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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Adult Braces – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

According to toothbrush manufacturer Oral-B, 20% of the people who wear braces these days are adults. That’s a little surprising because most of us associate braces with adolescence. But some adults never had the opportunity to have their teeth straightened when they were kids and had to live with a crooked smile or a malformed bite. Today there are new products on the market that have eliminated the old “metal mouth” look we associated with growing up. Today’s orthodontic techniques are [...]

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Why You’re Never Too Old For Braces

We know; when you think of braces you think of eight-year-olds, right? It’s certainly a common sight in elementary and middle school after the 12-year permanent molars have erupted and the baby teeth have fallen out. That’s the perfect time to correct overbites, crowding, or spacing issues that can cause problems later on in life. But what if you’re a working adult that never had the benefit of braces when you were a kid? You’ve dealt with a mouthful of misaligned [...]

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Do Braces Hurt?

The most common question we hear from patients of any age is, “Will my braces hurt?” The answer is generally, no, but there is some soreness after each adjustment. Let us walk you through this step-by-step. The retractors are the metal tools used to hold your mouth open and your tongue down when you’re fitted for braces. It might be a little uncomfortable but it doesn’t actually hurt. It’s more awkward than anything else. Next, the conditioning, rinsing, drying and tooth sealing process is absolutely [...]

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Where Did Braces Come From?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, braces were worn prior to 400 BC! Back then it appears that catgut supplied the bands around teeth that were designed to straighten them. We have definitely come a long way in orthodontics! Today’s teeth-straightening products are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. Let’s look at some of the interesting history of the traditional “metal mouth” braces and learn how we made it to today’s “invisible braces.” Who You Calling Brace Face? History [...]

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