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May 5, 2023
What Age Should a Child Get Braces?

If you have young children, you may be wondering what the appropriate age is to start considering braces for them. This is a good question as choosing the right age to bring a child to a dentist or orthodontist can make solving any dental issue much easier than waiting until they are older. Below, we’ll […]

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January 12, 2023
Keeping Your White Teeth During Braces

If you’re preparing for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or braces, you may wonder if braces or Invisalign will lead to staining or yellowing of your teeth. The answer is no, providing you follow best practices for excellent oral hygiene. Read on to learn more about keeping your teeth white while wearing braces or Invisalign.  Three […]

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November 29, 2022
How Long Should You Wear Your Retainer?

Once you’ve completed orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer. Initially, you are likely to be advised to wear your retainer most of the time.  As time passes, your orthodontist may notify you that you only need to wear it while you sleep. For the best result, most […]

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November 27, 2022
Are Rubber Bands for Braces Necessary?

Not all adolescents and adults undergoing orthodontic treatment need to use rubber bands with their braces. Rubber bands are only used to correct specific alignment and bite issues. Your orthodontist will inform you if elastics are needed to correct your alignment or bite issues. Read on for what to know about the role rubber bands […]

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November 26, 2022
Keeping Teeth Straight After Adult Braces

Adults who opt to correct problems with their bite (malocclusion) or misaligned teeth with orthodontic treatment must wear their retainer as instructed to keep their teeth straight. Fortunately, adults who follow the advice of their orthodontist will have excellent retention results lasting a lifetime. Here’s what to know about keeping your smile straight after braces, […]

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March 9, 2022
The Who, What, Where, When and Why of HEADGEAR

WHO? Usually headgear is recommended for the younger patient.  Headgear works best while a patient is still growing so it can be used to guide jaw growth in the right direction. WHAT? Headgear is a removable orthodontic appliance worn to retract the upper molars and restrict excessive growth of the upper jaw. WHERE? Bands with […]

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January 12, 2022

I remember meeting this patient and her husband on the day they came in for her initial consultation with Dr. Coombs. She was in her mid-sixties and finally ready to deal with her crooked, crowded teeth.  Because her bite was off, she was also dealing with some dental/periodontal issues.  With coordination from her dentist to […]

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December 8, 2021
When Should My Child See The Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by an Orthodontist at age 7 7 is the age when children begin to get their adult teeth.  Of course we can see a child younger than 7 if there is an issue of concern. Taking your child to the Orthodontist will not necessarily result […]

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March 12, 2021

Please click BOTH links below to print the necessary forms.  Complete both the COVID questionnaire and consent forms and bring them with you to your appointment.  It will be necessary to complete new forms for each appointment.   Click To Link to COVID Questionnaire Form Click To Link to COVID Consent Form     Our Goal […]

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February 17, 2021
What Is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

  Two phase orthodontic treatment consists of an early, interceptive (preventative) course of orthodontic treatment that is later followed by a second (final) phase of treatment, full braces.  One phase orthodontic treatment usually consists of just full braces.   Why not just wait for full braces? If an early phase of orthodontic treatment is recommended […]

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