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Parents concerned with son’s underbite and spacing of teeth. After their visit to Frost Orthodontics, Frank (age 8) and his parents were confident Dr. Frost would be able to help correct the troubles.
When it came to Frank’s underbite, it was important to make sure that was corrected right away. Children will typically have an easier time with the process of correcting an underbite since their bones are not fully developed. (The teeth and bones are then more easily manipulated with the use of braces.)
Here was Frank before starting the first phase of the treatment process:
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…and after his braces were removed:
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Frank received outstanding results! You can see how nice his smile looks and the underbite is gone! Currently, Frank is in the second phase of his treatment. Please check back later to see the end result of his beautiful smile.
Does your young child have an underbite or overbite? Have you considered braces as an option to correct your child’s teeth? Contact Frost Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost to see how he can fix your child’s smile with metal braces. After examining each patient’s unique situation, he can determine whether they are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate.
Correct your child’s smile now so they won’t have to worry about it in the future!


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Mother and father concerned with dental crowding of their teenage daughters top and bottom teeth.

In this case study we have Sophie, a 13 year-old who decided to straighten her teeth with braces. When Sophie arrived at Frost Orthodontics, she was suffering from moderate dental crowding. Since this is a very common problem, our staff knew metal braces were going to be the right orthodontic treatment to correct her problem.

Here was Sophie before starting treatment:

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… and after her braces were removed:

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Sophie received amazing results! Her entire treatment took a little over a year and a half and her smile is completely transformed. The end-result – one happy young lady and equally happy parents.

“It’s unbelievable now to see what Sophie’s teeth looked like before braces. Dr. Frost did a great job.” – Matt, Sophie’s dad

Have you been considering braces for your child? Now is the time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost. After examining your child unique situation, he will be able to determine whether they are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate. Correct your child’s smile now so they won’t have to worry about it in the future.


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In this case study we have Judy, a woman in her 50s who decided to finally straighten her teeth with braces.

For years, Judy did not even realize that adults could get braces, especially at her age. This thought is actually a fairly common one. We’re used to seeing kids and teenagers with braces, but we don’t see too many adults with them. But in fact, braces are just as effective on an adult’s teeth. You can see below the amazing difference between Judy’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.

Here was Judy before starting treatment:

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…and after her braces were removed:

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What a result! Take a look at the dates on the photos—can you believe that the entire treatment took just shy of one year? Most adults would never guess that this kind of transformation could be done so quickly and so affordably.

Are you an adult who has been thinking about braces? Now is the time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost. After examining your unique situation, he will determine whether you are a good candidate for braces or Invisalign, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate. No matter how old you think you are, you have nothing to lose except another year without a perfect smile; just ask Judy!


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The end of the year is fast approaching and just as quickly as the days are flying off the calendar, your insurance benefits could be going up in smoke.

So, ‘tis the season to use it or lose it. With most insurance plans, paid for benefits do not carry over from year to year. Not to mention, it would be best to have a dental checkup before the holidays get into full swing.

Typically, with all insurance policies the fees associated with them will rise each year. By taking advantage of your locked-in fee for this calendar year, you will end up saving yourself some money this holiday season.

Additionally, due to the fact that the year is coming to a close, odds are you have substantially paid down your insurance deductible. By paying for treatment this year, it will be much cheaper than waiting for the new year to start by having to pay down a fresh deductible.

Additionally, if your insurance policy operates on paid monthly premiums, why not take advantage of something you’ve already paid for by having some preventative care done or finish a procedure that’s been in the works for too long?  It just makes sense to set aside a few hours of your day and use what you’ve already paid for.

In the long run it will save you time by preventing further issues, save you money because your deductible will be lower, and potentially save you some serious physical agony in the year ahead.

If you have any questions about insurance benefits or how best to use them prior to the year end, contact Dr. Frost today at 314-720-1806 to discuss or to schedule your appointment.

From all of us at Frost Orthodontics, we’d like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!


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If you’re thinking to yourself, “oh great, I just got braces and now I can’t eat anything on Thanksgiving this year!”, you might be surprised. Some of the best Thanksgiving dishes are perfect for your tender teeth and gums, and we’re here to give you a list of some of our favorites.

Turkey

This big bird is ideal for people who’ve just gotten their braces because of the consistency of the meat. It’s soft and doesn’t need to be chewed much. It’s also high in phosphorous, which promotes healthy teeth too. So pile it high and dig in!

Casseroles

Theses trays of baked deliciousness are easy to chew and don’t require much effort when it comes to swallowing. Whether it comes as green bean or sweet potato, casseroles are a perfect Thanksgiving treat.

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, russet potatoes, fingerling potatoes…it doesn’t matter. Potatoes are tasty! And when they’re cooked, they’re very easy on a mouth with fresh braces.

Creamed Corn

Just like potatoes, creamed corn is perfect for braces. It doesn’t need any excessive chewing due to its soft texture, but be careful of corn flecks sticking in your braces.

Cranberries

Cranberries are a hallmark of the Thanksgiving holiday and more importantly, they’re soft on your teeth. Whether they’re in a jello, sauce, relish, or spread, cranberries will keep your mouth and teeth feeling great!

Dressing/Stuffing

There are practically as many varieties of dressing/stuffing as days of the year, and nearly every type is perfect for your braces. Take as much as you want!

Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is perfect because it doesn’t require chewing at all. This delightful concoction is sure to make your teeth, gums, and stomach happy.

Buttered Rolls

Rolls are a staple of Thanksgiving celebrations and are the perfect compliment to the meal. Feel free to sink your teeth in and enjoy!

Pie

No Thanksgiving is complete without a braces-friendly dessert like your favorite pie. Pumpkin pie is a particularly good choice for braces. Take a bite and delight with these homemade holiday sweets.

For more information about braces-friendly foods this Thanksgiving, call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment for your braces follow-up.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


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A technology like braces has long been dreamt about by humans hoping to achieve a perfect smile. Even Hippocrates and Aristotle wondered how to straighten teeth.

However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that advancements in straightening teeth were taken from ideas to actual devices. The oh-so-stylish French pioneered the first teeth straightening device. It looked like a horseshoe and sounds more like a torture device than anything, but it was believed to increase the arch of the mouth allowing more room for the teeth fill in to.

However, there was nothing to to pull the teeth with. Eventually, there were holes placed in the horseshoe-like device for wires which would be bound to the teeth and and tightened periodically. This tightening concept is very similar to the idea behind today’s braces.

As early as the 1800s, gum rubbers were used as bands to pull the teeth into place, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that orthodontists implemented a crib construction with loops and hooks to pull the wires through. These hooks and loops were made of precious metals due to their incredible bendable nature.

In the 1960s, the braces of today finally began to take shape. Stainless steel became the industry standard material and in the 1970s, glued brackets on the front of the teeth became the standard. There were even braces that mounted behind the teeth, which served as the invisible braces of the time.

Now, with further advancements in orthodontics, invisible braces have become even more widespread. But instead of using brackets, these braces are clear and look more like a mouth guard. These invisible braces are known as Invisalign, and instead of having the wires tightened periodically, there is a series of thermoplastic aligners used to straighten your teeth.

If you have any questions about braces or Invisalign, we would love to give you more information! Call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment here!



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It’s that time of the year when your sweet tooth starts acting up, and for good reason. Everyone knows that Halloween is around the corner and candy is sure to be everywhere.

As dentists, we tell children to make sure that they brush their teeth twice a day, to floss, and lay off the sweets, but this time of year it’s tough for adults to follow their own advice.

But why is candy so bad for teeth, anyway? The main reason is corrosive acid, which is produced by bacteria fueled by sugar. These bacteria love sugar just as much as the rest of us, and candy creates a perfect environment for them. As the sugars settle into and in between teeth, the resulting acid slowly decays them to the point where small holes we call cavities are created. Unfortunately, if you have braces, the problems only start there.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff…

Candy

It tastes delicious! We all know it, so there’s no reason for us to completely avoid the sweet tastes of Halloween. But, as with most things, it needs to be done with moderation in mind.

Also like most things, some varieties of candy are worse than others. So here’s a breakdown for you:

Gummy Candies

Let’s take a look at gummy candies. They taste great, feel cool in your mouth, and stick to your gums so you can enjoy them long after they’re “gone.” Well, the reason they taste so good is because of the enormous amount of processed sugar that is packed in each bite of your favorite bear or worm. Next, that gummy texture which feels so fun and sticks to your gums is great, until the sugar that’s in it starts to fester underneath your gum line causing gum disease, coupled with tooth decay.

Gummy and sticky candies are also the worst for braces. These candies are hard to clean off of braces once they’re stuck in, and the longer they’re stuck, the better chance they have of harming your teeth.

Hard Candies

Up next on the list are hard candies, such as Jolly Ranchers, suckers, or lemon drops. Hard candy is usually nothing more than caramelized sugar. Sugar paired with your favorite artificial flavor sounds delicious and is enough to make your mouth water on its own, but the sugar mixed with the potential tooth breaking possibilities is enough to leave any dentist scared for your little ones’ teeth come November 1st.

Hard candies are also rough on braces too. Just think of the sound or the feeling of hard candy on metal…it’s not good for anyone!

Candy Apples

Lastly, there’s the old standby of candy apples. The first ingredient is the apple, and those are great sources of nutrition. Plus, due to the nature of their construction, they act almost like a toothbrush as your teeth chomp through, cleaning off any plaque or debris.

But, then there’s the caramel. Even though an apple can help clean up some of the sticky caramel, it can’t get all of it. Besides, eating whole apples and caramel aren’t the easiest or the best when you have braces.

Lastly, there’s the stick. We highly recommend that you don’t go munching on that… So maybe it’s best to avoid candy apples with braces.

Happy Halloween!

Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and let’s enjoy some tasty, sweet treats, but remember to brush and floss to protect your teeth—they’re the only ones you have.

If you have any questions about braces or Invisalign, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Frost today at (314) 567-1888 or fill out our online form.


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Athletes tend to be the picture of physical human perfection, but that is not always the case, especially when analyzing their oral health. There are multiple contributing factors to this, but here are just a few.

For starters, athletes at a high level who don’t participate in the major sports are less likely to have access to dental insurance plans. Athletes who train and compete in the fringe sports spend their time training and are not provided dental insurance by their employers. Additionally, if they are not a top level performer, they are typically not provided with health insurance by their sport’s governing body.

Next on the list of reasons is the amount of sugary sports drinks athletes consume over the course of training. It makes sense that drinks high in sugar and acid would erode an athlete’s teeth faster than water, and without access to proper dental care, athletes run a higher risk of damaging their teeth through the consumption of these sports drinks.

Lastly, there is a study recently released by Scandinavian researchers that points to an altogether different hypothesis. The researchers believe that the pH level of athletes’ saliva is to blame for their poor dental health. In the course of their study, the researchers found that athlete’s saliva was more alkaline than that of an average person. Additionally, the researchers noticed that athletes produce less saliva while they are training. This is troubling because there is a protein in saliva that aids in the prevention of tooth erosion. Finally, the researchers also noted that athletes were at a higher risk of tooth erosion than the average person as a result of their strenuous workout patterns.

Athlete or not, consuming acidic or sugary drinks is an issue for dental health. Be sure to brush twice a day and take proper care of your teeth. If you have any questions about the best dental practices—especially if you have braces or Invisalign—call Dr. Frost today at (314) 567-1888 or fill out our online form here.


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The day your bright and shiny new braces go on your teeth, you might not notice anything different other than having something strange attached to them. But as the days and weeks go by, having braces will seem like just a regular part of life. However, usually the second and third days after your braces have been applied, you might experience varying levels of soreness. Each patient will feel differently, but typically the soreness should subside after a few days.

After your teeth have gotten past the initial sore phase, your gums, cheeks, and tongue may develop sore spots. These will in time pass as well, but you can help prevent those sore spots by placing orthodontics wax over the brackets that are causing trouble in your mouth.

To apply the wax, start by washing your hands. Next, dry them and begin rolling the wax back and forth between your fingers to help loosen it up so that if can be applied easier. Once the wax is nice and loose, dry the brackets that you’re going to put the wax on so that it sticks better. Place the wax over the brackets so that the metal no longer sticks through and rub smooth. Orthodontics wax is there to help you through the adjustment period, so feel free to use it as you see fit.

Beyond the normal discomfort, eating with braces is going to be a new adventure for you. Start with foods that are soft and have a low level of acidity, as the acid could further irritate the sore spots in your mouth. Foods such as eggs, fish, pasta, potatoes, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, bananas, and milkshakes are great because they’re easy on your teeth. We also suggest that milk and water be consumed during this period, as the milk will help fortify your teeth and the water will keep your mouth and new braces clean.

Following each meal, it is important to brush your teeth and clear the braces of any debris. Not only is it good for your oral health, but you don’t want to walk around with spinach stuck in your braces all day either!

If you have any questions about braces or other orthodontic treatment options, simply fill out our appointment form or call Dr. Frost in Creve Coeur, MO at (314) 567-1888.


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The FIBA Basketball World Cup is currently underway and it looks like the United States is sure to take home yet another crown, but this is a dental blog so we’re here to talk about the goliath efforts of Dario Saric after having 6 of his teeth knocked out by Andres Nocioni. Not only did he come back into the game, but he buried a 3-pointer right after entering the game from having his dental health assessed.

Yes, Dario Saric is a terrific basketball player and he showed extreme grit in the game against Argentina, but he made a crucial error in judgement when he decided to not wear a mouth guard. Basketball is a non-contact sport, but there is bound to be accidents and an elbow flying errantly into your mouth is one of them. Some of the best in the game wear a mouthguard and there is a variety of styles to pick from for function and the always important ‘cool factor.’

When you’re playing sports your mouthguard is your last line of defense in protecting your teeth and it should always be on top of your list when getting ready for practice or the game. When picking your mouthguard you have the option of a standard mouthguard, which offers some basic protection for your chompers, but not as much as the other alternatives.

Next in terms of protection would be a mouthguard from the boil and bite variety. This mouthguard offers a great deal of protection, but usually fills your mouth with excess material that makes it difficult to communicate with your teammates.

Lastly, there is the custom mouthguard. This piece is very streamlined as it’s created to fit perfectly into your mouth. Not only is it great for sports where communication is relied on heavily, but with custom mouthguards you can create one that is as cool as your nerves when you’re shooting those game winning free-throws.

So have fun out there and don’t forget to protect those teeth of yours, because they’re the only ones you have. For any questions about mouthguards and how to protect your teeth better, contact Dr. Frost today at (314) 567-1888 for your consultation.


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