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We Support Smiles Change Lives!

We have recently joined the Smiles Change Lives nonprofit organization to help every kid have a confident smile. We are thrilled to start supporting this important work. Together with over 750 partnering orthodontists, they’ve been able to give nearly 10,000 young people the confidence to smile. They help children from families who could not afford…

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3 Foods That Are Great For Your Teeth

Improve oral health while you snack! Try incorporating these three foods in your diet to keep teeth healthy and white. Red Bell Peppers Your teeth may spend more time in the spotlight, but your gums deserve just as much attention and TLC. Red bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, which is necessary for the…

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What’s the Deal With Charcoal Toothpaste?

Activated charcoal is one of the latest viral “hacks,” even coming in toothpaste form. If you listen to bloggers and other influencers on the internet, they’ll tell you that activated charcoal is said to be a good natural alternative to peroxide for whitening the teeth. The black powder is thought to absorb and remove stains…

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Soft Foods for Sore Teeth: Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine

When your teeth and gums are sore after an orthodontics appointment, soft foods are your best bet. And cold foods like ice cream can feel particularly soothing. This summer, soothe your teeth with this delicious homemade ice cream recipe, which can be made even if you don’t have an ice cream machine. Start by making…

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Teeth 101

You know you’re supposed to brush them. You know you’re supposed to floss them. But what do you actually know about your teeth? Here’s a quick guide to learn more about those pearly whites: These are the parts of your teeth: • Enamel: The hardest, white outer part of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium phosphate,…

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True or False Quiz: Plaque

Today on the blog is a fun new feature – a True or False Quiz! Our topic of the day is plaque. What do you know about plaque? Test yourself with this quiz: True or False: Plaque is also referred to as biofilm True or False: Plaque is the leading cause of problems like tooth decay and…

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Braces FAQ – How Long Do I Have To Wear My Retainer?

We answer your more common braces questions. If you have a question you need answered, let us know! Congrats, you got your braces off! This is an exciting day certainly, but your journey with orthodontia is not over yet! The last thing you want is to have to get braces or Invisalign a few years…

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How to Make DIY Popsicles

Here’s a fun summer treat that feels great on sore gums, keeps you cool, and is filled with healthy fruit! It’s a great treat for those with or without braces to enjoy this season. Let us know what flavor you tried during your next visit to our orthodontist appointment. Minty Watermelon Popsicles Materials Needed: Popsicle…

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How to Whiten Teeth with Braces

One complaint we often get from patients is that their teeth get more stained when they have braces. You also can’t throw on a whitening strip when you have braces! While many patients wait until they are done with treatment and get them professionally whitened after the braces come off, some can’t wait. Try these…

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Water Flossers – What they are and how to use them

Water flossers are a type of electric “flosser” that shoots a stream of water to clean between your teeth. And they are very popular for orthodontia patients, because they are easier than regular floss. While that may be the case, it should not be a full substitution for regular flossing. The water cannot get between…

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