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First and foremost, what is malocclusion? Malocclusion, simply put, is the misalignment or incorrect positioning of teeth. Edward Angle, a famous figure in dentistry coined the term “malocclusion” (mal- + occlusion = “incorrect occlusion”). With malocclusion, it can be difficult for your teeth to properly serve their purpose and perform vital functions. Healthline highlights that “your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing issues.” Ideally, the upper jaw’s teeth slightly overlap the teeth of the

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Orthodontists continue to address a genuine medical necessity as well as the perceived problem of oral asymmetry using different types of braces. Whether you have teeth that are crooked, have an upper jaw that is bigger than your lower jaw or a lower jaw that is bigger than your upper jaw, braces are what you need. These complications can be referred to as malocclusion. Braces have evolved dramatically over the years and today, orthodontists have the most efficient and comfortable

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Easter is coming, but you’re not sure what to leave in the Easter Basket for your kids because they have braces? Don’t worry; we have few suggestions on how to make this Easter Holiday special for your child, even without the sweets and candies that are not recommended to eat while wearing braces. Baked Treats While wearing braces, it is completely safe to eat baked foods, unless they contain raisins, nuts or any fillings that are hard to bite. Nevertheless,

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Lack of oral hygiene can lead to expensive, intensive dental procedures that you may find unpleasant. Here are some of the most common outcomes of poor oral health: Halitosis When small food particles remain wedged between the teeth for a long period of time, they begin collecting bacteria which emit chemicals that can cause horrible breath. Pee Yew! Plague Plaque is a soft sticky film that builds up on your teeth daily, and contains millions of bacteria. Plaque that isn’t removed

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We bet you experienced that moment when sitting in the chair at the orthodontic office and hearing your doctor say something like “11, 26, 45, 48”. No, we aren’t really talking in a different language, we just use the dental language where every number means a specific tooth. See the description below that explains what all these numbers you ever heard actually mean.

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“Wearing braces isn’t cool”, “I don’t wanna be a metal-mouth” – are these phrases familiar to you? Then this article is just what you need. We know how teens are often concerned about how their peers will react to seeing them wearing braces. Even though wearing braces is nowadays more accepted by teenagers, there is still a chance of resistance. In order to solve this problem, these are several tips on how to approach your child and convince them that

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It is very common to worry about a visit to the dental office as soon as we make an appointment. Some studies even found that there are patients who have frequent dreams about orthodontic care. These can result in phobia and avoidance of any dental treatment. In order to get rid of the fear and stay calm before your appointment, here are some tips. First, you should remember that it is not the stone age anymore and orthodontic procedures have

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Every child craves sweets and sometimes it becomes difficult to control the amount of sugar consumed. Sugar consists of sucrose that results in bacteria that eventually produce a certain kind of an acid. The acid will begin to etch away the teeth, causing tooth decay. Here are several tips on how to limit the amount of unnecessary sugars. Watch out for Drinks Uncontrolled amounts of consumed juice can cause tooth decay as it gives cavity-causing bacteria opportunity to produce the

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Clean your trays regularly It is important to soak the trays in diluted mouthwash for just 3-5 minutes to keep your aligners as fresh as possible. This helps to avoid an off-putting mouth taste and reduces the amount of harmful bacteria. Regular cleaning of your trays will also help prevent stains from accumulating, and keep them polished as well. Eat. Brush. Insert. Repeat Create a ritual for yourself to insert the trays after meals and only when your teeth are

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Dental braces have come a long way from their early beginnings. If you think braces are painful and bulky today, let’s jump back to their first days and see what braces used to be like. The first instances of dental braces were discovered by archaeologists when mummified bodies were found to have small pieces of metal around their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Even people thousands of years ago wanted straight teeth and a beautiful smile. This

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