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

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

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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9 Signs of a Good Orthodontist

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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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

More adults are choosing to get braces than ever before. This may be due to the cost, which has become more affordable for some people, or their health insurance will cover at least part of the cost. Also, orthodontic work has become more widespread and publicly acceptable, especially with the introduction of special products like Invisalign that make braces appear nearly invisible to the casual observer.

Orthodontic research has led to important advances that make this type of treatment safer and more comfortable than previously. Skilled orthodontists treat thousands of patients each year in ages ranging from adolescence to the senior years. One question comes up frequently when orthodontic treatment is discussed: Are braces painful?

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

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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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It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. ― Steve Maraboli

A smile is easy to give and costs no money

Everyone can do it. It’s a gift that feels as good to the giver as it does to the person who receives it. A smile from a stranger warms the heart and is universally understood all over the world. Sometimes it really makes someone’s day go from sad to happy with the simple movement of some facial muscles.

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[Learn More] How Widely Spaced Teeth Impacts Your Overall Health

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A perfect smile is always in fashion

It is common for gaps between the teeth to develop at every stage in life. For young children, this could simply mean that a child’s jaw has outgrown their baby teeth, and it will self-correct as the adult teeth come in. However, older teens and adults with widely spaced teeth will need to be more concerned. This is because widely spaced teeth do not just represent a potential issue with your appearance, they could also be signs of developing health problems or represent an actual threat to your health. Therefore, it is always best to talk to an orthodontist about the underlying causes for your widely spaced teeth along with how having gaps in your smile could contribute to these health issues.

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Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

While it’s true that baking soda can be abrasive when applied to Invisalign (because of its mineral content), using only a moderate amount of pressure during brushing will help prevent damage. An orthodontist might recommend removing your trays and soaking them in baking soda and peroxide. When brushing, you should always remember to dampen your toothbrush with water or vinegar after adding baking soda. This can help protect your teeth and braces. Additional ingredients for softening or diluting baking soda are:

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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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Tooth brushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

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Not Using the Right Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is a simple and straight forward process, right? Not so. There are dozens of mistakes that can lead to a bad tooth brushing job. This means you’re running the risk of more cavities and plaque. The biggest mistake? Not using the right toothbrush. But what makes a toothbrush wrong?

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Bleeding gums? If you’re picking up the floss for the first time in a month because of a pending orthodontist appointment, that’s no surprise. However, if you brush every morning and every night and your gums are still bleeding, you’re using the wrong toothbrush.

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