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September 6th, 2016

What is Opal Seal and How Does it Work?

Just as the name implies, Opal Seal acts as a sealant or barrier between the enamel on your teeth and harmful plaque by completely covering the surface of your teeth. It provides your teeth with fluoride which is an essential mineral needed to preserve healthy tooth enamel.

Opal Seal helps to counteract the buildup of plaque on your teeth to prevent decay while you're wearing braces. This sealant is applied in a thin layer to the surface of your teeth wherein it slowly releases fluoride to keep your tooth enamel healthy.

At Canyon Point Orthodontics, we not only want your teeth looking and functioning great after you get your braces off, but we also want them to be healthy. Once you get your braces on, we'll instruct you how to properly brush and floss. We will also encourage you to maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings during your orthodontic treatment. But our Canyon Point Crew goes above and beyond that by offering to apply Opal Seal to your teeth before we put your braces on.

Prevents Decalcification

Along with your good oral hygiene routine, Opal Seal will help prevent decalcification.When you're wearing braces, white areas can appear on your teeth around your brackets which is a sign of decalcification. And if these white spots are left untreated, it can easily lead to tooth decay. When Opal Seal is applied to your teeth before we put your braces on, it helps protect your teeth from decalcification, but good oral hygiene is the main key in preventing these white spots! This sealant is BPA-free and safe for every patient. Opal Seal lasts for months and can easily be reapplied as necessary.

If you have any questions about Opal Seal, check out the video link below and please don't hesitate to contact us as we're always happy to speak with you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktHD6gDuY-k

Back To School With Braces

August 15th, 2016

Now that fall is here, many of the patients we serve at Canyon Point Orthodontic are back in school for the 2016-17 academic year. Making the transition back into the day-to-day routine of going to school can be challenging. If you're heading back to school with braces for the first time, we want that transition to go smoothly! Therefore, Dr. Shearer and her crew put together a few helpful tips for all our school-aged patients who are heading back to the classroom this fall.

Carry A Braces Care Kit With You


It's a great idea to take a braces care kit along with you to school that you can keep in your backpack or locker. Hopefully you still have the packet Canyon Point Orthodontics provided at your first banding appointment, but if not, just use a small zippered pouch or something similar that has a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wax and extra elastics (if you use them) inside. Then after lunch, you can slip into the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth. The dental wax can be used if a wire or bracket is irritating the inside of your mouth. Simply place a small bit of wax onto the irritating piece for relief. If something does become loose or broken on your braces, contact us right away instead of waiting until your next appointment.

Eat Smart!

At your first braces appointment, we told you that it's important to steer clear of hard, crunchy, gooey and sticky foods as these are the types of foods that can damage or break your braces. Remember to avoid eating these foods while in school too. So instead of reaching for that candy bar at break time, choose something else instead that won't harm your braces like yogurt or applesauce.

If you carry your lunch, be sure everything you take along with you is braces-friendly. You can still take sandwiches as long as you cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. Soft fruits are great, like bananas and oranges as are softer vegetables like cucumbers and peppers.

Drink Plenty of Water

Take a water bottle with you to school so you can drink water throughout the day. This will help keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food particles that become lodged in your braces after eating. Drinking plenty of water will also help neutralize the acids in your mouth to help keep your teeth healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard while Playing Sports

It's important to wear a mouthguard when playing sports as it will protect your teeth and jaws against injury and provide protection to your braces. A mouthguard should be worn whenever you're playing a sport or when you're partaking in any physical activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. There are special mouthguards made specifically for people wearing braces that you can find easily online. Just be sure the mouthguard you choose fits well and makes it easy for you to speak and breathe.

Contact Us For Braces & Invisalign In Golden, CO

Dr. Shearer and her Canyon Point Crew wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the new school year! Canyon Point Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic services to ensure we can meet the needs of every patient we serve. Whether you're interested in traditional braces or are want to find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, you can rest assured we have the ideal solution for you! If you have further questions, contact us today and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment with us, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

You CAN Floss With Braces?!

June 28th, 2016

Encouraging kids to floss is a challenge for most parents, but it becomes even more challenging when children have braces. The wires in braces prevent you from flossing traditionally, and is difficult to do on your own. Orthodontic care is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile, but it takes commitment from patients and parents to make sure teeth stay healthy while they're being straightened.

Here are three tricks to make it easier for a child wearing braces to floss regularly:

Use The Right Tool

We understand using floss on teeth with braces can be difficult and frustrating, but it can be done and is an important part of proper oral hygiene. Sliding the floss between the teeth above the wire is a bit like threading a needle. An orthodontic floss threader is an inexpensive and disposable tool available in nearly any store that sells toothbrushes and toothpaste. It is indispensable when flossing teeth with braces because it allows you to pull the floss through the teeth above the wire and reach the gum line. Another helpful option is a pre-threaded flosser designed specifically for braces, like OrthoPick or Playtpus.

Help Younger Children Floss

Some younger children with braces lack the dexterity required to floss successfully. You most likely will need to help your child floss. It's best to have him or her kneel or sit in a well-lit area, as it can take a few minutes. If your child has a difficult time sitting still, have him or her sit where he/she can watch a favorite show or listen to music while you floss.

Use Waxed Floss

Non-wax floss is more likely to catch on braces and leave behind shreds of floss. When flossing with braces, it is best to use waxed floss with a floss threader, which will slip between each tooth without catching more easily. Gently slide the floss up into the gum line of both teeth before removing the floss and threader and going to the next tooth.

While dental care is important for all kids, children with braces should be especially encouraged to take care of their teeth. Guardians and parents should play an active role in ensuring proper dental care. Flossing with braces is a little more challenging than flossing teeth without braces, but it must done regularly to prevent gingivitis and plaque buildup.

8 Fun Fact About Orthodontics

May 2nd, 2016

Improving our smiles might be serious business, but it can be A LOT of fun – and interesting to boot!

In this month’s blog, check out some interesting facts about orthodontics.

THAT’S NASA IN YOUR MOUTH

The nickel titanium in some braces wire was developed by NASA with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and/or pressure.

BRACES GO WAY BACK

The first braces were designed in 1728, consisting of a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by thread. Orthodontic brackets were invented in 1915.

THIS IS SERIOUS SCIENCE

Some bonding agents used to attach brackets to your teeth include a fluoride-releasing substance.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY DENTISTS

100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR?

Not us, we just care about you. Did you know nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers?!

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD

Adults want straight teeth too! In fact, MILLIONS of people over age 18 are currently in orthodontic treatment.

BREEZING THROUGH SECURITY

Braces are not magnetic. Braces don’t set off metal detectors. Braces don’t pick up radio transmissions. Braces don’t increase your odds of being hit by lightning.

THAT’S SO HOLLYWOOD

Check out this list of celebs who were in traditional or Invisalign orthodontic treatment: Emma Watson, Tom Cruise, Katy Perry, Prince Harry, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Fanning, and more!

If you are in the market to improve your smile, we hope you choose Canyon Point Orthodontics. Give us a call at (303) 215-9949 to schedule a free consultation!

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