What Are Braces Power Chains?

Power chains are connected strings of ligatures (elastics). The​se​ ligatures that hold the metal wire in place for your braces can be made out of elastic bands or chains. Your bracket will have its own individual ligature, but a power chain gives you more options when it comes to connecting them all together and forming an even…

What Happens if You Don’t Wear Your Retainer After Braces?

If you’re an orthodontic patient, your orthodontist probably reminds you how important wearing your retainer is at every appointment. But what really happens if you don’t wear your retainer after getting braces? Will your treatment have gone to waste, or is it less necessary than your doctor makes it seem?

Best Braces for Adults

Whether you have an issue that requires correction or simply wish for a straighter smile, braces are an effective orthodontic treatment for adults. While the basic options are similar for adult and pediatric patients, adults may have different needs and desires to take into consideration when selecting their treatment.

Dental Insurance & Braces: Things You Should Know

People with dental insurance are more likely to visit their oral health specialist regularly and experience greater overall health, but how does dental insurance impact getting braces or other necessary orthodontic treatments? Our team is used to helping our patients navigate payment options and financing, so here is some of their best insight on braces and dental insurance.

Why Does Sugar Hurt Your Teeth?

As tough as they are, our teeth can be extremely sensitive. It’s common for those wearing braces or even Invisalign to experience some sensitivity up to a week after appointments. However, there are things that can cause sensitivity beyond these appointments. One surprising culprit is sugar. In today’s blog post, we’re looking into why sugar hurts your teeth and how braces can affect that sensitivity.

The Best Toothpaste for Braces

While there’s no specific toothpaste for braces, there are certain types of toothpaste that will better benefit someone currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. Read on to learn what’s the best toothpaste for braces or Invisialign.

Do You Need to Use Mouthwash?

Orthodontic appliances can add a layer of complexity to your oral routine. Our patients often ask what they can do to combat this, and if you need mouthwash.

Braces & Tooth Decay: How to Avoid It & How to Spot It

Tooth decay is a scary thing to hear in regards to your oral hygiene. However, oftentimes when dental professionals are talking about tooth decay, they are talking about the softening of our tooth enamel. This decay happens over time and leads to defects in your tooth, called a cavity. Since tooth decay leads to cavities, they’re related, but not the same thing.

Why You Shouldn’t Pull Your Child’s Loose Tooth

Those videos where parents use the old Door Slam method to yank out their child’s loose tooth are cute and nostalgic. As dental professionals, we also cringe a bit knowing that doors and even more elaborate tooth-pulling techniques aren’t necessary. In fact, pulling baby teeth can be harmful to your child’s oral health.

How Do You Lose Baby Teeth?

Losing your baby teeth is a hallmark of growing up, and growing into your adult teeth is an exciting time for children. While most people know to expect it, do you know how you lose baby teeth?

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