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By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 5/14/2018 2:51 PM

It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. But when it comes to your child’s teeth, earlier is better than later. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial screening at age seven to determine if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child. In most cases, if orthodontic work is not needed, your orthodontist will simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until the best time for treatment is determined

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 3/16/2018 11:26 AM

Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction.

When teeth lack the space to come through, or simply develop in the wrong place of your jaw and become impacted, problems arise. Thus, it becomes necessary to extract them. Never fear. Wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively common procedure, performed on some five million patients every year.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 2/19/2018 8:26 AM

Today, orthodontic treatment is a normal part of life. Whether you go for more traditional types of braces or more innovative forms of treatment like Invisalign, straightening your teeth has become a common practice. But it wasn’t always that way.

Modern braces weren’t officially invented until the 1700s. However, people have been experimenting with the concept of orthodontic treatment for much longer. As far back 400 B.C., aspirational orthodontists have been tinkering with the idea of moving teeth to improve smiles and fix jaws, beginning in Egypt.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 2/2/2018 9:44 AM

HeadgearSometimes braces alone aren't enough to move teeth into a better position, or correct a problematic bite or misaligned jaw growth. In those situations, your trusted Tucson orthodontist may recommend the use of special appliances, such as orthodontic headgear. Orthodontic headgear is worn partly outside the mouth and applies just enough force to move the teeth properly and guide the growth of the face and jaws.

Types of Headgear

There are several types of orthodontic headgear; each is designed to work best in a specific situation. At our Tucson office, your orthodontist will design a treatment program to address your individual needs, and select the most appropriate type of headgear to meet those needs. In general, there are three main types of headgear:

  • Cervical-Pull
  • High-Pull
  • Reverse-Pull / Facemask
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 12/12/2017 8:23 AM

Thumb SuckingThumb and finger sucking habits are a perfectly natural way for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as a child grows there comes a point when this comforting habit can cause more harm than good.

While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit could cause social awkwardness and damage to the jaw’s growth pattern.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 11/17/2017 9:18 AM

Just because your child won't keep his or her first set of teeth forever, doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care. Primary teeth (baby teeth) serve some extremely important functions. As your local Tucson orthodontics team, we believe maintaining your child's dental health from an early age will lead to health benefits that last throughout adulthood.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 10/5/2017 11:52 AM

At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

As part of this commitment, we’re always happy to share information on how you and your family can maintain great dental and oral health. For example, for all those soon-to-be parents out there, did you know that there are steps you can take during pregnancy to ensure your child develops healthy teeth?

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 9/13/2017 8:46 AM

Most people don’t associate teeth with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). However, a 2012 study revealed that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD don’t really have the condition. Rather, their behavioral problems are actually due to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), such as sleep apnea.

The study, published by the journal Pediatrics, followed more than 11,000 children for six years, beginning from when they were 6 months old. The children who had SRBD were 40 to100 percent more likely than those without breathing issues to develop behavioral problems resembling ADHD by the age of 7.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 8/25/2017 7:37 AM
Braces can make maintaining thorough oral hygiene difficult. However, there are some best practices and special tools you can use to make your oral hygiene routine easy and efficient!

Brushing Basics Let's start with the basic brushing tools. Our orthodontist recommends choosing either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (a toothbrush that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges). Used carefully, an electric toothbrush can also work. But be sure that the electric brush you select is set to a moderate power level whenever you use it, and be mindful of the vibrations. You don’t want the back of your brush to hit your brackets or braces.

Best Practices Dr. Marisela Bedoya and her orthodontics team...
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 7/21/2017 7:19 AM
When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances you’ve had to put up with—brackets, wires, aligners, and so on. However, while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it. And that comes down to one word — retainers.

After completing orthodontic treatment under the care of Dr. Marisela Bedoya at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, you will be prescribed a retainer that will be custom-made to fit your smile. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for how and when to wear this retainer, characterizing it as your “retention phase” of treatment. This phase will last for a minimum 12 months. But, while that is the prescribed time for the phase, it is truly recommended that you continue wearing your retainer past that. Maybe not with the same prescribed consistency your orthodontist initially...
  
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How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
Dangers of Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontic Treatment
Fluoride & Your Teeth
Early Orthodontic Treatment
Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic Headgear
Thumb Sucking & Tongue Thrusting
Early Dental Care
Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth
  
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