Why a Fixed Retainer May Be Right for You

When all your orthodontic care is said and done and you finally get your braces off, it inhibits a sense of freedom as you get eat whatever and however you want. In addition, your dental hygiene routine is less demanding and your smile is as beautiful as you had imagined... Read more »

Who Should I See for Orthodontic Treatment…My Dentist or an Orthodontist?

So, imagine this scenario…you are at the pediatrician’s office with your son for another ear infection and sore throat and the doctor mentions that he would benefit from having his tonsils and adenoids removed as well as tubes placed in his ears. You take this recommendation very seriously since your... Read more »

Tweak Your Tooth Alignment With Invisalign®

If you take proper care of your smile but struggle with misaligned or unsightly teeth, there are many cosmetic options to enhance your smile without relenting to receiving braces. While it isn’t easy to clean around large metal brackets and wires, the task is much simpler if you receive Invisalign®... Read more »

Caring for Your Teeth and Gums While Wearing Braces

Having an aligned smile can help you look and feel more confident, speak more clearly, and chew more effectively. While wearing traditional braces, you want to maintain high oral hygiene standards. Keeping bits of food and plaque from collecting in your teeth, brackets, and wires, and helps prevent decalcification of... Read more »

Why Water Flossing May Be Right For You

Have you heard of water flossing? This method of interdental cleaning uses steady streams of water to wash food particles and debris from between the teeth and gums. If you struggle to maneuver traditional floss string between your teeth, water flossing may be a more effective option. Water flossing is... Read more »

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainers?

So the long-awaited day has finally arrived! Your orthodontic treatment is completed and you are excited about the “big reveal” of your new, beautiful smile. You have done everything your orthodontist has asked during the process; wearing your rubber bands faithfully, your teeth are aligned nicely, and they fit together... Read more »

Tips to Handling Discomfort & Pain When First Wearing Braces

Straightening teeth is no easy feat, and sometimes, discomfort or even pain can result in the initial phase and after adjustments; however, there are tips to ensuring your comfort with braces. At Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics, our dentist may have other suggestions to help with any discomfort and would welcome your... Read more »

Non-permanent Orthodontic Devices

There are many ways to straighten your pearly whites, and recent boosts in orthodontic technology make it possible to straighten your chompers without fixed appliances. There are many appliances for many different purposes, but we’ll draw attention to the fact just a few of them. Here are some removable orthodontic... Read more »

Keeping Your Braces in Shape

To ensure optimal functionality, your braces need to be cared for well. Do you know how to protect and keep your braces clean? Braces usually contain metal brackets and wires, but the metal is not designed to protect your mouth. If your mouth is ever at risk, so are your... Read more »

The Function of Braces

You’ve probably seen braces on others’ teeth. But do you know exactly what their function is? If not, the staff at Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics in Winchester, Virginia, is delighted to give you all the basics. Braces are designed to fix “bad bites” or malocclusions. Your teeth may be crowded, crooked,... Read more »