Is My Child Ready for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

August 1, 2023

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a child visiting their orthodontist

If your child’s dentist has recently informed you that they need to see an orthodontist, you might have a lot of questions on your mind—especially if it feels like it’s a little too early for your child to receive braces. However, some kids benefit from early orthodontic treatment, as it sets up their smiles for fewer future problems, or even allows them to skip wearing braces entirely if luck is on their side. Here’s what you need to know about phase 1 orthodontics and some of the reasons for these treatments being necessary so that you and your little one can head into the process with incredible confidence!


The Top 4 Braces Moments in Pop Culture

July 26, 2023

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A child getting braces from their dentist

If your child needs braces, they might not be happy about the situation. Perhaps they think wearing brackets and wires will make them “different” in a bad way. However, you can always remind them about the braces moments in pop culture. Many famous and liked characters have had orthodontics over the years. In fact, your Flower Mound dentist knows a few you could reference. To that end, here are the top four moments for braces in pop culture.


4 Helpful Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

June 6, 2023

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person with braces smiling

Emergencies can arise unexpectedly and often at the most inconvenient times. Among the most significant inconveniences for individuals with braces are orthodontic emergencies. These can range from broken wires or brackets to lost retainers or painful mouth sores, potentially jeopardizing your smile. However, with some awareness and preparation, these situations can be easily avoided. Here are four valuable tips to prevent orthodontic emergencies and ensure your treatment progresses smoothly.


Debunking Common Myths About Dental Sedation

May 3, 2023

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young patient under dental sedation

Dental fear or anxiety refers to the distressing or uneasy emotions triggered by dental tools, sounds, or the dental office environment. Surprisingly, around 36% of Americans experience fear when it comes to dental treatments, making it challenging for them to access the necessary care for maintaining good oral health. Thankfully, dental sedation offers a solution for both fearful patients and those who struggle with spending prolonged periods in the dental chair. However, there is a considerable amount of misinformation surrounding this dental practice. Continue reading as we dispel three common myths about dental sedation.


Questions for Your Child’s Orthodontic Appointment

April 4, 2023

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teen with braces sitting in a dental chair

Dentistry can be a little bit intimidating for kids, and orthodontics is even more so. Whether your child is on the young side or well into their teens, you will probably have to help them get to know their orthodontist and find the right specialist just for them.

Your first orthodontic consultation is the beginning of a years-long relationship with a dental professional, so you should take the time to really get to know them. If you’re wondering how to do that, here are some questions you may want to ask.


A Brief History of Pediatric Dentistry

March 6, 2023

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child talking to a pediatric dentist

Dentistry is a lot older than people realize. While many modern dental techniques are fairly recent, there are archaeological records of some dentistry being done as far back as 5000 B.C.!

However, when you look at pediatric dentistry as a specialty, its origin is significantly more recent than that, beginning as late as the 20th century. If you’re curious about the history of the field, here’s a brief summary of how it came to be.


3 Tips to Get Through the First Few Days with Braces

February 7, 2023

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Portrait of someone with braces smiling

Getting braces is a big life change for people of any age; it can be intimidating, but it’s also the best way to get a smile that you can be proud of. When you first get them put on, however, they can be pretty uncomfortable.

Just about every patient struggles with the first week or so of having braces. Here are a few tips to help you get through the first few days of orthodontic treatment.


3 Reasons Why Your Teen Should See a Pediatric Dentist

January 20, 2023

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a teenager smiling while visiting their pediatric dentist

Many things change as your little one enters their teenage years. They want to hang out with their friends more and desire a lot more freedom. One thing they also may want to change is going to their pediatric dentist. While they will eventually change dental offices, continuing to see their pediatric dentist until they are 18 years old is best for their oral health. Read on to learn three reasons why.


Can My Child Get Gum Disease?

January 9, 2023

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Portrait of a smiling child

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions there is; it’s estimated that around 50% of people over 30 in the U.S. suffer from it to some extent. That applies to adults, but what about children?

Let’s face it; children aren’t usually known for their immaculate oral health. But could that potentially put them at risk for gum disease? If you want to know a little more about gum disease in children, here’s a guide that can give you a little more information.


Why Your Child May Benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontics

December 20, 2022

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child sitting in dental chair smiling and giving thumbs up

Many people get braces during adolescence to correct problems with their bite or alignment issues. They are considered a rite of passage for many and can give them straighter, more uniform smiles that helped them feel more confident in their pearly whites. If you are the parent of a child who has orthodontic issues, it can be difficult to know when they’re old enough to begin treatment. That’s where phase one orthodontics comes in. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment, the problems it can correct, and if your child is a good candidate for it.

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