Tag: Nease & Higginbotham Orthodontics

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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Why Should I Avoid the DIY Braces Fashion (7+Reasons)

Why Should I Avoid the DIY Braces Fashion (7+Reasons)

Why should I avoid the DIY braces fashion. Fashion trends come and go. And, you will find that there is always someone trying to claim that they have the latest and greatest way to give you a prettier smile. While you may be seeing lots of advertisements and videos about ways that you can turn orthodontic treatment into a DIY project, the truth is that these methods have limitations and potential dangers. In fact, you need to be aware of these serious reasons for why it is better to skip the DIY braces trend and seek an in-person orthodontist for your teeth straightening needs.

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How to Take Super Care [of Your Retainers]

How to Take Super Care [of Your Retainers]

The time has finally arrived and your child’s braces are coming off. Bravo! Now your child will need to wear retainers to maintain those healthy, beautiful teeth. The job of retainers is to prevent your child’s teeth from moving back into their former uneven position. Now that your braces are off, you only have one responsibility left to ensure that your teeth stay in their perfect condition: you have to take care of your retainers. The importance of retainers is to make sure that your beautiful teeth stay that way.

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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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Invisalign Cleaning 2019 [Factual!]

Invisalign Cleaning 2019 [Factual!]

Firstly, Invisalign cleaning is a hot topic. Invisalign is the most commonly used brand of clear aligners.  For those who start wearing Invisalign aligners, they think that nothing wrong can happen to change the appearance of the clear trays. However, after wearing their trays for 1-2 weeks, they do tend to discolor and show mild wear.   You will also notice that the same tartar or dental plaque that accumulates on the teeth will start to build upon the aligners.  A good orthodontist will show you how to take care of the aligners and minimize these situations.

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3 AMAZING SECRETS (Oral-Probiotics and Your Teeth)

3 AMAZING SECRETS (Oral-Probiotics and Your Teeth)

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important if you want your teeth to remain healthy and free of decay for years to come. Probiotics have proven to be a very effective tool for improving oral health. If you’ve never heard of probiotics before, these are healthy bacteria that can be used to benefit your oral health in a variety of different ways. If you’ve been searching for solutions that will help you bolster your tooth strength and health, you’ll definitely want to consider oral-probiotics.

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