Thumb Sucking And Binky Wearing

Thumb Sucking And Binky Wearing

Thumb Sucking And Binky Wearing Did you know that every child is born with the need to suck? Thumb sucking and binky sucking habits are normal behaviors for children to soothe themselves. But the question we hear all the time is: when do I need to stop my child! As the child grows, the comforting habit can begin to cause more harm than good. While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit can do damage to the jaw’s growth pattern. Dr. Hough recommends completely stopping the...

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Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene While undergoing orthodontic treatment, oral hygiene is extremely important. Proper brushing and flossing is vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It is essential in preventing the development of stains, streaks or other structural damage on the teeth. The damage can present itself in the form of permanent white spots, brown spots, cavities, and/or gum disease. In order to prevent this from happening, you must develop a good system of cleaning your teeth and gums every day. At your initial braces or appliance placement appointment, one of our staff members will teach you how to...

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What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist & an Orthodontist

What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist & an Orthodontist

What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist & an Orthodontist? How many times a day or even a week, do you search for something on google? The internet has ushered in an amazing time, the Information Age. The downside to the vast knowledge of humankind at our fingertips is that there is a plethora of information that often is misinformation and/or confusing with conflicting articles available in top searches for consumers. Myth or Fact? Someone who offers braces or Invisalign is an orthodontist. That is in fact a myth. While general dentist are able to perform orthodontic treatment, only an...

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I Don’t Need An Orthodontist, My Dentist Does Invisalign

I Don’t Need An Orthodontist, My Dentist Does Invisalign

I Don’t Need An Orthodontist, My Dentist Does Invisalign Many dentists and orthodontists alike are trained in administering Invisalign to patients. This begs a crucial question: “Should I get Invisalign from a dentist or an orthodontist?” The answer lies in specialty. General dentists who are treating with Invisalign have a team of orthodontists thousands of miles away behind the scene creating the treatment plan for the patient. The dentist is relying heavily on the 2-3 additional years of schooling the orthodontists have undergone to create those treatment plans. While they are trained in the area of general dentistry, generally speaking,...

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Can I Do It Myself?

Can I Do It Myself?

Can I Do It Myself? Clear aligners are an excellent way to straighten teeth because they are incredibly discreet. They surround the teeth like a clear retainer would, but by working on a set treatment plan they can move teeth from a crooked position to a straight position. However, as uncomplicated as that may seem, there are several extremely important factors that must be taken into account: How fast will my teeth move? What happens if my teeth don’t move the way they are supposed to move? How will I make sure my teeth continue to fit together properly during...

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