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Orthodontics When You’re Older

Studies have shown that the frequency of malocclusions in adults is similar to what we see in children and teenagers. Perhaps three-quarters of adults have some kind of orthodontic problem – tooth decay or tooth displacement after extraction, for example. A beautiful smile is a sure way to boost self-confidence, and research shows that orthodontic treatment can improve career opportunities and social life. There are also potential health benefits, as misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, setting the stage for tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can

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Who wears teeth retainers, and why?

People who have had their teeth fixed with braces use retainers. They are usually the last part of the orthodontic straightening process and ensure that the teeth stay in their new position. Although some people may believe that orthodontic work is complete when braces come off, wearing retainers for the prescribed amount of time is essential. Not following the guidance of one’s dentist or orthodontist could undo

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Why Do My Braces Hurt?

During the first few days or weeks of wearing braces, your teeth and jawbone will be sore. The inside of your lips can also be very sensitive since they rub on the metal all day. It can be painful and very annoying. Keep in mind that the first few weeks of the braces are the

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What Are the Different Types of Braces?

There are a surprising number of braces options for orthodontic patients. Contact Dr. April Lee, Orthodontist, at Burlingame Smile Studio for more information or to discuss a treatment plan. We serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae. Traditional/Metal Braces Traditional braces involve placing metal brackets (usually stainless steel) over the teeth, which are attached to wires (usually metal alloys). The fibers are held together by small rubber bands.

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How Will Two-Phase Treatment Help My Child?

How Two-Phase Treatment Works The main goal of the first treatment is to allow the normal development of permanent teeth. This often results from jaw growth problems in children who are at high risk of needing jaw surgery later in life. The first part of the treatment is done when the jawbone is very flexible. Once the bones are strong, it is too late to change them through orthodontic procedures and invasive surgery will be required. Common methods of

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Clear Braces for Teens

Some teenagers enjoy wearing metal tooth braces in high school. Braces and wires can be tempting and may take a little more work than some teenagers to manage properly. If the teenager in your life could benefit from a smile but doesn’t want to commit to traditional braces, consider Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign treatment for teens is designed to meet your teen’s social and emotional needs while

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Orthodontic Treatment for Seniors

Conventional thinking says that orthodontic treatment, including braces, is only for teenagers or perhaps young adults. However, the field of dentistry and orthodontics has changed a lot in recent years. Not only that, but people are living longer, and many older people have more disposable income than previous generations. Whether an older person simply wants

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What are the options regarding braces for adults?

Who is suitable for orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatment is an option for most adults with crooked teeth or an uneven bite, as well as children and teenagers. Some of the most common situations in which orthodontic treatment may be considered in adults are: Crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth Deep bite Jaw and/or facial asymmetry The

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How To Choose An Orthodontist

Tips for Finding a Good Orthodontist When choosing an orthodontist for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to know who to consult. Orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and create a beautiful smile is an important aspect of oral health. Its effects can last the rest of your life! Here are our tips

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Teens and Retainer Compliance

Explain the importance of a retainer A retainer is usually prescribed after orthodontic treatment to prevent the teeth from returning to their pre-treatment position. Contact Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio to set up an orthodontic consultation we serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae. Your teen will likely spend years wearing braces or dental

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