How Braces Correct Malocclusions

A malocclusion is a misalignment of the bite. Underbites or overbites are common examples. These can impair both the look and function of your smile. Significant malocclusions can cause dental attrition and even increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture. Braces were specifically designed to correct malocclusions. How do they work, exactly? Braces are composed of brackets which are... read more »

What is a Space Maintainer?

You may have heard the term “space maintainer” thrown around in orthodontics, but what is it? This is an orthodontic device designed for children who lose primary teeth prematurely and are waiting for their adult teeth. Premature tooth loss does not refer to when a child loses their primary teeth normally. Rather, this includes teeth that were knocked out in... read more »

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

If two-phase orthodontics was recommended for your child, it’s important to consider it. Two-phase orthodontics is the process of modifying the smile and mouth at a younger age to prepare them for more advanced treatment in the future. There are many benefits to this type of treatment, and our orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, is happy to tell you all about... read more »

A Retainer Needs to Be Cleaned Each Day to Maintain It and Keep It Fresh

A retainer is almost always needed to ensure that teeth remain in their correct position after realignment by braces. This is designed to help hold your teeth in their new location while the lingering tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually abates. The most common form of a retainer is known as a Hawley. This is a removable mouthpiece made from... read more »

Routine Adjustments Are Needed to Fully Correct the Alignment of Your Teeth

The braces hardware installed in your mouth by Dr. Merissa Blais represents a significant investment in correcting the alignment of your teeth. The process requires routine adjustment sessions where your braces are tightened and tune. Each of these appointments will apply progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the socket. These appointments are also a good... read more »

The Fundamentals of Orthodontic Braces

When you think about your oral health, have you ever considered how the curvature of your teeth affect it? If your teeth are crooked or out of shape, your risk for tooth decay and gum disease can increase. For a list of guidelines concerning orthodontic braces, consider this: - Braces can straighten your teeth and make your smile easier to... read more »

Enhance Your Smile With Brace Maintenance

If you are wearing braces or would like to in the future, it is essential to care for them as efficiently as you would care for your teeth. If your braces are neglected, they may fall into disrepair and fail to work effectively. Enhance your smile with brace maintenance. To learn more about cleaning braces, please read the following: -... read more »

Orthodontics: It’s Not Just About Straightening Teeth

Can you believe that you might need to be taught how to breathe properly? In addition, did you know that that if you don’t breathe in the right way, your overall health can be impacted? Did you ever think that your child’s craniofacial development may be poorly influenced by not breathing properly? Who thought that something our bodies do involuntarily... read more »

Your Child Will Need a Retainer After Braces Have Been Removed

Realigning your son or daughter’s teeth with braces required routine adjustments, good oral hygiene habits and taking daily measures to protect the orthodontic hardware from harm. Now that their teeth have achieved the ideal alignment, they can celebrate their new smile, as the braces are removed. Yet it’s also important to help them understand that is not the end of... read more »