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Adult Braces? How To Know If You Really Need Them

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There are many reasons why adults choose to get braces. It has been a growing trend over the last few decades, and the numbers continue to increase. Will you be one of them? Here are some common reasons we hear from adult patients as to why they decided to undergo orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic issues are often the number one reason …

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Things to Avoid With Braces

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New to braces or had them on for a few months and not sure if you remember all the “no no’s” for braces? We’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of some of the main things to avoid now that you have braces to avoid bending or breaking them and most importantly, avoiding pain for your mouth. Chewing …

Soft and Healthy Dinner Idea for Painful Teeth

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After having your braces placed for the first time, or after an adjustment, your teeth may be very sensitive and you may find it hard to eat certain foods. We always recommend a soft food diet for the first couple days. Things such as: Yogurt Mac n cheese Pancakes Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Mashed or baked potatoes (with only …

Why Do Kids Get Crooked Teeth?

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If your child has crooked baby teeth, most likely, their adult teeth will be crooked as well. Why is this? This is because children inherit skeletal and dental features from their parents and their relatives. Sometimes the teeth are inherited from one relative and the jaw structure from another, resulting in a mismatch in tooth size and jaw size. This …

FAQ: Can I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed While I Have Braces?

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Something we get asked by all the time by nervous patients and their parents is whether wisdom teeth are an issue with braces. We’ve got the answers you’re looking for. Typically, teen patients are finished with their orthodontia treatment before their wisdom teeth become an issue. Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17-25, so if you get your …

Common Question: Does Using Straws Protect your Teeth?

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With all the talk about banning plastic restaurants from coffee shops and restaurants around the country, some patients are wondering whether this could harm their teeth. Truth is, dentists used to think that using straws could help protect teeth from staining and direct contact with enamel-damaging beverages, but that is no longer the case.The usage of straws doesn’t keep staining …

DIY Popsicles

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Popsicles are not only a great treat during hot summer days, they can also be soothing on sore gums. Have you tried making your own popsicles before? It’s very easy and fun! You can customize your own flavors, and the finished product has no added sugar, compared to store-bought treats. give these a try and let us know how they …

Can I Whiten My Teeth with Braces

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If you have braces, you’re probably wondering when you can whiten your teeth. And unfrotunately, it is true that your teeth can get more stained while you have braces, if you aren’t brushing properly. While most whitening techniques need to wait until after braces come off, like whitening strips and other professional whitening services, you can do some things to …

Guide to Retainers

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Getting your braces off is an exciting time, but you can’t ride into the sunset with your beautiful smile without abandon! For the rest of your life, your retainer will be a necessary part of your oral care. At first, you need to wear your retainer every day, all day for 3-6 months. Over time, you can just wear your …

Caring For Braces While on Vacation

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School is almost out! Are you going on any fun summer vacations? In all the fun of swimming, camping, exploring and sight-seeing, you might discover an issue with your braces. Crunching down on unfamiliar food, getting hit in the mouth while playing sports, or just losing a wire while out of town can be very scary as an orthodontia patient! …

Is Invisalign Right For You?

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Maybe you had braces as a child, but now your teeth have moved. Or maybe you’ve never had braces, but you’re interested in making your teeth straighter. It might be time to consider Invisalign? Invisalign works like braces, though instead of metal brackets and wires, it’s a series of clear plastic retainers that move your teeth incrementally, week by week. …

Soft Food Idea – Breakfast for Dinner

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The few days after you get your braces put on, or after an appointmetn with your orthodontist can leave teeth and gums sore. Eating soft foods is a good idea so you don’t feel so much pain. Even when your mouth is feeling good, you know you should avoid super crunch foods while you have braces. But having smoothies, soup, …