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How to Avoid a Shifting Smile: When Should You Have Your Retainer Replaced?

May 3, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 3:41 pm
person with blue retainer and blue protective case

Customized retainers are a part of orthodontic treatment that many patients forget about. Designed to keep teeth firmly in place after they have spent months or even years shifting into proper alignment, these small appliances are essential to preventing a wasted investment. But how long do they last and when is it necessary to seek a replacement? Keep reading to find out.


What You Can Expect After Getting Your Braces

March 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 4:20 pm
a patient with braces smiling

If you have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or other orthodontic issues that detract from your smile, you might be considering traditional braces. However, one thing that could be making you skeptical about committing to this life-changing treatment is the possibility of pain or discomfort. But you have nothing to fear; this tried-and-true option isn’t meant to harm you, and comfortable navigating the process isn’t tough! Here’s a closer look at what you can expect when you get your braces, along with a few useful tips for minimizing your soreness during those first few days.


5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Braces

July 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 2:01 pm
Girl with braces smiling while pointing to her teeth

Did you know that roughly 33% of the global population has worn braces? That’s a lot of people! Despite the popularity of this teeth-straightening solution, there is still quite a bit of misinformation circulating around, like the metal brackets and wires will set off metal detectors. With this in mind, keep reading to learn true, little-known facts about braces.


Is It Possible to Get Cavities During Invisalign Treatment?

May 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 12:59 am
closeup of a patient with Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the hottest orthodontic treatments around—more people than ever before are opting into the seemingly-magic clear aligners to transform their smiles and achieve better oral health. But some patients wonder if the trays can provide some level of protection from oral health issues like cavities. Unfortunately, this is not the case! Here’s what your orthodontist wants you to know about Invisalign and cavities, along with some tips for safeguarding your smile.


4 Helpful Tips for Traveling with Invisalign

March 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 7:17 pm
Woman with straw hat sightseeing in Europe

With warmer weather just around the corner, your next vacation may be rapidly approaching! Whether it’s a weekend trip a few hours away or several weeks traveling abroad, you don’t want your aligners to ruin your time. Or, worse, your time away to cause you to fall off-track with your treatment plan. Fortunately, learning some helpful tips for traveling with Invisalign is as easy as reading on.


How Your Teen Can Protect Their Braces During Sports

January 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 4:29 pm
Teen girl playing basketball at school

Is your teen a part of their school’s football, basketball, or track team? Do they participate in a sport in their free time, like gymnastics, dance, or soccer? Don’t worry – the start of their time with braces doesn’t mean the end of their days playing sports. Of course, you will have to take a few additional measures to help protect their braces (and their teeth!) from damage. To learn how to avoid broken braces while playing sports, keep reading.


Why Dental Wax Is Essential for Anyone Who Has Braces

December 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 3:10 pm
Woman with braces placing dental wax on bracket

Interproximal toothbrushes and pre-threaded floss are two helpful tools if you have braces. However, there is another one that patients often forget about: dental wax. Although it sounds similar to candle wax, it’s actually crafted from natural materials like beeswax and paraffin wax. “Why is this helpful for someone undergoing orthodontic treatment?” you ask. Read on to find out!


Wondering If Dental Insurance Covers Braces? Read This

November 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 1:02 pm
Dental insurance form on desk with supplies

From routine checkups to tooth-saving restorative care, your dental insurance benefits can help make maintaining and improving your smile significantly more cost-effective. But can your benefits also be applied to orthodontic treatment? It’s a question many patients ask! To find out the answer, keep reading!


Unique Rubber Band Color Combinations You Should Try

October 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 4:40 pm
Closeup of colorful rubber bands

In the world of orthodontics, Invisalign often outshines metal braces. However, traditional orthodontics come with some advantages, like colorful rubber bands! If you want to have fun on your teeth-straightening journey but you aren’t sure where to start, keep reading to learn a few color combinations with rubber bands.


True or False: You Can Get Cavities with Invisalign

September 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthohopkinton @ 4:58 pm
Orthodontist showing patient X-ray

Invisalign completely revolutionized the field of orthodontics when they debuted their clear aligners in the late 1990s. Now, Invisalign is a household name! As a result, you may already know quite a bit about clear aligner treatment, including that there are no dietary restrictions and that the trays are virtually undetectable. But can they also help prevent decay? Keep reading to learn the answer to the question, “Can I get cavities with Invisalign?”

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