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What Are Mail Order Orthodontics and Why Do They Fall Short?

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It’s understandable that people want to get their teeth straightened to look good on pictures and to show off to their friends. It’s not a new concept, because thousands of people from all walks of life want the same thing. A set of straight, healthy teeth is a great thing to wish for.

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9 Signs of a Good Orthodontist

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An orthodontist will be working with you for months to help you achieve the perfect smile, so you need to choose carefully when selecting one. There are a few key features you should try to keep an eye out for when looking for an orthodontist for you and your family. If you are wondering, “What are the qualities of a good orthodontist?” Then keep reading to find out!

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

adult thumbs up smilingAre Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

When most people think of orthodontic work, they picture a teenager with a full set of metal braces smiling in their school picture. This classic image is often what deters adults from going for orthodontic work themselves.

In many cases, your parents might not have had the funds to get braces for you or you might have had extensive orthodontic work done only to stop maintaining the results and now feel like you can benefit from going back for braces. You might be wondering, “Are braces still worth it as an adult?” and the simple answer is, yes.

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2018

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

Cost is a major factor that must be weighed into your decision to seek orthodontic treatment. Today, you have many options available to help straighten your teeth and create a more beautiful smile. For most people, it will come down to two main options: Invisalign and the traditional wire braces with which most people are familiar. Understanding the differences between the two types of appliances is critical to deciding whether or not the cost should be a significant factor regarding which way you go with your treatment.

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For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face. – Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

smileMake Other People Feel Better By Smiling At Them

Dejan Stojanovic is a poet who believes that you can put a smile on someone else’s face for a moment to make them feel better. Whenever you walk past another person, it is important to smile at her because it will lift her mood. Most individuals enjoy smiling at others, but if you have crooked teeth, then you might avoid smiling at anyone. You can fix your smile by visiting an orthodontist who provides treatment with braces or Invisalign aligners. The amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices varies, but in many cases, you will only need to wear aligners for a year to repair small gaps between your teeth.

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Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean Your Tongue

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You know that brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is imperative to prevent cavities and bad breath, but it is also important to clean your tongue. Food and beverage debris collect on the surface of your tongue, leading to bacterial growth. This buildup of debris and bacteria develops a foul odor, causing halitosis. Not only will you have bad breath from this smelly debris, but also, you can develop a foul taste in your mouth. It is easy to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste to remove this debris, but a better method is using a specialized tongue scraper.

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

In the past few years, Invisalign has quickly been gaining popularity in the orthodontic world. Though many people thought it was too good to be true at first, the results of patients who used the process speak for themselves. This method of correcting teeth without using metal braces is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after orthodontic procedures. Here are the answers to all of the questions you may have had about the aligner method.

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Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck Your Toothbrush

toothbrushChuck Your Toothbrush

If you are using an old toothbrush, then it is not removing all of the food debris from your teeth. In addition, an old toothbrush will contain a lot of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis or halitosis. Your orthodontist will tell you to replace your toothbrush every three months, but if a toothbrush’s bristles look frayed, then throw it away before buying a new one. The best way to remember to replace a toothbrush is by marking a date on a calendar, and it is a good plan to buy new toothbrushes for everyone in your family at the same time.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

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Brushing Too Often or Too Hard

Getting braces like Invisalign is one of the best ways to enhance and protect your smile, providing a lifetime benefit. However, some people with dental hardware get over zealous in caring for their teeth during orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t overdo it

Everyone should brush daily with appropriate equipment like a clean toothbrush and dental floss. However, you don’t need to spend five or ten minutes at it. Dentists and orthodontists often recommend brushing for one to two minutes at a time. Check with your orthodontist to find out his or her recommendation for brushing while wearing braces.

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