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How to Handle Broken Braces

August 25, 2021

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Woman smiling after appointment to repair broken braces

Traditional metal dental braces are quite durable. Unfortunately, though, they aren’t invincible. Once in a while, things happen that can damage them. For example, you might have an accident while playing sports or eat the wrong type of food. How should you handle broken braces? Let’s discuss some steps you can take to deal with the situation and minimize the damage to both your orthodontic treatment and your mouth.

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Will Invisalign Affect the Way I Speak?

July 25, 2021

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Professional woman confidently pointing at her Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is a wildly popular orthodontic treatment, and for good reason. It is subtle, effective, and convenient. However, it is understandable if you hesitate to commit to it, especially if you are concerned that it might affect the way you talk. Not to worry. Although speaking with Invisalign can take a bit of getting used to, it is unlikely that your speech will be significantly altered. Let’s talk about what you can expect with Invisalign when it comes to the way you speak.

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How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainer after Invisalign?

June 25, 2021

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Clear Invisalign retainer isolated against dark gray background

When your orthodontist informs you that Invisalign has accomplished its purpose and your teeth are well-aligned, you certainly have reason to celebrate! However, your orthodontic journey isn’t over. You’ll have to wear a retainer. Just how long will you need to wear your Invisalign retainer, and why is it so important that you do so? Let’s talk about the answers to these questions.

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Brushing and Flossing with Braces: A Practical Guide

May 25, 2021

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Teen girl holding tools for brushing and flossing with braces

Proper oral hygiene is always important, but it is especially critical for people with traditional braces. Failure to adequately clean your teeth greatly increases the risk that plaque and food particles will accumulate around your brackets and wires. Cavities, gum disease, dental discoloration, and other issues may result. Fortunately, brushing and flossing with braces is relatively easy and simple once you get the routine down. In this blog post, we provide practical guidance on how to keep a clean mouth while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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7 Fascinating Facts About Braces

April 25, 2021

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Teen girl taking selfie after learning fun facts about braces

Most people have at least a basic understanding of metal braces. This orthodontic treatment is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth! But most people don’t know that braces are utterly fascinating. Let’s talk about some interesting, fun facts about braces that might deepen your appreciation for them.

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Invisalign vs. Lingual Braces — Which One Is Better?

March 25, 2021

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Patient with straight teeth after Invisalign or hidden braces

Do you suffer from a degree of dental misalignment? You may need orthodontic treatment. If you dislike the idea of traditional metal braces and would prefer to straighten your teeth in a more discreet way, you might be a candidate for either Invisalign or lingual braces. Both treatments are aesthetically pleasing, but there are some significant differences between them. Let’s talk about how they compare.

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I Lost My Invisalign Aligner — Now What?

February 25, 2021

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Woman searching through purse, looking for lost Invisalign aligner

One of the great things about Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You can therefore eat whatever you want and enjoy an easy oral hygiene routine. However, while removable clear braces are certainly convenient, they also come with the risk that you might lose track of them. Even the most careful individual could find that one of their aligners is suddenly nowhere to be seen! What should you do if that happens to you? Here are some practical steps you can take.

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I’ve Already Had Braces — Can I Get Invisalign?

January 25, 2021

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Woman holding Invisalign aligner and dental model with braces

If you had braces in the past, you may fondly remember the relief and satisfaction you felt when your braces were removed and you saw your new smile in the mirror. Now, though, some years later, it is possible that your teeth have drifted out of place. This can happen due to various factors, such as failure to wear your retainer as much as recommended, tooth loss, or other circumstances. If you suspect that you need to undergo orthodontic treatment again, you might wonder, “Can I get Invisalign after braces?” For most people, the answer to that question is yes.

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Is a Bad Bite Just the Beginning?

December 30, 2020

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Recessed chin, a sign of a problem that accompanies bad bite

A bad bite, also called malocclusion, refers to problems with the way the teeth fit together during biting and chewing. Overbite, underbite, and crossbite are some examples of malocclusion. While such issues may not seem like a big deal at first, they can actually have serious consequences. Let’s talk about some of the problems a bad bite can cause and what you may be able to do to achieve harmonious occlusion and improved wellness.

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Can Invisalign Fix Bite Problems?

November 30, 2020

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Close-up illustration of overbite, a common bite problem

To say that orthodontic treatments “straighten teeth” is really an oversimplification of what they accomplish. Their goal is to align the teeth in a way that improves oral function, reduces the risk of future oral health problems, and enhances facial aesthetics. They can even address issues with the way the teeth come together and thereby promote harmonious occlusion (bite). With that being said, you might wonder which orthodontic treatments can fix bite problems like overbite and underbite. Is Invisalign among them? In many cases, the answer is yes. Let’s discuss how it may be able to help you find freedom from a bad bite.

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