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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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Wisdom Teeth & Braces

Are you worried about getting your wisdom teeth removed while you have braces? Or are you unsure if your wisdom teeth could potentially affect all the hard work you put into your orthodontia already? We have all the info to answer your questions. According to the¬†American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nine out of…

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Keeping Toddler’s Teeth Healthy

While we don’t advise toddlers get braces, as their teeth are not close to developing, they do need to be kept clean. Proper dental hygiene starts as soon as the first tooth shows up If kids are not taught how to brush their teeth as children, it could result in problems later on. This could…

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