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Braces Giving You a Dry Mouth? Here are Seven Simple Solutions

Desert Landscape representing dry mouth that can come with braces

Getting orthodontic treatment can be one of the most rewarding decisions you make in your life; aside from the health and functional benefits of having straight teeth and a proper bite, the increased confidence and self-esteem that comes with having a beautiful smile has a positive affect on all areas of life, from school and Read more…

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How to Prevent White Spots from Forming on Teeth While Wearing Braces

avoid white spots on teeth after braces removed

The day your braces finally come off should be one of celebration. You should feel good about what you see when you smile in the mirror. But for some patients, that’s not entirely the case: While their teeth may be straight and bite corrected, they notice a new problem has developed—white spots on their teeth. Read more…

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What to Eat with New Braces (or any time your teeth and mouth are sore)

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While getting braces put on in itself is a painless process, the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue may become sore in the following days (and for up to a week or two) while they adjust to your new hardware. You may also experience some mild discomfort for a few days after your adjustment appointments. Eating 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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How to Floss with Braces (with video)

flossing with braces

In addition to brushing and rinsing, flossing is an essential part of any good oral hygiene routine. And while it can be a bit trickier and more time consuming if you wear braces, it is now more important than ever to avoid the temptation to skip this step, as disease and cavity-causing plaque has even Read more…

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Video: Brushing teeth with braces using Sonicare toothbrush

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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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Rubber Band Wear

*Rubber bands are to be worn 24-hours per day except when brushing your teeth, unless stated otherwise by the Orthodontist.  Failure to wear your rubber bands, as instructed, can result in treatment running longer than expected.  It may also affect the finished orthodontic treatment results. *Change your rubber bands at least a few times per Read more…

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