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Can Braces Help Make My Face More Symmetrical?

There is more to orthodontics than just straightening your smile. In fact, braces (or clear aligners) can do things many patients may not even realize. Of course, they align teeth, but they also can adjust bite and improve overall dental … Continue reading

Teeth Shifting After Braces? Here’s What to Do

Braces may be a major investment of time and money. But one that comes with the promise of a beautiful, straight smile as the light at the end of the tunnel. But what happens when, after all that time and … Continue reading

Helping Your Teen Cope with Orthodontic Treatment Challenges

The teenage years come with many exciting milestones. However, you also know that these years can also present specific challenges, such as orthodontic treatments. These treatments, while necessary, can prove to be stressful and uncomfortable for your teen – and … Continue reading

Surviving a Sleepover During Orthodontic Treatment

For a teenager, there’s nothing quite like the adventure of a sleepover – late-night chats, binge-watching favorite movies, and creating unforgettable memories with friends. But, when you’ve just started your orthodontic treatment, a sleepover might come with a bit of … Continue reading

The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid with Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have transformed the way people straighten their teeth. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners offer flexibility, invisibility, and comfort. However, like any dental treatment, there are certain common mistakes that patients should avoid to ensure optimal results. 1. Not … Continue reading

Tips for Taking Great Photos with Braces

Braces offer a solution to various orthodontic issues that you might dislike in your photos, including overcrowding, crooked teeth, and bite problems. However, when you first get braces, it can be challenging to feel comfortable and confident when posing for … Continue reading

Orthodontic Treatment and Wisdom Teeth

Your smile is an important asset, and orthodontic treatment plays a key role in contributing to your overall appearance and self-confidence by correcting misaligned teeth. But a common factor that often puzzles patients and their parents is what impact wisdom … Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Braces and Gum Health

If you’re considering getting braces, or if you already have them, you may be wondering how orthodontic treatment will affect your gum health. Braces can make it more difficult to brush and floss, which can lead to plaque buildup and, … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult

  One of the biggest misconceptions about orthodontic treatment is that it’s only for kids and teenagers. But the truth is, it’s never too late to invest in your smile! More and more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment, and it … Continue reading

Braces Tips for Athletes

Playing sports with braces doesn’t have to be a challenge. We are here to help you play smart and safe while maintaining your winning smile. By following these tips, you can protect your teeth, stay on track with your orthodontic … Continue reading

Lost an Aligner? Here’s What You Should Do Right Away

When it comes to achieving a flawless smile, clear aligners have become the go-to choice for many patients. While they’re a fantastic alternative to traditional braces, aligners come with their own set of challenges. One of the most common issues? … Continue reading

How Braces Can Help Impacted Teeth

Did you know that braces can do a lot more than just make your smile look better? Orthodontic treatments can mean healthier teeth overall. And this includes treating tooth impaction. That’s right; braces can actually be an effective solution for … Continue reading

How Clear Aligners Teach Teens Responsibility

Clear aligners are an effective and popular alternative to traditional metal braces, providing a comfortable and discreet way to straighten teeth. There a several reasons patients choose aligners over braces. But what many parents don’t realize is that one benefit … Continue reading

Hot to Talk to Your Child About Braces

You may have been thinking about orthodontic treatment for your child for a long time, but that doesn’t mean your child knows that braces are on the horizon. And at some point, after you realize that braces or other treatments … Continue reading

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Braces

It is natural to feel concerned about how your appearance might change during orthodontic treatment. After all, much of our self-image is tied to what we see in the mirror and how we believe others perceive us. At the same … Continue reading

Do I Need a CPAP if I Have Sleep Apnea?

Are you newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? This can be a scary and confusing time, and you may have lots of questions. Is sleep apnea a big deal? What are the risks? What is a CPAP, and is it … Continue reading

Is it Too Early to See an Orthodontist?

Even if you have been diligent about bringing your child to the dentist since their very first baby tooth poked through (or even sooner), you may be curious about when to see an orthodontist. Early dental care is tied to … Continue reading

7 Things You Should Never Do While Wearing Clear Aligners

Patients love clear aligners since they offer a lot of freedom during your treatment and are barely noticeable. But while your aligners might look great as you straighten your teeth, there are a lot of important rules to keep in … Continue reading

New Years Resolutions That Actually Improve Your Health

Does it seem like you resolve to be healthier every year but never seem to keep that resolution? Do you ever wonder why it is so hard to stick with? Unfortunately, we tend to make goals that are very difficult … Continue reading

Your Complete Guide to Surviving the Holidays with Braces Part 2

Welcome to our second installment of your holiday braces guide. Last time we talked about what foods you should avoid and what delicious holiday treats you can enjoy. This post will give you some additional tips to get through the … Continue reading

Your Complete Guide to Surviving the Holidays with Braces Part 1

The holiday season may be your favorite time of year, but going into the holidays for the first time with braces can cause a lot of concern. Don’t worry, we are here to guide you through some of the pitfalls … Continue reading

How to Save Money on Clear Aligners

Paying for clear aligners can seem like a very tall order. Many people put off getting orthodontic treatment for fear of the cost. We do not want you to be intimidated by pricing or have to wait to straighten your … Continue reading

Why Braces are an Investment, Not an Expense

If you are considering braces for yourself or a family member, chances are you are seeing dollar signs. Worrying about the cost of braces is a big reason people put off getting braces. If you are wondering whether braces or … Continue reading

What Halloween Candy Can I Eat With Braces? (And What to Avoid)

If it is your first fall with braces, you may be wondering if you can enjoy some Halloween candy this year. And while we are not going to encourage you to binge on sugary candy too much, we know you … Continue reading

Why Do I Have to Wear Rubber Bands on My Braces?

Getting braces can be a challenge. And when you add the hassle of rubber bands, we understand your frustration. But learning why you need rubber bands and what they are doing to help straighten your teeth can make the process … Continue reading

Back to School Braces Care Tips

We all know what time of year it is. The summer may seem like it has just started, but it’s time to get back to school already. Like a lot of other students, you may have gotten braces over summer … Continue reading

Constantly Tired? You May Have Sleep Apnea

We all get tired sometimes, but feeling tired day after day is not normal. And if the issue persists, you should investigate further since chronic fatigue can be a sign of several medical conditions. One common cause of frequent tiredness … Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Braces

Braces can mean a total smile transformation, but you want to make sure your teeth and gums stay clean throughout your orthodontic treatment so you have not only a beautiful smile when you are done but a healthy one too. … Continue reading

Summer Foods Kids with Braces Should Avoid

Summer break means warm weather, vacations, and your favorite summer sweets! However, if this is your child’s first summer with braces, you may be in search of braces-friendly alternatives to many favorite summer foods. Foods to Avoid and Great Alternatives. These … Continue reading

Why Summer is the Best Time to Start Braces

Your child may never want to start their braces treatment, but the sooner they get started, the sooner their braces can come off, and their newer, straighter smile will appear. So when is the best time of year to begin … Continue reading

Orthodontist Shares The Best Ways to Speed Up Braces

We know no one wants to spend any longer in their braces than is absolutely necessary. The good news is that it is possible to streamline the orthodontic process so that you can get your straight smile fast and get … Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Braces, Step by Step

Even though you know you want to straighten your teeth, getting braces can be overwhelming. Knowing what to expect beforehand can help ease your mind. Read on to find out all about what happens before, during, and after your treatment … Continue reading

Are Electric Toothbrushes Safe for Braces?

Do you sometimes find it hard to keep your braces clean with regular brushing and flossing? It can be tricky to thoroughly brush and floss during orthodontic treatment. But it is vital for the health of your teeth and the … Continue reading

Signs You Need a New Retainer

Once you make the choice to improve and straighten your smile with braces or clear aligners, you want to do everything you can to maintain your investment. After you complete your course of braces or aligners, your orthodontist will recommend … Continue reading

Why These Patients Chose SureSmile Aligners

SureSmile patients are not just happy with their results, they are thrilled at the ease and comfort of their SureSmile treatment. If you are considering clear aligners, read on to hear about the experience from these real SureSmile patients. SureSmile … Continue reading

What Can I Eat and Drink During SureSmile Treatment?

One great benefit of choosing SureSmile aligners over braces is that no foods or drinks are off-limits. With traditional braces, you have to avoid many foods, from chewing gum to corn on the cob. You can easily remove your SureSmile … Continue reading

Which Are the Best Clear Aligners for Crooked Teeth?

Before and after SureSmile You know that you’re ready to straighten your teeth. You’ve decided against metal braces because of the convenience, appearance, and treatment process involved with clear aligners. Now, you have yet another decision to make: which clear … Continue reading

8 Signs You May Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Sleep apnea is a common concern – about 22 million Americans experience it. The more sobering statistic is that experts estimate around 80% of moderate to severe cases go undiagnosed. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you’re not getting the … Continue reading

The Best Oral Hygiene Habits For Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month was created by the American Dental Association (ADA) to help promote the benefits of great oral health for children. This month-long national health observance encourages parents, teachers, and caregivers to help children maintain a healthy … Continue reading

How Long Will Braces Take Start To Finish?

Regardless of whether you or your child is just starting the journey to straighter, healthier teeth, you’re likely wondering just how long the treatment will take. In this post, we’ll break down the different factors that determine orthodontic treatment timelines … Continue reading

How Can You Help Your Family Prevent Cavities?

Dental cavities are still the most common chronic disease among children ages six to 19. Helping families understand the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene from a baby’s first tooth well into the teen years and beyond. Keeping your children’s … Continue reading

Have Your Teeth Shifted After Years of Braces? Here’s Why

We expect a child’s teeth to be constantly moving and shifting due to losing baby teeth and adult teeth taking their place. However, children aren’t the only ones susceptible to a shifting smile. Teeth can continue to move well into … Continue reading

Why Your Teen Keeps Getting Cavities With Braces

Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health issues, especially in children and teens. The risks of your child developing a cavity from inadequate brushing becomes even more likely if they are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten … Continue reading

Should Your Kids Be Using Mouthwash?

As a parent, you want nothing more than to teach your children excellent oral hygiene so that they can have fewer cavities the healthiest teeth possible throughout their lifetime. This statement can be especially true for parents who invest a … Continue reading

How Straightening Your Child’s Teeth Will Improve Their Oral Health

Undergoing orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening the teeth for vanity reasons. Crooked and overcrowded teeth can negatively affect a child’s oral health, and misalignment issues can make it difficult for a child to maintain an effective hygiene … Continue reading

6 Tips For Encouraging Healthy Family Eating Habits Over the Holidays 

Kids are naturally drawn to foods high in sugars and starches because they taste delicious to their tiny taste buds, and this can be especially true when surrounded by holiday sweets. As a parent, it’s vital to ensure your children … Continue reading

Can a Chipped or Broken Tooth Be Fixed While Wearing Braces?

Your teeth are the hardest substance in the body – even harder than your bones! However, strong doesn’t mean indestructible teeth are susceptible to decay, chips, and cracks, especially while going through orthodontic treatment. Dental fillings are the most efficient … Continue reading

Braces Causing Bad Breath? Here’s What to Do!

Braces can help you achieve a beautiful smile, but having them on your teeth for months, or even years, can pose certain challenges. From difficulties flossing to getting food trapped between brackets and wires, your oral hygiene routine during orthodontic … Continue reading

Do You Recognize These Hidden Sugars In Your Family’s Diet?

You rarely feed your family sweets and sugary desserts, and your children prefer to drink water or a can of soda. If this sounds like you, you’re probably feeling pretty good about your family’s sugar consumption levels. But what about … Continue reading

What Causes White Spots On Teeth After Braces?

While most people can all agree that visible white spots on the surface of your teeth are less than desirable in appearance, the excellent news is medically, they aren’t considered a severe cause for concern. When it comes to what’s … Continue reading