5 Reasons to Smile in the Year 2020

Posted on January 2, 2020

There are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be… Read more »

Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

Posted on December 20, 2019

Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you struggle to pronounce certain words, your teeth could be the reason why. Thankfully, orthodontics can help. Dr. Francisco Garcia at Garcia Orthodontics can provide orthodontic treatment to resolve common oral problems such as: Lisp or Whistling Lisps or whistles are common… Read more »

Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

Posted on November 18, 2019

Anyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face. Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one… Read more »

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

Posted on November 1, 2019

Having a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Francisco Garcia at Garcia Orthodontics, are… Read more »

Are Your Braces Triggering Your Canker Sores?

Posted on October 16, 2019

A few weeks into orthodontic treatment, you notice a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth. A few days later, canker sores appear. Fortunately, canker sores are not often a serious issue, but they sure can be annoying! These small ulcers can pop up in your mouth and on the inside of your lips and… Read more »

Surviving Date Night with Braces

Posted on October 1, 2019

Date night can be a nerve-wracking experience. From what to wear, where to go, what to talk about, the numerous variables of date night can wreak havoc on what should be a fun experience. You don’t want your braces to be another source of worry on this evening, and they don’t have to be! With… Read more »

4 Dieting Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

Posted on September 16, 2019

Just like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Dr. Francisco Garcia of Garcia Orthodontics has four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve! Brush and Floss The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a… Read more »

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

Posted on September 2, 2019

You’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Dr. Francisco Garcia and the staff at Garcia Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how… Read more »

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

Posted on August 19, 2019

Getting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Play Safe, Play All Season In general, it is not uncommon… Read more »

Elastics for Braces, Explained.

Posted on August 1, 2019

Whether you’ve had orthodontic treatment or not, you’ve seen people wearing elastics or rubber bands as part of the process. But do you know what they’re used for? To help give you a better idea of why rubber bands are used with metal or clear braces, we’ll explain what they are, why they’re used, and… Read more »