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...
If your teeth or bite are misaligned, you’ll need orthodontic treatment to correct them. For some people, crooked teeth or an improper bite are only cosmetic concerns, but for others, they affect their everyday jaw function and impact their quality of life. For some patients who have bite or skeletal...
While the majority of people will have their wisdom teeth removed, not everyone will need to. These third molars make an appearance in our early adult years, typically around the age of 17, but for some, not until the early 20s. Why do some people need their wisdom teeth removed...
A gap in the teeth is technically referred to as a diastema. While a diastema can refer to any gaps in the teeth, it’s most commonly referring to a gap between the front two teeth. Gapped teeth are common, and are usually the result of tooth misalignment or the size of...
The vast majority of people who receive orthodontic treatment will need to wear a retainer after their teeth are straightened and the orthodontia is removed. These devices are custom made for your smile and typically involve metal wires and plastic—it might sound uncomfortable, but since it’s made for your unique smile, retainers...
If your teeth are misaligned or you have jaw pain, it might be time to consider orthodontic treatment. You’re never too old to have braces—in fact, today, one in four people receiving orthodontic treatment is an adult . You have modern options besides traditional metal braces if you’re concerned about...