5 Surprising Things People Notice When Braces Come Off

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Every teen with braces keeps their eye on the prize – braces-free teeth forever once this journey is over. However, you have had brackets and wires for so long you’ll forget what it feels like to not wear braces. Just like the adjustment period you had when all that metal first went on your teeth, it could take a few weeks to adjust to life without all that extra stuff in your mouth. There are some things that happen when the braces come off that might be unexpected. Not bad, just… aftereffects that never crossed your mind. We’re sure you can handle it.

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5 Reasons Invisalign Teen Boosts Self-Esteem

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Parents and kids approach orthodontics in different ways, with the former considering the big picture and the latter experiencing the overall daily angst of wearing braces. Orthodontics make a huge impact on teenage self-esteem, and investing in the nearly invisible Invisalign Teen can help tweens and teens embrace their braces journey and feel good about themselves from start to finish.

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Can You Get Braces Off Sooner Than Expected?

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Your orthodontist always provides a window of time indicating how long they expect your orthodontic treatment to last – and they’re usually right about it. Some patients are pleasantly surprised to discover, though, that their estimated treatment is suddenly shortened by several months. How does this happen? And how can it be a reality for you or your child? Here are some of the factors that affect how long braces stay on teeth – and what might get braces off sooner than expected.

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4 Ways to Avoid Cavities While Wearing Braces

Cavities are a headache no matter when or where they occur. If you are wearing braces and develop tooth decay, tending to this problem becomes a little more complex but not unfixable. Here are some facts about cavities and braces to keep in mind whether you are preparing for orthodontic treatment or right in the middle of it.

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4 Ways to Motivate Your Teen to Take Care of Their Braces

Teens have their own ideas about how to do everything, including taking care of their braces. In fact, tending to their teeth may not be a priority at all, but it is a parent’s job to encourage teens to prioritize their oral health. When the teen braces go on, set clear expectations about daily responsibilities right from the start and reinforce them throughout treatment, along with the following motivators.

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Braces for Teens Stage-by-Stage

Most teens wear their braces for 18 months. The orthodontist carefully plans out how treatment will progress during this year and a half and will adjust as necessary along the way. There are different stages of alignment though, and knowing what’s coming up and what has already been achieved can make the entire process of braces for teens go faster and feel like quite an accomplishment.

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6 Problems Invisalign (Usually) Cannot Fix

Invisalign cannot fix Soleil OrthodonticsIf you have your heart set on Invisalign treatment to correct problems with the alignment of your teeth, be aware of circumstances that impact whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. While many orthodontic patients can select from Invisalign or conventional braces, there are some who are limited in what’s available to fix misalignment. If you’re determined to wear clear aligners, the following complications could impact whether this treatment is right for you. 

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What Is Orthodontic Extrusion?

orthodontic extrusion soleil orthodontics woodinvillePeople who wear braces sometimes need their teeth turned or rotated. After all, brackets and wires are not only designed to straighten teeth or close gaps. Your orthodontist may even need to extrude a tooth or two to achieve ideal alignment. What does that mean? If you don’t know, you’re in the majority. “Extrusion” isn’t all that common for someone who is new to the world of orthodontia.

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What Happens After a Palatal Expander?

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