1. Qualifications and experience

  • Make sure that your orthodontist has had proper education and is a specialist!

  • Ask how long your orthodontist has been practicing.

  • Ask if the orthodontist has experience with kids if you are bringing your child.

  • Res...

A permanent retainer, called a lingual retainer, is one that is glued to the inside part of your teeth (the part of the teeth by the tongue). It is not visible. Usually, a permanent retainer lasts about 5-7 years. It can become unglued during a dental cleaning, normal...

September 15, 2015

The technical name for this is interproximal reduction (IPR). It is a very common procedure done with Invisalign. The purpose of this stripping is to make some space for crowded teeth to straighten out. Think of this as flossing with a sandpaper-like metal strip. The o...

September 2, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal 's 2 front teeth are very square (no rounded edges). The teeth next to the front ones (lateral incisors) are small  and the one on his right side is higher than the left side. While not ideal, he still looks good in my book!



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August 18, 2015

Some people notice that they can have bad breath with braces. There are a few causes of bad breath but the most common one comes from food stuck around the braces and in between teeth. When you don't brush and floss your teeth well, plaque, which is made up of bacteria...

June 4, 2015

Paying extra attention to keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is essential. Brackets trap food so maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your gums healthy and prevent any cavities from forming around your braces. Here a few tips for keeping teeth cle...

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