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home care tips for braces from Halgren Orthodontics
It takes a while to get used to your new orthodontic appliances. But, after a short break-in period, you'll be surprised at how little life will have changed. You can still participate in any sport so long as your wear a mouthguard, and you can play your musical instrument to […]

Home Care During Orthodontics


common orthodontic problems
Broken braces and bent wires can spell bad news for orthodontic procedures. They can add months to your treatment time. The good news is that they're totally preventable. Here are the most common causes of orthodontic treatment problems. Gum Chewing large pieces of gum, or hard gum, can bend wires […]

Common Problems (and how to avoid them!)


Each year literally millions of teeth are lost due to sporting activities. Athletes are 60% more likely to sustain tooth damage when not wearing a mouthguard. It's been estimated that properly fitted facemasks and mouthguards prevent thousands of injuries yearly in high school and collegiate football. You can buy boil-and-bite […]

The Sporting Essential! Your Active Smile



Halgren Orthodontics treatment advice
Many people are not aware that soft drinks – even diet soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and fruit drinks – contain acids, which can be especially troublesome for people in orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) strongly advises patients in orthodontic treatment to avoid drinks with low […]

Soft Drinks and Orthodontic Treatment Are a Recipe for Disaster


dangers involved with DIY teeth straightening
“Do it yourself” orthodontic treatment is a dangerous new trend on social media and consumers may be putting their teeth, gums and jaws in harm’s way by trying to self-treat. In January of 2015, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) responded to the dozens of videos, websites, and social media […]

Risks Involved with “Do It Yourself” Teeth Straightening