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4 Tips for Managing the Cost of Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on January 30, 2018

If you or your child needs braces, but you just don’t think you can afford it, don’t worry. There are ways to make the cost of braces more affordable. Here are 4 tips for managing the cost of braces: Plan. Plan. Plan. In everything in life, when we plan ahead for something, we are usually better prepared and things go a whole lot smoother. If you don’t have the extra money right now, then look at your budget and figure out how you can squirrel away the money you will. Set a goal and...

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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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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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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

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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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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