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Elastics during Orthodontic Treatment

Braces or clear aligner treatment is going to straighten out your teeth. But there is more to then just getting straight teeth.  Orthodontic elastic bands are a necessary part of the treatment process for most patients because they provide the connective forces needed to move your jaws and teeth into proper alignment.  They can’t do…

7 Facts About Orthodontics

Whether you call the process “braces,” “orthodontics,” or simply straightening your teeth, these 7 facts about orthodontics – the very first recognized specialty within the dental profession – may surprise you. 1: The word “orthodontics” is of Greek origin. “Ortho” means straight or correct. “Dont” (not to be confused with “don’t”) means tooth. Put it…

Age 7 is the right time to first see an Orthodontist:

Orthodontic problems don’t fix themselves. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be screened by an Orthodontist at age 7. By age 7, your child has enough permanent teeth that an Orthodontist can spot a problem before it becomes … well, a bigger problem. Some issues may be obvious – misaligned…

Top 5 reasons to straighten your teeth this year

1:            Straight teeth are healthier:                 People often think that straightening teeth is a cosmetic procedure. While this may be true, did you know that straighter teeth are healthier as well?  Straight teeth have fewer cavities since it is easier to brush and floss. And by having your teeth in the correct position, you…

Importance of a retainer

When orthodontic treatment is complete, patients are fitted with retainers.  One popular retainer type is clear plastic, snap over your teeth style retainer.  Wearing retainers in many ways is more important than the braces themselves as it is the retainer which will “hold” the teeth in their new position…much like a cast is used on…

HAVING BRACES IS A TEAM EFFORT

THE FIRST FEW DAYS You will probably experience some discomfort, as a result of, your teeth and gums adjust to your braces. We recommend taking a mild non-prescription painkiller before any discomfort occurs, for best results.  Every patient is different, but soreness is usually gone in a few days. We will provide you with a…

Why see an Orthodontist for braces?

Orthodontists are dentists who have specialized, advanced schooling in aligning teeth and correcting bites. All orthodontists complete a two-three year orthodontic specialty residency after dental school with the training strictly geared towards creating beautiful smiles and perfect bites. General dentists and pediatric dentists do not have these unique qualifications or credentials. After graduating from dental…

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