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What Causes A Swollen Gum Around One Tooth?

It’s almost summer— you should be smiling from ear to ear! However, if your mouth is red or swollen, your gums may be holding you back. If you notice any swelling or redness around one tooth, there may be a few reasons why.
What causes a swollen gum around one tooth?
1. Hygienic Mishaps
Usually, a swollen gum around one tooth is caused by not properly brushing and flossing. This can leave food stuck in your mouth which can cause decay and inflammation in certain areas.
2. Gum Disease
Overtime, not adequately brushing or flossing your teeth can lead to gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of Americans (30 and older) are affected.
3. Abscessed Tooth
Often, an abscessed tooth comes from an untreated cavity — the bacteria ends up spreading and affecting your tooth and the gums surrounding it. You can lose your tooth if this is left untreated, so make sure you call your dentist as soon as you notice this issue appear.
How can you prevent swollen gums?
Not only should you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes a day, you should also floss once a day and rinse with mouthwash. Also, don’t forget to schedule your regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist!

If you have any additional questions about your oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada

4 Harmful Habits That Affect Your Teeth

Everyone has a habit that’s hard to break. But is yours affecting your oral health? If one of your habits is listed below, it’s time to make a change! Luckily we have a few tips to help you.
1. Nail Biting
When it comes to a manicure, stick to nail files, not your teeth. You could damage your gums or chip your teeth. Try wearing a mouthguard or apply bitter tasting nail polish to deter you away from your nails.
2. Brushing Too Hard
The ADA suggests brushing your teeth for two minutes, two times a day. But don’t  brush too hard during this time. When you do, you risk gum recession and if you have braces you can end up damaging your wires or brackets. Use a soft toothbrush and try to reduce the force of your brush on your gums.
3. Grinding and Clenching
Grinding and clenching your teeth can cause muscle tenderness and joint pain. Both relaxation exercises and a mouthguard can help protect your mouth.
4. Using Your Teeth as a Tool
Using your teeth to open bottles, packages, or cut through thread for instance is very dangerous. You put yourself at risk for chipped teeth or broken wires and brackets. Look for scissors instead — you’ll avoid costly appointment in the end!

Do you have braces? If you need help finding the right orthodontic treatment options, check out our blog, Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment, or call Speaks Orthodontics at (303) 292-1780 — we’d be more than happy to help!

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Why We Are Grateful For Braces

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to reflect and take note on the positive things in your life. Now we know that wearing braces may not be on the top of your list, but we think it should be! Believe it or not, there are many reasons why you should be grateful for your braces — we narrowed it down to five:

Braces don’t just straighten your teeth — they also improve your bite. This can help with headaches, jaw pain, and your speech.
A straighter smile is a confidence booster —  you’ll find yourself smiling more than ever before.
Braces are a great way for you to express yourself. You can choose from many different color elastic bands based on your mood, holiday, or favorite sports team!
Results of orthodontic treatment are long-lasting — just as long as you continuously wear your retainer.
Braces helps you step up your oral hygiene routine. After brushing more often and paying more attention to your teeth, you gain dental habits that will last a lifetime. Plus, flossing will be a breeze once your braces are removed!

What are you thankful for? If your braces made your list, are your reasons the same as ours? If you have others let us know, we’d love to hear your feedback. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Do you have braces? If you need help finding the right orthodontic treatment options, check out our blog, Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment, or call Speaks Orthodontics at (303) 292-1780 — we’d be more than happy to help!

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What NOT To Do While Wearing Braces

While it may feel like there are more rules to follow while wearing braces than there are days of the year, it’s important to abide by your orthodontist’s instructions. In case you needed a refresher, here are 4 things you shouldn’t do while wearing braces.

 
1. Chew on ice.
It’s not good to chew on ice even without braces, but when you add in metal and wire in your mouth, it’s especially bad. As you bite down, it can easily break your brackets or bend the wires — ouch!
2. Chew gum.
You shouldn’t chew on *sugarless* gum until after your orthodontic treatment. Anything that can stick on your teeth means it will also stick to your braces. And as you chew, in can put stress and strain on your brackets and wires, causing them to weaken and move out of alignment.
3. Forget to floss.
Forgetting to floss, or simply not flossing in general, can cause serious problems once your braces come off. If food particles get stuck between your teeth and stay there, plaque can build up and eat away at your enamel.
4. Forget to take your bands out while eating.
If you need rubber bands during your orthodontic treatments, it’s important to remember to take them out before you eat. Not only can they get extremely dirty as you eat, they are also more likely to snap and break.

Do you have braces? If you need help finding the right orthodontic treatment options, check out our blog, Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment, or call Speaks Orthodontics at (303) 292-1780 — we’d be more than happy to help!

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Fall Fun Events In Denver 2017

Some spend all of the fall season waiting for their skiing and snowboarding trips. But we don’t think you should waste these cool, crisp months any longer. Take some time to get out and experience all that Denver has to offer!

The Bloody Mary Festival – EXDO Event Center

Come enjoy the best Sunday funday brunch of the year! Your ticket includes 3 hours of unlimited delicious Bloody Marys, live music, and more! Lunch from local food trucks will also be available, but not included with your ticket.

Date: October 22

Admission: $45 – $65

Denver Film Festival – Multiple locations throughout Denver

Denver’s 40th Film Festival will premiere more than 200 titles, open to the entire community to sit back, watch, and enjoy.

Date: November 1 – November 11

Admission: $45 – $65

Denver International Wine Festival – Denver Marriott Westminster

The 14th annual Denver International Wine Festival is this fall’s can’t-miss event. With a tasting of 400 wines, beers, and spirits, as well as additional seminars and tours of local wineries and distilleries, why wouldn’t you go?

Date: November 1 – November 3

Admission: $95 – $350

Boulder County Restaurant Week – Boulder County

More than 50 of the area’s top restaurants will offer special prix-fixe dinner menus. But make sure you check out the schedule first to ensure that you make a reservation at a place that’s participating in this years foodie fun.

Date: November 10 – November 18

Admission: $95 – $350

We hope you enjoy the fall season in Denver, Colorado!

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and [...]

Everything You Wanted To Know About Lingual Hidden Braces

In the fast-paced world we live in today, we all want things to get done in the quickest way possible. Fixing our smiles is no exception. And even though traditional wire braces can take up to two years, that’s not the case with these hidden brackets.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are braces that are places on the back of teeth instead of the front. Which means they are virtually invisible! Lingual braces provide an easy and highly predictable treatment that can take as little as 12 to 24 weeks.
What Are The Benefits?

Invisible to the public eye.
Small and comfortable to wear.
Treatment begins one hour after placement.
Fewer trips to the orthodontist.

Do Lingual Braces Hurt?
Braces are moving your teeth to a more desired position, which can cause pressure inflammation to the surrounding gums. This pain and discomfort can steer patients away from receiving braces. However, with lingual braces, less pressure is applied on your teeth, allowing your teeth to move more freely.
Can Adults Get Lingual Braces?
Teenagers and young children aren’t the only candidates for braces. Most adults choose braces to straighten their crooked smile and to prevent problems with their teeth in the future. And if you’re an adult who is self conscious about wearing braces, lingual braces would be a perfect fit for you.

If you’re interest in lingual braces, contact Speaks Orthodontics today! At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

3 Ways to Make Invisalign Affordable

You’ve been dreaming of a new smile and you’re confident that Invisalign is the right treatment for you. The catch? You’re unsure if Invisalign is affordable for you.
1. Compare Payment Plans.
With a payment plan, you can spread the total cost out over the duration of your treatment. These smaller, recurring monthly costs are much easier to pay compared to a large fee upfront. Payment plan options can vary between practices, so it’s important to ask your orthodontist so you can choose the best option!
2. Ask About Discounts And Rewards.
Some providers will offer family discounts if you and another family member are receiving treatment at the same time. There’s also the possibility of receiving rewards for making on-time payments, attending appointments, and following at-home care instructions.
3. Focus On The Monthly Cost.
If you only focus on the total cost of Invisalign, you’ll be left feeling stressed and intimidated. Break down the cost into smaller amounts to make the number feel much more manageable. Also, try thinking about the overall outcome of this treatment: a straighter smile and a happier you!

Our staff will discuss the cost of your treatment with you—along with your available payment plan options—so that you’re able to make the best choice for you and your smile. We’ll work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.

Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it. To learn more about Speaks Orthodontics, visit or website or call us at 303-2921780.

Do Braces Cause White Spots On Your Teeth?

Braces can do some amazing things. They help with overbites, under bites, crooked teeth, speech impediments and more. But after 12 months of fixing your smile, the last thing you want to see is a white spot on your tooth after they’re removed.
What are white spots on your teeth?
The white spots on your teeth are locations where the minerals in your teeth have been worn down or removed. This process is known as demineralization or decalcification. What is left is an area that’s white than the rest of the tooth.
What causes white spots?
Do you notice white spots on your teeth after you got your braces removed? This is normally caused by a buildup of plaque on the surface of your teeth. The plaque eventually starts to break down and remove the essential minerals your teeth need to stay healthy.
How can you get rid of them?

White spots are usually permanent, but they can fade over time!
Practice good oral hygiene.
Tooth whitening.
Re-mineralisation (applying creams to your teeth for a certain period of time).
Composite restoration (dental procedure that applies resin to the white spots).
Microabrasion (rubs a mixture of fine particles to polish down the enamel).

How can you prevent them?
Braces can be extra challenging to keep clean because the brackets and wires are usually in the way of your toothbrush and floss. This is why orthodontists stress the importance of keeping up with your daily oral routine and yearly dental check ups. If you’re having difficulty flossing with braces, try using a floss threader or a water flosser — these tools can get to hard-to-reach places that we can’t get to on [...]

How To Keep Braces Clean At School

Did your teen go back to school last month with braces? The good news: they’re on track to a straighter, healthier smile. The not so great news: they have to deal with cleaning their brackets and wires 24/7 — even during school hours.
Here’s How To Keep Braces Clean At School:
1. Carry A Care Kit
Help them out by putting together a small, private dental to-go kit. This will help keep them organized and on track at school, practice, and even during a sleepover with friends.
2. Brush Or Rinse After Every Meal
Brushing is important in the morning, at night, and also after every meal. Remind them to brush or rinse after lunch and every snack.
3. Drink Plenty Of Water
Having a water bottle handy throughout the day will help clean their braces while keeping them hydrated at the same time. They should drink water instead of sodas or other sugary drinks since sugar can stain teeth and leave behind residue that can cause cavities.
4. Protect Your Mouth During Sports
Physical activity can be dangerous for anyone. But, it’s especially true for someone with braces. They should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and their braces from any impact or injury they may sustain out on the field or court.

If you have any additional questions about Speaks Orthodontics or how Dr. Speaks can help you gain a straighter, healthier smile, please contact us today! At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, [...]

Family Fun Events in Denver This Weekend

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Denver is filled with 24/7 entertainment! Check out the top events going on this weekend, here:

Celebrate Summer!
It’s technically already autumn, but we couldn’t let Labor Day weekend be the last time we celebrate the end of summer. Say goodbye one last time with family and friends — there will be a rock wall, live band, food trucks, and

Time: Sept. 29th
Admission: Check website for prices.

Corn Maze
Find your way out of seven acres of corn. Your ticket also includes a hayride, a barrel train ride, pony rides, and an array of delicious food.

Time: Every weekend until Oct. 29th
Admission: Check website for prices.

Dinos! Live
Dinosaurs have been taking over the Denver Zoo since the summer. However Halloween night is the last time you’ll get to witness them. The exhibit features 21 life-size dinosaurs, 19 of which are animatronic.

Time: Every weekend until Oct. 31st
Admission: Ages 65+: $14 / Ages 12-64: $17 / Ages 3-11: $12 / Ages 2 and under: FREE

12th Annual Jared’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off
This year’s pumpkin festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy local bands, food vendors, and plenty of fun, including bouncey castles, corn hole tosses, and jenga for both kids and adults.

Time: Sept. 30th
Admission: FREE

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

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