Whitefish Bay Orthodontist

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

May 10th, 2024

Orthodontic treatment goes beyond just straightening teeth; it's about enhancing oral health, boosting confidence, and improving overall well-being. While the aesthetic benefits are certainly appealing, the true value of orthodontic treatment extends far beyond a beautiful smile.

First and foremost, orthodontic treatment corrects misaligned teeth and bite issues, which can contribute to a host of oral health problems. Crooked or crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, increasing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. By straightening the teeth and aligning the bite, orthodontic treatment helps maintain optimal oral hygiene and prevents future dental problems.

Beyond oral health, orthodontic treatment can have a significant impact on an individual's self-esteem and confidence. A straight, beautiful smile can boost self-confidence, improve social interactions, and even enhance career prospects. Studies have shown that people with straight teeth are perceived as more attractive, trustworthy, and successful, highlighting the psychological benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Moreover, orthodontic treatment can alleviate various functional issues, such as difficulty chewing or speaking, jaw pain, and even headaches caused by misaligned teeth or jaw discrepancies. By improving the function of the teeth and jaws, orthodontic treatment enhances overall comfort and quality of life.

Additionally, investing in orthodontic treatment early on can prevent the need for more extensive dental work in the future. Addressing orthodontic issues promptly can help avoid costly and invasive dental procedures down the line, saving both time and money in the long run.

In summary, the value of orthodontic treatment extends far beyond cosmetic improvements. From promoting oral health and boosting confidence to enhancing overall well-being, orthodontic treatment offers invaluable benefits that can positively impact every aspect of a person's life.

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The Evolution of Orthodontics: From Ancient Practices to Modern Techniques

April 5th, 2024

Orthodontics has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Throughout its evolution, orthodontics has seen incredible advancements in techniques and technologies, leading to safer, more effective, and aesthetically pleasing treatments. In this blog, we'll take a captivating journey through time, exploring the fascinating transformation of orthodontics from ancient practices to modern techniques.

Ancient Beginnings

The roots of orthodontics can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where crude attempts were made to straighten teeth. Archaeological findings reveal that early societies used materials like animal intestines, gold wires, and catgut to create primitive braces. In ancient Egypt, mummies have been discovered with metal bands around their teeth, suggesting an early form of dental realignment.

18th and 19th Centuries: Pioneering Efforts

The 18th and 19th centuries saw significant contributions to orthodontics. Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, is often hailed as the father of modern orthodontics. He introduced the bandeau, a device made of precious metals used to expand dental arches. Later, in the 19th century, Christophe-Francois Delabarre invented the wire crib, a precursor to modern braces.

20th Century: The Dawn of Modern Orthodontics

The 20th century witnessed a revolution in orthodontic techniques. Edward Angle, an American dentist, established orthodontics as a distinct dental specialty and developed a classification system for malocclusions that is still used today. During this time, bands and brackets began to replace wires and crib devices, significantly improving treatment efficiency.

Post-WWII Innovations

Following World War II, orthodontics entered a period of rapid innovation. Stainless steel became the standard material for braces due to its durability and cost-effectiveness. Pioneering advancements like the development of dental adhesives and X-rays for diagnostic purposes further improved orthodontic care.

Contemporary Orthodontics: A New Era

In recent decades, orthodontics has seen an incredible transformation with the advent of digital technology. Computer-aided design and 3D printing have revolutionized the creation of aligners and braces, allowing for customized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs.

Invisible aligners, a breakthrough in orthodontic treatment, have gained immense popularity. These transparent and removable aligners offer a discreet alternative to traditional braces, providing patients with more flexibility and comfort during their treatment journey.


The journey of orthodontics from ancient practices to modern techniques is a testament to human ingenuity and the quest for better oral health and aesthetics. Dr Barden participates in continuing education programs so that he can utilize cutting-edge technologies and evidence-based practices to enhance his patient experiences and treatment outcomes. As we look back on the evolution of orthodontics, we can only imagine the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in this dynamic field, making brighter smiles and improved oral health accessible to all.

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Braces-Friendly Recipe: Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers

March 14th, 2024

Having braces doesn't mean compromising on delicious meals! Orthodontic patients can still enjoy a variety of tasty and nutritious dishes without worrying about damaging their braces. Check out this recipe for Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers that are not only safe for braces but also packed with essential nutrients for a healthy smile.


  • 4 large bell peppers (any color of your choice)
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup black beans (canned or cooked)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a baking dish that can hold the bell peppers upright.
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside. Rinse them thoroughly and set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the vegetable broth (or water) to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked and fluffy. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, black beans, and corn kernels to the onion and garlic mixture. Season with ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Combine the cooked quinoa with the vegetable mixture, and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  7. Carefully stuff each bell pepper with the quinoa-vegetable mixture, pressing down gently to fill them completely. If desired, top each stuffed pepper with shredded cheddar cheese.
  8. Place the stuffed peppers in the prepared baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the bell peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.
  10. Remove the foil, and if you added cheese, let it melt and become golden brown (about 5 more minutes).
  11. Remove from the oven and allow the stuffed peppers to cool slightly before serving.

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Fascinating Orthodontic Facts

February 2nd, 2024

Advances in medical technology are amazing. Orthodontic treatment is no exception. Check out these fun facts about braces (and teeth)!

  1. Braces Are Ancient: Orthodontic treatment is not a recent invention. Archaeologists have found mummies with metal bands wrapped around their teeth, suggesting that braces or some form of orthodontic treatment may have been used in ancient times.
  2. George Washington and His Wooden Teeth: Contrary to popular belief, George Washington did not have wooden teeth. However, he did wear a set of dentures made from various materials, including human teeth, animal teeth, and ivory. We are glad that dental treatment has advanced to avoid these types of dentures!
  3. The First Official Orthodontist: Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, is often called the "Father of Modern Dentistry" and is credited with introducing orthodontics as a dental specialty. He published a book in 1728 that included methods for straightening teeth.
  4. Invisalign Innovation: Invisalign, the clear aligner system, was developed with the help of computer technology. It uses 3D imaging and modeling to create custom aligners for each patient, making it a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
  5. Orthodontics in Hollywood: Many actors and actresses have worn braces or undergone orthodontic treatment to perfect their smiles. Some even wore them during movie roles, making braces a popular fashion statement in Hollywood

Remember, orthodontic treatment can be a fascinating journey to a healthier and more beautiful smile! Follow us on X(Twitter) or Facebook for more information about orthodontic treatment and give us a call to schedule your consultation at 414-962-1281.

Smile and Feel Confident

December 11th, 2023

At Barden Orthodontics we love healthy smiles!  This means not only having straight, well aligned teeth, but also teeth that are healthy and well cared for with brushing and flossing.

Great oral hygiene (brushing, flossing and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash) is important for a number of health outcomes.  Oral hygiene is important to reduce dental issues such as cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Oral hygiene is also important for overall health. People with great oral hygiene even have a longer life expectancy than people who do not take good care of their mouth and teeth!

There are also numerous psychological benefits to having great oral hygiene. Psychologists at Lancaster University found that people who recently brushed their teeth, compared to those who had not brushed their teeth, reported:

  • Greater confidence in social interactions
  • Fewer nervous behaviors (such as fidgeting) when interacting with other people.

Looking for a quick confidence builder? It’s as easy as taking 2 minutes to Brush, Floss, and Rinse!  Knowing you have a beautiful smile (and fresh minty breath) is an easy way to feel comfortable and confident when interacting in any social situation.  

Dr. Barden recommends that you always carry a travel toothbrush and floss for a quick brush after meals while at work or school. Follow his advice and you will be confident in any social situation!

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Cold Season and Your Health

November 10th, 2023

This time of year people start sneezing and getting seasonal colds. What is the difference between a seasonal cold and the flu? The experts at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, and coughing. These symptoms can last for up to two weeks. The flu has many similar symptoms but can be more serious. Check out this helpful chart with the differences between the cold and flu from the CDC.

At Barden Orthodontics we take prevention of the spread of germs and viruses very seriously. We follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines in our office at all times, as well as following the requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. We follow all CDC and OSHA guidelines to ensure that when you receive care it is both safe and comfortable. Our office was designed so that all treatment chairs are physically separated by walls, unlike most orthodontic offices that have an open treatment area. This minimizes the spread of airborne viruses.

In the waiting room and every treatment area we have incorporated state-of-the-art multistage air filters that utilize UV lights to produce surgically clean air.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

Being sick isn't fun. To prevent or minimize the chance of getting a cold or the flu, remember to wash your hands or use an antibacterial/antiviral sanitizing hand gel. Wash commonly touched surfaces in your home with soap and water (faucets, door knobs, counters etc.) frequently. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of sleep to keep your immune system working its best. Change your toothbrush after being sick. Finally, avoid contact with those who are ill so that you minimize the chance of getting sick yourself!

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Braces Friendly Pumpkin Dessert

October 6th, 2023

We love autumn in Whitefish Bay, WI. The leaves are changing into their beautiful fall colors and the fall harvest means lots of pumpkins for carving! Did we mention that we love the Whitefish Bay Pumpkin Festival?

In honor of all things pumpkin related, we wanted to share our favorite braces friendly pumpkin recipe. It's soft and easy for teeth that might be sore from an adjustment and healthy (because it is made with pumpkin, right?) Enjoy!

Pumpkin Custard

15 ounce can of pumpkin

2 large eggs

1 cup half-and-half cream

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspons pumpkin spice


Blend ingredients until smooth and then pour into 4 custard cups. Bake in a water bath for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Top with whip cream. Eat warm or chilled. Enjoy!

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Toothbrush Tips

September 9th, 2023

A good toothbrush is essential to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Dr. Douglas Barden recommends using a new (replaced every 3 months!) toothbrush with soft bristles. Even better, use an electronic toothbrush with an orthodontic brush head. These toothbrushes provide the best brushing action to keep your teeth sparkling clean. Ask us if you have any questions about the best toothbrush for your unique dental needs.

It's important that you also take good care of your toothbrush. If you have been sick, be sure to replace your toothbrush as germs can remain on the bristles.

Checkout Dr. Barden's toothbrush tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing.
• Rinse the brush after brushing and then allow it to air dry after each use. Bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen.
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain. Do not cover it with a cap so that it can air dry more quickly.
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

If you have any questions about how to brush and floss with braces check out these helpful instructions on our website!

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Braces Friendly Food Alternatives

August 11th, 2023

Congratulations on starting braces and orthodontic treatment! This is a big step, and we know patients often have many questions on how to take care of their braces.

During orthodontic treatment it is important that you select your food carefully. Hard foods can break brackets and bend wires resulting in additional appointments and delayed treatment times. Sticky foods can also damage orthodontic appliances. Sticky food can also be hard to clean off of appliances and teeth, resulting in food stuck on your teeth causing tooth decay.

Some foods to avoid and braces friendly alternatives:

  • Popcorn is a patient favorite, and many kids are sad when we warn them about eating popcorn with braces. The problem with popcorn is that the seeds can break brackets, bend wires and kernels get stuck in brackets, between teeth and gums. Try eating softer puffed rice or corn snacks. They are still salty and satisfying!
  • Nuts are in many baked goods and can be eliminated from the recipe or replaced with raisins. Try nut butter spread on a cracker for snack time if you miss the taste of nuts.
  • Carrots are a healthy snack but can cause damage to appliances. Cook carrots until they are soft or cut into small pieces.
  • Apples should be cut into small pieces, baked, or eat sugar free applesauce.
  • Caramel and other sticky candy such as taffy are dangerous to braces. Try caramel flavored ice cream.
  • Corn-on-the cob is a fun summertime food but can break brackets and wires. While in braces cut the kernels off the cob!

Check out these fun brace friendly recipes for dinner, dessert, and snack ideas! We know that skipping some of your favorite foods is hard, but the healthy, beautiful smile will be worth the effort!

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New Patient FAQ

July 13th, 2023

So many children, teens, and adults are starting their orthodontic treatment at Barden Orthodontics! One of the first questions patients ask is "What should we do now that we have braces?" This is a great question as you play a big role in ensuring a beautiful smile and successful treatment that progresses on schedule!

Here is Dr. Barden's top advice for new patients:

1. Your teeth might be sensitive the first few days after you get braces or have an adjustment. This mild discomfort can last for three to five days. Eating soft (healthy!) food can help by putting less pressure on your teeth. Some great food choices include soup, sugar free Jell-O, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, applesauce, baked potatoes, pasta, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, pancakes, soft cheese, and milk.

2. If you experience any soreness from the brackets and wires rubbing on your lips or cheeks, place some of the wax (provided in your starter kit) on the brackets or wires causing the problem. Rinsing with warm salt water can also reduce discomfort. This discomfort will also decrease as your mouth becomes use to the braces.

3. It is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment. Food can get trapped in braces and be more difficult to remove. We recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. A fluoride mouth rinse is recommended as well. There is some great information on brushing and flossing with braces on our blog and website. Ask Dr. Barden's team if you have any questions about oral hygiene with braces.

4. Avoid foods that can damage your brackets and wires. This includes hard foods such as apples, corn on the cob, popcorn, nuts, ice and more. Sticky foods such as gum and caramels can also damage the braces and wires, as well as stick to your teeth causing tooth decay. Damage to brackets and wires will result in additional orthodontic appointments and can lengthen your treatment time.

5. Regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose or broken wire or bracket, please call our Whitefish Bay, WI office during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. This doesn't require an after-hour emergency appointment though!

6. Wear your elastics or other orthodontic gear consistently and as instructed by Dr. Barden. Yes, this means headgear and rubber bands (elastics)! Learn more about the importance of these appliances on our website!

7. Always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth when playing sports. Ask us if you need one that works with braces.

8. Be sure to schedule your appointments for adjustments at the intervals indicated by Dr. Barden. Skipping appointments will extend your treatment time. You should also visit your dentist for checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

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Orthodontic Treatment Time

June 10th, 2023

Patients always want to know how long treatment will take or "how much longer" until braces come off. We understand - we are excited to see your finished, beautiful smile too!

Your smile is unique, so your orthodontic treatment time will also depend on your specific treatment needs. On average, orthodontic treatment is typically around two years. Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need longer than two years to correct. Dr. Douglas Barden will estimate your treatment time after conducting an exam and a complete review of your dental records.

Treatment time will also depend on you! Yes - your effort can help to facilitate treatment staying on schedule or result in delays. This means you need to follow Dr. Barden's instructions on wearing elastics, headgear, expanders, aligners, or other appliances that you might be part of your treatment plan. Failure to use these appliances as instructed can result in delays in your treatment and a longer total time in braces. You also need to attend your appointments on the schedule outlined by Dr. Barden. Missing appointments can also result in longer treatment time.

Remember orthodontics is a medical procedure and each person is unique. While we can provide an estimate of treatment times, ultimately the final time depends on many factors. Trust us - your beautiful smile will be worth the effort and wait!

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Say No to Candy!

May 5th, 2023

Congratulations on starting your orthodontic treatment at Barden Orthodontics! With braces it is especially important to practice good oral hygiene during your treatment to prevent cavities, white spots, gum disease, and tooth decay.

You should continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at Barden Orthodontics. This means brushing for two minutes, at least 2 times a day. You should also floss and use a fluoride mouthwash every day!

Dr. Barden wants to remind you that you should be careful about what you eat while in orthodontic treatment. Candy is never a healthy choice for teeth, but it can be especially troublesome while in orthodontic treatment. Sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these they can damage your teeth and braces!

Here are Dr. Barden's top concerns with candy:

  • Sour candy, popular with many kids, is acidic to your teeth and can wear down the enamel. This results in tooth decay and cavities.
  • Sticky candy (gum, caramel, taffy etc) is difficult to clear off of your braces and other orthodontic appliances resulting in sugar sitting on your teeth for prolonged time and increasing your risk of cavities and tooth decay.
  • Hard candies or candy with nuts can bend and break wires and brackets resulting in extra emergency visits and delayed treatment time.

Candy can be a fun, special treat but you should eat it infrequently. Make sure the candy is soft and not sticky (yes, chocolate!). After eating candy, be sure to brush and floss. If you do not have a toothbrush available, wash your mouth out with water. Water will help to dilute the sugar in your mouth and clear off the braces.

Brusing and flossing can be a bit harder with braces. Check out this helpful information or ask Dr. Barden's team at your next visit if you have any questions.

Be sure to practice good dental hygiene every day! This includes visiting your dentist every six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using a fluoride-based mouthwash.

For more questions about foods you should avoid while wearing braces, healthy snack alternatives, dental hygiene tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, we encourage you to give us a call at 414-962-1281, or ask us at your next adjustment appointment. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more helpful information!

Spring is in the air at Barden Orthodontics!

April 7th, 2023

As the weather (finally!) gets warmer, patients and their families are enjoying more time outside.  This includes more time playing outdoor sports such as soccer, baseball, softball, and lacrosse.  We want to remind everyone that wearing a mouth guard is essential to protect your teeth and jaw from damage in a sport-related accident or facial injury.  Mouth guards should be worn at all times during practice and games. Please let us know if you need one that works with braces.

With more time spent outside people are also biking on the local trails and playing other non-contact sports. While chances of injuries are lower with these activities, we do see some emergencies still happen from unanticipated falls and accidents.  Check out this helpful information on what to do in case of a dental emergency or a sport-related dental emergency. If any of your orthodontic appliances, brackets or wires are damaged, please schedule an appointment with our team.

Please give us a call at Barden Orthodontics at 414-962-1281 if you have any questions about mouth guards. Check out our office and website for more information!

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Early Indicators of Orthodontic Issues

March 3rd, 2023

When people think about the need for orthodontics they first think about straightening crooked teeth. Did you know that there are a number of other reasons to visit an orthodontist? 

If you are wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, here are some of the most common indicators of potential orthodontic issues:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting.
  • Chronic mouth-breathing.
  • Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits after the age of six.
  • Your dentist has told you that you have an Overbite (when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm), Underbite (when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth), or a Crossbite.
  • Teeth that are crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, or misplaced .
  • Extra teeth of any size.
  •  The center of the top and bottom teeth do not line up.
  •  Uneven teeth-wearing.
  •  Premature loss of baby teeth.
  •  Jaw pain.
  •  Clicking in the jaw joints or the jaw shifts off-center while chewing.
  • A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much.
  •  Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly.
  • Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth.
  • Asymmetrical facial structure.
  • Grinding, or clenching, teeth.

Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from orthodontic care, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice. Scheduling your child an exam with an orthodontist by the age of 7 will help ensure your child has a healthy smile as many orthodontic issues are much easier to treat and correct during childhood.

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The Role of Rubber Bands

February 3rd, 2023

What are Elastics or Rubber Bands?

Braces work by applying gentle, consistent pressure to the teeth. The pressure causes teeth to move slowly into the desired position. Elastics, or rubber bands, are used in some cases to create additional pressure to move your teeth. By wearing the elastic rubber bands consistently, you will keep your treatment on track.

The Purpose of Elastics

Rubber bands stretch over tiny loops on the top and bottom brackets. These elastics will apply the steady pressure needed to guide your teeth into the correct position.  However, for them to work you need to wear them consistently – every day – as directed by Dr. Douglas Barden.  

You will also need to replace the elastics on your braces every day. It is also common for elastics to break and need to be replaced.  In some cases, patients will need to remove the elastics during meals if it is difficult to open their mouth wide enough to eat.  Our staff will teach you how to replace your elastics.

Important things to remember

  • Keep extra rubber bands on hand so that you can replace them if one breaks. Let us know if you run out and need more. Give us a call or stop by our Whitefish Bay office to pick up some more!
  • Rubber bands might cause your teeth to be tender or sore.  This is due to your teeth moving and means that treatment is working! The tenderness only lasts for a day or two.
  • Remember to wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.
  • Show your creativity! Pick colors that you love to show your unique personality.

 Be Sure to Change your Elastics as Directed by Dr. Barden

  • Wearing elastics consistently is important for the treatment to progress on schedule. However, do not double up on elastics as this will cause too much pressure and can harm the root of the tooth. Be sure to follow Dr. Barden’s instructions!
  • If you forget to wear the rubber bands one day, just be sure to put them in the next day. But do not “double up” on the elastics to “make up” for the missed day.
  • Don’t overstretch the rubber band or it will lose its strength and it be ineffective. If your rubber bands have “lost their stretch” replace them even if they have not broken. 

For treatment to be most effective (and on schedule!) follow Dr. Barden’s instructions, wear the elastics faithfully, and keep your appointments.  Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about your elastics.

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Braces Friendly Baked Apple Recipe

December 2nd, 2022

This time of year, we love eating warm desserts that highlight the fall harvest. A favorite dessert is Dr. Barden’s Braces Friendly Baked Apple.

Braces Friendly, Baked Apples Recipe 


4 large apples

4 tablespoons of soft butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup raisins (or chopped nuts if you have clear aligners, otherwise nuts can damage brackets and wires!)


Wash the apples.  Cut the apple in half and remove the core using a spoon. Combine the other ingredients and fill the apples.  Place the apples in a casserole baking dish. Put ¾ cup water on the bottom and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until apples are soft and filling has browned.

Serve warm and top with whip cream.  Enjoy!

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Orthodontics and Jaw Growth Correction

July 8th, 2022



Have you been told that you (or your child) need orthodontic correction for jaw alignment or development issues? This could include issues such as:

  • Underdeveloped lower jaw
  • Protrusion of upper teeth
  • Malocclusions
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children first visit to an orthodontist at the age of seven to identify any jaw issues early. Adults also experience dental changes throughout their lives and can benefit from dentofacial orthopedic appliances. The average treatment time for jaw correction is one year, so it won't be long until you have a beautiful smile!

Dr. Barden has a number of different orthodontic tools and appliances for jaw correction, and which one he uses will depend on your specific treatment needs.

Orthodontic Appliances

Jaw-correcting appliances are either fixed or removable. Fixed appliances remain in the patient's mouth until the correction is complete. In contrast, patients wear removable appliances as instructed. It is important to follow Dr. Barden's instructions as the plan was designed for your individualized needs.

Here are some of the most common appliances for correcting jaw growth problems.

  • Headgear: Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
  • Herbst® Appliance: This appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw to move forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger children who are still growing. On average, this is worn for about 12-15 months.
  • Palatal Expansion: The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Dr. Barden will instruct on how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to prevent regression

It might take some time to get used to the appliances (on average one month), and there might be slight discomfort during adjustments. However, wearing them regularly will keep your treatment on track and the adjustment period is easier if you follow Dr. Barden's treatment plan.

Dr. Douglas Barden is always happy to answer your questions about orthodontic treatment and the various appliances that he uses to give patients a beautiful smile that they will love to share!

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Ask Dr. Barden!

May 6th, 2022

Dr. Douglas Barden is always happy to answer questions about orthodontic treatment. In this blog, Dr. Barden answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

What age should my child see an orthodontist?

Children should see an orthodontist by age 7. This allows me to look for and correct any problems sooner and without surgery. Not all children will need early treatment. Some children will benefit from early phase treatment while others won’t need treatment for several more years.

Is it safe to do mail order aligners?

Orthodontics is a medical treatment that requires supervision by a trained medical professional and should be done in-person. The American Association of Orthodontists has issued a Consumer Alert warning patients about mail order orthodontic treatments that you can read here: Consumer Alert | American Association of Orthodontists (aaoinfo.org)

How long do I need to wear my retainer for?

Once orthodontic treatment is finished to keep your smile looking its best, you will have to wear a retainer. Retainers are necessary to preserve and stabilize your results. Depending on your treatment plan you will either have a removable retainer or a fixed retainer. Fixed retainers are usually kept in for life. Removable retainers should be worn a set number of hours every day to keep your teeth from moving. We will let you know how to effectively use, and care for, your retainer when you complete treatment.

I broke/lost/my dog ate my retainer! What should I do?

Retainers are important for maintaining your beautiful smile! If you need a new retainer, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment to have a new one made. The sooner you call us the better as your teeth can move if you don't wear your retainer.

Do I need to see my dentist while in orthodontic treatment?

Yes! I will be focusing on orthodontics and moving your teeth and jaw for better alignment. You will still need to see your dentist and hygienist for regular cleanings, exams, and any other non-orthodontic dental work (such as filling cavities). l work in collaboration with your dentist to make sure you have a healthy, beautiful smile.

Do you work with adults who need orthodontic treatment?

Yes! Adults are a growing number of our patients. Some of our adult patients never had orthodontic treatment and are now looking to correct their jaw alignment or straighten their teeth. Other adult patients were treated as children but now need some smaller adjustments to their smile. We offer adults a number of cosmetically discreet treatment options so you can get the smile you want with minimal interruption to your lifestyle!

How much do braces cost?

The cost of treatment depends on the treatment plan and your individual needs. We are happy to coordinate with your dental insurance company and create a payment plan that works for your budget. You will know what to expect before you begin treatment so there are no surprise or unexpected costs.

 Do you have more questions?  We are happy to answer questions during a free consultation. Give us a call at 414-962-1281

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Barden Orthodontics: 10 Year Anniversary!

April 8th, 2022

This month we celebrate 10 years of Barden Orthodontics in Whitefish Bay, WI!  These years have gone by fast and so much has changed for our office. Barden Orthodontics has moved from the original office location in the Fox Bay building to the larger, state-of-the-art office above City Market. The Barden Orthodontics team has grown in size and Dr. Barden's family has also grown in size from having 1 son to 3 children (and a dog!)

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Barden has been consistently noted as a TOP Dentist in the field of Orthodontics. Dr. Barden has served as President of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists and continues to learn new orthodontic techniques by attending conferences and continuing education lectures.

One thing hasn't changed: Dr. Barden's commitment to quality care for his patients.  He also remains committed to Whitefish Bay and the entire North Shore community. He sponsors community events and is proud to live within walking distance of his office. This is his home, and he loves being part of this wonderful community!

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Famous Women in Dentistry

March 4th, 2022

March is Women’s History Month and Barden Orthodontics would like to acknowledge the contributions of women to the dental and orthodontic fields.

  • Nearly 34.5% of dentists are women, more than half of dental students are women, and over 95% of dental assistants are women. You can likely thank a woman for helping to keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful!
  • The first woman to work as a dentist was Emiline Roberts Jones in 1855. Her husband, also a dentist, did not approve of her working as a dentist. She continued working anyway.
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first woman to graduate from dental school. In 1866 she graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.
  • Ida Gray Nelson was the first African American woman to earn a dental degree in 1890 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  • Gayle Glenn was the first woman elected president of the American Association of Orthodontics in 2013.
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry (where Dr. Barden completed his DDS and orthodontic residency) started admitting women in 1913.

Dr. Douglas Barden is proud to have a fabulous team with many incredible women working in his office. This month be sure the acknowledge their amazing work in our Whitefish Bay, WI office!

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Children's Teeth Fun Facts

February 4th, 2022

Barden kids

It is Children’s Dental Health Month so we thought we would highlight some of our favorite fun facts about children’s teeth.

Did you know?

  • Children first smile around 2 months of age. While they may not have teeth yet, their gummy grin is a joy for parents to see!
  • Children’s teeth start to grow before they are even born.
  • On average, children start to get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age. The first teeth to appear are the lower central incisors.
  • Children lose their first tooth around the age of 6 years and will continue to lose teeth until about the age of 12 years.
  • The first baby teeth to fall out tend to be the lower central incisors (the first ones that came in!).
  • According to a U.S. poll, the tooth fairy leaves on average $3.70 per lost baby tooth.
  • Children have 20 “baby teeth.” The adult set will have 32 teeth in total.
  • Everyone’s teeth are different! You have a unique set of teeth, and you could even be identified by your dental records.
  • Children should see a pediatric dentist for an exam when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday.
  • Children should see an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of 7. Learn about the benefits of an early orthodontic evaluation on this blog!

You should start to “brush” your baby’s teeth by wiping the gums with a wet washcloth. This practice helps your child to become comfortable with brushing and helps to build dental care into their daily routine. As your baby develops teeth, be sure to gently brush the teeth with a baby toothbrush.

Children should brush their teeth two times a day using fluoride toothpaste. Parents should watch and check their children’s brushing until they are certain children are effectively brushing their teeth clean. It is also important to floss one time a day to clean in between the teeth and remove any stuck food. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, be sure to check with their pediatric dentist.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s needs for orthodontic treatment, contact Dr. Barden and his team for a consultation at 414-962-1281.

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Top Reasons for Orthodontics

January 7th, 2022

Are you considering orthodontics for yourself or your child?  It’s a big decision to seek orthodontic treatment.  Here are some of the top reasons for children, teens, and adults to get braces or Invisalign.

Top reasons children should consider getting orthodontic treatment:

  • Early treatment allows the correction and guides the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight.
  • Orthodontics can regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches.
  • Orthodontics can create more space for crowded teeth.
  • If treated early, you might be able to avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
  • Orthodontic treatment can also correct tooth and jaw problems due to thumb sucking.
  • Orthodontic treatment can also help improve minor speech problems.

Top reasons teens and adults should consider getting orthodontic treatment:

  • Teeth that are straight are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and this may help prevent other health problems.
  • Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, feel free to call our Whitefish Bay, WI office at 414-962-1281. Dr. Douglas Barden offers free consultations so you can learn if orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child.

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"Fall Back" Dental Tips

November 5th, 2021

Daylight savings ends and we gain an extra hour of time!  Dr. Douglas Barden recommends these 5 teeth-friendly things to do with your extra hour.

  1. Whiten your teeth. Do your teeth look dull or have they lost their shine?  Try an at home tooth whitening strip or get it professionally done at your dentist’s office.
  2. As a family cook a braces friendly healthy meal together. Health nutrition = healthy teeth!
  3. Use this time to replace your toothbrush! Remember to switch your toothbrush every three months, after being sick, or when it looks worn.
  4. Read a good tooth book with your kids! Kids love to read stories with their parents and there are a ton of great books that teach children about good oral hygiene and dental health in a fun way.
  5. Watch a comedy show, funny movie, or have a family night of joke telling. It won’t improve your oral health, but it will give you a reason to show off your beautiful smile!
  6. Have you lost or broken your retainer? Use the extra time to schedule an appointment and have a new one made. Remember wearing a retainer is necessary to maintain your beautiful smile!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday!

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Children’s Thumb and Pacifier Use

May 7th, 2021

Young children commonly suck on their thumbs, fingers, or a pacifier. For babies and young children this action can be soothing and helps them to feel secure. At an early age, sucking habits are not something to cause concern. However, remember that pacifiers should never be dipped in sugar or other sweeteners as this can promote cavities.

By the age of two years, children should be encouraged to stop sucking on pacifiers and their thumb. This is because thumb and pacifier sucking can become problematic as children become older.  Continued sucking can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and teeth alignment. It can also cause changes to the roof of the mouth.

Generally, by age of two to four years most children stop sucking behaviors on their own.  You can encourage your child to quit by praising and rewarding them for not sucking during times that they normally engage in that behavior (such as being away from you or during bedtime). You can also bandage your child’s thumb at night as a way to discourage them from sucking.

If your child has a favorite pacifier you might want to consider sewing it into a new stuffed animal so the pacifier is still there, but not in a way that can be used orally.  Some parents have found that a “pacifier fairy” who takes away a pacifier and leaves a “big kid toy” can also be effective at ending the pacifier habit. If these suggestions don’t work for you, be sure to check with your pediatric dentist for more ideas.

Starting at the age of one year, children should see a pediatric dentist who will monitor the child's dental health. Their dentist can also help you identify if there are problems from continued thumb sucking or pacifier use.

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Recommended Valentine’s Day Treats

February 5th, 2021

At Barden Orthodontics we love Valentine’s day.  Especially during these challenging times, it is important to show your love and appreciation for your family, friends, and other special people in your life.

As you think about the different treats to share with these special people, don’t forget about your teeth. You want everyone to have a beautiful, healthy smile and too much candy can negatively impact your smile!

Dr. Douglas Barden’s Recommendations for Celebrating Valentine’s day:


  • Share your love with people you care about in your life. We can all use some cheer and appreciation!
  • If you have braces, pick treats that are soft and will not damage your brackets or appliances. Chocolate covered strawberries are a good choice. Dark chocolate even has some health benefits!
  • If you have Invisalign or clear aligners, you can eat whatever treats you want as you will take out your aligners. Remember, DO brush your teeth before putting them back in.
  • Show your love for someone with something other than candy or treats. Kids enjoy stuffed animals, balloons, stickers, and small toys. Adults might enjoy flowers, a special dinner delivered, or other things that show you care.


  • If you have braces or other orthodontic appliances Do not eat treats that are hard and sticky. That means candy with nuts, hard candy (sorry, but no Valentine conversation hearts!), and sticky treats such as gum, caramels or licorice should be avoided. These can damage your appliances and slow down treatment.
  • Do not eat treats all day long as that prolongs the amount of time the sugar is on your teeth. Pick one time for a treat and then brush and floss your teeth.

Show the people in your life some love this Valentine’s day. Then show your teeth some love too! Brush, floss, and use a fluoride rinse every day.  We love a beautiful, healthy smile!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Dr Barden and his team at Barden Orthodontics!

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Committed to your Health

March 11th, 2020

At Barden Orthodontics patient health and safety is our priority. We understand that people are currently worried about the spread of viruses. We have always followed the strictest sterilization and sanitation protocols advised by OSHA to prevent the spread of pathogens and to ensure the health of both our patients and staff. We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

At Barden Orthodontics we promise:

  • Use of state-of-the-art sterilization equipment.
  • Strict use of cleaning and disinfection procedures in the treatment rooms.
  • Multi-stage air purifiers from Surgically Clean Air. These purifiers remove particles and destroy small particles in the air, including viruses. These are installed in treatment rooms and reception area.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of high touch, common areas.
  • Touchless door entry. Just wave at the sensor and the door will open for you!
  • Staff uses N95 or KN95 respirator masks and face shields in addition to the usual personal protective equipment when working with patients.
  • Social distancing in the waiting room and use of plexiglass shields at the reception desk.
  • The entire staff at Barden Orthodontics has reviewed the newest sterilization and disinfection protocols to protect patient health.

New for your appointments:

  • Prior to the day of the appointment, our office will email you two forms (COVID-19 Supplemental Informed Consent and Supplemental Health Questionnaire). Please have the forms completed by the patient or guardian prior to coming to the appointment.
  • Please brush and floss prior to your appointment. The tooth brushing station will be closed following recommendation by the AAO.
  • We ask that only the patient, and a maximum of one guardian, come to the appointment to reduce the number of people in the office.
  • Please wear a mask as you enter the building.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer available when you enter the office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides important and up-to-date information to the public and healthcare providers. We will continue to monitor this information and follow all necessary protocols to maintain the health and safety of our patients and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.

UPDATED April 2021 to reflect the newest office procedures in response to to COVID-19

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Orthodontic Back-to-School Checklist

September 6th, 2019

Hooray the kids are headed back to school! The summer activities and trips are over and now everyone has their days filled with reading, math, science….and dental health!

Make sure your children are ready for any orthodontic situation that might occur during the school day! Dr. Douglas Barden recommends that your student pack a small travel orthodontic supply kit in their backpack.

  • Travel toothbrush and floss sticks. It’s important that food doesn’t get stuck in braces or orthodontic appliances and sit on teeth all day long! If your child isn’t able to brush during the school day, teach them to rinse their mouth with water after eating to remove the food particles and dilute the sugar on their teeth.
  • Wax to cover any poking wires.
  • Mouth guards are essential for students who are playing sports. Be sure to get a mouth guard that works with braces. We can custom make a mouth guard for maximum protection.
  • Storage Case. Bring along a retainer or clear aligner storage case. Teach your children put their retainers or clear trays in the storage case when they eat. Never store a retainer or clear aligner in a napkin –it’s too easy to toss it accidentally! Retainers that are put in a pocket or backpack without a case can become damaged.

 If your child has braces, or other orthodontic appliances, avoid packing gum, sticky candy or treats, or hard fruits and veggies in their lunch box. Fruits and veggies are a healthy lunch choice but cut apples and carrots into bite size pieces or else choose softer options (think bananas, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber slices etc). For some other lunch ideas, check out our blog on healthy snacks.

 Life gets busy during the school year, but it is important that you continue to monitor your child’s brushing and flossing. Remember to brush 2 times a day for two minutes each time. Don’t forget to floss daily! Great dental hygiene should become a normal part of your child’s routine and the reward is a beautiful, healthy smile.

Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team at their Whitefish Bay office if you have any questions about making sure your child is ready for any orthodontic situation during the school day. We hope all of our patients and their families have a great school year!

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Camping with Braces

July 5th, 2019

Kohler Andrae State Park, Wisconsin. Photo by D. Barden

Summertime in Wisconsin is wonderful. The weather is (finally!) warm and sunny. The beautiful nature, lakes, and State Parks are perfect for exploring. It’s a great time to go CAMPING! In addition to packing your tent, sleeping bags, and other camping gear-- don’t forget to pack for good oral hygiene!

Here are Dr. Barden’s suggestions for maintaining good dental hygiene while camping:

  • Get all in one tooth brushes. These come with toothpaste and a flosser built in!
  • Bring safe-to-swallow toothpaste.
  • Buy light, travel size toothbrush and toothpaste kits.
  • Consider using environmentally friendly substitutes like baking soda.
  • If all else fails, brush and rinse with water.

Dr. Barden also recommends packing the following if you are currently in treatment with braces, clear aligners, or retainers:

  • Bring an emergency kit in case of orthodontic situations such as poking wires. Having some wax can solve minor emergencies until you return from your trip.
  • Don’t forget your retainers and storage case. Be sure to put them in a safe place so you don’t lose them among your camping gear.
  • Bring a storage case for your clear aligners if you are being treated with Invisalign ®

We hope you enjoy your time camping and exploring the great outdoors in Wisconsin and other parts of the United States. Happy Camping!

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Whitening Teeth with Braces

May 15th, 2018

Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!


The easiest way to whiten teeth is regular use of a whitening toothpaste. But these do not make a major difference in tooth color and may also contain abrasives which can damage ceramic brackets and make them more likely to stain. And, whether you have metal or ceramic braces, the brackets used are bonded to your teeth. Any part of your tooth covered by a bracket will not be affected by the whitening paste. Ask our office if you are thinking of using one of these products. We will be happy to recommend the best toothpastes to use while your braces are in place.

Whitening Strips and Trays

Whiteners can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. Strips are coated with a whitening gel and then pressed around your teeth. Tray kits provide a mouthguard-like appliance, which is filled with whitening gel. But neither strips nor tray solutions will whiten any area covered by brackets. When your braces come off, there might be noticeable differences in color on each tooth. Strips are difficult to apply with braces, and trays need to be custom-designed to fit your braces and make sure they don’t disturb your orthodontic work. One size most definitely does not fit all! Finally, these whitening agents can cause tooth and gum sensitivity, especially around the time of adjustments. Many manufacturers do not recommend using their products while you have braces. Please talk to us if you are thinking of using them.

Professional Whitening

A dental professional can whiten your teeth in office for the best possible results. The most effective treatments for your unique teeth are combined with protective care of your gums and mouth. Whether this treatment is appropriate while you have braces is something we are happy to discuss.

The best way to keep your teeth bright is to keep up your regular dental routine! Brushing and flossing are more important than ever now, because plaque builds up around brackets. Avoid foods that stain teeth and rinse or brush after every meal and snack. Dr. Douglas Barden will show you the best way to take care of your teeth while your braces are on—and that includes the best way to keep them white and bright. Talk to us about the perfect time to whiten your beautiful smile during your next visit to our Milwaukee, WI office. And if you have to wait a few extra days for the smile you’ve been working toward, truly, the wait will be worth it!

Why Adults Are Choosing Invisalign®

April 17th, 2018

These days, it’s become more common to see adults at our office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners . . . that is, if you can see them! Whether they are seeking to overcome the stigma that “braces are just for kids,” or simply want straighter teeth without a mouth full of metal, Invisalign is an effective and easy solution.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, from 1994 to 2010 the number of adults 18 and older who request braces increased by 58 percent: from 680,000 to 1.1 million a year. Many adults enjoy how discreet the aligners are and that the user doesn’t need to avoid any foods or make dietary changes the way you would with traditional braces. Also, each treatment is unique to the patient.

With an Invisalign treatment, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits over traditional braces:

  • The total treatment time is more precise with Invisalign because your treatment is modeled by a computer. Traditional braces depend more on an estimate and aren’t as exact.
  • You’ll make fewer trips to our Milwaukee, WI office, since you’re able to change your trays on your own every few weeks or whatever is prescribed.
  • Without brackets to place over your teeth, there’s less risk to the health of your tooth enamel.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

If you’re interested in Invisalign as a treatment option, please let Dr. Douglas Barden know. We’d be happy to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!

Toothbrush Care

April 10th, 2018

You found the perfect toothbrush! The bristles are soft, to avoid irritating your delicate gum tissue. The angle of the bristles is perfect for removing plaque. The handle is durable and comfortable when you spend at least two minutes brushing in the morning and two at night. Why, you love this toothbrush and you’ll never let it go… for the next three or four months.

The life of a toothbrush is naturally a short one. Dr. Douglas Barden and our team recommend replacement every three to four months because the bristles become frayed and worn with daily use. They cannot clean as effectively when the bristles begin to break down, and, depending on your brushing style, may wear out even more rapidly. (Children will probably need to replace toothbrushes at least every three months.) But even in the short time you have your toothbrush, there are ways to keep it ready for healthy brushing.

  • Don’t share. While sharing is normally a virtue, sharing toothbrushes can lead to an increased risk of infections, especially for those with compromised immune systems or existing infectious diseases. Similarly, keep different brushes separate when drying to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Rinse thoroughly after brushing. Make sure to remove any toothpaste or debris left after you brush.
  • Store the brush upright. Air-drying is the preferred way to dry your brush, as covering the brush or keeping it in a closed container can promote the growth of bacteria more easily.

There are several products on the market that promise to sanitize your brush. The verdict is still out on its success, but if you or someone in your home has a compromised immune system, call our Milwaukee, WI office to see if it might be worth your while to check them out.

Even though your toothbrush won’t be with you long, make its stay as effective and hygienic as possible. And if you find a brush you love—stock up!

When should I floss during the day?

May 23rd, 2017

A vital step in your oral health routine is flossing. We hope our patients at Barden Orthodontics maintain good oral hygiene, including daily flossing between each visit to our Milwaukee, WI office. A toothbrush is not always enough to get to the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. When food remains between your teeth, bacteria starts to grow and will break down your enamel. This is where flossing comes in!

Should you floss before or after brushing?

Whatever your personal preference, you may floss before or after you brush your teeth. When you floss first, you can brush away any leftover dislodged food debris from your teeth. On the other hand, when you brush first, you will loosen the plaque between your teeth, which makes flossing more effective.

The essential aspect is that you floss thoroughly by using a fresh strand of floss and make sure to get between every tooth. Even if your teeth look and feel clean, don’t skip flossing or plaque will begin to build up on your teeth.

When is the best time to floss?

Although you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, Dr. Douglas Barden and our team recommend flossing your teeth thoroughly once a day. Many people prefer to floss before bed, so that plaque doesn’t sit between their teeth all night.

What kind of floss should I use?

You may choose between interdental cleaning picks or flexible floss strands to perform your daily flossing routine. If you have permanent oral appliances or restorations, be sure to follow the flossing instructions provided to you.

Do you need help flossing?

If you’re having trouble flossing or have questions about which floss is best for your teeth, contact our Milwaukee, WI office and we can provide you with support. Be sure to keep up with your daily flossing routine, and we will see you at your next appointment!

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