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Orthodontics

Orthodontics Blog Archive

Orthodontics is the realm of dentistry that focuses on repositioning the teeth and jaws into a proper alignment.  Most people think of traditional brackets and wires when they hear the word orthodontics.  Actually, it encompasses much more than that.

Orthodontics is not just a corrective type of treatment.  It can be preventive in nature, involving the promotion of proper growth and development of the upper and lower jaws.  Orthodontists are experts at identifying and intercepting poor growth patterns while the child still has growth potential that we can harness to correct the problem.

Orthodontics is often an essential part of speech therapy, as poorly positioned teeth can lead to speech impediments.  We work closely with local speech therapists to reposition a child’s teeth so that they can learn how to make certain sounds.

As most are aware, we also use orthodontics to correct noticeable misalignment of teeth.  This includes crowding or crookedness, spaces or gaps between the teeth, and crossbites (a situation in which the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth when biting down).  The goal is a beautiful smile that functions well with upper and lower teeth that fit together perfectly.

We know that braces are not attractive to many adults considering orthodontic treatment.  That is why we are proud to offer clear aligner therapy with Invisalign.  With Invisalign’s exceptional system, we can give you the smile of your dreams without unsightly brackets and wires.

Orthodontic Retainers

Types of Orthodontic Retainers

The role retainers plays in orthodontic care The day is coming when your teen is scheduled to have their braces removed. If they are like most kids, they are excited to finally enjoy snacks and food without fear of gumming up their braces or snapping a bracket. Let them enjoy the win of getting the

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Do Braces Help Older Patients?

Why Orthodontics is Not Just For Kids Orthodontic therapy is not limited by age alone. Geriatric orthodontics is a multi-disciplinary specialty of dentistry that deals with the orthodontic-related diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation of teeth alignment in elderly patients. To say that elderly patients are not candidates for orthodontic treatment would be an incorrect assumption.

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How to Choose an Orthodontist

Tips for Finding a Good Orthodontist When it comes to choosing an orthodontist for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to know which one you should see. Orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth and create a beautiful smile is an important aspect of oral health.  Its effects can last the rest of

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Choosing Between Braces and Clear Aligners

How to Choose between Invisalign and Traditional Braces When it comes to straightening your teeth, you have options. The two most predictable and successful options are Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using clear aligners, and traditional braces, which use brackets and wires.  Of course, each option has considerable pros and cons. In order to decide which

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Evaluating Orthodontic Options

How to Choose between Invisalign and Traditional Braces When it comes to straightening your teeth, you have orthodontic options to choose from. The two of the most predictable and successful options are Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using clear aligners, and traditional braces, which use brackets and wires. Of course, each option has considerable pros and cons. In

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Keeping braces clean for good oral health

Oral Hygiene for Braces

What are the Best Tools to Use for Cleaning Teeth with Braces? The day you get your braces off is an exciting one! You finally get to see your beautiful, straight smile after months or years of wearing unsightly metal brackets and wires. There is one thing that can ruin this day, and that is removing the

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Orthodontics provides more than just cosmetic benefits

Orthodontics is More Than a Cosmetic Treatment

Is Orthodontic Treatment Purely Cosmetic? We hear these types of questions from patients and patients’ parents all the time.  Many people think straightening the teeth is unnecessary because it is “just cosmetic”.  Make no mistake: orthodontic treatment does improve the cosmetic appearance of a smile.  But that is not all it does. Orthodontic treatment provides

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Mouth ulcers from braces

When Braces Cause Ulcers

My Braces are Causing Ulcers in my Mouth.  What Can I Do? Many people who undergo traditional orthodontic treatment with braces experience some uncomfortable side effects during treatment.  Some notice headaches or tension in the facial muscles.  Others experience pain in the teeth as they are moving.  More rare, but still possible, are symptoms associated

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Keeping Your Child’s Spacer Clean

How to Help Your Child Clean His Space Maintainer In order to promote proper growth patterns in the upper and lower jaws, allowing the permanent teeth to come into the correct position, orthodontists often use “fixed” appliances.  These are appliances, usually made of metal, that the orthodontist cements into place so that the appliance stays

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The Importance of Orthodontic Care

Did you know having your smile cared for by an orthodontist can save you from oral health problems down the road? Well, it’s true! There are many reasons to improve your smile. No matter if you are upgrading your smile for looks, or for health, our orthodontist, Dr. Rush Davidson with Empire Dental Specialties in

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