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Can I Make It Easier to Remove My Aligners?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 7:55 pm
Person removes Invisalign clear aligners

While everyone wants a beautifully straight smile, many people are hesitant about orthodontics because of the dietary restrictions and the irremovable metal parts that come with traditional metal braces. Thankfully, Invisalign has allowed many patients to straighten out their smiles using removable and virtually invisible clear aligners. However, it can take some time to get the hang of removing these dental trays comfortably. Here’s a brief list of ways to make removing your clear aligners a breeze.


4 Spark Clear Aligner Questions, Answered!

February 22, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 1:19 pm
Orthodontist showing smiling patient image on tablet

Whether you’ve wanted to straighten your teeth for years now or you only recently started looking into your orthodontic treatment options, it’s only natural to want to know as much as possible about the teeth-straightening process and life with braces beforehand. Fortunately, you can learn the answers to four popular questions about Spark Clear Aligners right here!


Toothy Tunes: 3 Tips to Play Your Instrument with Braces

January 22, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 6:40 pm
Girl in black hat playing clarinet

Though you know they’re necessary to straighten your smile, having braces can impact your life in unexpected ways. You’ll have new dietary restrictions to be aware of and will have to discover how to brush your teeth around the wires and brackets, for example.

For those who play musical instruments that involve their mouths, however, there are some additional challenges to contend with. Many patients worry that they’ll have to give up their art to perfect their smiles as a result. Fortunately, that’s not the case! Continue reading to learn 3 tips to successfully play your instrument with braces!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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