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The Biggest Mistakes Patients Make after Orthodontic Treatment

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Making the decision to straighten your teeth with orthodontics is nothing if not a commitment. It’s a commitment of time. It’s a commitment of money. It is also a commitment of following instructions from your Van Nuys orthodontist to ensure your treatment is a success—and that your teeth stay properly aligned for a lifetime.Some people get close to their orthodontics goal, only to let up on their commitment at the end. Don’t make one of these mistakes after orthodontic treatment.Not Following Through with Their TreatmentIf you have opted for treatment with Invisalign invisible braces, you might start to go tired of the plastic aligners toward the end of your treatment. ...

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A Short History of Orthodontics

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Most people consider orthodontics to be a pretty modern invention that hasn’t been around all that long. It might come as a surprise that archeologists have found evidence of crude teeth straightening tools on Egyptian mummies. The ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans had similar tools that were meant to put teeth into alignment.Let’s take a look at how the devices and techniques of ancient times turned into the orthodontics we know of today—right down to Invisalign invisible braces your Van Nuys, CA dentist can offer.Orthodontics During the 17th and 18th CenturiesThe first bit of progress to be made in the field of orthodontics began in around the start of the ...

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Signs That Mean It Might Be Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

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Most of us get our wisdom teeth when we are in our late teens and early twenties. For some, this last set of molars grow in and do not cause any problems. For others, the process is painful and irritating, and whether the molars fully erupt or not, they can cause problems for the teeth already in your mouth.Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure in Van Nuys, CA, and you don’t have to worry about having a painful experience at the Dental Care Center. Regardless of whether your wisdom teeth are above or below the gum surface, we provide several types of sedation options to ensure your comfort.Wisdom Teeth ...

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How to Correctly Clean Your Retainer

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Most retainers are made of porous materials that can hold on to odors. This means you not only want to make sure you clean yours regularly but that you want to take care with what you clean it with.If at any time you have questions about orthodontics, be sure to contact your Van Nuys dentist at The Dental Care Center. Meanwhile, read on for some tips on how to correctly clean your retainer.How to Keep Your Retainer Clean and Fresh#1. Keep your retainer moist by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water can help keep bacteria at bay, prevent potential damage to your retainer, and combat ...

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Are Bacteria to Blame for Your Cavities...or Something Else?

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If you are an American adult, chances are you have had at least one cavity in your life. This common condition affects most people at some point in their lives, whether they are young children or older adults.Scientists continue their work in trying to pinpoint the cause of dental caries. Is it sugar? Bad genes? Bacteria? Poor brushing and flossing? A combination of all of those?If you’ve ever had to get dental fillings when you were visiting your Van Nuys dentist, you might want to know whether bacteria are to blame for your cavities—or if it is something else.Were You Just Born with Cavity-Prone Teeth?Researchers in one study took ...

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Do You Want a Good Dentist for Your Family...Or a Great Dentist?

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Looking for a new dentist for your family can feel like a crapshoot. Sure, you can Google “Van Nuys top dentist” and come up with a list of names and practices. But when you want to establish a relationship with a dentist for your family that will last for years to come, a simple online search simply won’t do.Here are some ways to ensure you find that “great” dentist you are looking for. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to do a bit of homework first.Ask for RecommendationsMany of the people you know already have a great dentist. Ask friends, family, and colleagues who they like. You can also ...

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Choosing the Right Option for Adult Orthodontics

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If you are a Van Nuys adult who has been living with crooked teeth, you might have considered orthodontics. But chances are, you envisioned a gawky teenager with a mouth full of metal wires and brackets.Or perhaps you had braces when you were younger, but because you didn’t wear your retainer consistently, your teeth have slid back into a relapsed position.A smile with straight, even teeth is not only aesthetically pleasing, but properly aligned teeth are easier to take care of.At The Dental Care Center, we offer Invisalign invisible braces, which are an excellent option for adults and teens who do not want to undergo traditional orthodontics.How the Invisalign System ...

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