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7 Facts You Never Knew About Orthodontics (FUN READ)

Orthodontics…Did you know that the field of orthodontics is the very first recognized specialty within the dental profession? The need for straightening crooked teeth with orthodontic treatment has been around for centuries. Fortunately, the methods to achieve this have never been more effective and available, thanks to modern advancements within the orthodontic profession. Here are some additional facts you never knew about orthodontics. Let’s get investigating.

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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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5 Things That Make a Pediatric Orthodontist | SPECIAL LIST

When it comes to orthodontists, these experts go through rigorous training in order to be able to work with their patients. Not only are they able to handle a range of orthodontic treatment, but they also work with pediatric patients. This allows them to correct misalignment and malocclusion issues that might have become a problem for those seeking their help. The great thing about choosing this type of professional is that they are fully trained and experienced when they are looking to work with their clients. In this post, we’re going to show you 5 things that make a pediatric orthodontist. Let’s get cracking.

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How to Win With Invisalign Treatment (2020)

What is Invisalign treatment and How Does It Work? The luck of the genetic draw means that sometimes you may have less than straight teeth. Or you might have an overbite, with the top front teeth coming down too far over the lower front teeth. Modern orthodontics and dental advances, however, now mean that you aren’t stuck with what Nature put in your gift bag.

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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.