Category Archives: Braces

DIY Braces: When Not to Do It Yourself

by Dr. Gemmi on December 21, 2017

The DIY craze is still going crazy with many people wanted to do their own work and save money than rely on the expertise of professionals that can cost a pretty penny. There are many areas of course that this make a lot of sense, but DIY is not always the best for safest path to take. For example, deciding to paint the living room to save some money on renovations is not a hard decision to make and most people can easily do it. However when you move to doing your own plumbing or...

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7 Reasons Even Small Alignment Issues Can Impact Your Dental Health

by Dr. Gemmi on November 29, 2017

Orthodontic work can be expensive so you might be tempted to brush off your one or two crooked teeth or small alignment issue as merely cosmetic. That one crooked tooth gives you character, right? Crooked teeth, even the smallest of imperfections, can lead to dental problems. Here are 7 reasons even small alignment issues can impact your dental health: Harder to Clean Teeth The biggest issue with crooked teeth is that because the teeth are all jammed into one another, it is harder to...

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How to Take a Good Holiday Pic While Wearing Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on November 27, 2017

The holidays are fast upon us and you know what that means, right? The family holiday photo. An event you tend to dread every year, but this year in particular because now you are wearing braces. Having braces on your teeth can make you feel self-conscious when it is photo time, but unfortunately there is no way to avoid it so might as well embrace it. Make holiday photos with braces a fun experience with these quick tips: Keep It Clean While you can’t do anything about the braces...

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Plan Ahead When It Comes to Your Kid’s Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on November 21, 2017

Finding out your child needs braces can feel like bad news, with worries about money and possible complications. If you plan properly, however, for the possibility of your children needing orthodontic treatment it can become a positive experience that you will be grateful you can give your child. You may be asking yourself, what is the use of spending all this time planning for something that may or may not happen? When you got so much on your plate already, why stress yourself...

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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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