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Is It Possible to Close the Gaps Where I Lost Two Teeth?

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Is It Possible to Close the Gaps Where I Lost Two Teeth?

Perhaps you’re missing teeth for one reason or another. It may have even come from a root canal. You might be asking yourself, “How can I close the gaps if I have two missing teeth?” You actually have a few possibilities available to you, but you should understand the risks and the benefits before you take on any of them. This will help you to decide which one is the right choice for you.

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Effects of Vaping on Teeth

Vaping is the new hip and trending way to get away from cigarettes without giving up the habit entirely. People of all ages are either switching to vaping after a lifetime of smoking cigarettes or they are just taking up the habit to have something fun and interesting to do. With all of the delicious flavors and cool machines, it’s no wonder that so many people are tempted to try vaping to experience what others are raving about. The Effects of Vaping on Teeth are profound. Read on for the full lowdown.

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Orthodontic Fact #11 “In 1000 BC, the ancient Greeks fashioned a catgut or metal strips with goat or sheep intestines to correct teeth deformities. Be thankful that you are living in the 21st century.”

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Orthodontic Fact #11 “In 1000 BC, the ancient Greeks fashioned a catgut or metal strips with goat or sheep intestines to correct teeth deformities. Be thankful that you are living in the 21st century.”

It just goes to show that even the ancients had their issues with teeth. They figured out an ingenious way to straighten tooth issues that we have incorporated into our practice. No, we don’t use catgut, goat or sheep intestines. However, because of their ingenuity, we have learned to improve our procedures and techniques.

Learning from the past and improving on it is one of the ways we operate here at McDermott Orthodontics. It is fascinating to note that the metal strips the Greeks used to straighten their teeth are the basis for the metal braces still worn today. It is equally fascinating that most, but not all, the skill set the Greeks acquired by trial and error is being used today.

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Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces – Follow Your Orthodontic Facility’s Food Guidelines

At your orthodontic facility, the orthodontist will give you a list of foods that you are permitted to eat while undergoing treatment. In addition, there are foods that you must avoid to protect the delicate wires and brackets that are straightening your teeth. In many cases, the foods that you cannot eat while undergoing orthodontic treatment are also unhealthy foods that provide few minerals or vitamins.

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If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

Short of having a fairy godmother who could wave a magic wand and produce perfectly straight teeth, the best option to straighten teeth is still with conventional orthodontic treatment. With advances in dental and orthodontic science, there are a lot more options: metal brackets, clear plastic brackets, and ceramic brackets. The disadvantage to all of these, however, is that they’re attached to the teeth for the duration of treatment. Enter a completely new system – an option to traditional metal orthodontic treatment offered by orthodontists.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.6: “Starting In the Same Place Each Time”

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Starting In the Same Place Each Time

It is important for you to brush your teeth at least twice each day, but experts recommend beginning to brush in a different location each time. When you put toothpaste on a toothbrush, most of it remains on the first tooth that you begin to brush. This is giving the same tooth a more thorough cleansing with the fluoridated toothpaste to prevent the decay that leads to cavities. Unfortunately, the other teeth inside your mouth are receiving less fluoride, and these teeth are more likely to develop cavities.

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How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

When the Invisalign system of aligners first became available in 2000, it opened up new possibilities for patients to achieve the straightest, healthiest smile with less impact to their daily life during treatment. Before that time, the only option for patients with crooked teeth or bite issues was traditional metal hardware.

Today, the aligner system has become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care nationwide. In particular, professional adults and teens tend to favor aligners because they are less visible to colleagues and peers. However, traditional orthodontic treatment also continues to be a popular choice and offers some types of benefits no other system can yet provide.

In this post, learn how Invisalign and traditional braces are different and how to select the treatment approach that best serves your needs or the needs of your child or teen.

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