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Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

blog-featured-image-custom-store-bought-mouthguardsAnyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face.

Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one work just as well. To help you make the best decision for your situation, Dr. Amir Davoody and Dr. Mark Hablinski at Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics have information about each mouthguard. Read More

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

blog-featured-image-gag-reflex-orthodontic-treatmentHaving a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Amir Davoody and Dr. Mark Hablinski at Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More

Surviving Date Night with Braces

blog-featured-image-date-night-with-bracesDate night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, what to talk about, the numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry on this evening, and they don’t have to be!

With a few simple tips from Dr. Amir Davoody at Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics, you can flash your beautiful smile at your date as many times as you want without being worried about leftovers being hidden in your brackets.

At a Nice Restaurant – Stick to Soft Foods

While mood lighting can help hide a lot of things, it can’t get rid of food in your teeth. Stick to soft, tender foods so you can smile with confidence all night long. Pasta, mashed potatoes, soups, and other softer options are easy to eat and are less likely to have little bits that stick around in wires and brackets. Read More

Dr. Amir Davoody takes the lead at Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics

Dear Patients,

After over 37 rewarding years in full-time practice, I will be moving to a part-time schedule at the end of the year. Dr. Amir Davoody will take the lead as primary orthodontist of Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics, seeing patients five days per week.

My plan is to spend more time with my family, including my six children and 10 grandchildren and refocus on faith and community. Serving others and giving back has always given me a great sense of joy and satisfaction, and I look forward to developing the ministries that I feel are most rewarding. I also plan to spend some time playing golf as well as traveling with my wife, Dorothy.

For those that have not yet spent time with Dr. Davoody, he is first and foremost an incredibly talented, compassionate, and patient-focused orthodontist. He also stays on the cutting edge, always looking at new technology to improve outcomes and the overall patient experience. Over the past three years of work together I have seen that his work ethic and philosophy align perfectly with mine, making for a strong and fulfilling partnership.

I am truly excited about this new chapter of my life, which will allow me to focus more time on endeavors close to my heart. Thank you so much for your continued trust and confidence, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards,

Dr. Mark Hablinski
Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics

Are Your Braces Triggering Your Canker Sores?

blog-featured-image-braces_and-canker-soresA few weeks into orthodontic treatment, you notice a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth. A few days later, canker sores appear. Fortunately, canker sores are not often a serious issue, but they sure can be annoying! These small ulcers can pop up in your mouth and on the inside of your lips and take days to heal. However, they are quite easy to prevent, especially once you understand what triggers them!

Braces and Canker Sores

The unfortunate news is that braces can contribute to canker sores. This mainly happens in patients that are already prone to canker sores. They may experience an increase in sores because the mouth is adjusting to a big change when beginning orthodontic treatment. Braces can irritate oral tissue, which leaves it vulnerable to tiny lesions to form, such as canker sores.

Luckily, avoiding possible triggers and practicing good oral hygiene can help you to avoid or lessen the instances of canker sores.Read More

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

blog-featured-image-sweet-tooth-with-bracesYou’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Orthodontists Dr. Amir Davoody and Dr. Mark Hablinski and the staff at Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.

The Truth About Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.

There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More

4 Reasons to Choose Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics

blog-featured-image-traditional-orthodonticsWhen it comes to improving your smile, at-home teeth straightening kits have become an increasingly popular option for patients looking to correct minor to moderate orthodontic problems. Even though teeth straightening kits are less expensive and time-consuming than services diagnosed and treated by an orthodontist such as Dr. Davoody or Dr. Hablinski of Davoody and Hablinski Orthodontics, the kits can cause more harm than good to your smile and bite in the long run.

What are At-Home Teeth Straightening Kits?

At-home teeth straightening kits are typically purchased online or at a physical location where a “Smile Specialist” explains the process and takes digital impressions of your teeth. You are later presented with clear aligners to begin treatment. The kits purchased online include a dental impression kit that you send back to have scanned and your aligners created. In some cases, you may even receive a preview of what your new smile could look like.Read More

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

blog-featured-image-mouthguards-for-bracesGetting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Play Safe, Play All Season

In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.

Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More