girl using water flosser for braces
June 27, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 essential, and is one of the easiest ways to avoid Read More

Dr. Shaw talking with a patient
June 1, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

Periodontal Diseases and How They Can Affect Overall Health

You’ve heard that poor oral health can lead to cavities and gingivitis, but did you know that health issues in other parts of your body can stem from gum disease caused by poor oral care? Dozens of studies show the negative effects of periodontal disease (aka gum disease) on the body and its link to Read More

Woman with braces
April 26, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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, manual or electric toothbrushes— you may be overwhelmed by the Read More

teen girl smiling over shoulder wearing traditional metal braces
March 30, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 little or no expense.  Nowadays, there is a Pinterest or Read More

girl with braces getting teeth looked at by orthodontist
February 5, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 dental hygiene routine, it can build up into an invisible, Read More

Dr. Shaw talking with a patient
January 17, 2018 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 office.  However, you may have a true orthodontic (or dental) Read More

girl smiling in ortho chair Orthodontic Care: No Referral Necessary
December 29, 2017 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 popular treatments like traditional metal braces and the newer Invisalign Read More

Woman being treated at dentist office
November 29, 2017 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 instance, when someone is looking for information on Read More

girl with retainer
October 30, 2017 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 that the American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends a child Read More

women with mouthwash
October 2, 2017 Posted by: Dr. Shaw

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 Shaw Orthodontics, we get plenty of questions from our patients Read More