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June 19, 2024
Do I Have TMJ? Common Signs & Symptoms

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, can have a severe impact on your daily life. If you experience facial, jaw, neck, or ear pain, you may feel concerned that you have TMJ. Fortunately, TMJ usually responds well to non-invasive treatments. This blog will describe TMJ's most common signs and symptoms and share what you and your […]

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April 26, 2024
How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign® is a highly advanced orthodontic system that creates a series of custom aligners. These medical-grade plastic aligners move teeth gradually into ideal positions. Benefits of Invisalign Comfortable Invisalign trays are comfortable to wear because they are molded from smooth, clear, medical-grade plastic. Unlike braces, they do not rub against delicate oral tissues, causing sores […]

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January 25, 2024
How Long Does BOTOX Last?

BOTOX treatment can help with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome symptoms. The injectable medication can also reduce the look of facial lines and wrinkles.  For TMJ relief, BOTOX treatment typically lasts about three to six months. The treatment may need to be repeated every three to four months for facial aesthetics. How BOTOX Treatment Works BOTOX […]

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December 5, 2023
Can TMJ Be Cured?

TMJ disorder frequently causes pain and disrupts daily life. In this article, we dive into the latest research on treating TMJ and potential cures. Our aim is to help you grasp the intricacy of this condition. Using expert insights and scientific studies, we examine ways to manage and resolve TMJ. If you or a loved […]

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October 24, 2023
Adult Braces: Are They Right for You?

We typically assume that patients in need of braces are children or teenagers. However, if an adult never corrected a misalignment in the past, their dentist or orthodontist might recommend adult braces.   Has an oral health professional suggested that adult braces might be necessary to correct a misalignment of your teeth? If so, it’s […]

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September 27, 2023
How Long Does Invisalign Take To Straighten Your Teeth?

Are your teeth misaligned? Depending on the severity of the misalignment, you might not need to wear traditional braces to correct the issue. Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces that may correct a misalignment (or malocclusion) much more discreetly than braces can.   Naturally, you may have some questions about Invisalign before moving forward […]

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June 30, 2023
10 Foods To Avoid With Braces

Getting braces to correct a misalignment of your teeth offers a wide range of long-term benefits. They may include (but aren’t limited to): Improving your smile’s aesthetic appeal, which could improve your self-confidence. Allowing you to more easily brush and floss your teeth, which can result in better oral health. Promoting easier speaking and chewing. […]

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June 29, 2023
3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth naturally turn yellow as people age. Certain foods and habits like smoking can also stain your teeth. If your teeth are not quite as bright as they once were, you may not feel like sharing your smile with the world. Teeth whitening can boost your self-confidence by brightening your smile. There are three primary […]

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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 that […]

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January 5, 2021
10 Things To Know About Orthodontic Insurance

Orthodontic insurance benefits are usually part of your dental insurance policy.  Not every dental policy includes benefits for orthodontic treatment but many do. Some orthodontic benefits have an age limit.  Many dental plans cover orthodontic treatment for adults but some plans only cover orthodontic treatment for children. Sometimes there is a waiting period before you […]

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December 2, 2020
But Mom, I Don’t WANT Braces!

What if the orthodontist recommends braces for your teenager but your teenager is less than enthusiastic…are there other options? Well, you could force them into treatment with the ‘ole “I know what’s best for you” or “you’ll thank me one day” arguments.  Those arguments, while probably true, may not convince your teen.  It’s important to […]

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October 30, 2020
Understanding Dental Crowding

Whether the jaws are small or the teeth are big or a combination of both, crowding occurs when there is not enough space to accommodate all of the teeth. Without enough space, the teeth will either erupt out of place, erupt rotated or fail to erupt (become impacted). Treatment   There are two ways to deal […]

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September 30, 2020

Ideally, the upper jaw should be wide enough so the upper teeth sit outside of the lower teeth.  If the upper jaw is narrow, then the upper teeth may sit directly on top of the lower teeth or they may sit inside of the lower teeth which is called a cross-bite. Sometimes a cross-bite can […]

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August 19, 2020
How Much Do Braces Cost?

The question, “How much do braces cost?”, is one we’re frequently asked.  There really is no set answer to this question. The cost of treatment varies depending on the complexity of each individual patient’s case.  Good news is, braces are probably more affordable than you think… Here at Aday Orthodontics, we offer budget-friendly payment options. […]

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July 28, 2020
3 Reasons to Take Your Child to the Orthodontist Today

Wondering when it’s the right time to take your child to the orthodontist? Here are three reasons you should get an orthodontist appointment for your kiddo scheduled now. #1: You may notice something appears off but there are also some things the untrained eye won’t see. Parents are often the first to recognize that something […]

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June 19, 2020
Now That Our Office Has Reopened

  Now that our office has re-opened, you may be wondering what precautions we’re taking to ensure your safety. While the appointment process may look a little different, don’t worry, we have always been on the front lines of preventing the spread of diseases. From treatment and waiting room disinfection to the strict use of […]

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March 23, 2020
My Orthodontists’s Office is Closed, What Does That Mean for My Treatment?

  My Orthodontist’s Office Is Closed, What Does That Mean for My Treatment?   Given the outbreak of COVID-19, your orthodontist may have made the difficult, but important, decision to postpone any non-emergent appointments. You can be assured that this decision was not made lightly but was made to protect patients, staff and families. Given […]

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February 18, 2020
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is usually associated with hearts and chocolates but in our office we celebrate the month of February with toothpaste and floss. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a national observance to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers and teachers.  Every year in February, Dr. Coombs observes the […]

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January 2, 2020
New Year, New Smile… Braces for Adults

January is filled with new year’s resolutions, most of them geared towards bettering ourselves. What better way to improve yourself than with a new smile? A healthy bite and beautiful smile is one resolution that is achievable, even for adults. Unlike some of the other common resolutions we make at this time of year, your […]

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November 5, 2019
Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist The Doctor Orthodontic treatment is a complex process involving changes to soft tissue, jaw bones and facial bones as the teeth are moved. An orthodontist has received an additional 2-3 years of training beyond dental school to understand this complex biological process. Even the small nuances […]

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