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What EPIC RULES Keep me Cavity-Free?

Keep me cavity-free? If you want your child’s teeth to remain strong and healthy throughout their adolescent and adult years, it’s important that they learn how to properly brush, floss, and maintain proper oral health care. In the event that your child doesn’t take care of their teeth during their formative years, cavities are more likely. Which can be very detrimental to the quality of your child’s teeth. If you really want your child to be cavity-free, there are a number of rules that you should follow.

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The Invisible Braces Race | 7 FACTS FOR THE BUSY MOM

Invisible braces are here. While metal braces were once among the only options when someone wanted to have their teeth straightened, you no longer need to worry about metal being glued to the front of your teeth for them to be straightened. New and exciting options are being developed on an almost constant basis, many of which are designed to appear invisible. In this post, we’ll take you through the differences in invisible braces and what to do next to get a new smile. Let’s get cracking.

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Seeing an Orthodontist | What to Expect in 2020 | FAST FACTS

It happens all the time: A child or an adult doesn’t want to smile because he or she has crooked teeth. The person feels ashamed and embarrassed. Worse yet, the person is afraid to visit an orthodontist to talk about it. But that doesn’t have to be the way it is! By following these four pro tips, you’ll be able to set your expectations for a first-time visit to an orthodontist and be able to predict what will happen. In this post, we’ll take you through what to expect seeing an orthodontist in 2020. Let’s get cracking.

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Invisalign for Children is Popular in 2020 | FAST FACTS

As our knowledge of orthodontics advances, more and more parents seek earlier intervention for their sons and daughters. The technology available today allows orthodontists to accurately project how a child’s mouth with grow and the appropriate steps necessary to correct issues. Treatment plans rapidly advance to meet the needs of people at all stages of life, including kids. Sometimes early intervention is the key to an easier, more effective solution. In this post, we’ll show you that Invisalign for children is now a ‘thing.’ So, let’s get cracking.

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Mouth Guards Should be Mandatory for Sports…Protect Your Teeth

Sports InjuryYou may not realize it but mouth guards are worth their weight in gold. If you think about it, the use of mouth-guards and the reasons for using them isn’t that far removed from orthodontic technology and the principals at Papandreas Orthodontics we employ to create a beautiful and healthy smile for our patients! Read more

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Do Parents Worry if Their Child’s Baby Teeth Aren’t Falling Out?

Losing Baby TeethWhen parents visit Papandreas Orthodontics, it is not uncommon for parents to worry if their child’s baby teeth do not fall out on time. Infants rollover, sit, walk, and talk at different stages of their development. The same is true when your child is losing baby teeth. There are some developmental issues which require professional attention, but in general, what should parents expect when their kids start losing baby teeth? Read more

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Braces and Nail Biting – Does Orthodontics Break the Habit?

Nail biting and bracesSome parents at Papandreas Orthodontics ask if stopping a child’s nail biting habit is another positive effect of orthodontic treatment. Since nail biting can be harmful to braces by breaking brackets and bending wires that delays treatment, Orthodontist Dr. Samuel Papandreas feels that finding ways to curtail the habit is in our patient’s best interest. Read more

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Averting a Plaque Attack…

Gum disease can become a big problem for people as they grow older. Luckily, it doesn’t just happen by accident, and if you know a little about what causes it, you’ll be better able to avoid it in the long run.

As unpleasant as it may be to think about, our mouths aren’t the cleanest places in the world. As food is eaten, the remnants left on teeth form a sticky substance known as plaque, which is full of bacteria. If you brush your teeth and flush regularly, most of this plaque is removed. (A quick word of caution about brushing: be gentle with your gums when you brush, because overly vigorous brushing can actually contribute to gum disease over time!) However, if you aren’t regular with your brushing and flossing, the plaque collects near the gum line and hardens into tartar, the next step on the road to gum disease. If your teeth are crooked or crowded, it may be too difficult to remove the plaque the way you should, and the tartar can develop in hard to reach places despite your best efforts. Regular dental cleanings are very important to remove any tartar that has built up for whatever reason, since brushing and flossing alone can’t take care of it. Read more

Tired of the Gap Between Your Teeth?

We have all heard the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” As many of us know, there is nothing worse than having lost your baby front teeth and waiting (with a big gap in your smile!) for your adult teeth to come in. However, some people find it is just as frustrating to have both of their front teeth, but still have a big gap in between them. Below are some very famous women who display their gap with pride. (Jessica Hart, Natalie Cole, Anna Paquin, and Lauren Hutton.

Famous Woman Displaying Gap Between Teeth

Why does this happen? If you want to find out, go to the nearest mirror. Grab your upper lip between your thumb and forefinger on both sides and pull it up (warning: you may feel a little silly doing this). If you look above your front teeth, exactly in the middle of your gums, you will see a small flap of tissue that connects your gums to the inside of your lip. Believe it or not, this little flap actually has a name—it has called a freneulum (or frenum for short), and it can be the reason you have a gap in your front teeth. Read more

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Handling Out of Town Emergencies…

It is almost that time of year again…summer vacation. We know that we have posted this blog before but we also feel that it serves as a valuable reminder about what to do when you have an orthodontic emergency home or away on vacation. The video contains good information all patients and parents should know.

Everyone at Papandreas Orthodontics hopes you enjoy your summer.