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How Often Should I Brush my Teeth with Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017

Braces could help you achieve that dream of having straight teeth and a great smile, but you will need to continue brushing and flossing your teeth in order to keep your mouth healthy. This orthodontic treatment works best when

you practice proper oral hygiene. It may take a little more effort than you are used to, but all good things require extra work. The end results will be well worth it. Once the braces come off, you will begin to notice that beautiful, healthy smile.

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What is plaque?

Plaque is not a myth; it is a problem that no one wants! Each day, plaque will find its way into your mouth, but with thorough cleanings throughout the day, you can remove it. Removing the plaque is even more important when you have braces because the wires give the plaque more places to hide within the mouth. The saliva, food, and bacteria make up the plaque that will hide itself within the brackets of your braces, and if it is not removed, it can cause various dental issues, such as:

  • Cavities
  • Bad Breath
  • Swollen Gums
  • Teeth Staining

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What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

LAST UPDATED: MAY 23, 2017

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

Invisalign is a wonderful treatment for misaligned teeth. It can be life-changing for some people. However, not everyone knows what happens after Invisalign treatment. There’s a lot of important follow-up treatments that you need to go through. Your orthodontist in King George should be able to help you understand how your particular case will play out. In this article, we will lay out the general path for what happens after Invisalign treatment ends. One note before we start: looking up “orthodontist near me” is not enough to ensure that you will be getting adequate care for your teeth. You need to find a good orthodontist to manage your Invisalign treatment and follow-up. The orthodontist might be attached to a dental practice or operating alone, but either way, make sure that you see one.

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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you’ve gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it’s a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

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Changing Orthodontists during Active Treatment

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

You may not think about it before you get braces, but it may become a question you need to address. What if you need to change orthodontists?

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Why do you need to change orthodontists?

The number one reason people change orthodontists is they are moving. We live in an area where there’s a fairly large military community, and a lot of people move in and out. Sometimes these moves are unexpected and the kids or adults are in the middle of orthodontic treatment. Or, they’ll come from one office in another part of the country to a different one. So, “yes,” it is possible to change orthodontists.

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Braces Treatment: Retainers Phase

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

How Long Should Someone Wear a Retainer after Braces are Removed?

It’s the first question a patient asks after their braces come off, we’ve celebrated the momentous occasion, and handed him a retainer: How long do I have to wear my retainer?

It’s a good and valid question.

I’ll highlight the type of retainer used most often, why retainers are so important and how long you need to wear them.

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How Much Does Invisalign Express Cost for Only Upper Teeth?

LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 24, 2017

Learn About the Invisalign Express

If you have teeth that are less than straight, the Invisalign Express is the solution in dramatically improving your smile. It is the result of advanced innovative technology designed to straighten teeth at a lower cost than traditional methods. Besides cost, one of the most attractive features of the Invisalign Express is that it is a completely pain-free and invisible dental appliance that can still correct teeth with excellent results. Additionally, the Invisalign Express provides a much faster course of treatment than traditional braces.

What You Need to Know About the Appliance

The Invisalign Express is crafted out of a sheer plastic material that easily slips onto and contours to your teeth. As soon as you place it onto your teeth, it begins the process of sculpting your teeth into a more properly aligned positioning. In a matter of only three to six months, the tooth crowding or spacing in your mouth will be corrected. If you happen to only require your front or upper teeth adjusted, the cost will be much less than a full set of Invisalign aligners. As a result, the Invisalign express cost for only upper teeth may be more affordable than you might expect.

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Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

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If you want straight teeth, then braces are often the best way to go. This orthodontic device is a common treatment option for patients ages 7 to 15 to correct crooked or even overcrowded teeth. But today, even many adults are wearing braces for the numerous benefits they offer. Headaches, jaw discomfort, earaches, mouth breathing, and even sleep disorders may have a connection to the alignment of the teeth, so braces are more than just cosmetic. Once you’ve been fitted with the new appliance though, proper care of braces is important to maintain your overall oral health. Knowing what foods to avoid and maintaining effective oral hygiene habits will ensure that once your braces are removed you’ll have that bright, straight, and comfortable smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Can I Wear Braces If I’m Pregnant?

During pregnancy, your body experiences many changes, and it becomes extremely important to take care of yourself for the health of your baby. This includes keeping an eye on both your emotional, mental and physical health. As part of this, many women believe they shouldn’t undergo any changes while pregnant, including getting braces to

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straighten their teeth. However, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t wear braces. We’re going to discuss this topic in depth as well as talk about alternatives to traditional braces, such as Invisalign.

Pregnancy and X-rays

The biggest complication to take into account when considering wearing braces while pregnant are the X-rays that need to be taken beforehand. It’s important for your orthodontist to take X-rays of your mouth to determine if there are any unseen problems such as hidden teeth that need to be corrected before moving forward with braces. If you had your X-rays taken before your pregnancy started, you should be able to move forward with getting braces without any concern. If not, you have a few things to take into consideration.

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Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMER 29, 2017

What are the most common causes of and solutions for overbites?

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

Causes of overbites:

1. Genetics: The genes you got from mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are the No. 1 cause. There are two reasons: 1) Your upper jaw is too developed relative to your lower jaw, sticking out too far. This is uncommon. 2) Your lower jaw is underdeveloped, which is most common.

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How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontics is the science of aligning and straightening the teeth for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Braces are the most common tools used to straighten your teeth along with retainers afterward. From a parent’s perspective,

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the braces in a child’s mouth appear to have many components. In fact, there are several metal and rubber pieces to any orthodontic treatment. All of these components work as a single unit in order to improve a person’s smile. Because a child or teenager will have braces on for several months or years, it’s important to know what to do in the event of orthodontic emergencies. Consider these scenarios so that you’re ready for any issue that might arise.

Survey the Situation

Your child might alert you to an emergency, but that term can be used in a broad way at times. Ideally, take a basic survey of the situation by observing the child and listening to their concerns. Examples of orthodontic emergency situations include:

  • Swallowed a device
  • Active bleeding

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