Do You Know the Importance of Keeping Your Braces Clean?

Do you know the importance of keeping your braces clean? If you are looking to improve your oral health while wearing braces, it is important to continue practicing safe and effective oral hygiene habits throughout your treatment. Caring for your braces is also pivotal in ensuring they can continue doing their job effectively. For a basic rundown of potential options,... read more »

Braces Can Improve Alignment Issues Not Addressed in Youth

Sometimes minor alignment issues in youth can go ignored for financial reasons, or simply because the perceived misalignment was only minor. Unfortunately, as you age this can cause two or more teeth in your dentition to meet at unnatural angles, leading to excess wear and tear or fractures on the tooth enamel. When this happens, the damaged tooth enamel can... read more »

Invisalign® Can Help You Reach a Straighter, Healthier Smile

For those who have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, gaining a straight, beautiful, healthy smile doesn’t have to be a big hassle. With Invisalign® in Scarsdale, New York, you’ll know what to expect during the entire treatment. To begin the Invisalign process, have a consultation with Dr. Merissa Blais and discuss your needs and goals. Our orthodontist will evaluate... read more »

The Malocclusion Quiz

A malocclusion is a commonly used term to describe bad bites and misalignment issues within your mouth and jaw. These bad bites can be caused by a variety of issues, and cause a variety of different defects. Orthodontic treatments are often needed to correct malocclusions. For more information about malocclusions, take the following quiz: Which of the following malocclusions affects... read more »

Canker Sore Relief

Canker sores can occur in the mouth anytime, but they often show up when you are first wearing braces. They are white or yellow ulcers surrounded by a red border. They crop up as the soft oral tissues in your mouth may be irritated for one to two weeks while they adjust to the braces in your mouth. Dr. Merissa... read more »

Avoid These Habits if You Want a Top-Notch Orthodontic Appliance

If you want a perfect smile after your orthodontic treatment, then you need to do all you can to take good care of your braces. In order to keep your appliance in tip-top shape, you need to do certain things, like avoid appliance-harming habits. Some of those habits are: -Forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse: Oral hygiene is vital for... read more »

The Benefits and Advantages of Invisalign® Braces

Do you need braces? Have you been wondering what kind of braces is best for you? There are a number of different types of braces available, but one of the most popular types is Invisalign® clear plastic braces. They offer a lot of advantages over traditional metal braces, but they are not for every situation. Where Invisalign braces really shine... read more »

Innovative Braces Make Your Life Easier

Braces. They are one of the most common dental treatments given to people of all ages these days. These treatments can have a profound effect on the lives of the people who receive them. Dental braces are such a common treatment because of the wide variety of oral problems they fix. From teeth misalignment to over and underbites, it can... read more »

A Retainer Will Be Needed After Your Braces Have Been Removed

Your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, to reposition your teeth. To do this, she applied progressive tension to the hardware at your routine adjustment sessions. This effectively stretched the periodontal ligaments that anchor each one of your teeth in its specific socket. Once your teeth have attained their ideal alignment, Dr. Merissa Blais... read more »

Routine Adjustments Are an Important Part of the Realignment Process

The metal braces that your orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, installed onto your smile are designed to realign your teeth for a more functional mouth and appealing smile. To do this, your orthodontist will need to apply progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into each socket. This requires you to regularly attend your adjustment sessions every... read more »