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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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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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Best Orthodontic Blogs of 2015

2015 was a fantastic year. Read some of most popular blogs from last year, and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some great blogs post and videos in 2016.

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Wire Retainer Vs. Clear Plastic Retainer

Are you embarrassed with your smile? Do you have crooked teeth that you desperately want to fix? If this is the case, there are several different methods you can use to straighten your teeth and give you a smile you can be proud of. If you already have braces and are getting ready to have them removed, you have probably started to think about the different types of retainers that are available. There are retainers made from wire and clear plastic, but which one is better? Read more…

Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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.

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Smiling is a Lovely Gesture

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Smile Quote No. 40: “A Smile Is Like Tight Underwear: It Makes Your Cheeks Go Up” – Author Unknown

Whether you are the mom who loves to take plenty of photos or simply seeing your kids happy enough to warm your heart, you want to ensure that their smiles are healthy and happy all the days of their life. Working with an orthodontist to understand the benefits of Invisalign allows you to accomplish this goal.

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Where to get Invisalign from?

Does It Really Matter Where I Get My Invisalign?

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Invisalign is one of the most important advances to be made in the field of orthodontics in the past two decades. Thanks to Invisalign, there is no longer any need to wear those horrible, uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces that people have dreaded for many years. The patient simply wears a series of clear aligners that are custom made. They are designed to provide the correct amount of pressure to the teeth so that they will gradually force them to shift positions into alignment. Every two or three weeks, a new Invisalign tray is used to continue the progression until the alignment is complete. There is no need to make regular appointments to have your braces tightened. These tightening sessions are usually painful for the patient, making the process especially difficult for young people. Invisalign causes no pain at all.

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Let your Smile Run Free

Beecroft OrthodonticsSmile Quote No. 37: “You shouldn’t never regret something that made you smile”– Bei Maejor

It’s true that you want to look back on the happy moments in your life with joy; however, you might be afraid to offer a hearty smile if your teeth are crooked. Preventing your children from experiencing this aggravating situation is your goal right now, and speaking with a professional orthodontist is a wise way to address some of your most burning questions.

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Orthodontics: Creating Perfect Smiles

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Smile Quote No. 34: “Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”– Greta Garbo

You remember when your little ones were born and their first teeth grew. Since then, you have diligently attended to their dental care, but some situations are beyond your control. Teeth that grow in a crooked fashion or point outwards instead of in are only two of the troubles that could manifest as little ones age and shed their baby teeth. Setting up an appointment with a specialist in orthodontics will answer your child’s question of, “Do I need braces?”

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Happiness is Life

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Smile Quote No. 29: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” –  Dalai Lama

The majority of our lives we are happy. It is only when some unforeseen event takes place that might disturb that happiness. Our thought patterns and our life experiences help us to resolve times when unhappiness has been imposed on us. There are always some things that we can alter in our lives that will help to improve it and our ability to express our true happiness. That is our smile. Many people worry about the effect they have on others particularly when meeting someone for the first time when visual impressions stands out. A crooked smile, broken or protruding teeth can be worrisome, especially if contact with strangers is important.

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Daily Life and Orthodontic Appliances

How will Braces, Expanders, Retainers, and Invisalign Affect my Life?

As you can imagine, with braces, expanders, retainers, or any other orthodontic appliance, there’s an adjustment period. And, you may have to do a few things in your life differently as you adjust.

I’ll discuss what to expect, changes you may experience, and how you can minimize any unwanted distractions or deviations from your daily life.

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Here’s what you can expect:

  • A general soreness for about a week after the initial appointment and two
    to three days after the adjustment appointments.
  • Soreness in the teeth as well as lips and cheeks (from rubbing against the braces).
  • Food will get stuck in the braces. Be more diligent with brushing, flossing and your overall hygiene. If you aren’t, you can experience swelling, redness, inflammation of the gums, as well as the beginnings of cavities around the braces. This leaves a white ring around the braces that’s unsightly when the braces come off.
  • You’ll have to be more careful with activities where you may bump your lips like wrestling and football. When you play sports, wear a mouth guard. Now, you can’t wear normal mouth guards because they will not fit over the braces and the teeth. And, the mouth guards can’t be form-fitting because the teeth will move. You don’t want them to impede the movement of the teeth. Most orthodontists have special mouth guards for braces and different kits for keeping teeth clean.
  • I often hear: “Do I need to be worried about kissing my boyfriend or girlfriend who also has braces?” I can assure you I never heard of someone getting stuck to someone else with braces. Myth debunked.

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