Why Invisible Aligners Are the First Choice for Braces


The biggest perk of invisible aligners, naturally, is that they practically are invisible. People don’t have to know you’re wearing them unless you care to share that information. Know up front, of course, that there are several factors that go into determining whether or not you are a good candidate for invisible aligners. But if aligners will work for you orthodontic needs, there are plenty of worthwhile reasons to make them your first choice.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by elizabeth

After Your Braces: Why a Retainer Is So Important


Wearing braces can feel like an inconvenience for many people, which is why so many folks are disappointed to discover that there is still "work" to be done once their braces are removed: wearing a retainer. This is no time to give up on your teeth. Not following your orthodontist’s instructions and neglecting to wear your retainer as directed can mean that your teeth will shift out of shape. And all your effort of wearing braces will have been for nothing.

Posted on August 30, 2013 by elizabeth

Can I Straighten Just Some of My Teeth?


Portrait with dental bracesEveryone’s mouth is different, and so are their teeth. And, as Forrest Gump says, you never know what you’re gonna get. Parents are encouraged to take their children to the orthodontist at a young age to help determine if there will be any major difficulties in the future that could be corrected early. But, much of the time, you just have to wait until permanent teeth come in to see how they’re shaping up – and find out if braces are necessary.

Posted on August 14, 2013 by elizabeth

Mouth Accessories Lead to Dental Problems


Ryan Lochte GrillThere are plenty of Americans who need braces because of genetics – many kids and teens are simply predisposed to some sort of orthodontic intervention. There are people who suffer from problems like clenching or grinding that can lead to shifting teeth and ultimately require braces or invisible aligners. But there are some dental issues that are completely avoidable – and our recommendation is to just say no to piercings and mouth accessories.

Posted on July 25, 2013 by elizabeth

Definitions and Functions of the Parts of Braces


teeth with bracesFrom traditional metal braces to clear dental braces to invisible aligners, today’s braces come in all shapes and sizes. The components that make up a mouthful of braces, however, are pretty standard. Get savvy on the definitions and functions of all the parts of braces now so you’ll understand the language your orthodontist is using during your orthodontic treatment.

Posted on July 3, 2013 by elizabeth

What Are Signs That My Child Needs Braces?

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African American Girl Child Colorful Plastic BallsEvery child’s teeth and bite develop at their own rate. There are, however, common signs that can signal the need for braces. Your child’s dentist will be on the lookout for these symptoms, but it doesn’t hurt to know when time for an orthodontist’s attention.

Posted on June 26, 2013 by elizabeth

Do Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces?


portrait of a young womanThere are many things that can impact your orthodontic treatment – not wearing your retainer as instructed after braces have been removed is certainly one of them. But what about wisdom teeth? Can they ruin all the work of traditional metal braces or clear wires and brackets?

Posted on June 18, 2013 by elizabeth

How Young Is Too Young for Braces?

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Pretty kidParents may want their children to get their orthodontic treatment over with just as quickly as their children wish for it to be done. But what’s the "right" age to get braces?

Posted on June 12, 2013 by elizabeth

How to Make Your Braces Less Noticeable


ShyWe understand – most people who wear braces don’t relish the idea of revealing them to too many people. Kids and teens suffer enough awkward moments in their stage of life, and adults may feel that they’re simply "too old" to be showing off a metal mouth. Thankfully, orthodontic advancements have made it possible to have braces that are less noticeable.

Posted on June 5, 2013 by elizabeth

Braces – The Hot New Accessory

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Brace faceIn Asia, braces are the hottest new beauty trend. In fact, you’re not considered cool unless you’re sporting a metal mouth. Some might call this geek chic, but we like to think it’s a step forward in giving braces a positive reputation among all age groups.

Posted on May 30, 2013 by elizabeth

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