Braces-Friendly School Lunch Ideas

Teen with Braces Eating Grapes Makes Smart Lunch ChoicesThe school year has started and whether you’re the parent of child or teen who wears braces or you yourself have chosen to straighten your smile with discreet adult orthodontics, you’re probably concerned with packing healthy lunches that are easy on sensitive mouths and won’t cause a teeth-cleaning nightmare afterwards. Luckily, despite the common misconception, your food choices while wearing braces are not just limited to yogurt and applesauce. When you’re doing your meal-planning, take some time to browse Pinterest and other websites or just use our list of simple lunch ideas for people with braces. (more…)

A Quick Guide To Braces For Adults

Attractive Young Man with Adult Braces Looks Totally HotApproximately 4 million Americans currently wear braces. Of that number, a full one-quarter are adults. There a number of reasons why an adult might need orthodontic treatment. Some may have needed braces as a child, but family circumstances got in the way of treatment. Others might be concerned about maintaining a polished, professional appearance at work or having an attractive, appealing smile in general. We designed this guide as a helpful resource for teens and adults interested in getting straighter teeth and a better-looking smile with adults braces. (more…)

Teens & Braces: Tips for Parents

Teen Girl with Braces Leaning Against a WallIn the U.S., wearing braces is something of a rite of passage for many children and teens. While there are obvious benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment, including improved oral health and straighter teeth (not to mention the biggest benefit for image-conscious young adults: a more attractive smile), your teen may have a difficult time dealing with the day-to-day responsibilities of wearing braces. However, if you apply these tips, you should be able to make wearing braces for your teen a positive experience.   (more…)

Reasons Why You Should Treat TMJ Disorder

Reasons Why You Should Treat TMJ DisorderWhen your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your teeth. There are many reasons why you should treat TMJ disorder: Problems with your TMJ can extend throughout your body, causing pain in your head, shoulders, and back, in addition to jaw pain and soreness. If you ignore these signs of TMJ disorder, the condition and discomfort only worsens. If you address your TMJ disorder through orthodontic treatment and TMJ therapy, your persistent migraines and body aches could be gone for good. (more…)

Orthodontic Treatments to Better Your Smile

Orthodontic Treatments to Better Your SmileAn orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the field of orthodontics, which is the practice of straightening and correcting the alignment of teeth. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is twofold: Straightening teeth both improves the function of your teeth, and it also improves the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic orthodontics is characterized by orthodontic treatment that minimizes the appearance of braces and orthodontia appliances so your orthodontics treatment minimally affects the look of your smile and doesn’t interfere as much with your everyday life. (more…)

How Does Invisalign Work?

How Does Invisalign WorkIf you’ve ever considered straightening your teeth, you’ve likely heard of Invisalign. The clear braces system revolutionized orthodontics by offering a teeth-straightening solution without the unattractive look and uncomfortable feel of traditional metal braces. How does Invisalign work? Invisalign is a system of clear plastic trays that are worn in a sequence to straighten teeth and correct bite concerns over time. The trays are custom-made from molds of your teeth, so the procedure is tailored to your mouth and needs. The best part? No one will know you have braces! The clear trays are discreet and often go unnoticed. (more…)

Your Questions About Orthodontics Answered

Your Questions About Orthodontics AnsweredWant a beautiful, straight smile? Orthodontics are the answer. Orthodontic treatment can correct concerns with your bite, teeth alignment, and teeth positioning for a smile that’s more attractive. But there are more reasons to straighten your smile than just cosmetic concerns: Straighter teeth that don’t overlap or crowd each other often means less plaque build-up and less occurrence of tooth decay and gum disease. It’s time that your questions about orthodontics were answered: Find out what occlusion is, the alternatives to metal braces, and how you can maintain your confidence with braces. (more…)

When Should Children Visit an Orthodontist?

When Should Children Visit an OrthodontistRemember when patients waited until their teenage years to visit the orthodontist for the first time to begin the process of correcting their smiles? No more! Advancements in children’s orthodontics has taught us that early action can be beneficial in both preventing and correcting orthodontic issues. Early care from an orthodontist promotes healthy jaw and dental development for fewer issues that need to be corrected later in life. When should children visit an orthodontist for the first time? For the best interceptive care, start orthodontic treatment before all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. (more…)

TMJ Disorder and Your Dental Health

TMJ Disorder and Your Dental HealthYour jaw is capable of generating up to 200 pounds of pressure on the back molars; however, this does not mean your teeth are invincible. Over time, if excessive amounts of pressure is applied to your teeth through biting or chewing, it can lead to the wearing down of tooth enamel, along with complications with your dental health. These complications may include chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, along with issues with the Temporomandibular joint, or TMJs. These are the hinges that provide your lower jaw with the ability to move, and if they become damaged, further dental issues may arise. These issues are collectively known as TMJ disorder and will require professional treatment. (more…)

Straighten Your Teeth With Orthodontics

Straighten Your Teeth With OrthodonticsOrthodontics is the study and treatment of complications regarding your teeth’s alignment or occlusion. If your teeth are not straight, this can alter the appearance of your teeth, along with affecting their proper function. Severe cases of crooked teeth, clinically known as malocclusion, generally may require orthodontic braces, which consists of brackets and wires that gradually move your teeth back to their original position. Other options used to repair crooked teeth include teeth-colored brackets and Invisalign®, allowing for a concealed repair of your teeth, and enabling you to enjoy a properly aligned smile. (more…)