Orthodontics: Improving Oral and Overall Health

Metal braces, Invisalign, retainers, and other orthodontic appliances have long been solutions to crooked teeth and misaligned bites. While orthodontic treatments are best for correcting problematic teeth, their benefits go much further. Orthodontics and health actually go hand in hand. In other words, orthodontics can improve both oral and overall health, which makes fixing poor…

Six Month Smiles: Do These Braces Really Work?

Though everyone would love to have perfectly straight teeth, many avoid receiving treatment due to the cost, inconvenience, or treatment time most straightening methods present. With this, a newer form of braces has gained popularity in the last few years for their short treatment time. Six Month Smiles, increasingly offered by more dentists, offers patients…

The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

Orthodontic appliances, such as braces, retainers, Invisalign, and even headgear have long been used as the safest and most effective way to straighten teeth. In the last few years, however, DIY orthodontics have become a growing trend as a more affordable way to straighten teeth. While DIY braces claim to provide satisfactory results, unforeseen, negative…

What’s the Cause of Your Crooked Teeth?

We’d all love to prevent crooked teeth before orthodontic treatment is required, but that’s not always possible. You see, crooked teeth are often believed to be a result of genetics, and that includes overbites, underbites, and more. However, some research actually shows problematic teeth and misaligned bites are not the result of genetics, but of…

Managing and Preventing an Orthodontic Emergency

While not every orthodontic issue can be considered an emergency, some cases call for immediate treatment. In the event of an orthodontic emergency, it can be crucial to see an orthodontist immediately, as damage to brackets and wires could potentially lengthen treatment time. The initial estimated length of treatment doesn’t consider damaged appliances, so it…

Why Traditional Braces Are Still Beneficial

In an age where Invisalign braces are growing in popularity, traditional braces still remain as one of the most effective orthodontic treatments. Though Invisalign can treat a variety of orthodontic issues, metal braces are a less expensive route to perfect teeth. Invisalign isn’t suitable for every patient, whereas traditional braces are. Additionally, there are some…

Maintaining Your Perfect Teeth

Every patient looks forward to the moment they have their braces removed. Receiving orthodontic treatment and be a long process, but the results are often very rewarding. However, the right care is necessary in keeping those results. In other words, maintaining your perfect teeth after having your braces removed is essential. Who wants all that…

Orthodontics: A Brief History

Modern-day braces and orthodontic appliances have come a long way in recent years, but do you know how long brace-like appliances have been used? You may be surprised to hear that the first orthodontic treatments date back to the time of ancient Egyptians. Though the first braces came to be over 1,000 years later, orthodontic…

The Importance of Early Stage Correction

As dental technology has advanced, the optimal treatment methods have as well. For years, orthodontic braces were not placed until the patient’s teeth had fully developed, often during teenage years. But now braces can be placed much earlier, often while the teeth are still developing. Early stage correction has had far-reaching benefits for both patients…

Caring for Teeth With Braces

Traditional braces often make regular dental care a bit of a hassle as it’s hard to brush every area, floss between brackets, and keep food from getting stuck. Because this can be such a pain, many patients don’t keep their teeth as clean as they should, which poses a number of problems down the line.…