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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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What to Expect with Invisalign

Increasingly, we have adult patients coming to our office looking to straighten their smile. Maybe they had braces as children, but didn’t wear their retainers. Or, their teeth have just shifted over time. Or some people never went through orthodontia procedures, and are now ready to get a smile they’re proud of. Invisalign is a…

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Do NOT Try At-Home Braces

There has been a scary recent trend – especially among teenagers – of DIY braces. People are fashioning their own braces from rubber bands, fishing wire, and other odds and ends. We do not recommend this. First, whatever materials they might be using are likely filled with bacteria, and could cause infections in your mouth.…

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Spring Cleaning Your Braces

Spring is a time for cleaning! You’ve probably tackled your home, your car, or your work. But what about your teeth? Proper dental hygiene is extremely important while you have braces, though we can recognize its difficult. Make sure you’re taking care of your teeth so your smile will be perfect once the braces are…

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Braces Through The Years

Braces have been around for hundreds of years- people have always wanted straighter teeth! Here are a few ways people tried dental care in the past. Ancient Orthodontics Archaeologists have found Egyptian mummies with crude metal bands around the teeth – which are believed to be the first version of braces. Ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and…

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