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5 Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

February 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 6:03 pm
Smiling young girl in white hat with braces for children

Early orthodontic intervention can encourage proper development of the oral structures and set your little one up for a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles. But how can you tell if your child should visit an orthodontist? Very likely, your general dentist will make a referral if necessary. However, you should still be on the lookout for indications that your little one could benefit from braces for children.


6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

January 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 10:26 pm
Smiling woman enjoying the health benefits of straight teeth

Straight teeth are often part of an attractive smile, and many people seek orthodontic treatment solely for that reason. But did you know that the benefits of straight teeth go far beyond aesthetics? They can play a role in both your oral and overall wellness, leading to a better quality of life. Let’s discuss some specific ways in which they do that.


Getting Braces as an Adult: 4 Things You Should Know

November 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 3:40 pm
Confident man giving thumbs up for braces as an adult

There is a common misconception that orthodontic treatment is primarily for young people. In reality, though, you can start to straighten your teeth at virtually any age. In fact, many adults are excellent candidates for braces because they are highly responsible and are committed to making their treatment a success. What can you expect when you choose to get braces as an adult? Let’s talk about a few key things that you should keep in mind.


Is It Possible to Be Too Old for Invisalign?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 3:36 pm
Smiling middle-aged woman pointing at her Invisalign aligner.

Advertisements for orthodontic treatments often feature adolescents and young adults. If you have a few more years of life behind you, such media might make you wonder, “Am I too old for Invisalign?” The answer to that question is no! Let’s talk about why there is no upper age limit for Invisalign and why right now might actually be the perfect time for you to get started with straightening your teeth.


How Often Should You Replace Your Retainer?

September 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 3:38 pm
Woman holding a Hawley retainer and a clear plastic retainer

After you finish our orthodontic treatment, your retainer becomes your smile’s best friend. If you wear it properly, it can prevent your teeth from drifting back out of place and spare you from having to undergo future orthodontic retreatment. One of the only bad things about retainers is that they do not last forever. Failure to replace yours on time could lead to unwanted tooth movements and other undesirable consequences. So when should you get a new retainer? That depends on which type of retainer you have. Let’s talk about the average life expectancy of Hawley retainers, clear plastic retainers, and fixed retainers.


How Long Does It Take for Braces to Straighten Teeth?

August 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:31 pm
Woman with braces, thinking about braces treatment time

If you are thinking about getting traditional braces, one of the first questions on your mind might be, “How long will I have to wear them?” There is not a one size fits all answer to that question. Braces treatment time can vary widely, with most cases taking between 1 and 3 years. Let’s talk more about some of the factors that affect the length of treatment and a few steps you can take to avoid unnecessary delays.


Invisalign vs. Braces — Which Should You Choose?

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:26 pm
Woman with straight teeth comparing Invisalign vs. braces

If you have decided to undergo orthodontic treatment, you have much to look forward to! Well-aligned teeth are healthier and more aesthetically pleasing than crooked ones. But which method should you use to straighten your teeth? Braces are a tried-and-true solution that has helped generations of patients, but clear aligner systems like Invisalign have become increasingly popular in recent years. Both types of treatments offer distinct pros and cons. Let’s discuss some key factors that can help you compare Invisalign vs. braces.


Beyond Appearance: Other Outstanding Benefits of Invisalign

June 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:35 pm
Confident young woman enjoying the benefits of Invisalign

Perhaps the top reason why patients flock to Invisalign is its subtle appearance. The aligners are designed to be as discreet as possible, which makes them ideal for image-conscious teenagers as well as high-power professionals and everyone in between. But did you know that the benefits of Invisalign go far beyond aesthetics? Let’s talk about some of this treatment’s most outstanding advantages.


Getting Your Braces Removed Soon? Here’s What to Expect

May 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:33 pm
Young female patient smiling before and after braces removal

You have been looking forward to braces removal for several months — perhaps even a couple of years. Now that the time to get them taken off is almost here, it is understandable if you have some mixed emotions. Excitement is common, but many patients also feel a degree of nervousness. There is no need to worry. The removal process is relatively quick and comfortable. Here is a simple guide on what you can expect during and after your braces removal appointment.


Broke Your Braces? Here’s What You Should Do

April 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:28 pm
Young woman at appointment to repair broken braces

Dental braces are pretty durable, but they aren’t invincible. Once in a while, incidents happen that can damage them. For example, an accident during sports or eating the wrong types of foods may cause the braces to break. How should you handle broken braces? Let’s talk about some practical steps you can take to get through the situation with as little stress and discomfort as possible.

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