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What type of retainers are available after my Orthodontic treatment in Houston?

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Congrats! You just finished a long process to get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of! Now you may be wondering, what happens next?

You and your Houston orthodontist will discuss your recommended retainer options that will best suit you. Everyone typically has to wear a retainer, but what may work best is different from person to person. There may be several options to choose from, including:

Vivera retainers
These are thick, Invisalign clear retainers, made straight from Invisalign. You probably will not be able to see them, but they will hold your teeth in place. Your Houston Invisalign orthodontist will digitally scan your teeth to have these made.

Essex retainers
These are also clear plastic, removeable retainers. Your Houston orthodontist will have an impression made. They will hold your teeth in place and allow for great oral hygiene!

Permanent retainer
This type of retainer is typically a permanent metal bar that is glued to the back of your teeth. This is a favorite of many because you don’t have to worry about losing the retainer since it is more or less “permanent” in your mouth. Just be sure to use floss threaders when flossing.

Hawley Retainers
These retainers are made of both acrylic and metal and may be the typical retainer you think of that has a metal bar going across your teeth. Your orthodontist may recommend you wear this on both your upper and lower teeth.

Whichever retainer is best for you, be rest assured these will hold your beautiful new smile in place!

Holiday recipes that are braces friendly!

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We know that when you have braces, eating food can sometimes be a pain. Stuff gets caught in your teeth and you usually end up picking it out. And let’s hope you have your braces care kit ready when that happens! This holiday season we want to give you some braces friendly recipe for you to make to ensure you don’t break any brackets with hard foods. We hope you have a good holiday season and enjoy our delicious recipes by Dr. Tabakman!

Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots
Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of baby carrots
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Place carrots in a small pan, season with salt and pepper, and add brown sugar to pot. Cook on medium heat until carrots are soft and caramelized. Enjoy!

Delicious Melted Maple Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg

Directions:
Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and bring to a boil in a large pot with a lid. Boil the sweet potatoes until they are tender and you can pierce them with a fork. Drain and return to the pot. Mash them until they are mostly smooth and to your desired texture.
Next, cut the butter into equal-sized pieces and put skillet or pot. Stirring constantly, melt over medium-low heat or until it begins to foam. When the butter starts to brown and smell nutty, immediately pour the butter into a separate bowl.
Stir the maple syrup into the butter. Then, pour the mixture into the mashed sweet potatoes. Also, add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the mashed potatoes, then stir to combine. Taste the sweet potatoes and adjust the syrup, spices, or salt if needed. Enjoy!

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Braces friendly recipes to keep you smiling through the holidays!

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We know that eating with braces can sometimes be a pain. You may have to pick things out of your teeth or be conscious of getting food caught. We obviously don’t want you to break off any brackets by eating food too hard. Stick to soft food this holiday to have a happy and healthy smile! Below are a few recipes that are great for patients with braces. Don’t worry – these recipes by Dr. Tabakman are delicious!

People with braces often complain about not being able to eat carrots, since they are so hard to bit off. Try these soft and sweet carrots this holiday.

Balsamic Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread carrots over a baking try, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook for about 20 minutes. Take the carrots out of the oven and drizzled with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of honey, and about 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook for another 5 minutes and serve. Enjoy!

Delicious Melted Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, warmed (milk will also do)

Directions:

In a pot, cover potatoes with 2 inches of salted water. Bring water to a boil. Reduce water to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender or you can pierce them with a fork (about 10-15 minutes). Drain water and keep potatoes in the pot. Over low heat, add butter and stir until melted. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until potatoes are stiff. Gradually add in the heavy cream (or milk), stirring constantly to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy your melted mashed potatoes.

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Bellaire Family Orthodontics Toy Drive

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There are thousands of children every year who don’t open a gift around the holidays. Houston Orthodontic Specialists would like to give back to the Houston community for a Toy Drive this holiday season.

We will be holding a Toy Drive from now through December 14th at our office. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a good cause. If you or someone you know would like to donate a toy, please call us at 713-667-6000 or email us at [email protected].

Can’t stop by our office to drop a toy off? Not a problem! Call us to make arrangements for the toy pickup.

We thank you in advance for helping a child smile this holiday season!

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Houston Orthodontic Specialists Toy Drive

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Every year, thousands of children around Houston don’t open a gift during the holiday season. Houston Orthodontic Specialists is partnering with Toys for Tots to bring toys to children in need for the holidays.

Our office is an official Toy Drop Off Location for the Toys for Tots charity from now through December 14th. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need. If you or someone you know would like to donate a toy, please call us at 281-752-4222. You can also email us at [email protected] to find out more information about the Toy Drive. We are also able to pick up toys from a location if needed.

We thank you so much for your generosity in helping a child smile this holiday season!

Back to School Tips for Braces

By | Orthodontics


We can’t believe where the summer has gone, but School is finally here! Bellaire Family Orthodontics is proud to support our local Bellaire and Houston area schools and is the best orthodontist in the area. Making the transition back into the daily routine of school can be a challenge for some, including those students that wear braces. Your transition into school life should go as smooth as possible. Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Wadler and our staff has compiled a list of helpful tips for our school age patients.

Keep your Braces Care Kit Handy

All of our patients receive a care kit at the time they get their braces put on. This kit includes floss, a toothbrush, a mirror, wax, timer, and floss threaders. If you are in the process of wearing elastics at this time, it’s a good idea to carry extra elastics inside the kit. You can store your zippered pouch in your locker, backpack or your desk to use when you need it.

Eat Right!

When you have braces, it’s important to eat right to avoid food getting caught in your braces. You should take small bites or event cut your food into smaller pieces. Soft foods are definitely best to eat. Be sure to stay clear of hard foods. These can cause brackets to break and then you will need an emergency orthodontist appointment. If you wear Invisalign, its best to take your aligners out when you eat and make sure you put them in your retainer case for storage. Don’t forget to put them back in after lunch!

Drink Water

By drinking water during the day, you will clean any food that may get lodged in the braces or under the wires. Drinking plenty of water is also good for the overall health of your teeth and your body.

Wear A Mouthguard

If you are a school athlete, it’s important to protect your teeth from injury. Wearing a mouthguard will do just that. It will also protect your braces. Be sure you find the best mouthguard to fit your size mouth.
Contact us for Braces & Invisalign in Houston. We wish all our patients and their families a happy school year and we hope everyone studies hard!

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day is this upcoming weekend and it’s a great time to honor our country’s veterans, barbeque and mark the start of the summer season! It’s also a time that many people take weekend vacations. If you have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend and also have braces, don’t forget to pack a braces traveling kit. Below are a few items that our doctors from Bellaire Family Orthodontics in the Houston, TX area recommend that you pack! 

  • A toothbrush – can’t forget to brush your teeth!
  • Non-whitening mild toothpaste
  • Any rubber bands or appliances you may be using
  • A durable folding cup, water bottle or some other container for water
  • Dental floss and floss threaders for your braces
  • A small interproximal dental brush
  • Interdental picks
  • Mouth Wash
  • Dental wax
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm
  • Advil or Tylenol
  • A small mirror
  • Hand Sanitizer

Please note that if an orthodontic emergency occurs during your travels (i.e. poking wires causing pain), you can also always call our office and let us know. If you are not near Houston, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) can provide you with referrals to great orthodontists. As a precautionary measure before you go, schedule an appointment for an exam with Bellaire Family Orthodontics at 713-667-6000 with any questions you may have during your travels. Be safe!

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Happy Memorial Day from Houston Orthodontic Specialists!

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Memorial Day is this weekend and it’s a great time to honor our country’s veterans and reflect on their services to our country. It’s also a time that many people barbeque, spend time with family and kick off the start of the summer season! It’s also a popular weekend that many people take vacations! If you have braces and also have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, then you shouldn’t forget to bring your braces traveling kit along for the ride. Below are a few items that Dr. Tabakman and his team from Houston Orthodontic Specialists in the west Houston area recommend that you pack! 

  • A regular toothbrush or travel toothbrush to ensure those teeth stay clean!
  • Toothpaste
  • Any appliance you may be required to wear
  • Rubber bands (if you have them)
  • Dental floss and floss threaders for your braces
  • An interproximal dental brush
  • Mouth Wash
  • Dental wax
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm
  • Advil or Tylenol in case you have discomfort
  • A small mirror
  • Hand Sanitizer

 Please note that if an orthodontic emergency occurs during your travels (i.e. poking wires causing discomfort), and you are not near Houston, you can call our office and let our team know. They will provide you with instructions and care. Before you leave, please schedule an appointment with Houston Orthodontic Specialists at 281-752-4222 with any questions you may have for your travels. Be safe and have a fun Memorial Day!

Let’s Get Social!

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Bellaire Family Orthodontics likes to get social and engage in conversations with our patients on social media! We have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Yelp accounts. Check out the below social media links to follow/like/connect with us and be sure to check us out regularly to stay up to date about the fun we are having in our office, upcoming events, and our monthly contests. We encourage you to write on our wall, share our posts, comment, like and ask any questions you may have. We love it when patients, friends and social media followers take part in our conversations and contests. Please let us know what’s going on in your life. See you there!

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Follow Us on Social Media!

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Houston Orthodontic Specialists loves to engage in conversations with our patients and their families on social media! We have multiple social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Yelp. Check out our social media links below to follow and like us to stay current on our awesome contests, upcoming events, and our everyday fun activities. Please feel free to write on our wall, share our posts, comment and ask any questions you may have. We also love it when friends, patients and their families take part in our conversations and contests. We want to know what’s going on in your life so we can share in the excitement with you. Let’s get social together!

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