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Can You Get Braces If You’re Over 40?

March 26, 2023

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Woman holding clear alignerAre you embarrassed by gapped or overcrowded teeth? Maybe you suffer from jaw pain because your bite isn’t aligned correctly? No matter the reason, you can invest in a straight smile with braces. Whether you missed your chance for braces as a child, or your teeth have shifted over time, you’re never too old to improve your smile, even if you’re over 40 years old. 1 in 4 adults are over the age of 18 because there are more treatment options than ever before, like Invisalign. You can invest in the straight smile you’ve always wanted using a nearly invisible solution, and here’s how.


Causes and Solutions for Yellow Invisalign Aligners

February 12, 2023

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Young woman covering her mouth with handInvisalign is the preferred orthodontic treatment for teens and adults because it is virtually undetectable. You don’t have to worry about any attention being drawn to your teeth by brackets and wires. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth. The aligners will stay transparent, but only if you care for them correctly. Simple mistakes can make them turn yellow. Here are 5 reasons aligners discolor and what you can do to stop it.


How Thumb Sucking Affects Your Child’s Oral Health

January 17, 2023

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child sucking on thumb

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), thumb sucking doesn’t cause permanent teeth or jaw problems when it’s stopped before age four. Though anywhere from 85 to 99% of children are done sucking their thumb before this time, continuing the habit past this point can lead to oral health problems. Keep reading to learn about a few potential complications of prolonged thumb sucking and tips on guiding your child toward healthier oral habits. 


What Do Rubber Bands On Braces Do For My Teeth?

December 2, 2022

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a patient with rubber bands on braces in Huntington

Traditional braces are one of the most reliable treatments to straighten your pearly whites. While it might feel unnatural to have metal brackets and wires in your mouth at the beginning, these will be essential for improving your bite in the long run. That said, some patients are surprised to hear that they’ll require rubber bands on their braces. Why is this so crucial for your orthodontic process? Read on to learn what these elastic bands do for your treatment and several tips for wearing them!


Clearly Grateful! 6 Reasons to Be Thankful for Invisalign

November 18, 2022

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woman making heart with hands

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time full of family, food, and fun. It is also a reminder to embody its name…to give thanks! While there are so many major things in life to be grateful for, you can also appreciate the smaller things that bring joy—like a straight, beautiful smile from Invisalign! Here are six reasons to give thanks if you’re undergoing this unique orthodontic treatment this holiday season.


Braces-Friendly Foods for the Holidays

October 28, 2022

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closeup of person with braces smiling

Braces are a common way to fix bite problems, gaps, and alignment issues. As beneficial as this treatment is when it comes to improving both the look and the function of one’s smile, braces are notorious for having a long list of foods you have to avoid. Popcorn, gum, and other treats need to be avoided when wearing braces since they can lead to complications. The list of foods you shouldn’t eat can make the holidays a bit difficult, so what should you have instead? Read on to learn why it’s so important to clean your teeth, what to avoid, and braces-friendly foods for the holidays.


Can I Get Braces on Just the Top?

September 3, 2022

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Woman with gaps between front teethFew people have straight teeth naturally. Besides genetics, your teeth can shift over the years. Gapped, rotated, or overcrowded teeth aren’t just cosmetic imperfections. Poor alignment can affect your dental health and quality of life. No matter the severity of your concerns, traditional braces can give you a straight, beautiful smile. While many people have issues with both arches, it’s not uncommon for orthodontic problems to only affect the upper or lower teeth. If you only need to move a few teeth on the top or bottom, most orthodontists won’t recommend single arch treatment, however, and here’s why. 


4 Great Reasons to Have Your Overbite Corrected

August 13, 2022

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happy young woman smiling with braces

An overbite is what we call it when the top teeth extend too far over the bottom teeth. Aside from the potential negative cosmetic side effects of this orthodontic issue, an overbite can cause a number of other problems – including jaw pain, teeth grinding, difficulty speaking, and more. 


5 Tips to Care for Your Retainer

July 21, 2022

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Set of blue retainersAfter your braces come off, or you’ve finished your series of clear aligners, it’s time to preserve your new smile. Your teeth can drift back into their previous positions if you don’t commit to wearing your retainer. Initially, your orthodontist will instruct you to wear it at all times before decreasing how often it’s needed. You can ensure nothing compromises your straight smile by maintaining the device. Here are 5 tips to use when caring for your retainer. 


3 Reasons to Start Your Invisalign Treatment This Summer

June 6, 2022

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person holding Invisalign aligner and smiling

After years of seeing photos of your gapped, misaligned smile, you’ve started to consider undergoing Invisalign treatment. This process utilizes clear aligner trays to move your teeth into a better position over a period of months or years. Though there are benefits of getting Invisalign any time of the year, beginning treatment during the summer offers extra perks. Read on to learn about three reasons why you should get Invisalign this summer.

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