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Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Usage in Orthodontics (with video)

Orthodontic Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD), Mini-Screw, Mini-Implant

If you’ve been researching orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have come across the term Temporary Anchorage Device (or TAD for short). Today we’re sharing an excellent video (just under 5 minutes) about TADs, courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Read more…

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Braces-Themed Connect the Dots Printout for Kids

braces themed connect the dots

Have some fun with this braces-themed connect the dots game, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, or download the PDF here.

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Braces Friendly Sugar Cookie Recipe

braces friendly sugar cookie recipe

Sugar cookies are a time-honored holiday tradition that are as fun to cut out and decorate as they are to eat, but they’re often too hard for those undergoing orthodontic treatment to snack on safely and comfortably. Luckily, there are softer versions of this classic cookie that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including Read more…

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Three Tips for a Braces Friendly Halloween from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween! And although we recently wrote a post highlighting braces-friendly snacks (and those to avoid), we thought we’d share a few reminders today to help those undergoing orthodontic treatment avoid potential problems while still enjoying all the fun of this treat-centric Read more…

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

pumpkin wearing braces

October gives us many things to smile about: gorgeous fall foliage, the excitement of the holiday season fast approaching, and the spooky fun of Halloween. But did you know that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month? Well, it is! 🙂 This annual observance was created by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) to increase Read more…

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8 Signs That Your Child May Need Braces

8 signs your child may need braces

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have their first orthodontic check up by age 7, as early orthodontic care can minimize issues that would require more extensive treatment or even surgery later on in a child’s life. And while orthodontists have specialized training that allow them to detect subtle abnormalities that would go Read more…

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8 Questions to Ask During Your Orthodontic Consultation

8 questions to ask during your first orthodontic visit

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, the first step on that journey will be the initial consultation and exam. During this appointment the doctor will determine whether treatment is needed, and if so will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs. This is also the time to Read more…

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Video: Brushing teeth with braces using Sonicare toothbrush

brushing braces with Sonicare toothbrush

Once you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain a good oral hygiene routine because there are more nooks and crannies in which food and plaque can become trapped. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day (and preferably after each meal and snack) is imperative to prevent staining, decay, and Read more…

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Braces Care Package Ideas

I heard your teeth are in training

Getting braces is a big step in anyone’s life whether that person be a child, teen, or adult. Depending on the patient’s perspective (and likely, age), this will be a very exciting time or one during which extra encouragement will be needed. But whether the mood is congratulatory or condolent, a braces care package is Read more…

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5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

Many people pass on orthodontic treatment that would greatly improve the confidence and oral health of themselves or their loved ones based on outdated or outright false information. In this article, Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC will address five common myths about braces and orthodontic treatment so that you are armed with accurate information when making Read more…

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