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What To Expect At Your Orthodontic Consultation

What To Expect At Your Orthodontic Consultation

The first step of straightening your smile is seeing an orthodontist for a consultation. Most orthodontists offer free consultations. What typically happens at these appointments? Tour of the office First, the treatment coordinator will show you around the office....

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Eight Things To Do Before Getting Braces

Eight Things To Do Before Getting Braces

Ready to take the plunge and straighten your smile? If you would like to start orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you should do beforehand. Ask your friends and family for recommendations If you don’t already have an orthodontist, ask around and see who...

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Orthodontic Terminology

Orthodontic Terminology

Every profession has its own jargon! Here is a quick list of terms you may hear used at your orthodontist’s office. Hopefully this helps you better understand what is going on during your treatment.  Adjustment - a quick visit to check on your progress and “tighten”...

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Can I get braces on just one arch?

Can I get braces on just one arch?

It’s possible to get braces on only the top teeth or only the bottom teeth, but it isn’t ideal for everybody. For patients who are only interested in fixing cosmetic issues, this can be a treatment option. Getting braces on a single arch can help if you’re...

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Six Fun Facts About Braces to Make You Grin

Six Fun Facts About Braces to Make You Grin

Many people - about four million in the United States- wear braces. You probably know somebody who does or even wear them yourself. For something so common, braces are actually pretty interesting! Here are some fun facts about braces you might not already know.  The...

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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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