Looking better, feeling better, having more self-confidence – it’s all possible this year. As you make your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to include what will end up being an incredible gift to yourself: a straight, beautiful smile.
Studies have found that about 80 percent of people who carefully craft New Year’s resolutions don’t even make it to February before giving up. So many resolutions have to do with altering how you look. The reality is that looking better takes time, effort, and dedication – so if you’re going to alter your appearance for the better and you want it to last, consider what braces can do for your smile and confidence. Continue reading
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the connection between your lower jaw and skull. This joint allows you to open and close your mouth and is used when you speak and chew. Unfortunately, there are many problems associated with the TMJ that can lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and symptoms like face and neck pain, recurring headaches, an aching jaw, and sore teeth. Continue reading
Thumb-sucking is a reflex in infants – some are even spotted on ultrasounds with a thumb in their mouth – and is considered a self-soothing act. Unfortunately, thumb-sucking that lasts too long can lead to dental problems, which could result in the need for braces. Continue reading
For any braces-wearer, the day when their braces are due to come off is probably circled in red on the calendar. It’s an exciting accomplishment, but once those brackets are removed, that doesn’t mean your orthodontic treatment is completely over. There is still the very important matter of a retainer. Braces straighten your teeth, and once those wires and brackets have been taken off, it’s important to know how to keep your smile straight. A retainer gets the job done. Continue reading