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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.


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.


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.


4 Must-Ask Questions for Your First Orthodontic Appointment

April 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 5:31 pm
a patient attending their orthodontic appointment

If you’ve recently decided to pursue a straighter and healthier smile using orthodontic treatment, you might have a lot on your mind. There are many options out there, each with unique benefits, and only by staying well-informed will you have the confidence to commit to a particular treatment and attain the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Here are a few questions you should keep in mind as you head into your first orthodontic appointment so that you can get the answers you need to feel great about straightening your smile!


Reasons to Start Invisalign This Summer

April 3, 2023

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Woman inserting upper Invisalign alignerIf you missed your chance for braces as a teen, or your teeth have moved over time, Invisalign can create the straight smile you desire. You don’t have to worry about any noticeable brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligners provide a discreet treatment. Although it’s never too late to improve your alignment or bite, here are 5 reasons summer is a great time to start your Invisalign treatment.


What Are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?

March 9, 2023

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Choosing the right teeth-straightening method for you or your child can be difficult with so many alternatives on the market. While clear braces are becoming increasingly popular, traditional metal braces still offer many advantages. If you’re considering teeth straightening treatment for you or your little one, read on to discover four reasons why orthodontists may recommend traditional braces as the best option.


Is My Child Ready for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

February 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 5:35 pm
a child with braces visiting their orthodontist

In order to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile later in life, kids often need a little help and guidance—and because of this, braces have become a rite of passage for many children. But since there’s no “best age” for orthodontic treatment, the right time for your child to receive them is going to depend on their individual circumstances combined with what their orthodontist thinks is appropriate. Here’s a closer look at phase 1 orthodontics, which might be exactly what your child needs to set their smile up for the future.


3 Potential Risks of DIY Clear Aligners

December 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 5:29 pm
clear aligner resting in a purple case

Invisalign has become an incredibly popular orthodontic treatment in recent years. It’s capable of producing the same results as traditional braces in less time, more discreetly, and without any dietary restrictions. Given the success it’s had, it’s no surprise that there are imitators—plenty of DIY clear aligner kits claim to offer results comparable to Invisalign from the comfort of your home. However, straightening your teeth with only limited professional supervision carries significant risks. Here are some problems you might encounter from this treatment.


How Do I Know if My Child Needs Braces?

December 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 5:02 pm
portrait of a child wearing braces

To a lot of people, braces represent a very specific time in their life: that awkward phase in middle and high school when they’re still coming into their own. In actuality, however, people can benefit from braces at many ages. Not only are there plenty of adults who could do with straighter teeth, but there are also younger kids that could use early orthodontic intervention. If you have a child, here’s what you should know about when they might need braces.


Is It Okay to Play Sports with Braces?

November 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cordes Orthodontics @ 10:48 pm
Closeup of athlete in football gear

Whether you enjoy playing a casual game of ultimate frisbee with your friends during the summer or are part of a professional team year-round, sports are a great way to stay in shape and build a community. Fortunately, undergoing orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to get in the way! If you are interested in straightening your teeth but would like to do a bit more research before scheduling your appointment, keep reading for the answers from your orthodontist in Westfield to a few of the most frequently asked questions about playing sports with braces.

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