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Removable Retainers vs Permanent Retainers

November 14th, 2017

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Hooray! You are done with braces and now you get to enjoy your pretty new smile. To keep your teeth looking their best, though, you need to decide what type of retainer to wear. The most important step in this process is consulting with an orthodontist. The team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics can help evaluate your teeth to decide if a removable or permanent option is right for you.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers are the retainers we think of as "typical." Made of metal or clear plastic, you wear these to keep teeth in place but can remove them for eating, playing an instrument, and other activities. You may even be instructed to just wear your retainers at night. This type of retainer is easy to clean and easy to wear. The downsides are a replacement cost if you lose your retainer, and possible teeth shifting if you don't wear them properly.

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers, on the other hand, are in your mouth forever. The orthodontist will bond a wire to the back of your teeth to keep them in place after your braces are removed. This type of retainer is great because you don't have to remember to wear it and it's invisible to others. The downside to permanent retainers is they are a little harder to clean. They require similar care to braces in that you must be careful of what you eat and must continue to use your special cleaning tools. Permanent retainers are also not completely "permanent" as the bonding agent does break down over time, so be prepared to have your wire replaced every decade or two.

Do you have more questions about what type of retainer is right for you? Come visit Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, Ontario. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you figure out how you can keep your smile perfect for years to come. No need for a referral, just make an appointment!

Halloween Candy to Avoid When Wearing Braces

October 27th, 2017

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If you've recently had braces put on, you're probably starting to get used to certain foods you should avoid or may have to eat differently now that you are wearing braces. The Foley Orthodontics team in London, Ontario discuss the candy you can eat with braces, and the candy you should avoid this Halloween.

Some sticky treats and sweets can cause damage to your braces. Don't worry, you won't have to give up all your trick-or-treating treats, but here are a few you should avoid:

Don't Eat These Candies If You Have Braces

Sticky Candy, Caramel & Taffy

These types of treats are the worst thing to eat when you are wearing braces. When biting into sticky toffee or a hard piece of candy, you are putting additional force onto the bracket with may lead to a broken bracket, a bent bracket or damage to your teeth.

Candy Apples

Much like the above example of sticky candies, candy apples should be avoided when wearing braces. Biting into a regular apple can cause damage, it is recommended that you cut up apples into smaller pieces. The sticky outer coating of candy apples makes things worse, and they should be avoided altogether.

Anything Gummy

Soft gummy candies might seem like a safe Halloween candy option if you have braces, unfortunately it is not. Small pieces of candy can get stuck between your wires, causing them to pop out unexpectedly.


Popcorn can be a nuisance for non-braces wearers, little pieces can come apart and get lodged in between your teeth. If you have braces, it's best to avoid popcorn altogether; in addition to getting stuck between your teeth, they can get stuck between your brackets as well.

Nuts & Peanut Brittle

Many popular chocolate bars, unfortunately, contain nuts and crunchy pieces, these types of chocolate bars should be avoided if you have braces. Peanut brittle, although a popular fall treat, can cause severe damage to your braces and teeth and should not be consumed by those wearing braces.

Candy You Can Eat with Braces

Plain Chocolate

Opt for plain, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that doesn't contain peanuts, crunchy coatings or sticky caramel. Chocolate drops and milk chocolate bars are great examples.

Peanut Butter Cups

These popular Halloween treats are another example of a soft chocolate treat you can enjoy.

Cookies and Crackers

These two are okay to eat if you have braces, but you should be careful about it. Some cookies and crackers can be too hard to bite into, try breaking them into smaller, bite-size pieces or dunking them into milk to soften.

For more information about the foods you should avoid and how to properly care for your braces, contact Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, Ontario.

Orthodontic Elastic Colour Combinations for Fall

October 12th, 2017

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Fall is just about here and that means cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice everything! Talk to the team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, Ontario about switching up the elastic colours on your braces this fall and let your smile reflect the beautiful colours the season has to offer.

Pumpkin Pie

For this fall look, consider alternating between yellow and orange elastics to mimic this season's favorite dessert. You can also try alternate between brown and orange or brown and yellow orthodontics elastics as well.

Fall Leaves

Nothing says fall like crunchy leaves on a brisk day. Create this look by combining the following colours of orthodontic elastics. Whether it be red, green, orange, yellow or brown; these fall colours will get you inspired for the season.

Trick or Treat

Fall means that Halloween is just around the corner. Get ready for trick or treating season by switching up your orthodontic elastics. Opt for classic black and orange elastics to honor the Halloween mascot, the jack-o-lantern.

Caramel Apple

Caramel apples are a fall staple and are favoured by all. To get this look, try combining red and brown or green and brown orthodontic elastics.

Ghoulish Grey

Will you be going for a spookier costume like a zombie or ghost this Halloween? Be sure that your braces match your scary costume and go for grey and black orthodontic elastics.

Candy Corn

Who doesn’t love this classic Halloween candy? Recreate this look this Halloween by combining orange, yellow and white orthodontic elastics.

Whatever orthodontic elastic colours you chose this fall season, the team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, Ontario are certified orthodontists -  that can help with all of your orthodontic needs. Give us a call, we can help achieve a beautiful smile!

Do All Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?

September 26th, 2017

Do All Wisdom Teeth Have to Be RemovedGetting your wisdom teeth in is often viewed as a rite of passage. For most people, wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17 and 25. However, this process is often not without problems, and many orthodontists today will recommend having your wisdom teeth removed -- even if they are not yet causing issues.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Everyone's mouth is different. Some people will have plenty of room for wisdom teeth to grow, while others may end up with cramped or crowded teeth. A few will never develop wisdom teeth at all. But what types of problems can lead to the removal of wisdom teeth?

Not enough room to grow

In some cases, growing wisdom teeth can remain completely hidden by the gums. In orthodontics terms, this is called an impacted tooth. Serious problems can develop from having an impacted tooth, including an infection or a type of cyst that can damage your other teeth and roots.

Partial emergence

Wisdom teeth that don't emerge fully from the gums present a different set of problems. A partially emerged wisdom tooth is hard to see, and harder to brush. This creates a magnet area for bacteria to gather, often causing oral infections or gum disease.

Wisdom teeth that don't emerge fully from the gums present a different set of problems. A partially emerged wisdom tooth is hard to see, and harder to brush. This creates a magnet area for bacteria to gather, often causing oral infections or gum disease.

Teeth are too crowded

In cases where there simply isn't enough room on the jaw for wisdom teeth to grow, the emerging teeth can crowd and misalign, or even cause damage to, nearby teeth.

In addition to oral infections and alignment issues, improperly developing wisdom teeth can lead to inflamed or swollen gums, cavities, sinus issues such as pain and congestion, or jaw and nerve damage.

Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed

Problematic wisdom teeth often prevent several warning symptoms that can alert you to the issue. Some of the most common signs of wisdom teeth problems include:

  • Pain
  • Tooth damage
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Tumors
  • Repeated soft tissue infections
  • Damage to surrounding teeth

Should You Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Not all people develop problems with their wisdom teeth. However, the issues are common enough that an orthodontist may recommend having your healthy wisdom teeth removed if it appears there will be a problem, before the issue can fully develop. This is because as you age, the bones in your mouth harden, which makes the process of tooth removal more difficult.

Dr. Foley provides professional and caring orthodontic consultations and wisdom tooth removal in London Ontario. If you suspect problems with your wisdom teeth, contact Dr. Foley's office or come in and visit today!