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Oral Hygiene And Your Braces

As an orthodontic patient, you play a key part in the success of your treatment. A beautifully aligned smile and improved oral health at the end of the orthodontic process is the result of a team effort that includes you, the team here at Shaw...

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What is TMD And How Can It Be Treated?

It’s amazing the effect misalignment of your jaw and teeth can have on the rest of your body. From headaches to neck pain to ringing ears, when something is off with your alignment, it can lead to a whole host of issues. If you know...

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Different Types of Malocclusions

Malocclusion is kind of a funny word and one that you probably aren’t familiar with unless you’re in the habit of hanging around a bunch of orthodontists! It’s the technical term for a misalignment of the teeth and bite, and it’s something that we see...

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What Is a Waterpik and How Does it Work?

Good dental hygiene is always important, but it is especially critical when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Without it, plaque and food can accumulate around your braces, forming bacteria and leading to unsightly white marks, cavities, or even gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly is...

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Regular Toothbrush Vs Electric Toothbrush for Braces

Whether we like oranges better than grapefruits, tacos better than burritos, or manual toothbrushes better than electric ones— life is all a matter of preference. Have you taken a walk down the toothbrush aisle lately? There is sensitive toothpaste, whitening toothpaste, alcohol or alcohol-free mouthwash,...

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Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishing a successful DIY project. Whether you have refinished your floors, painted your house, or built you own bookshelf, DIY projects tap into our desire to use our own hands, and of course do it all with...

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Braces and Gingivitis

Here at Shaw Orthodontics, we want every part of your treatment process to go as smoothly as possible.  Be aware, though, that patients wearing braces have a greater tendency to collect food and plaque on their teeth. If plaque isn’t removed daily through an effective...

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Orthodontic Emergencies

Dr. Shaw and his orthodontic team take your comfort very seriously.  Although true orthodontic emergencies are rare, you may encounter a problem with your appliance that causes mild to severe pain.  Most problems can be resolved at home giving you immediate relief and eliminating extra trips to the...

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Braces vs. Invisalign

If orthodontic treatment is just over the horizon for you or your child, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. What treatments are available? Which would be most effective for your particular case? Which one is the most affordable? What is the difference...