Five Reasons to Get an Orthodontist’s Second Opinion

Did you know that you can get a second opinion for your orthodontic treatment? Many people would get a second opinion for home or car repairs, but very few would consider one before starting to wear braces or Invisalign. Getting a second opinion before you choose an orthodontist is very important, reassuring you that you’ve made the right choice in the orthodontist that you’ve selected. Here are the five most important reasons to see an orthodontist for a second opinion.
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If I want clear braces, what are my options?

Orthodontic treatment has come such a long way over the past decades that the obvious and cumbersome metal brackets and wires that you might associate with wearing braces are a thing of the past. Now, there are several options for clear braces which make getting a beautiful smile more comfortable and discreet than ever before. At Docbraces, we offer a range of products that will help address your bite, alignment or malocclusion issues in the most inconspicuous way possible. Read on to learn about how far orthodontic technology has come!

Invisalign

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How do self-ligating braces work?

We find that many of our patients come to their consultation with some questions in mind, and many times those questions are “which treatment will be the fastest?”, “which option will be the least obvious” and “which products are the most comfortable?”.

The research and development happening in the dental and orthodontic industry over the past few decades has lead to a number of amazing new products, and self-ligating braces are just one of them! Conveniently, self-ligating braces are an effective and comfortable orthodontic product that offer the wearer many benefits, including a much more subtle look than traditional metal braces. Continue reading “How do self-ligating braces work?”

Braces Before and After: What Can I Expect at the End of my Treatment?

The day has finally come! You’re ready to trade in your Invisalign trays or brackets and wires for the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve been waiting so long for! You might have some questions about what you can expect when you visit the orthodontist on the big day, and what will happen in the months after your active orthodontic treatment is over.

Last appointment with braces

If you’re wearing braces, your last appointment is when your brackets will be removed, or de-bonded, and you’ll have a thorough checkup with your orthodontist. This appointment will take about an hour, and we’ll take an x-ray and some pictures of your results. Continue reading “Braces Before and After: What Can I Expect at the End of my Treatment?”

Thermal braces: what are the benefits?

The vast majority of braces systems are made from two components: brackets and wires. The brackets are the pieces that are bonded to each tooth, and hold the wire in place. The wire is what really does the hard work during your treatment. When your orthodontist chooses the best material for you to get your desired results, there are two options.

Nickel Titanium Thermal Braces

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Treating TMJ pain: how do splints work?

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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Thermal braces: what are the benefits?

The vast majority of braces systems are made from two components: brackets and wires. The brackets are the pieces that are bonded to each tooth, and hold the wire in place. The wire is what really does the hard work during your treatment. When your orthodontist chooses the best material for you to get your desired results, there are two options.

Nickel Titanium Thermal Braces

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