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Oral Hygiene

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

November 24,2018

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

November 14,2018

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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Dealing with the Reality of Increased Disease Risk with Braces

July 19,2018

Wearing braces is all about the future: you undergo many months of treatment to gain a lifetime of better mouth function and a more attractive smile. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to deal with a few new realities during treatment: restrictions on foods, limitations with mouth function, and (perhaps) embarrassment over your new “metallic” […]

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Your Gums May Need a Little Extra Care While You’re Wearing Braces

June 29,2018

While braces improve your mouth function and smile by moving teeth into better positions, they may also adversely affect another part of your oral health — your gums. It’s not uncommon for the gums of braces wearers to become inflamed during treatment. There are a couple of reasons for this happening during orthodontic treatment. The […]

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