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Proper Brushing While Wearing Braces

Proper Brushing While Wearing Braces

Long Beach, CA – When wearing braces, one of the most important things to know is how to properly brush your teeth with the braces on. The brackets and wires create nooks and crannies where food particles and plaque adhere, and these areas can often […]

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Why Do Adults Need Orthodontics?

Why Do Adults Need Orthodontics?

Long Beach, CA – Many people mistakenly believe that orthodontic treatment is only for children. On the contrary, we’re seeing more adults than ever before who are seeking out orthodontic treatment. There are currently about one million adult orthodontic patients in the US and Canada, […]

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Don’t Forget to Wear Your Retainer!

Don’t Forget to Wear Your Retainer!

Long Beach, CA – The day you get braces come off is a universally celebrated day. And while showing off your new pearly whites is a great cause for celebration, just because your braces are off doesn’t mean your work has ended. Retainer wear is […]

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What is Tongue Thrusting?

What is Tongue Thrusting?

Long Beach, CA – Simply explained, tongue thrusting is the habit of putting the tongue in the wrong position when swallowing. A tongue thruster will place the tongue too far forward, or off to the side. Every 24 hours, it is estimated that we swallow […]

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Orthodontic Appliances to Prevent Thumb Sucking

Orthodontic Appliances to Prevent Thumb Sucking

Long Beach, CA – Do you have a child who just can’t seem to give up his or her thumb sucking habit? At HD Orthodontics, we know it can be a hard habit to break, so we are here to help you. The thumb sucking […]

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Mouthguards Are Important for Athletes

Mouthguards Are Important for Athletes

Long Beach, CA – April is National Face Protection Month, so we thought that would be a perfect time to talk about the importance of wearing a mouthguard when playing sports whether you wear braces or not. If you don’t play extremely physical sports, such […]

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Orthodontics Can Help Relieve TMJ Pain

Orthodontics Can Help Relieve TMJ Pain

Long Beach, CA – Do you frequently experience headaches, ear discomfort, or jaw pain? Do you have chronic discomfort in your shoulder, neck or upper back? These could all be related to one thing – your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). But did you know your orthodontist […]

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How to Handle an Orthodontic Emergency

How to Handle an Orthodontic Emergency

What do you do if a bracket or wire comes loose in between orthodontic appointments?

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Braces Aren’t Just for Kids

Braces Aren’t Just for Kids

If you’re an adult and you’re self-conscious about your smile, there are so many orthodontic options to choose from today.

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Early (Phase I) Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Early (Phase I) Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Long Beach, CA – Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children see an orthodontist at age seven? While many children will not need treatment that young, beginning a relationship with an orthodontist will ensure that treatment, when needed, […]

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