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Braces-Friendly Holiday Treats For Your Kids

While doing your holiday shopping, it is hard not to pass by shelves filled to the brim with holiday treats. Though you may be looking for your usual stocking stuffers or candy dish favs, if your child is currently wearing braces, you will want to forgo their favorite sticky or hard treats. The American Association…

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How To Avoid White Marks During Your Orthodontic Treatment

One question we hear often with our patients is how to avoid white spots on their teeth during their treatment. Why go through all the time, discomfort and money if you are going to end up with stained or marked teeth? There is actually a simple solution, keep your teeth clean! Yes, proper oral hygiene,…

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What To Eat After Your Adjustments?

After your braces are first installed or after your first few adjustments, your mouth may feel sore making chewing difficult and uncomfortable. Your orthodontist will recommend that you choose foods that are soft and easy to chew while your mouth is sore. Some foods, like popsicles, smoothies, yogurt and ice cream, will help to reduce…

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Fake Braces: Know The Dangers

Yes, there is such a thing as fake braces. Though more prevalent in countries outside the US, the danger is no less. In many countries, Orthodontic treatment is usually only affordable to those that are more financially prosperous. Therefore, fake braces enter the scene for those that want the appearance that they can afford them…

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Can I Get Braces With Crowns, Veneers or Implants?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth straightened even with these additional advance dental treatments in place. Adults also desire to have a symmetrical smile and thankfully, even with crowns, veneers, and implants, you can achieve the beautiful smile you dream of.  How Do Braces Work With Crowns?  More and more patients are experiencing…

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Soda vs. Braces: To Drink Or Not To Drink

We all know that drinking soda, with or without braces, is not good for us. Yet a lot of us still choose to indulge in this guilty pleasure. Getting used to life with braces will take some time, learning which foods and drinks to steer clear of, but soda is one that should be a…

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Premature Tooth Loss: How to Maintain Their Space

Most children by age 3 years old will have their complete set of primary teeth in. These teeth not only allow them to eat solid foods but also serve a very important function as place savers for their eventual permanent teeth. If your child loses their primary teeth too soon, (by genetics, trauma, accident, “baby…

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How to Properly Brush and Floss Your Teeth with Braces

Oral health problems such as white marks (decalcification) and gingivitis can occur when dental braces are applied, which can lead to more serious dental health issues. Gingivitis is an early indication of gum disease. If you notice swollen red and shiny gums which tend to bleed easily, you probably have it. When you do not…

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The Side Effects of Tongue Piercings

Are you, or your child, thinking of getting a tongue piercing? Wondering if it will cause issues with your braces or after your braces are removed? According to the ADA (American Dental Society) as well as the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), oral piercing are strongly discouraged. When you have a tongue piercing, you will…

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The First Week: Help With Discomfort

Most people who undergo orthodontic treatment will experience discomfort for the first few days after having them applied to their teeth. This can make eating a bit more complicated, and uncomfortable. It is important to stick with soft foods for the first week, at least, even when the discomfort begins to subside to allow for…

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