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Can Mewing Change Your Face Shape?

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Mewing is a method of retraining your tongue that’s popular online. The idea is you can change your facial structure and straighten your teeth by flattening your tongue against the roof of your mouth. But there’s little evidence to back it up, and it won’t replace surgery or orthodontic work.  Research on Mewing Mewing has …

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Can You Chew Gum With a Retainer?

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People chew gum for all sorts of reasons. Some want to reduce bad breath, while others find that it simply helps relieve boredom. Sugar-free gum can even have some oral health benefits!  However, when you start wearing a retainer after ending orthodontic treatment, you may need to think twice before unwrapping a stick of your …

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5 Problems With Mail-Order Clear Aligners

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Direct-to-consumer products are everywhere these days. In some cases, it can be beneficial to bypass the middleman and buy the products you want right from the comfort of your home. In other cases, that efficiency and convenience can come with some pretty significant drawbacks. Orthodontic devices, like clear aligners, are one of those things that …

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Do Braces Take Longer for Adults?

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No matter how old you are, you can feel confident knowing that advancements in orthodontic treatment have reduced the amount of time it will take to straighten your smile. That said, adults generally wear braces longer than children because their teeth do not move quite as easily. Keep in mind that it is possible for …

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3 Reasons to Floss Your Teeth Daily

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We all know that a good dental hygiene routine includes flossing. However, that doesn’t mean we all do it. In fact, numerous studies have shown that less than half of Americans clean between their teeth every day, and many never reach for those wax-coated nylon strands at all!  With National Flossing Day around the corner, …

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4 Dental Rules for a Healthy Halloween

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Indulging in sweet treats can have some ill effects on your smile. If you or your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment, the risks of candies and snacks are downright spooky.  Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy Halloween while protecting your teeth and gums. Here are four tips from experienced orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman at Advanced …

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Can Athletes Have Braces?

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Many people start their smile straightening journeys while they’re in school. Since sports are a popular extracurricular activity, you may wonder how your orthodontic treatment will impact your game. The good news is that braces don’t have to sideline you while they align your teeth. With a few simple precautions, athletes can keep playing their …

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Tips for Traveling with Braces

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Braces don’t have to get between you and a fun summer trip. However, they do require a bit of planning and special care. Here are some of our top tips for traveling with braces. Make Time for a Checkup You don’t want to deal with a scratchy wire or a loose bracket on vacation. Get …

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