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Cost of Invisalign vs. Cost of Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on June 24, 2015

In our office, we do both Invisalign and traditional braces treatments. Each treatment has its own benefits and negatives. Many people, those who have had great success with Invisalign treatments have commented that they are surprised that the aligners haven’t made metal braces completely irrelevant. The truth is that while Invisalign and braces can be comparatively priced, depending almost entirely on the individual’s situation, there are still some instances in which metal braces will...

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People Are Putting Tattoos On Their Teeth Now!?

by Dr. Gemmi on March 27, 2012

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE ODD temporary “teeth tattoos” fad that erupted in the East. Did you know that there are “dental artists” in the United States who design permanent tattoos for your teeth now too? Crazy, but true! Here's how it works... First, you choose your artwork. Then, you decide where in your mouth you want the tattoo to appear. It's up to you whether or not the artwork will be visible to the public without you intentionally showing them. Most people choose to...

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Carefully Clean Your Teeth Around Those Braces!

by Dr. Gemmi on March 19, 2012

DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Underneath all that metal, your beautiful pearly whites are shifting and inching closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame, if once those braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities under there!?  It would be a shame! So, don’t let that happen!  Here at our practice, we care about your smile. All the gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and the wires to the rubber bands and spacers— attract food AND plaque. It is...

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What’s The Deal With Bad Breath?

by Dr. Gemmi on March 2, 2012

  A COMMON QUESTION WE GET ASKED HERE AT OUR PRACTICE IS, “What causes bad breath?” "How do we help or prevent it?" Of course, we also get asked if braces have anything to do with it. Many times the complaint is not from the offender but from a long suffering family member or friend. There are many causes of bad breath – some serious and some not. And while many people have decided to just hold their and live with it, the good news is diagnosing and treating bad breath is...

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Go Easy On The Sugary Drinks!

by Dr. Gemmi on February 24, 2012

IT'S KNOWN BY MANY DIFFERENT NAMES—pop, soda, soft drinks, soda pop—but when it comes down to its effect on your teeth, it's all the same! Sugary sodas have not only contributed a huge percentage to the nation’s obese population, but the acidic sugar byproducts and acids soften your tooth enamel, contributing to more cavities. Brushing gets even harder when your tooth enamel gets softer, creating an unwanted one/two punch. Some of you may have heard that turning to sugar-free is a...

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Are You Using Mouthwash?

by Dr. Gemmi on February 9, 2012

EVEN THE MOST DILIGENT FLOSSERS AND BRUSHERS sometimes forget about the added benefits of mouthwash. But don't worry—even if you already brush, floss, AND rinse with mouthwash everyday, you’ll find this content useful. The affect that mouthwash has on your oral health is often dependent upon the type of mouthwash you use. So, before we get into the do’s and don’ts of choosing a mouthwash, let’s talk a little bit about why we recommend it. Not only can mouthwashes make our...

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Are Canker Sores Irritating Your Smile?

by Dr. Gemmi on January 17, 2012

CANKER SORES ARE NO FUN, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE BRACES TO IRRITATE THEM. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways in which the pain from these bothersome blisters can be relieved. However, before we get into the best ways to treat canker sores, let's talk a bit about the causes. Though the exact cause is unknown, one theory suggests that canker sores can result from certain mouth washes and toothpastes that dry out the mouth. Try to avoid toothpastes with the ingredient sodium lauryl...

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A Home-Care Guide For Those Of You With Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on January 11, 2012

ARE YOU NEW TO BRACES AND ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT? If so, you probably have quite a few questions regarding personal care and maintenance. This week we thought it would be nice to provide all of our braces patients with an “At Home” guide. So, here is a list of everything you need to know about taking care of your braces when you're away from our office! Food: We recommend avoiding hard foods such as nuts, ice, whole apples, carrots, popcorn, ribs, taffy, caramels, bubble gum, etc. Each...

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There Are Lots Of Benefits Of Straight Teeth!

by Dr. Gemmi on January 5, 2012

IN TODAY'S WORLD,magazine models and movie stars flash their remarkably straight white smiles at every turn, making it apparent that we associate straight teeth with beauty. Perfectly aligned smiles bring confidence that crooked smiles can’tand many times the owners of those gorgeous smiles develop an entirely different outlook on life. It’s amazing what a beautiful smile can do. When we see actors with crooked teeth, we usually take note... and wonder why they haven’t seen an...

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Happy New Year From Our Entire Team

by Dr. Gemmi on December 28, 2011

“OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW,” as they say. 2012 is almost here! How will you be celebrating the beginning of the new year? What are your resolutions for 2012? Each country has their own unique way of ringing in the new year—and some even observe the holiday on a completely different date—but we are all unified in our desire to celebrate, reflect, renew, and find joy in the season. Here are a few fun trivia facts about New Year's celebrations around the world: - In...

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