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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

[caption id="attachment_5354" align="alignnone" width="4300"] Salad on white background[/caption] 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...

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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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8 Tips for Picking the Right Color for Your Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on August 30, 2017

Let’s be honest. No one loves wearing braces, but we are willing to endure it because of the promise of a healthier, more beautiful smile. But did you know that you don’t have to be resigned to just plain metal braces during your orthodontic treatment. Teens in high school and college especially will love the chance to make their braces unique. Adding fun colors to your braces can make you feel more comfortable wearing them and boost your confidence. And if you have an artistic soul...

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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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Rubber Bands 101 for Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on August 29, 2017

Having to wear braces is enough to have to adjust to, but sometimes your orthodontist will also give your rubber bands to wear as well. They can take some getting used to, but don’t give up so quickly. They have an important job to do, adding extra tension to your teeth to help move your teeth in the right position. Having to wear braces is enough to have to adjust to, but sometimes your orthodontist will also give your rubber bands to wear as well. They can take some getting used to,...

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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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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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