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 »

Traditional Braces Require Some Daily Care and Good Oral Hygiene

Uncorrected deviations in the alignment of your teeth can leave you with an unattractive smile and teeth that are increasingly prone to problems like tooth enamel attrition and dental fractures. Fortunately, the orthodontic specialists at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics can correct most dental alignment issues with traditional braces. Once the orthodontic components have been installed on your teeth, you will... read more »

A Clear Alternative to Braces with Invisalign®

Braces used to be the only way someone could achieve an aligned smile, but due to dental technology, that’s no longer the case. Invisalign, the clear plastic aligner, can be used with both adults and teens, and may decrease your treatment time, and be more comfortable. Read further about why you should check out Invisalign, in today’s blog post. Since... read more »

Don’t Let Braces Keep You From a Delicious Holiday

To make sure you have delicious sweets to eat on your holiday with braces, try making them yourself! Here are some great ideas for braces-friendly desserts for your holiday get-togethers. Cake: Cake--as long as you avoid nut pieces, caramel, and candied fruit (sorry, fruitcake lovers)--is totally fine with braces. A well-made, simple cake can be a show-stopping centerpiece at your... read more »

Three Options for Flossing with Braces

Though flossing can be challenging for those with braces, it’s all the more important that you do it. Thankfully, there are multiple options and tools to try so you can choose the easiest and most effective option for you. Here are three of them and how to use them: Waxed Floss: If you’re a traditionalist, you can floss your teeth... read more »

Caring for a Fixed Retainer

Your braces and routine adjustments have slowly altered the alignment of your teeth for a more appealing and better functioning. However, after Dr. Michael Bowen removes the braces from your mouth, you will need a retainer The most common retainers are called Hawley retainers. These are removable and composed of a piece of acrylic attached to a wire that locks... read more »

How a Space Maintainer Works

Did your child lose a tooth before its time? He or she may need a space maintainer. A space maintainer is an orthodontic device made specifically for children who lose primary teeth prematurely and are waiting for their adult teeth. Premature tooth loss includes primary teeth that were knocked out in an accident or lost due to tooth decay. When... read more »

What Are My Braces Options?

When it comes to aligning the smile with braces, you have many options. In fact, there are several treatments that can meet your needs and comfort and also give you the smile you have always wanted. To tell you a little more, our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Bowen, is happy to mention the different types of braces available in Scottsdale, Arizona.... read more »