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Don’t Forget Your Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces

There are a few things you need to do — and not do — while wearing braces: avoid hard or sticky foods, for example, or wear protection during sports to avoid injury. There’s one important thing, though, that should be at the top of your list — extra attention to daily brushing and flossing. The […]

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Keep Watch for Bite Problems with your Child’s Teeth

Around ages 6 to 8, a child’s primary teeth will begin to loosen to make way for their permanent teeth. If all goes well, the new set will come in straight with the upper teeth slightly overlapping the bottom. But sometimes it doesn’t go that well: a child may instead develop a poor bite (malocclusion) […]

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A Little Extra Effort Can Make Brushing and Flossing with Braces Easier

Moving teeth through orthodontics is more than a “smile makeover” — it’s also an investment in yours or a family member’s future oral health. Normally aligned teeth function better and are easier to keep clean and healthy. Ironically, though, the same appliance that helps enhance future oral health can also make it harder to keep […]

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How to Reduce Tooth White Spots While Wearing Braces

When your braces finally come off, you’ll hopefully be astounded by what you see –once-crooked teeth replaced by a more attractive smile. But you might also see something you didn’t expect: noticeable white spots on some of your teeth. These spots called white spot lesions (WSLs) appear lighter than the surrounding tooth enamel due to mineral loss […]

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A Retainer Helps You Keep Your New Smile After Braces

Moving your teeth to a more functional and attractive alignment is a big undertaking. You can invest months — even years — and a lot of expense to correct a bad bite. But all that effort could be for nothing if your teeth return to their original positions. The very aspect of dental physiology that […]

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3 Questions You Should Ask Before Undergoing Adult Orthodontics

Think you’re too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there’s many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem. But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it’s not a […]

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Early Orthodontic Treatment Could Lessen Severity of Certain Bite Problems

You’ve been concerned for some time about your child’s bite, so you’ve visited an orthodontist for an evaluation. Even though your child is quite young and still with primary teeth, the orthodontist recommends they begin wearing a retainer device, with the possibility of braces in a few years. That may at first sound like an […]

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Correcting a Poor Bite Improves Dental Health as Well as Smile Appearance

Overbites, underbites, crossbites—these are just a few of the possible malocclusions (poor bites) you or a family member might be experiencing. But no matter which one, any malocclusion can cause problems. Besides an unattractive smile, a malocclusion makes it more difficult to chew and to keep the teeth and gums clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. Thus correcting […]

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Reduce Future Bite Problems with These Innovative Techniques

When you think orthodontics, you may instantly picture braces or clear aligners worn by teenagers or adults. But there’s more to orthodontics than correcting fully developed malocclusions (poor bites). It’s also possible to intervene and potentially reduce a malocclusion’s future severity and cost well beforehand. Known as interceptive orthodontics, these treatments help guide jaw growth in children while mouth structures […]

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Correct a Cross-Bite by Widening the Upper Jaw with an Expander

A poor bite (malocclusion) could be more than simply teeth out of alignment. There could be complex causes for the malocclusion, possibly involving the facial bone structure. An example of this is the development of a cross-bite due to problems with the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth), jointly called the maxilla. […]

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