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Posts for: April, 2018

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By The Brace Place Orthodontics
April 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental care  
KeepYourSmileBeautifulinAprilandBeyond

There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:

Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.

Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.

Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.

Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.

Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.

Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”


By The Brace Place Orthodontics
April 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you look in the mirror and wish your teeth were straighter or your bite was more aligned? If so, you may benefit from orthodontic orthodontic treatmenttreatment. However, determining that this line of treatment is best for you can prove to be a tricky task. Fortunately, with help from your orthodontist, you can understand this procedure, how it works, and how it can benefit you. Find out more about orthodontic treatment and your options with Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL.

Do I need braces? 
Braces treat many teeth and bite-related conditions, including:

  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowding
  • under crowding
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

Some common signs of needing orthodontic treatment include feeling as though your smile is “crooked”, feeling like you constantly bite your cheeks or lips, or your upper or lower jaw protrudes. You may also notice that your jaw pops or clicks, you have a difficult time chewing, or you breathe through your mouth often.

What are my options for orthodontic treatment? 
The Brace Place specializes in orthodontic treatment and gives you several options to choose from when it comes to straightening your smile. Traditional braces, which use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, are a common and well-known form of orthodontic treatment. However, they are not your only option. Ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored brackets and wires in the same style as traditional metal braces, are less noticeable. Invisalign, which uses clear, plastic aligner trays to move the teeth, help you straighten your smile and correct your bite discreetly.

Orthodontic Treatments in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra
If you think you can benefit from orthodontic care, you should consult with Dr. Goldknopf to determine that this is the best treatment option for you and your smile. A good candidate for braces should have realistic expectations for their results and a strong at-home oral care routine to maintain the health of their smile during treatment.

For more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact Dr. Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL. Call (904) 249-0037 to schedule your appointment for a consultation at either location today!