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3 Must-Know Tips for Returning to Work with Braces

June 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 4:45 pm
a person with braces smiling while using a laptop

Braces are perhaps the most tried-and-true of all orthodontic solutions, capable of assisting patients of all ages with achieving straighter smiles, and boosted confidence. However, the orthodontic journey isn’t always a cakewalk, and adults who receive braces might encounter specific challenges as they return to work. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and preparation, these small obstacles can be minimized or even prevented entirely. Here are three useful tips from your orthodontist that’ll pave the way for a smooth return to work after getting braces.


Can I Get Invisalign If I Grind My Teeth?

May 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 10:39 pm
person holding clear aligner trays

Bruxism, the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, often occurs during sleep and can be influenced by stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Misaligned teeth can also contribute to this condition, raising the question of whether orthodontic treatment can be beneficial. Bruxism can lead to dental complications and discomfort. If you’re contemplating Invisalign as a potential solution for bruxism, continue reading to discover its advantages in managing this condition.


5 Common Problems with Braces & How to Fix Them

May 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 10:33 pm
closeup of person in blue shirt with jaw pain

Braces work wonders in correcting crooked teeth by gently applying pressure to guide them into proper alignment. This process stimulates the bone cells to reshape and generate new tissue, ultimately resulting in a beautiful smile. However, it’s important to be aware that certain common issues may arise during the teeth-straightening journey. Read on as we explore five of the most typical problems with braces and offer practical solutions to ensure a smooth orthodontic experience.


The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Clear Aligners

April 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 6:03 pm
Patient rinsing off their clear aligners in the sink

Between the removable aligners, lack of dietary restrictions, and easy oral hygiene regimens, Invisalign has earned a reputation for being relatively hassle-free. Of course, there are still a few responsibilities that come with this discreet orthodontic treatment, including caring for your aligners properly. Although they are custom-made just for you and crafted from see-through, high-quality plastic, they can become warped and stained if you adopt the wrong habits. To prevent that from happening, read on to learn the dos and don’ts of caring for clear aligners!


Is it Possible to Need Braces Twice?

April 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 11:51 pm
young person with braces

If you’ve been dealing with a misaligned smile for a long time, getting braces can completely change the way that you look and feel about yourself. However, if you’ve ever had braces in the past, you may have found that you need them again for one reason or another.

As it turns out, this isn’t a unique phenomenon. There are quite a few reasons why someone may need to get braces twice. Here are a few examples.


What Phase 1 Orthodontics Could Do for Your Child

March 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 6:20 am
smiling child with braces

If you’re a parent, you may have noticed that it seems like kids are getting braces much younger than they used to. If you have a second or third-grader, they may have even asked you if they could get braces like the kids at school.

Some children could benefit from so-called “phase 1” orthodontic treatment. If you want to know who that could be, and whether your child could be one of them, here’s a guide with some potentially useful information.


Some Lunch-Friendly Foods for Kids with Braces

February 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 8:27 am
A young boy wearing metal braces

As your child starts wearing metal braces, they may feel excited about doing so. After all, the appliance will help their teeth look so much better! That said, this orthodontic journey will require some dietary changes. Your youngster’s braces might break or fail otherwise. Thankfully, your local orthodontist can explain how to proceed. To that end, here’s a summary of lunch-friendly foods to pack for kids who have braces.


Can Invisalign Work if You Have Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers?

February 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 6:51 am
A woman receiving an Invisalign tray

Like many people, you may want to try Invisalign. After all, its aligners can straighten teeth discretely and effectively! That said, perhaps you fear it doesn’t work with dental prosthetics. Maybe your crown would get in the way, or the trays would dislodge your veneers. Well, the truth is that Invisalign is compatible with such dental add-ons. To prove it, your local orthodontist is here to explain things. Read on, then, to learn how Invisalign can work with crowns, bridges, and even veneers.


What Rubber Band Colors Will Make My Teeth Look Whiter?

January 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 5:11 pm
a closeup of braces with colored rubber bands

As effective as they are when it comes to straightening smiles, traditional braces aren’t exactly subtle, and you might not be too thrilled about having to wear the metal brackets and wires for an extended period of time. However, did you know the color of the rubber bands that you wear on your brackets can actually influence the appearance of your teeth? In fact, certain colors can even accentuate the color of your teeth and give your smile a nice glow throughout your braces journey! Here’s more about which colors you should consider and which you should steer clear of when it comes to rubber bands.


What Are Invisalign Refinements & Why Do I Need Them?

January 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 5:54 pm
a closeup of a patient holding Invisalign

Invisalign has taken the world of modern dentistry by storm! These incredible aligners are revolutionary when it comes to correcting alignment issues and providing patients with a beautifully-straightened set of teeth. However, the Invisalign process is somewhat nuanced; every so often, patients will need to wear extra sets of trays to “refine” their treatment and achieve their desired results. But what exactly are these refinements and why are they necessary? Keep reading to learn more!

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