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Orthodontist Camarillo CA
Orthodontist Camarillo CA

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The Pros and Cons of Hidden Braces
While regular metal braces with an arch wire and elastics are still the most common, some people opt for a different approach. One option is lingual or "hidden" braces which are fixed to the inside of the teeth. They still use brackets and wires, but those ...
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How Dental Retainers Work with Braces
Dental retainers are devices used to keep teeth in the desired position after braces are removed. After braces are removed, it still takes some time for teeth to settle into the jawbone and the soft tissue. Without appropriate action, they might drift back ...
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Definitions of Orthodontic Terms
Here are definitions of some of the most common orthodontic terms. Impressions: A mold of your teeth which is used to make a model of them Panoramic x-ray: An x-ray made by a machine that rotates around your head to give a full picture of your teeth and jaw...
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Definitions of Parts of Your Braces
Here are definitions of some of the key terms used for the different elements of braces. Appliance: Something attached to teeth to move them or change the shape of the jaw Arch Wire: Metal wire which is attached to brackets to move teeth Band: Metal ring pl...
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What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of teeth and jaws that are misaligned. The word comes from the Greek words orthos meaning straight or proper, and odont meaning tooth. It is concerned with the treatment of malocclu...
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How Dental Braces Work
Dental braces are orthodontic devices which help realign the position of your teeth. They may be used if you have bite problems (also called malocclusions), crooked teeth, gaps or other problems with your teeth. Although they are mainly used on children and...
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The Pros and Cons of Invisalign Braces
Invisalign braces have become popular as an alternative to traditional braces as they are cosmetically more appealing. They are known as "invisible braces" but they actually work in a very different way to the traditional approach. Rather than using bracket...
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A Quick History of Orthodontics
While you may think braces are a modern invention, the fact is people have been using devices to move their teeth since the early days. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains where there were metal bands wrapped around individual teeth. As far bac...
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Common Questions About Braces
Here are the answers to some common questions about what it like to have braces What is it like having braces?, When you have braces, you will probably find your mouth sore for a few days. It can also be uncomfortable when the braces are tightened. However,...
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What are Braces and How do They Work?
Braces are devices which are used to straighten teeth, correct bite problems and fix irregular teeth. They are made of three basic parts: - Brackets - Bonding (or band) - Arch wire The bonding is used to fix the brackets to the teeth. The arch wire goes thr...
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