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”

Teen at Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics, Commerce Township, MI 48382

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?”

Dr. Berkman and Dr. Shapiro at Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics, Commerce Township, MI 48382

What Is Orthodontics?

The majority of people out there could probably tell you what an orthodontist does if you asked them. But there’s also a good chance that most of them wouldn’t be able to expand on the topic. Here at Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics, we want you to be well-informed on what we can do for you and … Continue reading “What Is Orthodontics?”

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When should you first visit the Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist take place by age seven, or earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected. They have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Drs. Berkman or Shapiro. Here are some warning signs indicating it’s time to check … Continue reading “When should you first visit the Orthodontist?”

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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?”

Emergency Orthodontic Care Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics, Commerce Township, MI 48382

Orthodontic Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the … Continue reading “Orthodontic Emergency Care”