What Makes An Orthodontist?

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Orthodontists are dentists that are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Well-aligned teeth are more than attractive: they make it possible to bite, chew and speak effectively!

Orthodontists use a variety of “appliances,” including braces and clear aligner trays (Invisalign), to move teeth. Because of orthodontists’ advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend the best kind of appliance to meet every individual patient’s unique treatment goals.

When making the decision to receive orthodontic treatment, make sure to select an orthodontist for your care as orthodontists are the only type of dentist specifically certified to provide tooth and jaw alignment treatment.


There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education:

  • Four years of college

  • Four years of dental school to become a licensed primary care dentist

  • Two to three years of orthodontic residency (additional training which focuses only on the specialty of orthodontics)



After completing college requirements, the prospective orthodontist attends dental school. Upon graduation from dental school, the future orthodontist must be accepted as a student in an accredited orthodontic residency program and then successfully complete a minimum of two academic years of study. The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

  • Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists.”

  • Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics.

It was so exciting to see Sydney’s new smile just in time for her homecoming!!

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Miss Avery was so happy to be getting some braces!! You rock them girl!!

Miss Avery was so happy to be getting some braces!! You rock them girl!!

Marleni cheesing big with her set of braces!!

Marleni cheesing big with her set of braces!!


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One of the first questions people ask when they get braces is, “How long will I have my braces?”

Dental braces straighten teeth by applying slow, steady pressure that moves teeth in a specific direction over time. One of the biggest problems with braces is that they do take time to move teeth. Most people wear braces between 12 and 30 months, depending on how significant their problems are.

There are steps you can take to make treatment go smoothly, so you can get your braces off as soon as possible and get the best results.



While chomping on a piece of hard candy or chewing gummy bears occasionally may seem harmless, they can do damage to your appliances or even lead to cavities. Your orthodontist probably gave you a list of foods to avoid, but the list likely includes popcorn, nuts, hard taco shells, hard and sticky candy, gum, ice, corn chips, pretzels and more.


Sweets can leave excess sugar on the surface of your teeth and braces, and this sugar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you do snack on sugary food, be sure to brush soon afterward.


Prevent unnecessary damage to your braces by cutting your food into smaller bites, especially if it is something tough. It is especially important to cut chewy meat, crunchy vegetables and other foods that usually require a lot of chewing. Be sure to chew these foods slowly and gently to avoid accidental damage to your wires or brackets.


Gnawing on pen caps, pencils, fingernails or other objects can also bend wires and pull your teeth off course. Chewing ice is bad for your teeth and it could damage the wires and brackets.


Playing with your braces is likely going to cause problems, many times the types of problems that can cause you discomfort.  Damaging your appliances in this way may also slow progress.


This is one of the only ways you have control over how efficiently your treatment moves.  Your orthodontist will give you instructions on how much to wear them, but for the most part, the more you wear the elastics, the more progress you are likely to see.


A healthy mouth responds to teeth straightening better than an unhealthy one. Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Regular brushing and flossing removes food particles and excess sugar, which could lead to tooth decay and gum problems that can slow down orthodontic treatment. Consult with your orthodontist if you suspect that you have a tooth or gum problem. Get your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months.


You can damage the delicate wires and brackets by brushing or flossing too aggressively.  Appliances can occasionally be damaged and the teeth and gums can also be injured by brushing and flossing that is too aggressive.


Make and keep regular appointments. It is difficult to make progress if you are not seeing your orthodontist for adjustments to your braces.  Your orthodontist will check your teeth to make sure they are healthy and on track with your treatment schedule. Your dental health professional will also check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. To speed up your orthodontic treatment, be sure to follow all the recommendations your orthodontist offers.

For more information about getting your braces off sooner – and for better results when you do have your braces removed – speak with your orthodontist.

Best Products To Aid in Cleaning Around Your Braces!

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While wearing braces, normal brushing and flossing alone aren’t enough to keep your mouth as clean as it should be. Braces have many sections and good dental hygiene is important to avoid unnecessary problems. With braces, it is crucial to clean your teeth after eating. If you can’t brush your teeth at the moment, then use a mouth wash or floss taking care to remove elastic bands before brushing or flossing. Here are some of the best products to help you with cleaning braces:

Floss Threader

This plastic threader has a loop where you place a string of floss and a stiff point that you put between your teeth at the gum line. Pull the threader all the way through so it places the floss correctly so it is ready to use.


This type of floss refers to a pre-cut string of floss with a plastic threader on the end. This type of floss doesn’t require making a loop which makes it more convenient to use. It also comes with a spongy component for cleaning broader spaces and regular floss for small spaces.

Gum Soft-Picks

These are made of soft, versatile rubble bristles which have a tapered design that fits better into adjoining spaces created by the orthodontic materials.

Water Flossers

Water flossers don’t need traditional floss at all. These devices use water to remove food residues and plaque from the teeth and gums. This method is more efficient that using regular floss and also massages the gum lines.

Electric Toothbrush with Ortho Brush Heads

An electric toothbrush with a circular ortho brush is developed for cleaning braces gently but efficiently. Typical toothbrushes can be too rough on the delicate parts of the braces. Using an ortho brush can safely clean the gum line, brackets and wires in circular motion and can also benefit your gum health.

Making Braces Fun For Your Child

It may be hard getting your child accustomed to the idea of braces. We’ve collected our top tips on how you can make wearing braces fun for your child.

  1. Color them! Most children love colors and they will be excited to know that they can choose the color of their braces. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from, and they can change the color with each orthodontic visit.

  2. Show them famous people who wear braces. There are a lot of singers, actors, and athletes who wear braces, or who wore them as a child. If your child knows this, he or she might feel more comfortable wearing braces and find them fun.

  3. Tell them how important braces are. If you tell them how much their braces are doing for them, hopefully they will feel more comfortable and happier wearing them. Show them before and after pictures of people who have had braces, and show videos on how braces can fix their dental issues.

  4. Bring them somewhere fun every time they visit the orthodontist. Take them to the park, the movies, or for a scoop of ice cream! This will remove the fear of going to the orthodontist. As a matter of fact, this can even make them look forward to their appointment.

What Are Elastics And What Are Their Purpose?

Orthodontic elastics, also called rubber bands for braces, are applied to the wire to improve and maintain the alignment of the bite and teeth during the entire treatment process. They apply pressure on specific areas and the orthodontist either loosens or tightens them as he or she sees fit. While the wires are responsible for ensuring the teeth stay in one line, it is the elastics that pull them together.

These elastics are not the same as the little ones you see attached on each bracket. They are small bands that are attached in between the frontal or back brackets or the lower and upper ones.

Because of their size, it at first may not appear as though the elastics are able to change the positioning of your teeth. On the contrary, the elastics serve a huge purpose in terms of aligning your bite. This part of getting your braces on takes the longest period of time, but these small bands being applied in exchange for perfectly aligned teeth is well worth it.

An important thing to note about using rubber bands is that it requires the user’s active participation in attaching them and following the doctor’s instructions. This part is crucial. The orthodontic elastics need to be positioned and installed in a specific place and way so that they remain effective. They also need to be replaced a few times a day!

Good Foods To Eat When New To Braces!

You may feel some minor and short-term discomfort after you get your new braces. Don’t worry, as any discomfort or soreness will go away shortly and you will back to your normal eating habits. In the meantime, here are some of the best foods to eat as a new braces patient:

1 – Chicken Noodle Soup

This delicious soup is not just a great option for when you have the flu! Those with new braces can get plenty of nutrients from this dish, which is especially crucial at a time when chewing can be difficult and a bit painful. Add healthy carbohydrates to the meal by soaking crackers or bread into the soup so they become easier to chew and eat.

2 – Bananas

Ripe bananas a great fruit when your mouth is sore because they are soft, healthy, and very easy to eat. Bananas are a great option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack. Bananas are packed with vitamins and the nutrients that will power you through the day.

3 – Yogurt

Yogurt is a great breakfast option and will not require you to do any chewing at all. Just note that some yogurts have a high sugar content, so it’s recommended that you gargle or brush your teeth after eating yogurt.

4 – Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a great choice for those with new braces. Eggs are high in protein and will keep you full for hours. You can also add cheese and vegetables to your scrambled eggs for extra nutrition.

5 – Smoothies

Like yogurt, smoothies do not require any chewing effort to consume. Plus, the cold sensation in your mouth can help numb the inflamed parts of your gums from the new braces.

There are plenty of other types of food that can be consumed when your braces are new. Stick to soft foods that don’t require lots of chewing, and that do not put too much pressure on your teeth.

Are you flossing everyday?

Do you floss every day? If you don’t, you are allowing bacteria to build up that can cause a number of different dental health issues to occur.

But what about brushing your teeth? Isn’t that enough? Brushing your teeth is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, but brushing does not remove all of the bacteria that can get in between your teeth and around your gums.

Bacteria that is left in between your teeth and around your gums increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. Not only are cavities and decay a possibility, but gum disease is another dental health problem that can occur due to a lack of flossing. This is why flossing is so important for your oral health.

To protect your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing every day is necessary. Dental health problems do not just affect your mouth, but can also have an impact on your overall health.

Something we suggest to all of our patients is a Waterpik. They are great at removing plaque and getting around the braces efficiently. To use a Waterpik put warm water into the reservoir and aim the tip at your gumline starting in the back with your molars. Make sure you lean over the sink and close your lips slightly to prevent splashing. Then just follow your gumline front and back until you get around all of your teeth. This should take you around 1 minute to do! It's that easy! 



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Adult Braces

It’s never too late to improve your smile. More adults are having their teeth straightened. If you didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, you may have had problems that were left untreated like an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. You could be experiencing tooth decay, headaches and earaches, chewing issues or gum disease as a result. As an adult, you may have a better opportunity to get these problems fixed.  Dr. Horne will tailor a treatment plan that best aligns with your expectations. Are you having jaw soreness or does your bite feel off? Feel free to give a call and schedule a complimentary consultation! 


Why Should I Invest In Interceptive Orthodontics?


Think of interceptive orthodontics as a way to plan for the future by taking a proactive approach to orthodontic treatment. Instead of waiting for severe problems to develop and then trying to correct them, interceptive orthodontics tries to administer treatment that will prevent those problems from happening or decrease the problems significantly.

Due to the fact that interceptive orthodontics is a relatively new concept, many parents are reluctant to make the investment in this type of orthodontic treatment. While opting to not invest in interceptive orthodontic treatment may save you some money in the short term, it could end up costing you more in the future. To help you understand why interceptive orthodontics is a good investment, we will take a closer look at what it is and some of the benefits that come with this type of orthodontic treatment.

What Is Interceptive Orthodontics?

Orthodontics, which is dedicated to correcting the positions of your teeth and the alignment of your bite, can be broken up into different phases, depending on the specific situation. If a two phase plan is recommended, the first phase of orthodontic treatment is called interceptive orthodontics and involves actively working to correct the alignment and placement of your teeth before severe problems occur.

Interceptive orthodontics most commonly starts around the age of 8, but can begin even sooner.  Unless your dentist recommends something earlier, age 7 is the recommended age for your first orthodontic consultation because permanent teeth are usually starting to come in and orthodontists can get a general idea of how they will be aligned and placed. If your orthodontist notices a potential problem, such as teeth are coming in too close together or the bite appears misaligned, treatment can be administered to correct the problem or problems.

Some of the problems interceptive orthodontics can correct include:

  • Narrow dental arches
  • Teeth that are growing out of position and appear misaligned
  • Misshapen jawbone
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Uneven development of the jawbone that results in an open bite
  • Overcrowding of the teeth
  • Misalignment of the back teeth

Some examples of interceptive orthodontic treatment include:

  • Using expanders to eliminate any crossbite
  • Using expanders to properly space out overly crowded teeth
  • Removing baby teeth to help encourage the growth of permanent teeth
  • Using space maintainers to maintain the proper alignment of teeth when baby teeth have fallen out too soon
  • Subtly moving protruding teeth so they aren’t set so far forward

After interceptive orthodontic treatment is complete, there is often a waiting period of a few years before your child is ready for Phase II treatment, which commonly starts when all of the permanent teeth (not including wisdom teeth) have erupted.

Interceptive Orthodontics Can Help Save You Money

Interceptive orthodontics can help save you money on future orthodontic treatment. By having problems corrected in their early stages, future treatment is less complex and shorter which means it costs less.

In addition to saving money by shortening future orthodontic treatment time, you will be able to save money by not having to undergo so much dental work. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. Your ability to properly brush and floss from an early age can prevent a number of problems ranging from gum disease to tartar buildup and cavities.

Interceptive Orthodontics Can Help Prevent Injuries

Some problems, such as protruding teeth or misaligned jaws, are extremely susceptible to injury. Interceptive orthodontics can correct the problem which may prevent injuries from occurring. Being able to prevent injuries will save you money on dental treatment and help your child not experience the pain that can come with some dental injuries.

Schedule an Appointment for an Orthodontic Assessment for Your Child

See if your child is a candidate for interceptive orthodontics by scheduling an appointment at Reddick Orthodontics in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Reddick will assess your child’s case and determine if interceptive orthodontics is needed. Assessments for interceptive orthodontics should occur between the ages of 7 and 10.

Not every child will need interceptive treatment. Interceptive orthodontic treatment will only be recommended if Dr. Reddick feels it will save you money on future treatment, decrease treatment time for future orthodontic treatment, prevent the need to extract teeth in the future or reduce chances of injury.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment. 719-487-9303


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