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By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 1/18/2019 7:33 AM
Can adults get braces too?Usually, when people hear the word “braces,” they associate it with kids and teenagers. In fact, one of the most common questions we receive is: “Can adults get braces too?” And the answer is absolute; it’s never too late! Here at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages in Tucson, AZ, and the surrounding communities.
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 12/17/2018 12:35 AM
What is Diode Laser Treatment?Orthodontic technology has come a long way. In addition to the many first-rate orthodontic treatments that can straighten your teeth, there are other ways you can enhance your smile. With the use of innovative diode laser treatment, for example, you can easily remove excess gum tissue to improve the state of your smile.
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 10/17/2018 10:40 AM

Canker SoresImagine that you’re brushing your teeth or diving into a plateful of your favorite food and you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your mouth. Once you get in front of a mirror you get a closer look and you see a small, white sore. You’ve just found yourself a canker sore, and they’re never fun. The good news is that your local Tucson, AZ oral health experts at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics are here to help you with all the information about canker sores that you need to know for prevention and treatment.

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
  
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Can Adults Get Braces Too?
What is Diode Laser Treatment?
Canker Sores
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
  
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