October 15th, 2015
Halloween is almost here and we’ve got some spooky surprises for you! We know everyone likes to indulge, and we’ve created some orthodontic-friendly recipes that are sure to please ghosts and goblins -- of all ages.
Earlier this month we posted about what treats to avoid to keep your treatment going smoothly. View our blog post about Treating Yourself Right for a quick reminder.
October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so take a bite of these new delicious recipes! Click the image to download and print the recipe.
October 9th, 2015
Treat Yourself Right
With the Halloween treats you choose to eat
Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances.
These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong your treatment. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and I are providing tips for trick-or-treaters who are having orthodontic treatment. Learn about which treats are orthodontic-friendly and which ones should be avoided. A few sweets can be okay occasionally, provided that you remember to brush and floss after eating. Below are guidelines to help you enjoy the holiday and still be on pace to complete your treatment with a healthy, beautiful smile.
In general, look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.
- Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
- Peanut butter cups
- Milk shakes
- Peeled, thinly sliced apples
- Ice cream
Treats to Avoid
In general, avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy.
- Nuts (including candies that contain nuts)
- Licorice, jelly beans, taffy, candy corn or bubblegum
- Hard pretzels
- Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
- Taco chips or corn chips
August 14th, 2015
Now that you are wearing braces, it is just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began.
How do I keep my teeth clean?
Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why we recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush does not reach. We also recommend the use of fluoride rinse. When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will experience.
You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth or damage the braces.
It is critical to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.
How do I maintain my oral health during treatment?
Lastly, in addition to visiting our office during your orthodontic treatment for regular adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments every six months, or as recommended by your doctor.
Questions? Please let us know below by giving us a call or during your next adjustment!
Information in this post was attained from sesamecommunications.
July 29th, 2015
"We asked 6,542 New Jersey dentists to tell us which of their fellow dentists they consider New Jersey’s best practitioners. The result: Our 2015 list of the state’s 603 Top Dentists, as chosen by their peers!"
For the third year, Dr. Menker was voted one of New Jersey’s top orthodontists as published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and as a favorite of kids in New Jersey according to New Jersey Family Magazine.
Dr. Craig Menker opened his practice in 1991. “I hung a shingle and was unknown,” he says. “I started with a few patients, and the practice grew from there through referrals, which Im very proud of.” A graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Menker recently built a new, state-of-the-art office to better serve his patients. “My focus is on providing excellent orthodontic treatment paired with exceptional customer service,” he says. “We go above and beyond for our patients.”
In addition to traditional braces, Dr. Menker is a Preferred Provider for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®for those who prefer a treatment without wires and brackets. He is also a Premier Provider of Incognito, a new type of completely customized, hidden lingual braces. “Orthodontic technology is improving rapidly right now,” says Dr. Menker. “Im very excited to bring all this technology to my patients for faster, invisible, more comfortable treatment.”
Call 908.756.6006 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Menker to discuss your options for your more confident smile!
This information was originally published in the July 2015 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, New York and all neighboring communities.