How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances that are worn in the mouth following orthodontic treatment. The purpose of retainers is to hold your teeth in their current position and prevent shifting.  Many patients are excited to have their braces removed, only to be disappointed that they will need to wear retainers for a while. The good news is that retainers are removable, …

What Happens if You Don’t Wear Your Retainer?

You’re finally done with braces! You get them removed and you’re done with your orthodontic treatment for life, right? Wrong. The retention phase of orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active treatment phase. What is retention? This is the time when the focus is on keeping your teeth in the ideal positions so that they will remain properly …

What Is Considered an Orthodontic Emergency?

An orthodontic emergency can happen at any time – even after office hours. When something goes wrong or does not feel right, it is natural to question whether or not you should be concerned. And, it is really easy to start panicking in moments like this, too.  If you find yourself here, relax. Panicking is not going to help. Besides, …

How Long Do You Have to Wear Braces?

Before getting braces, there is almost always the question – how long will I have to wear them? And, while it is certainly logical to want to know just how long your mouth – and your life – will be impacted by your decision to get braces, the answer to the question is not so easy.  On average, most people …

How to Properly Clean Your Retainer

After you complete orthodontic treatment, it is necessary to wear retainers for a while. The purpose of the retainers is exactly what the name suggests: they retain the position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their previous position. If you’re new to wearing retainers, you may have some questions, such as how to properly clean your …

How Does Invisalign Work?

Are you considering Invisalign treatment? Marketed as “the clear alternative to braces”, this teeth straightening therapy can achieve many of the same results as braces through a different method. Invisalign was born out of a need for patients who wanted straighter teeth without the appearance and discomfort of traditional braces. How does Invisalign work? Here’s an overview of the treatment …

How Do You Floss With Braces?

Are you new to braces? Whether you’re just getting them put on or you will be getting them soon, you may have some questions. Many questions about braces have to do with how you take care of your teeth. One of the most common questions is how do you floss with braces? Flossing with braces may seem a little tricky …

How to Clean Your Invisalign Trays

Will you be starting Invisalign soon? Or perhaps you’ve already started treatment. As you get used to your aligner trays, one thing you may be wondering about is how to clean them.  The good news is that it’s easy to clean your Invisalign trays. Ease of cleaning is just one of many things that is convenient about Invisalign treatment. The …

What Can You Eat for the First Week of Braces?

Did you just get braces put on? Or perhaps you’re scheduled to get them soon. A very common question is: What can you eat for the first week in braces? Getting braces put on for the first time can leave your mouth feeling a bit sore in a few different ways. The soreness may last just a few days or …

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Are you wondering when is the best time to get your child an orthodontic evaluation? Whether you’ve noticed that your child’s teeth aren’t coming in straight or your dentist has pointed out some potential problems, it’s a good idea to have your child’s teeth evaluated. When should you take your child to an orthodontist? Here’s what experts recommend. Why is …