Enjoying Halloween With Braces

Halloween can be an exciting time for children of all ages and there is no reason to feel left out of the fun if you are wearing braces. Some Halloween treats like nuts and caramels can wreak havoc on braces. Eating these hard or sticky foods can loosen braces from the teeth or bend the wires which can unnecessarily lengthen your orthodontic treatment or cause unintentional…

Your First Orthodontic Visit

Deciding to have orthodontic treatment and choosing an orthodontist are important decisions. You may be wondering what to expect at your first visit at our office. Typically at this appointment, we will obtain diagnostic information about your teeth and discuss different options for treatment. We take the time to address your particular concerns and answer any questions you may have about orthodontic…

Getting Your Braces During The Summer

Summertime is an exciting and busy time for orthodontic offices. Many of our patients like to have their braces placed during the summer months when they have more time available and can adjust to the braces.

The initial orthodontic appointments generally take more time.  The first appointment is to make a plan for orthodontic treatment, take photos and molds of the teeth.  At the next appointment…

Oral Hygiene and Orthodontic Treatment

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene when you have braces is even more important than before. Braces and wires create many areas where plaque and food can collect and make it more difficult to remove debris from your teeth. It is best to brush after every meal and snack and once before you go to bed. A good brushing technique concentrates on cleaning the front and back side and biting surface of every…

What Age?

What is the right age to start orthodontic treatment? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that a child’s first visit with the orthodontist should occur at age 7. The vast majority of patients will not need any orthodontic treatment at this early age but it is beneficial to check the development of the permanent teeth and to see if the bite is favorable. Any developing orthodontic…

Why Braces?

Have you ever wondered if you might benefit from braces?  Your dentist can tell you that well aligned teeth can make brushing easier and improve the health of your teeth. Unlike in the past, today it is entirely possible, with good dental care, to maintain your teeth for life. Besides straightening your teeth, braces may also be able to improve the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. By…

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