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Braving Braces: 4 Reasons for Adults to Get Them

January 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 8:33 pm
Woman in white sweater with braces smiling

We tend to associate having braces with our teenage years because that’s when many people get them. Despite this, plenty of grown people have crooked teeth or bite misalignments and need braces, too. Unfortunately, some individuals never get the beautiful smile they deserve because they’re too worried about what others will think or say about their appearance. If you’re longing to straighten your teeth but are feeling self-conscious, keep reading to learn 4 reasons why it’s not too late to achieve your ideal smile!

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4 Important Factors That Affect the Amount You Pay for Orthodontic Treatment

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 9:30 pm
Model teeth with braces of different colors

The orthodontic process is different for everyone, which means the amount you end up paying for your treatment won’t necessarily be the same as that of another patient. Your orthodontist can give you an estimate after examining your mouth, but before then, it’s a good idea to learn more about the factors that can influence the final price. Below is a list of 4 variables that will play a role in determining the cost of your orthodontic treatment.

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Brace Yourself: Tips to Safeguard Your Smile from Orthodontic Emergencies

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 11:00 pm
A young man with braces, fully prepared for orthodontic emergencies

When you first begin your treatment with orthodontics, there may be a bit of discomfort. Your teeth will shift, and there may be a tight sensation as your braces or aligners do their work. Minimal discomfort is normal and you’ll slowly grow accustomed to it. However, pain and irritation caused by broken brackets and difunctional aligners are orthodontic emergencies.

If you want to learn how to prevent these types of emergencies, continue reading.

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Straight from the Screen: Noteworthy Braces of Pop Culture

November 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 12:38 am
Mikey from The Goonies who famously wears braces

Braces have long had a bad rap for being unattractive or “nerdy.” However, pop culture has produced plenty of brace-faced heroes to turn that perception around. Whether they be from popular TV shows or movies, these iconic and beloved characters have stood the test of time and given people who wear braces icons to look up to.

If you want to see the most iconic braces-wearing characters to ever grace the screen, continue reading.

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Accessorize Your Smile: Braces Band Colors That Make Teeth Look Whiter

October 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 11:28 pm
Braces with bright rubber band colors

Have you ever thought about how to accessorize your teeth? Weird question, sure, but with traditional braces, it’s possible. That’s because they use colored rubber bands to help create some tooth movements. While these bands are important for function, they can also be a fun way to make your teeth look better.

For instance, if you want to make your teeth look whiter, selecting the band colors can make all the difference. Continue reading if you want to learn the art of accessorizing your smile with braces.

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Why Have My Teeth Shifted Over Time?

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 10:55 pm
Woman has curious expression

The human body constantly changes as it ages. Though many people may believe that their teeth will stay in place after they are done with braces, the truth is that their teeth will continue to shift positions over time. This can happen due to illnesses, injury, the aging process, or even orthodontic procedures. Here’s why your teeth may have shifted and what your orthodontist can do to address the matter.

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Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats for 2023

September 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 12:11 pm
a lot of Halloween candy

Halloween probably hasn’t been “scary” for you for a very long time, but if you’re a parent, there is one thing that might still send chills up your spine concerning this holiday: your child will almost inevitably be overwhelmed with sweet treats. Halloween presents a particularly risky time for children with braces because so many kinds of candy can easily dislodge brackets or become stuck in wires. So, what are the safest types of candy to eat with braces? A local orthodontist is happy to help by sharing the list below.

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Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose with Braces?

August 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 10:05 pm

Smiling woman with metal bracesBraces aren’t just for children and teens. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, thanks to multiple treatment options. If you’ve invested in metal braces or Invisalign, you’re one step closer to a straight, healthy smile. Don’t be alarmed if your teeth feel a little loose along the way because it’s normal. Wiggling adult teeth can be alarming, but it’s a sign your treatment is working, and here’s why.

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Spark Aligners vs. Braces: Which One is Right for Me?

July 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 4:27 pm
Woman placing clear aligner over her top row of teeth

Having straight teeth does more than give you a beautiful smile. It can actually benefit your oral health, reducing your risk of cavities and correcting your bite. Depending on your specific case and preferences, you might prefer clear aligners over traditional braces, or vice versa. Both are popular orthodontic treatments with their own pros and cons. Read on to find out if Spark Aligners or braces are right for you.

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3 Common Problems You Didn’t Know Orthodontics Could Solve

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 11:38 am
young woman sleeping soundly

Orthodontics has come a long way since you were a child and the only option was bulky metal braces. In addition to there being more treatment variety than ever, advancements in the field now enable orthodontists to do more than just correct noticeably crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. They can address a much wider array of oral and overall health issues, going far beyond giving their patients attractive smiles.

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