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Orthodontics and Your Teen

April 24,2019

In many ways, the teenage years are the best time to have orthodontic treatment. It’s a good time emotionally because your teen is likely to have friends who also wear braces; orthodontic treatment becomes a rite of passage they can go through together. It’s also advantageous in a physical sense because all 20 baby teeth […]

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Early Orthodontic Techniques Could Stop Growing Bite Problems

April 4,2019

The longer many health problems go on, the worse they become. Treating them as early as possible could stop or slow their development. That holds true for poor bites: while we can certainly correct them later in life, it’s often better to “intercept” the problem during childhood. Interceptive orthodontics attempts to do this with treatments that influence […]

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

March 4,2019

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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Lingual Braces Offer a Less Visible Alternative to Traditional Braces

January 13,2019

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

January 3,2019

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

December 24,2018

“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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Keep Watch for Bite Problems with your Child’s Teeth

December 4,2018

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

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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Early Orthodontic Treatment Could Lessen Severity of Certain Bite Problems

October 15,2018

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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