If you’re researching orthodontic treatment or wondering what your options are to finally get your perfect smile, you’ve probably seen that retainers are mentioned fairly often. But what are they for and why do you need one? Continue reading “Retainers: How do they work?”
TMJ is often used as a way to describe pain in the jaws, face or neck, but the term TMJ doesn’t refer to a disorder – it really means temporomandibular joints. It’s a misnomer when people say they have TMJ — everyone has temporomandibular joints! What most people really mean when they refer to TMJ is a variety of problems that are commonly associated with pain or discomfort in that area.
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Did you know that, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, just 19% of 2000 adults said that they would ask for another medical diagnosis, and just 6% said they would get an orthodontist’s second opinion prior to starting treatment? Contrast that to the 70% who would seek a second quote or advice for major home repairs and 50% who would do the same when it comes to fixing their cars.
When you’re getting ready to begin your orthodontic treatment, you’re very likely going to have a number of questions about what you can expect during the various stages of wearing braces or Invisalign. Of course, everyone is different and there’s no simple answer when it comes to providing an exact timeline of what sorts of experiences you’ll have. However, there are many experiences common to patients undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign.
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Living with TMJ pain or discomfort can be very unpleasant. There are many reasons why people experience the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, and it is estimated that up to one third of the population experience some aches or tension in their temporomandibular joints.
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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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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!
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?”
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?”
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.