Your First Week with Braces – Tips for a Smooth Transition

The first few days and weeks with braces require a bit of an adjustment for your mouth. Where there were simply teeth, now your mouth is adjusting to the metal brackets and wires that are rubbing against your cheeks and lips. However, the bit of discomfort and adjustment you experience at the beginning will turn … Continue reading “Your First Week with Braces – Tips for a Smooth Transition”

Retainers 101: What You Need to Know

Most commonly recommended after braces, retainers help to keep teeth from shifting after treatment. Because everyone’s teeth are different, your orthodontist will go over which retainer will work best for you and how often it should be worn. Recommendations on Wearing Retainers Your teeth have the highest tendency to move within the first few months … Continue reading “Retainers 101: What You Need to Know”

5 Common Orthodontic Treatment Questions We Get From Patients

The length and duration of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your specific situation. Understandably so, many patients have questions before they get their braces put on. We’ve pulled together five of the most common, to not only set you up for success, but to alleviate any anxiety as it relates to braces. How … Continue reading “5 Common Orthodontic Treatment Questions We Get From Patients”

What Is Accelerated Orthodontics & Is It Safe?

Many have heard of the various orthodontic treatments and types of braces available, but have you heard about accelerated orthodontics? “AAO” (advanced accelerated orthodontics), “PAOO” (periodontally assisted osteogenic orthodontics), also known as SFOT (surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment) or “Wilckodontics,” is a method used to not only decrease treatment time, but also a means to potentially … Continue reading “What Is Accelerated Orthodontics & Is It Safe?”

Did You Know 1 in 4 Orthodontic Patients is an Adult?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), roughly one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. After all, misaligned teeth aren’t just a problem for children. Adults that neglect this aspect of their dental health may experience various other issues like tooth decay, gum disease and chewing issues. The point is adults often require … Continue reading “Did You Know 1 in 4 Orthodontic Patients is an Adult?”

The 4 Most Common Types of Braces Explained

When we think of braces, we often think of the traditional metal brackets on the front of the teeth. While still extremely common and effective, additional options are available. Let’s take a look at each of the four most common types of braces along with their advantages and disadvantages. Conventional Metal Braces Held on to … Continue reading “The 4 Most Common Types of Braces Explained”

Common Types of Teeth Misalignment & Bite Problems

Whether your teeth are too big for your mouth, or your upper and lower jaw aren’t the same size, there are many reasons why teeth and bites end up misaligned. A lot of the time, crooked teeth and misaligned bites are inherited, but it could also be caused by an early loss of baby or … Continue reading “Common Types of Teeth Misalignment & Bite Problems”

The Difference Between Braces & Invisalign

When thinking of orthodontic treatment, many used to strictly think of traditional braces. However, now there’s another popular option on the market: clear aligners, best known by the brand name Invisalign. One treatment option isn’t necessarily better than another, but one may be recommended over another depending on a patient’s lifestyle and treatment goals. Let’s … Continue reading “The Difference Between Braces & Invisalign”

Crowded Teeth: How It Happens & What To Do About It

Crowded teeth also known as malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment of teeth that can have a major impact on your overall health. When teeth are misaligned, you can experience excessive wear on the teeth and gums, cracked teeth, jaw strain, headaches, and other issues. The point here is crooked teeth are not simply … Continue reading “Crowded Teeth: How It Happens & What To Do About It”

How to Care for Invisalign

How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners

One of the benefits of Invisalign is in its name – invisible. However, in order to keep your aligners looking fresh and discreet, you will need to take the proper care of them. Otherwise, your aligners can discolor, become full of plaque and, worst of all, can even start to smell. How to Care for … Continue reading “How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners”