Monthly Archives: April 2015

Are braces ruining your photos?

While it’s normal to feel self-conscious, there is no reason to avoid photos just because you wear braces. Many people wear braces and you do not need to be embarrassed about them. There are also ways you can enjoy your photos without hiding your smile. Make it Fun Dr. Allen and our staff offer rubber… Read more »

Ugh, Not Braces!

Getting your child excited about braces is a lot like: A) convincing a grumpy toddler that it’s time to take a nap? B) convincing a teenager to stop texting during dinner? C) convincing your husband to eat his peas? The answer, obviously, is all of the above. And that’s why you may need a few… Read more »

How NOT to Forget Your Retainer

The alarm sounds in the morning, you wake up and realize “I forgot to wear my retainer!” If this only happened once, don’t panic. Missing one night with a retainer is unlikely to cause significant teeth movement. However, if it has happened often, give our Oceanside or Fallbrook, CA office a call to make sure… Read more »

How do braces move my teeth?

Great question! Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time (usually two years). Braces work by using brackets that are glued onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where Dr. Allen and our team insert orthodontic wires. These wires are held… Read more »

Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment

Our team at Allen Orthodontics knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, you should have a successful treatment. But did you know there’s another way to… Read more »