Dental Info

Halloween 2014We have all heard about the damage that sugar and certain “sticky” candies can do to teeth. Well, our Team at Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics wants to remind all of our patients and future patients about the dangers one more time. We know #Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but it can turn into a “nightmare” of damaged teeth for kids and parents if the wrong types of treats are consumed.

Here at Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics we love #Halloween but we also have a responsibility to increase the awareness regarding the potential damage certain candies can cause if patients are not careful about which treats to eat. Read more on Some Halloween Treats are Tricky…

Germs on Mouthguards Can Cause IllnessMost adults and kids today understand the importance of wearing a #mouth guard when playing contact sports, especially while wearing braces. Blows to the mouth are painful enough without brackets and wires cutting into your lips and tongue making it worse. Teeth are actually less prone to injury when wired together as a single unit during orthodontic treatment. A #mouth guard protects the braces and serves as addition protection, further reducing the possibility of tooth and jaw injury.

It is not uncommon for athletes to remove their mouth guard when playing sports and set it down, hold it in their dirty hands, or toss it into the case or Gym bag when the game is over. Do you or your kids clean your mouthguard before popping it back into the mouth the next you play? Who knows what germs are breeding on the mouth guard when stored away that can cause illness and oral health issues?Read more on Is Your Mouth Guard Making You Sick?…

TMJ Pain Riverview FL Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics Living with aching or clicking jaws can be hard to swallow! Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also commonly known as TMJ or TMD, is a joint disorder that affects the opening and closing of the jaw, and can have many side effects that relate to the teeth, head and neck.

Like other joints, the relationship between the bone and disk will affect how well the joint works. The jaw is used thousands of times a day for talking, eating and laughing. When a disorder is present in the joint, your lifestyle can be dramatically changed. Read more on Living With TMJ Pain is Hard to Swallow…

wearing braces Katy Perry Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics wants you to know that braces aren’t just for kids. Even celebrities enjoy the benefits that orthodontic treatment can offer and embrace traditional braces rather than invisible braces to correct their problems. Not every patient is a candidate for Invisalign or braces behind the teeth. Below are a few recognizable names who have chosen show off their treatment, even though they are in the spotlight.

Katy Perry – recording artist and pop idol Katy Perry chose metal braces and smiles proudly during photo shoots and performances.Read more on Celebrities Embrace Wearing Braces…