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Are Sports Still On the Table If I Have Braces?

October 11, 2022

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a teenager playing sports in Jacksonville during orthodontic treatment

Do you typically enjoy playing a casual game of football or soccer with your friends? Are you part of a professional team? While sports are an incredible way to build a community and promote fitness, you may be wondering if you can still participate in them if you have braces. The good news is that orthodontic treatment won’t have to get in the way of your physical activities. Read on to learn what you should expect when playing sports with braces!

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What Are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?

September 4, 2022

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It seems like there are more options to straighten your teeth with each passing year, so selecting the one that suits you best can be challenging. Even as clear braces are gaining in popularity, traditional braces still have their own benefits. As you consider your method of treatment, read on to hear from your orthodontist in Jacksonville about when traditional metal braces are still the optimal selection for a straighter smile.

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Can I Get Braces on Only the Top?

August 12, 2022

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Model of traditional bracesFew people have naturally straight teeth. If you didn’t hit the genetic jackpot or you’ve experienced orthodontic regression, your orthodontist can fix gapped, rotated, or overcrowded teeth with traditional braces. They’ll create the healthy, attractive smile you desire, no matter the severity of your alignment concerns. If you only have a few teeth out of position on the top or bottom, you may be wondering if you need to waste time and money treating both arches. Although you may not believe you need braces for the top and bottom, single-arch treatment is rare. While it’s entirely possible to put braces on just one arch, here’s why your orthodontist will advise against it. 

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4 Helpful Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

July 3, 2022

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Woman with braces smiling.

Emergencies can happen when you least expect them; and they often happen when it’s least convenient, too! That said, one of the biggest inconveniences you can experience if you have braces is an orthodontic emergency. Whether it’s a broken wire or bracket, a lost retainer, painful mouth sores, or some other type of oral injury, these situations can be alarming; after all, your smile is at stake! But luckily, orthodontic emergencies can easily be avoided with a little knowledge and forethought. Here are four helpful tips for preventing orthodontic emergencies and keeping your treatment progress right on track.

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5 Tips for Getting through the First Week with Braces

May 27, 2022

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girl drinking smoothie in front of green background

If you have just had braces put on, or are getting ready for the big day soon, congratulations! This is an exciting time. You will be used to wearing braces before you know it – and then it will be time to get them off! But just like with anything else, there is usually a bit of an adjustment period right after you get the hardware put on. Keep reading for 5 tips to help you get through your first week with braces. 

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Is There an Upper Age Limit for Invisalign?

April 13, 2022

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mature woman smiling after Invisalign in Jacksonville

Have you always wanted to have a straighter smile? If you didn’t get orthodontic treatment when you were younger, you might assume that you’ve missed your opportunity. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You’re never too old to begin straightening your pearly whites, especially with Invisalign. Read on to learn why this treatment can still be an option for you and about the benefits you’ll be able to enjoy!

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4 Reasons to Fix Your Overbite

March 7, 2022

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Dentist showing how Invisalign worksDid you know crowded or gapped teeth aren’t the only reasons people need braces? The positions of your teeth are important for more than just an attractive smile. They can affect the relationship between the upper and lower arches. Although bite problems can take many forms, an overbite is a common concern. Humans have a slight overbite naturally. However, if the top teeth extend over the bottom arch too much, it can cause serious complications to your oral health and quality of life. Here are 4 reasons to consider fixing your overbite.

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What You Should Know About Dating with Invisalign

February 8, 2022

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people with Invisalign on a Valentine’s Day date

Are you taking a special someone out on a date this Valentine’s Day? If so, you may be thinking about how to make the best possible impression. Even if you’re already well acquainted with them, those who wear Invisalign may find that it changes the dating scene a bit. To help you and your date enjoy the day to the fullest, read on to learn everything you need to know about dating with Invisalign.

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6 Interesting and Fun Facts About Braces

January 11, 2022

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young woman with metal braces

When you think of orthodontic treatment, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, it’s a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. Braces are one of the most traditional and widely used methods of straightening teeth. Although everyone knows them for their ability to give you a straighter smile, there are other interesting things about them that aren’t common knowledge. That said, here are six little-known, interesting, and fun facts about braces you probably didn’t know!

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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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