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The What, Why, and How of Interproximal Reduction

August 11, 2023

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A child with braces after an Interproximal Reduction treatment

Even if you enjoy going to the dentist, as soon as they whip out a term like “interproximal reduction” you might do a double take. Despite its confusing name, the procedure is actually simple and pain-free. Depending on your situation, it could also be necessary to preserve the future of your oral health.

Continue reading to learn more about interproximal reduction and how it can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile.


What Are the Benefits of Traditional Braces for Your Child?

June 8, 2023

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teenager with metal braces

Does your child have a crooked or gapped smile? With numerous teeth-straightening alternatives available, selecting the right method for you or your child can be challenging. Although clear braces are gaining popularity, traditional metal braces still hold numerous advantages. If you are contemplating teeth straightening treatment, read on to explore four reasons why orthodontists may recommend traditional braces as the optimal choice.


The Benefits of SDF Dental Sealants for Children

June 4, 2023

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a child visiting their dentist

Maintaining a healthy smile from a young age is crucial for children, and one of the secrets to doing this lies in dental sealants. These solutions are notably effective in preventing the development of cavities, and over the years, advancements in dental technology have led to them being made from awesome materials such as SDF, or silver diamine fluoride. In fact, in a comprehensive study conducted by New York University, children were given SDF sealants to measure their effectiveness alongside standard cavity care and prevention; the results showed that they were effective at both preventing and curbing future decay! Here’s a closer look at these sealants and some of their awesome benefits when used in pediatric dentistry.  


4 Questions to Ask at Your First Orthodontic Appointment

May 24, 2023

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a person holding braces in one hand and aligners in the other

Whether you’re an adult or teen, addressing orthodontic problems like crowding and bite misalignment are not only important for your health, but also for your confidence. A straightened smile can go a long way, and although braces and aligners can be a lengthy commitment, they’re well worthwhile. Be prepared for your first appointment by getting the answers you’ll be glad you had as you undergo treatment. Read on for four important questions to ask your orthodontist.


4 Useful Tips to Make Dental Care Fun for Kids

April 2, 2023

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a young child brushing his teeth

Oral health is something that matters your whole life—from the moment you have teeth and forever after! But sometimes, children struggle to establish, maintain, or improve their oral hygiene habits, which ultimately spells bad news for their smiles moving forward. And as a parent, it’s up to you to help your little one understand the value of taking great care of their teeth, as well as helping them achieve healthy and bright pearly whites. Better yet, you can make things much more fun for your kid, too! Here are some useful tips from your pediatric dentist that are certain to help.


5 Tips to Make Taking Out Your Aligners Easier

February 20, 2023

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woman holding a clear aligner after taking it out

It’s been a few hours since you’ve left your orthodontist’s office with your brand-new clear aligners. You are excited about treatment, but you are also getting hungry. It’s time for you to take out your aligners for the first time on your own.

However, these plastic devices are purposefully tight against your teeth, which means removing them won’t be easy, particularly at the beginning of treatment. Here are five tips to help you learn this process as quickly as possible.


Will Braces Interfere with Your Child’s Sports Dreams?

December 20, 2022

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girl with braces holding boxing gloves and sports mouthguard

Your child seems excited by a certain sport. They enjoy participating, work hard to practice, and they may even excel at it! But they have crooked teeth and need orthodontic treatment, which often requires a couple of years. Could braces stand between them and their athletic dreams?

No matter the sport, braces should not hinder your child’s ability to pursue what they love. However, there are some things you should know before starting treatment so that their smile both during and after treatment can be safe.


4 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

November 21, 2022

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a child blowing their nose because they have a cold

As a parent, you’re likely concerned about your child catching the cold or flu around this time of year from one of their classmates and bringing it home. While this is a valid concern, did you know that cold and flu season can also increase their risk of developing common oral health problems like cavities, too? With preventive measures in place, you can make sure that priceless grin that you love to see every day stays healthy and happy. Read on for four ways to keep your child’s oral health on the right track during cold and flu season.


5 Ways Your Teen Can Ruin Their Clear Aligner Treatment

October 21, 2022

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a person putting clear aligners in their mouth

In the past, getting your teeth straightened meant having to commit to wearing metal wires and brackets for years. Today, when your teen visits their pediatric specialist, they’ll have the option to choose clear aligners! This exciting modern treatment can allow them to address crowding, gaps, and bite misalignment all without their friends knowing, if that’s what they’d prefer. However, just like with any orthodontic treatment, there are some common mistakes that could set back the process. Read on to learn five ways your teen could ruin their clear aligner treatment.


Can Invisalign Aligners Affect Your Speech?

September 23, 2022

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teens sitting in the grass talking to each other

Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments among both teens as well as adults because it redefines what straightening your smile looks like, making the process smooth, simple, and easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life. However, that doesn’t mean that prospective aligner-wearers don’t have their concerns about the process, one of the most popular being whether the trays will affect their speech. Read on to learn whether speech issues are a common effect of wearing trays and how you can combat them.  

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