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By Dr. Cecilia La Roche
December 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  
Find out if orthodontic treatment is the right option for your smile right now.

There comes a time in many people’s lives where they are fed up with crooked or misaligned teeth and dream of having a straighter smile. No matter your age, braces can always be a great way to get the smile you want. Find out if it’s time you talked to your Hollis Bracesdentist Dr. Cecilia LaRoche about braces.

The Magic Age Number for Braces

When it comes to children and their teeth it’s recommended that they get screened around seven years old to see if braces are right for them. By this time in their life all of their permanent teeth have come in so we have a better idea of what their smile will look like without treatment. Usually issues such as overcrowding and bite problems also present themselves by this age, and the sooner these problems can be corrected the better.

Remember, just because getting braces young is recommended it doesn’t mean that you can’t start orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, almost 20 percent of braces wearers are adults. It’s never too late to see your dentist in Hollis about whether braces are the best option for you.

Reasons to Consider Braces

If you are unhappy or embarrassed by your smile then getting braces can certainly be the next step to getting a smile that you will feel confident in. A healthier smile will go a long way to improving your self-esteem and to keeping teeth healthier, since crooked and misaligned teeth are prone to gum disease and cavities. Plus, keep in mind that age is just a number when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment.

If you are dealing with any of these issues then it might be a good time to talk to us about braces:

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth

You think you’re ready to get braces and want to find out which one is right for me? We have a ton of different orthodontic options including Invisalign for teens and adults wanting to straighten their smiles more discreetly. Call your general dentist in Hollis, NY at LaRoche Dental today. Let’s schedule your next orthodontic consultation with us!


Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By LaRoche Dental
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

When you first get your braces, you it may feel like there is a lot to get used to. After all, you will most likely be wearing your braces for at least a year so you want to be comfortable with them. However, there are certainly a lot of do’s and don’ts when it comes to caring for your braces. If you want to protect them from damage, your Hollis dentist recommends steering clear of these top foods.

  • Bread: While not all bread is off limits, any hard bread like baguettes or dinner rolls should be nixed if you want to protect Bracesyour braces. Instead opt for soft bread slices and buns rather than crunchier, harder breads. Your braces will thank you.
  • Corn on the Cob: While nothing says summer quite like a delicious buttery corn-on-the-cob, it’s strictly forbidden while wearing your braces. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that sweet batch of corn. Either opt for canned corn or remove the corn from the cob before eating.
  • Candy: There are several reasons why candy should be on your do-not-eat list. For one, the sugar can get into the nooks and crannies in your smile that is hard to clean when you are wearing braces. This can cause an increase in dental decay. However, if you absolutely can’t stay away from candy then avoid these sweets at all costs: hard cookies, and sticky or hard chocolates and candies. These treats can damage your braces, which could mean unnecessary trips to your Hollis dentist.

There are a host of other foods that you need to avoid while wearing braces. Your Hollis dentist can give you an extensive list. If you ever have any questions about what you can and can’t eat, or if you need to schedule an upcoming appointment, call us today!

By LaRoche Dental
October 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   Floss  
The advantage of getting braces is that you are taking care of your malocclusion. The disadvantage to wearing an orthodontic device is that food debris and plaque bacteria are hard to remove, causing more exposure to acid.
Tooth decay occurs when enamel wears down, allowing bacteria to reside in those cavities.
To strengthen enamel and combat cavities, give yourself the allotted time to clean your teeth and use the correct techniques.

Braces ImageOral Hygiene 101 for Braces Wearers in Hollis

First, you will need your dental tools: toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. For braces wearers, floss will be your best friend.
  • Rinse mouth out with water to remove loose food particles
  • Floss between teeth using the “C” technique to get between the gumline and tooth
  • Repeat rinse
  • Brush teeth for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse once more with mouthwash or water

Why should you floss first?

Floss can loosen the bacteria and floss stuck between the teeth, and this ensures optimal removal of bacteria with a toothbrush.
Invisalign makes maintenance easier, but that doesn’t mean you can get lazy with brushing and flossing. Bacteria will still cling to teeth and the removable plastic aligner.

Is It Enamel Erosion? 

Certain symptoms can indicate if the issue you are dealing with is enamel wear. Keep an eye out for the most common ones:
  • Sensitivity to temperature change
  • Sensitivity to sweet and acid food or drinks
  • Rough edges along the teeth
  • Yellow teeth (thin enamel reveals the yellowish dentin)
  • Dents on the chewing surfaces of the teeth

Call LaRoche Dental For More Information On Braces

If you aren’t sure whether it’s enamel erosion, come see us at our dentist office in Hollis. Call (718) 776-0600 to schedule an appointment.
Have you had braces before? What tips do you have to your keep you teeth clean? We would love to hear them!

Now in your adult years, you feel you’ve functioned pretty well even with a few misaligned teeth. You may also think having them straightened at this point may not be worth the effort and expense.

But there are solid reasons — beyond, of course, the psychological and social benefits gained from a new smile — why straightening teeth even as an adult can be a wise investment. Orthodontics not only enhances your appearance but may also improve your long-term oral health.

Restores proper oral function. Teeth that are aligned properly will tend to function properly. Although you can still chew, speak and smile with teeth that aren’t quite aligned properly, over time you’ll put more stress on both the teeth and the jaws, which could lead to more wear than what normally occurs with aging. By re-aligning teeth to a more normal position you could be extending the life of your teeth and reducing your risk of other functional problems.

Reduces the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Some people with misaligned teeth are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Besides difficulties with bacterial plaque removal (a must to avoid gum disease), a person with misaligned teeth can also encounter more defects involving bone and gum tissues like gum recession that can contribute to the progression of gum disease. By straightening teeth (and performing plastic periodontal surgery if needed), we can reduce this risk dramatically — as long as we’re performing periodontal treatment for existing gum disease before and during orthodontics.

Facilitates tooth replacement. When we lose a tooth, the mouth’s natural mechanism is to move remaining teeth to fill the void left by the lost tooth. This can make it difficult to position a dental implant or similar tooth replacement in a functional and aesthetically appealing way. By applying orthodontics to move drifting teeth back into their proper place, we restore the best condition for achieving success with a tooth replacement.

The best way to know how much you could benefit from orthodontic treatment is to visit us for a full dental evaluation. From there, we can help you decide if treatment for straightening misaligned teeth is right for you.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Straighten Teeth.”

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LaRoche Dental
205-07 Hillside Ave Suite #17
Hollis, NY 11423
(718) 776-0600

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