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Can You Get a Dental Cleaning with Braces?

If you're new to braces, you probably have a lot of questions about what you can and cannot do with them and how to care for them. One common question many patients ask is, can you get a dental cleaning with braces? Here's what you need to know about caring for your teeth with braces. What is a Professional Dental Cleaning? You may have heard your dentist talk about dental cleanings and how important they are. Professional dental cleanings are important because even people who follow all the recommended advice to brush their teeth after each meal and floss daily…

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3 Ways To Straighten Your Teeth

3 Ways to Straighten Your Teeth

Self-confidence is important. Studies show that how you feel about yourself can have a measurable impact on your work and social life. Since your smile is such a big part of how you express your self-confidence, it can make a big difference to feel confident about your smile. If you've been considering orthodontics, here are 3 ways to straighten your teeth. 1. Traditional Metal Braces Traditional metal braces are one of the most popular ways to straighten your teeth because their tried-and-true history of proven results leave little up for debate. Traditional metal braces can treat a wide variety of…

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What Is Gum Disease?

What is Gum Disease?

We all want a bright, healthy, and strong smile. But many people don’t know that gum health is an important part of dental health. What is gum disease and how is it treated? Here's what you need to know to keep your gums in top shape. Gum Disease Explained Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that typically occurs when your gums are exposed to bacteria for a prolonged period of time. This can happen when food particles and plaque build up on the surface of your teeth or between your teeth. If gum disease progresses, it can affect…

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Taking Care of Your Braces

We know you’re getting excited to see your new smile. When your smile is important to you, taking care of your braces properly is a priority. Here's what you need to know to take the best care of your braces so you can look forward to the best results when you get your braces off. Brushing with Braces When you have braces, it’s extra important to brush your teeth after meals. Brushing your teeth regularly helps to ensure that food debris, bacteria, and plaque don’t build up and lead to cavities or discoloration of your teeth around your braces. Brushing…

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New Goals for the New Year

It’s a new year, full of endless possibilities! Setting new goals for the new year can be exciting, but it can also feel daunting. Here's how we can help you achieve your dental goals this year so that you can have the results you hope for. A Brighter Smile There are countless products on store shelves promising a whiter smile, from whitening toothpaste to whitening strips, but which ones are effective? What about natural methods and professional whitening treatments? The best way to find out which product or method is right for you is to talk with a dentist. Your…

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Braces Alternatives

If you’re wanting to pursue orthodontic treatment, but are hesitant about braces, there are other options to consider. Braces alternatives have become more and more popular as technology advances. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of the different options available. Invisalign Aligners Invisalign has become one of the most popular options for braces alternatives. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and fit over your teeth similar to a mouthguard. Unlike traditional braces that are highly visible and fixed to your teeth with dental bonding, invisalign is nearly invisible, as the name suggests, and removable for when you eat…

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Am I Too Old for Braces?

Many people want to improve their smile, but some hesitate to do so because they are worried about it not being the right time. If you’ve wanted a straighter smile but wonder, “Am I too old for braces?” you’re not alone. You’re not too old for braces. More adults than ever are getting braces. Here’s why. Health and Wellness In the modern age of the internet, social media, and endless information at your fingertips, many people are becoming more health conscious. Dental health is no exception. Many people used to think of braces as a cosmetic treatment, but correcting the…

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Better Brushing with Braces

Getting braces is a great thing. They can do amazing things for your smile! But it can also feel a bit complicated at times. It can take longer to brush and floss your teeth. The good news is, there are some simple tips and tools that can make your life with braces easier and more efficient. Here’s what you need to know for better brushing with braces! What Kind of Toothbrush Do I Need? The truth is, any kind of soft-bristled toothbrush is sufficient to brush your teeth well, even with braces. You don’t have to get fancy to achieve…

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Does the Sugar in Fruit Cause Cavities?

You’ve probably heard that sugar causes cavities, but does that mean all types of sugar? Is it safe to eat fruit or drink juice because it’s natural? Does the sugar in fruit cause cavities too? Let’s talk about the different kinds of sugars and how they can affect your teeth so you can know how to reduce your risk of cavities through your diet. Why is Sugar Bad? First of all, let’s talk about why sugar can be bad for your teeth. Your mouth contains lots of naturally occurring bacteria. Sugar feeds the bacteria, which produces an acid that can…

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Why More Adults Are Getting Braces

Why More Adults are Getting Braces

Braces aren’t just for kids, in fact, more and more adults are getting braces in recent years. For some individuals, they simply didn’t have the opportunity to get braces as a child or teen, and braces can feel like a milestone achievement. For others, their teeth may have shifted out of place since they had braces when they were younger, and they’re wanting to pursue a more successful treatment plan. Let’s talk about some of the top reasons why more adults are getting braces. Your Smile is Important When people think of braces, many think about improving the appearance of…

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