Author: Dr. Douglas Shaw

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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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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....