Braces at a Young Age

Getting braces at a younger age has proved most effective in preventing dental problems in the future. Permanent teeth start to typically come in about the ages of six to eight, and because the bones are still growing, it’s best to evaluate their tooth alignment at a young age to determine what orthodontic treatment is needed at the time or... read more »

Wearing and Caring for an Orthodontic Retainer

Every mouth has a required set of time to wear braces in order to achieve the desired results, though the average length of time is about 22 months. Unsurprisingly, patients are very eager to show off the results by this point, but it’s important to keep in mind that braces are not the only part of orthodontic treatment. Tension lingering... read more »

Unsafe & Safe Treats When Wearing Braces

If you have braces and a sweet tooth, times may be tough. However, there is no real reason to fret. It’s true that some treats cannot be enjoyed with braces, but there are many sweet treats and snacks that are safe for you to enjoy. Our orthodontist and team can go over safe and unsafe treats when wearing braces in... read more »

Keep Up on Oral Hygiene When You Have Braces

If you want a successful orthodontic treatment, then you need to clean and care for your teeth, gums and appliance regularly. This means you need to have a diligent oral hygiene routine. Now, this might be a tough task if you’re not sure how to properly clean your smile and braces, but our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Bowen, is here to... read more »

The Benefits of Damon® Braces

Are you in need of orthodontic treatment, but nervous about the time and numerous adjustment appointments that traditional braces take? Ask Dr. Michael Bowen if Damon® braces in Scottsdale, Arizona, are the right choice for you. Damon braces are self-ligating, which means that they do not need metal or elastic ties. This means that you can experience orthodontic treatment without... read more »

Living With Lingual Braces

As an adult with upcoming orthodontic treatment, you may be hesitant about having braces placed. Braces can mar the appearance of your smile, thus having a negative effect on your social life. Lingual Braces Ask Dr. Michael Bowen about lingual braces. These braces have brackets that are attached to the backside of the teeth instead of to the front. Because... read more »

Your First Visit to the Orthodontist Should Be a Consultation

Are you putting off straightening crooked teeth, or repairing an annoying jaw alignment issue? For some people, taking that first step to fix the problem may seem a little daunting. The best way to ease into dental treatment is to schedule an appointment for a stress-free consultation. You can sit down with our orthodontist and discuss your concerns. Only after... read more »

Choosing Between Invisalign® and Traditional Braces

If your smile has been affected by bite problems such as gapped or crooked teeth and you are worried about its appearance, you may be interested in receiving orthodontic treatment. When receiving orthodontics, you can choose between traditional braces and Invisalign®, which offer unique differences. For example, Invisalign are one of the most popular choices for orthodontics because they are... read more »

Avoid Forgetting About Your Orthodontic Adjustment Appointment by Using Our Tips

Do you forget about your orthodontic adjustment appointment? If so, it’s time to try to be better. When you forget about your appointment, it inconveniences our orthodontic team and it even affects your smile transformation progress. So, do your best to remember your appointments. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Bowen, has some tips for you. Those... read more »

You May Need a Retainer After Your Braces Are Uninstalled

Here at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics, our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Bowen, often uses traditional braces to gradually correct misaligned teeth. This process involves a series of regularly scheduled adjustment sessions. Each of these appointments will actively stretch and alter the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth. Once your ideal alignment has been achieved, Dr. Michael Bowen and his staff... read more »