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Should You Let Your Teen Get An Oral Piercing?

An increasing number of Burlingame teens are sporting tongue, cheek, and lip piercings. What can you do if your teen wants to get an oral piercing? The team at Burlingame Smile Studio advises parents to give a firm ‘No.’ Some reasons why teens should avoid oral piercings: Excessive drooling Chipped teeth Infection Hypersensitivity to metal

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A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

Many  adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of  teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind. Burlingame Smile Studio serving Northern California can help improve your smile with clear braces. If you are not comfortable with your crooked teeth, we can help! There are new, discrete

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Hybrid Orthodontic Treatment Combining Braces with Clear Aligners: The Best of Both Worlds

Many of our Northern California patients who visit our dental clinic in Burlingame ask about the possibility of wearing clear aligners such as Invisalign® instead of traditional braces to straighten their teeth or fix orthodontic problems.  The answer to this question is: it is possible, but only in some cases. In many other cases, conditions

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ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT VS. MAIL-ORDER ALIGNERS

Mail order braces and DIY tooth aligner kits have become one of the latest trends in online marketing ploys. Videos of people who have presumably managed to bypass professional orthodontic treatment and supposedly saved tons of money by ordering their tooth aligners online are cropping up everywhere. But what these videos never tell you is

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ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT ON THE RISE: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE

Adults in the U.S. and Canada are flocking in record numbers to seek adult orthodontic treatment and repair their smiles as a means to improve their appearance and self-confidence and make a better first impression in professional settings. A recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) tracking orthodontic patients in Canada and

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MALOCCLUSION: WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

Malocclusion is simply a fancy term that describes the condition of having crooked teeth or a “bad bite.” When dental professionals talk about your “bite” they are referring to the way the upper and lower teeth meet and line up. In a normal, healthy bite, the upper teeth will naturally sit slightly forward of the

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BENEFITS OF HYBRID ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT: CLEAR ALIGNER + BRACES

For adult or adolescent patients who have postponed orthodontic treatment because they’ve been told that to correct their orthodontic problems they would require braces, or because treatment with clear aligners such as Invisalign would be too lengthy and expensive, I can proudly say that my office offers another option. Wearing visible, traditional metal braces is

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DENTAL BRACES COST: THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?

Burlingame Smile Studio, under the direction of Dr. April Lee, provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment for Northern California residents near San Francisco, CA. If you’re considering dental braces, below is some useful information about dental braces that can help you determine whether this is the right choice for you. What is the Purpose of Dental Braces?

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AAO PROPOSES SOLUTIONS TO STANDARDIZED QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR MEDICALLY NECESSARY ORTHODONTIC CARE

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought about some of the biggest changes to hit the insurance industry in recent years, and the promise of increased health coverage through insurance plans offered by way of the government’s marketplace at health.gov was exciting upon its initial introduction. It had a particularly profound impact on the world of

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BRUXISM & ORTHODONTICS

Picture: Archive  You have likely heard of bruxism probably not called bruxism and called teeth clenching. The condition occurs when patients clench their teeth together. Bruxism is typically the cause of enamel erosion and is responsible for it in about 10 to 30 percent of the population in the US. Most patients clench and grind

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