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When Are Braces for Children Necessary?

June 22, 2021

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Young girl with braces smiling on white background

As your son or daughter’s permanent teeth come in, is their smile starting to look a bit crowded? Orthodontic issues like crowded or crooked teeth can affect both your child’s appearance and their dental function. However, unless you’re a dental professional, it can be hard to know for sure when braces for children are necessary. Here are a few signs to look for to tell if your kid should see an orthodontist for treatment. 

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Busting 7 Myths About Metal Braces

June 20, 2021

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Envelop with facts about metal bracesTraditional metal braces have been the go-to orthodontic system for generations because they are effective in treating even the most complex bite and alignment issues. Although they offer tried-and-proven results, there’s a lot of misinformation about brackets and wires. Don’t let unfounded rumors stand in your way of achieving a healthy, straight smile. Here are the facts you need about 7 common myths surrounding metal braces.

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Why You Should Use Insurance to Begin Invisalign Before the End of the Year

May 20, 2021

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Filling out a dental insurance form on the phone

It’s always good news when you’re told that Invisalign is a viable option for straightening your teeth, meaning you won’t have to worry about the aesthetic issues that braces can present. But when should you begin the treatment? To answer that question, first you need to consider: does dental insurance cover Invisalign in your case? And if so, what’s the best way to take advantage of your benefits? Read on to learn why patients with dental insurance should begin an Invisalign treatment before the end of the year.

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Answers to 4 Essential Invisalign Questions

May 15, 2021

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Dentist placing Invisalign in a woman’s mouth

Millions of adults and teens have had their smiles transformed with Invisalign, letting them enjoy life with straighter, healthier teeth without the pitfalls of metal braces. As the number of people using Invisalign has grown, so too has the number of people wanting to learn more about the process and how to ensure its success. In this post, you’ll find the answers to 4 common Invisalign questions that you’ll want to know before beginning a treatment plan of your own.

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Teeth Whitening After Braces: Like Icing on the Cake

April 22, 2021

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Woman who got teeth whitening after braces pointing to her smile

So you just spent a considerable amount of time and money on braces, giving yourself the smile of your dreams – or so you thought. After years of waiting, you got the metal out of your mouth only to find that your perfectly straight teeth are now an uneven color. Discoloration after braces is quite common, which is why your orthodontist offers effective teeth whitening to provide the finishing touches on your smile. Keep reading to learn more about why your teeth may be discolored and how professional teeth whitening can help!

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The Amazing Advantages of Take-Home Teeth Whitening!

March 19, 2021

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Woman pointing to her white teeth

So you just got your braces off and you’re ready to put the finishing touches on your smile. Because orthodontics often leave an uneven color, you’re probably on the hunt for teeth whitening. Toothpaste, whitening strips, charcoal teeth whitening, and other items from the store are available, but none of them seem to be working out. You may notice a slight change, but these over-the-counter products simply aren’t delivering the results you want. Now, you could turn to store-bought whitening kits, which are often unreliable. Or, you could get professional whitening, but that requires spending some time in the dental chair. Is there any other option? Thankfully, yes! You can get the beautiful results you deserve while sitting comfortably on your couch with professional take-home whitening from your orthodontist. Read on to learn about the benefits of this unique option.

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Braces for Adults & Children: How Are They Different?

February 20, 2021

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Woman smiling with braces while looking at camera

Thanks to modern orthodontics, it’s easier than ever for adults to get the straight teeth they’ve always wanted, or even update their smile from braces they had decades ago. However, there are some key differences between adult orthodontics and braces for children and teens. It’s worth knowing more about these treatments before committing to one for yourself. That’s why your orthodontist has compared braces for older and younger patients below!

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The Surprising Dangers of Online DIY Braces

February 19, 2021

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Woman smiling with Invisalign while looking at the camera

The internet has brought society so many gifts! Better communication, connectedness, and of course, access to more information. Thanks to social media channels like YouTube, Instagram, and SnapChat, do-it-yourself (DIY) and direct-to-consumer products are more popular than ever. This trend has impacted orthodontics with a variety of companies offering ways for people to straighten their teeth on their own through the use of mail order clear braces. As great as these services sound, they can actually cause a lot of damage. Read on to learn about the dangers of these products and why it’s always best to choose orthodontics like Invisalign from a professional.

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Can You Get Invisalign After Braces?

January 30, 2021

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Smiling woman holding braces and Invisalign

As a child, you had to wear braces to straighten your crooked smile. You enjoyed the benefits of a straighter grin for years, but lately you notice that your teeth seem to have shifted. Naturally, you might have some misgivings about having to wear braces again, but what if you don’t have to? Invisalign has long been an excellent option for those looking for a discreet way to make minor dental corrections. The question is, is getting Invisalign after braces a viable option? Read on to learn more about the possible next steps you can take towards the perfectly aligned smile of your dreams.

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Can Insurance Help Pay for Orthodontic Care?

January 15, 2021

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Dental insurance form on desktop with money

When you begin any sort of orthodontic treatment – whether it’s Invisalign or traditional braces in Rochester – it’s important to ask, “Will my care be covered by insurance?” Each dental plan is different; some offer orthodontic benefits while others don’t. It’s important to have a firm grasp on whether or not you can expect help from your dental insurance provider to help pay for a straighter, healthier smile. Below are some important things you’ll need to know about your dental insurance before you schedule your first consultation with the orthodontist.

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