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How Long Should You Expect To Wear Braces?

How Long Should You Expect to Wear Braces?

Many people go into braces knowing that the treatment is a long term commitment, but just how long should you expect to wear braces? Does it depend on your age, the severity of issues needing correction or other factors? Generally, most patients need to wear braces for 18 to 24 months. Let’s talk about what to expect from orthodontic treatment depending on your individual situation. Does Age Matter? Age can actually be a big factor when answering the question, “How long should you expect to wear braces?” Generally, the younger the patient, the easier it can be to adjust the…

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Are Braces Just Cosmetic?

Are Braces Just Cosmetic?

Braces do a lot to change the appearance of your smile, so are braces just cosmetic or can they be necessary? There are actually many practical and sometimes significant reasons to get braces. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, it’s important to understand all the benefits they can bring you and when they may be necessary for the health of your teeth. Do I Need Braces? Changing the appearance of your teeth and your smile is only scratching the surface of what braces can do for you. While it is important to many people how their…

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3 Reasons You May Need An Orthodontist

3 Reasons You May Need an Orthodontist

Many people visit the orthodontist when they are young, so braces and orthodontics almost seem like a rite of passage for many teens, but did you know that it can also be important to see an orthodontist later on? There are many reasons you may need an orthodontist as an adult. Here are 3 reasons to see an orthodontist as an adult. Did You See an Orthodontist as a Child? One of the reasons you may need an orthodontist may be if you need to check in on past work. If you saw an orthodontist or got braces or another…

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Will Braces Affect How You Speak

Will Braces Affect How You Speak?

Many people have a lot of questions and concerns when they first get braces. Braces are a big deal and bring a lot of change with them. You may be afraid that braces will affect not only the way your mouth feels, but the way you do a lot of your normal activities, as well. For example, will braces affect how you speak? Here are some things you may need to know about braces and how you might feel with them. When You First Get Braces When you first get braces, they will likely affect how you speak to some…

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Who Needs Orthodontics

Who Needs Orthodontics?

A beautiful smile can be the very thing that sets you apart from the crowd. But did you know that seeing an Orthodontist is more than simply cosmetic? If you’ve been wondering who needs Orthodontics, and whether it’s something you should consider, there are many reasons that you should make a call to have your first consultation. Who Should Go to the Orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first Orthodontic check up no later than the age of 7. This allows the Orthodontist to find out if your child has an existing Orthodontic problem…

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3 Signs You May Need A Root Canal

3 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

While for some ailments or illnesses, managing symptoms at home is a wise choice, when it comes to root canals, calling your dentist to make an appointment is an important decision. So what are some signs that you may need a root canal? Sensitivity If your tooth is persistently sensitive to extreme temperatures, pressure, and causing prolonged discomfort, then it is possible that any decay or injury has affected the tooth more severely. Consulting with your dentist on how to manage symptoms until your appointment can be helpful, but do call a dentist to be seen if prolonged sensitivity is…

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Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic Treatments: Not Just Cosmetic

Although one of the well recognized benefits of Orthodontic treatments is a straight and beautiful smile, it has other benefits that impact far more than how we look. Having straightened teeth could influence more than the look of your smile, but can also affect other connected parts of your body for the better too! A Healthier Bite and Jaw Misalignment of teeth and jaw may have an impact on bone erosion over time due to pressure the misalignment can cause. It is also possible to affect muscles around the face and jaw, which can cause issues with your jaw, such…

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Teeth With Braces

How to Choose the Right Braces: Traditional Braces vs. Clear Aligners

If you’re considering teeth straightening options and aren’t sure how to decide, we can help! Currently, approximately 4 million people wear braces in America, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. What’s even better is that advancements in cosmetic dentistry have given us more options to choose from. Braces or clear aligners: here’s how to choose the right braces. Before we compare the two, let’s just admit that there’s no clear winner here. The best option is the one that suits you and gives you the desired results. Now, let’s compare the two on the basis of some important factors.…

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3 Great Ways to Utilize Your Dental Insurance Benefits Before the End of the Year

Did you know that nearly everyone’s dental benefits reset every year? It’s true. If your dental plan cycles on the calendar year, as most do, then you miss out on any benefits you didn’t use before December 31st. That means now is the ideal time to maximize your 2018 dental insurance benefits. If you aren’t sure how to begin, here are three great ways to get started. Make Sure Your Oral Health is In Check The typical dental insurance plan at least partially covers a wide range of services and treatments. By visiting your Rio Rancho dentist, you can find…

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Ask Your Rio Rancho Dentist: What Are Some Must-Haves for Cleaning Braces and Aligners?

Every October is National Orthodontic Health Month, a time to learn more about the benefits of orthodontics, particularly when it comes to oral health. When the majority of our Rio Rancho patients think of orthodontic treatments, like braces or aligners, they focus on the aesthetic value of having straighter teeth. While corrected crooked teeth can certainly make you more confident in your smile, orthodontic treatments also do more than that. Braces or aligners can correct bite issues by fixing misalignments of the teeth and jaw. This makes it easier for you to chew, bite, and even speak. Plus, crooked teeth…

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