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Life After Braces: Plastic and Wire Retainers

After wearing braces, you finally have the perfect smile you always wanted. However, it is important to understand that the removal of braces does not signal the end of your orthodontic treatment. The treatment phase that follows, known as the retention phase, is essential if you want to keep that smile in place. Your orthodontist […]

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First Week Food in Braces

One of the most difficult adjustments (no pun intended) for teens and adults during the first week in braces is the change they will have to make to their diets. Generally, your mouth will feel quite uncomfortable the first day you are in braces, so switching to a soft-food diet will be more of an […]

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Behind the Braces: An Orthodontist’s Journey

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. In fact, just 6% of dentists successfully pursue this advanced specialty that requires two- to three-years of training after dental school. A typical orthodontist’s journey takes about a decade of college and post-graduate schooling. What is an Orthodontist? In much the same way as doctors […]

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Cooking for Braces

Your time in braces is filled with adjustments—and not just the kind that occur when the orthodontist tightens your archwire. You will need to make several lifestyle adjustments while you wear braces, one of the most notable being to your menu. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s advice about what foods to avoid while […]

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Common Tooth Ailments (And What They Mean for Orthodontics)

Common tooth problems become all-too common for orthodontic patients. Although braces are an essential step on your path to perfectly-aligned pearly whites, the appliance in your mouth creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to several conditions if not controlled through appropriate dental hygiene. Your orthodontist will provide detailed information on how to […]

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How Teeth Develop

The journey to a complete and perfect smile is a long one for humans — most of us will not finish growing our teeth until between the ages of 15 and 25 when our third molars, or wisdom teeth, erupt. During the process of getting braces, your orthodontist will likely make a plan to allow […]

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Braces and The Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family and giving. For those that are wearing braces, it can pose an exercise in self-restraint as well as a wonderful opportunity for those around them to show their support, by both the gifts they choose and altering habits slightly to accommodate those that will be wearing braces. A […]

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Bruxism and Orthodontics

You probably see lots of commercials about toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to prevent enamel erosion that foods and beverages cause. But perhaps an even more significant cause of enamel erosion is bruxism, which affects somewhere between 10% and 30% of the population. What Causes Bruxism? Bruxism is a condition where you grind or clench […]

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Why You Should Not Skip Your Orthodontist Visit

After the orthodontist applies your braces, he will ask you to return regularly for adjustments. These appointments are an extremely important component of your orthodontic care, and necessary if you want to correct your smile. Many patients miss appointments from time to time. This is quite common, as appointments usually are scheduled just a few […]

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Bracing For a Thanksgiving Meal

You’ve read all the literature. Your orthodontist has drummed it into your head. The list of things you can and can’t (well, shouldn’t) eat while you are wearing your braces. The “traditional” braces at least. Invisalign folks get to eat with reckless abandon. As Thanksgiving approaches, with the feast it traditionally brings, you may be […]

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