Yearly Archives - 2017

Invisible braces? Ask Dr. Truman!

No matter your age, everyone deserves a nice, straight white smile. While traditional metal braces have been straightening the teeth of adolescents and adults for decades. But now there are other teeth straightening options that are more cosmetically appealing. We’re talking about Invisalign braces, the clear custom-made trays that function much like the old-school wire braces of the past. This article looks more closely at the Invisalign product and the types of situations where it offers an alternative to traditional [...]

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How to beat bad breath

Halitosis is awful. What’s even worse? You may not realize you have it. Halitosis is bad breath or an unattractive odor that emanates from the mouth. While bad breath can be common after eating onions or garlic, real halitosis is persistent even after brushing and rinsing with mouthwash. What’s the Cause of Bad Breath? It’s not really the cavities or eating stinky food or even gum disease that’s the real culprit of halitosis. The real problem is bacteria – and your mouth is [...]

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Am I too old for braces?

The U.S. News & World Report tells us that there are around 1.5 million adult orthodontic patients in the United States and Canada. This statistic would seem to suggest that you are never too old to have a white, healthy, smile, free from crooked teeth. This article looks more closely at the things to consider if you are an adult seeking to straighten teeth or correct your bite. Comfortable Braces – Not an Oxymoron The art and science behind orthodontics have come a [...]

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Can teenagers have invisible braces?

Being a teenager is hard. Bullying and teasing at that age is almost a “normal” part of the adolescent high school experience. The last thing a lot of teens want to do at that age is stand out. Unfortunately, orthodontics in the form of braces can cause a big change in appearance, which is easy to notice. That’s why we often field questions about “invisible” braces for teenagers. This article looks at the options for a type of braces that [...]

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Living with braces part 2 – How do I keep these things clean?

We’ve tackled the sticky issue (get it?) of what not to eat with your new braces. Following the rules related to avoiding big chewy bites, sticky caramel, or even corn on the cob, will help you keep your braces clean. We already understand that some of these rules don’t necessarily apply to the clear Invisalign trays, which can be removed for eating. But say you have traditional metal braces, which are still the most common types out there. When you first get [...]

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Living with Braces Part 1 – What do I eat?

Eating tootsie rolls when you have braces is a bad thing. Actually, eating tootsie rolls is always a bad thing if you’re trying to stay healthy. Come to think of it, people that are trying to stay healthy actually eat a lot of the same things we’re going to recommend for our patients with braces. If you’re a new patient with braces, whether they are Invisalign or metal braces, this article will tell you what you should eat – and what [...]

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Advances in Braces

If you’re old enough to remember the silvery metal “train tracks” of braces when you were a kid, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve come a long way over the years. Today’s modern braces are more comfortable and less bulky than they’ve ever been. Advances in the cosmetic appeal of Dentistry appliances have allowed even “invisible” braces to straighten your teeth. Let’s look at how braces have improved from the old days of “metal mouth” to today’s more appealing options. From [...]

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8 things you need to know before getting braces

Making the step towards braces can be a little scary. You’re worried about the cost or if they might hurt. If the braces are for a teenager, you might be worried that they’re not responsible enough to take care of them. We’ve found the right information can make all the difference. We’ve compiled eight pieces of information that will help inform and prepare you for this big step. Braces R Us – Healthy Smiles are Right Around the Corner It’s not just [...]

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Best toothbrushes for Braces

If you have traditional or ceramic braces, we know keeping your teeth clean can be a challenge. The cool thing about braces is once your teeth are straightened they become much easier to clean. With Straight teeth you won’t have to force the floss between your teeth, and it will be easier to remove plaque. But in the meantime, you must work hard to make sure each wire is clean, along with the teeth and gums underneath. That’s why we’re [...]

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What are different types of braces?

Like dentistry itself, braces have come a long way. We’ve seen improvements even in the past decade that have made the process of realigning your teeth more comfortable and less invasive than they’ve ever been before. In fact, the days of having “metal head” can be completely eliminated with the latest braces that are virtually invisible. If you’ve always wanted to straighten your crooked smile, but didn’t like the look of braces, you’ll be glad to know you have plenty [...]

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