Orthodontic anchorage model

What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

Temporary anchorage devices are some of the least talked about orthodontic appliances out there but can be an excellent choice for patients with misaligned teeth to receive gradual tooth movement. As the name implies, these devices are temporary, which means they remain in place for a period of time and then are removed. The purpose […]

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Orthodontic Splint

How Can Conservative Care Influence Orthodontics

Conservative care is a concept that crosses boundaries in the medical industry. New approaches to less-invasive care have been showing up in dentistry more frequently. Conservative care aims to provide positive outcomes without immediately resorting to surgical solutions. This is accomplished through various approaches, including the use of medication, physical therapy, and minimally-invasive procedures. What […]

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What is Aesthetic-Driven Orthodontics?

Having straighter teeth doesn’t just have to be for your health – it can also be a way to treat yourself, especially if you decide to see a cosmetic dentist for treatment! Many restorative and cosmetic dentists have begun taking on orthodontics as a specialty for their practices and also have worked orthodontic treatments such […]

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Orthodontic Retainer

Why General Dentists Are Becoming Orthodontic Specialists

There’s been a growing trend among general dentists. Recent statistics have shown that more of these dental professionals seek to move into a specialty. One typical specialty that is shown to be quite popular is orthodontics. This specialization allows them to offer their patients a greater range of services. They can also offer these specialist-grade […]

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How The Osteoclastic Bone Affects Orthodontic Tooth Movement

It’s common for orthodontists to go over the details of your treatment in significant detail before the day of the procedure arrives. While they cover what they’ll be doing and what you should expect, they often skim over the actual mechanics of the procedure. While this information isn’t necessary for the successful completion of the […]

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White spot lesions

Post-Orthodontic White Spots? How It Can Be Prevented

Previously, we’ve talked about white spot lesions, which are demineralized areas of enamel that are caused by plaque accumulation along with the enamel layer. If you have cases of white spot lesions, then your orthodontist can most likely treat it through regular fluoride treatments and acid microabrasion to help eliminate these areas and fortify the […]

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Our Strategies For Treating Orthodontic Pain

Getting orthodontic appliances can be an exciting time. It marks the beginning of a journey to improving your overall smile and improving oral health. Whether you’re adjusting your jaw or realigning the position and angle of your teeth, it can be an involved process. The adjustments that are being made can understandably produce some discomfort […]

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How Teledentistry Can Improve Access To Orthodontic Care

Advancing technology has brought with it many changes in the medical world. Fueled by the ongoing pandemic, the rise of telehealth services is among them. While telehealth services have been a reality for decades, the advent of the internet has changed its nature. There are more services available than ever. Patient portals set the stage […]

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The Role Of Orthodontic Anchorages In Treatment

Mail-order orthodontics and DIY braces are seeing a disturbing rise in popularity over the past year. If either of these practices sounds risky at best and dangerous at worst, you’re right to be concerned. All financial considerations aside, one of the driving forces behind their popularity is a lack of understanding about the risks involved. […]

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Mail-Order Orthodontics: Are They Safe?

Recent social media trends have led to a growing number of people considering or even trying at-home teeth aligners and braces. A lot is driving this movement, with financial considerations leading the pack. Social media is packed with hundreds of influencers and review sites talking up this new type of orthodontic treatment like it’s a […]

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Woman with painful bite

How Our Mouth Bite Changes Throughout Adulthood

Whenever we look at younger photos of ourselves, we may notice how some of our essential features, such as our eyes, nose, and lips, change to accommodate for our growth into adulthood. Our facial features continue to change throughout our lives, and while each of us ages at different rates, our facial physiology plays an […]

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Choosing Floss

Brush Then Floss, Or Floss Then Brush?

Of all the questions you’ve asked about brushing your teeth, likely, which order to brush or floss in hasn’t been one of them. While the answer may seem obvious on the surface, there’s more to it than you may suspect. Most of us immediately default to brushing and then flossing. We’re going to consider the […]

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Dentin Sensitivity Attack

Dentin Sensitivity And How To Overcome It

One of the common symptoms reported by dental patients is that of dentin hypersensitivity. Symptoms typically appear when a tooth is exposed to chemical or thermal stimulation that results in pain or extreme sensitivity. Dentin is the yellow, porous material that is located directly beneath the enamel layer of your teeth. Also known as dentin […]

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Woman with white spot lesions

Your Role In Preventing White-Spot Lesions

It can be an exciting day when you first receive your braces. You know that you’re at the start of a long road that will end with a beautiful smile. You’ll be able to share it boldly, knowing that your straightened teeth are flawless. However, during the process of wearing braces, you have to take […]

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Orthodontic Care

Orthodontics: Aesthetic Choice or Medical Necessity

When considering the cost to benefit ratio of orthodontics, aesthetics frequently come up. There’s a misguided concern that orthodontic care is primarily an aesthetic choice rather than a medical one. The truth of this perception is far more complex. It’s undeniable that the end result of orthodontic treatment is a much-improved smile. However, the long-term […]

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Palatal Expander

Rapid Palatal Expanders vs Niti Palatal Expanders

Palatal expanders work to prevent malocclusion, or misaligned bites, from affecting the growth and progression of your child’s teeth. These orthodontic devices work as both a treatment and prevention method to help expand the upper palate and widen the upper jaw to prevent the onset of misaligned teeth, which present a greater risk for cavities […]

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An orthodontic splint

Splint Therapy and How It’s Used To Treat TMJ

Our TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is one of the most critical joints in our body. While primarily thought of for its role in connecting the jaw to our skull, it has a larger importance. In addition to its use in speaking and chewing, it’s also been found to play a role in our posture. Despite […]

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Important Minerals In Your Diet To Support Healthy Teeth

There’s a lot of talk about what our teeth need to be healthy. Most of the time, this talk focuses on foods to avoid, like sugary snacks. Our oral structures are more complicated than we often give them credit for being. This fact is one reason why they require a full range of vitamins and […]

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Floss and Toothbrush

Discover If You Should Be Flossing Before Your Brush

No one needs to tell you how important it is to practice good oral hygiene. The results of keeping to a steady routine are fewer cavities and less gum disease. These benefits aren’t the end of the good news, though! A steady oral hygiene routine will keep your teeth white and your breath smelling fresh. […]

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Discovering The Risks Posed To Your Oral Health By Vitamin D Deficiency

If you remember anything from the countless dairy commercials you’ve seen throughout your life, you know that it’s essential to get enough Vitamin D. In addition to milk, it’s possible to get this vital nutrient from eggs, fish, red meat, and a variety of vegetables. Not getting enough of this crucial nutrient can lead to […]

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The Interrelation of Our Oral Health And Respiratory Concerns Like Asthma

Out of all people in the United States, nearly 10% of them suffer from one degree of asthma or another. The experience of each of those affected may vary, but the overall struggles involved with living with this condition are similar. Complications from living with asthma can make it difficult to perform well in school, […]

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How Orthodontic Bonding Adhesive Can Protect Against Decay

Dental bonding is an essential part of installing braces, aligners, and other retainers used to straighten teeth for orthodontists. Bonding works to use dental materials to adhere to the tooth’s surface and then cure those materials to harden them and strengthen them for treatment. Bonding procedures, however, aren’t just used for braces – they are […]

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Healthy Foods

Protecting Your Teeth And Gums With Five Critical Nutrients

Keeping up the amount of Vitamin D and calcium we get as part of our daily nutrients is considered an important part of developing healthy teeth and bones. What if we told you that it doesn’t stop there, though? While these two nutrients do represent the most frequently cited things that are important for good […]

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How To Be an Eco-Hero While Brushing Your Teeth Everyday

If you’re like most smile-conscious Americans, you make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and give a swish with mouthwash to keep your pearly whites sparkling. If you’re also one of the growing numbers of people who want to make sure they leave a better planet for coming generations, then finding a […]

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Elderly patients on a jawbone model

How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Patient’s Oral Health

Alzheimer’s disease most often impacts them in traumatic ways for many families, causing irreversible side effects that form great distress among loved ones. The impact of this disease needs more awareness to help foster understanding and compassion. On the medical side of this condition, physicians, researchers, and specialists all need to work together to foster […]

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How Drinking Coffee May Prevent Cavities

Coffee has made its way into many people’s hearts (and stomachs!) as one of the most satisfying drinks that we run on. But for many people, who on average consume about two cups of coffee a day, this delicious and bitter drink has been heavily contributed to numerous oral health problems, including discoloration and even […]

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The Potential Risk of Cavities From Black Mold

Plaque accumulation, medication use, and poor oral hygiene are often the main reasons why people develop cavities. Cavities are a reoccurring factor that, according to the ADA, over 90% of people have had at least once in their lives. Because cavities continue to be a consistent issue for dentists to overcome, many times, the more obscure […]

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Toothbrush on the beach

How To Make Your Dental Hygiene Routine Sustainable

In every part of our daily hygiene routine, you can find plastic, and it’s become increasingly clear that plastic is terrible for our environment. From the packaging for the toothbrushes to the tubes used for our toothpaste, plastic is everywhere. Mouthwash and floss containers just add to the problem, making dental hygiene a major contributor […]

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When Will Cavities Become a Thing of The Past?

Orthodontists are known to work on the alignment of teeth and specialize in this form of dentistry to prevent cavity development. Cavity prevention is a universal standard that the dentistry field constantly invests in, and this concept has become our primary goal for helping patients receive better oral health treatment. Cavities have mostly been controlled, […]

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How Your Oral Hygiene Routine May Be Hurting The Environment

Environmental awareness has been an increasing trend over the past few decades, with more and more people becoming aware of just how serious our impact on the planet can be. From oil spills to mountains of plastic waste ending up in rivers, landfills, and the ocean, humans have a dramatic impact. While many of us […]

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