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Why Should I Visit the Dentist During My Treatment?

Why Should I Visit the Dentist During My Treatment?
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Your teeth take on greater importance during orthodontic treatment, and it’s normal to find yourself dealing with questions that you never worried about before. For instance, you may find yourself wondering is it really necessary to visit my dentist when I’m already having someone examine my teeth regularly. You may also feel like your teeth are doing great now that you have increased your focus on maintaining proper oral hygiene. While you may like cutting corners by skipping your basic dental exams, the truth is that you need to continue to see both your dentist and your orthodontist on a regular basis. To help you understand why you can read through these common questions that arise regarding how orthodontic and dental care work together. Is It Really Necessary to Visit My Dentist? Read more

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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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What is an Orthodontist?

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Is an Orthodontist Different from a Dentist?

Orthodontics is a specialty field in dentistry. An orthodontist must complete an additional three years of education after becoming a dentist. They gain clinical experience because they are required to complete a residency program. The responsibilities of an orthodontist include the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The exact services provided are dependent on the individual orthodontist.

A general dentist often refers patients to an orthodontist due to their advanced education, training, expertise, and skill regarding specific dental issues. Orthodontists are regulated by the American Association of Orthodontists to ensure the practitioner is well educated in both biomechanics and oral biology. To help prevent irregularities in the teeth and jaws, children should consult with an orthodontist when they are seven years old.

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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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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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How Do I Fix my Flared Teeth [After Braces]?

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How do I Fix my Flared Teeth After Braces?

Braces and other orthodontic care can be an important part of a healthy smile and mouth. If your teeth are overcrowded, it can lead to problems with self-esteem, talking, eating and doing other normal everyday activities. Unfortunately, many people assume that they can simply go for braces and be done with treatment in a matter of just a few months. In fact, braces are not the only treatment that most orthodontists recommend, as there are other appliances needed such as retainers and spacers to properly correct the teeth. Also, it is not at all uncommon to deal with flared teeth after having braces removed. In order for you to know how to fix flared teeth after braces, you need to speak with your orthodontist on your available options.

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Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck Your Toothbrush

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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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Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-Teeth Diet”

Go On a White-Teeth Diet

The perfect smile is an individual thing because everyone’s mouth and jaw are uniquely shaped. There are general aspects to a spectacular smile, however, and these would include whiteness and straight teeth. Those head-turning assets are within your reach. It doesn’t matter your age, you can still design and achieve the ideal smile. Today’s advancements include modern braces like Invisalign, which straighten teeth quickly, comfortably and discreetly.

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Do I Need Braces?

Do I Need Braces?

Whether you’ve seen people wearing braces at the store or in movies, you’ve often wondered why you don’t have them. Perhaps you are thinking about whether or not your kids need to get these pieces of metal on their teeth. Only an orthodontist can fully answer that question. However, some signs exist that may point to your necessity for these devices.

1. All of your adult teeth are in.

If you are considering this reason, then you are probably looking into braces for your children. In general, kids cannot get these devices before their adult teeth are in. If they still have their baby teeth, then the orthodontists do not know what their adult teeth will look like. Also, if the adult teeth start to grow in while the braces are on, major problems can exist. Most children cannot get these devices until they have all of their adult teeth. When adult teeth aren’t growing in at all, another reason must be the cause.

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