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5 Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

February 28, 2022

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Preteen boy, smiling and pointing at his braces for children

Children should visit an orthodontist by age 7. This allows the orthodontist to identify and treat potential problems early on, leading to healthier, more confident smiles for your little one as they grow up. Will your child need to wear braces? Here are some signs that braces for children might be necessary for your son or daughter:


More than a Pretty Smile: 6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

January 31, 2022

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Young woman enjoying the health benefits of straight teeth

Appearances are important, and many people want to straighten their teeth solely because they desire to enhance their smile. That is perfectly okay. But did you know that correcting dental misalignment can do so much more than improve your facial aesthetics? Let’s talk about some significant health benefits of straight teeth.


I Have Restorations on My Teeth — Can I Get Invisalign?

October 4, 2021

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Happy woman with dental restorations holding Invisalign aligner

In discussions about Invisalign, we usually talk about moving the teeth. But what about moving things that are attached to the teeth, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers? Do these restorations negatively affect candidacy for Invisalign treatment? No, not usually. Let’s talk about why that is the case and how your orthodontist can help you to achieve a straighter smile.


Can I Use My Retainer to Re-Straighten My Teeth?

September 4, 2021

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Woman holding retainer after Invisalign, smiling in mirror

Once you finish your course of treatment with Invisalign or braces, you must wear a retainer in order to maintain your results. But what if you become a little lax with retainer wear over time? You might find that your teeth shift out of place. Can wearing your retainer re-straighten your smile? Let’s talk about the answer to that question.


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.


Will Invisalign Affect the Way I Speak?

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 8:13 pm
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.


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.


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.


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.


Invisalign vs. Lingual Braces — Which One Is Better?

March 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 8:08 pm
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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