Category Archives: Teeth

5 Tips for Improving Your Dental Health

by Dr. Gemmi on September 18, 2017

Dentists out of all the medical professions tend to get a bad reputation. People tend to associate the dentist with pain, making them afraid to step one foot into the office even if they are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort. What many people don’t realize is that with the skill of dentists today and the technology at their disposable, a trip to the dentist is not something to dread. Dentists out of all the medical professions tend to get a bad reputation. People tend to associate...

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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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What Your Bite Says About Your Health

by Dr. Gemmi on September 16, 2017

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive and you may be wondering if you really need to get them. You may be tempted to brush it off as an aesthetic issue, but the condition of your bite can forecast a lot of problems your dental health today and in the future. Orthodontic treatment can be expensive and you may be wondering if you really need to get them. You may be tempted to brush it off as an aesthetic issue, but the condition of your bite can forecast a lot of problems your dental...

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6 Tips for Managing Braces Daily

by Dr. Gemmi on August 30, 2017

Braces is a rite of passage for many of us, but that doesn’t make it any easier. To get through your treatment with the least hassle possible, there are certain things you need to know about managing braces daily. Braces is a rite of passage for many of us, but that doesn’t make it any easier. To get through your treatment with the least hassle possible, there are certain things you need to know about managing braces daily. Here are 6 tips for managing braces daily: Practice Good...

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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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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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