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Orthodontics Blog

October 15, 2016

The doctors of Great River Orthodontics know that a bright, confident smile can do wonders for your self-esteem. Braces (or other orthodontic treatments like Invisalign) can help you achieve that beautiful smile, but to get the best results in as fast a timeframe as possible it is important that you take care of your orthodontic treatment along the way. Part of that means avoiding certain foods that could be harmful to your orthodontic appliances.

Hard, Sticky, & Sugary

There are different types of foods that can negatively impact your braces, including sticky foods, hard foods, and sugary foods. Hard foods can potentially break your braces’ brackets and wires while sticky foods can get caught in between them. Additionally, because it is more difficult to clean your mouth and maintain proper oral hygiene while wearing braces, sugary foods should be avoided. If sugary particles are missed during your brushing and flossing routine then you could develop tooth decay and other health problems.

Common Sense

In most situations, common sense will help you determine what foods could potentially be bad for your braces. That being said, our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, and Onalaska orthodontists have compiled a list of foods you should avoid if you want to maintain the health of your teeth, progress o

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October 12, 2016

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30. Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails: 1. It’s unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems. 2. It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth. 3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots. 4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime. Drs. Steve Kristo, Bob Bronski, Doug Podoll and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  • Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
  • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
  • Ask us about o

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October 5, 2016

Now that October is upon us, Drs. Steve Kristo, Bob Bronski, Doug Podoll and our team at Kristo Orthodontics wanted to send you a friendly reminder to schedule your orthodontic appointment prior to the end of the year to take full advantage of any flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits that you may have. The end of the year is always a busy time so make your appointment now so you don’t lose your available benefits! Give us a call today!

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September 9, 2016
The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment

Today, orthodontic treatment is a normal part of life. Whether you go for traditional types of braces or more innovative forms of treatment like Invisalign, straightening your teeth has become a common practice. But it wasn’t always that way. Modern braces weren’t officially invented until the 1700s. However, people have been experimenting with the concept of orthodontic treatment for much longer. As far back 400 B.C., aspirational orthodontists have been tinkering with the idea of moving teeth to improve smiles and fix jaws, beginning in Egypt.


Over the years archaeologists have found the mummified remains of many different cultures affirming the early practice of orthodontic treatment. For example, in Egypt mummies have been discovered with bands and cords wrapped around their teeth (which researchers believe demonstrates and early attempt at closing gaps between teeth). These cords were made from animal intestines called “catgut” and ran along the mummies’ teeth in the same pattern that the archwire of modern braces do.


More examples of ancient attempts at orthodontics can be found all over the globe. In Rome, for instance, remains of teeth bound with gold wire (documented as “ligature wire”—a small elastic wire that affixes brackets to archwire) have been uncovered. Ad

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August 10, 2016

Whether you’re visiting our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, Onalaska, WI location, your first visit to an orthodontist’s office is an exciting time! It’s a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the orthodontic treatments and services we offer, like braces and Invisalign.

What to Expect

When you walk through out door, you may notice that our orthodontists’ office looks similar to your regular dentist’s office. What we do here, however, is a little different. It all starts with the initial consultation. During the first visit you will begin by meeting one of our receptionists or patient coordinators who will take some information from you and bring you through the office. Then it’s time for some diagnostic work and an exam. You should plan to spend at least an hour with us during your first visit at our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, or Onalaska, WI office. Setting aside that hour ensures us the time to thoroughly address your needs and allow you plenty of time to ask any questions you may have.

Let’s Make a Plan

A big part of our job during the first visit is determining what orthodontic treatment is necessary to correct any problems we might find. Additionally, we ascertain whether we should begin your treatment now, or wait until a later time. Our procedure starts by taki

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