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For all types of sports, athletes depend on mouthguards to protect their teeth. Whether you’re playing basketball or a high contact sport like football, a mouthguard is a good investment. However, many athletes choose standard mouthguards they can boil and bite to fit to their mouth, and while they work well if you’re on a budget, they don’t offer the same benefits as a custom mouthguard.

Here are some reasons a custom fit mouthguard provides you an advantage as an athlete and an individual looking to protect their teeth.

More Comfort

The problem with a mouthguard you form fit at home is that it might fit better than a standard guard you simply take off the shelf and wear, but it still may not fit as well as custom fit mouthguards that a dental professional can fit for you in an office.

Moreover, the process involved in creating a boil and bite mouthguard uses thermoplastic materials that may thin out, compromising the protection the mouthguard is designed to provide as you fit it to your teeth. A custom fit mouthguard doesn’t have the same problems.

Better Oxygen Flow

Maximizing your breathing is important to every athlete regardless if your sport requires endurance fitness like soccer or short bursts of energy like football. Wearing a mouthguard custom fit to your tooth structure will help you breathe better than a standard mouthguard or a boil and bite guard because it’s designed to protect your teeth, not constrict your activity.

Customized for the Sport

While many mouthguards protect the top teeth only, a custom fit mouthguard a dentist fits to your bite can also provide a guard for your lower teeth. Depending on the sport, it might be necessary to protect the lower and upper teeth. Additionally, if you have braces or other dental appliance on your lower teeth, a mouthguard on your lower jaw might be necessary.

A dental professional such as an orthodontist or dentist will be able to talk to you about the options and determine what’s best for your sport.

Can Work with Braces

Unlike boil and bite mouthguards, a custom fit mouthguard an orthodontist can fit to your individual mouth can be fitted for athletes with braces.

More Durable

Thermoplastic materials are great if you want a quick mouthguard that fits your teeth to a point, but because of the heating process the materials go through, the materials are not as strong or durable. A custom fit mouthguard made by a dental professional uses the highest quality materials that are strong and long-lasting, providing the best protection today’s technology can provide.

Athletes on the go who make an investment in a custom fitted mouthguard know the value of what they’re getting. Protect your teeth and worry less about – contact Dr. Frost today at (314) 567-1888 for your consultation.


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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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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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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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Getting your braces tightened can be a little uncomfortable, especially the first couple of times you have it done. The discomfort means that your teeth are moving and the treatment is working!

But we know it can be kind of hard to focus on the long-term when your mouth is sore right now, so here are some tips to relieve some of the discomfort:

Over-the-counter pain relief medicine

Common over-the-counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol can help with some of the mild pain that comes from getting your braces tightened. To get a jump on things, take a dose as recommended on the packaging an hour before your appointment, then as needed afterwards. Always stick to the directions!

Use an oral anesthetic

Special medications are available over-the-counter which can be applied directly to gums. These are nice because you can put the medication exactly where the discomfort is, but they may also not taste the greatest. Try it to see if this solution works for you.

Eat soft foods

Eating soft or liquid foods can really help in keeping discomfort down while your mouth is sore. Being smart about the foods you eat is important when you have braces. See this post for foods to avoid when you have braces.

Use an ice pack

Applying an ice pack to your cheek over the area that hurts can reduce pain and inflammation. This works in the same way as when you get a sprain or a bruise on another part of your body.

Drink cold water

Like an ice pack, drinking cold water is a cheap and effective way to numb your mouth and reduce any inflammation in the gums. Plus, it’s always a good idea to drink more water!

If you have any more questions about having braces, contact Dr. Frost’s office!


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Before you get braces or consider Invisalign, there are a lot of questions that you want—and need—to ask yourself. How the treatment will be paid for is often the first question to come up, and it’s important to know your options before you get started. Here are some common questions patients ask:

Does insurance cover braces?

It depends. Every patient’s insurance is just as different as every patient’s treatment plan. Some insurance plans have separate orthodontic coverage, some will only cover certain types of treatment under certain circumstances, and some plans may cover little to no part of the cost of orthodontia.

However, insurance companies are generally more sympathetic to issues that cause pain or discomfort which could be corrected with braces or another orthodontic treatment. It all depends on your insurance and your treatment needs. When you call our office or come in for your first visit, we will review your case and your insurance to see how much of the treatment will be covered.

Can I finance my orthodontic treatment?

Absolutely. We offer financing along with several other payment options. Just like your treatment plan, we will work out a payment solution that works best for you.

How much do braces cost?

It’s difficult to say. Every patient has different wants and needs, the details of which will determine the final cost of treatment. When you contact us, we will be able to give you a more detailed estimate once we have some more information about you, your needs, and your insurance.

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

The cost of Invisalign compared to braces is pretty even. On average, Invisalign tends to cost a little more, but not by very much. Again, it will all depend on your unique situation, so schedule a free consultation to get a more solid and detailed estimate.

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