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Choosing Between Clear Aligners and Traditional Braces Jun 1st, 2022

Everyone admires a straight smile, but few people are naturally gifted with perfectly straight teeth. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment is an effective solution, and millions of Americans choose orthodontics each year. If you want a straighter smile, you likely have several treatment options to consider. Walied Touni, DDS, MSD, is a board-certified...

How Oral Splints or Mouth Guards Can Treat Your TMJ May 3rd, 2022

Aching pain in your jaw, ears, or face. Clicking, locking, or popping sensations when you chew and talk. Sound familiar? You could have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorders are one of the most common causes of face and jaw pain. These disorders are often triggered by conditions like arthritis...

Do My Impacted Teeth Require Surgery? Apr 3rd, 2022

An impacted tooth is a tooth that gets trapped in your gums. Whether it’s completely or partially impacted, it can have a serious impact on your oral health. Plus, impacted teeth can be very painful. Once a tooth becomes impacted, it almost always requires professional care. Sometimes, eruption aids are all that’s...

How TMJ Can Cause Facial Swelling Mar 6th, 2022

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinging joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It’s essential for chewing, speaking, and smiling — but TMJ pain is common among adults of all ages. If you’re living with jaw pain, you might have a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders affect the bones,...

I Don't Want Traditional Braces — Do I Have Other Options? Feb 9th, 2022

About four million Americans wear orthodontic braces each year. There’s no denying braces are an effective way to achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile — but for many teens and adults, the thought of a mouth full of metal wires and brackets isn’t an appealing one. While braces were...

The Link Between Breathing Difficulties and an Overbite Jan 1st, 2022

Having a normal bite means your side teeth sit together comfortably, and your front top teeth slightly overlap your bottom teeth when your mouth is closed. A normal bite makes biting, chewing, and talking easier, but many people have misalignments that affect the function of their mouths. An overbite occurs...

What Happens If I Ignore My Impacted Teeth? Dec 7th, 2021

Maybe you found out about your impacted tooth after routine X-rays at the dentist. Or maybe you were diagnosed with one after you made an appointment for tooth pain and other bothersome symptoms. No matter how it happened, you know you have an impacted tooth. And now you’re wondering what...

Why an Overbite Should Be Corrected Nov 7th, 2021

Your teeth are designed to fit together comfortably. Your upper and lower jaws align to help you bite, chew, and talk with ease — but having a dental malocclusion, like an overbite, could change the way your mouth works and compromise your oral health. Overbites typically develop as the result...

Understanding the Different Treatments for TMJ Oct 7th, 2021

About 12% of American adults experience chronic jaw pain and restricted motion from a condition known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Your TMJ is the joint that supports your jaw, and it gives you the ability to move your jaw up and down and side to side. You rely on...

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist? Sep 5th, 2021

When you’re a parent, your child’s health is your top priority. Establishing healthy habits early helps set them up for a lifetime of wellness, and you shouldn’t overlook the importance of oral health care in those early years. Your child’s mouth undergoes major changes as they grow. Overcrowding, crooked teeth,...

What to Do About Your Impacted Teeth Aug 1st, 2021

A healthy tooth should fully emerge from your gums. The crown ( or top) of your tooth sits above your gum line, while the root secures it in your jaw below — but this process doesn’t always happen like it should. If you have a tooth that’s partially or completely...

The Dangers of Impacted Teeth Jul 19th, 2021

After you lose your primary (baby) teeth, larger, permanent teeth replace them. Healthy adult teeth fully emerge from your gums to fill out your smile, but sometimes a tooth gets stuck, or impacted. Impacted teeth either emerge partially from your gum or not at all. Any permanent tooth could become...

Are Clear Aligners Right for Your Child? Jun 29th, 2021

Few people are gifted with perfectly straight teeth, but everyone admires a picture-perfect smile. Millions of Americans wear orthodontic braces to straighten teeth and enhance oral health every year, and millions more have had orthodontic treatment in the past. Traditional braces were once the only option to get a straighter...

5 Signs of a TMJ Disorder May 20th, 2021

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinging joint that connects your jaw to your skull. There’s one TMJ on either side of your face, just in front of your ears. The TMJ gives your jaw motion. It helps you chew and speak, but TMJ disorders affect your ability to move...

Treating Your Overbite Goes Far Beyond Your Smile Apr 8th, 2021

What do you see when you look at your smile? Are your front teeth neatly aligned? Or do your upper teeth stick out and cover up the teeth on the bottom? If your top teeth overlap the bottom ones, you could have an overbite: one of the most common types...

Busting These 5 Myths About Traditional Braces Mar 17th, 2021

Many people picture awkward teens with mouths full of metal when they think of traditional braces. Braces have been straightening teeth and improving oral health for decades, but there are still lots of myths surrounding this popular orthodontic treatment. As a board-certified orthodontist, Walied Touni, DDS, MSD, provides top-quality orthodontic...

What Is the Best Age to Begin Orthodontic Treatment? Jan 31st, 2021

Orthodontic braces are a rite of passage during the teen years. Most teenagers get braces between the ages of 10-14, but did you know your child might need orthodontic treatment before all their permanent teeth come in?  It’s true. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Jan 21st, 2021

Everyone admires a picture-perfect smile. But it’s uncommon for teeth to come in perfectly straight, which is why about 4 million Americans wear braces each year. While it’s true that braces improve the appearance of your teeth, the benefits of orthodontic treatment like braces go far beyond aesthetics. Having properly...

5 Benefits of Clear Aligners Dec 7th, 2020

If you need braces for straighter teeth, you may have more options than you realize. Instead of a mouthful of metal brackets and wires, your teen may benefit from a clear aligners orthodontic system. Clear aligners correct a variety of common orthodontic problems without the hassle of traditional braces.  At...