Category Archives: Braces

Why Rushing Your Orthodontic Treatment May Be a Mistake

by Dr. Gemmi on October 19, 2017

No one wants to spend years in braces, but when you have noticeable crooked teeth or bite issues, you know it is something you have to endure in order to get that healthier, more beautiful smile you have always wanted. Luckily there are some accelerated options that can speed things up for you, but will rushing your orthodontic treatment end up being a mistake? Accelerated Treatment First here are the most common methods of accelerating the straightening of your teeth: AcceleDent is a...

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When Is Too Early to Put Your Kid in Braces?

by Dr. Gemmi on October 17, 2017

Braces have always seemed to be a rite of passage for our middle school and maybe high school years, but it may surprise you to learn that orthodontic care starts a lot earlier. The recommended age for an initial orthodontic evaluation is around 7 years old. Does that mean a 7 year old should get braces? It is actually more complicated than that. When is too early to put your kid in braces? At around 7 years of age, your child’s first adult teeth will start to come in so this is why...

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4 Tips for Your Child’s First Halloween with Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on October 16, 2017

When October hits, the days and night start to get a little cooler and all the kids in your life start anticipating all the spooky fun they will have on Halloween, but if you have a child experiencing their first Halloween with braces, he or she may be more afraid of missing out on all the good Halloween candy than anything else. With braces, unfortunately, there are a number of food restrictions including candy, so how can your child enjoy Halloween while still preventing any damage to...

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What Do Nanoparticles Have to Do With Braces?

by Dr. Gemmi on October 16, 2017

Orthodontics just like other medical fields have been making great technologic strides. While the first thing that comes to your mind is probably old school metal braces, there is so much more going on in the world of orthodontics, especially with nanoparticles. Orthodontics just like other medical fields have been making great technologic strides. While the first thing that comes to your mind is probably old school metal braces, there is so much more going on in the world of...

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3 Tips for Recognizing TMJ Disorders

by Dr. Gemmi on October 12, 2017

You probably know a friend or family member who has a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, but do you really understand what it is? And most importantly would you recognize the symptoms of it if you were to experience it? How do you know if that twinge in the jaw is something serious or not? Here are 3 tips for recognizing and treating TMJ Disorders: The TMJ joints are on either side of the back of your jaw and are responsible for the proper movement of the lower mandible. There is...

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Why Braces Are a Good Back to School Accessory

by Dr. Gemmi on September 17, 2017

If your tween or teen has gotten the bad news that they need braces, they are probably dreading having to face school this year with wearing braces. While no one certainly loves wearing braces, there are some reasons for your child to get excited about going back to school with braces. If your tween or teen has gotten the bad news that they need braces, they are probably dreading having to face school this year with wearing braces. While no one certainly loves wearing braces, there are...

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7 Tips for Proper Hygiene While Wearing Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on September 17, 2017

Do you have a love/hate relationship with your braces? Hate wearing them, but love the idea of a more beautiful smile when you are done? Don’t let your mixed feelings about them keep you from taking good care of your braces and your teeth during treatment. Braces are a big investment and if you don’t take proper care of them and follow your orthodontist’s instructions you could end up with problems with your teeth later on. Brushing and flossing and keeping your brackets, wires and...

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Lingual Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is Best for You?

by Dr. Gemmi on September 14, 2017

You know you want to put the days where you are too embarrassed about the condition of your teeth to smile behind you, but finding the right type of orthodontic treatment is a big decision. If you would prefer treatment that is less noticeable, lingual braces and Invisalign aligners are probably on your radar, but is one better than other? Lingual braces vs. Invisalign: Which is best for me? Here is what you need to know: Lingual Braces Lingual braces are braces that are attached to...

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First Aid 101: How to Treat Mouth Injuries with Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on September 13, 2017

Injury to the mouth when you are wearing braces can be a scary thing, but they are more common than you think and as long as you know how to deal with it. Here is a guide, First Aid 101: How to Treat Mouth Injuries with Braces, to help you navigate mouth injuries with braces. The most common mouth injuries are to the teeth, jaw, lips, tongue, inner cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth (hard or soft palates), neck or tonsils. Don’t panic if there appears to be a lot of blood. That doesn’t...

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How to Help Your Teen Adjust to Wearing Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on September 12, 2017

Getting braces is a common rite of passage, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get through. While today’s braces are more comfortable than the braces you remember, they still get need getting used to. If your teen is having trouble adjusting to wearing braces, there are ways you can help ease the process for them. Here are some easy ways to help your teen adjust to wearing braces: Help them follow the orthodontist’s instructions Navigating your child through the teen years...

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