Things You Can Eat With Braces… and What You Shouldn’t

The things you can eat with braces and things you shouldn’t eat with braces. It’s no secret that braces have a tendency to cause irritation and/or pain around your teeth and gums. That being said, finding things to eat with braces can feel like quite the challenge. Some foods you would normally have may not … Continue reading “Things You Can Eat With Braces… and What You Shouldn’t”

AcceleDent Aura – What It Is, How It Works and Is It Right for You?

What is AcceleDent Aura, how does it work, and is it right for me? The process for braces and Invisalign® can be quite lengthy. Some even need them on for years. Luckily, the process of straightening your teeth can be professionally accelerated. That’s where Acceledent Aura comes in. What is Acceledent Aura? Our practice is … Continue reading “AcceleDent Aura – What It Is, How It Works and Is It Right for You?”

How to Keep Your Teeth White While Wearing Braces

Do braces make your teeth turn yellow? And if so, what can you do about it? We get these kinds of questions often from our patients. While yes, it is possible that braces can result in slight discoloration, there are ways you can help to prevent this from happening. It starts with consistent and effective … Continue reading “How to Keep Your Teeth White While Wearing Braces”

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6 Ways Your Smile Affects Your Overall Health

  Your smile affects a whole lot more than you may know. Outside of expressing emotions, eating, and talking, there are a number of important ways your mouth affects your overall health!  From helping our memory stay in tip-top shape to reducing general inflammation, the way we treat our teeth keeps the rest of us … Continue reading “6 Ways Your Smile Affects Your Overall Health”

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Brushing & Braces: Building Good Oral Hygiene Habits

We’ve all heard the joke: “You don’t have to brush your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.” Dental humor aside, it points out the importance of good oral hygiene. You may even have it framed in a bathroom for your entire household to see or seen it posted at your dentist’s office. That’s … Continue reading “Brushing & Braces: Building Good Oral Hygiene Habits”

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Invisalign for All Ages

Braces just aren’t what they used to be—and that can be a really great thing! At Berkman + Shapiro Orthodontics, we’re really excited about introducing patients to Invisalign aligners. They are incredibly versatile and complement even the most active lifestyles. They are clear, removable, and can do amazing things. Even more than that, their benefits … Continue reading “Invisalign for All Ages”

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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”