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Why do I need top AND bottom braces or Invisalign?

Why do I need top AND bottom braces or Invisalign?

Why do I need top AND bottom braces or Invisalign? That is a frequent question we receive during our free consultations because patients want to know if they have to have orthodontic appliances on both arches. Sometimes a patient will only want to fix a crooked top...

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Why should you wear your rubber bands?

Why should you wear your rubber bands?

Why should you wear your rubber bands? Elastics, or rubber bands, are a critical part of almost every person’s orthodontic treatment. While we can make the top teeth straight and the bottom teeth straight largely without your help, we can’t get the teeth to fit...

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What are “seps,” separators, or spacers?

What are “seps,” separators, or spacers?

We often get asked what "seps," "separators," or "spacers" are because people have heard horror stories from their friends. Separators are little rubber bands that we place between your back molars, usually 1-2 weeks before you start orthodontic treatment with some...

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Can adults get orthodontic treatment?

Can adults get orthodontic treatment?

We frequently get asked whether adults can be treated with braces or Invisalign. The answer… ABSOLUTELY! Believe it or not, over 30% of our patients are adults (non-growing patients). We have a variety of reasons adults want to see us for an evaluation: They have one...

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Se Habla Español

Se Habla Español

Español Me llamo Dr. Best, ¡y hablo español! No soy hispánica, pero empecé a tomar clases del idioma cuando tenía 6 años, y entonces me especialicé en español en Princeton University. Pasé un semestre en Madrid durante la universidad, por eso tuve la oportunidad de...

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What does it mean to get my braces “tightened”?

What does it mean to get my braces “tightened”?

People with braces always seem to talk about how they have an appointment to get their braces “tightened.” So what does that mean?  Initial appointments- Wire changes In order to align your teeth, first we place brackets on your teeth (the little metal squares),...

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“Will my wisdom teeth make my teeth crooked?”

“Will my wisdom teeth make my teeth crooked?”

The short answer: NO! We hear this all the time. An adult will say "My teeth were straight when I had my braces removed as a teenager, but then my wisdom teeth came in and made them crooked." Or we are asked "Will wisdom teeth make my child's teeth crooked if they are...

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What are my food restrictions with braces?

What are my food restrictions with braces?

Right before you get braces, it’s pretty common to go into panic mode worrying about all the foods you aren’t supposed to eat. However, I want to reassure you that while there are some things we recommend avoiding, life as you know it does not get put on hold for 18...

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