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”

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”

8 Foods to Avoid with Braces

8 Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

Braces technology has come a long way over the years. Today’s braces are extremely sturdy, but it is important to follow the proper precautions to prevent any damage. Food can be a real threat to your brace’s hardware. Though maintaining a well-balanced diet is essential to your overall health, teeth included, finding ways and things … Continue reading “8 Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces”

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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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What is Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Once your child has completed his or her orthodontic evaluation with us, you may hear us refer to something called Developmental Orthodontics. If you are new to this term, it can seem a bit daunting. Thankfully, it’s not as intimidating as it sounds; it’s actually pretty straightforward. Developmental Orthodontics is just an orthodontic process that … Continue reading “What is Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment?”

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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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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?”