Category Archives: Orthodontics

Wearing and Caring for Your Retainer

How should I take care of my retainer? Most retainers are removable, meaning that you take them out when eating, brushing and flossing. For this reason, they are easy to misplace. Many people wrap their retainers in a napkin when … Continue reading

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Broken Braces or Wires

Problems with braces can include: * Broken braces (brackets) * Broken wires * Loose bands * Loose braces * Wires sticking out Call and discuss the problem with your orthodontist or office staff. You may need to visit right away, … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces

Oral care throughout orthodontic treatment Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible. While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care … Continue reading

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Space Maintainers for Premature Tooth Loss

Baby teeth aren’t just for chewing. Each one also acts as a guide for the permanent tooth that replaces it. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth loses its guide. It can drift or erupt incorrectly … Continue reading

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Adults and Braces

Why are more adults getting braces? As braces have become less bulky and visible in recent years, more and more adults are wearing them, for a variety of reasons. Some adults want to correct problems with their teeth or jaws … Continue reading

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Orthodontics: Braces and More

What Is Orthodontics? Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth and face. Treatment can correct an irregular or “bad” bite, also known as a malocclusion. Orthodontic care involves the use of … Continue reading

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Diastemas and Treatment Options

What is a Diastema and How do I Treat It? A “diastema” is an area of extra space between two or more teeth. The two front teeth of the upper jaw area is where diastema is most frequently seen. Many … Continue reading

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Bringing Teeth into Alignment with Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists reports that in the United States 4.5 million people are wearing braces or other dental appliances to straighten teeth and provide a healthy, beautiful smile1. As many of us know, an orthodontist is a dentist … Continue reading

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Diastema (Gap Between Teeth)

What Is It? A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth. It appears most often between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth. A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones … Continue reading

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Early Orthodontics May Mean Less Treatment Later

Look at yearbook or prom pictures from the 1950s or ’60s and you’ll see many smiles framed with heavy metal braces. It’s a sight that’s less common in high schools today. Why the change? Children today tend to get braces … Continue reading

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