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Orthodontics vs. Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are looking for that perfect smile—complete with aligned and healthy-looking teeth—you may notice that orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry are similar in their pursuits. Both orthodontists and cosmetic dentists are specialists who can help you correct imperfections that keep you from your teeth’s ideal appearance. What Is An Orthodontist? Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry […]

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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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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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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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Using a Pacifier: Proper Use and Possible Effects

Teeth grinding is one of the most common dental problems in children as well as adults. In fact, nearly 40% of children grind their teeth at some point. But when it comes to children, bruxism can be hard to identify. To prevent damage to newly formed teeth, as well as jaw alignment, many parents opt […]

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What to Expect at Your Orthodontist Appointments

After the orthodontist puts your braces on, he will have you come back for regular appointments to make adjustments. These adjustment appointments are an extremely important part of your orthodontic care—and a very necessary one if you want to correct your smile properly and in a short amount of time. Why Adjustments? During the cell regeneration process, changes in […]

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Effect of Pain Relievers on Tooth Movement

One of the most-asked questions before someone gets braces is “will it hurt.” The simple answer is that braces usually are painless much of the time, but you can expect to have soreness and discomfort when the braces are first applied and after each adjustment. For how long and how much depends on what a particular adjustment […]

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