Category Archives: Braces

What is the Best Age for an Orthodontic Checkup?

by Dr. Gemmi on July 31, 2017

When you think of the most common age for wearing braces, you probably picture the pre-teen and teen years. If you have spent any time in middle schools or high schools, you tend to see a lot of kids sporting one of the many orthodontic options available today including the traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners. Orthodontic care should start a lot earlier than this though. What is the Best Age for an Orthodontic Checkup? According to the American Association of Orthodontists,...

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Why Ignoring Your Overbite Can Lead to a Slippery Slope

by Dr. Gemmi on July 28, 2017

It is truly amazing how the human body works. Every part or system in our bodies is interconnected and when one is off line you can feel the effects in more than just the initial trouble spot. Take for instance your teeth. Many people see the appearance of their smile to just be an aesthetic thing, but how your smile looks can affect not only your oral health but also your facial structure as well as your overall health. While your overbite might seem like it is just a small physical...

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8 Reasons Not to Try DIY Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on July 26, 2017

Let’s face it. Orthodontic work is not cheap. And if you and your child needs braces, you might be tempted to try this new fad in DIY braces. There is DIY everything these days, right? What exactly are DIY braces you might be asking? Simply it means that you fabricate them on your own like a college student who reached internet fame with his DIY 3-D printed braces that cost him only $60 to make. Others who don’t have the same resources as this college student have used every day items...

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Am I a Good Candidate for Lingual Braces?

by Dr. Gemmi on July 25, 2017

Today’s orthodontic treatments are a lot more diverse than you remember from your youth. While metal braces are still very common, there are a lot more options than there used to be. One of those other options is lingual braces, which are braces that are adhered to the back of your teeth (the lingual or tongue side) instead of the front of the teeth making them less visible, practically invisible. With lingual braces, the brackets, wires and even the elastics are all mounted to the...

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9 Tips for Making Braces More Affordable

by Dr. Gemmi on July 25, 2017

Most of us are not born with naturally straight teeth. It is up to our genetics and we don’t have control, but what we do have control over is what we can do to improve our oral health. Wearing braces for a few years is the best way to get that straight healthy smile you have always wanted, but for a lot of people the cost gets in the way. Traditionally braces can run from anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 and if you have multiple kids that need braces that could really put a dent in your...

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Is My Kid a Good Candidate for Accelerated Orthodontics?

by Dr. Gemmi on July 24, 2017

It is usually the thought of having to wear braces for a few years that people dread the most when they hear the dentist say they need braces. But what if you could reduce the amount of time you have to wear them with accelerated orthodontics? If your child has a big event coming up like a dance or a graduation or even a big school interview, he or she is probably dreading having to sport a mouth full of metal during these special moments. While there is no guarantee of a specific deadline...

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How Retainers Protect Your Smile

by Dr. Gemmi on June 30, 2017

The day has finally come. You are finally getting those braces off, but before you can completely celebrate, your orthodontist tells you will still need to wear a retainer. While this is the last thing you want to probably hear, don’t ignore your orthodontist’s recommendations. Retainers are necessary to protect your smile and keep your teeth from moving back to their original position. For your most beautiful smile, wear your retainer as recommended by the orthodontist. How do...

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Can You Play Sports With Braces?

by Dr. Gemmi on June 23, 2017

Keeping your child safe is your number one priority so when your sports-loving kid was told he or she needed braces, your first thought probably was, is it safe to play sports with braces? While your child’s mouth will need extra protection from blunt trauma when he or she is wearing braces, there are effective ways to keep your child safe without having to give up on sports for a while. So can you play sports with braces? The answer would be a resounding Yes! Talk to the orthodontist...

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8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Crooked Teeth

by Dr. Gemmi on June 22, 2017

Crooked teeth are so much more than an aesthetic issue, but too often people think about forgoing correcting it because they don’t have the money to fix something that is just related to their appearance. When you are worried about making ends meet each month, it can seem impossible to have the resources to invest in orthodontic work for either you or your child. But crooked teeth have a way of impacting many more aspects of your life than you realize and by correcting dental issues, you...

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Looking for Braces in Philadelphia or Suburbs

Looking for Braces in Philadelphia or Suburbs

by Dr. Gemmi on May 31, 2017

You put it off for as long as you could, but it is time. You need braces. And while the thought of being stuck with a metal mouth for a few years is not pleasant, at least you know that at the end of it all you will have a straighter, more beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment can seem every daunting but with the right orthodontist and the right type of treatment, you will see results a lot quicker than you might think. Before choosing a treatment, make sure you understand what each...

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