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What is an Orthodontist?

orthodontist check up patientIs 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 bio mechanics 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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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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The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2018

The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

Unfortunately, everyone wasn’t born with a perfect smile. Many children are born with an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or gaps in their teeth. This is where braces and Invisalign can help. When you take your child to the orthodontist for either of these treatments, your child will need to wear them for a year or more. Once the treatment is over, it isn’t the end. Once the braces and Invisalign come off, your child will be fitted with a retainer. Not every child gets the same retainer schedule. It depends on the child and their treatment provider’s recommendation. Regardless of the instructions that you receive, you should make sure that your child wears their retainer as directed. There are several reasons that it is so important.

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What Happens to Your Lips When You Get Braces to Fix Your Overbite?

 

Everyone will eventually have to visit the dentist at some point in their lives. It is a good idea to get any potential problems looked at and corrected as early as possible. Getting braces used to be a big ordeal, but in recent years there have been incredible advances in orthodontic procedures and equipment. This article will go over common problems that can be correct by braces, as well as traditional braces and alternative options.

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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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No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

If you are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to cash, you may feel that you do not have anything to give anyone. You may skip trying to donate to positive causes because you feel like your funds are just a drop in the bucket. You may shy away from trying to offer people assistance because you are poor. A wise person once said that no one is too poor to give a smile. That person was correct. In fact, a smile is often the only thing that some of us can afford to give, but that’s okay. Here’s why:

Smiles Are the Richest Gifts

A smile can stretch a thousand miles and last a hundred years for a person who is depressed, defeated, beaten or even physically ill. That smile that you lay on that person after you come from your visit to the orthodontist may just be the only smile that person has seen in a long time. That may provide that hurting person with just enough courage, inspiration and motivation to keep on living and thriving even though life sends him or her curve balls every day. The smile is more powerful than you could ever imagine. An orthodontist can help you make it even more powerful.

Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Correction

The specialist can give you Invisalign, braces, veneers or any other solution that can bring your smile up a grade. Once you get your braces or Invisalign, you will be more inclined to smile and help the people who truly need to see it from you. Schedule an appointment today and give someone a precious gift.

No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

MCDERMOTT ORTHODONTICS

13046 Falcon Drive
Baxter, MN 56425

Phone: 218-829-1630

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Smile more, help more, trust more, love more to live more. ― Debasish Mridha

Smile more

It is a fact that some people walk into a room and the room fills with love, happiness, and laughter. Often, the warm smile on their face sets the tone for the warmth that you might feel emanating from that individual.

Debasish Mridha

is an author and a well-respected physician that strongly believes that a beautiful, warm smile invites more trust, love, and leads to a more productive life. Certainly, some people would like to improve their smile. The perfect way to improve a smile is to visit the orthodontist and consider wearing braces. The good news is that Invisalign is a type of clear brace that is very comfortable to wear.

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Don’t take life too seriously! Nobody gets out alive anyway. Smile. Be goofy. Take chances. Have fun. Inspire ― Dawn Gluskin

People often compliment me on my smile

Growing up my father would often share with me words of wisdom whenever I got stressed out. He asked me to imagine what life would be like a year from now or five years from now because usually, the situations I was worried about would not have an impact on me beyond the week, the day, or even the hour. As such, I learned from a very early age to not take life so seriously and enjoy all the beauty and wonders that life had to offer. An orthodontist can be part of that life vision we have for ourselves.

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How to Maintain Your Braces

Maintain Your Braces

Many people end up needing orthodontic care at some point in their lives. If your dentist has recommended that you see an orthodontist correct a problem like crooked or crowded teeth, you may need braces or Invisalign, a clear set of plastic aligners that can be removed. However, if you get the more traditional option that involves a mouth full of metallic wire, you will have to know how to properly maintain them. Here are a number of helpful tips on maintenance.

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