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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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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What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Also known as corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery corrects certain bite problems and crooked teeth, if those issues are caused by underlying jaw misalignment. Dr. Robert Rudman may recommend jaw surgery before or after you wear braces, if there are certain underlying issues related to bone structure. Once the jaw bones are resituated, the teeth …

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What Causes a Bad Bite?

A bad bite – what orthodontists call “malocclusion” – is an assessment of the way the upper and lower teeth come together. When they overlap inharmoniously, then the orthodontist considers that a bad bite. There are many possible causes, including congenital conditions of the jaws, genetics, injury, thumb-sucking and other developmental problems, and more. Malocclusion …

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