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Sports & Orthodontic Treatment: What Should You Expect?

February 8, 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


How To: Manage and Prevent Oral Sores With Braces

September 23, 2021

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Closeup of woman with braces smiling

Have you had a mouth sore with braces? Maybe you have one currently. If so, then you know they can make chewing, talking, and even smiling quite painful. Luckily, with a few essential tips in your arsenal, you can help manage them and, in some cases, prevent them altogether. To learn more, read on!


Did Your Braces Break? Here’s What to Do Next

September 16, 2021

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Orthodontist and patient with braces smiling in mirror

To guide your teeth into their properly aligned positions, traditional braces use metal brackets and wires. Although these materials are extremely durable, they aren’t indestructible. While abiding by the dietary restrictions and wearing a mouthguard during sports can go a long way in preventing broken braces and loose wires, accidents can happen. If you do find yourself with broken braces, here’s what to do next!


The Magic of iTero Digital Imaging!

August 29, 2021

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Woman smiling in dental chair during her orthodontic appointment

When you choose an orthodontist, there are many factors to consider. In 2021, you want to get the most comfortable, efficient, convenient, and precise orthodontic treatment. Thanks to the latest technology, this is possible! It all starts with digital impressions via the iTero scanner. This state-of-the-art dental instrument makes your orthodontist’s life easier and your treatment even more effective! Read on to learn about iTero digital imaging and its many benefits.


Welcoming Dr. Leah Peres

August 3, 2021

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Photo of Dr. Leah Peres

Drabik Orthodontics is thrilled to introduce Dr. Leah Peres as the newest member of our practice. As an orthodontist, Leah loves to blend the creative and scientific sides of her personality, all while enabling her to improve people’s quality of life. She feels every patient is unique and enjoys customizing treatment plans to meet the needs of each individual. Leah tries to learn something from everyone she meets and truly values her relationships with patients and their families. She is a firm believer in the motto “the more you give, the more you receive”. Additionally, continuing education and staying current with the latest methods and technologies is of utmost importance.


What To Expect Once You’re Done with Braces!

July 22, 2021

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Woman pointing to her straight, beautiful smile

Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: your braces are getting removed, and you can enjoy the straight smile you’ve always wanted. However, your work isn’t completely finished! After spending a significant amount of time and money on the beautiful of your dreams, there are some necessary steps you should take in order to protect your investment! Read on to learn what you can expect when it comes to life after braces as well as what you can do to care for your new smile.

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