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Summertime Yum: What Can You Eat with Braces?

June 2, 2024

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Preteen girl with braces enjoying ice cream

Summertime is full of delicious foods! Whether you are enjoying tasty meats at a friend’s barbecue or indulging in a cool treat on a sweltering day, there are endless options for enjoying the flavors of this time of year. Of course, you still need to keep your smile in mind when you are making food choices, and extra caution is in order if you have braces. What can you eat with braces, and which foods should you avoid? This blog post provides some practical guidance.


How Long Will I Need to Wear a Retainer after Invisalign?

February 2, 2024

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Smiling woman holding two orthodontic retainers

Are you approaching the finish line of your Invisalign treatment? You can be proud of yourself for complying with instructions and achieving a straighter, healthier smile. Once you finish with all of your aligners, though, you still have some work to do. Your orthodontist will provide you with a retainer so you can maintain your results. Exactly how long will you need to wear a retainer after Invisalign? This blog post explains some relevant information.


Metal Braces vs. Ceramic Braces — Which Should You Choose?

December 7, 2023

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Close-up of person’s smile with clear ceramic braces

If you have orthodontic issues that need correction, you may be thinking about getting braces. Many people opt for traditional metal braces because they are strong and have a long track record of success. However, others want a more aesthetically pleasing treatment, so they choose ceramic braces instead. Is one option better than the other? This blog post aims to help you compare your choices so you can make a well-informed decision about which one is right for you.


A Simple Guide to Your First Week with Braces

September 26, 2023

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: Smiling orthodontic patient with braces

If you have never had braces before, you might be a little nervous about what to expect when you are getting started on your teeth-straightening journey. There is nothing to worry about. As long as you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, it should not take you too long to adapt to your new routine. What are some things you can do to make the adjustment period a little easier? This simple guide provides tips to get you through your first week with braces.


Can You Get Invisalign if You Grind Your Teeth?

May 30, 2023

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Smiling woman holding Invisalign aligner close to her mouth

Bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding and clenching, is a condition that afflicts millions of people. Do you struggle with this issue? If so, you might wonder if it will have any bearing on your prospects for orthodontic treatment. Specifically, you might be curious about whether you can get Invisalign if you grind your teeth. Your orthodontist is the best person to discuss that with you. Before your consultation, though, you can read this blog post to gain an overview of the relationship between teeth grinding and clear aligners.


How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

April 10, 2023

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Woman with mouth pain, experiencing orthodontic emergency

Orthodontic processes are consistently successful. For most patients, treatment proceeds smoothly from beginning to end. In some cases, though, emergencies arise that can cause discomfort, force you to visit your orthodontist when it isn’t convenient, and heighten the total cost of your care. What can you do to avoid such a situation? This simple guide will help you to reduce your risk of an orthodontic emergency.


For Successful Treatment, Avoid These 5 Invisalign Mistakes

February 1, 2023

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Woman sliding Invisalign aligner onto her teeth

Invisalign clear aligners are among the most convenient ways to address dental misalignment. Plus, their subtle appearance makes them ideal for individuals who wish to maintain a professional image throughout their treatment period. What can you do to get the most out of Invisalign and set yourself up for a successful orthodontic journey? You should make every effort to avoid these five Invisalign mistakes:


Is Your Child a Candidate for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

December 3, 2022

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Smiling boy with braces undergoing phase 1 orthodontics

Phase 1 orthodontics, also known as pediatric orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics, is designed to guide the development of a child’s oral structures, ultimately resulting in a healthier, more functional smile. Could your little one possibly benefit from this treatment? Read on below to learn more about it and some of the indications that your child might need it.


Interproximal Reduction: What It Is and Why It Is Important

October 3, 2022

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Woman smiling after interproximal reduction and orthodontic treatment

Are you soon going to attend your first orthodontic appointment? If so, you may be eager to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. You certainly have an exciting time ahead of you! Before you get started on your journey with braces or clear aligners, however, your orthodontist might tell you that you should undergo a procedure known as interproximal reduction (IPR). The prospect might seem a little scary at first, but there is nothing to worry about. This quick procedure can play a big role in helping you enjoy successful orthodontic treatment.


5 Signs You Should Use Braces to Straighten Your Teeth

September 14, 2022

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Close-up of woman’s smile as she points at her traditional braces

In recent decades, clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Other forms of orthodontia have also emerged, giving patients a range of options. While most of these newer treatments are highly effective, that doesn’t mean they have made traditional braces obsolete. In fact, there are a number of circumstances that can make braces the best choice for someone who is looking to straighten their teeth and/or correct a misaligned bite. Let’s talk about some signs that traditional braces may be the ideal treatment for you.

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