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Meet our Lab Tech:

I have many years of experience in the orthodontic field. My duties are varied, from being in the lab, assisting with patients and acting as receptionist in our Plymouth office. It is a pleasure to work with all of our patients in different capacities. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, and reading.

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Meet an assistant: Cherith Touw

My name is Cherith Touw, I am 21 years old and am currently attending college for Dental Hygiene. I started as an assistant at Magestro Orthodontics in June of 2013. A few of my hobbies include snowboarding, art, and piano. I absolutely love what I do, the Dental Field is the place for me!

A Brushing a Day Keeps the Cavities Away!

Keeping your teeth clean and healthy takes work. Adding braces to the question just makes the process that much more difficult! Have no fear, Magestro Orthodontics is here! Try a few of these helpful tips that will keep your mouth clean and healthy:

  • Use wax floss. This is stronger than unwaxed floss and less likely to shred when flossing with braces.
  • Use longer floss. A foot and a half (or about 18 inches) should be used to get into all of the nooks and crannies.
  • Use a floss threader. This will make your job much easier when getting the floss under your wires.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal or snack. If you are unable to brush a good alternative is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
  • Use a sonic toothbrush. It works better than manual toothbrushes.

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Magestro Orthodontics’ 5 Tips: Be Kind To Your Braces

For new braces wearers, eating certain foods can cause unnecessary pain. Magestro Orthodontics wants to help you feel more comfortable with our 5 braces-friendly tips:

1: Eat smaller bites. Cut up your food into smaller pieces that are easy to chew.

2: Eat softer foods. The first couple of days, stick to liquid-based foods like yogurt, pudding and soup. Or soft foods like mashed potatoes or cooked vegetables.

3: Change your meat intake. Steak and ribs may not be a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating meat. Switch to hot dogs, lunch meat or seafood.

4: Avoid sugars and starches. Bacteria feeds on sugar and starch, creating plaque. If plaque builds up around your brackets, it could cause cavities or permanent stains. 

5: Be gentle with your teeth. They may be tired, sore and achy — but give them a “breakey”!

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Dentists & Orthodontists

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Orthodontists and Dentists? They each do something a little different but have one thing in common: they both work hard to keep your teeth healthy and looking good!

What is a Dentist? They are your primary dental care provider, managing your overall oral heath, diagnoses and treating your teeth. Examples: cleanings, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc. Dentists complete a 4-year bachelor degree (in chemistry, biology, physics) and then an additional 2-to-3 years in dental school.

What is an Orthodontist? Orthodontists practice in an area of dentistry that specializes in preventing, treating and diagnosing dental and facial issues like straightening crooked teeth. An Orthodontist must complete their dentistry degree first (same as a family dentist) and then an additional 2-to-3 years of graduate training in an orthodontics program. That could be up to 10 years of schooling!

There are 9 other dentistry-related fields: Dental Public Heath Clinics, Endodonstist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Radiologist, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathologist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Surgeon, Pedodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist. While they are all viewing your teeth from different angles, there’s one thing they agree on: healthy teeth! 

Naughty or Nice: Eat right and your braces will thank you

If you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not you should have a specific thing to eat, ask yourself these three questions:

1. Is it chewy?

2. Is it hard?

3. Is it full of sugar?

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If the answer to any of these is “yes,” then you won’t exactly be smiling bright come the new year. Here is our list of holiday foods braces wearers may face — both naughty and nice. Stick to the Nice List and your teeth will have a Happy Holiday!


The Naughty

  • Popcorn
  • Bubble gum
  • Cranberries/cranberry sauce
  • Peanut brittle
  • Carmel
  • Candy Canes
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcohol (high in sugar mixes)

The Nice

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Soft veggies
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pie
  • Eggs
  • Deviled eggs
  • Coffee cake

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A New Design to Braces: American Orthodontics Empower System

Can’t get used to the idea of getting braces? Magestro Orthodontics is making this a more pleasant experience with the Empower System brackets that are made right here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin by American Orthodontics Corporation. Empower braces come in clear and metal brackets and allow your orthodontist to tailor your treatment to your specific case. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than one million adults, and many more teens, in North America have braces. But they’re not all the same. Here are four great reasons by Empower by American Orthodontics is superior to others in the field.

1.) They are designed around comfort. The edges of each bracket are rounded and sculpted for a smoother surface to avoid sores and cuts in your mouth.

2.) Quick and easy adjustments. In the past, small ligature ties held the main arch wire in place. However, self-ligating Emplower clips offer slow but steady tension, speeding up your appointments with minimal discomfort and shortening your overall treatment time.

3.) Stronger braces. The Empower System eliminates the need for rubber ties. The clips are made out of heat-treated chromium which does not stain or get worn down.

4.) They blend beautifully and there is no staining. Empower System Clear brackets are made up of extremely stable ceramic materials and they will hardly be noticed!

Happy, Healthy Smiles!!

At Magestro Orthodontics, we’re all about happy, healthy smiles, and teaching patients about proper oral care during orthodontic treatment is the first step to that goal. Here are five simple things to do to keep your smile in tip-top shape for the day you get those braces off! [via WebMD]

First, and most importantly, make sure that you brush your teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next, be sure to floss daily. Flossing every day 1). clears away plaque before it can cause damage and 2). can also clean plaque at the gum line, where plaque is known to hide.

Third, make regular appointments with your dentist (no skipping!). Even if you brush and floss daily, you’re still at risk for plaque. Over time, plaque hardens on the teeth and turns into tartar. Dentist visits every 6 months will lower your chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

Fourth, make sure to eat your fruits and veggies! Believe it or not, many fruits and vegetables play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. These include apples, carrots, cucumbers and many others. When you eat these types of fruits and veggies just be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets on your braces.

And last but not least, before you reach for that candy bar or can of soda, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming beverages and junk food with high sugar content allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages your teeth. 

Remembering (and doing!) these five things will keep your mouth as healthy and happy as it can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Magestro. Happy smiles!


About Dr. Magestro

Selecting an experienced, compatible orthodontist and staff for your family’s needs is vital to the long-term success of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Magestro has served patients in Sheboygan County with two convenient offices in Sheboygan and Plymouth. He is assisted by a well-trained and caring staff, many of whom have given ten to thirty years of service.

As a graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Magestro also received a Masters of Science in Orthodontics from Marquette. Prior to his move to Sheboygan, he served in the United States Army Dental Corps for two years. With active membership in local, state and national professional organizations, he also is past president of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists and the Sheboygan County Dental Society.

Throughout his orthodontic career, Dr. Magestro has supported many community organizations and continues to do so. He has raised four children who have all attended Sheboygan-area public schools.

Our goal is to treat patients and parents with the highest standard of care and respect during each and every visit. As a staple in this community, we encourage you to ask your friends and neighbors about our practice. Then, give our office a call to schedule your complimentary initial exam.

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