Top 8 Foods You Should Never Eat With Braces

You have braces and you are on your way to a straight, beautiful smile. And, while you are excited for what the future holds, deep down you knew that getting braces would impact your life in certain ways. Not being able to eat certain foods is one of them.  Certain foods just don’t mix well with braces. They may cause …

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Orthodontic Retainers: What You Need to Know

If you’re like most patients, you’ll be overjoyed when your braces come off or when you finish your last set of Invisalign aligners. You’re done with orthodontic treatment… or are you? The reality is, once you’re done with braces or aligner therapy, you’ve completed one phase of your orthodontic treatment, and now you’re ready to move onto the next: maintaining …

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Common Types of Orthodontic Emergencies

If you’re dealing with an orthodontic emergency, here’s the good news: orthodontic emergencies rarely, if ever, rise to the level of a dental emergency, which may involve a tooth being broken or knocked out. When it comes to orthodontics, most emergency complaints deal with broken appliances and discomfort—these might not be ideal, but you won’t lose a tooth because of …

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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, …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …