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If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are the Other Options?

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If you are feeling slightly leery about getting traditional braces, you are not alone. Many people have some reservations because of the anticipated discomfort and perhaps the attention that the metal brackets will bring from others. Discretion and convenience are some valid concerns. Fortunately, you do have some other options for braces if traditional brackets are not your cup of tea. Here is some information about your care choices:
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If You Get a Chance, Take It. If Changes You, Let It. – Unknown 

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Generally, the family dentist recommends that their patient should consult with an orthodontist. The orthodontist is the dental professional that has extra training beyond dental school on the way to straighten a patient’s teeth or correct jaw problems. The orthodontist has the skills, training, knowledge, and experience to treat a wide variety of problems connected with teeth alignment and jaw issues. If you get a chance to visit the orthodontist, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and get the answers that you need to make informed decisions about your misaligned teeth or jaw problems.

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What Makes Invisalign Unique among Others? 

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Once upon a time, those who dreamed of having their teeth straightened by an orthodontist had no choice but to undergo a straightening process using metal braces. Although metal braces straighten teeth properly, they aren’t exactly known for being visually discreet. Many adult patients especially do not want to spend up to three years wearing metal braces in order to achieve the straight teeth that they desire.

Thankfully, today’s orthodontists offer an alternative to traditional metal braces that is becoming increasingly popular among orthodontic patients. Invisalign treatment is an extremely innovative method for straightening teeth that use advanced computer technology to deliver results without the obvious appearance of metal braces.

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

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When thinking of braces for yourself or your child, the cost is certainly one of the main considerations. The actual cost varies with some factors like the length of the treatment and the orthodontic problems that must be corrected. Different systems can also affect the cost. Here’s some information that would probably help you decide between traditional braces, which are cheaper, or with Invisalign.

Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Traditional braces are made from ceramic or metal brackets that are connected by wires. They remain in place throughout the treatment. “Real” braces require careful attention to oral hygiene. Some foods are also off limit as it could break a wire or bracket. The Invisalign system, on the other hand, is consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners are removable for oral hygiene, meals, and special occasions like the senior prom or wedding. Standard metal braces are advantageous when used to correct pretty much any orthodontic problem, while Invisalign won’t be effective severe malocclusion or if your teeth are shorter than the average.

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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you’ve gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it’s a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

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Braces Treatment: Retainers Phase

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

How Long Should Someone Wear a Retainer after Braces are Removed?

It’s the first question a patient asks after their braces come off, we’ve celebrated the momentous occasion, and handed him a retainer: How long do I have to wear my retainer?

It’s a good and valid question.

I’ll highlight the type of retainer used most often, why retainers are so important and how long you need to wear them.

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Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMER 29, 2017

What are the most common causes of and solutions for overbites?

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

Causes of overbites:

1. Genetics: The genes you got from mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are the No. 1 cause. There are two reasons: 1) Your upper jaw is too developed relative to your lower jaw, sticking out too far. This is uncommon. 2) Your lower jaw is underdeveloped, which is most common.

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5 [Signs] that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

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Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Although these fall in no particular order of importance, I’ll highlight five signs you may need braces, regardless of your age.

You may need braces if…

1.) You have an uncomfortable bite.Does your bite feel funny? Do you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together? Do you bite down and have a big space between your upper and lower teeth (an overbite)? Can you put your tongue between your upper and lower teeth? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, you may need braces. You may also feel comfortable eating and chewing, bit that large space between your upper and lower teeth puts the teeth in a position where they can’t protect themselves that well (in addition to being unaesthetic).

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw forwards or backwards. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an underbite. Your lower teeth stick out further than your top ones. With an underbite, it’s hard to chew, and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

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Diastema; Causes and Treatments

LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016

What is the Best Way to Fix Spaces or Gaps in Between the Teeth?

“What’s your No. 1 concern?” I ask patients.

“I’ve got a space between my two front teeth,” they reply.

This conversation is common.

Sometimes, they’ve dealt with for a while and thought, “Okay, I’m ready to get this fixed.” Other times, it’s a recent concern that pops up.

Teeth Gaps FAQ

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Orthodontics

Best Orthodontic Blogs of 2015

2015 was a fantastic year. Read some of most popular blogs from last year, and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some great blogs post and videos in 2016.

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Wire Retainer Vs. Clear Plastic Retainer

Are you embarrassed with your smile? Do you have crooked teeth that you desperately want to fix? If this is the case, there are several different methods you can use to straighten your teeth and give you a smile you can be proud of. If you already have braces and are getting ready to have them removed, you have probably started to think about the different types of retainers that are available. There are retainers made from wire and clear plastic, but which one is better? Read more…

Overbite: Causes & Treatments

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

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