Why Should I Use a Water Flosser?

Flossing can be extremely difficult for some people, especially if you are wearing braces. If flossing is challenging for you while you are aligning your smile, then our Kirby Nelson Orthodontics team encourages you to use a water flosser! There are many reasons why you should consider using a water flosser... Read more »

Insights for Maintaining Braces and a Healthy Mouth

Braces are designed to realign your teeth by applying progressive tension to them. This effectively stretches the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in the socket. Each adjustment will bring the teeth one step closer to your ideal smile. If you develop tooth decay issues or if your braces... Read more »

Embrace Your Future Oral Health by Caring for Your Braces Today

The decisions we make in life today, influence the outcomes of tomorrow. If we neglect our teeth today, damage to our oral health is much more likely later on. Some of our habits can have immediate effects on our teeth and gums. Our braces also require our care and attention.... Read more »

Special Oral Hygiene Tools Can Help Clean Hard-to-Reach Places Around Your Braces

Maintaining good oral health throughout the realignment process is essential for minimizing the amount of time you need to wear braces. Complications from poor oral hygiene and tooth decay can significantly increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your ideal smile. To help you clean in and around... Read more »

Damaged Braces Need Urgent Treatment and Repair

When your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson, installed your new braces, they were designed to be durable enough to handle the daily wear and tear of eating most normal foods. However, there are things like chewing gum or eating very sticky or hard foods that can potentially damage the hardware of... Read more »

The Health Benefits of a Straight Smile

A straight smile is obviously very pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint, but it also does more than simply making you comfortable smiling in photos or other social situations. A straight smile is actually a healthier smile. Let’s look at why Dr. Kirby Nelson recommends you get your smile straightened as... Read more »

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene Will Help Reduce Orthodontic Complications

Your braces are designed to realign your teeth by applying modest yet progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. If you develop tooth decay issues on one or more teeth, it could lead to complications in the alignment process. This could potentially increase the... Read more »

Regular Adjustment Sessions Are a Critical Part of the Alignment Process

The metal brackets, wires and other assorted hardware on your braces are just the physical elements of the process needed to realign your teeth. In reality, it is the progressive yet modest tension applied to your braces and teeth that stretch the periodontal ligaments that hold each tooth in its... Read more »

October is both Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month!

It’s Halloween time! Fall activities, haunted houses, costumes, corn mazes, parties, and of course, trick or treating. But there’s one other vital reason to celebrate this month for our patients. It’s National Orthodontic Health month! We want you to have a fantastic Halloween that is also safe for your braces,... Read more »

You Will Need to Use a Retainer After Your Braces Have Been Removed

Through the course of multiple adjustment sessions with your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson, your teeth have been successfully realigned for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. It’s important to note that your braces were just the very first step in the alignment process. Once they are removed, a retention... Read more »