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How to Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

Fall is coming to a close and winter sports are starting! Here at Berkman + Shapiro Orthodontics, we get plenty of concerned patients wondering if a mouthful of braces is going to keep them on the sidelines the whole year. Some patients might even question the timing of getting braces for fear that they won’t … Continue reading “How to Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports”

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The Importance of Retainers After Braces

The day you get your braces off is a huge day! You can finally eat all those foods that you haven’t been able to for months – maybe even years! However, don’t get so caught up in the excitement that you forget that your orthodontic treatment isn’t quite over. People used to think that when … Continue reading “The Importance of Retainers After Braces”

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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

  Commercials, magazines, billboards, and blockbusters – everywhere you turn there’s a perfectly straight, perfectly bright white smile. It can sometimes feel intimidating and isolating if your own teeth fall short of spectacular. However, take a closer look at the people surrounding you in your everyday life. Notice anything? Not many of them are likely … Continue reading “What Causes Crooked Teeth?”

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Wisdom Teeth and Braces

Here at Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics, there’s a long list of common concerns we hear from our patients in braces. Things like – how long will I have to wear them? Will they hurt? Are there foods I won’t be able to eat? Will my wisdom teeth coming in affect my straight smile? Hold on. … Continue reading “Wisdom Teeth and Braces”

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Accelerated Orthodontics Explained

It’s safe to say that everyone loves the idea of a straight smile, but not many of us like the notion of spending months or years in braces to achieve it. For teenagers and adults alike, learning that your orthodontic treatment could take anywhere from six months to three years, or even longer in some … Continue reading “Accelerated Orthodontics Explained”

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Invisalign: Good for Teenagers?

The teenage years are a time of intense development in a person’s life; you’re rapidly changing both socially and physically. Often, this rocky confluence can be quite overwhelming, especially when you don’t feel confident about your smile. As your teeth develop, they might not be coming in as straight as you’d like, or maybe you’ve … Continue reading “Invisalign: Good for Teenagers?”

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What is Fluoride?

What you need to know about Fluoride Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride plays an essential role in protecting and strengthening teeth. Most tooth enamel begins with a very high concentration of fluoride in its outer layers, but the fluoride can dissolve over time. What does Fluoride do? Fluoride protects teeth … Continue reading “What is Fluoride?”