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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...

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Dentist vs. Orthodontist for Braces

It’s not uncommon for both dentists and orthodontists to field patient questions regarding the difference is between our two professions. In fact, many people mistakenly assume that the two are more or less the same, with only a few differences that make them distinctive.      For...

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At What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Although orthodontics are for patients of every age, they tend to be most commonly associated with teenagers in braces -- that old “braceface” stereotype is one that just won’t quit. We rarely consider young children when talking orthodontics, so it can be surprising to learn...

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How to Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

School just started, and that means school sports are about to become a big part of after-school activities! Many of our newer patients dread getting braces at this time of year for fear that they won’t be able to play sports like their peers. At...

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All About Two-Phase Treatment

Once your child has completed their orthodontic evaluation with us here at Shaw Orthodontics, you may hear us mention something called "two-phase treatment." If you've never heard this term before, it can seem a little bit intimidating! It's a lot less complicated than it sounds, however....

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The Top 3 Questions You Should Ask Your Orthodontist

Finding the right orthodontist is a big decision, and knowing the kinds of questions to ask will help you make a well-informed decision. It’s important to us that our patients be well-informed and understand every aspect of their treatment before embarking on their orthodontic journey....

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Orthodontics and Adults

For many people, the first image that comes to mind when thinking of an orthodontic patient is a braces-clad teenager. It’s true that we see quite a few adolescent patients here at Shaw Orthodontics, but that’s certainly not the only demographic visiting our office for...