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Need Help Getting Used to Braces? Follow These Tips for You or Your Child!

“My teeth hurt!” You may have heard this phrase recently, or something similar. No parent likes to see their child hurting, but with new braces there is bound to be some discomfort for a while. Additionally, sore cheeks, lips and even tongue can occur while your child is getting used to braces. There is also…

A woman wearing braces after using spaces to prepare for orthodontic treatment

What Are Spacers for Braces and How Do They Help?

Embarking on the journey to a perfect smile with braces often begins with a crucial but little-known step: the use of spacers. So, what are spacers for braces? These small devices are key to preparing your mouth for braces, ensuring there’s enough room for the bands that play a critical role in the treatment. Spacers…

Little girl brushing her teeth

The Importance of Primary Teeth & Early Orthodontic Treatment for Oral Development

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But did you know this applies to orthodontic treatment too. While braces are seen as a way to adjust your permanent teeth into their ideal position, early orthodontic treatment can prevent problems from occurring in the first place! This form of treatment, referred to as early interceptive…

A woman holding her clear aligners like those available from Dr. Andy

SmileDirectClub Shutdown – How Dr. Andy Can Help You Stay on Course for Orthodontic Treatment

The recent announcement about the shutdown of SmileDirectClub, a popular mail-order clear aligners company, is a major concern for anyone who was in the middle of their treatment. The company’s closure means all their previous customers will no longer receive scheduled aligners. This interruption can have serious consequences on your orthodontic journey, either stalling your…