A Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

February 19th, 2016

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Learn Proper Brushing Techniques

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste for best results. Using an oral rinse every day will help, too. Rinsing with mouthwash is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces, as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

Brush after Every Meal

Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

Eat Braces-Safe Foods

When you have braces, there are certain foods that you must avoid. For starters, sticky foods such as caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and are difficult to remove during brushing. Avoid hard foods, too, such as nuts and candy. Those goodies can bend wires or even break a bracket. And while you may love apples, carrots, or corn on the cob, they’re too firm or hard to bite into and can damage your braces. Crunchy treats can also harm your orthodontic appliances. It’s best to stay away from chips and popcorn, which can damage your braces. So just what can you eat? We recommend soft foods that are low in enamel-busting acids, such as bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta.

Get Regular Checkups

It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist, as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth healthy while you wear braces.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

November 19th, 2015

We never want you to experience pain or discomfort, below you will find information on how to address some of the most common issues associated with orthodontic treatment.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible (908.756.6006) if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately (908.756.6006) for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office (908.756.6006) for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office (908.756.6006) to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Some emergency issues require hospital assistance  if you have suffered substantial loss of blood or an allergic reaction please call 911. This information is for orthodontic treatment only.

Text “C” to Confirm your Appointment

November 15th, 2014

You asked for it – we’ve done it. Now you can confirm your appointments via text message!

When you receive your text message reminding you of your next appointment, simply reply with the letter “C” to let us know you’ve confirmed.

If you’re not yet receiving text message appointment reminders, here’s how you can sign up:

Visit our website and log in to your patient page. (Click for a password reminder if you need one.)
Once you’ve logged in, click Update Info.
Click Activate for the cell number where you want to receive texts. (If you don’t see your cell phone number, click Add Cell Phone Number.)
You can add cell numbers for your spouse and children so everyone will be reminded.

You’ll receive appointment reminders both by email and on your cell phone. Enjoy this new state-of-the-art convenience!

*Please note our practice offers the text message reminder feature free of charge. However, your cell phone company may charge a minimal fee for receiving text messages.


Newly Designed Website

November 14th, 2014

We are excited to announce our newly re-designed website at Our website's fresh new look, user-friendly navigation and mobile friendly functionality are some of the features you will enjoy. The new site has several easy to use menus. One of our main goals was to build a mobile friendly and simple to navigate site. The new design allows you to view the site on any device. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site and find more options and information each time you visit!

Please take some time to look around and acquaint yourself with the new layout and features that include:

Referral Bonus

Our new website gives you easy access to friend referral that now gets you a bonus if they successfully start treatment at our office. We are offering a bonus to you for referring your friends to our practice. Receive a $50 gift card for each referral. There is no limit to how many friends you can refer. It’s our way of thanking you for your kind words about our practice.

Online Forms

Bypass our waiting room by filling out your health history information online. Fill out this confidential form and your information will be sent to our office with secure encryption. We will have your information when you arrive for your appointment. You can now easily update your medical information from any device.

Blog – Tid Bits

We look forward to using our Tid Bits blog to provide you with even more information about our latest products, promotions and keep in touch with all our wonderful patients like you.

Improved Patient Portal

The new patient portal allows you to customize how you interact with our office.  It will allow you to see your upcoming Appointments, update your patient information, Refer a friend, and leave feedback on your experience with our office.  Visit and login to your patient portal at the top of the screen.

Text Reminders.

You will receive appointment reminders both by email and on your cell phone. Enjoy this new state-of-the-art convenience! Learn how to edit your notifications settings.

*Please note our practice offers the text message reminder feature free of charge. However, your cell phone company may charge a minimal fee for receiving text messages.

We love hearing from our patients, please let us know in the comments below what else we can do to help make your treatment convenient for your busy life.

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– The Iroudayassamy Family

Everyone is so friendly and professional. Appointments are a pleasure!
— The Horne Family

My child and I are extremely pleased with the final results. Yesenia has a beautiful smile.
— Yvette Alvarez

Overall, excellent service! I would not change a thing!
— DeAngelis family

I wish every Doctor's office I visit could run the office as efficient and as smoothly as Dr. Menker's.
— Isaiah V.

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