Can’t decide between Invisalign and traditional braces? If your orthodontist determines that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, it can seem too good to be true. Can you really get the same quality, lasting smile with a nearly invisible solution? This is one scenario in which — with your orthodontist’s blessing — you really can have it all. Invisalign hasn’t been around for nearly as long as traditional braces, but this new kid on the block can work wonders for many ortho pati
Traditional orthodontics, such as braces or The Damon System, can make your teeth gorgeous and healthy — but eating your favorite foods with braces on can become a challenge. Most of the time, patients can tweak and modify their diets to better work with their braces. However, when a food-centric holiday rolls around, you don’t want to give up your favorite comfort foods and treats. You also don’t want this year’s holiday photos to feature food in your smile! Fortunately, you have
Are braces medically necessary? It’s a hot-button question that’s been raging online, especially after Michael Thomsen noted in The Atlantic, “Today’s orthodontic practices rely on equal parts individual diagnosis and mass-produced tool, often in pursuit of an appearance that’s medically unnecessary. Basic advances in brushing, flossing, and microbiology have largely defeated the problem of widespread tooth decay — yet the perceived problem of oral asymmetry has remained and, in m
The dangerous trend of DIY orthodontics is all over social media, with teens in Southeast Asia seemingly spearheading the move, desperate to have perfect, Hollywood teeth at no cost. Dental insurance in Asia is very different than in the United States, but quality orthodontics in any part of the world is an investment. As teens, perhaps without access to affordable dental care and with no means of creating payment plans themselves, the quest for ideal teeth has led to some hazardous creativity.
If your child has orthodontics, whether it’s braces or Invisalign, the real horror story of Halloween might begin as soon as the first treat is secured. It doesn’t matter what age your children are (even if they’re in high school), Halloween is a candy free-for-all day. Sixteen-year-olds might not be going door to door for sweets, but they’re likely getting goodies from their friends, in class, at after-school events or maybe even picking up a favorite treat for themselves. Everyth