Stay Prepared: 5 Tips to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

January 12, 2024

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Patient holding her cheek due to orthodontic emergencies

Orthodontic treatment is a complex system of many moving parts and strategies. Because of this, orthodontic emergencies are bound to happen sooner or later. Being unprepared could lead to disrupted progress and frustration. This is not to mention the potential discomfort from broken brackets or loose wires.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of orthodontic emergencies. Read on to learn how!


7 Causes of Teeth Shifting and How to Prevent Them

November 24, 2023

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person experiencing teeth shifting covering their mouth

Achieving a beautiful smile involves several factors, including white and uniform teeth with minimal gaps. Among these, the alignment of your teeth plays a crucial role. However, maintaining straight teeth can become a challenge when they start shifting. If you’ve ever wondered what leads to this shift, read on to explore seven common causes and discover how your dentist can effectively address and correct these issues, ensuring your smile remains radiant and aligned.


Details You Should Know Before Getting Invisalign

October 5, 2023

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person inserting upper clear aligner

Embracing the journey towards a straighter smile no longer requires the conspicuous presence of metal braces. Invisalign, a popular choice among both teens and adults, offers a discreet alternative with its virtually invisible clear aligners. However, before delving into the transformative world of Invisalign, it’s crucial to be aware of six key considerations that can influence your orthodontic experience.


I’m Older Than 40: Is It Too Late For Braces?

September 19, 2023

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Middle aged man in dental chair with braces with dentist's blue gloved finger pulling his lip back

Did you know that it’s normal for our teeth to shift over time? Whether from changes to your face, teeth grinding, tooth loss, or other causes, it’s not unusual for an adult to want to straighten their smile. In fact, they make up 1 in 4 orthodontic patients today. Whatever the reason, you might worry it’s too late for you to revamp your pearly whites. Thankfully, your orthodontist can help! Braces are an excellent solution for patients of all ages. Continue reading to learn 3 reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to get braces even if you’re over 40!


Help! Why Is My Invisalign Yellow and What Can I Do?

September 12, 2023

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Set of clear aligner trays on a gray background with a wooden toothbrush with blue bristles blurry in the background

Invisalign has quickly become a popular alternative to traditional braces because the clear aligner trays are a much more discreet option than bulky metal brackets. There’s no need to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your dental gear when you can barely see it! That said, some patients have run into challenges with their aligner trays becoming somewhat tinted, which defeats the purpose of “invisible” orthodontics. If you’ve noticed your Invisalign is turning yellow, read on to learn 2 reasons this happens and what you can do to prevent it.


How Braces Help Your Oral Health

August 22, 2023

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A dentist with blue gloves holding a mirror in the mouth of a woman with brown hair and eyes with braces

Jaw pain can put a real damper on your daily life. It’s no fun to feel throbbing anytime you chew- or even open your mouth to talk. This is unfortunately the reality for patients who frequently grind their teeth or have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Thankfully, your orthodontist can help! You may not have been aware, but straighter teeth aren’t the only benefit of braces. Continue reading to learn more about 4 ways braces contribute to your oral health!


Invisalign Refinements: What Are They and How Do They Work?

August 11, 2023

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Smiling dentist

Invisalign treatment can straighten a smile in a shorter amount of time than traditional braces using appliances that are only barely visible, but even this ingenious process could use some help sometimes. When things aren’t moving quite on schedule, Invisalign refinements come in handy for keeping treatment on track. Here’s what you need to know about when refinements are necessary and how they work.


Colors of Rubbers Bands That Accentuate White Teeth

July 28, 2023

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Dental model used for bracesIf you’re ready to invest in a straight smile with braces, you’ll face an important decision – picking a color for the rubber bands you’ll need to wear. It’s normal to have concerns about the appearance of brackets and wires. Adding rubber bands can cause your anxiety to rise because you may not want to draw even more attention to your mouth. However, you can also use the bands to showcase your bright personality. No matter how you feel about wearing them, the color you choose can affect the way your teeth look. The wrong color can make your teeth look aged and dull, while others can make your smile pop. Here is how to choose the best color for your smile.


Can You Still Get Cavities if You Have Invisalign?

July 11, 2023

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Hand holding a clear aligner over blue background

One of the benefits of wearing Invisalign over traditional braces is that you get to eat whatever you want. However, you should still be consuming sugary and acidic treats and beverages in moderation and properly cleaning your teeth. While aligners cover and shield your teeth, you can’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. Here’s why you can still get cavities if you have Invisalign.


Will It Hurt to Have My Invisalign Attachments Removed?

June 9, 2023

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a patient smiling and holding their Invisalign aligner

These days, more patients than ever before are realizing that a picture-perfect smile can easily be achieved with the help of Invisalign. These remarkably innovative clear aligners have completely taken the world of modern dentistry by storm thanks to their convenience, subtlety, and quicker treatment timeline compared to braces. However, sometimes patients with Invisalign must also receive attachments in order to ensure that the trays perform their expected function. Here’s a brief explanation of what these attachments are and what you can expect if you need them.

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