5 Myths that Make Teens Afraid of Orthodontics

Teenagers often don’t want orthodontic treatments, but they want the results they can offer. Whether you go with traditional braces (perhaps in non-traditional colors), the Damon System or Invisalign, orthodontics today are nothing like what you remember from childhood. “Brace face” is no more, largely thanks to the geek chic movement that made functional items like glasses and braces not just... read more »

A Brief History of Types of Braces

You may think you know the types of braces available: traditional metal, the Damon System and Invisalign are all fairly common. However, braces (before they were known as braces) have actually been around since ancient times. For centuries, orthodontic treatment was considered cosmetic, but today dentists know that misaligned teeth can lead to early tooth loss and periodontal disease. However, the very... read more »

What Happens if Invisalign is Forgotten?

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... read more »

More Adults Opt for Braces

More adults are opting for braces and other orthodontic treatments, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. Most are after a better smile, some are addressing bite/alignment issues that have been bugging them for years, and others are trying to correct brand-new problems that cropped up later in life. Orthodontists aim for discretion when recommending treatments, especially with adults. This... read more »

Orthodontic Myths: Metal Detectors & Lightning!

A lot of myths surround orthodontics, but two of the scariest are that braces set off metal detectors and they can cause you to get struck by lightning. Neither of these is true, but that doesn’t stop the rumors from spreading (after all, the majority of orthodontic patients are children, although adult patients are quickly catching up). It makes sense that braces might trigger... read more »

Why Choose Braces Over Invisalign?

Invisalign can invisibly straighten your teeth, and you can even take them out for up to two hours each day for special events — so why would anyone choose braces? There are very good reasons, and no two patients (or mouths) are the same. Only your orthodontist can tell you if Invisalign or braces is better for you. However, if you want to... read more »

Yes, Braces Are Necessary

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... read more »

Why Damon Braces are “Worth It”

The revolutionary Damon braces received a 100 percent “worth it” rating on one of the most popular review sites for health products and tools, Real Self. Damon braces are known for being very comfortable, to work quickly and offering consistent results. However, what potential new patients really want to know is if these types of braces are worth it for them. Getting the... read more »

Damon System Braces Eliminate Tightening Discomfort

The Damon System is ultimately a new, improved form of traditional braces that helps put outdated cons about orthodontics to bed for good. There was a time, several years ago, when the only orthodontic option was big, silver braces that could turn painful during regular tightening sessions. Today’s traditional braces now come in a variety of colors, and innovations in orthodontics... read more »

4 Celebrities with Invisalign

Can you spot celebrities with Invisalign? Probably not — and that’s the point. Unlike traditional orthodontic options like braces, Invisalign aligners are not obvious, since they are clear. They also can be removed for up to four hours a day for photo shoots, red carpet events and more. The nearly invisible option lets just about anyone, not just celebrities, discreetly straighten their... read more »

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