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Why Age 7 is the Right Time for an Orthodontic Exam

You would think kids only look forward to getting their braces off. But some look forward to getting them on! It could be the cool factor with friends at school now wearing them. Maybe it’s the fun of choosing different color bands. Whatever it is, the fact that braces have gone from geek to chic […]

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Do You Need Orthodontic Braces?

Wearing braces on your teeth is something like a rite of passage. But not everybody NEEDS braces. Your dentist may refer you or your child to an orthodontist for the following reasons. When you or your child experience: Early or late loss of baby teeth A finger sucking or other oral health habit Difficulty in […]

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Tips for Dining with Braces

Dr. Ron Maddox, a practicing orthodontist at Crossroads Dental Group, a Smile Generation-approved office in Upland, CA shares some tips for enjoying that Thanksgiving meal, when you have braces.   Be sure to cut the meat off of the turkey leg!  It maybe tempting to chomp into that great big delicious leg of dark turkey […]

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Can I Wear My Old Retainer?

Let’s say it mal-uh-kloo-zhun. That’s  malocclusion – it’s the word that dentists use to describe the misalignment of teeth. When your dentist notices this, they recommend you see an orthodontist, who will then determine if you need braces or another orthodontic treatment to correct your bite. Our blog receives many questions about braces, retainers and […]

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Ask an Orthodontist: Can I Wear A Retainer While Playing Sports?

The Smile Generation connects you with great dentists and orthodontists, like our regular “Ask an Orthodontist” contributor, Dr. Ron Maddox. This week’s question comes from Laura Chavarria, who asked:” I just got my braces removed and am now wearing plastic retainers. I just wanted to know if it was okay to wear my retainer during sports […]

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Ask an Orthodontist: Wearing An Old Retainer

Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices that hold teeth in position after braces or any method of realigning teeth. This week, Dr. Ron Maddox, an orthodontist at Smile Generation-approved office Crossroads Dental Group in Upland, CA, answers a question about retainers. Sean O sent us the following message: “Hello just seeking some advice here. So I […]

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Early Orthodontic Evaluation

An early childhood orthodontic evaluation can yield excellent results. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children get a check-up with a n orthodontist by age 7. Here is a question and answer feature from Dear Doctor magazine. Q. Dear Doctor, My son is only 7 years old and I can already see that […]

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Orthodontists See Adult Patients Too

Years ago, it would be difficult to find an adult with braces. In the past, braces were something for privileged children. In today’s world, the lower costs and higher emphasis placed on looks has inspired more adults to seek the help of an orthodontist. Traditionally, people wore braces for about two years. Today, an orthodontist […]

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Ask an Orthodontist: Should I wear my retainer?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty and practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth. Think braces and retainers. One of the most common questions we get is: “Do I really have to wear my retainer?”. Answer below! Dr. Sergio Ferreira is a Smile Generation®-trusted orthodontist at River Lakes Dental Group and Orthodontics. Dr. Ferreira has been […]

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