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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Discover how orthodontic treatment could help you get a smile you love.

Everyone from children to adults is turning to our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf for braces, and it’s not surprising. After all, a straight smile can offer a wide range of benefits, from a healthier smile to one that’s more attractive. Are you wondering if braces are right for you?

What problems can braces fix?

A better question is probably, “what can’t braces fix?” Braces can be used to correct everything from gaps between teeth, crowding, protruding teeth, and misaligned jaws. They can also be used to correct a variety of malocclusions such as:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Of course, different types of braces work in different ways and some may be more effective for treating complex or complicated cases including correcting and realigning the jaws. Our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist will determine the type of braces that are right for you based on the type and severity of the dental issues you are dealing with.

How do braces fix teeth?

The goal of braces is to shift teeth into their ideal position through proper force and pressure. Traditional braces apply pressure through the regular tightening of wires, which gradually shifts teeth into the proper alignment. Clear aligner systems also apply pressure to specific teeth, helping them to move gradually throughout your treatment. Aligners do not need to be tightened; instead, you will replace your aligners every two weeks with a set that’s a little tighter, which will provide the right amount of pressure to continue moving teeth.

What are the benefits of braces?

There are many benefits to getting braces from our orthodontic team. Some of these benefits are more obvious than others:

  • You will have a more attractive and confident smile
  • You will have a smile that’s easier to keep clean
  • You are less likely to deal with cavities and gum disease
  • Your teeth are less likely to wear down and become injured due to misalignments and crookedness
  • You’re able to better chew and digest food
  • You’re able to speak confidently and comfortably without changes to your speech or speech impediments due to crooked, misaligned teeth

\Who is a good candidate for braces?

Anyone can be a great candidate for braces. We recommend that children undergo an orthodontic consultation with our team around the age of 7; however, if you are a teen or adult who wants to fix their crooked smile, we also offer a wide range of orthodontic options that are discreet and make it easier to get the smile you deserve. It’s never too late!

Are you interested in getting braces? Want to find out which orthodontic treatment is right for you? If so, our orthodontist Dr. Goldknopf would be happy to sit down with you at his Jacksonville Beach, FL, or Ponte Vedra, FL, office. To schedule a consultation, call The Brace Place at (904) 222-8588.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

Braces straighten your teeth, but they require a few extra steps while you have them to care for your smile correctly. Dr. Josh Goldknopf and his talented team at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Verde, FL, love helping people properly care for braces so they can have the best smile with and without them.

Why Braces Work So Well

Humans have been attempting to straighten their teeth for as far back as ancient times. There's been a lot of time to perfect the dental straightening technology. Braces work so well because the teeth are programmed to move ever so slightly with constant slight pressure. Since braces provide constant pressure, the teeth will slowly move into their new desired alignment. Braces will be worn for usually around two years or more while the teeth straighten themselves out. During those two-plus years, the orthodontist at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, works to complete each patient's orthodontic stint successfully.

Special Care for Braces in Jacksonville, FL

In addition to brushing throughout the day with toothpaste designed for braces, you'll want to be sure to use interdental cleaners after each meal or snack time to remove food particles stuck in between your brackets. Flossing will take slightly extra time as you maneuver around the wires and brackets. Always use a mouthwash to get the extra bits gone and the places you can't reach with a brush or floss extra clean. These habits alone will help keep bacteria at bay.

In addition to these behaviors, you'll also need to avoid eating certain foods if you have braces in Jacksonville, FL. Don't eat extra soft or sticky foods like hard candies, bagels, or cotton candy. Avoid hard and crunchy foods like chewing on ice, raw nuts, or toffee. Don't eat anything you have to bite hard down to chew, like raw apples or carrots. Eating anything like this increases the risk of damage to your dental mechanisms, and that food will get stuck behind a bracket, making it very difficult to remove.

Lip Gloss and a Braces Care Kit are Your Friends

You'll want to keep your lips moist while you have braces to avoid any extra cracking or discomfort. A braces care kit includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, interdental cleaners, and orthodontic wax. Using all of these things regularly, especially while you're out and about, will keep that mouth super healthy.

When you're looking for braces in Jacksonville, FL, contact Dr. Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, at 904-222-8588 today for an appointment. They also have an office serving the Ponte Verde, FL, community and can be reached at 904-249-0037. 


Fans everywhere were recently saddened by the news of musical legend Eddie Van Halen's death. Co-founder and lead guitarist for the iconic rock group Van Halen, the 65-year-old superstar passed away from oral cancer.

Van Halen's rise to worldwide fame began in the 1970s with his unique guitar style and energetic performances, but behind the scenes, he struggled with his health. In 2000, he was successfully treated for tongue cancer. He remained cancer-free until 2018 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer to which he succumbed this past October.

Van Halen claimed the metal guitar picks he habitually held in his mouth caused his tongue cancer. It's more likely, though, that his heavy cigarette smoking and alcohol use had more to do with his cancers.

According to the American Cancer Society, most oral cancer patients are smokers and, as in Van Halen's case, are more likely to beat one form of oral cancer only to have another form arise in another part of the mouth. Add in heavy alcohol consumption, and the combined habits can increase the risk of oral cancer a hundredfold.

But there are ways to reduce that risk by making some important lifestyle changes. Here's how:

Quit tobacco. Giving up tobacco, whether smoked or smokeless, vastly lowers your oral cancer risk. It's not easy to kick the habit solo, but a medically supervised cessation program or support group can help.

Limit alcohol. If you drink heavily, consider giving up alcohol or limiting yourself to just one or two drinks a day. As with tobacco, it can be difficult doing it alone, so speak with a health professional for assistance.

Eat healthy. You can reduce your cancer risk by avoiding processed foods with nitrites or other known carcinogens. Instead, eat fresh fruits and vegetables with antioxidants that fight cancer. A healthy diet also boosts your overall dental and bodily health.

Practice hygiene. Keeping teeth and gums healthy also lowers oral cancer risk. Brush and floss daily to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film on teeth most responsible for dental disease. You should also visit us every six months for more thorough dental cleanings and checkups.

One last thing: Because oral cancer is often diagnosed in its advanced stages, be sure you see us if you notice any persistent sores or other abnormalities on your tongue or the inside of your mouth. An earlier diagnosis of oral cancer can vastly improve the long-term prognosis.

Although not as prevalent as other forms of cancer, oral cancer is among the deadliest with only a 60% five-year survival rate. Making these changes toward a healthier lifestyle can help you avoid this serious disease.

If you would like more information about preventing oral cancer, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How a Routine Dental Visit Saved My Life” and “Strategies to Stop Smoking.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Advanced cosmetic dental techniques are helping people around the world achieve their dream smiles. But long before many of these procedures existed, straightening teeth with braces could make a big difference in a person's appearance.

Improving a smile isn't the primary reason a person should undergo teeth straightening—a poor bite can lead to an unhealthy mouth. Misaligned teeth set up conditions in which you're more prone to diseases like tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting a bite should be first and foremost about protecting your dental health.

Even so, realigning your teeth can lead to a more attractive smile—and it's often necessary first before undergoing other cosmetic restorations. Think of it like renovating a house. You usually need to fix a faulty foundation before you start building an addition.

That's why it's always a good idea to get a complete dental exam before undertaking cosmetic work. There may be underlying problems that should be treated first. If that includes a poor bite, your next visit will most likely be with an orthodontist. Using advanced diagnostics, they'll determine what kind of bite problem you have and what it will take to correct it.

In years past, that meant braces. But now patients have another option: clear aligners, a series of clear plastic trays based on the individual patient's teeth. Each tray in the series is worn for about two weeks in succession, each new tray taking up where the other tray left off moving the teeth. Not only are they nearly invisible to observers, they can be removed for eating, cleaning or special occasions.

On the cosmetic front, straightening your teeth may be all you need to realize a more attractive smile. But orthodontics can also be part of an overall "smile makeover" that may include other cosmetic procedures, usually performed after realigning the teeth. In this case, it's often necessary to coordinate orthodontic treatment with these other procedures, especially if it's necessary to remove some teeth.

Whether it stands alone or is part of an overall makeover plan, straightening teeth can be a game changer when it comes to your appearance. Not only will it help you have healthier teeth and gums, it could give you the new smile you desire.

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 “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: thumb sucking  

There are many things to be concerned about with your infant. Thumb sucking shouldn't be one of them—at least not yet. Practically universal among young children, the habit normally fades by age four with no real harm.

If it persists beyond that age, however, it can lead to a poor bite (malocclusion). Late thumb sucking may also have a connection with another problem—the inability of a child to transition from an infantile swallowing pattern to an adult pattern.

A baby while swallowing thrusts their tongue forward to help create a seal around a breast or bottle nipple during nursing. This normally changes about age 4, though, to a positioning of the tongue against the roof of the mouth when swallowing. But if they don't transition and continue to thrust the tongue forward, it can place undue pressure on the front teeth and cause them to develop too far forward.

The result may be an open bite, in which a gap exists between the upper and lower teeth even when the jaws are shut. An open bite can also happen with late thumb sucking, but instead of the tongue, their thumb presses against the teeth.

As to thumb-sucking, parents should encourage their child to stop the habit beginning around age 3, if they haven't already begun to do so. The best approach is to use some form of positive reinforcement such as praise or treats. The sooner the habit ceases after age 4, the lower their risk for developing an open bite.

You may also need to be alert to continued tongue thrusting while swallowing, which may still continue even after they no longer suck their thumb. In that case, your child may need orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), a series of exercises directed by a trained therapist to retrain the muscles involved with swallowing. This therapy could further help a child properly transition to an adult swallowing pattern.

Open bites can be corrected orthodontically later in life. But by being alert to your child's oral habits, as well as the way they're swallowing, you and your dentist may be able to intervene and eliminate or at least lessen the development of this type of problem bite.

If you would like more information on how to manage thumb sucking, 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 “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”