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Troops to Troops

May 21st, 2018

We recently had the privilege to welcome 273 Girl Scouts into our office for our Troops to Troops promotion. Our office purchased 1,008 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from local scouts that were then sent overseas to the US Military. It was great having the Scouts in the office and the troops were so grateful to receive a taste of home! :)

Designer Ties

February 14th, 2018

Here at Valeri Orthodontics, we want to make getting braces as fun as possible! That is why we have been offering special designer ties to our patients. What are designer ties you ask?  They are a fun way to style up your braces or celebrate a holiday. We currently have hearts, stars, emoji smiley faces, shamrocks, flowers, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and stockings for your braces.

Please let us know at your next visit in our Kenosha - Pleasant Prairie office if you would like to give them a try!

Dr. Valeri

Foods to Avoid with Braces

February 2nd, 2018

"What foods should I avoid with braces?" That is one of the most popular questions I hear on a daily basis at Valeri Orthodontics.  The main gist is that you should avoid really hard, really sticky, and really sugary foods.

Hard foods can easily break brackets and bend wires, sticky foods can get stuck between the braces and tear off some of the hardware, and sugary foods can increase the risk of cavities.  It is important you avoid the following foods to help your treatment stay on track:

  • Hard bread crust and bagels
  • Popcorn with kernels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky and hard candy such as Starbursts, taffy, and jawbreakers
  • Gum
  • Chewing on ice
  • Hard chips and pretzels

Additionally, it is important that you cut up certain types of foods before eating to prevent breakage of braces and wires such as:

  • Apples and other hard fruit
  • Carrots, celery, and other raw vegetables
  • Chicken, ribs, or steak with bones
  • Corn on the cob

If you have any further questions about what foods to avoid, please contact us at our Kenosha - Pleasant Prairie location.

-Dr. Valeri

Retainers, Retainers, Retainers

November 13th, 2017

After orthodontic treatment, teeth naturally want to go back to where they started from; that's why it is very important to insert retainers after treatment is complete.  If retainers are not worn, there is a chance that teeth may relapse into a previously crowded or spaced condition.

At Valeri Orthodontics, everyone gets retainers after treatment (for no additional cost) and there are several types that we use depending on each patient's individual needs:

  • Clear Essix Retainers
  • Traditional Hawley Retainers
  • Permanent Retainers

Clear Essix Retainers (clear plastic) are usually worn after comprehensive treatment.  Essix retainers are nearly undetectable and offer an esthetic alternative to traditional Hawley retainers. While everyone's case is different, we usually recommend wearing the clear Essix retainers full time for 2 months and at nights thereafter.

Traditional Hawley Retainers (wire and acrylic) are normally used after Phase 1/Early Treatment. We utilize these retainers after early treatment because they are easy to adjust when baby teeth are lost and adult teeth begin to erupt.  There are many colors to choose from when designing a Hawley so you can pick the color the best fits your style! We suggest a similar wear schedule for Hawleys as we do for the clear Essix retainers.

Permanent Retainers (wire) are placed on the backside of your teeth after comprehensive treatment to prevent relapse without having to constantly remember to wear a removable retainer. However, they are not used in all cases due to many reasons including deepness of bites, skeletal imbalances, and oral hygiene.  Flossing is a little more difficult with permanent retainers, but with good oral hygiene, keeping them clean is a breeze. While they are called "permanent retainers", they are held in with white filling material and can occasionally come loose. Please notify us if your retainer is every loose.

While straightening your teeth is up to us, keeping them straight is up to you! Always wear and care for retainers as instructed and please let us know of any problems.

Give us a call today at 262-577-5242 to set up a FREE CONSULTATION.  We accept almost all insurances and offer flexible financing.