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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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Orthodontist vs. Orthodentist

Orthodontist vs. Orthodentist

Long Beach, CA – Let’s face it, if you have less than a perfect smile, it can be embarrassing and cause a person to feel very self-conscious. I know, because I’ve been there!! What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that an incorrect […]

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