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Kids and Braces: Help with Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene Braces

When your child gets braces, that’s just the beginning of a brand-new type of oral hygiene regimen. Even kids without braces need regular reminders about best brushing practices — but a child with braces might need a little extra support. The most important thing parents can do is work with the orthodontist and make sure kids understand what can happen if they don’t care for their teeth while wearing braces. Children might need to avoid some foods, brush and floss differently and we

Braces and Valentine’s Day: The Perfect Match

Valentine's Day Braces

Having braces during Valentine’s Day is no big deal, especially with so many braces-friendly treats and goodies on the market! You want to make sure the most romantic day of the year isn’t ruined by sweets stuck in your orthodontics, and now that’s easier to achieve than ever. If you’ve had braces for a while, you probably already know which foods to avoid: toffee, caramels and anything sticky. Otherwise, it’s a struggle to clean your braces afterward. However, it’s best to foc

What Happens if Invisalign is Forgotten?

Forgetting Invisalign

You were stoked to get Invisalign, and you promised yourself you’d follow your orthodontist’s directions exactly. Unfortunately, some Invisalign patients slide. This is especially common in teens (no surprise), which is why the Invisalign system has a special teen program with up to six free aligner replacements. However, it’s not just lost aligners than are an issue. If you take out your aligner for more hours per day than allowed, skip days entirely or otherwise don’t follow your tr

Orthodontics for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Orthodontics

You know orthodontics can help make teeth straight, but did you know that snorers also can benefit? Sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed problem, often mistaken for “just snoring.” The American Sleep Apnea Association reports that up to 4 percent of children may suffer from this undiagnosed condition. The most common type in children is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which the tongue and throat muscles get so relaxed that they block the airway. In severe cases, the results can be deadl

Is Your Orthodontist Board Certified?

Certified Orthodontist

It’s shocking, but most orthodontists aren’t board certified. In fact, only 33 percent are — it’s not required to practice orthodontics. Being board certified, or re-certified, is optional. Always ask orthodontists if they are board certified, and you can quickly gauge just how committed they are to their practice. Getting board certification is the final step in a long and comprehensive educational journey. To be certified, an orthodontist has to tackle hundreds of extra hours of