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How NOT to Lose Your Retainer

How NOT to Lose Your Retainer

After you’ve put in all that time wearing braces, it’s absolutely essential that you wear retainers to keep your teeth straight. Generally you’ll wear them full time for a couple months, then wear them at night only for the rest of your life. The last thing you want...

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Five Effective Ways to Get Your Braces Off Sooner

Five Effective Ways to Get Your Braces Off Sooner

You know it will all be worth it, but sometimes it feels like you will be in braces forever! Once the novelty of getting braces wears off, most patients are asking for tips on how to get their braces off sooner. There is plenty that patients can do to help move their...

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Baby Teeth 101

Baby Teeth 101

A common question from a lot of parents is whether or not their child’s baby teeth are falling out in a normal manner. There is a wide range of “normal” when it comes to our kids’ teeth, and this blog post will cover the topic in more detail.  What is normal? Most...

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Braces-Friendly School Lunches

Braces-Friendly School Lunches

If your student got braces over the summer, they will need to be a little more careful about what they eat for lunch at school. Most foods can still be eaten, but kids will need to cut or tear them into pieces and chew with their back teeth. Here are a few ideas for...

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Sports Mouthguards for Kids in Braces

Sports Mouthguards for Kids in Braces

Should orthodontic patients wear sports mouthguards? Yes, absolutely! You should wear a mouthguard while playing any sport that might involve a blow to the face or mouth.  Why wear a mouthguard? Dental injuries are very common in contact sports, and countless teeth...

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Thumb Sucking: Consequences and Solutions

Thumb Sucking: Consequences and Solutions

Many parents are concerned when they notice their young children sucking on fingers or thumbs. This behavior often begins in the womb because sucking is a natural comforting reflex for babies. Children continue the habit because it is soothing for them. However, if it...

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Alternatives to Rubber Bands

Alternatives to Rubber Bands

Wearing rubber bands is usually the best and most comfortable way to perfect your bite. However, for various reasons, we sometimes need to consider alternatives. Sometimes a patient has a particularly severe bite problem, or they have trouble remembering to wear their...

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All About Dental Radiography in Orthodontics

All About Dental Radiography in Orthodontics

Everyone can benefit from dental radiography throughout life to assess oral health. X-rays are also useful to orthodontists as they plan treatment with braces or clear aligners. What lies beneath the gums is very important to the overall success of orthodontic...

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