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Removable Vs. Permanent Retainers: Which Is Right For You?

Your teeth are not permanently fixed in place. They can and do move and shift, which is why orthodontics is even possible. If your teeth couldn’t move, your orthodontist would never be able to have a hand in helping you … Continue reading

Braces After 50: Not Just a Cosmetic Treatment

As we age, our teeth move and change too. Gradual bone loss in the jaw can push teeth inwards, crowding them, and sometimes affecting the way we look and the way we speak. Crooked teeth and poorly aligned bites aren’t … Continue reading

The Best Orthodontic Treatment Plan For Children With Special Needs

For the parents of children with special needs who need braces, finding an orthodontist who understands their child’s disability can be challenging. These children often have hypersensitivity to sensation and pain and have difficulty sitting still. As a result, many … Continue reading

Can Wisdom Teeth Be Removed If My Teen Has Braces?

Wisdom teeth may not be on your radar quite yet, but many patients are very concerned about how their wisdom teeth can affect orthodontic treatment. Many parents have concerns that once wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they will shift a … Continue reading

Will My Toddler’s Pacifier Addiction Lead To Braces?

Your child’s ability to self-soothe by use of a pacifier is both a blessing and a curse. If you’re concerned that your bill for future braces increases with each time your little one pops in their pacifier, there’s no need … Continue reading

Braces-Friendly Alternatives For Your Favorite Summer Sweets 

  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 more braces-friendly alternatives. These healthier substitutes will keep everyone in your family … Continue reading

How To Budget For Braces

Orthodontic treatment provides people of all ages the opportunity to improve their smile. Whether you’re a parent at a consultation with your pre-teen, or an adult hoping to achieve a long-desired straighter smile, the cost of treatment could be a … Continue reading

Solve Your Sleep Apnea With This Orthodontic Device 

Sleep apnea is an extremely common medical condition that can result in a cessation of breathing while you sleep. The condition is often identified by loud snoring, chronic fatigue, and hypertension. This serious condition can have far-reaching effects on your … Continue reading

Orthodontics for Baby Teeth Vs. Permanent Teeth

Are you thinking of your child’s toothless grin with gaps and misalignment? If so, it’s likely that you are also thinking about if orthodontic treatment might be needed at some point. Orthodontic treatment allows for the ability to create a … Continue reading

Signs Your Child May Require Early Treatment Before Braces

Certain orthodontic conditions are more effectively treated if they are detected early. Interceptive orthodontic treatment can help to prevent more severe issues later on and gives your orthodontist the ability to control where your child’s permanent teeth are going to … Continue reading

Phase One Orthodontics: What To Expect

Phase One orthodontic treatment typically occurs between the ages of 6 and 9 years old while a child is still losing their baby teeth and permanent teeth are beginning to take their place. The best time to detect whether there … Continue reading

Can I Get Braces If I Have Dental Implants, Crowns, or Veneers?

Orthodontists and dentists have been seeing an increase in potential patients with advanced dental work including crowns, implants, and even veneers. Fortunately, teeth can still be straightened for both adults and children if you have one of these additional treatments … Continue reading

What Is a Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment Plan?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that children be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. Having an assessment at a young age can indicate whether a child will likely need braces later on as their permanent … Continue reading

Easter Basket Ideas For Kids With Braces

You made it through the major year-end holidays including Halloween and Christmas. However,  once again, your child with braces may feel a bit left out as they’re asked to avoid many of their favorite Easter candies that are hard, sticky, … Continue reading

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Vacation With Braces

The countdown until vacation is something all family members do with a smile. But does one of those smiling faces include a child with braces? If this is your trip traveling with brackets and wires, you may be wondering how … Continue reading

Avoid Brushing Immediately After Eating If You Have Braces

This may come as a surprise, but brushing your teeth immediately after a meal can be one of the worst things you can do for maintaining a healthy smile. When it comes to eating certain foods, your toothbrush quickly becomes … Continue reading

10 Secrets Your Orthodontist Wants You To Know

Orthodontists are experts in correcting jaw and bite issues, not to mention transforming crooked teeth into a beautiful, straight smile. If you wore braces as a kid, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about orthodontics today. Here are 10 … Continue reading

Getting a Stubborn Teen Excited About Braces

We see two types of teenagers every day when it comes to orthodontic treatment. The first teen wants braces and gets excited to begin treatment knowing straighter teeth at waiting at the finish line for them. The second teen does … Continue reading

Orthodontic Terminology 101 For New Patients

Deciding to pursue orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself is one of the best decisions you could ever make. Initial consultations can be overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the orthodontic terminology used during your appointment. Below is a … Continue reading

Braces: The Ultimate Christmas Gift

Not sure what to gift the child or teen who seems to have it all? What about the gift of perfectly aligned teeth for life! If your child is in need of alignment, now is the ideal time to see … Continue reading

5 Perfect Gifts for Someone with Braces

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for a hard-to-please teen can be tough. If there is a child or teen in your life who recently began their journey towards a straighter smile with braces, the perfect gift can be even more … Continue reading

How To Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

During orthodontic treatment, you may find yourself in the midst of an orthodontic emergency. Whether it be an uncomfortable wire poking the inside of your cheek, a broken-off bracket, or a cracked aligner, it’s important to stay calm and remember … Continue reading

Why Do I Need Braces a Second Time?

Orthodontic treatment is something many of us go through as a teenager, and many expect our smile to stay that way after treatment. However, in some cases, we may need to consider orthodontic treatment again later in life. Here are … Continue reading

The Healthy Snacks That Ruin Your Child’s Teeth

Establishing a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to help create a healthy lifestyle for your child, whether they have braces or not. As a parent, you’re always trying to do the best you can for … Continue reading

5 Tips For Your Child’s First Halloween With Braces

Halloween is the perfect opportunity for both children and adults to indulge guilt-free in our favorite treats without thinking twice about the sugar content or calories. However, if you are the parent of a child with braces, you will need … Continue reading

Avoid These Dental Disasters Braces Can Cause

Undergoing orthodontic treatment makes you and your teeth more susceptible to specific dental issues. This is because the transition to taking great care of your teeth through metal brackets and wires can be challenging. The good news is that many … Continue reading

Breaking the Habit of Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is one of the ways a child can soothe and comfort themselves. However, persistent thumb or finger sucking beyond a certain age can cause a significant tooth misalignment or lead to a jaw deformation. The habit of thumb … Continue reading

Preventing Teeth Stains From Braces

You invest a significant amount of time and money in straightening your smile with orthodontic treatments. The very last thing you want to see on your teeth after braces finally come off are pesky stains and white spots. The good … Continue reading

Know Before You Go – The Top Orthodontic Consultation Questions Answered

If you’re thinking about getting braces either for yourself or your child, there are a few common questions that you should be prepared to ask at your consultation appointment with an orthodontist. At Thomas Orthodontics, we believe that the more … Continue reading

Signs Your Child Should See An Orthodontist

You can probably tell just by looking at your child if their teeth are perfectly straight or not, yet making the decision to get braces for your child can be especially difficult for a lot of parents. You may have … Continue reading

Traditional Braces vs. Alternative Orthodontics For Teens

Gone are the days where getting a straighter smile means months (or even years) of metal brackets and wires. Today’s teens have many choices when it comes to choosing which type of orthodontic treatment is the right one for them. … Continue reading

Post-Braces Orthodontic Appointments: What to Expect

Most of our patients think that once the braces are off, they never have to come back to the orthodontist again, but that’s actually not the case. Post-braces is a crucial time period after your braces are removed because teeth … Continue reading

Pre-Braces Party: What to Eat Before Brackets & Wires

The days leading up to finally getting braces can be full of excitement, anticipation, and maybe a little anxiety too. The first day in braces means you, or your child is on their way to a straighter, healthier grin. Before … Continue reading

More and More Adults are Getting Braces – Here’s Why

In your teen years, you watch as classmates get their braces to fix their crooked grins, and stare in awe when the day comes their straight, braces-free smile is revealed. Now as an adult, perhaps you are just as envious … Continue reading

Best Foods to Eat as a New Braces Patient

Preparing for when your child (or you) first get their braces on is a great way to know exactly what you all can expect after the brackets and wires are placed. Those first few days of braces can be tender … Continue reading

Do I Need Braces to Close a Gap Between My Teeth?

Gap teeth, technically referred to as a diastema, is a space or gap between two teeth that appears most often between the upper front teeth. The extent of the diastema can be either minor and something that you only notice … Continue reading

6 Ways to Get Your Braces off Faster

As another school year comes to an end, your child is probably pretty eager for that final bell to ring and for summer to begin. If your student has spent the school year in braces, they’re also probably pretty eager … Continue reading

Am I Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment?

While you may view childhood as the ideal time to make changes to the position of your teeth, it’s never too late for self improvement in any form, and your smile is no exception! More adults are opting for orthodontic … Continue reading

The First Things to Do After Your Child Gets Their Braces Off

Anyone who has ever worn braces knows there’s no better feeling than running your tongue over bracket-free teeth for the very first time after you get your braces off. On average, most people wear braces for at least eighteen months … Continue reading

Are DIY Orthodontic Systems Safe?

Can you really get straighter teeth via mail order braces? Clear aligner trays like Invisalign are one of the most popular ways for teens and adults to straighten their teeth without having to deal with metal brackets and wires, and … Continue reading

Oral Hygiene Hacks for Kids with Braces

It’s Children’s Dental Health Month – and if you have a child undergoing orthodontic treatment, now is an ideal time to make sure they have everything they need to stay healthy. Children with braces require extra attention to make sure … Continue reading

Help! Teeth Stained After Braces

The day your child finally gets their braces removed after years of time invested is a day neither of you will never forget. Braces have been a part of your child’s smile for a significant amount of time to correct … Continue reading

10 Surprising Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

There are a lot of rumors and myths about braces and you should have all of the correct facts before beginning any orthodontic treatments. While some might be true, here are 10 myths that simply are not. Any professional offering … Continue reading

What They Don’t Tell You Before Braces

We do our best to provide new patients with as much information as possible before they begin orthodontic treatment. But there’s so much to discuss that some potentially helpful advice is inevitably overlooked. Every patient is unique, and your orthodontic … Continue reading

Braces-Safe Holiday Treats for Your Kids

If this is your child’s first holiday season with their new braces, their visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads may need to be slightly altered. We’re here to help you navigate which traditional treats your child can still enjoy … Continue reading

Will Braces Change My Appearance?

Sure, braces transform your smile – but their effects extend beyond your pearly whites. Depending on the patient’s age, braces can also change their facial structure. How Braces May Change Your Facial Structure The cosmetic benefits of having braces may … Continue reading

Getting Braces Put On: What to Expect on the Big Day

The day is getting closer on the family calendar – the day your child is getting their braces put on. Understandably, you both might be a little nervous for what to expect. Learn exactly what that key appointment will be … Continue reading

The History of Braces (and Why Today’s are So Awesome)

Braces are more historic than you might think. Humans have been obsessed with perfect smiles since way back in Ancient Egypt. Of course, the braces we use today are a far cry from prehistoric orthodontics – but taking a look … Continue reading

What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?

If your daughter or son is feeling self-conscious about their teeth, accidentally biting their tongue or cheeks, or their dentist has brought up the dread B-word, you’ve got braces on the brain. But when is the best time to actually … Continue reading

How Long Should I Wear My Retainers?

If you’ve just gotten your braces off, you’re probably eager to have wire-free teeth. But if you blow off your retainers, you’re going to lose the straight smile that you worked so hard for – and that’s the last thing … Continue reading