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What Happens When You’re Done with Braces?

May 3, 2023

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Set of blue retainersFixing your bite and alignment with braces is a long commitment. The average treatment can take 18 to 24 months, but it’s time well spent to achieve a straight, healthy smile. Nothing is more exciting than the day your brackets and wires come off. However, that’s not the end of your orthodontic journey. There’s another step in your treatment plan. Here’s what you can expect after your braces are removed.


Can I Wear Braces Twice?

April 9, 2023

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Hand holding clear alignersIf you had braces as a teen, you might be surprised to see your smile isn’t as straight as it used to be. It’s not unusual for teeth to move over the years, especially if you haven’t been wearing retainers. You don’t have to live with the changes because you can get braces again. However, this time you won’t have to worry about any brackets or wires because you can benefit from the clear choice in orthodontics with aligners.


5 Common Problems with Braces & How to Fix Them

March 7, 2023

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closeup of person in blue shirt with jaw pain

Do you have crooked teeth? Braces may offer a solution. They work by applying constant, gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. This pressure stimulates the bone cells in the jaw to change shape and create new bone tissue, allowing the teeth to move into their new, more aligned position. Braces can give you a beautiful smile, but obstacles can arise during the process. Continue reading to learn about five common ones as well as what to do about them.


5 Tips to Keep Your Retainer in Top Condition

February 12, 2023

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a woman smiling while wearing her retainer

If you have just finished your orthodontic treatment, you are most likely excited to be free from your traditional braces or clear aligners. Now it is time for maintenance and prevention to keep your teeth in their newly aligned spots. By wearing your retainer for the recommended amount of time, you are ensuring your new smile will last for years to come. However, you want to be sure to take care of it so you can get the most out of your treatment. Read on to learn about the five best habits to keep your retainer (and smile!) in great shape.


Why Do Braces Make Your Teeth Feel Loose?

January 12, 2023

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A young woman wearing braces

As you start wearing braces, you’ll likely feel excited about your future smile. Treatment, after all, is sure to straighten and align it! In the meantime, though, you may find that braces make your teeth feel loose. Luckily, there’s no need to worry – the appliance won’t cause any pearly whites to fall out. In fact, that loose feeling is to be expected! If you’d like to learn more, let your local orthodontist explain. Here’s a summary of why braces can cause teeth to feel loose and how this effect is normal.


5 Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

December 17, 2022

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Blonde woman with braces looking up and smiling

Straightening your teeth with braces can make them more attractive, but it’s a mistake to think that orthodontics is only about making aesthetic improvements. The truth is that braces can improve your health in a variety of ways, especially if they’re used to address a specific underlying issue. Below are 5 ways that your mouth and body can benefit from orthodontic treatment.


3 Tips for Playing Musical Instruments While Wearing Braces

November 4, 2022

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a teenager playing a musical instrument

Modern orthodontics offer the opportunity to give you the smile of your dreams. Whether you have crooked, overcrowded, or misaligned teeth, braces are a go-to solution to fix your pearly whites. But will you still be able to play wind instruments while undergoing the treatment? The answer is yes! Keep reading to learn three tips on how you can still enjoy playing your favorite tunes.


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!


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.


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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