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Thomas Jaeger, DDS : (208) 667-3341 (800) 735-1152

Locations: Coeur d'Alene, Silver Valley, St. Maries, Your School

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Going Beyond Braces

October 16th, 2014

At Jaeger Orthodontics, we aren’t just concerned with straightening your teeth and giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are also committed improving the oral health and the well-being of all our patients. Dr. Tom Jaeger and our team strive to serve our patients by educating them about their treatments, as well as making them feel as comfortable as possible during their initial consultations up until the day they complete their treatments.

Making our patients more comfortable with taking care of their braces in between visits increases the likelihood that they will complete their treatments successfully. We want you to know that if you should ever have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, whether it’s during your adjustment appointment or after hours, we are always here for you and your family.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at our Coeur d'Alene, ID office or ask us any questions you may have on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Proper Diet while Undergoing Orthodontics

October 9th, 2014

Many people undergo orthodontic treatment during childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood. Wearing orthodontic appliances like braces is sure to produce a beautiful smile. Though orthodontic treatments at Jaeger Orthodontics are designed to accommodate your lifestyle, chances are you will need to make some dietary modifications to prevent damage to your braces and prolong orthodontic treatment.

The First Few Days with Braces

The first few days wearing braces may be the most restrictive. During this time, the adhesive is still curing, which means you will need to consume only soft foods. This probably will not be a problem, however, as your teeth may be tender or sensitive while adjusting to the appliances.

Orthodontic Dietary Restrictions

You can eat most foods normally the way you did without braces. However, some foods can damage orthodontic appliances or cause them to come loose. Examples of foods you will need to avoid include:

  • Chewy foods like taffy, chewing gum, beef jerky, and bagels
  • Hard foods like peanuts, ice chips, and hard candy
  • Crunchy foods like chips, apples, and carrots

How to Continue to Eat the Foods You Love Most

Keep in mind that you may still be able to enjoy some of the foods you love by making certain modifications to the way you eat them. For example, steaming or roasting carrots makes them softer and easier to consume with braces. Similarly, you can remove corn from the cob, or cut up produce like apples and pears to avoid biting into them. Other tips include grinding nuts into your yogurt or dipping hard cookies into milk to soften them. If you must eat hard candies, simply suck on them instead of biting into them.

If you have any question whether a food is safe to eat during your treatment with Jaeger Orthodontics, we encourage you to err on the side of caution. Of course, you can always contact our Coeur d'Alene, ID office with any questions you have about your diet and the foods that should be avoided during treatment. By following our dietary instructions and protecting your orthodontic appliances from damage, you will be back to chewing gum in no time.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 2nd, 2014

What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the northern hemisphere, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly: heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start making plans for the upcoming holidays or looking at the beautiful and changing autumn scenery. October means something a little different to our team at Jaeger Orthodontics because this is National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do.

National Orthodontic Health Month is an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals. During this month, we make a special effort to promote dental health and orthodontic health in particular. This is a great time to get your questions answered by dental professionals in your community and to learn more about exactly what an orthodontist can do for you and your family. Events held in connection with National Orthodontic Health Month are also an opportunity for us orthodontists to come out and meet community members. If you have never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect. Meeting one of us in person before your checkup is a great way to find out what kind of person you’ll be seeing during your appointment.

Meeting Dr. Tom Jaeger in a relaxed “meet and greet” atmosphere can be especially helpful for any young orthodontic patients in your family. Kids of all ages–and their parents!–can feel anxiety about going to the dentist. Getting to know the person you have an appointment with can make the experience a lot less stressful for everyone. We don't want anyone to avoid seeing a dental professional for regular checkups just because they don't know who we are. Just meeting and talking with the orthodontist you'll be seeing may be enough to make you feel more comfortable about your upcoming appointment.

Dental health is something that affects everyone; healthy teeth and gums contribute to a healthy smile and a lifetime of comfort and well-being. Orthodontists are just one of the various dental practitioners you could visit at some point in your life, so taking a little time to learn who we are and what we do is certain to be a helpful experience. We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at our Coeur d'Alene, ID location!

What is a satellite office?

October 1st, 2014

A satellite office for us is simply an extention of our permanent office.  As you know we have a mobile office that actually travels around to the schools in our area but are you aware that we also go Pinehurst and St. Maries to do orthodontic treatment for our patients in those communities?  We have been doing this for years and it is a huge benefit patients we see in those cities and surrounding areas. The initial visits are done in our Coeur d'Alene office and then most follow-up visits are done at the "satellite" office which cuts down on driving time, time away from home, school and work for the families we treat.

Dr. Jaeger and our chairside orthodontic assistants pack up the vehicle every five weeks with all the supplies and instruments needed to perform the necessary appointments scheduled on that particular day and head out.  Rumor has it that they stop on the way out of town for a "caffeine fix"--what gets the day started better than that, right?  Traveling to each office is usually a great time for conversation-- one would think the world's problems could be solved among that group, but not so much!

We work out of Dr. Bird's office in Pinehurst and Dr. Silva's office in St. Maries.  They are both kind enough to rent their offices to us once a month which makes it possible for us to treat our patients in their hometown.  It really is an enjoyable day and we have met the nicest people doing orthodontics this way.  If you know anyone who could benefit from this type of service send them out way--we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with them!

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