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The Rise of Fashion Braces: Why You Should Avoid This New Trend

We’ve all heard of braces, the traditional metal brackets that create a healthy bite and great smile, but did you know that some people are getting braces just for fun? As shocking as it sounds, “fashion braces” are on the rise, with young people across the nation gluing faux braces to their teeth.  While this … Continued

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What is a Palatal Expander, and What is it Used For?

A palatal expander is a dental appliance commonly used to help address various teeth and jaw issues, known as malocclusions. Reasons why a patient might need a palatal expander include: Who Might Be a Candidate for a Palatal Expander? A palate expander is most commonly used to treat growing children and young teenagers. An orthodontist … Continued

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Beneath the Surface: The Critical Role of In-Person Consultations and Orthodontic X-Rays

Orthodontic treatment creates a more aesthetically pleasing smile while ensuring your teeth and jaws are healthy and function properly. This transformative treatment begins with an in-person consultation, where your orthodontist will use X-rays or dental imaging to gain a complete picture of your oral health and create a tailored treatment plan that meets your unique … Continued

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How Much Do Braces Cost? Financing Options for Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you’re considering braces for yourself or a loved one, the excitement and anticipation of achieving a beautiful smile may be overshadowed by the practical consideration of cost. The financial aspect of orthodontic treatment is a critical consideration that varies widely and no two patients are alike. Treatment costs are influenced by factors such as … Continued

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Does Mewing Actually Reshape Your Jaw?

Mewing (which, by the way, is not a medical term) suggests that tongue placement can define your jawline. While proper tongue alignment could alter your facial structure, there’s more to it.

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American Association of Orthodontists Issues Guidance to SmileDirectClub Patients Following Abrupt Closure

Offers Warning about Mail Order Orthodontics ST. LOUIS, December 14, 2023 – The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is offering guidance to patients impacted by the recent closure of SmileDirectClub and patients being approached by other “mail-order” teeth straightening companies. Given SmileDirectClub’s abrupt shut down, patients have been left with questions and concerns about their … Continued

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A Message of Support and Guidance from the American Association of Orthodontists

Dealing with SmileDirectClub’s abrupt closure may leave you with many questions and concerns. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) understands how important it is to have a reliable support system, especially when it comes to your health and well-being. If you find yourself in a situation where you are left without treatment options and no … Continued

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Guide To Eating Candy With Braces

Avoid damaging your braces and risking your successful orthodontic treatment by learning which candy might loosen the brackets attached to your teeth.

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More Than Aesthetics: The Comprehensive Benefits of Straight Teeth

The AAO Consumer Awareness Campaign (CAP) “Straight Talk” series concludes with a video featuring a patient on the day of the removal of their braces, titled “The Best Day Ever.” The video features Dr. Jacquee Schiek, an AAO orthodontist, who reminds the patient, Tim, that the process of moving his teeth was a complex biological … Continued