After spending months or years behind braces, your teeth are straight, your smile is bright, and you’re ready to gain the confidence you’ve long anticipated. But all those tightenings, spacings, and mouth sores could be for nothing if you don’t wear your retainer after braces. Why are retainers after braces important? Orthodontic retainers come in
If the thoughts of traditional metal braces or invisible liners to straighten your teeth don’t sound appealing, you’ll be glad to know you aren’t out of options. Lingual braces provide an alternative that is changing the world of orthodontics. Simply put, lingual braces look just like traditional metal ones, but are placed behind your teeth
Does your child suck his or her thumb? In babies and young children, thumb-sucking is common and generally nothing to worry about. Most children will naturally break the habit on their own between 2 and 4 years old. But if they are still sucking their thumbs pretty intensely at 5 or 6 years old, it
The idea of taking matters into your own hands to try to close a gap between two teeth or otherwise encourage tooth growth to change direction is nothing new. But the trend of do-it-yourself orthodontics has exploded in recent months, fueled by numerous YouTube how-to videos from teens (and pre-teens), easy availability of gap bands
Do you know the differences between a dentist and an orthodontist? Most people aren’t aware of the similarities and differences in how both of these types of professionals fix issues in your mouth. Basically, a dentist and orthodontist undergo the same eight-year schooling curriculum, but the orthodontist completes two or three additional years of training
Do you have crooked teeth but are not ready to become a #braceface? You don’t need to worry about that anymore. Invisalign plastic aligners offer “clear” alternative to traditional metal braces. It really is a no-brainer for people that want straight but don’t want braces. Invisalign tooth aligners gently move teeth into their new positions
Americans smile a lot. In the American culture, smiling indicates happiness, friendliness and sociability. We smile at strangers, when we meet people for the first time, when we are greeting beloved friends and family, as we are carrying on conversations, and even when we are uncomfortable. We smile a lot when we are feeling happy.
If you are new to visiting the orthodontist to see if you need braces or if you are getting braces and want to know what to expect, you are likely to have questions. Read on to get the answers to common questions about braces and orthodontists.
If you’ve never visited an orthodontist before (and even if you have), you might have a few false ideas about what they do and how they do it. We’re going to clear up some of the common misconceptions surrounding braces and orthodontists.
Whether or not you wear braces, good oral hygiene is an absolute must for clean, healthy teeth and gums and a dazzlingly bright, white smile. You might not be aware of all the available options when it comes to getting rid of plaque and bacteria or in your efforts to remove stains and keep teeth