Getting braces is a momentous day of your life. You’re starting a journey towards an even more beautiful smile. But getting braces comes with its fair share of pain.

You’ve put a foreign metal piece in your mouth, so discomfort and soreness are expected. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can combat this pain. Following is a list of the top tips that will help you feel better through your first week:

1.   Avoid Hot and Cold Food

Your braces pain may be due to increased blood flow to the gum. In turn, it increases your temperature sensitivity. To avoid hurting your sore gums, steer away from hot and cold food such as ice cream and soups.

Let your food reach room temperature before consuming it. It will be easier on your gums, and you won’t have to deal with the sensitivity issue for much longer.

2.   Eat Softer Food

Like we mentioned above, to ensure minimum discomfort, you have to be gentle on your braces. Your mouth is still adjusting to your braces, and intense temperatures and too much chewing come soreness and pain.

To avoid this, you should stay away from hard foods for some time. The last thing your mouth wants is to struggle to mash and to chew hard foods. It includes simple foods like bread, steak, and so on, so you’ll have to always be on the lookout.

Eating soft foods helps reduce pain. If you replace your everyday food with cooled soup, rice, mashed potatoes, and somewhat softened cereal, you’ll notice less pain.

3.   Rinse Your Mouth with Saltwater

If you notice a substantial amount of irritation, you can try rinsing your mouth. To do this, get a solution of warm saltwater and rinse your mouth with it.

You may rinse five to six times a day for 30 seconds to treat sore gums. Make a concoction of half a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water. The saltwater helps both relieve pain and battle the soreness faster.

4.   Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush

Yet again, our focus is being gentle on your gums. A hard-bristle brush against your already sensitive gums will add pressure, which leads to pain.

The bonus point of brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush is it’s painless but effective cleaning. Small particles of food often get stuck in the bracket and wires of your braces. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles ensures your teeth are clean and free from infections.

5.   Take Pain Medication to Ease the Pain

Home remedies and preventive measures may reduce pain, but it’s hard to deal with the stress that braces cause. It shifts and aligns your teeth, which can be unbearably painful, whereas the steel ligatures can cause discomfort.

The pressure of the wire can cause an increase in blood flow. It means your first week is going to be full of pain and inflammation. Although the pain will subside over time, it doesn’t mean it will be naturally comfortable. To make it less challenging, you can use over-the-counter pain medication.

A couple of Advil or Motrin a day will do wonders in ensuring your mouth grows comfortable with the braces in record time.

If you’re looking to get braces, you can book an appointment by reaching out to our professional consultants here at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics.


Braces are the perfect solution for many people when they want to achieve that perfect smile. While you may already have some sort of idea as to how braces work, you might not know the specifics of it. If you are considering getting braces installed, you should get acquainted with how they work.


So, how exactly do braces work?


Braces incorporate three things: pressure, time, and cooperation. In order for them to have the desired outcome, these three factors need to be at play.


Braces are made up of brackets, bands and wires that apply pressure to the teeth so that they can eventually be moved into the correct position. The different parts of braces are known as brackets, bands, spacers and archwires. Of course, these parts can vary depending on the type of braces you get and what type of work you are getting done on your teeth.


The length of time required to have braces depends on each individual patient’s needs. During this time, the patient is required to make frequent visits to the orthodontist to make sure the braces are doing their job correctly.


Sometimes, adjustments may also be required. For example, the patient may need a palatal expander, temporary anchorage devices (TADs), new rubber bands, or may need to be fitted for a retainer after getting their braces off.


Many people believe that braces are outdated, but there’s a reason people still get them— because they work. They are the easiest and best solution for people who want to realign their teeth.


Another common misconception is that braces are only for adolescents, but adults are just as capable of benefiting from them.


If you are considering getting braces, you should start by learning about the different types of braces there are. Classic braces are the ones you typically see nowadays, that consist of the metal brackets and rubber bands. If you are more inclined to getting braces that aren’t as visible, you can always go for the ceramic “clear” braces, which are less noticeable on your teeth.


Aligner trays are also an option for people looking to straighten their teeth. These are convenient because they can be taken out throughout the day. These are better for people whose teeth aren’t in need of such drastic changes.


As you can see, there are many options when it comes to getting braces. And if it’s the process of getting them on that you are worried about, you shouldn’t be. Braces typically take around an hour or two to install, and then you’ll be on your way. While you can expect to be sore for the first few days, the discomfort goes away pretty quickly.


If you want to learn more about getting braces, make an appointment to speak with your orthodontist today. They will be able to evaluate your situation and determine the best route for you to take. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a happy and healthy mouth!

When you have braces, you want to be sure you are taking care of them properly. One of the most popular questions we get from patients after they get braces put on is “How do I brush my teeth now?”


Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics wants to help you take care of your oral health. We put together this quick guide on what the best way to brush your teeth with braces is.


Be sure to read on if you need to learn or just want to know you are cleaning them properly.


How to Brush with Braces


Get Started

First, take out any elastics or other removable pieces. The only object left in your mouth should be the braces themselves.


Clean Your Braces

Next, carefully clean around the wires and brackets inside of your mouth. You will want to brush gently but be sure that you are removing all plaque buildup and stuck food.


Brush the wires starting at the top and moving to the bottom. Be sure you go over all of your teeth.


Brush Your Teeth Regularly

Now you can continue brushing your teeth normally. The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times a day for two minutes each.


It can help to brush your teeth in four separate sections, so you do not lose track. Split your teeth into four equal sections and brush them for 30 seconds each. You will want to reach every area of your mouth.



Rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water. You might want to rinse twice to ensure that you washed away all the toothpaste from hidden spots in your braces.


Check Your Teeth

Finally, you will want to examine your teeth. You can check them out in the mirror, remember to look for any areas you missed while brushing or trapped food. Put your bands back in place- and you are all done!


How to Floss with Braces


Flossing with braces on can be hard. Although, you still will want to do it every day. Particles can become trapped easily in a mouth with braces, so you want to make sure you are keeping everything clean.


Floss Daily

You will want to use a piece of waxed floss. Unwaxed floss can shred or snap easily when it makes contact with your braces. There are also products out there that assist in flossing with braces.


Thread Carefully

Take your waxed floss and thread it under the main wire carefully. From there, you should move it up and down slowly- too much force can break the floss. Continue this process with the rest of your teeth.



Brushing your teeth twice daily is very important when you have braces on. If your child or a young family member has braces, they might need your help to clean their teeth. Be sure that you brush gently for them.


If you need more assistance cleaning your teeth, be sure to contact us. We would love to demonstrate the proper way to brush your teeth with braces. Seeing it done once is usually very helpful to people.

Did you know that over four million individuals wear braces in America? With so many cases, you may be considering wearing braces to treat dental imperfections. Maintaining oral health and hygiene is crucial as it affects not only your appearance but also your ability to chew.

Having problems biting is also known as a malocclusion that occurs due to crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Generally, dental health problems are the result of:

  • Bad Habits: sucking thumb, biting nails, and breathing from the mouth can badly affect your teeth.
  • Problematic Baby Teeth: losing them too early or late can result in misaligned teeth
  • Injury: serious accidents can knock off your teeth, causing them to shift from their original position
  • Genetics: you can even inherit teeth alignment and jaw size from your parents

Who Needs Braces?

Dental health problems that can be treated through braces include:

  • Crowded teeth: It comprises of turns, overlapped, and crooked teeth that can affect your bite. Usually, your genes play a predominant role in crowded teeth, but it can also be a result of thumb sucking and nail-biting
  • Gaps: when there is too much space in between your teeth because of your genetic predisposition
  • Crossbite: when the top row of teeth doesn’t align with the bottom jaw
  • Open bite: when the top and bottom front teeth do not touch each other and put pressure on the one at the back (this also causes chewing difficulty as individuals to find it hard to bite properly)
  • Overjet: when the upper teeth stick out farther from the lower ones. Typically, it happens due to consistent thumb sucking
  • All-gums: when the upper jaw is large, or the upper lip is too thin; it exposes too much of gum tissues

How Can Braces Help You?

Straightening your teeth improves your oral health, boosts your confidence, and gives you a healthy smile. Meanwhile, several other reasons to treat your dental health problems are:

Tooth Decay:

Crowded teeth or ones with gaps are more prone to cavities and gum diseases as they are harder to clean. Moreover, food particles and plaque gets trapped, leading to tooth decay and propagation of bacterial infection. Over time, you can lose your teeth that require costly dental treatments.

Inability to Chew Properly:

Misaligned teeth can hinder basic functions such as biting and chewing. It also wears off the teeth enamel and puts excess pressure on the jawbones. Thus, it increases the likelihood of gum diseases and jaw problems.

Reduces Muscle Tension and Neck Pain

Excessive stress on the bones while chewing increases muscle tension and sore joints. It also leads to constant headaches and pain in the neck.

Mitigate the Risk of Chipped or Broken Teeth

Stuck out or crowded teeth are more at a greater risk of chipping and cracks. Mending broken teeth can lead to expensive orthodontic surgeries and treatment.

On the downside, traditional braces can raise your chances of developing gum diseases as it increases the likelihood of plaque buildup.  Therefore, it is imperative to learn proper cleaning and maintenance of your teeth from a periodontist.

Empty Dentist Chair

Believe it or not, there is a consistent belief that if you are seeing an orthodontist for treatment, such as braces, it shouldn’t be necessary to see a dentist as well. After all, both are doctors that are working on your teeth, so why should you see both? However, while orthodontists and dentists work in the same area of the body, they are entirely different specialties. If anything, having braces means that it is even more important to maintain all elements of your oral health routine, including dental visits.


What Is the Role of a Dentist?


A good analogy for the role of a dentist in your life is that of your primary care provider in your life. You see your PCP for a regular checkup. Many issues they can treat on their own and you don’t see anyone else and can go about your life. Sometimes, you’ll need to see a specialist, like an ear-nose-throat doctor or any number of specialties. Just because you start seeing a specialist, it doesn’t mean that you should stop seeing your primary care provider. If anything, keeping your regular doctor apprised of any medical issues or treatments from your specialist is a prudent tactic. This is exactly how the relationship between you, your dentist, and your orthodontist should be during treatment.


Why Is Seeing Your Dentist So Important?


Braces do a lot of good for you during the treatment period, fixing alignment problems and alleviating a host of potential oral health issues. However, like any treatment in medicine, there are side effects. One of the side effects of braces is that it can make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. While this can be addressed by the rest of your normal oral health routine, getting professional dental cleanings is the only way to remove this buildup from your teeth. You should pay more attention and perhaps even schedule more frequent dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment just to stay on top of these issues. As a result, many orthodontists recommend that you see a dentist for cleanings more frequently during braces – as much as two to four times per year during the treatment.


Maintaining your dental health during an orthodontist treatment is vital. This means continuing diligence with your at-home care routine, including teeth brushing and flossing. In addition, that may mean extra visits with your dentist. Your dentist and orthodontist can help you chart out a treatment plan that ensures you are at your maximum oral health throughout your orthodontics treatment.


Contact us today to learn more and gain the smile you want!

It’s no secret that some people can be scared or intimidated by the thought of their first visit to an orthodontist. Already, people have nerves about dentists, and orthodontists conjure up similar emotions. We happen to feel that knowledge is a powerful tool in combating these fears and anxieties, so that’s why we wanted to break down exactly what you can expect at your first visit so you can rest your mind and be prepared for the experience.

A Commitment to Positivity and Professionalism

First off, before we dig into the nuts and bolts of what happens in the first visit, we want to establish one thing. We strive exceptionally hard to provide you with unequaled professionalism. However, our commitment to the right attitude doesn’t stop there. We aim to give you encouragement, motivation, positive feelings (we dare you to not smile for your whole visit!). Most importantly, we focus on you and your needs throughout the entire visit.

The Goals of the First Visit

We don’t go into a first visit with an assumption of orthodontics care being necessary. The goal of the consultation is to examine if orthodontics is the right choice for you right now. We do this with a variety of diagnostic tools, primarily a panoramic x-ray (the machine actually spins around your head!) and a complete set of photos, both of you and your natural smile and detailed photos of all your teeth. These diagnostic tools allow us to get the full picture of your bite, smile, and jaw, including things not obvious to the naked eye and allow us to present you with all of the information so that we can determine, together, if orthodontics treatment is the right choice at the moment.

Know All Your Options

One of the great things about orthodontics is that there is rarely ever one course of treatment. Generally, you have a variety of options with various pros and cons, depending on your precise situation. We are dedicated to taking you through all of your options from treatment and financial perspective. When you make the decision as to the course of treatment you’ll take, we want you to feel good, knowing you got all of the information you needed and can accurately budget, with no surprises.

Ask as Many Questions as You Want

Especially as you are going through the options for treatment, you may have questions. That’s great! We will be happy to answer as many questions as you have to throw at us. Again, the more you know, the more comfortable you will feel.


Hopefully, this demystifies the first visit to the orthodontist and sets your mind at ease. Contact us today and gain that confident smile.

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The light at the end of the tunnel is close – you’ve almost completed the long journey of having braces and completing a major orthodontic treatment. There’s a new and great smile on your horizon. However, you may be wondering what to expect when you are getting your braces removed and what’s coming shortly after. Here are some things to expect at your removal appointment and what life will be like shortly after.


The Removal Appointment


There can be some anxiety about the process of having braces removed but, thankfully, the process isn’t one to be too nervous about. There shouldn’t be any pain involved in the process of having braces removed, one of the major fear points for many patients. At most, you feel pressure as your orthodontist removes the brackets and gently breaks the adhesive to remove the braces. However, that’s not the only thing that happens at this appointment. Your orthodontist will also make a new impression of your teeth and roof of your mouth to prepare a retainer. The entire removal appointment should only take about an hour.


What Comes Next?


After your braces are removed, there are a few things you’ll want to get used to. First off, as mentioned above, you’ll get a retainer to wear after the removal. Your specific instructions for your orthodontist will vary, but you can expect to wear that retainer full time for a few months afterward and then at night for a few more months, about a year total.


There will also be some other adjustments to get used to after the removal. For instance, in the short term, your gums will likely be inflamed from the removal process. With continued and proper care of tooth brushing and flossing, this will quickly subside. Another odd thing to get used to is that you will probably have calluses on the inside of your lips. This is a result of the metal brackets rubbing against the skin there. However, because that metal prevents you from feeling that skin, you won’t notice the calluses presence there until after the braces are removed. These are temporary and will return to usual over time. Another possible side effect is some discoloration because braces can make it hard to fully clean teeth. This can also be treated once the braces are removed. A last possible side effect is that braces may have weakened the enamel on your teeth, making them slightly more sensitive.


Now, however, there are very exciting things to look forward to. You can enjoy some of your favorite foods that aren’t exactly braces-friendly, like gum, candies, and apples. Brushing and flossing your teeth will become substantially easier again. And, of course, you’ll have a beautiful new smile that you will be excited to showcase to the world once again! Contact us today, and let’s work together to gain the smile of your dreams!


The time has come, you’re finally ready to get that smile you’ve always wanted. Here at Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we’re your Invisalign headquarters in Southern Utah and we want you to have the best experience possible! We’ve compiled the top reasons for you to choose Invisalign, no matter what stage of life you’re in. 


Benefits for Kids

  • Traditional braces can make daily hygiene a more cumbersome task. With Invisalign, kids can easily remove their aligners to brush and floss just like they would before corrective gear!
  • With Invisalign, kids can still eat all of those foods that they enjoy without the worry of breaking wires or brackets.
  • Fewer appointments to our offices are needed. As much as we love seeing all of our patients, with Invisalign you only need to visit our office every eight weeks or so making it much more convenient for you and your child!


Benefits for Teens

  • One of the coolest parts of using Invisalign is that it is nearly invisible when you’re wearing it, which is perfect for teens! No more embarrassing school photos or brace-face worries. With Invisalign your family and friends will barely notice.
  • Invisalign is perfect for those who are involved in sports because you can play without the worry of mouth injury that typically comes with traditional braces.
  • Teens have busy schedules. Fewer appointments with Invisalign means you’ll have more time for practice, school, and fun!
  • They’ll have more confidence knowing that you’ll experience fewer emergency visits without the need to fix any broken wires or brackets.


Benefits for Adults

  • One of the greatest benefits for adults is the overall look of Invisalign. You won’t have to worry about pictures and you’ll keep your confidence throughout your treatment.
  • At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we have our very own adult treatment center made just for you. You won’t have to sit in a waiting room full of teens when you have your appointments. Trust us, you’re going to love your experience.
  • Shorter treatment time. With Invisalign, treatment time is typically shorter than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign works great for multiple types of corrections, especially ones that are more common in adults.


Once you’re ready to see for yourself, stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for Southern Utah. Call us today at 435-673-3334.

Did you know that there are seven common types of bite problems that occur in both children and adults? Most individuals are born with some type of bite that requires special orthodontic treatment. We’ve compiled a list of the top seven most common bite types that require treatment. Here they are!


1. Crossbite


A crossbite occurs when upper teeth fit inside of lower teeth. The cause of this type of bite can be a misalignment of teeth or of the bone. If not corrected this can often lead to jaw problems as well teeth being worn down quickly in the wrong places.


2. Crowding


Crowding occurs when there is not enough space for existing teeth. This can be a result of teeth that are too large or insufficient space in the jaw. If this is not corrected it can lead to frequent cavities as well as gum disease.


3. Deep bite


This type of bite occurs when the upper teeth cover the bottom teeth too much. If left untreated gum disease and early enamel wear may occur. 


4. Underbite


An underbite is when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw. This can lead to irregular face shape as well as excessive tooth wear. 


5. Open bite


An open bite occurs when either front or back teeth do not touch with the opposing top/bottom teeth. This will leave a space that leads to swallowing problems as well as possible speech problems. 


6. Protrusion

A protrusion is also known as “buck” teeth. This is often caused by the upper jaw being too far forward. Teeth tend to grow at an angle. This makes teeth more prone to chipping and/or excessive wear.


7. Spacing


Spacing occurs when there is too much space between teeth. It can be a result of missing teeth, undersized teeth, or sometimes a combination of both.


If you’re ready to make your smile transformation, stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for St. George. Call us today at 435-673-3334

Brushing your teeth with braces can get complicated! Making sure to be an effective brusher is important when having orthodontic work done to keep your teeth and gums healthy, happy and looking great! (We all know how food loves to get wrapped around those wires!) We’ve created this infographic to help those with new braces brush correctly or to help remind those orthodontic veterans the best way to get it done! As always, contact Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics for your free consultation to get one step closer to your perfect smile! 435-673-3334