Tips for Making Flossing Easier When You Have Braces

If you’re one who struggles to floss when you’re aligning your smile with braces, you’re not alone. Many people have a hard time properly flossing their teeth and gums during their orthodontic journey because their appliance seems to get in the way. This leads to ignoring the dental floss for... Read more »

Damaged Braces Need to Be Addressed as Soon as Possible

The traditional braces provided by Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics’s orthodontist represent a functional system capable or realigning your teeth. This can provide you with a better functioning mouth and a more attractive smile. The realignment process relies on a series of regularly scheduled adjustments with one of our orthodontists, Drs. Damon DeArment,... Read more »

Healthy Gums Are Important for Realigning Teeth with Braces

The new orthodontic braces installed in your mouth at Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics represents a functional system capable of correcting your misaligned teeth. This is done through a series of regularly scheduled adjustment appointments. These sessions will tighten the orthodontic components to stretch the periodontal ligaments that bind your teeth to... Read more »

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 »