What Is An Essix Retainer?

What Is An Essix Retainer?

A retainer is something you wear to retain or preserve the current position of your teeth. There are a few different types of retainers, including Hawley, Essix, and bonded retainers.  What is an Essix retainer and why would you need one? Learn more about this orthodontic appliance and its benefits.  Description of an Essix Retainer  An Essix retainer is made …

How to Choose Colors for Your Braces

How to Choose Colors for Your Braces

The idea of getting braces may not seem like much fun. But one aspect of getting braces that can be a lot of fun is choosing rubber band colors for your brackets. Orthodontists provide a wide variety of colored rubber bands that fit over your brackets to hold the archwire in place. You can choose a single color, alternating colors, …

Braces & Candy - What Can You Have?

Braces & Candy – What Can You Have?

Braces are one common type of orthodontic treatment. But as you may know, braces come with some food restrictions. Whether you have metal braces or clear brackets, in order to prevent damage to your braces, there are certain foods you shouldn’t eat. Candy is one of the most potentially problematic types of food, as many types are sticky, hard, and …

How Do You Clean A Hawley Retainer?

How Do You Clean A Hawley Retainer?

Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment and play a critical role in maintaining your results by keeping your teeth from moving out of their correct positions. Cleaning your retainer is very important! How you care for your retainer can affect how it feels in your mouth, how long it lasts, and how effective it will be. A Hawley …

What Is A Bonded Retainer?

What Is A Bonded Retainer?

When you are finished with your braces treatment, the work isn’t done. Your teeth have moved into their new, straight position, but they will still need some help to stay there. This is where retainers come in.  Retainers work to keep your teeth from shifting over time. Your orthodontist will suggest just how long and when you should wear your …

What to Look for in an Orthodontist

What to Look for in an Orthodontist

Most people will benefit from orthodontic treatment of some kind. It is rare for a child’s permanent teeth to come in perfectly straight and in the correct position so that the bite lines up properly. A few adjustments will likely be necessary to achieve optimal orthodontic and dental health.  With orthodontic treatment almost being a right of passage these days, …

Rubber Bands For Braces: When Do You Wear Them & What Do They Do?

Rubber Bands For Braces: When Do You Wear Them & What Do They Do?

Rubber bands, also referred to as elastics, are a strategic tool that can be used along with braces to make sure your teeth fit together perfectly. They may be worn on certain brackets between the upper and lower jaw during certain periods of treatment.  What do rubber bands do and when do you wear them? Learn the answers to these …

Can You Whiten Teeth with Braces On?

Can You Whiten Teeth with Braces On?

Whitening your teeth may be something you do regularly, or maybe you’re just starting to notice that your teeth are looking dull. Braces can sometimes cause teeth to become discolored more easily as food and plaque are more likely to build up. As you begin to notice that your teeth are looking less white lately, you may be wondering what …

Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment? What You Should Know

More adults are undergoing orthodontic treatments for functional and cosmetic reasons. In fact, adults account for one in four orthodontic patients, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. An increased need to address oral problems resulting from misaligned teeth has led to advances in adult orthodontics to decrease the risk of future dental issues. Besides, more comfortable and less visible …

Straightened Teeth Improve Your Confidence, Not Just Your Bite

Straight teeth can improve more than just your bite. Having a smile you love can boost your self-confidence, too! Recent research shows that almost a third of all Americans notice teeth first when they meet a new person. Having a warm and welcoming smile helps you look better and feel better, too.  So if you’re not happy with your teeth, …