I just got my braces off…what happens now?


Many patients look forward to the end of their treatment with braces and are curious as to the next steps. When it comes to getting your braces off, next comes the retention part of the treatment and getting your retainers.

As a patient, you just spent a lot of time and money on getting the beautiful smile of your dreams. Your orthodontist will most likely recommend you wear your retainers for 24 hours each day for the first several months. This means just about all the time, except when eating or brushing your teeth (don’t forget to brush your retainer if it’s removable). It’s important to wear your retainers as Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Wadler and Bellaire Family Orthodontics recommends, since your teeth are more prone to moving, especially right when you get your braces off. The last thing you want to do is not wear your retainers and lose all the hard work you just went through.

As time goes on, you will be asked to periodically visit your orthodontist for retainer check-up appointments to ensure that everything is staying in place. Once the doctor deems that you’ve been wearing your retainer properly and often, eventually you will probably be instructed to wear your retainer at night.

It’s important to remember that each person’s treatment is different and some patients may be required to wear their retainer more than others. Listen to your doctor’s instructions and you will maintain your beautiful smile for life!

Holiday recipes that are braces friendly!

We know that when you have braces, eating food can sometimes be a pain. Stuff gets caught in your teeth and you usually end up picking it out. And let’s hope you have your braces care kit ready when that happens! This holiday season we want to give you some braces friendly recipe for you to make to ensure you don’t break any brackets with hard foods. We hope you have a good holiday season and enjoy our delicious recipes!
Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

  • 2 lbs of baby carrots
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper

Place carrots in a small pan, season with salt and pepper, and add brown sugar to pot. Cook on medium heat until carrots are soft and caramelized. Enjoy!

Delicious Melted Maple Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg

Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and bring to a boil in a large pot with a lid. Boil the sweet potatoes until they are tender and you can pierce them with a fork. Drain and return to the pot. Mash them until they are mostly smooth and to your desired texture.
Next, cut the butter into equal-sized pieces and put skillet or pot. Stirring constantly, melt over medium-low heat or until it begins to foam. When the butter starts to brown and smell nutty, immediately pour the butter into a separate bowl.
Stir the maple syrup into the butter. Then, pour the mixture into the mashed sweet potatoes. Also, add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the mashed potatoes, then stir to combine. Taste the sweet potatoes and adjust the syrup, spices, or salt if needed. Enjoy!

Bellaire Family Orthodontics Toy Drive


There are thousands of children every year who don’t open a gift around the holidays. Bellaire Family Orthodontics would like to give back to the Houston community for a Toy Drive this holiday season.

We will be holding a Toy Drive from now through December 14th at our office. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a good cause. If you or someone you know would like to donate a toy, please call us at 713-667-6000 or email us at triciabakonyi@dbraces.com.

Can’t stop by our office to drop a toy off? Not a problem! Call us to make arrangements for the toy pickup.

We thank you in advance for helping a child smile this holiday season!

Back to School Tips for Braces

Back to School Tips for Braces

We can’t believe where the summer has gone, but School is finally here! Bellaire Family Orthodontics is proud to support our local Bellaire and Houston area schools and is the best orthodontist in the area. Making the transition back into the daily routine of school can be a challenge for some, including those students that wear braces. Your transition into school life should go as smooth as possible. Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Wadler and our staff has compiled a list of helpful tips for our school age patients.

Keep your Braces Care Kit Handy

All of our patients receive a care kit at the time they get their braces put on. This kit includes floss, a toothbrush, a mirror, wax, timer, and floss threaders. If you are in the process of wearing elastics at this time, it’s a good idea to carry extra elastics inside the kit. You can store your zippered pouch in your locker, backpack or your desk to use when you need it.

Eat Right!

When you have braces, it’s important to eat right to avoid food getting caught in your braces. You should take small bites or event cut your food into smaller pieces. Soft foods are definitely best to eat. Be sure to stay clear of hard foods. These can cause brackets to break and then you will need an emergency orthodontist appointment. If you wear Invisalign, its best to take your aligners out when you eat and make sure you put them in your retainer case for storage. Don’t forget to put them back in after lunch!

Drink Water

By drinking water during the day, you will clean any food that may get lodged in the braces or under the wires. Drinking plenty of water is also good for the overall health of your teeth and your body.

Wear A Mouthguard

If you are a school athlete, it’s important to protect your teeth from injury. Wearing a mouthguard will do just that. It will also protect your braces. Be sure you find the best mouthguard to fit your size mouth.
Contact us for Braces & Invisalign in Houston. We wish all our patients and their families a happy school year and we hope everyone studies hard!

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is this upcoming weekend and it’s a great time to honor our country’s veterans, barbeque and mark the start of the summer season! It’s also a time that many people take weekend vacations. If you have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend and also have braces, don’t forget to pack a braces traveling kit. Below are a few items that our doctors from Bellaire Family Orthodontics in the Houston, TX area recommend that you pack! 

  • A toothbrush – can’t forget to brush your teeth!
  • Non-whitening mild toothpaste
  • Any rubber bands or appliances you may be using
  • A durable folding cup, water bottle or some other container for water
  • Dental floss and floss threaders for your braces
  • A small interproximal dental brush
  • Interdental picks
  • Mouth Wash
  • Dental wax
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm
  • Advil or Tylenol
  • A small mirror
  • Hand Sanitizer

Please note that if an orthodontic emergency occurs during your travels (i.e. poking wires causing pain), you can also always call our office and let us know. If you are not near Houston, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) can provide you with referrals to great orthodontists. As a precautionary measure before you go, schedule an appointment for an exam with Bellaire Family Orthodontics at 713-667-6000 with any questions you may have during your travels. Be safe!

Let’s Get Social!

socialBellaire Family Orthodontics likes to get social and engage in conversations with our patients on social media! We have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Yelp accounts. Check out the below social media links to follow/like/connect with us and be sure to check us out regularly to stay up to date about the fun we are having in our office, upcoming events, and our monthly contests. We encourage you to write on our wall, share our posts, comment, like and ask any questions you may have. We love it when patients, friends and social media followers take part in our conversations and contests. Please let us know what’s going on in your life. See you there!

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Best Age for Orthodontics

One of the most common questions that Dr. David Wadler and Dr. Vladimir Tabakman hear from parents is, “What age should I bring my child in for a check-up?” The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check up with an orthodontic specialist at age 7.

In the past, parents were usually told to wait until all of their child’s baby teeth were gone and all of the permanent teeth were in, or to just wait until their dentist told them that it was time to see an orthodontist. However, this has changed over the years.

At early age, orthodontists can already spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present. Even though your child’s teeth may appear straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, and will give your orthodontist the chance to correct problems and improve appearance when children’s natural growth processes are in full swing.

Keep in mind that timing is everything and not all kids need early treatment, in fact, most kids don’t begin active orthodontic treatment until they’re 9-14 years old. If your child is older than 7, it’s not too late for a check-up. We will continue to observe your child’s progression until they are ready for treatment. You can definitely trust the true orthodontic specialists, Dr. Wadler and Dr. Tabakman at Bellaire Family Orthodontics with your family’s precious smiles, and to help you make the right decision for your family. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation, or a second opinion. See you at 7!

Bellaire Family Orthodontics at the 2010 Damon Forum

damonforumDr. Wadler, Dr. Bloom and Dr. Soh are excited to have just returned from a Damon System Meeting they attended with 1000 other orthodontists from all over the world. Technology changes so rapidly and these meetings are a great experience to collaborate and share ideas with other doctors to bring the latest in orthodontic technology back to our patients.

The doctors at Bellaire Family Orthodontics want to stay abreast of all the new state of the art materials and procedures to better serve the patients of our practice. The next time you are in the office, feel free to ask us about what is new and exciting in the field of orthodontics.

Fun Contests and Events, Only at Bellaire Family Orthodontics

If you’ve ever been to Bellaire Family Orthodontics, then you know our office loves to have fun, and have plenty of fun events and contests for our patients. Our Rodeo contest ended yesterday, and the winner was Sunshine W, who guessed the correct number of rodeo figures in the jar. Sunshine won two rodeo tickets to see Toby Keith!
From now until March 31st, we will be holding the Let’s Play Ball contest, where contestants answer a set of questions about sports that are played using a ball. Get at least 6 of the 10 questions correct and you will be entered to win. On the 31st we will draw two winners randomly to receive a $50 gift certificate to Sports Authority! Be sure to mention the contest on your next appointment!

We have also announced a teaser for April’s contest, which you can see on our Facebook Fan Page. Join the conversation by becoming a fan today!

Join Us Online!

We at Bellaire Family Orthodontics love staying at the forefront of technology, whether it is with our orthodontic treatments, cutting edge web site or email and text message reminders. Now our practice is on a variety of social networks to connect with you online!

Learn about news at our office on this blog, become a fan of our practice on Facebook, or view our videos on YouTube. Feel free to asks us a question on these networks, leave a comment on your experience at our practice, or refer our social networks to a friend!

See you online,

–The Bellaire Family Orthodontics Team