Dr Douglas Barden

Healthy Teeth and Holiday Treats

December 4th, 2020

Dr. Douglas Barden and his team love this time of year! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s there are so many delicious, holiday treats!

In order to keep teeth healthy while also enjoying the many delicious holiday treats we suggest the following things:

Everything in moderation – some treats and sweets are fine but be cautious about the amount of sugary foods that you eat.
Don’t snack on sweets all day – that just extends the amount of time for the sugar to be on your teeth. Pick your time to eat the sweets and then brush your teeth clean!
Pick sweets that are not sticky. Chocolate is a better choice as it is easier to rinse from your teeth.
Use a travel toothbrush - after eating the sweets be sure to give your teeth a brush to remove the sugar
Drink some water to rinse your teeth and dilute the sugar.

Remember, if you have braces you should avoid sticky candy (such as caramel), nuts, and hard candies that could break your orthodontic appliances or bend the wires. If you have Invisalign or clear aligners you can eat whatever you want because you remove your aligners while you eat. Just remember to brush before putting the aligners back on!

The holidays are a great time to schedule your 6 month check up and cleaning with your dentist. They can also work with you to whiten your teeth if you want to have an extra bright smile for those holiday photos.

Happy Holidays to everyone from Barden Orthodontics. We wish you all a season filled with love, good cheer, and beautiful smiles. 

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A Beautiful Smile Requires a Great Partnership

November 6th, 2020

A Healthy Smile requires a Partnership between You, your Orthodontist, and your Dentist

Dr. Douglas Barden is an orthodontist who specializes in the movement of teeth and dentofacial development. Orthodontists complete an additional 2 to 3 years of training after having completed dental school (DDS). As an Orthodontist, Dr. Barden provides the expertise to straighten your teeth and align your jaws.

While in Dr. Barden’s care he will work in close cooperation with you and your family dentist to ensure the development of a healthy, beautiful smile.  Your dentist will continue to monitor that your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. Dental hygiene is especially important during orthodontic treatment as it can be more difficult to keep teeth clean while in braces.

What is the patient’s role?

  • It is essential that patients (you!) follow your dentist’s instructions on how to keep your teeth clean and visit every six months for a dental cleaning (or more often as instructed).
  • You must also follow Dr. Barden’s instructions and wear your appliances and bands as instructed so that your teeth and jaws move in the way desired and on schedule.
  • It is important that you avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your orthodontic appliances. Broken brackets and bent wires will slow down treatment progress.

If you have questions be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden or his staff in their Whitefish Bay, WI office.

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Top Tips for a Healthy Smile

October 16th, 2020

You have chosen to get orthodontic treatment because you value having a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Douglas Barden and his team are working with you to improve your teeth positioning and jaw alignment. It is also important that you have excellent dental hygiene to keep your teeth clean and cavity free.

Dr. Barden's Top Tips for a Healthy Smile!

  • Follow all instructions about wearing your appliances and rubber bands.
  • Follow the 2-2 rule. Brush your teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time. Use a timer to make sure you don’t cut the time short.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss everyday.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash designed to show missed food particles. This way you are sure to get everything clean and improve your brushing skills!
  • Visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months (or as directed by your dentist).
  • Limit sugary foods and snacks to special treats.

Remember to ask Dr. Barden and his orthodontic team if you have any questions about what you can do to keep your teeth healthy to ensure a smile that you will love for a lifetime!

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Beverages and your Teeth

August 14th, 2020

Before you grab something to drink-- stop and think about your teeth! Coffee and tea can stain your teeth. Soft drinks, sports drinks, juice, and vitamin waters often contain a lot of sugar and acid. Diet or “sugar free” sodas contain acid that also harms your enamel. Sugar and acid  weaken the enamel and can result in  tooth decay and cavities.

What can you do to reduce tooth decay? Drink soda, sport drinks, juice, and flavored waters in moderation. After drinking sweet beverages, be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to dilute the sugar.

Water is an even better choice. It has no sugar, no acid, and no calories. In many communities the tap water has fluoride to help strengthen your teeth. Plus, if you use a refillable water bottle you are helping to protect the environment.

Remember: healthy teeth require healthy food and beverage choices, regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist. The reward is a beautiful, cavity free smile!

Be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden and his team if you have any questions. Follow Barden Orthodontics on Instagram Facebook or Twitter to get more tips and helpful orthodontic information.

Tips for Choosing an Orthodontist

July 17th, 2020

It’s time for Braces!  Are you wondering how to decide on the Doctor who will provide the treatment?

Starting orthodontic treatment is a big decision. One thing you will need to decide is who will be your orthodontic provider.  Did you know that all orthodontists are first trained as dentists, but, only 6% of dentists are orthodontists? An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional 2 to 3 years of education specifically about diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists receive special training in the skills needed for tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

Here are some things to ask when considering an orthodontist:

  • Did the Doctor receive additional training specific to orthodontics?
  • Does the Doctor specialize in orthodontic treatment or is this a small part of their dental practice?
  • Does the Doctor continue to get training in the newest treatment methods?
  • Is the Doctor a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), which requires members to be highly trained in orthodontics to meet specific standards of education and experience?
  • After your initial consultation, did the Doctor clearly answer your questions and provide you with a treatment plan that you feel comfortable?

Dr. Douglas Barden completed his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) at Marquette University in Milwaukee WI. He then also completed a year of general residency at Marquette University, and then an additional 2 years of orthodontic residency at Marquette University resulting in a Master of Science (MS) and a certificate in Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and is currently President of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics.

Dr. Barden is passionate about continuing his education to provide his patients with the best treatment options. He regularly attends orthodontic conferences and continuing education lectures. His office utilizes the newest, state-of-the-art equipment to provide the most effective treatment possible. This includes an itero element scanner so there are no goopy impressions and a digital x-ray machine that takes quick and safe x-rays.

We are proud that Dr. Douglas Barden’s skills have been consistently recognized by dental professionals in the Milwaukee area and he is listed as a TOP Dentist in the field of Orthodontics by Milwaukee Magazine.

 Dr. Douglas Barden offers free initial consultations as he wants patients to feel comfortable with the treatment plan.  Contact us to set up an appointment  414-962-1281. We look forward to welcoming you to our Whitefish Bay, WI office!

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Handling Orthodontic Issues at Home

April 2nd, 2020

At Barden Orthodontics we have made the difficult decision to close our office due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is following guidance from the CDC, American Dental Association, and Wisconsin Dental Association. We will begin seeing patients as soon as we are able to safely do so.

You will be happy to hear you may be able to handle many minor orthodontic issues at home. The following information is provided by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Due to COVID-19, your orthodontist’s office is currently be postponing any non-emergent appointments and you may be wondering how to handle potential orthodontic issues at home. While there are steps you can take to temporarily fix or alleviate discomfort and prevent additional damage, your orthodontist should always be notified. Contact them if you have any concerns during this time.  Many times, they may be able to handle the issue over the phone or virtually through video communication.

During this time, make sure to stay in contact with your orthodontist about when they plan to reopen if you need to have any appointments rescheduled. For many offices, information regarding this is available on practices’ Facebook pages and/or websites.

Tools + Supplies

With these tools and supplies on hand, you will be prepared to handle the most common orthodontic issues

  • Orthodontic relief wax
  • Dental floss
  • Disinfected tweezers
  • Q-tips
  • Salt
  • Interproximal brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Topical Anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)

Lost O-ring

An “O” ring is the tiny rubber band or sometimes a very thin wire (ligature), that holds the orthodontic wire in the bracket/brace. If a rubber o-ring should come off, you may be able to put it back in place using disinfected tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, simply remove it with the tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, it may be bent back down with a Q-tip or pencil eraser to eliminate the irritation.  Should this happen, be sure to contact your orthodontist to notify them and come up with a plan for repair. Note: self-ligating brackets don’t use o-rings.

Discomfort

It’s normal to have some discomfort during orthodontic treatment as your teeth move however it should not last longer than a couple days. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may alleviate some discomfort.  If the discomfort lasts longer than a couple days, be sure to call your orthodontist to discuss.

Mouth Sores

Some patients are susceptible to episodes of mouth sores. While braces do not cause them, they may be precipitated or exacerbated by an irritation from braces. One or several areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. This is not an emergency but may be very uncomfortable. Prompt relief may be achieved by applying a small amount of topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel) directly to the ulcerated surface using a cotton swab – reapply as needed.  If after a couple days the discomfort does not resolve, call your orthodontist to discuss.

Irritation in Mouth

Sometimes braces or wires can be irritating to the mouth, especially when eating. A small amount of orthodontic relief wax makes an excellent buffer between metal and mouth. Simply pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation.  Wax can be purchased at any drug store if you are unable to get some from your orthodontist during this time.

Protruding Wire

Occasionally the end of a wire will work itself out of place and can irritate the mouth. Use a Q-tip or clean tweezer and try to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax. Should changes with your wires occur during this time be sure to contact your orthodontist to make them aware of the issue.

Loose Braces or Bands

If the braces or bands have come loose in any way, call your orthodontist to determine appropriate next steps.

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