Free Mouthguard for Kids in Halifax, too!

Docbraces has been offering free custom mouthguards and mini orthodontic consultations through our Guard My Smile program to kids throughout the Maritimes for years. Did you know that it’s also available in all of our Halifax-area practices? If your child participates in one or more of a whole range of sports and activities, there’s a good chance they can benefit from a custom mouthguard made by our experienced team. Read on to find out why you should book their appointment today!

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Four Reasons Invisalign is a Fantastic Treatment Option for Patients over 50

Did you know that now more than ever, patients over the age of 50 are exploring their orthodontic treatment options? It’s never too late to experience what it’s like to have the confidence of a beautiful smile, and if you’ve decided that now is the time, you won’t be disappointed with your available options. In fact, your orthodontic treatment possibilities are more comfortable and discreet than ever, so forget the metal brackets and wires you’ve previously associated with braces. Invisalign is a revolutionary system that uses innovative aligner trays to achieve the results you want in a nearly pain free and invisible way. Even though they can produce the same results, comparing Invisalign and braces is like comparing apples and oranges: there are several reasons why treatment with Invisalign is particularly beneficial at later stages in life, so read on to learn more.

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Treating TMJ pain: how do splints work?

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When you suffer from TMJ pain, getting help to relieve the symptoms is almost always on your mind. Your orthodontist will be able to recommend some treatments specific to your particular situation, but in general, there are several ways that you’ll be able to minimize the pain you experience on a regular basis.

TMJ really stands for temporomandibular joint, and isn’t the name of the condition, but the name of the area where you’re feeling discomfort. TMJ disorders–the pain you feel–are commonly caused by a misalignment between your upper and lower jaws, impacting the muscles around it. The muscles become strained and that further contributes to your jaws travelling in the wrong path. But how can you get your jaws to realign and your muscles to relax?

A TMJ splint can help

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How Braces Contribute To Your Child’s Health

Beyond improving appearance and self-esteem, numerous health advantages accompany treatment with braces and corrective appliances such as palate expanders and space maintainers. In addition to preventing serious tooth and jaw issues later in life, correcting misaligned teeth with braces and appliances can improve oral hygiene, facilitate better chewing to allow the body to absorb more nutrients from food, and even reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. What’s more, the earlier your child receives orthodontic treatment, the more likely they are to reap the resulting health benefits. More»

9 Ways Seeing an Orthodontist Can Boost Your Health

Beyond the cosmetic reasons for orthodontic treatment, there are a number of ways that seeing an orthodontist can improve your health.

A bad bite can be detrimental to your overall well-being. People who have malocclusions – when both sets of teeth do not ‘bite’ properly – can experience a range of unexpected health problems. By correcting your bite, an orthodontist can help you alleviate many common symptoms and chronic conditions to help you improve your overall quality of life. More»

Top 4 Complications Braces Can Prevent

A study conducted by the American Journal of Orthodontics indicates that one in three children can improve their oral and general health by wearing braces. Braces can help prevent detrimental complications from developing with your child’s teeth, such as crooked, crowded teeth, tooth decay and serious medical problems that often require surgery. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and fitting your child with braces or corrective alternatives early in life can prevent complications and the need for more pensive procedures later in life. More»

Top 5 Ways Braces Encourage Healthy Development

Orthodontic treatment is vital for your child’s development, including his or her oral health, self-esteem and even their ability to speak clearly. It’s well worth spending a bit of time in braces to get the advantages of straight teeth, a more attractive smile and improved oral health. More»

7 Reasons Your Child Should See An Orthodontist Before Age 7

Early intervention is the name of the game in healthcare. Between regular checkups at the doctor, cleanings at the dentist, and quality nutrition, it’s easier than ever to make sure your child is well taken care of before any issues surface. An important element of early intervention is to have your child’s oral development evaluated by an orthodontist. Many parents are unaware of the benefits that this can hold for their child’s future, but there’s a lot of information out there for you. Here are just seven reasons why the Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child visit an orthodontist by age seven. More»

An Adult’s Guide to Choosing an Orthodontist

It’s a common misconception that braces and other corrective orthodontic treatments are only for children and teens. In fact, on average, one in five patients that see an orthodontist are over the age of 21, and more than 92% of adults agree that an attractive smile is an important social asset. Today, many adult patients are seeking treatment that simply wasn’t available when they were kids, or was inaccessible for other reasons. More»