Adults Have Many Options Today to Get Straighter Teeth

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Adults Have Many Options Today to Get Straighter Teeth

My crooked teeth always bothered me, but I didn't want to wear typical metal braces for years as an adult. I thought that was my only option until I brought up the subject one day to my dentist. He told me that there were so many more options today that I should consider. I made an appointment with an orthodontist to discuss my options, and he said that I was a great candidate for invisible teeth aligners. He said that other people would not even notice them in my mouth, and that I likely only needed to wear them for a year. I was so happy I made that first appointment, because I now have straight teeth and am so happy with my smile. I created this blog to help other adults realize they have many discreet teeth-straightening options today. No should live with a smile they don't love!

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3 Ways to Make Brushing More Interesting for Your Little One

Are you having a hard time getting your child to brush their teeth each day without having to deal with complaints and tantrums? Here are three things you can do to make brushing a little more interesting for them.

Decorate Brushing Accessories

An excellent way to get your child more interested in brushing their teeth is to sit down and decorate a brush caddy and a couple of toothbrushes with them. They'll not only enjoy their newly decorated accessories, but they will feel proud of their creation, and this should help keep brushing at the forefront of their mind while they get used to their daily brushing regimen.

Start by purchasing a pack of basic toothbrushes, a wooden or metal toothbrush caddy, and a variety of decorating tools such as non-toxic paint, stickers, and glitter. Cover your dining room table with newspaper, and seal the brush ends of the toothbrushes with plastic bags and tape to keep them clean. Then sit down with your little one and have some fun decorating the caddy and toothbrush handles.

Create a Rewards Calendar

Creating a rewards calendar is another fun way to keep your little one interesting in brushing. Put a calendar up in the bathroom where you child can reach it, and let them put a small sticker on each day that they brush their teeth at least once without having to be asked or throwing a tantrum. Once an entire week has been filled up with stickers, present your little one with a reward to enjoy for their accomplishment. A new book about kids or animals going to the dentist, neon-colored dental floss, and fruity mouthwash are all good options to consider.

Commit to Brushing Parties

You should find that taking the time to have some fun with your little one while brushing will make them want to brush more often. Commit to turning brush time into party time a few times a week by putting on the music and dancing together while you brush or taking turns telling jokes while the other brushes. Make a list of activities you can do with one another and let your little one choose which one to do during each brush session. The idea is to enjoy an activity together that makes the experience of brushing enjoyable so your child associates the task with pleasant thoughts as opposed to dread.

These tips and tricks should make it easier to get your child to brush their teeth on a daily basis and will make the task a bit more interesting for them overall.