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COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

Everyone here at Massih Ortho is pleased to announce that we are finally able to reopen our doors! However, things are going to be a bit different for a while so that we can guarantee the safest experience for all of our patients and staff. Here is what you should expect as we slowly make […]

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How Braces are Applied

How Braces are Applied

If your orthodontist has recommended traditional metal braces to align your teeth and bite, you may be wondering what you should expect. After all, you will be wearing your braces for the next year or so, which can make you wonder how exactly these things are supposed to stick to your teeth for that long. […]

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What Are Interarch Rubber Bands?

Orthodontists have a variety of appliances that they can use to straighten your teeth and align your bite. Two of the most popular orthodontic appliances are fixed metal braces and removable clear aligners. However, sometimes these appliances may need a little extra help to obtain the desired results. In the case of Invisalign, this additional […]

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COVID-19 and Your Orthodontic Treatment

COVID-19 and Your Orthodontic Treatment

With the unfortunate emergence of COVID-19, the state of California has issued a temporary stay at home order. As a result, all non-essential businesses have been closed. In response to the current situation with the COVID-19 quarantine, the American Association of Orthodontics has issued a formal recommendation for its members to follow all federal, state, […]

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Mouthguards and Orthodontics (1)

Mouthguards and Orthodontics

Did you know that according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), an estimated 3 million children are expected to lose one or more teeth during sporting events? Additionally, the NYSSF notes that children who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth during sports play. For these reasons, […]

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Treating White Spot Lesions (1)

Treating White Spot Lesions

After undergoing a year or more of orthodontic treatment, most people cannot wait to get their braces off to see the final results. At first glance, most people are likely thrilled with their braceless teeth that are now perfectly aligned. Upon closer inspection, however, some people may notice tiny white spots on the surface of […]

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How Long Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

How Long Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

Nowadays, there are two orthodontic methods that are commonly used: Invisalign and braces. Both of these orthodontic appliances use different methods to achieve similar results. Invisalign utilizes clear aligners, while braces use a system of brackets and an arch wire. While these orthodontic methods are very different from one another, they have one main thing […]

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orthodontics vs dentistry

Orthodontics vs. Dentistry

Did you know that you may need to see more than one type of dental professional for your oral health? Most people are familiar with general dentists and regularly visit them twice a year for dental check ups and teeth cleanings. However, not as many people realize that they may need to do more in […]

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What Are Invisalign Attachments?

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

If you are considering orthodontic treatment to correct crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, then you have most likely heard of Invisalign. In fact, many people choose Invisalign when undergoing orthodontic treatment because of its discreet appearance and minimally-invasive approach. Despite its different method, Invisalign is still able to produce comparable results to traditional wire […]

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What Does Orthodontics Do

What Does Orthodontics Do?

Have you been told that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment? During regular dental exams, dentists regularly identify potential problems that can be easily remedied with orthodontics. In fact, they may recommend seeking orthodontic treatment or even offer you a referral to a local orthodontist.    As a patient, you may be wondering why you […]

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7 Orthodontic Myths

7 Orthodontic Myths

When it comes to most things, there are always certain truths as well as certain myths that tend to develop over time. Although some myths can be entertaining, others can be detrimental. With any kind of myth, it is important to realize that they often partially or entirely lack the truth. Since myths can be […]

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5 Things to Look for in an Orthodontist

5 Things to Look for in an Orthodontist

  While orthodontic treatment can properly align the teeth and bite for a functional, more aesthetic smile, it is not only the orthodontic appliance that is important. When it comes to perfecting your smile with orthodontic treatment, choosing the best orthodontist for your needs is key to obtaining a wonderful smile. This is because your […]

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Types of Braces

Dental braces are a fixed orthodontic appliance that uses a series of brackets and wires to gradually align the teeth. There are two variations of dental braces that can be used. The first is traditional metal braces, which use brackets and wire made from metal. Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used and people […]

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Orthodontic Post-Op Instructions

The process of placing an orthodontic appliance is non-surgical, but it does require special post-procedural instructions to minimize patient discomfort and protect each patient’s appliance from damage. Failure to follow these instructions can prolong treatment, make treatment more costly, or even result in a dental or orthodontic emergency. Did you know… that it is normal […]

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What is an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of crooked or misaligned teeth. Contrary to popular belief, this branch of dentistry is not merely about the cosmetic appearance of patient smiles, but also about their oral health. Patients who visit an orthodontist for treatment often find it easier to brush their teeth and […]

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Type of Appliances

Orthodontists primarily treat patients who need help correcting certain maxillofacial problems, such as misaligned teeth, malocclusion, or too much space between the teeth. Treating these conditions requires the assistance of orthodontic appliances, of which there are many. Orthodontic appliances come in many variations – some being fixed and some being removable. They serve various purposes, […]

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When is the Best Time to Consult an Orthodontist

Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to bring the teeth and jaws into their ideal position for optimal oral health. It is very common for children and young teens to visit orthodontists to monitor or correct complications with emerging permanent teeth. Though a child may visit the orthodontist at any time, the elementary years serve […]

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