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Prioritizing Your Comfort

Fall is in full swing. Between school, jobs, and sports, many families find it difficult during this season to find time for orthodontic appointments. But it is vital for everyone to keep up with check-up schedules. After all, check-ups are the best way to ensure you’re your treatment doesn’t stretch out longer than it has […]

All About Elastics

In the world of Orthodontics, there are two types of elastics. In this post, we’ll describe the different meanings, applications, and usages of these important orthodontic tools. Ligatures The lesser-known type is called ligatures. These small elastics are placed around each bracket are used to hold the archwire in the slot on the bracket.   […]

Retainers: So Easy to Forget, Yet So Valuable

We’ve heard the following too many times in the office: “Sorry. I just completely forgot to wear my retainer.” It’s a common problem. Compared to the fixed nature of braces because they are attached to teeth, removable retainers can easily become an afterthought. In this post, however, we’ll move retainer significance to the forefront. We’ll […]

Be Careful of “Instant Orthodontics”

When it comes to dental treatments, many people are tempted by fast solutions that may not be the best answer to their issues. For example, dental offices around the country offer “instant orthodontics.” In this post, we’ll tell you all about this treatment and why orthodontists, like myself, prefer more time-proven, conservative approaches. A Cover-Up […]

Dispelling Common Myths About Braces

People come into our office with all types of misconceptions based on what they’ve heard, read, or been told about braces. In this post, we’ll list some of the most common myths we’ve heard and do our best to dispel them. Myth #1: Braces Make Teeth Cleaning Impossible While the potential for cavities, tooth decalcification, […]

Are You Right for Clear Aligners?

Most people think of braces when they hear the word “orthodontist.” Usually, that’s fair. Orthodontists and patients alike are concerned with the position of teeth, and braces are the best-known option for addressing the issue. On the other hand, there are alternatives that do exist. For example, in addition to braces, we also specialize in […]