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Out With the Old and In With the New

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Coleman Orthodontics   The toothbrush is your number one oral hygiene accessory.   Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months . Replacing your toothbrush is essential since it is constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. If you notice the bristles of your toothbrush have become worn that's a clear sign you need a new toothbrush.  People who wear braces should change their toothbrushes more frequently because braces break down and fracture bristles which makes the toothbrush lose its effectiveness. It's helpful to keep a pack of toothbrushes available in the house at all times for easy replacement. 3 Reasons to Change Out Your Old Toothbrush: 1. Bacteria - Your toothbrush is a tool for removing bacteria from your teeth…but it doesn’t actually kill bacteria. Some of the bacteria from your teeth stay on your to

Learning To Love Your Braces

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Coleman Orthodontics It may not seem like it now, but over the next few months, you and your new braces will become best friends.   There may be a few bad days...but there will be plenty of great days too!    However, if you have just gotten your braces and you are having some bad days, Coleman Orthodontics is here for you.    To prevent any ill feelings between you and your braces our team recommends...    1. Avoiding Sticky or Hard Foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces harm. And even though it may seem like the best tasting foods are the foods that are sticky and/or hard… sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire.    2. Smooth Things Over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on the inside of your cheeks and lips. To protect your cheeks and lips , place wax on the bracket or wire that is causing irritation. But don’t worry…the sore spots caused by your braces won’t last long, so try your best to say positive about your braces

The Benefits of Braces

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Coleman Orthodontics Whether it is for health reasons or a confident beautiful smile, there are many benefits to a straight smile. We have been in the Syracuse community for many years and our goal at Coleman Orthodontics is to provide you with a smile that is confident and healthy. Whether its through Invisalign , traditional braces , or simply wearing your retainers after orthodontic treatment...orthodontics goes beyond just a beautiful smile. Benefits of Having Straight Teeth 1. Healthy Gums:  Healthy gums are a foundation to a healthy smile internally. The health of your mouth and your body are all connected and your gums are an essential foundation to your overall health. When your teeth are spaced out or crowded, it is possible for them to become inflamed, which can be a sign of periodontal disease. 2. Tooth Wear: We use our teeth everyday and it is normal for our enamel to wear out as we grow older. However, crowded teeth can cause your teeth to pop out in abnormal places, w

Ageless Smiles

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Coleman Orthodontics Your teeth are probably the only thing on your face that don’t get wrinkles…but your teeth certainly do show signs of aging. So if you want to look younger and healthier, your teeth are a great place to start! “Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the tooth,’ used to describe older persons, reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result." 3 Easy Steps That Will Take 10 Years Off of Your Appearance Step 1: Whiten Your Teeth - Teeth naturally darken as we age. One reason is that your teeth absorb color from food and drinks. Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth, they will eventually yellow over time. Whitening your teeth with custom whitening trays is the best way to achieve a deep and t

Are You Taking Care of Your Invisalign Aligners?

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Coleman Orthodontics Did you know over 6 million people across the U.S. have had orthodontic treatment using Invisalign ? That includes many people right here in our Syracuse community . Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements that Dr. Coleman plans out for you. It is important that your take care of your Invisalign aligners to ensure they are doing their best in helping shape your teeth according to your plan. One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is having the ability to take the aligners out to eat and drink… but that doesn't mean they don't get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is a vital part of your treatment, and it's the only way to keep them invisible, odorless, an

Take Care of Your Enamel

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Coleman Orthodontics The goal at Coleman Orthodontics is to enhance the quality of life for those who come to us for their orthodontic health care. We are committed to achieving excellence in our orthodontic treatment and to creating an environment that is open, comfortable and friendly. When our patients leave the office, we want them to feel better about themselves. We dedicate our time, talents and energy to this purpose. We don’t just provide orthodontic treatment to patients, we provide patients with an entire experience that can truly be life changing. Did you know your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and contains a high percentage of minerals? These minerals provide enamel with the strength it needs to protect the teeth and help keep them looking bright and white This hard, outer surface layer of your teeth acts as a protection shield against your teeth. Being that the enamel is on the outside of your teeth, it is easy to damage it. 5 Ways to Keep

3D Smiles

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Coleman Orthodontics It’s no secret that your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. If you have been looking at your smile and haven’t been liking what you are seeing, there are many ways to ensure your smile is at its best. Using the most advanced orthodontic technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Dr. Coleman uses a Carestream 9300 radiograph machine to take all of our patient's x-rays. This machine is the latest in radiograph technology and allows us to provide quick, comfortable, and effective orthodontic imaging for precise diagnosis and treatment planning. Dr. Coleman can capture a 3-D image of an individual's teeth and jaws to more accurately determine what problem might be present when a standard x-ray may be more difficult to use in the diagnosis of the same problem. Coleman Orthodontics is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient orthodontic treatment options ava