Orthodontic Facts

8 Myths About Braces

8 Myths About Braces Many myths exist around braces, and surely you’ve heard a few. Whether you currently have braces, you’re done with treatment and wearing your retainer, or you’re considering orthodontic treatment, you’ve probably heard some myths: lightning can strike your braces, braces can pick up a radio signal, and braces won’t make it through airport security. We’re here…

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Is Tooth Extraction Really Necessary? [for Braces in 2019]

Is Tooth Extraction Really Necessary? [for Braces in 2019]

Tooth extraction or not tooth extraction, that is the question!  Even in 2017, the question of whether or not to extract teeth for orthodontic purposes is widely debatable in our professional community.  There are factions within orthodontics that are dogmatic about never extracting teeth, and there are some that always extract teeth.  We believe that the truth lies somewhere in between.  The need for extractions in conjunction with orthodontic treatment is a very individualized decision.

This decision should be made by a qualified orthodontic professional.  Only after a thorough clinical examination and carefully analyzing a full set of diagnostic orthodontic records can this decision be made.  In summary, extractions are absolutely the correct course of treatment for some people.  But in other cases, they should be avoided at all costs.  That’s where the orthodontist comes into play.  It is our job to correctly make that decision based on individual treatment needs. Given that information, let’s examine which cases demand tooth extraction.

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Is the Future of Braces in Lasers? (7+Secrets)

Is the Future of Braces in Lasers? (7+Secrets)

Do you remember a time when lasers were something you only saw in science fiction movies? That day (decade, really) has long since passed. Today, laser technology is playing an increasingly important real-life role in all areas of medical and dental practices, including orthodontics. Recent advances in orthodontics include incorporating laser technology to accomplish a diverse set of important goals, from improving overall oral hygiene to reducing orthodontic treatment time. In this article, we share our top insights into why laser technology is important to the future of orthodontics.

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Oral Hygiene During Braces (How to Manage)

Oral Hygiene During Braces (How to Manage)

Oral hygiene during braces is so important to the health of your teeth. If you fail to practice good oral hygiene, you will find that you begin having issues like cavities, gingivitis, and even gum disease. When wearing braces, it is still absolutely essential that you practice good hygiene. Both the orthodontic appliances and your teeth need to be kept clean. Because traditional metal braces can be difficult to clean, it’s important to take your time when cleaning your teeth. You must pay special attention to the brackets and wires so that you remove all plaque and food debris.

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An Orthodontist is Different From an Endodontist (HOW?)

An Orthodontist is Different From an Endodontist (HOW?)

Maybe you have a child that’s having trouble chewing their food or playing an instrument due to an over or underbite. Maybe you have a cavity that needs to be checked out. Or you might need something more than just a regular visit to the dentist. Who do you go to? It may get a little confusing at times to know whether you need to see a dentist, endodontist, or orthodontist, but keep reading. Here you’ll learn the difference so you can decide who you need to see.

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What if Our Water Supply is Fluoridated (PROPER FACTS)

What if Our Water Supply is Fluoridated (PROPER FACTS)

Yes, it is a good idea to drink water with fluoride and to use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoridation in the water supply varies from community to community, and extra fluoride provides more protection for your son or daughter’s teeth. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities, a form of tooth damage. In this article, we will discuss the importance of fluoride, and when your child may need braces.

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7 Signs of a Good Orthodontist (READ ON)

7 Signs of a Good Orthodontist (READ ON)

Having a bad dental experience is horrible. It can be uncomfortable, frustrating and sometimes even painful. Dental fears lead to people avoiding dental visits.  This leads to dental problems, causing patients to feel embarrassed in public due to ugly teeth. But dental visits don’t need to be scary, especially not orthodontic visits.  Orthodontists are dentists who have 2-3 years of extra specialty training to learn how to align teeth and fix bites.  They use dental devices like braces and clear aligners (Invisalign). They correct gaps, underbites, overbites, and other dental issues that are associated with the jaw, facial muscles, and teeth.

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