Orthodontic Fact #3 Here’s a fun fact: All orthodontists are dentists, but only 5 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Confusing, isn’t it?


Math, Analogies and Orthodontia!

Who would have thought that a square is to a rectangle as an orthodontist is to a dentist? As we all learned in high-school math class, squares are special kinds of rectangles. All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. The same relationship can be seen between orthodontia and dentistry. All orthodontists are dentists, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. In fact, here’s a bit more math for you: only five percent of dentists are orthodontists!

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Orthodontic Fact #2 A brace is one type of dental appliance that an orthodontist can use depending on the patient’s needs. Other appliances may be suggested to treat a specific jaw or mouth deformity.

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Braces are a time-honored way to straighten teeth and correct bite problems. Unfortunately, they are unsightly and hard to keep clean. An orthodontist places the brackets of metal upon your teeth during a visit. Whether you are a child or older, you may wish to have a less visible way to make you teeth straight and your smile great.

Is There an Alternative to Braces When Straightening Your Teeth?

Invisalign remains one of the best ways to straighten your teeth without having the “train tracks” look of traditional straightening methods give. The aligners work gradually and gently, and may cause you much less discomfort to wear than do regular braces. Invisalign’s trays are a great alternative for teeth straightening when mild to moderate tooth crowding is present. They also work very well for people whose teeth have relapsed after traditional traditional straightening methods.

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Orthodontic Fact #1 Almost 25% of patients that wore braces had to get them again after treatment because they failed to wear retainers as they were advised

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This is an interesting fact that many people are unaware of, especially teenagers. However, if your child wants the treatment to be a success, she will need to wear the retainer as instructed. Remind your child that wearing the retainer correctly the first time could help reduce the risk of needing braces again. This could be just the motivation that your child needs.

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Preparing for Your First Orthodontic Appointment


After a recent visit with the dentist, you learned that your children need to see an orthodontist. The dentist explained that their teeth are crooked, and serious issues will likely manifest if these issues are unresolved. Your kids may feel nervous about visiting this specialist, and when you can’t explain to them what the appointment can entail, then their trepidation may increase.

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“Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Teresa

Smile QuoteYou’ve been told that you need to seek orthodontic treatment, and you’re not too thrilled with that news. However, this treatment is going to improve your smile, and when you fully comprehend Mother Teresa’s profound words in this smile quote, you’ll understand why they’re so important.

Peace with Yourself

When people say to smile for peace, they mean a whole slew of things. However, one of the most important people to find peace with is yourself. The ability to smile with confidence and to know that your teeth look stunning can help to bring you a certain outward peace. Even more so, braces present you with a challenge, and when you can smile despite a challenge, you’ve conquered more than many people have been able to.

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How Do I Clean my Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners give you all the benefits of braces, with none of the public embarrassment or hassles that you associated with traditional braces. School would have gone far easier if they had been around when we were kids. However, like your teeth, they can fall victim to plaque and tartar, which can lead to staining, and worse, bad breath. But no worries! With a few simple tricks at your disposal, through which you can have your aligners good as new in no time.

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