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DO I HAVE TO HAVE TEETH REMOVED?

One of the most common issues of getting braces is possibly having teeth removed. We all are born with primary teeth also known as baby teeth, which eventually fall out making room for adult teeth.  But what happens if we don't lose one of our primary teeth?

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What causes crooked teeth?

Crooked teeth affect millions of people all over the world and affects teenagers and adults alike. But why do teeth become crooked and is there anything you can do to prevent worsening?

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I grew up having crooked teeth, does that mean my child will too?

Growing up with crooked teeth was something a lot of us had to experience but, does your child have to as well? Not only does having crooked teeth affect your self esteem, but it can lead to further dental health issues, like cavities and gum disease, as well as difficulties when speaking.Those of us who grew up suffering with crooked teeth obviously don’t want our children to have to go through the same thing. We’ve put together a short list of 5 ways you can help your children develop healthy, strong, and straight teeth.

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Should I use Invisalign for my treatment, does it work?

Let’s face it: Most of us would love to have straight teeth. A beautiful smile is something many of us dream of and those with crooked or overcrowded teeth may oftentimes feel self-conscious when having their photo taken, meeting strangers, or even conversing with coworkers or friends.

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How to Take Care of your Palatal Expander

If you are just about to start Phase 1 of treatment, your orthodontist may have mentioned a rapid palatal expander. At your visit, we will take an impression of your mouth and create a mold to send to a laboratory. Since we customize the expander to you, we guarantee a proper fit. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable wearing it. 

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What causes a gummy smile?

Since there are so many variables that come into play, it is important that your gummy smile be diagnosed by a specialist (an orthodontist) before any fix is prescribed. If you show too much gum tissue because your upper lip is too short or overly active, the treatment should address your lips and not the teeth or jaws. If, however, the problem lies with your teeth or jaws, you should correct those and not try to fix the problem by changing the lip or gum position. Orthodontic specialists are experts in evaluating the lips, teeth and jaws, gums, and how they all work together to create an attractive smile...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and we are truly thankful for you, our patients. This Thanksgiving, we hope you feel thankful for your braces. Wearing braces has so many long-term benefits for you. Here's a reminder of some of them:

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Your First Halloween with Braces

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's National Orthodontic Month. A time when we all put on our costumes and . . . oh, right, wrong holiday. Of course, it's Halloween. Perhaps this is your first Halloween wearing braces. It can all be a bit overwhelming. We are here to help you through the decision-making process of what you can and cannot eat this holiday.

Check your bag. Did you get any gummy, sticky, chewy candy? Are there any Laffy Taffy, Skittles, jelly beans, Tootsie rolls, Gobstoppers, or Twizzlers? How about chocolate bars with nuts? Put those aside into the "do not eat" pile. Candies like these can bend wires, break brackets and other parts of your braces

So what treats are safe? Suck on a lollipop, dip apple pieces in caramel, or even better, eat chocolate to your heart's content. (Just make sure they don't contain nuts or crunchy pieces inside, and as always, brush your teeth thoroughly). Hershey bars, Hershey kisses, Dove bars, Kit Kat, Reece's Peanut Butter Cups and Three Musketeers are all great options.

What do you do with that "do not eat" pile we mentioned earlier? We are proud to participate in Operation Gratitude which sends your unwanted candy to deserving deployed soldiers. You can even attach a little note if you wish. We will collect candy until November 12th. Please contact our office for more details.

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Sports and your Smile

The air is crisp. Autumn is here. For many kids, this time of year means playing fall sports. Unfortunately, it also means an increased risk of injuring your jaw, mouth, lips, teeth, and/or breaking your braces in some way. What can you do to prevent these types of trauma to your mouth?

Mouthguards work by providing a cushion in between your teeth and gums. The mouthguard absorbs the shock and impact of falls, collisions, and tackles that occur in sports. It also protects your teeth by keeping them in position during contact. Did you know that up to 40 percent of dental injuries are sports-related?

Orthodontists recommend that if you play sports, even non-contact sports, that you wear a mouthguard. There are several options available to you including generic mouthguards that you can purchase for just a few dollars, "boil and bite" mouthguards that mold to your teeth, or customized mouthguards that your orthodontist fits and orders to precisely fit your mouth. We can help you to decide on the best mouthguard for you.

To learn more about caring for your mouthguard, click here.

If you play sports, please mention this to your orthodontist so that we can provide you with the proper protection. After all, you wear a helmet, shoulder pads, wrist guards, and elbow pads, why not protect your smile too?

 

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