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Early Orthodontic Treatment Saves (Time, Money, and Effort)

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Young Children Have Soft Facial and Alveolar Bones

In the past, parents waited until their children were teenagers to have an examination to determine if orthodontic treatment was required. However, experts now advise having your daughter’s teeth examined as soon as she begins to grow her permanent teeth. Most children begin to grow permanent molars when they are approximately 7 years old. Within a few more years, a child will have more permanent teeth inside her mouth. At this age, a child has soft facial and alveolar bones, making it easier to repair any malocclusions that are beginning to develop. Early orthodontic treatment saves time because it repairs your child’s teeth quickly, and it will also reduce the price of straightening your child’s teeth.

 

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Signs of a Good Orthodontist

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Many people see an orthodontist at least once by the time they are in their late teens. For one reason or the other, you may have missed your appointment and want to get an orthodontic checkup. You will be delighted to know that it is never too late to see an orthodontist, especially if you are a mom between age 20-45.

There are various benefits to enjoy from seeing an orthodontist and you may even have a positive experience if you land in the hands of a good orthodontist. But before you decide on one, you may want to know what characteristics do good orthodontists have.
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What Is an Orthodontist?

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Dentists and orthodontists are trained physicians that are in related fields but serve very different purposes. Dentists take care of the general health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Orthodontists are dentists that go further and receive special training in the alignment, positioning, and placement of teeth and jaws and if necessary, can correct any serious issues with any of those problems. How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist? Generally, the dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist and then throughout the treatment plan, the two will work closely together. If the dentist notices problems with the positioning and placement of the teeth that could cause potential health problems, he will make the recommendation that orthodontic treatment is in order.

What are the duties of an orthodontist? The field of orthodontia is a field of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing and treating teeth that are not positioned correctly or are out of alignment. Orthodontists also treat problems with the positioning of the jaws. Orthodontists receive a great deal of specialized training beyond dentistry in order to prevent and treat these issues. A good analogy is a general doctor who goes beyond and receives additional training to become a specialist.
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What Makes Invisalign Unique [Among Others?]

UPDATED 28 – 07 – 18

What makes Invisalign unique among others? Cinderella probably didn’t have to worry about getting her teeth straightened – she had a fairy godmother. For the rest of us, however, braces from the orthodontist are still the only available option. These days, thanks to advances in orthodontic and dental science, options abound metal brackets, ceramic brackets, brackets with wires, brackets with rubber bands, decorative additions in different colors and shapes.

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

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Overcome Braces Anxiety with This Simple Guide

Negative thoughts can stop people from getting the braces they need. Believe it or not, orthodontists are used to hearing questions and statements like, “I am afraid of having braces. Do they hurt? Will I feel the pain in my teeth by having braces?” The following is going to help you understand what you might experience with this process.

Not Knowing Is an Issue 

Wondering how does it feel to have braces or is it painful could be on your mind simply because you do not know much about braces. Sometimes people who ask, “I am afraid of having braces. Do they hurt? Will they be uncomfortable? How does it feel to have braces Is it painful?” are usually thinking of those old school braces kids wore on old TV shows or movies.

Older braces look uncomfortable, and they look bulky enough to cause some pain so it is okay to be worried or ask yourself, “Will I feel the pain in my teeth by having braces?” Some people are scared for other reasons like how they will look, how they will eat, or if it is going to hurt to talk.

What you need to do is learn everything there is to know about these orthodontic devices.

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Should I Get Braces Before My Wedding?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018

Should I Get Braces Before My Wedding?

You’re getting married. Congratulations! Now that you’re getting married to your best friend, you’re excited to get started on the wedding planning. There’s so much to do, from the flowers to the guest seating to securing the location of the ceremony. You don’t know exactly how you will get everything done, but you know that you’ll do it in style.

But what if everything about your appearance was camera ready, except for your teeth? The wedding pictures will be a big part of your wedding budget, so you want the star of the pictures (the bride) to look especially great. Is there anything you can do to fix your teeth before you say “I do?”

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Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with [Invisalign]?

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LAST UPDATED: MAY 29, 2018

Is Alcohol-free, Sugar-free Breath Spray Okay to Use with Invisalign?

Bad breath is a common complaint, and it can become an even bigger problem during orthodontic treatment. Whether you are undergoing treatment with braces or clear aligners, orthodontic appliances give bacteria more places to hide, which leads to more halitosis. Invisalign’s clear aligner design makes it easier to clean all those hard-to-reach places, but if you still have some lingering bad breath, you might be wondering: Is breath spray okay to use? Some breath sprays can be bad for your teeth during treatment, but in general, sugar-free, alcohol-free breath sprays are safe to use with Invisalign.

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Treatment Time for Damon System

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 24, 2018

Treatment Time for Damon System

When braces were first invented back in 1728, they weren’t the most comfortable or subtle of treatments. In fact, the so-named “Father of Modern Orthodontics,” Pierre Fauchard, was famous for using forceps to move teeth where he wanted them to go – ouch!

Here at Childers Orthodontics, we are happy to report that today’s braces have come a very long way from those earliest of days. Today’s hardware is lightweight, streamlined, flexible and sometimes even near-invisible depending on placement and materials used!

The Damon System is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments offered today for all of these reasons and more.

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How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2018

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health

When people first visit the orthodontist, their first thought is usually that they can’t wait to have a beautiful smile. Widely spaced teeth often lead to issues with self-esteem, and it is important to love what you see in the mirror. However, you should be aware that having large gaps between your teeth places you at risk for serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, and they can also be a symptom of other health problems. As you prep for your appointment, keep this information in mind about the impact of widely spaced teeth on your overall health.

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Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

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When parents are looking for excellent oral care for their children, they typically visit a dental facility. Your child may be an infant or entering middle school, but every age requires focused dental care. However, there may be some confusion about the proper doctor for your child’s treatment. There are major differences between professionals calling themselves dentists or orthodontists. Learn more about orthodontia so that you can be informed as your child grows in his her adult teeth.

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