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4 Tips for Avoiding Dental Disease While Wearing Braces

Wearing braces takes time, but if all goes well the changes to your smile will be well worth it. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to contend with one particular difficulty—keeping your teeth clean of disease-causing, bacterial plaque. Don’t worry, though—while keeping dental disease at bay with braces can be challenging, it is doable. Here […]

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There’s a Good Reason for Adults to Consider Orthodontics – Better Oral Health

You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to have them straightened? There’s a […]

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Get Ahead of a Developing Cross-Bite with This Early Intervention Measure

Applying braces or clear aligners to move misaligned teeth is only part of an orthodontist’s overall mission to eliminate poor bites (malocclusions). Sometimes a malocclusion isn’t caused by the teeth at all—the size of the jaw is the problem! One type in particular, a cross-bite, often happens because the upper jaw has developed too narrowly. […]

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Keep Your New Smile After Orthodontics with a Retainer

After months of wearing braces, the big day has arrived — they’re finally off! Your teeth have been realigned and your smile is dazzling. You’re finished with orthodontic treatment, right? Not quite — because if you want to keep your new smile you have one more treatment phase to go — wearing a retainer. Without […]

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Orthodontic Headgear: What It Is and Why It May be Needed

Most of us are quite familiar with what traditional braces look like. But occasionally we see more complex-looking devices being worn by young orthodontic patients: thicker wires that extend outside the mouth, with straps that may go behind the neck or over the chin. What are these devices, and why are they sometimes needed? In […]

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A Bonded Retainer Might be a Better Choice After Braces

The braces are finally off! But to keep your new, straighter smile you’ll need to wear a retainer for some time. That’s because the same structural mechanism used to move your teeth could undo what we’ve just accomplished. That mechanism resides in an elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament that lies between the teeth and the bone […]

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A Long-Term Orthodontic Strategy Could Help Ensure an Attractive Smile Later in Life

Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we’ve become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques. But although cooperating effectively with the mouth’s natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, […]

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Lingual Braces Offer a Less Visible Alternative to Traditional Braces

We’re all familiar with tried and true traditional braces and perhaps with newer clear aligners for realigning teeth. But there’s an even more novel way that’s quickly becoming popular: lingual braces. This type of braces performs the same function as the traditional but in an opposite way. Rather than bonded to the front of the […]

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You may Need Orthodontic Treatment Before Obtaining Implants

You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here’s why. While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually […]

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We may Need to Remove one or More Teeth Before Applying Braces

“To gain something, sometimes you have to give up something else.” No, that isn’t the latest viral meme on the Internet. It’s actually a practical consideration that could arise in orthodontics. In this case, the “something” to gain is a straighter, more attractive smile; the “something” you may have to part with is a few […]

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