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How Do Bite Turbos Work?

How Do Bite Turbos Work?

Contrary to popular belief, braces cannot always straighten teeth on their own and they can sometimes substitute a problem with another. Bite turbos are typically used with braces and attached directly to the teeth to prevent the wearer from biting down completely once installed.

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What Are Bonded Lingual Retainers?

What Are Bonded Lingual Retainers?

Retainers come with their own set of problems, though: they’re unwieldy, unsightly, and prone to interfere with speech. As for removable retainers, they can be lost, broken, or forgotten. A great option for patients looking for a simple yet durable solution to tooth movement is permanent or bonded lingual retainers, which we offer here at Patuxent Orthodontics.

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What Is Invisalign® Express and How Does It Differ from Invisalign and SPARK Aligners?

What Is Invisalign® Express and How Does It Differ from Invisalign and SPARK Aligners?

Unlike visible brackets and wires, the Invisalign system uses transparent, hard plastic trays called aligners to gradually reposition your teeth. Depending on the severity of your teeth’s original condition, you’ll wear the aligners for 12 to 18 months. However, what should you do if your teeth’s condition is relatively mild? Find out what Invisalign® Express is and how it differs from Invisalign and SPARK Aligners.

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Can You Sleep With Wax On Your Braces?

Can You Sleep With Wax On Your Braces?

As a side sleeper, it’s unpleasant to have the braces pressing against your cheeks when your head is on the pillow. This dilemma can easily be solved through dental wax, an inexpensive, easy-to-use solution. With this temporary application, the braces are covered, decreasing the friction that causes irritation while sleeping with braces.

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What Is the Best Age To Get Braces?

What Is the Best Age To Get Braces?

Patients of any age can benefit from braces and their alternative treatments. Having your teeth straightened and aligned not only boosts your confidence but also contributes to your overall health. Maintaining good oral hygiene and eating can be easier when teeth are corrected. In addition, gum disease and other problems can be drastically reduced when your teeth are easier to clean. So, when is the right time to get braces?

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Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth?

Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth?

The vaping process works by converting e-liquid into an aerosol that can be inhaled through battery-operated heating components. Smoking e-cigarettes, which contain chemicals, flavoring, and sometimes nicotine, has been linked to respiratory issues and cancer. E-cigarettes are also linked to oral health problems, including staining teeth, weakened gums, and tooth decay. Discover how vaping impacts your overall health and how to maintain a healthy smile if vaping is your new nicotine habit!

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My Teeth are Stained Yellow: What to Do?

My Teeth are Stained Yellow: What to Do?

As your teeth adjust to their desired position after having your braces removed, a retainer stabilizes them. Once braces are removed, teeth have an uncanny tendency to return to their original positions due to their solid long-term memory. In the absence of braces, retainers act as temporary support for the bones and ligaments until they adjust to their new positions. Your teeth and bite will regress if you don’t wear your retainer as directed, rendering your previous orthodontic treatment ineffective. Let’s talk about what happens if your retainer is worn improperly!

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