Why choose an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has received an additional two to three years of education beyond dental school at an accredited university residency program.  Orthodontists are experts in straightening teeth and have extensive experience in determining the best method of treatment to align your teeth and jaws while maintaining your overall dental health. They are familiar with the latest techniques and advancements for excellent orthodontic treatment.

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How to care for retainers

Most orthodontists would agree that wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is complete is just as important – if not more important – than the treatment itself.  Without retainers, teeth will likely start to shift away from the beautiful alignment you see the day your braces come off.  Patients make an important investment in their smiles, and it is important to maintain those beautiful smiles. Continue reading

The First Few Days with Braces

What are my braces going to feel like?  Are my braces going to hurt?  What foods can I eat?  These are some of the typical questions patients ask on the day of their appointment to get braces placed on their teeth. They are all very good questions and important to answer to help patients feel at ease about the changes they will experience while receiving orthodontic treatment. Continue reading