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Does Your Child Need Phase 1 Orthodontics?

December 17, 2021

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Small girl with braces looking up

Usually, the ideal age for braces is considered to be between 10 and 14. However, some children get braces as early as age 7 as part of Phase 1 orthodontics. Not every child needs this treatment, but choosing to begin orthodontic treatment early can save them (and you, the parent) a lot of time and trouble later. Is Phase 1 orthodontics right for your child? In order to answer that question, you should carefully consider the following.

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How the iTero® Digital Scanner Improves Orthodontic Care

November 19, 2021

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 iTero scanner machine in a dental office

If you haven’t visited an orthodontist since you were a child, you may be surprised to see just how much has changed in a relatively short amount of time. Technology has transformed the way that orthodontists approach different aspects of the orthodontic process. One notable difference is how impressions are taken. Whereas orthodontists once had to rely on odd-tasting, messy dental putty, now they can use systems such as the iTero® Digital Scanner to create more reliable digital models of the teeth and gums. Read on to learn more about how iTero is used in orthodontics in Jacksonville.

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5 Important Freedoms You Can Enjoy with Invisalign

August 10, 2021

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Closeup of smiling woman with Invisalign in Jacksonville outside

There’s no question that traditional metal braces are reliable for correcting orthodontic problems like crooked teeth and bite issues. However, it’s no secret that to do so, they require a few changes in your everyday life. From flossing to playing sports and everything in between, metal braces come with a list of restrictions and rules you need to follow. On the other hand, Invisalign in Jacksonville offers an easy, effective, and convenient way to straighten your smile! Here are five important freedoms you can enjoy if you choose this modern orthodontic treatment.

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Did You Break Your Braces? Here’s What to Do Next!

July 31, 2021

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Closeup of woman covering her mouth in shock

Thanks to modern orthodontics, issues like bite problems and spaced-out teeth can be addressed seamlessly. Over the course of a few months or years, metal brackets and wires can incrementally guide your teeth closer and closer to their properly aligned positions. While the materials are extremely durable, they aren’t indestructible. As a result, one bad fall or one wrong bite into your food can land you with a broken bracket or wire. If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind!

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5 Outstanding Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

June 13, 2021

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Smiling woman enjoying health benefits of straight teeth

When you think of straight teeth, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many people would say something along the lines of “a beautiful smile.” Without a doubt, well-aligned teeth look attractive — but that is just the beginning of the advantages they offer. They also provide some significant health benefits, including a reduced risk of cavities, improved digestion, and so much more.

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4 Easy Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Aligners

May 5, 2021

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young man holding a clear aligner in Jacksonville

Every year, more and more adults and teenagers choose to fix their crooked teeth with Invisalign and other clear aligners instead of traditional braces, and it’s not hard to see why. Invisalign is usually more comfortable than braces, and the aligners are virtually unnoticeable and easily removable. However, this treatment still requires some effort on your part; you have to keep the trays in good condition for them to work properly. Continue reading to learn four simple tips for taking care of clear aligners in Jacksonville.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Sports & Orthodontics, Answered!

April 23, 2021

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Whether you are a baseball fanatic, tennis enthusiast, or future football superstar, you don’t want your braces to get in the way. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to! Thanks to Invisalign’s sleek design and comfortable trays, you can continue to participate in all of your favorite sports without worry. With that being said, it is completely natural to have a few questions on your mind before committing to orthodontic treatment. Keep reading for the answers to a few of the most common ones.

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Life After Braces: What Happens Next?

March 30, 2021

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Woman smiling while talking to orthodontist

After months (or years) of avoiding certain foods, using special tools to complete your oral hygiene routine, and dealing with everything else that comes with braces, it’s time to see your new and improved smile! After your orthodontist removes your braces, congratulates you on completing your treatment, and sends you on your way, you may have one important question on your mind: What now? Keep reading to learn what you can expect from life after braces.

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Orthodontist’s Visits

October 29, 2020

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Girl with braces smiling at orthodontic appointment

When you first get braces, the excitement of straightening your teeth may cause you to brush diligently, floss daily, and attend every follow-up appointment. However, after a couple of months of treatment, your previous enthusiasm may wane. In fact, you may even be tempted to skip your routine adjustment visits altogether. If you’ve found yourself considering something similar, then read on as an orthodontist in Jacksonville shares the importance of follow-up appointments, the dangers of damaged braces, and what to do in an orthodontic emergency.

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Can You Get Braces When You’re Over 40?

September 17, 2020

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Man in suit smiling with straight teeth

Are you ready for some staggering statistics? According to the American Association of Orthodontics, over one-third of U.S. adults are unhappy with their smile. Plus, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful, 22% believe a better smile would lead to a better love life, and 48% have untagged themselves from a picture on Facebook between they didn’t like their smile. Fortunately, that’s where braces come in! Read on for information on adult braces in Jacksonville.

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