If you’re part of the one-third of Americans who are unhappy with their smile, you have options for correcting your teeth . It’s never too late to seek orthodontic treatment, even if you’re an adult. Millions of adults wear braces to correct their teeth, whether they never had to the...
If you have gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth, orthodontic treatment can help you get your dream smile. However, many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to wear traditional braces for years, or don’t want to commit to wearing Invisalign over 20 hours a day to straighten their teeth. However,...
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in nature and in the human body. However, it’s also frequently used in dental products to help protect the teeth from decay and strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and even dental treatments your child may receive at the dentist’s office. In some...
If you have crooked teeth, you’re not alone. In fact, 9 in 10 people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned . In the past, humans had larger jaws that comfortably fit all of their teeth. Today, our jaws are smaller, which leaves less room for teeth, which often results...
Braces are excellent tools for straightening teeth and correcting bites, but they do make your pearly whites difficult to clean! Consisting of brackets, which are temporarily cemented to your teeth, and connecting wires, braces make it difficult for your toothbrush to make much contact with the surfaces of your teeth, which can...
Getting your dream smile by straightening your teeth with braces is very exciting—most patients can’t wait to have their braces off and fully enjoy their new straight teeth! Like anything worth waiting for, braces take time to work. The average amount of treatment time varies, but for metal braces, it...
If you grind your teeth, a condition also known as bruxism, your dentist may have recommended that you wear a mouthguard at night. However, many people who have had orthodontic work done need to wear their retainers nightly as well—orthodontists now recommend that their patients wear their retainers nightly for life to prevent...
Misaligned teeth can be caused by either genetic or lifestyle factors. While some people have crooked teeth due to their genetics, others will develop crooked teeth due to childhood habits such as thumb sucking. Crooked teeth affect more than just your appearance. When teeth don’t align together properly, they can cause oral health...
Whether you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth straight. A retainer could be a metal framework with plastic molded to fit your teeth, or, you may have an Invisalign clear retainer that’s not as noticeable. Regardless, wearing your retainer is...
As your child’s permanent teeth begin to come in, it could be time to consider if they need braces. For some children, crooked teeth are obvious signs that orthodontia is necessary, while for others, a misaligned bite or crowded teeth won’t always be noticeable. While there’s no one best age...