5, 2012


    While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

    Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

    If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. If you experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems, call our office to schedule an appointment.

    · Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.

    · Loose bands: These must be secured in place by our dentist. Try to save the band for repair.

    · Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.

    · Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

  • When Should I Start Wearing My Retainer?

    November 2, 2012


    Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer.

    A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

    Graduation of Wear Time

    When we remove your braces, we will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

    As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.
    However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

    Considerations

    If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.
    Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

    Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it!

  • Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

    October 23, 2012

    Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

    Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

    Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

    Difficulties with Speech

    Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

    Bone Erosion

    Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.

    Digestion

    Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

  • Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

    October 17, 2012


    One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. You have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

    Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

    Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

    With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

    • School spirit colors
    • Favorite sports team colors
    • Patriotic colors
    • Holiday themes

    Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

    What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

    • Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
    • Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
    • Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
    • Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
    • Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
    • Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

  • Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is Right for You?

    October 12, 2012


    When the time to remove your braces finally arrives, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you go with permanent, removable, or a combination of the two? It is always wise to follow your dentist’s recommendations, but knowing more about the two types of retainer beforehand can be helpful.

    Removable Retainers

    Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: you will generally put a removable retainer in at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer. However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten at times, and this means you won’t be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

    Another potential advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease, which is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer. Although removable retainers can be very effective, they don’t tend to be as effective as permanent retainers, especially if they are not used as directed.

    Permanent Retainers

    Permanent retainers are the clear choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your permanent retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules, since it is permanently affixed to your teeth.

    Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can’t forget to put it in — it’s already there! Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be.

    One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing. Some patients find it more difficult to floss with a permanent retainer, but we can show you effective ways to floss fairly quickly with your permanent retainer.

    Some orthodontists may recommend a combination of the two; for example, a removable retainer for the top teeth and a permanent one for the lower ones because the lower teeth are smaller and tend to shift more.

    Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed is extremely important. As long as you follow our orthodontist’s advice, you will get the best results from your retainer, regardless of its type.

  • October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

    October 5, 2012


    Can you believe it’s already October? For those who don’t know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

    Our team realizes that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists and other dental professionals.

    The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
    • Caramel
    • Nuts
    • Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
    • Taffy
    • Jelly beans
    • Hard pretzels
    • Licorice
    • Bubblegum
    • Ice

    Trick-or-treating safety guidelines:

    • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
    • Carry a flashlight
    • Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
    • Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
    • Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

    If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

  • Cold and flu season is upon us, are you prepared?

    September 26, 2012


    It’s that time of year to start thinking about protecting yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some simple steps you can take to help yourself avoid colds and the flu this season.

    • Wash your hands before and after brushing
    • Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
    • Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
    • Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

    To promote a healthy and clean environment, our team gives a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

    For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.
    Hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions!

    Stay healthy this beautiful autumn!

  • Treat yourself to a new smile, no matter what your age!

    September 21, 2012

    Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

    Can Braces Work for Adults?

    People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

    How Do I Get Started?

    If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

    What Are the Benefits?

    Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

    If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

  • Foods That are Safe for Braces

    September 14, 2012


    Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

    The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

    A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

    Post-Tightening Foods

    As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our office will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

    • pudding
    • mashed potatoes
    • soup
    • ice cream
    • cottage cheese
    • peas
    • pancakes
    • pasta

    Foods to Avoid

    According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

    • hard candies
    • gum
    • nuts
    • popcorn
    • certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)

    Considerations

    Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

  • When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary?

    September 7, 2012

    Usually patients in orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – they are pre-teens, teens and adults. But in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

    When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat.

    Examples include:
    • An upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly
    • A mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in
    • A severe malocclusion, or bad bite, which means the jaw doesn’t fit together correctly

    In these cases we will start early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has their baby teeth. Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when permanent teeth are in place. Generally phase two involves braces.

    In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontists). However, if your dentist or pediatrician sees any sign that early treatment might be necessary, he or she may recommend your child visit our office even sooner.

  • What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

    August 30, 2012

    Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment? Consider making your first step an orthodontic consultation. During the consultation we will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your situation.

    We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment.

    • If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?
    (This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.)

    • What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?
    (It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.)

    • Can I expect any pain when getting braces?
    (Ask about the ways we address pain management.)

    • What determines how long I have to wear braces?
    (The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.)

    • How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?
    (You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.)

    • Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

    • What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the ”average” cost and what could be the maximum?
    (Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.)

    Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving a lot of pain and discomfort in your life. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health. Be sure to bring a list of your questions!

  • What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

    August 23, 2012

    Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child’s development.

    Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

    If you’re wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

    • Difficulty when chewing or biting
    • Chronic mouth-breathing
    • Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
    • Overbite – when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
    • Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
    • Underbite – when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
    • Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
    • Crossbite – when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
    • The center of the top and bottom teeth don’t line up
    • Uneven teeth-wearing
    • Baby teeth coming out too early for the child’s age
    • Pain in jaws
    • Clicking in the jaw joints
    • The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
    • A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
    • Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
    • Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
    • Asymmetrical facial structure
    • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

    If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

  • When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

    August 16, 2012

    Orthodontic treatments vary from dental treatment, in that they primarily address malocclusions, jaw spacing and tooth alignment, rather than the actual health of the teeth. That is why it is often more difficult for parents to determine when a child needs orthodontic treatment than dental treatment. So how can you know it is time to take your child to the orthodontist?

    • Bad Bite – As the adult teeth begin to replace primary teeth, bite occlusions can develop. These often become visible to parents between middle childhood and the pre-teen years, although an orthodontist can identify a bad bite with early evaluation.
    • Visible Tooth Crowding – If your child’s newly emerging teeth are already crowded, you should make an appointment with our office to discuss braces.
    • Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) – Children who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage. Oral appliances are available to correct nighttime tooth grinding.
    • Difficulty Chewing, Biting, or Speaking – If your child is displaying difficulty speaking or eating, or if he or she often experiences cheek biting, schedule an orthodontic consultation.
    • Asymmetry – If your child’s face is asymmetrical, or if his or her teeth do not meet together in a natural way, orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

    Evaluation and Preventive Care

    Even if your child has no visible tooth or jaw alignment problems, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visit the orthodontist for an initial examination no later than age seven. The reason for early evaluation is because orthodontists are capable of finding subtle problems with the jaw and teeth growth and spacing before they become more pronounced and also more difficult to treat. By bringing your child in for an evaluation, you may be able to treat orthodontic conditions with shorter and more simplified treatments that are also more affordable than treatment during the teenage and adult years.

  • Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

    August 9, 2012


    Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

    1.Eat Braces-Safe Foods
    Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, and popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

    2. Proper Brushing
    You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

    3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
    There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

    4. Regular Teeth Cleaning
    It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
    As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

  • How long does orthodontic treatment take?

    July 30, 2012


    Orthodontic treatments are used to correct malocclusion, a condition more commonly known as a bad bite. The length of treatment time varies depending on the severity of the bite problem.

    What is a “bad bite”?

    A bad bite occurs when spacing or alignment problems are present. This often includes teeth that are protruding, crowded, or crooked. Sometimes teeth appear straight, but have an uneven bite because the upper and lower jaws do not align properly. Teeth that are irregularly spaced – either too far apart or too close together – can also cause bite problems.

    Frequent causes of bite problems:

    • Heredity
    • Thumb-sucking
    • Premature tooth loss
    • Accidents

    Benefits of orthodontic treatment:

    Appearance –
    Correcting a bad bite often creates a more attractive smile, which frequently raises the patient’s self esteem.

    Preventing Decay –
    It also results in a healthier mouth. It is much more difficult to thoroughly clean teeth that are crooked, protruding, overlapped, or crowed. This may allow plaque to build up, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment corrects these conditions, so cleaning can be more efficient.

    Avoiding Alignment Issues –
    An uneven bite can interfere with the motions of chewing and speaking. This can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, which may require pricey cosmetic restorative treatments, such as crowns or veneers, to correct. It can also lead to problems with the jaws. Orthodontic treatment lessens the likelihood of those issues, as well.

    Types of orthodontic treatment:

    Braces: Metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to the front of teeth. Wires and elastics are attached to the brackets to straighten teeth.

    Invisalign®: Advanced 3D computer images of the patients’ mouth are used to create clear, custom aligners that slowly move teeth. They are nearly invisible and are more comfortable than traditional braces. They are also removable, which makes it possible to continue with normal brushing and flossing.

    Retainers: A retainer is a removable piece worn inside the mouth that uses pressure to force teeth to move into proper alignment. They are used after braces are removed.

    Length of orthodontic treatment:

    Treatment typically ranges from 12 – 36 months. Factors include the age, cooperation level, and growth occurrence of the patient. The complexity of the case also impacts the treatment time.

  • Elements of Braces

    July 27, 2012

    When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

    Parts of Braces

    • Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
    • Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient’s teeth.
    • Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
    • Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
    • Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
    • Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
    • Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
    • Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
    • Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
    • Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

    By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.

  • Sports and Orthodontics

    July 20, 2012


    We’re halfway through the summer, and the summer months bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

    In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

    Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

  • Top ten tips for keeping your BRACES sparklin’ clean!

    July 13, 2012

    Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:
    1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

    2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.
    3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.
    4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

    5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.
    6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.
    7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

    8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.
    9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.
    10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office – we’d love to help!

    We hope this helps, and remember to give our team a call if you ever have any questions!

  • Independence Day Facts, Tips, and Party invitations!

    July 2, 2012

    It’s hard to believe, but July is already here and half of 2012 has already passed! As July 4th approaches, our team thought it would be fun to share some facts and safety tips for celebrating our country’s independence day.

    Fun Facts:
    • Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.
    • The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament.
    • The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
    • The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
    • And what could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents. Check out American Fact Finder.

    Safety Tips:
    • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
    • To prevent a trash fire, be sure to douse the spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose after fireworks complete their burning and before discarding them.
    • Make sure fireworks are legal before buying or using them.

    What are your plans this 4th of July? Share them with us! We’d love to hear what you and the rest of the community will be doing to celebrate! (Don’t forget to make sure there are no restrictions on fireworks! Check out this link to see if fireworks might be an issue for you this year.)

    Also, check out these 4th of July party invitations, eGreeting cards, and delicious recipes!

    July 4th eCard invitations!

    Happy Independence Day eCards

    Independence Day Recipes

    Photo by shawnajean
    Photo by shawnajean

  • Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

    June 27, 2012

    Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

    Watermelon Sorbet

    Ingredients
    • ¾ cup water
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind
    Directions
    In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

    Happy Summer!

  • Orthodontic Emergency? We can help!

    June 20, 2012

    True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.

    You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…

    The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

    Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

    Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

    Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

    Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

    Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it’s worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

    General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

    Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.

  • Improving your life with orthodontics

    June 15, 2012


    The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

    Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

    Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

    Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

  • June marks National Dairy Month!

    June 8, 2012

    In honor of June Dairy Month, our team would like to thank all of our hard working families in the Dairy Industry.

    In fact, dairy is important to your overall health! A 2008 study from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

    Results of the study show that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease. Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth.

    Questions about which foods you should steer clear of and which you should enjoy during orthodontic treatment? Give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

  • Summer is just around the corner!

    June 1, 2012

    Now that summer is just around the corner, we know you all are starting to make big plans for vacations and trips! The summer months can be a busy time for a lot of our patients, and we know how hectic your lives can be! Just be sure to remember keep up with your dental health care and your appointments with our practice!

    During the summer, there are also a lot of foods and beverages that we all love to enjoy, but often these treats can damage our teeth. Sugary foods and drinks can be harmful to your dental health, so stay diligent by brushing at least three times a day and flossing at least once!

    We look forward to hearing all about your plans for the summer, and be sure to take lots of pictures that you can share with us on Facebook! Stay safe, have fun, and brush and floss your teeth!

  • Dr. Davis and team, wishing you a relaxing and memorable Memorial Day weekend

    May 25, 2012


    Memorial Day weekend is a time when Americans everywhere stop and remember all those men and women who bravely gave their lives for our country.

    Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer 2012 and getting out of town for three days after being cooped up in the office or in the classroom means sweet, sweet relief for many folks. We also know Memorial Day weekend is ripe for travel. After all, it’s a season of vacations, adventures and great memories.

    What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, hitting the great open roads or hanging out in your backyard this weekend, we want to know about it!

    Wherever your long weekend takes you, we hope you all have a nice and relaxing Memorial Day!

  • “Am I Too Old for Braces?”

    May 18, 2012

    Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In a society where appearance matters and can help make the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing wisely to invest in orthodontic treatment.

    Some of the most common reasons our adult patients come to us considering orthodontic treatment include:

    • Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, sometimes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease
    • Pain or pressure from crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw
    • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly

    Most of all though, adult patients come to our office seeking a healthier mouth and a more confident smile! Orthodontic treatment at our office can be successful at any age, and adults especially can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

    As an adult patient, we recognize that you have different needs than our younger patients, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

    If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. We understand you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Please visit our website or give our office a call to schedule your appointment today!

  • Ask your Doctor: What should I expect during my initial consultation?

    May 11, 2012

    Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation your doctor will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.
    Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. (This will help us when examining your diagnostic records).
    At your second appointment, the doctor will discuss your options with you. Our team feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that we can more thoroughly prepare for your orthodontic treatment. This additional preparation will ensure that you receive the best orthodontic care possible. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment.
    If you are seeking orthodontics for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel it is important that both you and your child completely understand the doctor’s recommendations before we proceed with treatment.
    Give us a call today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!

  • May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

    May 4, 2012


    At our office, we know image can be everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among teenagers.

    One of the great ways to improve your confidence is to improve your smile. And that begins with a consultation at our office. After all, what better time to avoid having crooked teeth in your adulthood than coming in for a consultation?

    We invite you to give us a call to schedule a consultation or ask us on Facebook!

  • Beautiful teeth and happy patients, at Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    April 25, 2012


    We have a strong online presence in our advertising for what we do at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, and how we are different and…the best! From our website and personal blog to our testimonials that people willingly share and Youtube videos demonstrating different procedures; these ways of advertising help build trust and demonstrate value with prospective patients doing research online.

    The internet is how we do business in this day and age. Because, orthodontics is simply not a commodity. Braces, Invisalign, and the appliances we use are merely a tool. We advertise to show our value, what makes us different, and it lets you see what we are all about BEFORE that first, free consultation! I think there are many opportunities to see what great experiences have occurred here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics.

    Still, my favorite form of advertising is just old fashion word-of-mouth. Whether it is from a pleased neighbor, an excited friend that just got started with Invisalign, or from your family dentist that we create a close relationship with and believes in our product. And our product is…happy patients and families! Orthodontics is just the means to get there.

    We do our best to give great customer service, have many choices on how to give you a smile that lasts a lifetime, and advertise in many ways to shout out from here in beautiful Midland, “Davis and Davis Orthodontics is your best choice!!”

  • Dr. Dale Will Be at the Annual American Association of Orthodontists Session in Honolulu This Year!

    April 19, 2012

    This year, Dr. Dale will once again be attending the annual American Association of Orthodontists session. In the past, we have taken our entire staff to a conference as well as to other locations for continuing education. As this is a distant location in Hawaii, this year, only Dr. Dale will be attending.

    This year, Dr. Dale will be a speaker in multiple states, teaching other orthodontists about the Carriere® Distalizer™ appliance and Invisalign®, and he will likely spend some time with those companies as an advocate for their revolutionary products.

    Dr. Dale usually attends as many seminars for continuing education as he able, and he also spends a great deal of time at conferences discussing what other orthodontists are doing to achieve the best results with patients and how they manage their practices for the best customer service, which adds value to the patients and their families.

    Sometimes, this adds as much value to the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Sessions as it does for the continuing education our team receives. So, this year, Dr. Dale is looking forward to Honolulu and all that it will add to the benefit of his patients and Davis and Davis Orthodontics. AND… Dr. Dale won’t mind taking in some sunshine while he’s there!

  • Spring is here! Do we have your current contact info?

    April 13, 2012


    Spring is in the air! As you probably know, you can always connect with us on our Facebook page, but we invite you to please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so that we may be able to reach you.

    We also encourage you to call us and let us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

    Thank you! Have a great week!

  • April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

    April 6, 2012

    Visiting your dentist during your orthodontic treatment will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you have braces, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

    Your dentist is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next adjustment appointment. Take care of your teeth!

  • Join the conversation.

    March 27, 2012

    Whether you just began your orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics and have a follow-up question for Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis or team, or if you’d simply like to drop us a quick line, we’d love to hear from you! We love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our interactive Facebook page.

    Please visit Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team on the following networks:
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/midlandsmiles
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MidlandSmiles
    Our Blog: https://www.midlandsmiles.com/blog

    See you online!

  • What do rubber bands do?

    March 22, 2012


    Rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral aspect of orthodontic care, so if Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis have prescribed elastics as a part of your treatment, it’s important to follow the directions fully. Elastics help to align your bite or cause teeth to move in different directions and straighten more quickly. We will instruct you how to hook one end to an upper bracket and the other end to a lower bracket so the rubber band goes vertically or diagonally from one bracket to another. The tension of the rubber band produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move and straighten. This tension is also sufficient to correct an overbite or an under bite in the jaw.

    If rubber bands are a part of your treatment plan, there are a few things to keep in mind. With rubber bands, you won’t be able to open your mouth fully, so they will have to be removed when you eat and reapplied after meal time. Many times, rubber bands are only needed at night, so you won’t need to worry about eating with them. Also, if you try to open your mouth too wide, your rubber bands might snap – so be careful!

    Failure to wear your elastics full time or as instructed can lengthen your treatment time and may make it more difficult to achieve an optimal result. But don’t worry; your time in elastics will be well worth it when you see your beautiful, new smile.

  • Our wonderful community, from Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    March 22, 2012

    In Midland, there are many outstanding cultural opportunities ranging from music and theater to science and the arts. The Midland Center for the Arts provides state-of-the-art stages featuring everything from local performances to world-class orchestras and dance companies from around the globe. Two of Drs. Davis’ daughters are in the Youth honors Chorus and Ensemble there. We have enjoyed Midland’s Dow Gardens which has a 100 acre garden originally designed for the home of Dow Chemical founder Herbert H. Dow in 1899. The Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Corning Corporation are two Fortune 500 companies with world headquarters and major manufacturing plants in the community, adding to the excellence of Midland through their continued scientific research and development. We have taken walks as a family at the bike trails at City Forest and Dr. Dale trains for the Make A Wish 300 mile bike riding fundraiser on the 30 mile Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, which is also used for walking, running, skating or bicycling.

    Our local United Way Volunteer Center recruits up to 2,000 volunteers each year including Dr. Lisa this past year. It supports 25 community organizations with more than $4.1 million in community giving and the priceless donation of community members’ time and talents. Midland offers an exemplary education, as evidenced by Expansion Management magazine’s ranking Midland Public Schools in the top 17% of school districts nationwide for 2007. All four of Drs. Davis’ children are busy with extrachoricular activities outsid of school such as piano, lacrosse, yoga, debate team, basketball which Dr. Dale helps coach. In the summer the Davis family enjoy watching Mid-Michigan’s only minor league baseball team, the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond stadium which is a great place for games and special events all year ’round. Midland has been a great place to raise a family and here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we believe we have a great place to receive a smile that lasts a lifetime!

  • Dr. Seuss Contest at Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

    March 13, 2012


    What kind of animal is Horton? What was Dr. Seuss’s first book? If you know the answers to these and other Dr. Seuss questions, you will do great in the Davis & Davis Orthodontics Dr. Seuss contest! With The Lorax in theaters this month, we wanted to celebrate the fantastic Dr. Seuss.

    All you have to do is answer 4 out of 8 questions correctly, and you will be entered to win 6 movie tickets! This contest ends on March 30, 2012, so don’t delay in entering your answers. Good luck! If you have any questions about this contest or about your orthodontic treatment, give us a call or ask us on Facebook.

  • Putting our patients at ease, at Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    March 6, 2012


    Here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics we take every patient and their family for a tour of the office to show them all the different areas of the office. Some of the highlights are that we have a comfortable waiting room with lots of magazines, a television, and video games to keep patients and their siblings entertained.

    We also have a spacious facility to treat patients with a state of the art sterilization area designed by one of the foremost designers of orthodontic offices out of California. Maybe that is why we have a definite fish theme with frosted pictures of fish on the internal glass in the office and faux painted ceilings and walls in our office!

    We have a scanner in our office that is used to send a 3D scan of patients teeth for models and to fabricate Invisalign with the most accuracy. It is a one of a kind piece of technology. In fact, there are only a handful in the state of Michigan. We also have our own in-house lab to fabricate appliances quickly when needed, such as retainers and mouth guards. Why wait?

    We have many options of orthodontic treatments for patients too, from hidden braces (braces on the back of the teeth) to metal and clear traditional braces, to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. We make sure to communicate clearly with the dental professionals for our mutual patient’s benefit and we also educate the family dentists, their hygienists and even the dental assistants on what is new in orthodontics. We have had many seminars in the past, and have many coming in the future to all of the dental professionals to make the treatment outcome superior! We take pride in offering Invisalign and hidden braces (Incognito) in our Midland office. We are the first office in the Tri-City area to use Invisalign almost 12 years ago, and The NUMBER ONE OFFICE in Michigan last year!

    We have wireless access, complimentary coffee and water for our patients and their families. Our office also offers a wooden nickel program, where if patients receive wooden nickels if they are on time for their appointments, are brushing well, have no breakage, and are compliant in treatment. Patients can use these nickels to buy prizes in our display case!

    At Davis and Davis Orthodontics we have all that you need, and ensure that you will have the most superior treatment outcomes with the best experience! If you have any questions about our office, or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call today!

  • Adults and Orthodontics, from Dr. Davis

    February 29, 2012

    My experience with adults that need orthodontic treatment is that they wish they would have done it at a younger age. As an adult, they are less receptive to the thought of having metal brackets and sometimes even clear brackets attached to their teeth. Some do not realize that even adults can have braces.

    In most instances, Invisalign is a great alternative to having brackets attached to the teeth. There are less emergencies, no pokey wires or loose brackets. In fact, there are almost zero emergencies with Invisalign. People can speak normally with Invisalign, and the fee is the same as regular braces.

    When any patient is apprehensive about treatment, we communicate more with that patient. Here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we find what makes the patient apprehensive and try our best to address it. Sometimes we can do things different to accommodate someone but, generally, explaining everything in detail is a great start.

    If you have been considering orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to give our office a call!

    -Dr. Davis

  • Drs. Davis, reminding your to protect your mouth

    February 21, 2012

    With winter sports under way for a lot of our patients, and spring approaching, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis thought it would be a good time to remind our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both their mouth and appliances while participating in sports.

    More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. Sixty-seven percent of parents say their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet, 70 percent say their biggest fear when their child plays is that they will get hurt. Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial protection during games and practices.

    Many people think a mouth guard is effective just to protect your teeth. But research has shown mouth guards can also reduce lower jaw impact that causes concussions and other dental injuries. At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we provide customs mouth guards (starting at $20) and Under Armour mouth guards (starting at $39.99).

    We hope this helps you remember to always wear a mouth guard and other forms of protective gear when participating in sports. We encourage you to give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards at our office, or ask us on Facebook!

  • Presidents’ Day Fun Facts!

    February 17, 2012


    Monday, Feb. 20 marks Presidents’ Day, a day known for celebrating of both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s combined Birthdays. Presidents’ Day was created in 1971, when President Richard Nixon combined the birthdays of two of our most well-known presidents into one single federal holiday. Presidents’ Day also marks a hard-earned day off from work and school for a lot of our patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    Here are a few fun facts about our nation’s presidents:

    *Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, carried letters, bills and notes in his tall stovepipe hat.

    *George Washington is the first president to be featured on a postage stamp.

    *Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, broke the so-called “20-year curse,” in which every president elected in a year ending in zero died in office.

    *Abraham Lincoln was the tallest of the U.S. presidents, measuring 6’ 4” tall.

    *Virginia is the birthplace of more United States presidents than any other state, followed by Ohio and Massachusetts.

    *Harry S. Truman was the first president to have his Inauguration and speeches televised.

  • Ask Drs. Davis: “How do I get the most out of my orthodontic treatment?”

    February 7, 2012

    We expect that all of our patients want the best possible outcome from their orthodontic treatment, which is something that Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis also want for them. To achieve this an orthodontist needs to be a great communicator. We believe a great communicator has to answer questions that a patient or their family doesn’t think to ask. Drs. Dale and Lisa also make sure to be available for questions that patients may think of later.

    At Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we invite the family into the clinical area at each appointment to be updated on their child’s progress. A doctor needs to paint the picture of the outcome, along with the benefits of that outcome. The benefits are, certainly, improved appearance and, many times, self esteem, but also improved function. Qualities that make a great patient is a desire to be a part of the outcome and being compliant. Being a part of the treatment means asking questions and desiring to know how he or she is progressing through treatment. Being compliant requires wearing appliances as instructed, brushing well, not damaging the appliances, and being at each of his or her scheduled appointments.

    Patients who play an active part in treatment really do get the best outcomes. This is the best way for a patient and their family to approach treatment, as it improves communication between the doctor and patient. We’ll always do our best at Davis and Davis Orthodontics to do our part!

  • Ask Davis and Davis Orthodontics: What’s the deal with mouthwash?

    February 1, 2012

    While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:

    Fluoride – fluoride is the most used type of mouthwash available, and is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth while preventing cavities and tooth decay.
    Antiseptic – an antiseptic mouthwash is used to kill bacteria and germs in the mouth. Most commonly used before and after a dental surgery, antiseptic mouthwashes can also help to fight gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Antiseptic mouthwashes can affect your sense of taste and may stain the teeth, so it is recommended that you consult your dentist before using this type of mouthwash.
    Combination – a combination mouthwash is designed to help prevent tooth decay, freshen the breath, and maintain the health of your smile.
    Prescription – for patients with gum disease, or any signs of gum disease, you may need a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes, like Peridex of PerioGard, are used to treat gingivitis, and other forms of decay.

    There are also many different brands of mouthwash. Some common brands include:
    • Scope
    • Listerine
    • Act
    • Crest
    • Tom’s of Maine (all-natural)
    • Plax (anti-plaque rinse)
    • Breath Rx
    • Orajel
    • Targon (special mouthwash made for smokers)
    • Rembrandt (whitening mouthwash)

    If you are curious about which kind of mouthwash would work best for you, be sure to ask us at your next appointment. If you have a favorite mouthwash, let us know by posting a comment for others to read!

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • Getting to know Dr. Dale Davis

    January 24, 2012

    To know who I really am, one would have to go through some of my family history. Most of my ancestors were hard working coal miners from Wales, England and Ireland going back into the mid-1800’s. I was born into a blue collar family where my father went from being valedictorian at his high school straight into the factory. He taught me by example to work hard and to aspire to be the best you can be. I was the first in my family to graduate from college.

    Early on in dental school I knew I wanted to be an orthodontist. I was impressed in that an orthodontist can not only change the alignment of the teeth and the bite, but can literally can change people’s lives. I wanted to make it my career to improve people’s smiles and, in turn, improve their self esteem and overall oral health. I found that orthodontic school was very competitive. I worked very hard to get the grades in dental school and even did research with a world renowned orthodontist to improve my odds of making it into orthodontic school. There are less than 300 orthodontists that graduate from school every year and I was one of them in 1994.

    Since then, I still strive to be the best I can be as an orthodontist, giving patients and their families the best orthodontic care I can deliver with the best customer service. There are many new technologies we have used to get the greatest results with more consistency, less emergencies, and with choices and fees that fit our patients’ lifestyles.

    Dr. Dale Davis

  • Write a review for Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    January 18, 2012

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics, serving Midland and surrounding areas, strives to provide exceptional treatment in an informative and friendly environment. Have you had a great experience at our office?

    Share your story with the world!

    Just select the “Review Us On Google Places” button above to write a review on our Google Place Page. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

    Thank you,
    The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • Have a question? Just ask!

    January 12, 2012


    The question we hear at Davis and Davis Orthodontics most is, “Am I a candidate for Invisalign treatment?” The answer to that common question is “Yes, most all patients are!” Many different patients can be treated with Invisalign, but some need to have their bite corrected first. We have almost half of our patients using the Invisalign treatment, and that percentage is increasing as the word is getting out that it is comfortable, low profile and the results are terrific!

    A question not asked enough by parents is, “Can I have Invisalign too?” Most parents are getting orthodontics done for their children because they value a healthy, functional bite and a beautiful smile. Often they say, “I just wish I could have had this done when I was a kid.” Now parents can have orthodontics discreetly with Invisalign!

    An important question to ask your dentist is, “How is my oral hygiene and, if needed, how can I improve it?” One’s oral health is truly most important and, good oral hygiene and health is needed as a baseline before orthodontics can be started.

    If you have any other questions about orthodontics or your oral health, don’t hesitate to ask us at the office! You can also post your question on our Facebook page.

  • Make 2012 the year to improve your oral health

    January 6, 2012

    Many folks consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2012? Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

    It is important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum, disease? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

    Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health—we want to hear from you! After all, we know your oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

    Happy New Year!

    —Your friends at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • Happy New Year! From Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    December 30, 2011


    The year is almost over, so we wanted to ask what was memorable about 2011 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2012? Do you have a new year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

    Have a safe and happy New Year, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

  • Beware of those holiday treats!

    December 23, 2011

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we know maintaining a healthy diet over the holiday season can prove a difficult task. After all, who can resist the tasty treats of Christmas? With grandma and everybody else offering you candy, chocolate logs or Christmas pudding, you just can’t say “I’ll pass” each time. But trouble lurks: every time you chow down on that chocolate or candy, the bacteria in your mouth have a feast on the sugar—at your expense. The sugar turns into acid, and the acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth and between your braces. Then, you start getting cavities.

    Instead, try fudgy cocoa bites, marvelous molasses cookies, wonderful waffles or other braces-friendly recipes, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontics, or AAO, and “The Braces Cookbook” by Pamela Waterman.

    If you must indulge in chocolaty goodness this Christmas or holiday season, remember to brush your teeth after eating sugary treats. Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Are you wearing a mouth guard?

    December 16, 2011

    With winter sports right around the corner, many patients here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics will once again pick up the ball, bring the cleats out of seasonal retirement and hit the fields and courts for the return of sports action! During this time, however, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this fall and winter, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists:

    1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as basketball, wrestling and hockey
    2. Wear a helmet
    3. Wear protective eyewear
    4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
    5. Be alert, even as a spectator

    We hope that helps! Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and team will tell you protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact our office or ask us on Facebook. Stay safe!

  • Join the conversation with Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    December 9, 2011

    Whether you just began your orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics and have a follow-up question for Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis or our team, or if you’d simply like to drop us a quick line, we’d love to hear from you!

    We love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our interactive Facebook page.

    Please visit Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team on the following networks:
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/midlandsmiles?sk=wall
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MidlandSmiles

    See you online!

  • Congratulations Brook and a holiday contest announcement!

    November 30, 2011

    We wanted to congratulate Brook, who won a pizza party for her family and friends at Pizza Hut! All of us at Davis & Davis Orthodontics had a blast with our Pizza Contest and hope you did too!

    Here are the correct answers to the questions:

    1.What is the number one meat pizza topping in America? Pepperoni
    2.Which Pizza Company delivers the most pizza in the world? Domino’s
    3.What is the biggest pizza eating night? Saturday
    4.What is ranked least favorite pizza topping around the world? Anchovies
    5.What month is National Pizza Month? October
    6.More pizza is consumed during this event than any other during the year. Super Bowl

    For the holiday season, we wanted to invite you to participate in our new Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow contest! Enter today to see just how much you know about snow. Four correct answers will enter you to win our exciting mystery prize at the end of 2011!

    Give us a call or find us on Facebook if you have questions. Good luck!

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

    November 21, 2011


    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It’s a big food holiday, so be careful what you eat with those braces! If you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we’d encourage you to post them to our Facebook page.

    Additionally, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our loyal patients and readers: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the field of dentistry? What would you like us to focus on our blog in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!

  • My experience getting braces as a child, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    November 17, 2011

    I had braces as a teenager and although my orthodontist was caring and a perfectionist, he was the last of the orthodontists still using bands that go around the whole tooth on all the teeth. I did not like having so much metal showing in my mouth or the fact I had to wear a head gear. I was excited about closing the large gap between my teeth but was anxious about the discomfort involved in placing all the bands on my teeth. My orthodontist used a mallet to seat each band on my teeth!

    For the child who is uneasy about the thought of getting braces, it has gotten a whole lot easier! Now at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we can correct the bite without a head gear using appliances that are more discreet that fit right inside the mouth. We can use Invisalign and Invisalign Teen on many of those patients who do not want traditional braces. This makes treating the problems with the bite and the alignment so much more pleasant than my experience as a child. This makes the experience so much more pleasant with lots of happy patients and families.

    Let the fun begin. Come in for your free consultation today at Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

  • “Like” Davis & Davis Orthodontics on Facebook!

    November 7, 2011

    Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis and our team are known for providing exceptional treatment, excellent customer service, and amazing smiles! We are extremely conscious of the specific needs of all our patients, and we aim to provide patient-oriented care with your best interests in mind.

    Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, did you know you can “like” us on Facebook and visit our blog? We need your help to reach 399 Facebook “likes!” Once we reach our goal, Davis & Davis Orthodontics will be giving away an iPad 2 to one lucky friend.

    We look forward to connecting with more of our patients on Facebook. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Annual Pumpkin Contest!

  • Donate your Halloween candies at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to support our troops!

    November 4, 2011

    Come help us spread the holiday cheer with our troops overseas by bringing your trick-or-treat loot to Davis & Davis Orthodontics! This candy will help to build camaraderie with the native people and feed their sweet tooth.

    3 pieces of small HALLOWEEN CANDY= 1 wooden nickel

    1 REGULAR (not ‘fun’ size) SIZE CANDY BAR= 1 wooden nickel

    1 KING SIZE SIZE CANDY BAR= 2 wooden nickels

    The ONLY RULES are:

    1. The candy has to be from Halloween, no old candy from grandma’s candy dish or Easter candy will be accepted.

    2. To make this effort a breeze for our office team, please count your pieces before hand, and let us know how many wooden nickels you need!! 🙂

    For further information on “Operation Gratitude,” please visit: www.opgratitude.com

    While you’re dropping off your candy, be sure to put a thankful leaf on our tree. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and the staff at Davis & Davis Orthodontics are thankful for you, our orthodontic families, and your support. Thank you!

  • Adults can (discreetly) improve their smiles too!

    October 25, 2011

    We have found that adults who need orthodontic treatment have put it off because they hate the thought of having metal braces on their teeth. Adults often hesitate to begin treatment because of the increased food restrictions, the extra time to maintain good oral hygiene, and the feeling that they will look out of place as an adult with braces on their teeth. However, there are now so many options to keep the treatment discreet at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, your invisible braces headquarters!

    We offer ceramic brackets that are crystal clear, braces that attach to the back of the teeth called Incognito braces (hidden braces) and our most popular option with adults, Invisalign. We have all of your bases covered!

    Adults make up a growing population in our office, making them between 15 to 20% of the patients we treat. Most tell Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis that they have always wanted to have straight teeth, a better bite, or a nice smile. We are pleased to tell them that technology has made their wishes possible and that an invisible way of getting a healthy smile is now offered at our office. We have had patients that said co-workers have commented on the positive changes they have noticed, which we love to hear! Patients also say that they feel more confident and just better about themselves even as they go through treatment. A great smile can change lives. For all of the apprehensive adults out there, we would tell them to come on in for a complimentary consultation at our Midland, MI office and hear all the wonderful discreet options that we offer!

  • Halloween Candy Buy Back

    October 19, 2011


    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we will be hosting a Halloween Candy Buy Back in our office from November 1st until November 28th. Bring in your Halloween treats and they will be donated to our armed forces overseas via Operation Gratitude. But wait, there’s something in it for you too!

    3 pieces of small Halloween candy = 1 wooden nickel
    1 regular (not “fun size”) size candy bar = 1 wooden nickel
    1 King size candy bar = 2 wooden nickels

    However, there are a couple of rules: 1.) The candy has to be from Halloween, not old candy from grandma’s candy dish or a previous holiday. 2.) Please count your pieces of candy beforehand and let us know how many wooden nickels you need.

    We appreciate our troops, and we want to show them our appreciation with lots of CANDY! To learn more about Operation Gratitude, visit their website. Thanks in advance for your candy donations!

  • Cold season is here, from Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    October 14, 2011

    Cold and flu season is here – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

    To promote a healthy and clean environment, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our Midland, MI office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

    And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay Healthy!

  • At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, October means National Orthodontic Health Month!

    October 6, 2011

    Happy October! For those who don’t know, National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

    Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis and our team realize this is a great opportunity for us and to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists like Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and other dental professionals in Midland.

    The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

    • Caramel
    • Nuts
    • Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
    • Taffy
    • Jelly beans
    • Hard pretzels
    • Licorice
    • Bubblegum
    • Taco chips
    • Ice

    If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call, ask us on Facebook, or ask Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis during your visit this month!

  • Commonly asked questions, at Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    September 30, 2011

    We get a lot of questions at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, and today we wanted to answer a couple of our most commonly asked questions. Let our office know if you have any more questions concerning orthodontics or your treatment.

    Q:Can I be treated with Invisalign?
    A: If you are interested in Invisalign, we will look for ways to make that treatment method possible for your specific circumstances. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with our office to find out if the Invisalign treatment is right for you.

    Q: Does Invisalign cost more?
    A: No. Here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, the fee and the treatment time are similar to the other orthodontic treatments that we offer.

    Q: Is it time for my child to be evaluated for future orthodontic treatment?
    A: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic check-up at seven years of age. Only a small percentage of children need treatment at that time, but we can give them a consultation at no cost to discuss possible future treatment needs.

    Many adults state that they want orthodontics for their child, as they wished they would have had orthodontics when they were younger. We always let them know that orthodontics is not just for children and adolescents. When the children are all out of treatment, adults can treat themselves to a beautiful smile too! However, many will go through treatment with their child, which is just as great.

  • The Go-To Mom Discusses Invisalign

    September 21, 2011

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics found a great video that discusses the advantages of Invisalign. In the video, Kimberley Clayton Blaine, “The Go-To Mom,” discusses the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatments and her personal experience with Invisalign.

    To determine if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis. Have a great week!

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics answers your frequently asked questions

    September 16, 2011

    At Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we receive many questions from our patients about their orthodontic treatment. We strive to make you feel comfortable in our office and with your orthodontic treatment. Here are some answers to your commonly asked questions:

    “How will keeping my smile healthy keep me healthy as a whole?”
    Orthodontic treatment offers more than just a beautiful smile and enhanced self-esteem, it also improves quality of life by providing overall health benefits. Properly aligned teeth contribute to healthy gums as well as helping to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth are easier to brush and clean, leading to less plaque – the bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease. Misalignment of the jaws can also be corrected with orthodontic treatment. If left untreated, misalignment can cause abnormal wear of the teeth, as well as headaches and pain in the neck or face. In many cases orthodontic treatment is able to solve problems that would later lead to the need for costly dental procedures.

    “I have always been afraid of having work done to my teeth, what do you do to ease patients’ fears?”
    We have a very friendly team here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics that gives patients and their families a tour of the office, showing them how orthodontics is done! We offer the patients a great, family-style atmosphere by providing them with cold drinks, free video games and interactive fun ways to win monthly gift cards and prizes. The doctors and our team make sure to answer all questions about every aspect in the process of creating a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. This puts our patients at ease!

    “I don’t see a list of insurance companies on your website, so what is the best way I can find out if you work with my insurance provider?”
    Your insurance provider will have a website that shows all the doctors that are on your plan. If you are unable to find it, you can always call our office and we will be happy to look that up for you! If you provide your insurance information to us over the phone, we will check on your orthodontic benefits by the time you come in our office for your free consultation to meet with Dr. Dale or Dr. Lisa Davis. We make it easy for you to join our family here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

    We hope this helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us at the office, or ask us on Facebook!

  • Putting you at ease, with Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    September 6, 2011

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and the team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics understand not everyone is thrilled to see the orthodontist. However, we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. Here are just a couple of the things we do to make our patients feel comfortable:

    We make great efforts to explain the different options to our patients, as we offer many different ways to achieve a beautiful smile. Two popular choices are Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. We also offer traditional metal, gold, and clear braces. Another available treatment is braces that are hidden behind the teeth. We make sure to answer all the questions a family has before beginning the journey of creating a new smile that lasts a lifetime.  It’s a big decision. We will often partner with other dental professionals to make sure a patient has superior treatment. Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be addressed or missing teeth need to be replaced. We excel at coordinating with the dental specialists and general dentists to make sure we are all on the same page.

    We use a great deal of technology to make procedures more efficient and comfortable.  For example, we now have a 3D scanner that almost eliminates impressions for Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and study models.  This allows us to offer a “gagless” impression without the gooey materials of the past.  We also use an appliance called the Carriere Distalizer which makes head gear a thing of the past. Even extractions have been minimized!   In fact, we were the first to employ this wonderful piece of technology in Invisalign and Invisalign Teen products. We are now the only Elite provider in all of Michigan and the largest Invisalign Teen practice last quarter in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana!

    Lastly, we have a wooden nickel program that encourages patients to maintain good oral health.  Wooden nickels can be exchanged for many different prizes in our display case. We also give our patients a slip to have their hygenists sign when they visit the dentist. The patient and the hygenist are then entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes.  This makes good oral health so much more fun!

    We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

  • Tackling kids’ sport safety with Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    September 2, 2011

    Are you a runner or do you play sports? Do you have yet to get your braces on or did you just get your braces taken off? If so, then you are a good candidate for our MOUTH GUARDS! Davis & Davis Orthodontics offers custom mouth guards ($20 plain or $25 with logo) and UA (Under Armour) MOUTH GUARDS (varying in cost).

    In addition, we wanted to share a few tips from our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) for protecting your face while participating in fall sports. Please remember to:

    • Wear mouth guards during contact sports
    • Wear a helmet
    • Stretch before and after a game or practice
    • Wear protective eye wear
    • Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
    • Be observant—even as a spectator

    All of these can reduce injuries. Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give our office a call for details!

  • LIVE United Bake Sale and Can Drive

    August 25, 2011

    This month Davis & Davis Orthodontics is doing some great things to help United Way:

    We are currently hosting a BAKE SALE in our office! We have a bunch of goodies that our Davis & Davis Team has prepared. ALL the proceeds go to the UNITED WAY!! Come in and get some GOOD STUFF before it is GONE!

    We also have a CAN DRIVE starting this week and ending on September 1, 2011. Bring in your empty soda cans to donate to the LIVE UNITED 2011 campaign! Not only will your money and effort will be going to a great cause, you will also receive 1 wooden nickel, per 2 cans!!!

    We want to extend a huge “Thank You” to our patients and staff who are helping this amazing cause! Hope to see you soon!

  • Summer reading with Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    August 18, 2011

    With summer in full swing, some of us at Davis & Davis Orthodontics wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easy to keep putting off reading this time of year, but reading during the summer is a vital step in brain development and warding off the dreaded “summer slide.” Plus, it’s fun!

    Today, Dr. Dale Davis would like to share a few of the books that he recommends to our patients. For the majority of our adolescent patients, he suggests “The Precious Present” by Spencer Johnson M.D. It is an easy, one evening read and has a awesome message. Some of his all-time favorite books are “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews, “Paddy’s Lament” by Thomas Gallagher, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley. On his iPad, Dr. Dale Davis has downloaded “The Last Boy, Mickey Mantle and the End of Americas’s Childhood” by Jane Leavy, Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, “The Tipping Point” and “What the Dog Saw” both by Malcom Gladwell. These books are all on his summer reading list!

    Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis and our children have been very involved with The Battle of the Books that the Grace A. Dow Library in Midland supports to promote reading in our children. As a result, our whole family reads often to keep our minds healthy, sharp and strong!

    Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your summer picks or your all-time favorites on our Facebook page!

  • What’s new at Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    August 10, 2011

    This summer has been very exciting for all of us here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics. Our office has reached two major milestones this summer: we are Michigan’s only Invisalign Elite provider and we have the most patients beginning Invisalign Teen in all of Michigan. Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis have found new ways to correct the bite, so that patients who desire Invisalign are able to correct alignment problems.

    One product we use, the Carriere Distalizer, allows our team to correct the bite more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Dr. Dale Davis was honored to present this undeniably successful product to other orthodontists in Denver and Oklahoma City. Naturally, he is very excited to share this technique with other orthodontists! The Carriere Distalizer allows for us to complete bite corrections confidently and much more quickly. As an added bonus, this appliance is less bulky than the appliances we used in the past. We are constantly looking for ways to create a more discreet and efficient treatment for our patients using the best technology available. You can always expect something new at Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

    Please don’t hesitate to ask Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis if you have any questions about how our office uses cutting-edge technology. We always enjoy sharing our passion for orthodontics with patients.

  • Five reasons why you should schedule a summer appointment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    August 5, 2011

    Are you considering scheduling an orthodontic consultation with Davis & Davis Orthodontics? Now is the ideal time for you to get started on perfecting your smile!

    Here are our top five reasons why you should schedule an orthodontic checkup this summer:

    1. The consultation is free, and in the summer we have many available times to suit your family’s busy schedule. An appointment with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis doesn’t commit you to treatment, but it will provide you with some peace of mind.

    2. If a potential child or adult patient could benefit from treatment, getting started with orthodontics in the summer allows more flexiblity in scheduling without missing school or work. Many patients enjoy having time to adjust to the look and feel of braces before debuting them at school.

    3. Often times, we can schedule an orthodontic consultation during a time when a potential patient is on vacation.

    4. If you get started in treatment, why not use treat yourself to some ice cream to soothe your teeth? After all, you’re on vacation!

    5. Orthodontics is very important to creating a healthier bite, teeth, gums and bones for the future. It is always important to see the orthodontist as soon as is recommended by your dentist to ensure that you maintain the highest level of dental and physical health!

  • Your braces and oral health questions, answered!

    July 28, 2011

    Believe Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis when they say that we know how many myths are out there about what’s good for your teeth and the best ways to keep your smile sparklin’ clean. That’s why our team wanted to take this opportunity to provide some insight into life’s more mind-blogging oral health questions. As always, feel free to comment here or on our Facebook page if you have any further questions!

    Which foods and drinks are actually healthy for my teeth?

    Natural foods and drinks are the healthiest! The best drink to have is water. Water rehydrates the body and does not cause cavities. Coffee (plain) also doesn’t cause cavities – but it can lead to dehydration. All other drinks either cause an increase in mouth bacteria (a.k.a. cavity bugs). If you are drinking juice or milk, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste! Even though these are natural drinks, they can increase the sugar in the mouth, which can lead to cavities. Fluoride helps the enamel of the tooth become harder and better defended against attacks from bacteria.

    Can fingernail biting cause damage to my teeth? What about lip biting or biting the ends of pencils?

    These habits can cause damage to your teeth and other mouth tissues. One of the most dangerous habits is chewing on ice cubes. The density of the ice cube is such that it can chip portions of your tooth structure! Biting pencils or opening items with your teeth (like nail polish or water bottles) can chip your teeth as well.

    The mouth is actually the dirtiest area of the body. Lip biting and fingernail biting can spread mouth bacteria to your fingers or face! Teeth are meant for chewing food, speaking, and smiling.

    It’s said that the changing seasons can have an effect on your body and joints. Can the seasons changing also have an effect on the way my mouth feels, especially during orthodontic treatment?

    The hydration in your mouth is a direct reflection of the hydration in the whole body. If the weather is extreme, (extreme cold or extreme heat,) drink lots of water! The extra water will keep the body hydrated.

    Can hard candies or hard mints cause damage to my teeth?

    Dense mints and candies can, in some cases, can chip teeth. If you have a lot of large fillings then the tooth is more apt to crack with a hard, dense food. Also, hard candies tend to be sticky in the mouth. Sticky pieces of candy can lodge in the grooves of the teeth and cause cavities. Natural candy (like chocolate) is better because the saliva is better able to dissolve and wash away the sugars.

    Now that I’m wearing braces, I miss chewing gum. Can I still chew sugar-free gum with braces on?

    The American Dental Association has approved some sugar-free gum brands. Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva that is released into the mouth. This increased saliva carries proteins that can help break down the sugars that can cause cavities. So, in some cases, sugar-free gum can be good for you! If you are wearing braces or retainers, ask your orthodontist if gum is right for you!

    Is a soft toothbrush or a medium toothbrush better for my teeth and gums?

    The soft toothbrush is always the best toothbrush for natural teeth and gums. Medium and hard bristled toothbrushes are designed for dentures (or fake teeth) and can cause scratches on the gums. Electric toothbrushes, like the Sonicare®, are specially designed to be gentle while cleaning the teeth and gums.

    Are spicy or acidic foods bad for my teeth?

    Acidic foods, such as citric juices or sodas, can change the balance of the saliva in the mouth. The combination of acid and sugar is your real enemy. Acid can attack the enamel structure of the tooth, while sugar feeds the cavity-causing bacteria. If you drink water or brush with fluoride toothpaste, your teeth are better protected and any acid is neutralized. Spicy foods actually increase the saliva production in the mouth. Be careful, though, spicy foods can exacerbate the discomfort of canker sores.

    If I play sports and use a mouth guard can constantly biting down on the hard rubber eventually cause my teeth to shift and become crooked?

    Teeth move with a direct force over a period of time. Depending on the frequency and duration, there is a potential for teeth to move with a mouthguard. If this is a concern, custom mouth guards can be made in the dental (or orthodontic) office. Custom mouth guards are made from a mold of your teeth and will maintain their present alignment.

    Also, sleep or snoring guides have been shown to cause major bite problems. Snoring guides that are worn on the teeth can position the jaw further forward and actually change the way that teeth fit together. Because these are worn for hours at a time, usually every night, the tooth and bite change can become a major problem.

  • Patient reviews, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    July 22, 2011

    Here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we love hearing what our patients have to say. We always strive to provide you with the best orthodontic experience. There have been some great patient reviews lately, so we thought that we should share a few with you all:

    I recommend Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis, and their staff because:

    They are an awesome and caring group! From our first (FREE!) consultation visits, to our scheduled adjustments, each caring employee of Davis & Davis has taken the time to explain every step in the process. Our every concern has been promptly addressed in a professional and helpful manner. With our busy schedules, the timeliness of each appointment has been a tremendous benefit. No hassles with long waits or unreliable appointment times. As a busy mom (and patient myself), I am thrilled to recommend such a wonderful service-oriented business.
    –Roberta M.

    Davis & Davis staff and doctors are so nice and friendly and are the perfect orthodontist to calm a small child that is confused on what is going on. They have wonderful techniques to make your child’s visit as comfortable as possible. I love Davis & Davis and would highly recommend (them) to anyone seeking orthodontic care.
    –Ursula F.

    My son was 7 when we first visited Dr. Davis and we were both scared. Dr. Davis and his staff met us with smiles and assured us that they could correct my son’s issue. Over the past 10 months we have looked forward to coming in for his appointments. Throughout the process the staff has bent over backwards to make us feel comfortable. The kid friendly office plus the wooden nickels, provides a culture of warmth! I highly recommend Dr. Davis and the staff to any child and their family!
    –Michael W.

    They are all very friendly while assisting you during your visit. They’re good at what they do even if it causes discomfort.
    –Rachel M.

    They make a fun and caring team you can look forward to visiting. The quality of their work speaks for itself, but they add a personal touch to their care and take the time to get to know you. It doesn’t take long to see why they’re in the smile business—every time, you walk out with one.
    –Alan D.

    We think that the office of Davis & Davis is wonderful. My teeth look great, thank you sooo… much. The staff was always cheerful and friendly. The environment is very kid and adult friendly. I would definitely recommend Davis & Davis to anyone looking for an orthodontist.
    –Jason P.

    Thank you for all of the kind words! We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

  • What’s the deal with flossing?

    July 14, 2011

    All of us at Davis & Davis Orthodontics want to remind our patients that flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. It removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins. In fact, flossing correctly can have many overall health benefits. While brushing is important, the bristles of your brush simply cannot reach between the teeth. To keep your gums and teeth healthy, you should floss at least once a day. We tell our patients to not worry about the type of floss; they all work in a similar manner.

    Some people may ask, what is the best way to floss? Wind a foot of floss around your index finder of each hand with about 1-2 inches of of floss between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers. Gently guide the floss down between the teeth, using a side-to-side motion. Do not snap the floss. If your teeth are too tight to floss, or if the floss catches or tears, let your dentist know about it. These are problems that should be corrected. Pull the floss tightly into a C shape around the side of the tooth and slide it under the gum line. Clean the surface of the tooth by using an up-and-down motion, not side-to-side, until the surface is clean. When all the plaque has been removed, the floss will squeak as it rubs against your teeth. Pull the floss around the next tooth and repeat the process. Wind the floss to a fresh section and gradually work your way around your mouth, cleaning both sides of every tooth. If you have problems reaching some areas, you might want to use a floss fork. If your gums are infected, they will bleed when you floss. Some bleeding is also to be expected if you are just beginning to floss. After a week or so of regular flossing the bleeding should go away.

    Once again it is very important to brush and floss every day. Most cavities and periodontal disease start between the teeth where your toothbrush just can’t reach, so flossing is a crucial component to maintaining good oral health. We also recommend using a fluoride rinse such as A.C.T. It will decrease the amount of plaque on teeth, as well as protect them.

    Happy flossing!

    -Drs. Dale & Lisa Davis and team

  • What can I expect during my free consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    July 7, 2011

    When you come in for your initial consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale or Lisa Davis will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics our team will take intraoral and facial photographs, as well an X-ray to help the doctors determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Your orthodontic evaluation will also consist of an oral and facial examination. This is done in order to assess your oral health. Next, the doctors will discuss your options with you. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment. If you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel that it is important for both you and your child to completely understand our recommendations before we proceed with treatment. Once all of your questions have been answered we can proceed with scheduling your orthodontic treatment.

    Give Davis & Davis Orthodontics a call today and schedule your free consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Who can benefit from braces?

    June 30, 2011

    Dr. Dale and Lisa Davis will tell you that anyone, at any age, can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether it’s correcting a problem not treated in your younger years or catching a problem early, we can help you with your orthodontic needs. To ensure the best overall treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age 7. If a problem is evident, taking action early can spare a lot of treatment and expense down the road.

    If you never received orthodontic treatment when you were young, don’t worry! You’re never too old for a beautiful smile. Visit our website to learn how you can set up an appointment for a free consultation and find out how orthodontics will transform your smile, as well as your life!

  • Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

    June 20, 2011

    Some people wonder why Midland orthodontists Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. An attractive smile and improved self-image are just two of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Did you know that straightening your teeth can lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime? Straight teeth are less prone to decay because they collect less of the plaque that leads to tooth decay, and they are easier to keep clean!

    If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up a free consultation. Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics answers your summer smile questions!

    June 18, 2011

    Summer is just around the corner, which for many people means vacations, baseball season, days spent at the beach, and fun in the sun! Now that you have braces, it’s important to take special precautions to prevent facial injuries and preserve your healthy smile for a lifetime. That’s why Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis and our team wanted to answer a few of the common questions that we often receive from patients and their parents during the summer months.

    How can I help prevent my teeth from becoming chipped or broken while I play sports this summer?

    The very best way to protect you teeth while playing sports is to wear a mouth guard. At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we provide a variety of mouth guards, including custom mouth guards offered in your choice of colors with your high school or college logo. We also have a selection of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear and Mouthpieces, ranging from a boil and bite mouth guard to a custom-made mouthpiece. Under Armour offers a new type of technology that can improve stamina, strength and reaction time for all athletes, from football and wrestling to running and golf. For more information, you can watch our patient care video about mouth guards, visit the Under Armour website or call our office.

    If I’m hit in the mouth, and a tooth gets knocked out, what can/should I do? What should I do if I am injured on a weekend when the office is closed?

    If you have an accident involving your mouth and are in braces, Davis & Davis Orthodontics has an emergency number you can contact. A team member on call can direct you in what steps you need to take to receive proper medical attention. If you are out of braces, you should contact your general dentist. The loss of a tooth can be quite alarming, however, the good news is that—even if you lose a permanent tooth from injury or an accident—there is a good chance that it might be re-implanted successfully if you act fast. Time is of the essence.

    If you loose a tooth, we recommend that you:

    1) If a permanent tooth is knocked out of its socket, you should pick it up carefully by the crown and not the root.
    2) Rinse the tooth gently in either milk or a saline solution if it picked up any dirt or debris. Make sure that you don’t rinse the tooth for too long. Do not scrub the tooth no matter how much debris is on it.
    3) If the person who lost the tooth is conscious, gently replace the tooth in its socket, also making sure that it is faces the right way.
    4) Hold the tooth in place with a bit of aluminum foil or by biting on a clean piece of cloth.
    5) If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket for any reason, you should wrap it in clean cloth or a kitchen wrap. Soak the tooth in milk or a saline solution.
    6) Contact you general dentist immediately for proper dental care.

    Can my teeth be fixed if they are chipped, broken or knocked out?

    There are so many options available in the field of dentistry to handle the cosmetics of broken, chipped or lost teeth. For chipped or broken teeth, veneers and bonding are a couple of choices available. If a tooth is lost or missing there are a variety of bridges available, or you could choose to have an implant. Your general dentist and Davis & Davis Orthodontics can guide you in choosing which option is best for your particular circumstance.

    Are sports drinks bad for my teeth? What can I drink to stay hydrated and keep my teeth healthy?

    Sports drinks may boost your energy, but they can also weaken your teeth, a new study shows. The popular energy drinks sipped by many athletes to increase stamina contain levels of acid that can cause tooth erosion, hypersensitivity and staining. The beverages can also cause excessive tooth wear and bay damage underlying bone-like material, which causes teeth to soften and weaken.

    To prevent tooth erosion, the following is recommended:

    1) Drink sports drinks in moderation
    2) Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow softened enamel to reharden
    3) If you drink a lot of sports drinks, ask your dentist if you should use an acid-neutralizing remineralizing toothpaste to help reharden soft enamel.

    If I wear Invisalign aligners, will they help protect my teeth, or do I still need to wear a mouth guard?

    Invisalign aligners are not intended to replace the use of a mouth guard in sports. A mouth guard is made of a special material with a specific thickness to offer protection of the mouth in case of a trauma or blow to the mouth.

    Can I still play sports while wearing my retainer, or is it best to take it out?

    We do not recommend that our patients wear their retainer(s) during any sport where physical contact could occur or the possibility of having a ball hit the person in the face. The retainers should be in a retainer case, in a safe area, where they will not get lost or broken.

    Can I still wear a mouth guard with braces?

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we do have a standard slip-in mouth guard that will accommodate the braces, or depending on where the patient is in treatment, it may be possible to make a custom mouth guard (in your favorite school color and logo!). It is also possible to use the boil and bite mouth guard from Under Armour. These mouth guards can be reboiled to change the fit up to 10 times.

  • NOW THAT I HAVE BRACES, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

    June 7, 2011

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, your Midland orthodontists, just finished putting on your braces. Now, you’re probably wondering if your wires, bands and teeth feel normal and what you should expect during the upcoming days. You’re not alone! Our office knows that it can take a while to get in the swing of things when you’re first beginning orthodontic treatment, and we want to let you know that we’re with you every step of the way.

    Here are a few things commonly experienced after getting braces:

    Some mild soreness: After you have your braces placed you may feel discomfort later that evening or the next morning. This discomfort will usually last for 3-4 days and is a result of your teeth moving. Take whatever pain reliever you normally take and eat softer foods in the meantime. You may want to apply dental wax over the brackets so they do not rub as much. When you come in for your monthly activation we will let you know what changes to expect for the upcoming month.

    Restrictions: Braces can become loosened if you eat foods that are too tough or chewy. Some foods to avoid: beef jerky, bubble gum, gummy bears, nuts, popcorn and taffy. Cut apples, pears, and other hard fruit into slices, and cut meat off a bone. High sugar content foods such as candy, cakes, cookies, soft drinks, etc. should be avoided or limited, as these foods tend to promote decay. If you eat these foods brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water right away.

    Loose Brackets: If you have loose brackets, call the office to schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible. Repairs are done in the morning because they are more time consuming than regular appointments. If loose brackets are not taken care of in a timely manner there is risk of prolonging treatment. Please leave any loose brackets that are still attached to the wire. If the bracket is bothering you, put wax on it so it does not irritate your lips or gums. If the bracket comes off, please save it and bring it in with you to your next appointment.

    Cleaning: Braces often get food particles stuck in them, so look into special cleaning devices.

    Here are some recommendations for the prevention of cavities and gum disease:

    1. Floss your teeth at least once daily. It is very important to remove all food and plaque that has been caught in your teeth and braces throughout the day. We provide you with a packet of floss threaders and floss to get you started. Additional quantities can be purchased at local stores.

    2. Ideally, brush your teeth after each time you eat. Brush for no less than 2 minutes each time making sure that all areas of your teeth and braces are clean. Pay particular attention to the area around each bracket and close to the gum tissue as these are often missed. Also, brushing your tongue. This will aid in keeping your breath fresh.

    3. It is imperative that you maintain regular check-ups and cleaning appointments with your general dentist. Cleanings should occur at least every 6 months during orthodontic treatment. If you need help, please ask. Our orthodontic team is always willing to lend a hand.

  • ASK DR. DALE DAVIS: IF YOU WEREN’T AN ORTHODONTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

    May 31, 2011

    Midland, MI Orthodontist Dr. Dale DavisDr. Dale Davis loves keeping his patients’ teeth straight and healthy! He enjoys getting to know our patients on a personal level, and creating a positive experience for everyone who visits our office. But we thought we’d ask him what profession he would pursue if it wasn’t for orthodontia. There actually weren’t many professions that came to the top of Dr. Davis’ mind.

    As long as Dr. Davis can remember, he has always wanted to be an orthodontist. His ideal job involves meeting and helping new people and his ideal job—as an orthodontist—encompasses all that he enjoys. There is not something else that he thinks be would enjoy more. Many times Dr. Davis has said that he is an artist and that his canvas is the human mouth. Being able to serve our Midland community with orthodontics is just the icing on the cake!

  • USING SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY TO PUT OUR PATIENTS AT EASE

    May 25, 2011

    Here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we take a lot of pride in knowing that we communicate with our families and patients well to understand all of their options in treatment. It is our goal to have patients well informed on what appliances and procedures we recommend. We also encourage the family to come into the clinical treatment area where they can ask questions or just get an update. On a daily basis, family dentists and other specialists are updated and consulted with as partners in creating a beautiful and functional, healthy smile! Having an excellent relationship with great communication is the key to providing a superior treatment result.

    State-of-the-art technology is what sets us apart here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics. We were the first office in Midland and the entire Tri-City area to use the wonderful technology of Invisalign. Last quarter we had the most patients starting Invisalign Teen in the state of Michigan! We have the newest appliances that correct overbites where the top teeth stick out so that head gear isn’t needed. Compliance, comfort, efficiency, and most importantly, results are more predictable thanks to these technologies. Also, there are more choices to fit the patients’ and families’ lifestyle.

    Being comfortable at each appointment is also very important to us. We have many extras you will enjoy; from wireless internet to a complimentary coffee. A spacious reception room with magazines, today’s newspaper and a television to catch the news are all made available to you. Your children have access to video games in an entertainment area just off from the reception room. We encourage good brushing and excellent compliance in treatment with our Wooden Nickel program.  We have a whole showcase of prizes that can be “bought” using your wooden nickels. We want you to feel at ease here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics. We strive to create an experience that will surely bring a smile to our families and a smile to our patients that will last a lifetime!

  • TOTALLY TERRIFIC TEETH CONTEST

    May 17, 2011

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics invites you to show the world your totally terrific teeth! Put on your creativity cap and draw, color, paint, collage, or sculpt a piece of art describing your teeth and why you love ‘em! When you’re finished, take a digital picture of your creation, or scan it in and save it in JPG format. You can click here to submit the JPG file to us.

    Our Totally Terrific judges will review each beautiful piece of art and pick three winners who will receive an iPad 2! The contest ends June 30th, 2011, so don’t delay in submitting your entry.

  • DAVIS & DAVIS ORTHODONTICS, TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    May 9, 2011

    We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Our office has been striving to “go green” before it was a popular phrase. Today, we wanted to discuss a few of the things that Dr. Lisa Davis, Dr. Dale Davis and our team do to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

    Did you know that we offer patients account access 24 hours a day, seven days a week? We offer convenient and secure online services with our patient login system. We invested in this technology as soon as it was available 11 years ago. You can view all of your account information, and even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages. Since this information is submitted electronically, we eliminate the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis believe in recycling at home and in our office, so our team makes sure to recycle whenever possible. In addition, Davis & Davis Orthodontics uses digital radiography. Thanks to this new technology, we are able to take more accurate x-rays that greatly reduce exposure to radiation.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or you can also visit our Facebook page and post something on our wall.

  • AMERICAN IDOL: WHO IS HOLLYWOOD-BOUND?

    May 5, 2011

    How well are you keeping up with this season’s American Idol buzz? Our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics is really enjoying Season 10 of American Idol, which is why we’re hosting an American Idol contest. To enter, simply answer eight questions about the show during your next appointment. If your entry is drawn—and you correctly answer 6 of 8 questions—then you will be the winner of a personalized GREEN iPod Shuffle!

  • ASK DAVIS & DAVIS ORTHODONTICS: HOW DO YOU ACCOMMODATE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?

    April 26, 2011

    Most of the time, when Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis see patients with special needs, conditions and disabilities, orthodontics can proceed without any changes in how we deliver treatment. In a few situations, we may set aside more time if needed. Sometimes, a specific appliance used in orthodontic treatment is customized to fit the patient’s needs. Our office is always willing to think outside of the box to accommodate patients and their family. With any patient, there are options, and we will do our best to give the benefits and limitations of each. In the past, we feel most parents communicate well and give pertinent information about their child’s special needs, condition or disability. And, just like any patient, treatment will be customized to suit the patient and achieve the best results possible.

    We think Davis and Davis Orthodontics strives to communicate well with all families, and this is the key to success in treatment. Over my 15 plus years in practice, we have found that only the Orthodontist limits how successful treatment is—great communication, providing options and sometimes thinking outside the box is the best start!

  • OUR OFFICE PREPARES FOR THE 2011 AAO ANNUAL SESSION IN CHICAGO

    April 18, 2011

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics will be attending this year’s AAO Annual Session in Chicago. Dr. Dale Davis attended University of Illinois Chicago Dental School for Orthodontics, after graduating with honors from dental school at the University of Michigan. He looks forward to seeing friends and colleagues from school.

    Our office attends conferences in hopes of learning about new technology, as well as any new additions to old technology or tweaking of current technologies we use in our office. We learn a great deal just by chatting with other Orthodontist friends at the meetings. Sometimes, it is most helpful to learn how other offices are practicing Orthodontics. Dr. Dale Davis usually spends part of his time taking continuing education courses to learn more about new orthodontic technology, and areas where we can be more efficient to get the best results for our patients in a timely and predictable manner.

    Some of the recent technologies we have employed allow for patients to achieve beautiful results, without the look and feel of traditional braces. These options include braces on the backside of the teeth (Incognito), Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. We can often correct bite problems without headgear or other bulky appliances, while minimizing extractions. Orthodontics is more exciting than ever! It is standard here Davis & Davis to constantly try to improve our results, efficiently and with minimal difficulties for the patient. This is not something every office or Orthodontist necessarily does.

    In the practice of Orthodontics, we practice perfect by educating ourselves with the newest technology—our office doesn’t only consider the treatment of patients’ teeth, their alignment and the bite, we serve you and your family with customer service second to none.

  • Improved patient comfort at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    April 12, 2011

    Dr. Dale Davis can remember having braces as a teenager. He was quite nervous, but looking forward to closing the huge gap between his teeth that he was self conscious about. Once it was closed, he thought treatment would be over. However, he had a headgear for over 3 years to correct his bite! He wasn’t the most compliant patient.

    Today, he feels children and teens are less apprehensive about treatment because the family has more choices. At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, headgear is almost extinct. There are new, discrete appliances that can correct the bite more efficiently with little or no compliance from patients. Long treatment times have been greatly reduced by the technology we use here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics. For example, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can be used for patients who are self conscious about their teeth, or would rather not have metal braces. Davis & Davis Orthodontics was the first Invisalign provider in the Midland and Tri City area. We have been a provider for nearly 11 years! If traditional braces are desired or needed, we will often use crystal clear brackets or hidden braces (Incognito) that attach to the backside of the teeth. Dr. Dale Davis’ advice to children and teens  is that it’s normal to be nervous about Orthodontics, however, it’s important to keep in mind that they have choices at Davis and Davis Orthodontics!

  • The key to successful treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    April 5, 2011

    The most important thing a patient can do to aid in the success of orthodontic treatment is to maintain proper hygiene before, during and after treatment. This may take more effort with orthodontic appliances, as there are more places for plaque to hide. In our office, we inspect what we expect during each visit. Davis and Davis Orthodontics will continue to educate and coach patients, as well as reward them when they improve or remain consistent. If someone has proper hygiene and are seeing their family dentist regularly, Dr. Lisa Davis and Dr. Dale Davis can almost predict that patient will have great treatment results and finish treatment in a timely fashion.

    Our office also expects that patients wear appliances as directed. We reward patients who prioritize their orthodontic treatment and minimize breakage. Simply put, the best patient is a happy patient who is well informed about treatment and eager to do what is necessary to get the best results possible in a timely fashion.

    Families and patients should approach treatment as developing a relationship where we work together to get the best possible results. The doctor-patient relationship can improve with great, open communication. Asking questions, if needed, to understand the diagnosis, the objectives of treatment and treatment plan is always encouraged. We invite family into the clinic to see treatment of their child, meet with our team and to ask any questions they might have. With excellent communication and a clear discussion of expectations, Davis and Davis strive to create an environment where excellent results can be achieved to create a smile that lasts a lifetime!

  • It’s never too late to treat yourself to a new smile!

    March 28, 2011

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis often hear adults say, “I just want to have Orthodontics done for my child because I wish I had it done when I was a child.” Our office often compares orthodontic treatment to the old breakfast cereal slogan, “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!” The number of adult patients at Davis and Davis Orthodontics is growing. In fact, one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Adult parents are coming to find that Orthodontics can be for them, too. It’s never too late to look and feel your best with Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    A beautiful smile isn’t always about aesthetics. In many cases there is certainly an aesthetic benefit, however, there is also often improved function and a more optimized occlusion (or “bite”) that allows for a long lasting, healthy smile. Having said that, most adults do not want braces again if they had them as a child, and if given a choice many adults would rather move their teeth without much fanfare. Just 10 years ago, you’d think they would have wanted magic to align their teeth. Well, that magic has come thanks to technologically advanced new treatments.

    In Midland, Davis and Davis Orthodontics was the first office to embrace Invisalign and now Invisalign Teen, which are “clear alternatives” to braces. We can use these clear aligners to do wonderful things with adults and teens who do not want the look and feel of traditional braces. We have been offering patients Invisalign for over 10 years and our office has treated over 400 cases. Last count, we treated close to 90% of the patients with Invisalign in Midland, about 70% in the Tri-City (Bay City, Saginaw, Midland) area and 50% of mid-Michigan! And that’s not all we offer adults. Besides crystal clear brackets that can go on the front of the teeth, we have Incognito (ibraces or hidden braces) that are attached to the back of the teeth. These have worked well on patients, and is yet, just another clear alternative Davis and Davis Orthodontics provides first in the Tri-City area and, of this blog, exclusively.

    Providing adults with clear alternatives to traditional braces, in turn, offers adults the options they desire. At Davis and Davis Orthodontics, orthodontic treatment is not “my way or the highway.” We have seen many adult patients really blossom with the esthetic benefits that Orthodontics provides. Whether you’re in the dating pool, taking the plunge to get married, or just looking for a confidence boost, orthodontics can improve your smile and self-esteem. Whatever your reason for orthodontic treatment, here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we will try to find a treatment option that fits your lifestyle. There are no excuses adults; “it’s not just for kids anymore!

  • Staying connected with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis

    March 21, 2011

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we take a proactive approach to technology. We make it a priority to communicate with patients, their families, and family dentists. Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis hold mini seminars to discuss the newest technology, and utilize it effectively to help patients receive the best treatment results.

    Our office uses different forms of media to educate families at Davis and Davis Orthodontics. Smart Boards allow for us to show pictures of a patient’s teeth and x-rays, and we are able to draw right on the screen to highlight different issues. We also use digital x-rays that provide patients with instant feedback, while using less radiation. Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and the hidden braces (Incognito) on the back of teeth give patients more aesthetic choices than just ceramic (clear) brackets. In the Tri City area, we were the first practice to use these new technologies. We now have a few appliances that allow Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis to correct the bite discretely. The days of headgear are gone, and teeth extractions are less frequent. As we prioritize continuing education and embrace the latest orthodontic technology available,  our office can provide patients with more choices. We really have embraced technology…. as have our patients! New technologies allow for our office to treat patients more efficiently and predictably.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis communicate with patients through our blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel. There are so many different ways to reach patients with new technology; and for them to reach us. We do our best to communicate in many different ways to meet our patients where they are!This makes for a closer, more personal relationship with Dr. Lisa Davis and Dr. Dale Davis, which simply leads to better communication and the best treatment we can provide.

    Have you connected with our office online? If not, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel. We would love to hear your feedback about our social networks!

  • Dr. Dale Davis bikes for a cause with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

    March 14, 2011

    This July, Dr. Dale Davis will be joining hundreds of cyclists and volunteers who are taking to the Michigan roads in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan’s 24nd annual Wish-A-Mile 300 (WAM) Bicycle Tour.

    WAM is a 3-day, 300-mile, bicycle ride from Traverse City to Chelsea that takes place July 28– July 31, 2011. As a rider in the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, he is working to raise funds toward this worthy wish-granting effort. We invite our patients to join Dr. Dale Davis as a Wish Granter by making a financial contribution to fulfill wishes this year. Over 500 children are qualified and awaiting their wish.

    We hope that you consider joining Dr. Dale Davis as a rider, a volunteer, or donor to help make this year’s WAM the most successful to date. To learn more about this life-changing event please visit Dale J. Davis’s Fundraising Page, or ask us for more information at your next appointment. This is Dr. Dale Davis’ eighth year riding in the Make-A-Wish Bicycle Tour to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.

    Thank you for your consideration to share in the power of a wish!

  • What, exactly, is malocclusion?

    March 9, 2011

    Malocclusion, or what Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dale call “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your appearance.

    Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it generally is not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will tell you that untreated malocclusion can lead undesirable mouth problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, or chipped and cracked teeth. The most common solution for malocclusion, of course, is orthodontic treatment. The actual course of treatment, including the length of time you will require braces, will be determined by severity of your malocclusion. The goal of your treatment is to move your teeth into the proper position and correct any misalignment in the jaw.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we use the most advanced technology in the field in order to ensure that you receive the best possible results. If you have any questions about malocclusion, please give us a call!

  • Are you feeling lucky?

    March 1, 2011

    Do you have any good luck charms, or slight superstitions that you believe are associated with good luck? Here at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we create our own luck! In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, however, we are hosting a Lucky Charms Contest to bring out the Irish in us all.

    Now through March 31, we invite patients to stop by Davis & Davis Orthodontics and enter our Lucky Charms Contest. The contest winner will receive 2,500 lucky pennies, or $25.

    Good luck!

  • Ask Dr. Dale Davis: What do you love about being an Orthodontist?

    February 24, 2011

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, our doctors and team enjoy creating beautiful, healthy smiles to meet our patients’ needs and lifestyles. Like many other professions in Midland County—whether it be teacher, policeman, banker, postman—Orthodontists Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis choose to serve our community every day.  Dr. Dale Davis was recently asked, “what does your job mean to you—and what makes it so special day after day?”

    And here is the reply of Dr. Dale Davis:

    I love to do what I do everyday and am passionate about what I do because I have always had an artistic side.  I like to think I am an artist and my canvas is the human mouth.  Early on in dental school, when we had courses on Orthodontics, I thought it would be so rewarding it would be to have a career in this field transforming someone’s teeth into a beautiful smile.  The other passion being an Orthodontist allows me, is to meet new people everyday and being in a relationship with the family throughout treatment.  I love being around people and tend to be a person that makes friends easily.  Dr. Lisa and I have built an office that is all about making the family’s experience and smile the best it can be.  A beautiful smile is truly a masterpiece that lasts a lifetime!

  • The value of a healthy smile, from Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis

    February 15, 2011

    Over the last few months, our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics has noticed a slow down in the number of patients seeking orthodontic treatment, as it is often considered discretionary spending. As the U.S. economy has been slow to recover, we understand that many folks are being mindful of each dollar’s value. That’s why at Davis & Davis we try to show our value.

    • Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis are pleased that our patients are keeping their regular appointments.
    • Making regular checkups while in treatment allows for progress with fewer emergencies and better oral hygiene, which we monitor during treatment.
    • Our office is able to complete a more timely and efficient treatment with the most ideal results.
    • For those prospective and current patients, we view orthodontics as an “ounce of prevention.”
    • Orthodontic treatment can allow for better oral hygiene, since it is easier to clean straight teeth relative to those that are crowded.
    • A more functional bite leads to less wear and tear on the teeth, supporting bone and gums.
    • Furthermore, there is great value in what a beautiful, healthy smile can do for your self-esteem. This can last a lifetime!
  • February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

    February 8, 2011

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the perfect time of the year for us to remind patients about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

    We encourage patients to brush, floss and stay away from braces-unfriendly-foods throughout their orthodontic treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.  Oftentimes, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis see patients who have lost brackets from eating ice, chewing on pens and pencils (during test season!). While patients might not necessarily consider these habits harmful, it is important to realize that these reactions to stress or anxiety can result in extra appointments prolonging treatment time.

    If the health of your teeth is ignored during treatment with braces, the results can be significantly compromised. Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis are available and happy to explain why effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during orthodontic treatment. Have you visited us lately? Give us a call and schedule an appointment.

  • What’s so special about an orthodontist?

    February 3, 2011

    “Dentists, Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference. Before becoming an orthodontist Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis started out in dental school and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school, however, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis decided they wanted to learn more about Orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So they stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites as well as crooked teeth or spaces.

    While some dentists offer braces, there is a difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. We recommend that potential patients look for evidence that the orthodontics practice is using the most advanced technology, such as Invisalign, Incognito (hidden braces), and some of the newer appliances that help us achieve great results, while minimizing extractions of teeth and eliminating socially interfering appliances (like head gear).

    Please let us know if you have any questions! Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis are happy to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need.

  • Q & A with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    January 24, 2011

    It is important to our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics that we provide our patients a fun and comfortable orthodontic experience with customer service second to none. That includes helping our patients and their parents get the most out of their appointments, and making sure they know what to expect from orthodontic treatment. Today, Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis would like to share a few of our frequently asked questions about orthodontic treatment.

    How long will the orthodontic treatment take? Generally, orthodontic treatment may take anywhere from a year to 2 years or more based on the complexity of the case.  Most patients finish treatment early and in 18 months on average.

    When can we get started? We usually can get started with treatment within a week or so.

    Are there any other choices besides the “metal” braces? We have many choices for braces with silver, gold, clear braces.  Our practice also offers braces that go on the backside of the teeth (Incognito), as well as no braces at all with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.  Davis & Davis Orthodontics also has some new braces that are in cool shapes such as diamonds, footballs, soccer balls, flowers, hearts, and stars to make it fun!

  • The advantage of Invisalign Teen™ with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    January 20, 2011

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis know that image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. But… not to worry! There is a clear alternative to traditional braces! The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics thought we’d remind you that Invisalign Teen™ gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

    So how does Invisalign Teen work, you ask? Much in the same fashion as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during the two week period that particular tray is used and once it has faded teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken. Another big benefit for the patient!

    The treatment period for Invisalign Teen varies from nine to 18 months. If your teen is considering orthodontic treatment, please contact us and we’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign Teen.

  • The Davis & Davis Orthodontics Famous Animated and Cartoon Couples Contest

    January 13, 2011

    Dr. Lisa Davis and Dr. Dale Davis are excited to spread the love with our Famous Animated and Cartoon Couples Valentine’s Day contest. We invite all of our patients to test their animated and cartoon knowledge the next time they’re in the office. To receive entry in the contest, all you need to do is match 8 of the 10 characters in our office with their famous partner. The contest winner will receive a really cool M&M’S dispenser filled with special plain M&M’S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • United Way of Midland County Sharing Tree Distribution Day

    January 4, 2011

    Our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics cares about our Midland, MI community, and we strive to make a difference in the lives of our family and friends. Recently, our staff spent the day volunteering at the United Way of Midland County Sharing Tree Distribution Day.

    The Sharing Tree is a program that helps ensure that every child and member of our community feel the joy of Christmas, regardless of their financial situation. Supplies for ABC Kits help with education needs for preschoolers, while gas-only, Dial A Ride and County Connection vouchers provide transportation options for families in Midland County.

    Thank you to everyone who joined us this year in supporting the United Way of Midland County Sharing Tree. We appreciate your support, and we thank you for your contributions.

  • Make 2011 the year to improve your oral health

    December 27, 2010

    Many folks in Midland, MI consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2011? Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

    It is important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum, disease? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

    Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health, or visit this helpful article from our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). After all, we know your oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

    Happy New Year!

    -Your friends at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • More happy patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    December 22, 2010

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team love getting patient reviews. And lately, Davis & Davis Orthodontics, serving Midland, MI and surrounding communities, has been getting some pretty great patient testimonials! We thought we’d share some with you today!

    “The staff is amazing – so friendly, open, and caring! They’ve treated us like friends right from the very first phone call.”

    “Dr. Dale is the best! Getting braces can be really hard, especially when you are 11, but he has been awesome about making me feel comfortable. The rest of the staff are great, too! (And I love being able to pick what color bands I want around my brackets — this time it was bright blue!)”

    “I had a great experience with Davis & Davis Orthodontics. Being a college student, I was a bit worried about getting braces, but I was able to get ceramic braces put on my top teeth. After having them on for a little over a year, I just got them off. Surprisingly when I got them off today, a couple people said they didn’t even notice that I had braces! I am very satisfied with the professionalism of Dr. Lisa. She knew what she was doing. The staff are fun energetic people, and easy to get along with. I definitely recommend Davis & Davis Orthodontics!”

  • Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis support our community this holiday season

    December 13, 2010

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics it is a priority that we give back to our Midland community, especially during the holiday season. This year, we are involved with many charitable organizations that support a variety of causes.

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis support the Adopt a Smile program (ortho angels), in which we adopt two orthodontic patients per year to perform very discounted treatment.  Our office is a Toys for Tots drop-off center, and we will be accepting new, unwrapped toy donations through this Wednesday, Dec. 15.  We were also a  Live United can drop off center (through last Thursday, Dec. 9).

    Our whole staff spent this morning volunteering with distribution for the Live United Drive of Midland.  We also hosted a bazaar in November, giving a $1500+ donation to the United Way of Midland.

    Thank you to everyone that is helping us give back to our community this holiday season!

  • Patient Spotlight: Rachel at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    December 7, 2010

    It is our goal at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to provide exceptional orthodontic care, and to educate and encourage our patients to develop good hygiene habits to keep their teeth sparklin’ clean between appointments. Today, we would like to recognize and congratulate Rachel, one of our amazing patients that really puts forth the extra effort to prioritize her oral health.

    Rachel has a great daily hygiene routine of brushing her teeth when she wakes up in the morning, after eating, and right before bed. Her parents, sister, and the lunch ladies at school are a few of the role models that have encouraged Rachel to live a healthy lifestyle. She is 12 years-old and enjoys to take walks and ride horse back.  Rachel also has two hamsters and a 26lb cat. Thanks for being such a great patient Rachel!

  • The importance of retainers

    December 1, 2010

    If you recently completed treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis will provide—or has provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime. Here are some things to remember when you receive your retainers:

    * Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Wearing your retainers at night ensures that your pearly whites won’t relapse.
    * Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
    * Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and only a small amount of toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water.
    * When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.
    * Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, give us a call immediately.
    * Remove retainers when swimming or during any sporting activity in which the retainers could fall out and get broken or lost (cheerleading, basketball, etc.) or when you should be wearing a mouth guard (football, soccer, etc.).

    We hope this helps! You can always contact our team if you have any questions!

  • Happy Thanksgiving, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    November 23, 2010

    Here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we are very thankful for all of our amazing patients! Our doctor and team would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Thanksgiving. We also want to remind everyone to brush and floss after indulging in the big meal.

    If you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we encourage you to post them on our Facebook page or give us a call!

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics participates in Toys-For-Tots!

    November 19, 2010

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis, your Midland orthodontists, provide our patients with state-of-the-art orthodontic care, while offering a family-oriented environment. We invite all of our patients to join us this season in supporting our local Toys-For-Tots program. Help us make a child smile this holiday!

    Nothing is more rewarding than helping an unfortunate child experience the joy of the holidays. Please share your blessings and bring a new and unwrapped toy to our office no later than Dec. 16 to support our efforts.

    All toys will be given to less fortunate children in our area. Please give us a call if you have any questions!

  • Em Brace the holidays with us!

    November 10, 2010

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics Holiday BazaarDrs. Dale and Lisa Davis invite all of our patients to join us in celebrating the holidays with our second annual Holiday Bazaar. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, and will feature quilts, ornaments, soaps, jewelry, baked goods, pet treats, cards, and much more! All of us at Davis & Davis Orthodontics donate our time to help United Way in December. A portion of the proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will also be donated to the United Way of Midland.

    For more information on the Holiday Bazaar, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis, give us a call. We hope to see you at the Holiday Bazaar!

    You’re Invited:
    Who: Our Midland community
    What: Davis & Davis Orthodontics and Friends Holiday Bazaar
    Where:200 Northgate, Midland, MI
    When: Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9am-4pm
    Why: To em brace the holidays!

  • Patient video: Getting your braces off at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    November 4, 2010

    Have you ever wondered what it will be like to get your braces off? Now, you can see for yourself in this short patient video with your Midland orthodontists Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis. Congratulations on your big day, Dalton!

    For more information on Davis & Davis Orthodontics, your only Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider in Midland, MI, be sure to give us a call and schedule your consultation with Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa today.

  • At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, what puts you at ease?

    October 28, 2010

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team understand not everyone enjoys visiting their orthodontist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit.

    To help patients unwind, our Midland, MI office has a Wii and touch screen gaming system with over 100 games and a full beverage bar. We also have a tooth brushing center with pre-pasted toothbrushes, an AWESOME incentive system for good brushing & oral hygiene habits. There are also ALWAYS one or two fun contests for our patients to enter, with prizes ranging from iPods to cold hard cash.

    Davis and Davis Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, Incognito braces (formerly known as iBraces) that are on the inside of your teeth, ceramic braces, and many different innovative appliances that can correct ‘bad’ bites (without the ancient headgear). A little known fact is that also provide braces that are in different shapes, such as hearts, stars, and footballs.

    We’d like to know: What is it about Davis & Davis Orthodontics that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant office environment or our unique treatment options? Our friendly staff or Dr. Lisa Davis and Dr. Dale Davis?

    Let us know by posting here or by giving us a call!

  • A braces-friendly recipe, in celebration of National Orthodontic Health Month!

    October 21, 2010

    In celebration of Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month, our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics would like to share a great braces-friendly fall recipe with all of our patients. These Witch’s Hat Cookies are delicious, and provided that you remember to brush and floss after indulging, this is a cookie that won’t bite back!

    Witch’s Hat Cookies

    Ingredients:
    • 12 sugar ice cream cones, chocolate flavor
    • 12 5-inch chocolate chocolate-chip cookies
    • 1 cup royal icing
    • 1 lb. JBz chocolate candies (or Halloween plain M&M’s)

    Instructions:
    1. Prepare royal icing with tint purple.
    2. Fill pastry bag with decorating tip.
    3. Mix flavors of JBz. Pour 1 Tablespoon of JBz into cone.
    4. Pipe icing around edge. Top with cookie.
    5. Flip upside down to rest on cookie.
    6. Pipe more icing and decorate with candies.

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics support National Orthodontic Health Month

    October 13, 2010

    Can you believe October is already upon us? October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and this month-long event is organized by our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

    Many hard, sticky, and sugary treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, and these treats may cause damage that could prolong treatment time. The AAO recommends patients avoid the following foods:

    • Caramel
    • Nuts
    • Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
    • Taffy
    • Jelly beans
    • Hard pretzels
    • Licorice
    • Bubblegum
    • Taco chips
    • Ice

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis also recommend that patients drink lots of water and brush after every meal or snack. If you happen to damage your braces, please give Davis and Davis Orthodontics a call immediately. Typically, small problems can be solved over the phone. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some wax until the you can come into our office.

  • Why are straight teeth so important? Davis & Davis Orthodontics explains!

    October 6, 2010

    Today, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis would like to explain the importance of straight teeth, as well as a few little known facts about orthodontic treatment.

    A few reasons why straight teeth are so important:
    -Straight teeth improve self esteem, also helping you achieve a whiter smile.

    -Straight teeth are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque – the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay; and they are easier to keep clean!

    -Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime.

    Davis and Davis Orthodontics
    does not require a dentist referral for consultations, and we do recommend that patients visit our office by the age of 7. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options in Midland, MI, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Davis and Davis Orthodontics.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    -Davis and Davis Orthodontics

  • Patient spotlight: Why one patient recommends Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    September 29, 2010


    Davis & Davis Orthodontics, serving Midland, MI and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what one of our current patients has to say about Dr. Dale Davis and Dr. Lisa Davis and team!

    “They are an awesome and caring group! From our first (FREE!) consultation visits, to our scheduled adjustments, each caring employee of Davis & Davis has taken the time to explain every step in the process. Our every concern has been promptly addressed in a professional and helpful manner. With our busy schedules, the timeliness of each appointment has been a tremendous benefit. No hassles with long waits or unreliable appointment times. As a busy mom (and patient myself), I am thrilled to recommend such a wonderful service-oriented business.” ~Robert M.

  • Fluoride, your friend during orthodontic treatment

    September 21, 2010

    There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your orthodontic treatment with Drs. Davis and Davis. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement.

    Fluoride used in the orthodontists’ office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

    When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

  • With Davis & Davis Orthodontics, 24/7 access to your account

    September 16, 2010

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we embrace new technology, whether it is through the innovative orthodontic treatments that we offer, our high-tech web site and social networks, or our modern office conveniently located in Midland, MI.

    Did you know that patients at our office have access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our website? You can look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, from the comfort of your own home! And, because we know folks sometimes forget, you can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

    Take a look at a few patient reviews about this service:

    “I love having the option to sign up for email reminders of appointments and the ability to see financial information online.” ~Matthew

    “It’s great to look up financial information and my daughter’s appointments. This way I don’t have to call the office – I can access my information at any time of the day.” ~Paul

    “I can have my mom check my appointments and see my pictures online. My mom likes that she will be able to check her monthly balance on here too.”
    ~Bobbi

    You, too, can sign up for this convenient service on our website by clicking on the “Patient Login” button at the top of our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started!

  • Ask Drs. Davis: How can Invisalign® benefit my oral health?

    September 9, 2010

    When considering treatment options, patients often ask us how Invisalign treatment is so different than traditional braces. Well, there are more reasons to smile about Invisalign with Davis & Davis Orthodontics than you may know. Invisalign is a series of removable aligners that are nearly invisible, and besides straightening your teeth, can improve your oral health. Here’s how:

    Healthy gums: Straight teeth allow a close fit for gums. This lessens the gum stress that is caused by crowded or widely spaced teeth, thus also reducing red and swollen gums.

    Easy cleaning: Invisalign is removable, therefore brushing and flossing is easier and you are able to maintain a healthy mouth. These habits are vital to avoiding tooth decay, plaque and even gum disease.

    Improved speech and chewing: Properly-aligned teeth don’t have the discomfort or compound speech impediments that can be caused by crowded teeth or a deteriorating jawbone.

    If you have any questions about Invisalign, just ask Drs. Lisa or Dale Davis the next time you’re in for an appointment. Or, you may post your question on our Facebook page! You can also read this article for more information on Invisalign and your oral health.

  • Thanks to Invisalign®, mom and dad can have a perfect smile, too!

    September 2, 2010

    Hey parents! Focusing on your kids’ teeth and oral health so much that you’re neglecting your own? If you’ve been thinking wistfully about having your own set of perfect teeth, our staff at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can help! We are specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign.

    This course of treatment consists of a set of clear aligners that are molded to fit your teeth using a proprietary technology. You wear them all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing – when you can easily slip them out to make eating and cleaning a snap!

    Because they’re clear, your teeth will be steadily straightening – and no one will know it but you!

    Please give us a call to set up a consultation, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

  • What do you love about Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    August 25, 2010

    From your very first visit to Davis & Davis Orthodontics our doctors and team strive to provide superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. We understand the needs of both our child and adult orthodontic patients, which is why we offer a children’s play area, a courtesy phone, news broadcasting, and a variety of refreshments including coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. We thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: Have you been especially impressed by the work of Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis? Did our team go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your new smile?

    Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. You can write a review here. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

    Thank you,

    The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • Summer reading for the dads, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    August 19, 2010

    Hey Dads! Looking for a great book to read this summer? We’ve got some suggestions! Recently, we came across “A Guy’s Summer Book Guide,” which happens to be a pretty cool resource if you’re shopping around for a great summer read! If you’re still not satisfied, check out this complete list of reading ideas from Barnes & Noble. The list includes bestsellers, new releases, classics, as well as books designed for everyone in the family!

    Happy reading! Be sure to share your favorite reads with us on our Facebook!

    – Drs. Davis and team

  • Ask Davis & Davis Orthodontics: Who benefits from Incognito™?

    August 10, 2010

    Davis and Davis Orthodontics serving Midland, MI, is pleased to offer our patients Incognito (formerly known as iBraces). Dr. Dale J. Davis and Dr. Lisa M. Davis and our team are always receiving questions about Incognito, which is why we wanted to discuss today a few of the unique benefits of this new orthodontic treatment.

    To begin, Incognito is placed behind your teeth, rather than in a visible area. Because of this, no one will ever know that you are wearing braces! This unique type of braces is created using state-of-the-art technology and is entirely customized to the shape of your teeth. Hence, you can improve your smile efficiently and effectively in a discreet new way.

    Who especially benefits from Incognito?

    • Athletes
    • Models
    • Actors
    • Musicians, especially those who play wind instruments
    • Adult professionals

    For more information on Incognito and treatment options at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, please give us a call today to schedule your consultation!

  • Family comes first with Drs. Dale & Lisa Davis

    August 4, 2010

    From the moment you enter our office, our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics makes every effort to provide you with the best orthodontic treatment in a pleasant family-oriented atmosphere. For us that means achieving consistently great results. There are many things that help Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis do just that. Some of them are:

    1. Using the most up to date and proven technologies available, such as Invisalign and iBraces

    2. Spending time and resources on continuing education to stay current and relevant

    3. Training our entire team on new techniques

    4. Educating our patients about the pursuit of excellence

    If you or a family member has been thinking about orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. We look forward to seeing you.

  • Ask Drs. Davis & Davis: What’s the deal with retainers?

    July 29, 2010

    If you recently completed treatment at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you on your beautiful new smile! Now that your braces have been removed, Dr. Dale or Lisa Davis will provide—or has provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, always provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Dale or Lisa Davis is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

    To learn more about the advantages of wearing retainers after your orthodontic treatment with Davis and Davis Orthodontics, please read this helpful article about retainers from KidsHealth or give us a call!

  • Cool kids get braces, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    July 22, 2010

    Today, braces are seen as “cool” and—many teens would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are undergoing or have completed orthodontic treatment. New technologies such as Invisalign® and iBraces™, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Serena Williams—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

    The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

    Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with (Insert Name of Doctor), and may contribute to the success of treatment.

    Has your child or teen visited Davis & Davis Orthodontics for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

  • Davis and Davis Orthodontics wants to know: are there teeth grinders in your house?

    July 14, 2010

    Grind, grind, grind. If you live with a teeth grinder, this unpleasant sound may be all too familiar, especially recently. A recent study by Head & Face Medicine suggests that people often cope with stress by grinding their teeth. In addition, the Chicago Dental Society suggests that since the recession began, teeth grinding, or bruxism, is on the rise.

    The Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 250 members about the connection between stress and oral health. Nearly 75 percent of dentists said their patients reported increased stress over the past year, largely due to the economic recession. During stressful times, teeth grinding can be a nuisance that causes headaches and sleep problems, but it also can cause lasting problems for your teeth and gums, including chipped teeth, worn enamel, chronic pain, or even TMJ, a painful jaw disorder.

    The first step of recovering from teeth grinding is noticing the problem, says Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis. Symptoms of teeth grinding include:

    • Sensitivity in the teeth
    • Tightness or pain in the jaw
    • Dull headaches, earaches, or facial pain
    • Chipped, worn down, or loose teeth

    An important thing to remember is that people frequently grind their teeth in response to stress, and taking measures to reduce or eliminate stress can help solve the problem. If the teeth-grinder in your house can’t stop, schedule an appointment to see us by giving us a call. Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics can help determine the cause of the problem.

  • Summer savings for new patients at Davis & Davis!

    July 7, 2010

    Have you been considering Ibraces, Invisalign, full or interceptive orthodontic treatment? Luck for you, Davis & Davis offers special online coupons for our web savvy consumers! With individual coupons ranging from $100 to $250 in savings, we’re offering amazing summer savings to all of our new patients! Best of all- these coupons do not have an expiration date!

    For more information and to print these special offers, check out the bottom of the Happenings page of our website! If you are already a patient of Davis & Davis Orthodontics, these special offers are great to share with friends and family who may be seeking orthodontic treatment in Midland, MI. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Facebook Do’s and Don’ts for Parents from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    June 28, 2010

    Parents oftentimes sign up for Facebook accounts and ‘friend’ their children, often as a way to keep an eye on their online activities. But then what? Many parents in this digital age are still lost when it comes to effective methods for monitoring the online safety of their children, while still allowing them respect and privacy.

    Last fall, parenting author Vicki Courtney wrote a helpful post on the things parents should and shouldn’t do while surfing through their kids’ Facebook profiles. Drs. Dale and Lisa and our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontists thought you might benefit from reading Vicki’s interesting piece.

    Here are “Top Ten Facebook No-Nos for Parents,” designed specifically for those moms and dads who aren’t sure whether they’ve crossed the line in monitoring their kids’ presence online.

    We hope you find this article informational. Please let us know what you think by posting a comment on this blog or on our Facebook page!

  • The importance of regular checkups, from Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    June 25, 2010


    Drs. Dale and Lisa want to know: is your child brushing his or her teeth twice a day as recommended during their treatment? If the answer is yes, we think that’s fantastic! But, it’s also important for your child to visit the dentist every six months in addition to brushing their teeth a couple times a day, flossing (and visiting Davis & Davis Orthodontics as recommended by Drs. Dale or Lisa Davis during your treatment). Our staff will tell you regular dental checkups are vital for maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can:

    • Check for problems that might not be seen or felt
    • Detect cavities and signs of tooth decay
    • Treat oral health problems early
    • Show your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth, even during their orthodontic treatment

    During an oral exam, your dentist will check the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups also typically include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If your child has not been to the dentist in the past six months, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment!

    If you don’t have a general dentist in Midland or nearby communities in Midland County, please ask and we’ll be happy to provide one!

  • More happy patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    June 16, 2010


    Midland orthodontists Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis love getting patient testimonials from current and former patients. In fact, here are a few reviews our office received recently. Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts about your treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    Everything, but ultimately they appear to have the patient in mind.” ~ Jennifer S.

    Very “kid friendly” atmosphere. My daughter was very nervous about seeing an orthodontist. After we left out consult visit she told me “I’m not even nervous anymore. I love it there!” The staff were very friendly and informative. Very up to date equipment.” ~ Ian D.

    When I saw Lisa Davis for the first time for a minor adjustment, she didn’t try to sell me an entire set of braces…she offered ‘removable’ braces and they worked great. I liked that she found an affordable, flexible option for me.” ~ Roger Y.

    Dr. Dale Davis has done a wonderful job with Lauren!! Her teeth are beautiful and have remained so for a number of years. She still comes in when her retainers need adjusting, etc. and Dr. Dale Davis is always willing to help even after Lauren’s braces have been removed several years ago!!” ~ Paul M.

    Office staff is by far the best of any health care professional office I’ve ever dealt with in terms of friendliness, helpfulness knowledge and efficiency.” ~ Cynthia M.

  • Tell Drs. Dale & Lisa: What are you up to this summer?

    June 7, 2010


    As the school year comes to an end for a lot of our patients, the days will get longer and the temperatures will begin to climb, and there’s no better way to beat the Michigan heat than jumping into a pool or cooling off under the shade with a beverage. For a lot of our patients in Tampa, summer brings a chance to get away from it all and escape every-day life, if only for a week or two. For others, it means a season of relief from homework and general relaxation

    How about you?

    What are your plans for summer? Do you have any interesting plans for a summer vacation? Does your family have a family reunion planned? Drs. Dale and Lisa want to see when and how you are all spending your summer vacations. If you’re going somewhere exotic, great! If you’re going camping, terrific! Even if you’re staying at home, that can be fun, too.

    Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us on our Facebook page as the summer rolls along!

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics, supporting National Smile Month

    June 1, 2010

    It’s June already! Where does the time go?

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis are excited to tell you June marks National Smile Month, a great time to remind our patients to brush, floss, practice good nutrition at home (and over the summer) to avoid cavities and gum disease, among other dental health issues.

    After all, there’s more and more evidence that suggests folks with gum disease are more at risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

    Here are a few easy steps you can improve your oral health at home:

    * Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Here’s a helpful video showing you how to brush with your braces on.
    * Floss everyday to clean between your teeth.
    * Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during treatment.
    * Visit your dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

    If you have questions about any of the tips here, we encourage you to give us a call at 989.631.1334! We hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

    The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

  • Drs. Lisa and Dale discuss the importance of dairy

    May 22, 2010


    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis want to know: is dairy a big part of your diet? If not, it probably should be! A study published just two years ago found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease, or gum disease.

    Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth that affects the gums and jaw. Gum disease results in a loss of teeth and bone, and has been connected in studies to certain cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

    Results of the study show that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease. Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Next time you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese, or a glass of milk, and remember with each bite and sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles!

    For more information about the importance of dairy in your diet and keeping your teeth healthy, give us a call at 989.631.1334, and have a great rest of the weekend!

  • Write a review of Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    May 14, 2010


    We think that you will find our Midland office to be very accommodating and relaxing. Our expert orthodontists and talented staff are very much a team and maintain a very cooperative spirit among doctors, staff, patients, and our patients’ families. We are devoted to support in achieving the ultimate in clinical results for our patients while making certain that each find their orthodontic experience to be enjoyable and rewarding.

    Whether you have visited Davis & Davis Orthodontics for a week or for years, we’d love to hear your feedback about your experience with us! Now with the Internet, it’s even easier to write your thoughts and share them with the world. We’d want to encourage you to write a review of us. It only takes a moment!

    You may write a review here.

    Thank you and have a great weekend! We look forward to reading your reviews!!

  • Davis & Davis Orthodontics at the AAO Annual Session

    May 3, 2010


    To better serve Midland and surrounding communities, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis are committed to to staying at the forefront of the field of orthodontics and accomplish this by attending continuing education courses and conferences all over the country. This past weekend, we were in Washington D.C. attending the 110th AAO Annual Session, an educational event that is one of the largest orthodontic conventions in the world – and one that allows Drs. Dale and Lisa to consult with orthodontists and dental experts from around the country and stay up-to-date on all the latest technologies and orthodontic treatment options available. This, in turn, allows us to give you, our wonderful phenomenal patients the best treatment experience possible.

    Both Drs. Dale and Lisa are proud members of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontics, the Saginaw Valley District Dental Society, the Michigan Dental Association and the Midland County Dental Society.

    Isn’t it nice to know you have a complete dental experts taking care of your perfecting your smile?

  • Check out our welcome video!

    April 29, 2010

    Have you seen the Davis & Davis Orthodontics welcome video? The video – just 1:12 long – discusses the treatments offered by Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis. It’s pretty much everything you need to know about us in just over a minute! We are working on getting more videos to our YouTube channel, but for now enjoy this video!

    If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, Drs. Dale and Lisa would love to have you in for a FREE consultation. Please give us a call at 989.631.1334 to set one up!

  • Ask Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis: What can I expect during the consultation?

    April 23, 2010

    What a great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, our staff and doctors will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

    At your following appointment, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis will discuss your orthodontic options with you. Our staff feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that Drs. Dale and Lisa can more thoroughly prepare for your treatment. We also ask that if you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child, that both you and your child attend the consultation. Give us a call at 989.631.1334 today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!

  • What do you love about Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    April 16, 2010

    From your very first visit to Davis & Davis Orthodontics, our professional team strives to provide you superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. We thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: Have you been especially impressed by Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis? Did our talented staff go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your new smile?

    Our expert orthodontists and staff are very much a team and maintain a very cooperative spirit among doctors, staff, patients and our patients’ families. We are devoted to support in achieving the ultimate in clinical results for our patients while making certain that each find their orthodontic experience to be enjoyable and rewarding.

    Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting Davis & Davis Orthodontics for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. Or, you can tell us by giving us a call or posting on our Facebook page!

    We hope to post a few reviews next week! Have a great weekend!!

  • Ask Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis: Am I too old for braces?

    April 8, 2010

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, nobody is too old for braces! In fact, our staff recently read a fascinating statistic: the number of adults getting braces has climbed 24 percent since 1996! Yes, braces help make your pearly whites strong, healthy and perfectly-aligned, but perhaps another reason for the spike in adult braces is this: people want to look and feel great. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing—wisely, we might add—to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

    If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis would love to have you visit for a consultation. Please give us a call to set one up!

  • This April, play it safe! From Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    March 31, 2010

    April, also known as National Facial Protection Month, is almost upon us, and for Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics, that only means one thing: it’s once again time to remind our dear patients to protect their faces and pearly whites. Above is a helpful video from our friends at the AAO about staying safe on the ball field this spring.

    We hope the above video helps. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of the tips offered in the video, please contact our staff. And remember to have fun and stay safe on the field this spring!

  • Tell Davis & Davis Orthodontics what’s on your mind!

    March 22, 2010

    You know how it works: Week after week, Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis, as well as our dedicated staff, write about topics related to orthodontics and your well-being. Well, this week, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our terrific patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like us to focus on our blog? What would you like to know about the exciting field of orthodontics? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask Drs. Davis but couldn’t? Here’s your chance! Let us know by posting here on the blog or on our Facebook page!

    Give us your best shot, and we’ll try to answer any question you may have!

  • Wishing you Happy St. Patty’s Day, from Davis and Davis Orthodontics

    March 17, 2010

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis hope you remembered to dress in green when you stepped out the door this morning. Whether Irish or not, millions of people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with toasts, parades and “the wearing of the green.” Here are some fun facts about St. Patty’s Day our team knows you will enjoy:

    • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17th because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history.

    • The name “lephrechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which simply means “shoemaker.”

    • Some American towns have Irish names. They include: Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio and Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia

    • Despite what you may have heard, St. Patrick never banished snakes from Ireland. In fact, no snakes exist or ever existed in Ireland. Ireland is surrounded by icy ocean waters, much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else.

    • St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Boston, in 1737. Approximately 34 million Americans claim Irish ancestry. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.

  • Go Incognito™ with Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis!

    March 12, 2010

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis understand most orthodontic patients have an aversion to the idea of “metal mouth” during treatment. A lot of patients have found alternatives to the classic bracing system, instead choosing to strengthen their pearly whites with Incognito™, lingual orthodontic braces that are made for teens and adults, and are custom-made for each person. Because they are placed behind your teeth, they are hidden, and no one will ever know you are wearing braces unless you tell them.

    If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, or would like to learn more about Incognito orthodontic braces please visit our web site or contact Davis and Davis Orthodontics today!

  • This March, what are you up to? From Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    March 6, 2010

    It’s almost springtime. The daffodils and buttercups are on their way, fresh Rhubarb is ready to be picked, the birds are chirping, the sun is warming up and the smell of freshly-cut grass is wafting from a baseball field nearby. The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics thought this would be a good time to ask: What are your plans for March?

    Are you ready for spring? Are you participating in school sports this year? Do you have exciting plans? We’d love to know them all!

    You may share your stories or plans with our team here, on our Facebook fan page or by giving us a call! Have a great weekend!

  • The importance of mouth guards, from Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    February 22, 2010

    Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s almost springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you consult Dr. Davis for special precautions. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball and soccer. Be sure to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

    In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with Davis & Davis Orthodontics. And don’t forget to ask us—Dr. Davis will provide a mouth guard for any patient in active treatment.

    Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

  • Orthodontic fun facts, from the team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    February 9, 2010

    Everyone loves facts. The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that our team at Davis and Davis Orthodontics thought you might enjoy. Have a great rest of the week!

    • There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.
    • The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.
    • The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.
    • Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.
    • The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.
    • Wires activated by body heat used in today’s braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.
    • In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.
    • Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.

  • Facebook Fan Page for Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    February 3, 2010

    Did you know Davis & Davis Orthodontics is on Facebook? Our fan page provides you the latest news from Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis, our staff and our practice. We invite you to connect with us and be “in the loop” for all things Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    Become a “fan” today and have a great rest of the week! From Drs. Davis and the entire team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    As always, let us know if you have any questions by giving us a call!

  • Drs. Dale & Lisa Davis want to know: What do you love about our community?

    January 26, 2010

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics, located in Midland, and serving surrounding communities, is situated around some pretty unique neighborhoods. Each is special with its own personality, created by the people and places (and our wonderful patients) living within.

    Today, Drs. Dale & Lisa Davis and our team thought we’d ask: What are your favorite things about Midland? Is there a local event you attend every year? Do you have a favorite eatery? Perhaps a favorite getaway here in Michigan?

    Please feel free to share some information about your favorite local hang-outs in Midland, and everything you love best about “your neck of the woods.” And, who knows, we might post your response on our social networks!

  • What helps you relax at Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    January 19, 2010

    Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis understand not everyone is excited to visit their orthodontist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit because we are devoted to making certain our patients find their orthodontic experience to be enjoyable and rewarding.

    Today, we’d like to know: What is it about Davis & Davis Orthodontics that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant environment or our friendly and professional staff? Let us know by posting here or by giving us a call!

  • Age 7 is the magic number for an orthodontic check-up, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    January 11, 2010

    Many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. Consequently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.

    What’s so great about age seven? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected.

    Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

    Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment, Drs. Davis say. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and detrimental to good oral hygiene. So if your child is nearing age 7, give us a call at Davis & Davis Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

  • Invisalign Tips, from Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis

    January 4, 2010

    Many people know that Invisalign is a great solution to braces if you don’t want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care to work effectively. The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics would like to remind you that good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are wearing something in your mouth that you can take out to eat with. It’s still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. When wearing your Invisalign aligners, Drs. Davis want you to ask yourself the following questions:

    1.) Am I eating with my aligners on? – These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.
    2.) Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? – Though it’s not a necessity for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky a soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.
    3.) Am I brushing before putting the trays on? – The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also easy: just make sure you’ve brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.

    These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits. If you have any questions about Invisalign or your treatment here at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, please give us a call!

  • When should you call Davis & Davis Orthodontics?

    December 29, 2009


    Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Drs. Davis and our team. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

    1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
    2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
    3. Mouth breathing
    4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
    5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
    6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
    7. Speech difficulty
    8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
    9. Protruding teeth
    10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
    11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
    12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

    Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!

    Happy New Year!

  • Happy Holidays from Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

    December 24, 2009

    In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as Drs. Davis and their team reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2010? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food? Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year?

    We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Our Second Annual Patient Appreciation Party!

    December 14, 2009

    Recently, Drs. Davis and their team rewarded their patients with a trip to see Jim Carrey’s “A Christmas Carrol.” Occasionally, we like rewarding our fantastic patients with prizes and random trips! We’d like to thank everyone for coming and stay tuned for more happenings at Davis & Davis Orthodontics!

  • Patient reviews for Drs. Davis and team!

    December 7, 2009

    The team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics love hearing from their patients. And lately, our office, which serves Midland and surrounding communities, has been receiving some great patient testimonials! Check out what our current patients are saying about Drs. Davis and their team! Happy Monday!

    “The best thing so far about Davis and Davis is how friendly everyone is. I also like the use of technology, such as the smart boards that are used to immediately show the photos taken of your teeth. The hours are terrific as well. I’ve never had a doctor or dentist have hours during my lunch hour, which is very convenient.” ~ Beth S.

    “Friendly, direct, explained everything very well. After being at their office yesterday, we made a plan for treatment and started right away. There was no need for a second opinion.” ~ Kevin S.

    “Dr. Dale Davis is very good at communicating the current issues and future outlook of my son’s orthodontic needs. The office is inviting and the staff is very friendly.” ~ Bridgit S.

    “Appointments are quick and right on time; great personnel; VERY fun office” ~ John T.

  • Gummy Tummy and YOU, from Davis & Davis Orthodontics

    November 30, 2009

    Drs. Davis and team know the rumors going around – mostly among young people – that once you swallow a piece of chewing gum it will stake a claim and take up residency in your stomach for at least seven years! We really hate to take all the fun out of the mystery, but the truth is that chewing gum, when swallowed, will enter the stomach and move through the digestive system just like any other piece of food and leave the body long before seven years! So, if you ever have accidentally swallowed a piece of gum, there is no need to worry!

    This being said, gum does not have any dietary benefits, so while it’s not harmful to swallow, you still want to avoid swallowing it. If you are a gum-chewer, make sure you chew sugarless gum, because gum with sugar can lead to cavities. Sugarless gum still has the same amount of flavor, but with less cavity causing ingredients. You see, when the bacterium in your mouth breaks down sugar, what’s left behind is acid. This acid eats away at the enamel coating of your teeth, causing holes that we call cavities. Cavities can lead to other long term mouth problems if they are not treated in time, so it is best to try and avoid overexposing your teeth to too many harmful substances!

    Happy (sugar-free) gum chewing! From Davis & Davis Orthodontics