How to Clean Your Mouthguard

How To Clean Your Mouthguard

Keeping your mouthguard clean is essential to minimizing bacteria and germs. Your body has a high level of good bacteria present, including some in your mouth—expose your mouthguard to these elements and it becomes a breeding ground for any other bacteria in the area. This worsens if there are foot particles – even those you cannot see – present. That, … Read More

9 Questions to Ask at Your First Orthodontist Appointment

Your First Orthodontist Appointment

Committing to braces or other orthodontic treatments is a major decision for anyone—and that means it’s essential to ask questions and be informed about your options so you can determine the right next steps for you.  During your initial visit at SOS Braces, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and talk through any of your concerns. We’re here to … Read More

Sports and Braces

Sports And Braces

More than 45 million American kids play at least one sport—and three in four families with kids in the household shuttle at least someone to practices and games. But, once braces come on, many families worry about their child’s ability to hit the field, the court or the rink. It’s the same for adults—many play in recreational teams and worry … Read More

How To Avoid Braces

How To Avoid Braces

Genetics may determine our eye color or the color of our hair, but they aren’t as much a factor when it comes to misaligned teeth. More than genetics, environmental factors and habits play a major role in dental alignment—and, specifically, whether or not you or your kids will need braces. The good news? While no one can dictate or drive … Read More

4 Benefits to Pro Teeth Whitening

Pro Teeth Whitening

Having a bright, white smile instantly boosts your confidence — and that’s just the beginning. Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet or engage you, and that’s powerful. A recent study found people who had whitened their teeth were 58% more likely to be hired, and to more than half received larger salary offers. The benefits … Read More

Foods To Avoid If You Have Braces

Foods To Avoid If You Have Braces

If you have braces or are thinking about getting them, congratulations. You’re making an incredible investment in your health — or your child’s health — and will no doubt reap the benefits for decades to come. Straight teeth and a healthy bite don’t just look good but, also, can help boost your confidence and ward off a number of oral … Read More

6 Foods That Can Discolor Your Teeth the Most

foods that discolor your teeth

A bright, white smile is something we all covet — and that’s no surprise, considering how much our teeth affect our overall appearance and, beyond that, our confidence. In fact, a recent study found that people with whiter teeth are perceived to be more attractive, confident, trustworthy and financially successful than their peers. In short, there’s a real motivation to achieving a … Read More

Difference Between Orthodontist And Dentist

Difference Between Orthodontist And Dentist

Two in three adults and more than  four in five children have visited a dentist in the past year—in other words, dentists and the experience of visiting a dentist is very familiar to the overwhelming majority of Americans. However, a much smaller population has ongoing exposure to orthodontists. Because of the specialty nature of these practices, not everyone needs to schedule a visit … Read More

Will Insurance Pay for My Braces?

Will Insurance Pay for My Braces?

Unlike medical insurance, dental insurance isn’t a “mandate.” While the majority of employers offer this valuable benefit and, currently, dental insurance is available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s no penalty if you or your kids don’t opt in. And if you do have dental insurance? While there are plenty of perks — low- and no-cost treatments and preventative … Read More

5 Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

dental anxiety

By some estimates, upwards of four in five adults have some level of anxiety over visiting the dentist — and more than one in 10 delay appointments as a result. The reality? Regular dental check ups are critical to your oral health and hygiene, and dodging the dentist because of fears, anxiety and, even, full-on phobias can lead to long-term issues that … Read More