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By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 9/5/2018 3:19 PM
How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign is a great option for orthodontic treatment. The aligners are practically invisible, they’re removable, and best of all, you can eat any foods that you want. However, to get the most out of your experience with Invisalign, you have to take good care of your aligners and make sure you clean them properly. The Doctor Smiles Orthodontics team has created a comprehensive list of the biggest do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of and cleaning your Invisalign aligners.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 7/18/2018 12:40 PM

Dangers of Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontic TreatmentToday we live in a world where people want things instantaneously—goods delivered to their homes so they won’t have to go out and get what they need. While this can work with some types of products, when it comes to medical treatment of any sort people should reconsider.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 6/16/2018 12:22 PM

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay. Most of us have access to fluoride in our drinking water; however, it may not be a sufficient amount. That's one reason why we may recommend a fluoride supplement and/or the use of toothpastes and other dental products that contain this important mineral.

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?

  
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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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