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Can I Still Get Cavities While Wearing Invisalign?

January 12, 2024

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Lady thinks something over

Invisalign has allowed many patients to enjoy an orthodontic treatment that doesn’t involve the clearly visible metal parts and dietary requirements that come with traditional braces. The process works by having the patient wear a series of clear aligners that straighten their teeth out over time. While these aligners might seem like a protective shield for your smile, the truth is that you can still get cavities while wearing them. Here’s how cavities can develop while wearing Invisalign, how to prevent that from happening, and what to do if you notice any forming.


5 of Your Invisalign Questions, Answered!

December 22, 2023

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Patient smiling while holding clear aligner

Since Invisalign is a household name, you likely already know a lot about clear aligner treatment – from how discreet the trays are to the fact that you don’t have to alter your diet. But what if you want to learn more about this teeth-straightening service before signing on the dotted line? Well, you’re in the right place! Below, you will find the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign!


Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces: Which Orthodontic Method Is Best for You?

November 10, 2023

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Teen has braces

Orthodontics has allowed millions of people to achieve a healthier, prettier smile by straightening their teeth. While the results can reduce aches and pains, make teeth easier to clean, and allow a patient to chew food more thoroughly, orthodontic treatments involve a significant amount of effort on the part of the patient. While some people might be better off with traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners can be a great choice for others. Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of these orthodontic treatments and a few tips for deciding which is right for you.


How Old is Too Old: Does My Teen Need a New Dentist?

October 10, 2023

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Teen girl with brown hair in yellow dentist chair smiling, winking, and giving a thumbs up

As parents, we take on many roles for the sake of our children, and one of the most important is our duty as caregivers. We’re responsible for the health and development of our kids, including their dental hygiene, until they’re old enough to take it on themselves.

If you have a teenager at home, you’ve watched them grow and change over the years. Now that they’re bigger, you might wonder if it’s time to switch them to a general dentist versus the pediatric one you’ve been taking them to. Keep reading to learn 4 reasons why it’s okay for them to continue seeing their current dentist even if they’re getting older.


Oral Hygiene Guide for Children with Special Needs

September 7, 2023

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mom helping daughter with special needs dentistry

While the importance of brushing twice daily and daily flossing is well-known, children with emotional, behavioral, physical, or intellectual disabilities might face difficulties maintaining these routines. Special needs dentistry can provide valuable support to ensure children with these unique challenges maintain healthy teeth and gums. Keep reading to learn about four tips to help you learn how to keep your child’s smile healthy.


Why a Mouthguard is Essential for Your Child This School Year

August 4, 2023

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Boy holding mouthguard up to his smile

Is your child preparing for the big game? In order to ensure they take their trophy home with a smile, it’s important to protect their pearly whites. The last thing you want is for them to have their spirit dampened by a sports-related injury. Accidents happen, but taking measures to prevent them can reduce both risk and harm. Here’s why a mouthguard is essential for your child this school year.


What to Expect When Getting Braces Removed

July 27, 2023

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A child about to have their braces removed

Since your time with braces is ending, you probably feel excited. That’s only natural – you’ll soon see the straight smile of your dreams! Still, you might be a tad nervous as well. Even as you wait to have your braces removed, you may not know what to expect from that process. Well, never fear – your Long Beach orthodontist can give you a detailed rundown. To that end, here are four things that’ll happen when you get your braces removed.


Can Children Get Invisalign for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

June 13, 2023

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an orthodontist showing a child their digital impression

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment typically consists of traditional appliances and is recommended while children still have some of their temporary teeth. It acts as a pre-treatment to when all of their permanent teeth will emerge as teens, drastically shortening the time that they need to wear braces in middle and high school. In the past, metal brackets and wires were the only option, but today, your child will be able to choose between that or Invisalign First, which utilizes discreet clear aligners. Read on to learn more about how Invisalign First works and whether it would be a good option for your little one.   


Studies Show SDF is as Effective as Dental Sealants

May 26, 2023

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Molar with a cavityDid you know tooth decay is the biggest threat to your little one’s smile? Although cavities are preventable, more than half of children over the age of 6 have had at least one. Decay is the most chronic condition in America. It’s even more common than childhood asthma. Good oral hygiene habits, a healthy diet, and regular dental care can keep dental caries at bay, but is there more you could do to safeguard their smile? Studies have found silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is just as effective as dental sealants when used to protect against decay. 


4 Myths About Children’s Dentistry – Busted!

April 12, 2023

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child at children's dentist with parent

As a parent, you want the best for your child’s health, and their dental health is no exception. However, with so much information out there, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding children’s dentistry that can lead to confusion, so keep reading as we bust four of the most common ones.

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