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Never Forget That Teeth Are Not Tools

TEETH HAVE MANY different uses, from chewing our food to helping us speak clearly to forming the structure of our faces. They also give us our smiles! These are the uses our teeth are for, but we risk causing serious damage to them when we use them as tools for other...

Preparing for Orthodontic Emergencies

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. DO YOU HAVE an orthodontic emergency plan? It’s a good idea for anyone who has braces or whose teenager has braces to be prepared in case something goes wrong with their...

What Kind of Toothbrush Is Right for You?

Top image by Flickr user Electric Teeth used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original. THE TOOTHBRUSH HAS CHANGED a lot over the last century, and we consider ourselves very lucky that we don’t have to use...

Chewing Ice Puts Teeth at Risk

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD before that it’s bad to chew ice, but do you know why that is? Let’s take a closer look at the damage ice can do to teeth and why many people want to chew...

Can We Smile Our Way to Better Health?

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. IT’S NOT ACTUALLY true that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile; smiling takes at least ten muscles while frowning requires as few as six. We think the saying should be...

Retainer Care and Maintenance

Top image by Flickr user VSPYCC used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original. BRACES-OFF DAY will get here much sooner than you think, provided that you’re following the orthodontist’s instructions, but that...

What Is Toothpaste Made Of?

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. PEOPLE HAVE USED some form of paste to help keep their teeth clean since at least 3000 BC in ancient Egypt. Modern toothpaste first appeared in the 1700s and was usually...

Daily Dental Hygiene for Braces

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. WE SHOULD ALL BE happy to spend at least four total minutes a day brushing our teeth morning and evening (and then a few more for flossing), considering how important good oral...

5 Weird and Fun Mouth Facts

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. CONTRARY TO WHAT some people might think, having straight teeth isn’t just about looking good — not that there aren’t aesthetic benefits too. Studies show that a person with...

Why Do We Get Crooked Teeth?

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. IT’S NOT ALWAYS fair or logical, but we get judged on our appearance all the time, and having crooked or straight teeth is a big factor in that. Studies show that people with...

Let’s Answer Some Orthodontic FAQs!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. MANY PEOPLE DON’T know much about orthodontic treatment, and we tend to hear a lot of the same questions from patients. Let’s answer a few of those now in a quick FAQ session! 1....

Looking Forward to Retainers

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. THE BEST DAY FOR every orthodontic patient is braces off day, but that’s not where treatment ends. To maintain those great results, it’s critical to wear retainers as instructed....