Category: General Information

Can I drink soda with braces?
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Can I drink soda with braces?

Last week we talked about the sugars in soda being harmful to your teeth. But did you know that it is not just the sugar in soda that is harmful to our teeth? Harmful effects of carbonation Sodas are carbonated and many contain acids like phosphoric acid and citric acid. These acids weaken and erode...

Soda, sugar bugs & tooth decay: What you need to know.
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Soda, sugar bugs & tooth decay: What you need to know.

This month our conversation is all about beverages and orthodontic appliances. Most patients undergoing treatment or who are getting ready to start treatment are familiar with the foods that should be avoided, but beverages are a little less familiar. In this post, we are going to discuss the hazards of soda and tooth decay. Is...

10 Tips for Braces Pain Relief
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10 Tips for Braces Pain Relief

Braces are now more comfortable, and durable than ever. Fitting into braces for the first and hopefully, only time, however does take some getting used to. To alleviate any discomfort here are 10 tips  A warm salt water rinse can combat some of the pain associated with having new braces. Warmer water is able to...

Why 2 Phases of treatment are sometimes necessary
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Why 2 Phases of treatment are sometimes necessary

Problems that will eventually need orthodontic attention are oftentimes evident and obvious long before a child has all of their permanent teeth. Depending on the type of problem a child has, an AAO orthodontist may recommend a two-phase treatment plan. This means that treatment is done at two different times, often to take advantage of...

Your Aging Smile
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Your Aging Smile

It’s no secret, you can see the changes over time.  As you age, so does your smile. Your teeth wear down as you chew through a lifetime of meals.  But did you know that your teeth continue to shift and move well into adulthood? 4 common changes orthodontists see in patients as they age:  Bottom...

Tips for loving your braces this Valentine’s Day
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Tips for loving your braces this Valentine’s Day

No matter your age, undergoing orthodontic treatment can be a big adjustment. The new hardware in your mouth may not be your favorite Valentine’s Day look, but you are taking proactive steps towards improving your smile and oral health. The perfect smile not only boosts confidence and projects friendliness, it is also healthy! Straight teeth...

Going on vacation? Here are some simple tips to remember.
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Going on vacation? Here are some simple tips to remember.

Going on vacation can be tough while wearing braces. There are so many temptations on a daily basis, but vacation seems to make it harder to stay away from items on the no-no list. W have put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you...

All about that toothpaste
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All about that toothpaste

Toothpaste: it’s something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf. When facing that daunting shelf and presented with the dozens of products boasting different benefits, don’t get overwhelmed. Here’s some things to think about when choosing your next tube of...

Benefits of Summer Orthodontics
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Benefits of Summer Orthodontics

For many families, summer time is the best season of the year!  Spending time outdoors and on family vacations are some of the most popular activities for this time of year. With school out for a couple months, summer is the perfect time to get started with orthodontic treatment, whether it’s for you or your...

Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
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Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting

Did you know that babies are born with the need to suck?  Thumb, finger, and pacifier sucking are perfectly natural ways for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as the child grows, there comes a point when this comforting activity becomes and habit, causing more harm than good. While it is completely natural for...