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 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 …

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 …

What is the Best Age to Get Braces?

Is there an ideal age to get braces? Braces can be beneficial for patients of all ages. Braces help to straighten your teeth, align your bite, and ensure the long term health of your teeth and jaw. At what age can you get the most benefit from braces? There’s a reason why upper elementary, middle school, and sometimes high schoolers …

How Much Do Adult Braces Cost in Minnetonka, MN?

Getting braces as an adult is becoming more and more common. Some adults who never had braces when they were younger, find that they want to improve the appearance of their teeth now that they are older. Adults who had braces when they were teenagers, but stopped wearing their retainers, may have had a relapse of their orthodontic issues that …

Clear Braces vs Metal Braces: Which is Better for You?

Despite all the new and different orthodontic treatment options available, braces still remain the best and most effective option for correcting teeth alignment and bite problems. Traditional braces come in both traditional metal and clear ceramic brackets. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to both. Choosing the right option for you will be determined by what you (and possibly also …