Common Orthodontic Emergencies

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur Murphy Orthodontics is here to help you anytime. Most problems with orthodontic appliances that occur for both adults and children can be managed using the kit that Murphy Orthodontics provides for you at the appointment where you receive your orthodontic appliance. Common Orthodontic Emergencies: When […]

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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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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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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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Children and Orthodontics

Do braces hurt? “Hurt” may be too strong of a word. But your child may have some discomfort when braces are first put on, when they are adjusted, or when you start using a new appliance, such as rubber bands or a headgear.Any pain or discomfort can be relieved by taking acetaminophen (Tylenol). Also, if […]

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