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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month 2016

October gives us many things to smile about: Gorgeous fall foliage, the excitement of the approaching holiday season, and the spooky fun of Halloween. But did you know that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month? Well, it is! That’s right, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists created this annual, month-long observance to Read more…

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What is Interproximal Reduction (IPR)? [with Video]

interproximal reduction during orthodontic treatment

Interproximal reduction (IPR) is a procedure in which a small amount of enamel is shaved off of the tooth. The process is also referred to as interproximal enamel reduction, or tooth (teeth) stripping, slenderizing or shaving. In today’s post we’ll cover what you can expect if you need IPR during your orthodontic treatment, as well Read more…

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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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Tips for Avoiding Delays in Your Orthodontic Treatment

Calendar symbolizing delays in orthodontic treatment

Whether you’re wearing traditional metal or clear braces, Invisalign® or another appliance, if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment you are probably much(!) more excited about the end result than going through the treatment process itself. After months or even years of commitment to your orthodontic journey, the last thing you want is more time added to Read more…

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

what to eat with new braces

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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4 Facts That Will Change Your Mind About Traditional Metal Braces

beautiful woman wearing metal braces

With the emergence of Invisalign® and clear and tooth-colored braces, you may be wondering why traditional metal braces didn’t go the way of the cassette tape years ago. The truth is, metal braces are not only far from obsolete, they actually offer some advantages over other orthodontic treatment options. In this post we’ll focus on Read more…

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Famous Brace Faces

Stylized image of Emma Watson, Niall Horan and Gwen Stefani wearing braces

While it’s common for kids and adults alike to feel insecure about how they’ll look with braces, these celebs prove that you can proudly rock your brace face and look good doing it, even in the midst of the spotlight! Emma Watson The Harry Potter actress gained her magical smile by wearing braces back in Read more…

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Dentist or Orthodontist—What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

When it comes to selecting an oral health care provider, many are unaware of the differences between a general dentist and an orthodontist, much less the importance of selecting the correct professional for the given condition being treated. This article will help you understand the differences between a dentist and an orthodontist, as well as 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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