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Back to School With Braces
10/30/2017
The team at WGM Orthodontics is proud to help our patients living across Kentucky achieve their most remarkable smiles by providing them with the high quality orthodontic care they deserve! Whether you’re looking for a Louisville orthodontist to improve your own smile or need to find an orthodontist in Southern Kentucky for the early treatment he or she needs, there’s sure to be one of our offices near you as we have several convenient locations!
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Five Braces Tips Every Orthodontic Patient Should Know
10/30/2017
At White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics, we do everything we can to make the time you spend wearing braces as smooth and problem-free as possible. However, some minor (and not so minor) problems with your braces can pop up. When something unexpected happens that damages your braces or your mouth, please call our office location closest to you so we can help you solve the problem. To ensure that you’re prepared for unexpected problems that can happen with your braces, please take note of these five handy tips!
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The Dangers of DIY Braces
10/30/2017
Everyone loves getting some helpful do-it-yourself (DIY) tips now and then to make life a little easier. However, there are some things you should never try on your own including straightening your own teeth and we’ll tell you why!
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Why Dental Checkups Are Essential During Orthodontic Treatment
10/30/2017
When your orthodontist puts braces put on your teeth, we speak to you about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Because you have brackets and wires covering your teeth, there are lots of places where food particles and plaque can build up, putting you at risk for tooth decay. That’s why you should brush your teeth very well after every meal and before bedtime. It’s equally important to floss your teeth at least once per day, to remove the food and plaque your brush missed.
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How Types of Drinks Affect Your Oral Health
08/15/2017
Chances are, you know that regularly brushing and flossing has a huge impact on your oral health, but did you know that the foods and drinks you consume make an impact as well? At WGM Orthodontics, we strive to help you achieve a gorgeous new smile through quality orthodontic treatment. And as it turns out, what you drink has a lot more to do with that than you think.
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The Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist
08/01/2017
You've been visiting a dentist all your life – but once you get to a certain point, you may realize that it's time for an evaluation by an orthodontist. But wait a minute, aren't those more or less the same thing? Don't they both work with teeth and can't I just get my orthodontic treatment from my dentist? At WGM Orthodontics, we're well versed in the differences between dentists and orthodontists, and they have major consequences for the health of your smile.
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The Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment
07/19/2017
While most parents often think that a child’s teenage years are the time to visit an orthodontist and undergo orthodontic treatment, it’s actually better for your child to see an orthodontist earlier on. Orthodontic situations can progressively get worse, which is why it’s important for you to bring your child in to visit an orthodontist at a young age. Our expert orthodontists at WGM Orthodontics can determine whether an early orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, is necessary for your child.
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How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
06/22/2017
At WGM Orthodontics, we don’t only want to be your source for high-quality orthodontic treatments, such as braces and Invisalign – we want to be there every step of the way as you proceed on your orthodontic journey. It’s our goal to make your daily life with orthodontics as simple as possible, which is why we’d like to give you a few tips for taking care of your aligners if you’re undergoing treatment with Invisalign. Like your teeth, your aligners need to be cleaned and cared for as well; here are a few “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to that process.
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What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency
06/22/2017
At WGM Orthodontics, we place an emphasis on providing safe and compassionate orthodontic care for all our patients. While it’s our hope that none of our patients will suffer from any kind of oral, dental, or orthodontic emergencies, we understand that sometimes these things happen. In case any of these emergencies occur to you, we want you to know that we’ll be here to help you however we can. In fact, we’d like to provide you with some guidance on what to do in case you find yourself with any of these more common dental emergencies.
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Braces & Invisalign: The Similarities and Differences
05/30/2017
Without question, two of the most popular orthodontic treatment methods used today are conventional braces and Invisalign. While both of these treatment methods work in the same basic way, by applying consistent pressure to the teeth to move the teeth into the most optimal position, there are some key differences between the two. Below is a brief comparison between regular braces and Invisalign which can help you decide which treatment method you’d prefer.
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What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
05/30/2017
At White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics we use a wide variety of different types of braces to treat our patients throughout Kentucky. As conventional metal braces have improved over time, they have become more efficient, smaller, and more attractive than ever before. However, these braces still have their shortcomings. Metal braces are still highly visible, they make cleaning the teeth challenging and there is still some discomfort associated with wearing traditional metal braces.
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Playing Sports With Braces
03/16/2017
Getting braces doesn't mean you’ll have to give up playing your favorite sport for a season or two. Playing sports while wearing braces can be dangerous for your teeth, gums, tongue, and lips if you don't wear a mouthguard. Proper safety equipment can let you play all year long without having to worry about your or your child's braces.
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Kids & Adult Braces: What's the Difference?
02/22/2017
When most adults come into our office to get braces they often assume it is the same as treating children, but this is not the case. While the methods and tools we use are the same, there are some distinct differences between treating adults and children with braces. Some are minor while others can be prohibitive to treatment.
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Nail Biting & Your Oral Health
02/07/2017
Nail biting is a common habit that may seem helpless at times, especially compared to some more dangerous and unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking. However, this doesn’t mean that nail biting isn’t detrimental to your health. In fact, it’s probably more unhealthy than most people think. While the damage to the nails is a given, biting your nails can actually cause issues with your gums, teeth, and your oral health as a whole. Below are some risks to your oral health due to nail biting.
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What Makes My Teeth Sensitive?
01/17/2017
If you have sensitive teeth, you can relate to approximately 40 million other people in the United States that have the same problem. Unfortunately, you are also all too familiar with the feeling of taking a sip or biting into something hot or cold and getting that quick, sharp pain. If you want to know what makes your teeth so sensitive, and what you can do to stop the pain, WGM Orthodontics has the answers you’re looking for.
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Why Do Teeth Move After Braces Are Removed?
12/03/2016
Your tongue, age, and genetics are some of the many factors that contribute to your tooth movement. The goal of our orthodontic treatment is not to completely immobilize your teeth, but to minimize any changes that may occur. Therefore, it is normal to see your teeth move or settle once your braces come off.
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Braces Friendly Thanksgiving Foods
11/17/2016
We know that cutting back on sweets and hard foods are hard, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. We would like to offer a few braces-friendly Thanksgiving tips to make your holiday meal an enjoyable one!
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WGM Orthodontics’ Guide To Halloween With Braces
10/24/2016
When it comes to breaking a bracket or bending a wire on braces, candy is one of the biggest culprits. Halloween night is not the ideal time to have an emergency with your braces so it’s important to steer clear of the types of candies and other sweet treats that can damage your braces. But just because you’re wearing braces, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun on Halloween because there are still plenty of sweets you can enjoy.
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Does Food Coloring Stain My Teeth?
10/05/2016
One of the best ways to maintain a white and bright smile, whether you’re wearing braces or not, is to do an excellent job with your oral hygiene. But you also must watch what you eat as some foods can stain and discolor your teeth.
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What Causes Crooked Teeth
08/29/2016
Not everyone is born with straight, perfectly aligned teeth - in fact, many people have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, spaces between teeth and misaligned bites. There are several reasons why teeth grow crooked and require orthodontic treatment for correction
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Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth
08/15/2016
When it comes to good oral health, nothing is more important than eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. When you limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda, you can avoid developing tooth decay, which can destroy your teeth. Without question, your oral health will decline if you do not maintain a healthy diet. To help you improve your diet and the health of your mouth, ere is a list of foods that are good for both you and your teeth.
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The WGM Guide To Fluoride
06/24/2016
Advertisers tout the benefits of fluoride in their toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental treatments. Drinking water in most cities contains added fluoride. And, many foods contain natural fluoride. But why all the fuss about fluoride? What does it do for your body or for your teeth? Your White, Greer & Maggard orthodontists are here to give you the straight scoop about fluoride.
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Allergies Could Be Affecting Your Oral Health
06/15/2016
Spring & Summer brings blooming flowers, blue skies and warmer weather. But for more than 50 million Americans, it also brings allergies. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. For some, that means dental pain. At White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics, we want you to be aware that your tooth pain could be caused by allergies.
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5 Tips for Brushing Teeth With Braces
05/12/2016
It can take some time to get used to brushing your teeth when you first get braces, but it’s still important to keep up with regular habits. Here are five tips for brushing around your orthodontics in order to promote optimal oral health.
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When to Take Your Child to the Orthodontist
05/05/2016
With children, timing of orthodontics can be tricky. Treatment usually works best after all permanent teeth have come in, but what about children who have misalignment from over-crowding, jaw misalignment or thumb-sucking and can’t afford to wait? While there are some general guidelines to follow
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How to Clean Your Retainer
03/23/2016
Food Particles & Bacteria Can Easily Build Up In Your Retainer, So Knowing How To Clean It Properly Is Essential To Keeping Your Mouth Clean & Healthy. Learn How To Clean Your Retainer With This Helpful Guide!
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Causes Of Bad Breath
03/17/2016
Halitosis, more commonly known simply as bad breath, is definitely not fun to deal with. The only way to avoid getting bad breath is to know the causes and take efforts to either avoid them or work to counteract them.
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A Quick Guide To Braces Friendly Foods
11/03/2015
Braces aren’t indestructible, and certain foods can actually be a serious threat to your braces. Here’s a quick guide for you to use as a basic roadmap to foods you should and shouldn’t eat.
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Welcome!
09/22/2015
Welcome To The WGM Orthodontics Blog! Check back here regularly for interesting articles, dental health tips, community or office events, and more!
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