Can I Chew Gum with Braces?

July 22nd, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

Humans love—and have always loved—chewing gum. If you read our post about the weird ways we used to clean our teeth, you’ll remember some of the ways people have been getting their freshening fix for centuries: tree sap, sweet grass, and wax to name a few. It’s no wonder, then, that one of the first […]

Three Ways to Impact Someone with Your Smile

July 20th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

We talk a lot about the power of smiling here at Birmingham Orthodontics because we believe it can’t be understated. Did you know, for example, that smiling boosts your mood, your immune system, and relieves stress? We love smiles, and as we work on our own, we want to spread the joy—smiling is, after all, […]

Charcoal Chewing and Vinegar Rinses: Four Gross Ways We Used to Clean Our Teeth

July 15th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

If you’re taking the opportunity this summer to binge watch some of the hottest shows you missed during the school year, you may have noticed a trend—we love stories set in ancient and historical times. It’s easy to fall in love with these worlds: kings and queens, warriors, battles for the heart… but before you […]

Overbites, Underbites, and Crossbites—Understanding the Difference

July 10th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

You’ve heard of overbites, underbites, and crossbites; you or your child may even be suffering from one of these conditions—but how exactly do you know which is which? It may seem difficult to keep these terms straight in your head, but fortunately they aren’t difficult to straighten out with proper orthodontic care. Today we’ll be […]

Summery snacks perfect for the 4th!

June 29th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

Now that you’ve added braces into your equation, you may be hesitant about busting brackets on your favorite summery snacks. At Birmingham Orthodontics, we don’t want you to miss a single moment of the year’s peak season for fresh fruits and veggies, and just because you’re sporting brackets doesn’t mean you’ll have to skimp on […]

Chapsticks We Love for Braces

May 31st, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

It may be hard to stay excited about the amazing new smile you’re working on when every time you try to smile now the dry skin on your lips pulls and cracks. Chapped lips are common with braces, especially when you first get them, but relief is on its way! There are many things you […]

Flashback Friday: Before and After Braces

May 26th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

The summer before your senior year in high school, you’re sent out to a portrait studio with a bunch of your classmates, asked to don a fancy drape, and smile. Senior portraits are supposed to be exciting, but for me they were a nightmare. I’d always hated my smile, and I knew this photographer would […]

How to Take Care of Those Pesky Canker Sores

May 19th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

Spring can be a busy time, whether you’re studying for final exams, planning out a summer vacation, or diving into a deep clean. Of course, it’s hard to stay focused on anything else when you develop a canker sore. Stress is thought to be one of the main causes of these pesky, painful ulcers, but […]

How to Thank Mom for Investing in Your Smile!

May 12th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

Take a moment to think about how much your mom has done for you. It’s a lot, isn’t it? Especially when it comes to your smile—she’s taught you how to take great care of your teeth and encouraged you to do it (even when you really didn’t want to), she’s taken you to your orthodontist […]

Braces-Approved Mexican Foods in Honor of Cinco de Mayo!

May 5th, 2017 by Birmingham Orthodontics

On Cinco de Mayo, we all love to join in the celebration of Mexican culture! Parades, music, food, and dancing… and, of course, the amazing cuisine. If you’re sporting braces this Cinco de Mayo, you may be worried about missing out on your favorite foods—what will you do without the hard, crunchy tortilla chips, tacos, […]

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