New Orthodontic Articles

What are lingual braces?

More and more adults are seeking to improve their bite and fix any malocclusions. Among their greatest concerns, however, is the appearance of braces and the amount of time that these brace will be in their mouths. While Invisalign and other clear plastic retainer types of orthodontic treatment have been used to solve the cosmetic appearance of braces, these systems cannot correct all orthodontic cases.

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Does my child need a palatal expander?

Interceptive orthodontics is a modality used by orthodontists and pediatric dentists on young children in order to mitigate the amount of orthodontics that will be needed as the child reaches adolescence. 

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What are Damon Braces?

Over the past generation, tremendous advances have been made in the field of orthodontics. Among the newest treatment modalities which has received a lot of positive attention in the orthodontic world is Damon Braces.

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Facts about flossing

Among the most important and simple tools in maintaining oral health is the daily use of dental floss.

1. Even if you brush on a regular basis, food and bacteria gather in the spaces between the teeth. The most effective way of removing the food and bacteria is using dental floss.

2. It is important that you floss gently. As important as it is that you get rid of all of the harmful particles from between your teeth, doing so too vigorously can severely irritate your gums.

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Caring for and living with braces

A vast majority of people have concerns about the aesthetic appearance of their teeth or are concerned with their bite. In order to correct these malocclusions or cosmetic issues, today’s dentistry offers multiple options for orthodontic correction.

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What is interceptive orthodontics?

Historically, most patients did not commence orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted and then had a malocclusion diagnosed and addressed at the age of about 12-14. Waiting this long often necessitated the extraction of several permanent teeth in order to create space for orthodontic movement. More extensive movement necessitated the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. It was noted that teen cooperation in wearing such appliances was often problematic.

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What is Invisalign and how does it work?  Am I the right candidate?

Malocclusion is defined as a bite which deviates from perfection.   Colloquially, these malocclusions are referred to as “bad bites” and affect patients of all ages in a variety of ways. Symptoms of a bite problem include gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, as well as trouble speaking and chewing properly. There are many different types and severities of malocclusions, which will determine the modality of orthodontic treatment recommended by your dentist or orthodontist.  Today, in many cases, there are many alternatives to traditional braces which have been used by orthodontists for over 100 years. Many patients, both teens and adults may benefit from an alternative orthodontic treatment known as Invisalign.

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Your child's tooth eruption patterns

The growth of baby teeth is an important milestone in any child’s life. It generally signals the halfway point to a child’s first birthday.  Pediatric dental care is an essential part of a child’s overall health and wellness. Understanding how a child’s teeth erupt and the care of these primary teeth is vital to parents and their children alike.

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Why are annual dental exams important? 

Are you doing all you can to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible? You may not realize it, but it is likely you can be doing more when it comes to your oral health and hygiene. While brushing, flossing, and monitoring your diet are important parts of your dental health maintenance, it is equally important to visit your dental office at least twice a year for a full dental checkup. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis for such checkups is important because they allow your dental professional to uncover any developing problem areas or conditions that may need treatment. For example, regular dental checkups often reveal the development of tooth decay or periodontal disease, both of which benefit from early detection and early intervention.

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