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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 triciabakonyi@dbraces.com 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!

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Back to School Tips for Braces

By Orthodontics

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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 smoothly as possible. Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Wadler and our staff has compiled a list of helpful braces 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 hope these braces tips help and 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!

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Let’s Get Social!

By Blog

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!

Check us out on social media:

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Best Age for Orthodontics

By Orthodontics

One of the most common questions that Dr. Vladimir Tabakman and Dr. Melissa Wadler-Bloome hear from parents is, “What age should I bring my child in for a check-up?” The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check up with an orthodontic specialist at age 7.

In the past, parents were usually told to wait until all of their child’s baby teeth were gone and all of the permanent teeth were in, or to just wait until their dentist told them that it was time to see an orthodontist. However, this has changed over the years.

At early age, orthodontists can already spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present. Even though your child’s teeth may appear straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, and will give your orthodontist the chance to correct problems and improve appearance when children’s natural growth processes are in full swing.

Keep in mind that timing is everything and not all kids need early treatment, in fact, most kids don’t begin active orthodontic treatment until they’re 9-14 years old. If your child is older than 7, it’s not too late for a check-up. We will continue to observe your child’s progression until they are ready for treatment. You can definitely trust the true orthodontic specialists, Dr. Tabakman and Dr. Wadler-Bloome at Houston Orthodontic Specialists with your family’s precious smiles, and to help you make the right decision for your family. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation, or a second opinion. See you at 7!

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Braces Friendly Foods for the Big Game

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The big game is this coming up this Sunday- which team will you be cheering for? Here at Houston Orthodontic Specialists, we know that no Superbowl party is complete without food, friends, and of course, FOOTBALL!

For patients in braces, don’t forget to stay away from those hard, crunchy, sticky, or gummy foods at your Superbowl party. These foods can get caught between braces, or worse, damage to your orthodontic appliances and delay treatment. So when selecting braces-friendly foods, a good rule of thumb is to stick to soft foods that can easily be cut into pieces.

For example:

-Pigs in a blanket cut into bite sided pieces.
-Chili – a fan favorite!
-Boneless chicken wings / buffalo wings
-Potato Salad

What foods are you planning for your party? Let us know if you have any questions about braces friendly foods by leaving a comment here, or giving us a call!

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Invisalign Teen West Houston

By Orthodontics

You’re a teenager and we know how busy you are. You have sports, after-school activities and hanging out with friends. The reality is that metal braces are not what you want.

For many teenagers, braces are a rite of passage. For many braces are dreaded and feared. At Houston Orthodontic Specialists, we want to give you the smile you want through a brace-free, comfortable and invisible orthodontic procedure, Invisalign Teen®. The product is a set of clear aligners which straightens your teeth without braces. The aligners are virtually invisible and no one will even know that you’re wearing it! Invisalign Teen® allows you to eat whatever you want and keeping your teeth clean is easy. Invisalign Teen® allows Dr. Tabakman to create a beautiful smile for you without braces.

See what teenagers just like you are saying about Invisalign Teen®!
http://www.invisalign.com/Why-Invisalign/Pages/Testimonials.aspx

Call Houston Orthodontic Specialists today to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if Invisalign® is for you!
(281) 752.4222

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What can I eat with braces?

By Orthodontics

Congratulations! You just got your braces on and you’re now officially part of the Houston Orthodontic Specialists family. For the duration of your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Tabakman at Houston Orthodontic Specialists, it is important to follow certain guidelines to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possibly. So you may be asking yourself, what can I eat with braces? It is important to follow Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines of foods to avoid with braces, because chewy and hard foods can break your brackets or wires. We know that it’s hard to avoid your favorite candy or gum. So why do we tell you not to eat these foods?

-Broken brackets can delay your time in brackets by 2 months per broken bracket. This indefinitely leads to wearing your braces longer.
-When a bracket is broken from the tooth, Dr. Tabakman has to take the time to repair that bracket rather than following the original treatment course, which will delay treatment.
-Eating sticky gum or candy will get stuck in the braces also making it very hard to keep your teeth clean which can cause tooth decay.
-Don’t forget to minimize your sugar and soda pop amount with braces. Keeping your teeth clean with braces can be challenging and therefore there is a higher chance for tooth decay. Following Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines will make your time in braces as short and easy as possible.

Here is a little reminder of foods not to eat with braces:

-Gum
-Nuts
-Bagels
-Pizza Crust
-Sugar Daddies
-Now & Laters
-Starburst
-Gummi bears
-Tooties Rolls
-Jerky
-Popcorn
-Hard Pretzels
-Ice
-Caramels
-Toffee

If you have any questions or concerns, just ask Dr. Tabakman at Houston Orthodontic Specialists at your next appointment or email us at: info@westhoustonortho.com.