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What Impacts the Cost of My Orthodontic Treatment?

April 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 5:47 pm
Patient learning the cost of orthodontic treatment from an orthodontist

Braces and Invisalign can resolve a variety of dental issues, including misalignment, gaps, rotated teeth, and uneven bites. What many people don’t realize is that the treatment is highly personalized to your specific needs, which means your costs can largely vary from another patient’s. This is why it’s so important to complete an initial consultation with an orthodontist first, which is almost always free. During that visit, the orthodontist will discuss your needs in more detail as well as the following factors that can most affect the cost of orthodontic treatment.


When Braces Break, Keep These Tips in Mind

April 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 6:22 pm
Patient with broken braces holding her cheek in orthodontic office

Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to shift teeth into straighter positions. As a result, they need to be incredibly durable, especially since they are attached to teeth for years at a time. However, there is always the possibility that they can break while in use. This is why it’s vital to avoid foods you shouldn’t eat while wearing braces and wear a mouthguard if you play sports. With that said, bad falls and other accidents can still happen. The moment you believe you have broken braces, be sure to keep the following tips in mind.


Is It Okay to Get Teeth Whitening After Braces?

March 24, 2022

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man getting teeth whitening

It’s been a long time coming – the day has finally arrived that you get your braces off! After your orthodontist in Rochester removes the wires and brackets, you can’t help but smile at how straight your teeth are now. However, you still see some work to be done – your teeth are uneven in color due to the areas that were covered by your brackets. As you consider your next move, here are some things to know about teeth whitening after braces.


What Are the Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult?

March 4, 2022

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adult with braces

Are you feeling like the age for braces may have passed you by, but you still have an interest in straightening your teeth? It’s never too late to achieve the smile you always wanted! Getting braces as an adult is not complicated and certainly not impossible. To help you feel confident in your decision, keep reading as your orthodontist in Webster discusses some benefits traditional braces can provide to help you make a major improvement!


Beyond Appearance: The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

February 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 9:54 pm
young woman pointing to straight teeth

If you have a crooked or misaligned smile, you might be thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment. Whether you choose traditional metal braces or Invisalign, both options are equally capable of giving you a set of pearly whites you can proudly show off! But aside from looking great, there are multiple health benefits you can enjoy with straight teeth. Read on to learn how investing in a new and improved grin can positively impact your overall health.


Sports & Orthodontic Treatment: What Should You Expect?

February 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 9:20 pm
young woman playing basketball

Do you regularly participate in sports? If so, you may be thinking that orthodontic treatment is out of the question for you since it could affect your performance. Well, that’s actually not true! Options like traditional metal braces and Invisalign shouldn’t affect your ability to play as long as the right precautions are taken. With that in mind, here’s what you can expect from the following choices and how you can determine which one’s best for your smile.


Why Do Braces Cause Swollen Gums?

January 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 9:34 pm
young woman smiling while wearing braces

Before committing to orthodontic treatment, you were probably prepared for it to change several different aspects of your life. However, one thing you may not have expected is the impact traditional braces have on gums. For instance, some patients experience swollen gums while undergoing treatment. Luckily, it’s nothing to worry about in most cases. Read on to learn what causes this symptom and what you can do to keep your smile in its very best shape.  


The Dangers of Mail-In Clear Aligners

January 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 8:29 pm
person holding two clear aligners

Although many adults with misaligned teeth are unhappy with their smiles, they’re often hesitant to seek orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of metal wires and brackets. Luckily, options like clear aligner therapy have become increasingly popular in recent years. The only downside is that getting perfectly straight teeth can sometimes be financially challenging. While mail-in clear aligners are certainly a more affordable option, orthodontists and the American Dental Association (ADA) are sounding the alarm on them. Read on to find out why!


5 Must-Know Tips for Eating Holiday Meals with Braces

November 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 2:30 pm
Overview of various holiday foods

The months between Halloween and New Year’s Eve are filled with pecan pie, candy canes, peppermint bark, and other seasonal staples that truly make it the most wonderful time of year for your tastebuds. Unfortunately, many of these treats can wreak havoc on your braces if you aren’t careful. And the last thing you want is to spend your holiday with a broken bracket, protruding wire, or some other orthodontic emergency. So, when filling your plate, keep these tips for eating holiday meals with braces in mind!


3 Oral Health Problems That Can Be Addressed with Orthodontics

November 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 6:28 pm
Smiling orthodontist showing patient X-ray

Braces are widely known for their ability to address crooked, spaced-out, and otherwise misaligned teeth. And rightly so! This orthodontic treatment has been used for decades to deliver beautifully straight smiles. But did you know that it could also be the solution to underlying issues, like Bruxism? Keep reading to learn three oral health problems that can be addressed with orthodontics.

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