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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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Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. You may have less tooth decay and wear and tear, and feel much better about your smile when your teeth are straight. Getting rid of the overbite, underbite, or uneven gaps and spaces can make a big difference in your daily life. Deciding to get your teeth straightened is just the first in a series of decisions you will need to make. You also need

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Most people tend to overlook the fact that orthodontic tooth movement is a biological process. Meaning, your teeth will move when any type of pressure is applied for a long period of time. For this exact reason, doctors recommend parents to prevent children from thumb-sucking, finger nail chewing, and forming abnormal swallowing patterns — as all these habits can move teeth and jaws into undesirable positions. Luckily, teeth can be easily straightened with the help of orthodontic treatment at Orthodontic

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A lot of people have heard of “invisible braces,” but they’re not quite sure how they really work. If the first question in your mind is, “What is Invisalign?” keep reading. Without having to deal with the restrictions that come with metal braces, Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth, as Invisalign.com describes it. Invisalign patients don’t deal with wires or brackets. Instead, they are provided with a series of clear aligners. There clear aligners are removable and

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Too often we underestimate the power of a smile. Something as little as a smile can bring about a positive, visual impact on people you interact with. After conducting several in-depth researches, psychologists came to the conclusion that a person who smiles more often that others is typically seen as full of youth, radiance, health and happiness. Another research found that all adults (yes, all of them!) consider a smile a vital and powerful social asset, while 96% of them

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