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Best Foods for Teeth
06/18/2018
You already know that regular brushing and flossing is vital to the health of your teeth – but in addition to oral hygiene, your diet plays a crucial role in dental health. Believe it or not, what foods you eat can have a dramatic impact in preventing decay and keeping your teeth healthy and strong. As your Laredo orthodontist, we're proud to serve as a comprehensive resource to patients in Laredo, Cotulla, and the surrounding areas for all things related to oral health, so here are our recommendations on the best foods for your teeth.
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The Danger of Online Braces
04/12/2018
In the past, if you wanted to get that perfect smile, the only way to do so was by going to see your local orthodontist for treatment. Whether you got metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign, you wore your appliance and went to follow-up appointments at the office until you finally had that brand new smile. Today, there’s a new kind of treatment that’s aiming to change the whole process, allowing patients to straighten their teeth at home without having to step foot into an office. This new treatment is becoming known as “online braces” or “at-home orthodontics”.
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The Science and Truth Behind Your Child’s Cavities
04/11/2018
At Laredo Orthodontics, our mission is to help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through quality, convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontic practice serving the Laredo, TX area, we’re proud to provide treatments ranging from traditional metal braces to alternatives like Invisalign – but in addition to providing treatment, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for your oral health. If you’ve been wondering about the specific mechanics of what causes cavities, you’re not alone. Learn what our Laredo orthodontist, Dr. James VandeBerg, has to say about the science and the truth behind cavities.
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Retaining Your Smile
12/12/2017
So you’ve spent months – or maybe even years – undergoing our Laredo and Zapata Invisalign or braces treatment and it’s finally the day where you get to remove your orthodontics. While you may be absolutely thrilled at the prospect of finally getting to take your braces (or Invisalign) off, we have to warn you not to get too carried away – there’s still one important stage left – the retention stage. Dr. Patrick Moore, Dr. Andrea Font, and the entire team here at Laredo Orthodontics would like to tell you all about this vital stage in the orthodontic process.
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My Teen Doesn't Want Metal Braces
12/06/2016
Orthodontic treatment is common among teens and adolescents. By the time children have reached this age, all their permanent teeth have arrived, and it is possible to tell if they need adjustment due to misalignment, crowding or other issues. However, as common as braces are, some might prefer a less visible option. For many teens, Invisalign is a better option considering the comfort and overall appearance.
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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative To Braces
10/12/2016
Braces for adults have become more popular and more common over the last several years. The advantages of having orthodontic work as an adult are many, leading more people to pursue treatment. However, many still prefer not to wear metal braces and bands. For those who prefer a less obvious treatment, Invisalign aligner trays are a popular option.
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Will I Need To Have Teeth Extracted For Braces?
08/15/2016
When you see an orthodontist for an initial consultation, he will explain the course of treatment he recommends to correct your malocclusion. In some cases, this can include removing teeth. Orthodontists generally try to avoid extraction, but if there is severe crowding, removal of one or more teeth might be necessary.
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At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
06/10/2016
Orthodontics are a common course of treatment for young people. Although traditionally braces are used to treat adolescents, younger children can also be treated. Earlier orthodontic screenings can allow your child to begin treatment earlier, allowing for better long-term results.
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Is Flossing Possible With Braces?
04/01/2016
Orthodontics is treatment to move your teeth into the right position, but the treatments used can present a challenge to maintaining your everyday oral hygiene. If you are wearing braces, flossing is not only possible, but it’s important to maintain the health of your teeth. Your orthodontist and your dentist can provide you with tools that will help you floss and brush effectively even with braces.
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Dentists vs. Orthodontists
03/01/2016
Even though both dentists and orthodontists will help patients with their oral health, how they go about doing it is completely different. Orthodontists focus on using orthodontic appliances, such as braces and Invisalign, to help shift a patient’s teeth into a straighter and more favorable alignment. Dentists, on the other hand, will provide regular dental care, including exams and teeth cleanings, to make sure that a patient’s teeth are healthy. While dentists are to be seen once every six months, orthodontists are only seen if necessary, such as in the event of an orthodontic problem. Also, a fun note about dentists and orthodontists is that all orthodontists are actually dentists as well. Orthodontists require dental training in addition to their two years of orthodontic coursework.
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