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Dr. Richard C. Kardovich Orthodontics
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Straight teeth aren’t only attractive, they’re easier to keep clean; that lowers your risk of developing cavities or gum disease!
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If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, schedule a consultation visit with an orthodontist. As a specialist with years of advanced training and specialized experience, orthodontists have a comprehensive knowledge of dental and facial development, as well as the expertise to correct poorly aligned teeth or jaw structure.
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Thumb sucking is totally normal – up to 95% percent of infants suck their thumbs – and most children stop sucking their thumbs on their own between the ages of 2 and 4. But prolonged thumb sucking can affect children’s bite and jaw structure.
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Many dental issues can affect the positions of your teeth and jaw - your bite may be off because of crowding, spacing, problems with jaw development, or the failure of certain teeth to erupt into their proper positions. These problems can usually be solved with proper orthodontic treatment.
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It’s important to wear your orthodontic appliances and accessories as directed, to promote the most efficient tooth movement and the alignment of your smile.
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Tooth enamel, which has the highest percentage of minerals at 96%, is the strongest substance in your body. It’s even tougher than bone!
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More than 20% of American adults suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ. Some estimates suggest that TMJ disorders affect over 10 million Americans. These conditions appear to be more common in women than men.
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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child visit an orthodontist by first or second grade, so they can can identify any problems with the development and alignment of your child’s teeth and jaw.
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Researchers in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University now believe that the decrease in size of the human jaw was, in some part, due to ancient humans beginning to “process” their foods by cutting or mashing it into bite size pieces.
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Just had your braces off? Keep wearing your orthodontist- prescribed retainer to keep your teeth from shifting and preserve that beautiful smile you’ve achieved!
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