Problems to Watch for in Growing Children

Parents want the best for their child’s teeth. You sometimes wonder if there maybe something you can see early in your child’s mouth that can be fixed early and may prevent future problems. Download this guide to help evaluate potential – CONTINUE READING –

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How to Become an Orthodontist

28 You’ve been to your orthodontist for many appointments and you thought, wow, this would be a great job. I want to be an orthodontist. Many people, who have had braces, get to see their orthodontist at work.  They like – CONTINUE READING –

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Does It Hurt When Braces are Removed?

Does it hurt when you take braces off? Many patients speak with their good friends and ask if it is painful while they have their braces taken off. Their pals, seizing an opportunity, will say, “Oh yes, it really hurts – CONTINUE READING –

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What Do Orthodontic Retainers Do?

Many orthodontic patients are excited to have their braces removed.  You think, finally I’m done with braces.  Not so.  You are half way through treatment.  You must wear retainers to keep your teeth straight.  All patients must go through a period – CONTINUE READING –

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How Do You Floss with Braces?

Many patients understand that extra care is needed when brushing and flossing with braces in place.  After they think about flossing, they wonder, how do I floss with the wire in the way?  The simple fact is you have to get – CONTINUE READING –

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How Long Will My Braces Hurt?

When a patient initially gets their braces placed on their teeth, they will have some discomfort or sore teeth.   The normal period of time to get use to braces, right after they are placed, is about one week or less. – CONTINUE READING –

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What are Tooth Mamelons?

When your child’s permanent incisors erupt, you may notice, on the top of the teeth, the incisal edges, has bumps. These bumps are called tooth mamelons. Tooth mamelons vary from patient to patient.  Some patient’s mamelons are very prominent and some – CONTINUE READING –

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How are Orthodontic Hawley Retainers Made?

Orthodontists use retainers to help keep your teeth stay in their new position after braces are removed. A standard retainer that is used often is a hawley retainer. This retainer is made of acrylic and wire. It is very durable and can last – CONTINUE READING –

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