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10 Things to consider when choosing your Orthodontics

Do you need an orthodontic treatment and confuse to select the best orthodontist? Selecting an orthodontist is a very tough task. When you have a referral from your dentist or friend, it is essential to hold some things to have in your mind before you register a meeting. Because straightening teeth will take a long […]

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Halloween Candy and Your Dental Health

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.  Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a […]

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TAD’s

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. How are TADs placed? A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the […]

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Retainer Instructions

Retainer Instructions

• Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise. • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.) • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. […]

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ARE REMOVABLE BRACES SUITABLE FOR KIDS?

Removable braces have several advantages over fixed braces so at Murphy, we’re often asked if removable braces are suitable for children. Children and teens are anxious about anything that makes them stand out, such as crooked, twisted or gappy teeth. Ironically, some traditional, fixed braces – complete with metal brackets – are so noticeable they can make your child feel […]

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Soft Foods for Kids With Braces

Braces, which help to realign teeth or the jaw area, consist of bands, wires, and brackets that hold a child’s teeth in place. After your child receives new braces, her mouth may be in pain; eating soft foods is advisable for the first 24 to 48 hours, and then each time adjustments occur, according to the Center for Young Women’s Health. […]

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Technology

Orthodontics is an evolving science with frequent developments in techniques, technology, and treatments. At Murphy Orthodontics, we ensure that our patients receive the most advanced orthodontic care available.Dr. Amal is using the latest innovative techniques and materials, such as: In-Ovation System Braces Traditional braces use elastics and ties. This puts pressure and friction on your […]

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Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw alignment is an important part of oral health. When the jaw is out of alignment, it can negatively affect the bite, as well as the function of the mouth. Some misaligned jaws are so problematic; they cause abnormal wear on the teeth and other secondary symptoms, such as headaches. Also known as orthognathic surgery, […]

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Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Here’s why: Orthodontic treatment is primarily used to prevent and correct “bite” irregularities. Several factors may contribute to such irregularities, including genetic factors, the early loss of primary (baby) teeth, and damaging oral habits (such […]

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Emergency Orthodontic Care

Emergency Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic emergencies can occur at any time during treatment and often pertain to complications with appliances. An orthodontic emergency is any circumstance that causes pain, threatens a patient’s health, or interferes with the course of orthodontic treatment. An emergency orthodontist can offer immediate assistance for emergencies, some of which include: broken wires loosened bands oral […]

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Retention

It’s exciting to finally get your braces off and move into the retainer stage. The object of the retention is to keep the teeth in their treated position after the braces are removed long enough for the body to adjust to the new dental environment. Once that physiological adjustment is made, the dentition is not […]

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Clear Correct

Clear Correct

Braces are the standard for orthodontic correction, but few adults want to wear a mouthful of metal for a year or more while teeth are moved into better alignment. Clear Correct addresses this problem by offering a discreet alternative to metal braces. With Clear Correct treatment, there are no brackets and wires. Instead, you’ll receive […]

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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry is a branch of dentistry about dysfunctions and disorders of the temporomandibular joint and supporting tissues. It is typically used to treat TMJ disorders in ways that address underlying problems rather than symptoms. By treating TMJ disorders at the source, neuromuscular dentistry can indirectly provide relief for problems like jaw popping, tinnitus, jaw […]

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Adult Treatment

Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, and many achieve straightened, well-aligned teeth after undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child. But for adults who do not have the privilege of having straight teeth, orthodontics are still an option. There is no such thing as being too old for orthodontic treatment. More adults than […]

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Jaw Surgery

Jaw alignment is an important part of oral health. When the jaw is out of alignment, it can negatively affect the bite, as well as the function of the mouth. Some misaligned jaws are so problematic; they cause abnormal wear on the teeth and other secondary symptoms, such as headaches. Also known as orthognathic surgery, jaw alignment […]

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Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles® is an innovative alternative to traditional braces. Metal braces have long been the standard in orthodontics, often used during childhood and early teen years to correct problems with overcrowding, bite, and alignment. But adults and older teens may avoid highly visible braces despite their desire for straighter and more cosmetically appealing teeth. Thanks to Six Month […]

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Orthodontic treatment

aWhat is orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth Why should I have orthodontic […]

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Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. They help your child eat and talk. Strong oral care helps set good dental habits as your child grows. Poor oral care can lead to infection, disease, or other teeth problems. Help make dental hygiene fun with these tips. Let children help choose their toothbrushes. They can pick […]

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Invisalign Teen

What is an Invisalign teen? Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with traditional braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a […]

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Common Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic problems can affect both children and adults — even those who wore braces when they were young. That’s because teeth are more mobile than you might think. In fact, teeth move very gradually all the time in response to the normal forces of biting and chewing. But the teeth can also be pushed out […]

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YOU’LL NEED THESE EXPERT TIPS FOR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH WITH BRACES

You have braces and can’t wait to see your new smile. But, if you want impressive results, you must take care of your teeth and braces. This means brushing properly and following the advice of experts who know how to help you achieve a great mouth. When you have braces, brushing your teeth is more difficult and can take […]

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When should your child see an orthodontist?

One of the questions we’re often asked by parents and guardians is ‘when should my child see an orthodontist’. Braces are often associated with teens so you might be surprised to hear that children as young as seven can benefit from early orthodontic treatment. That’s not to say that every seven-year-old should automatically see an orthodontist, […]

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Emergency Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic emergencies can occur at any time during treatment and often pertain to complications with appliances. An orthodontic emergency is any circumstance that causes pain, threatens a patient’s health, or interferes with the course of orthodontic treatment. An emergency orthodontist can offer immediate assistance for emergencies, some of which include: broken wires loosened bands oral […]

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What is an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of crooked or misaligned teeth. Contrary to popular belief, this branch of dentistry is not merely about the cosmetic appearance of patient smiles, but also about their oral health. Patients who visit an orthodontist for treatment often find it easier to brush their teeth and […]

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Type of Appliances

Type of Appliances

Orthodontists primarily treat patients who need help correcting certain maxillofacial problems, such as misaligned teeth, malocclusion, or too much space between the teeth. Treating these conditions requires the assistance of orthodontic appliances, of which there are many. Orthodontic appliances come in many variations – some being fixed and some being removable. They serve various purposes, […]

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Orthodontic Post-Op Instructions

The process of placing an orthodontic appliance is non-surgical, but it does require special post-procedural instructions to minimize patient discomfort and protect each patient’s appliance from damage. Failure to follow these instructions can prolong treatment, make treatment more costly, or even result in a dental or orthodontic emergency. Did you know… that it is normal […]

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Orthodontic Preventive Care

The field of orthodontics spans beyond corrective treatments. It also includes preventive care, which is used to prevent the development of a bad bite or crooked and overcrowded teeth. Some children who undergo preventive treatments can avoid the need for far more invasive treatments later in life. By the time preventive orthodontic treatments are complete, […]

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Invisalign

What is Invisalign? Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, customized removable aligners. As you replace each aligner every week to two weeks, your teeth will move gradually towards the desired final position. Did you know… wearing Invisalign is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only […]

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Types of Braces

In-Ovation R In-Ovation R is a revolutionary new system of braces that is not only faster for your orthodontist to use, it also can significantly shorten treatment time. It’s great-looking and smaller for greater comfort. Plus, it offers better hygiene than conventional braces. In-Ovation C GAC In-Ovation C utilizes an interactive self-ligating bracket system to […]

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When is the Best Time to Consult an Orthodontist

Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to bring the teeth and jaws into their ideal position for optimal oral health. It is very common for children and young teens to visit orthodontists to monitor or correct complications with emerging permanent teeth. Though a child may visit the orthodontist at any time, the elementary years serve […]

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