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Will Orthodontic Treatment Cause White Marks on My Teeth

blog-featured-image-white-marks-after-orthodontic-treatmentOnce you’ve completed orthodontic treatment, you just want to enjoy your brand-new smile. However, one thing patients often worry about is having white marks on their teeth following treatment. Luckily, whether you end up with white marks on your teeth after treatment is UP TO YOU! If you take good care of your teeth during treatment, white marks can easily be avoided.

How White Marks Form on the Teeth

The white marks that appear on your teeth during/after orthodontic treatment are called orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs). These spots are caused by plaque buildup on teeth. Removing plaque from your teeth is incredibly important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth (and ruin the appearance of those pearly whites).Read More

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

blog-featured-image-orthodontic-tips-for-gag-reflexHaving a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More

Surviving Date Night with Braces

Date night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, what to talk about, the numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry on this evening, and they don’t have to be!

With a few simple tips from orthodontists Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Richard Boyd at Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics, you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets.

At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods

While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. Stick to soft, tender foods so you can smile with confidence all night long. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Read More

Dr. Fred Garrett Awarded Honorary Alumnus of UTSD

blog-featured-image-dr-fred-garrettGarrett and Boyd Orthodontics is proud to announce that Dr. Fred Garrett has been awarded honorary alumnus status at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). This award is in recognition of his 50 years of service to the school — a part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He is the first dental professional to receive an honorary degree from the school.

Dr. Garrett began teaching in the Graduate Orthodontic Program in 1968 and saw his 50th class of orthodontic residents graduate on Aug. 10, 2019 in a special ceremony in the Texas Medical Center. School of Dentistry Dean John Valenza, DDS, used the occasion to recognize the unsuspecting professor.

“Dr. Garrett’s alma mater, Washington University School of Dentistry, closed in 1991,”  Valenza said. “Since then, he’s found himself to be an alum without a school, even though he has always had UTSD Houston as a place to call home. So on behalf of the residents, students, faculty, and staff, Fred, I would like to officially welcome you as an alumnus of UTSD.”

It was the first honorary degree the school has ever bestowed on a dental professional, Valenza said, but the extraordinary honor recognizes decades of devotion. Garrett has served on the UTHealth Development Board and the School of Dentistry’s Advisory Board, and he twice lead the Department of Orthodontics as interim chair and program director. With a gift of $500,000 in 2011, he and his wife Dianne created the first endowed chair in UTSD’s history.

Click here to read more about Dr. Garrett’s honorary degree and his other accomplishments at UTSD.

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

blog-featured-image-mouthguards-for-bracesGetting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Play Safe, Play All Season

In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.

Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

blog-featured-image-sweet-tooth-with-bracesYou’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Dr. Garrett and Dr. Boyd and the staff at Garrett Boyd Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.

The Truth About Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.

There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More