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How Long Does It Take for Braces to Straighten Teeth?

August 25, 2021

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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.

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Invisalign vs. Braces — Which Should You Choose?

July 25, 2021

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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.

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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.

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

May 25, 2021

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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.

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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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The Invisalign Process from Beginning to End

March 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:21 pm
Dental model and aligner illustrating Invisalign treatment process

Would you like to have straighter teeth? Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment option among adults because it is convenient and discreet. If you are thinking about investing in it, your orthodontist would be happy to talk to you about what you can expect as you travel the road ahead. In the meantime, you can learn the basics of the Invisalign treatment process by reading this brief blog post.

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Getting Braces as an Adult? Here’s What You Should Know

January 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 8:24 pm
Woman with dark hair wearing braces as an adult

Many people think of traditional metal braces as being exclusively for teenagers. You might be surprised, then, if your dentist refers you to an orthodontist with the recommendation that you undergo this treatment as an adult. Don’t worry. Braces aren’t going to ruin your image or make you feel like you are back in high school. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few things you should know before you embark on your journey with metal braces as an adult.

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What Does It Mean if I Have a “Bad Bite”?

December 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 6:46 pm
Illustration of a bad bite that requires orthodontic treatment

Has your dentist informed you that you have a “bad bite” or malocclusion? While many people do not give much thought to the way their teeth come together when they chew or bite, this is actually a huge part of oral and overall wellness. Let’s talk about what exactly a bad bite is, what can cause a bad bite, and how your dental team may use combined orthodontic-surgical treatment to address it.

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How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

November 30, 2020

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Smiling woman holding aligner during her Invisalign timeline

If you are thinking about investing in Invisalign, it is to be expected if you have some questions about the journey ahead of you. Many patients ask, “When will I start to see results?” and “How long will I have to wear Invisalign?” The answers to those questions vary from patient to patient. While you may see initial results in just a few months, your total Invisalign timeline may last for much longer. Let’s discuss some of the factors that influence how long this orthodontic treatment takes to complete its job.

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Quick and Easy TMJ Exercises to Relieve Jaw Pain

October 30, 2020

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Inhaling to relax as part of TMJ exercises

The temporomandibular joints, commonly referred to as the TMJ, are sensitive and complex structures. Imbalance or strain on the TMJ can lead to TMJ dysfunction, which is otherwise known as TMD. One of the primary symptoms of TMD is pain and tightness in the jaw. Do you suspect that you have TMD? You should certainly seek TMJ therapy from a qualified professional. However, there may also be some steps you can take at home to ease the tension in your TMJ and find a measure of pain relief. Let’s talk about some jaw exercises that might help you accomplish just that.

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