What Are the Risks of “Do-It-Yourself” Braces and Is It Safe for Your Smile?

For people who are wanting to straighten their teeth, braces are a modern marvel that can make that happen for just about anyone under proper supervision. And while the cost of orthodontics makes some people hesitate, you wouldn't try a do-it-yourself gallbladder surgery or BOTOX injection, would you? Everything comes with risks, and the harmful option of doing braces yourself... read more »

Why You Need To Wear a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics straighten your teeth to correct a bad bite, teeth that are crooked or protruding, misaligned jaws, and other malocclusions. Over time, untreated misaligned teeth can cause problems with talking, chewing food, becoming cavity-prone, inviting gum disease, and end up creating poor oral health overall. It is why orthodontic treatment is so important. Straightening teeth has many benefits, like making... read more »

Set Halloween Rules For Safe Trick-or-Treat Eating With Braces!

Halloween starts off the busy holiday season where the nights get longer, the days grow cooler, and festivities begin. If you are wearing braces, Halloween may be a little tricky for you this year. Resist temptation by only keeping treats that are safe for you to eat and letting yourself enjoy them, guilt-free! Sugary Treachery Holidays aside, it is important... read more »

Prepare for the School Year Equipped With a Handy Braces Tool Kit!

Did your child receive braces this summer? If so, they will need to prepare themselves for the new school year by learning how to keep their teeth healthy while getting them straightened. The goal is to have a healthy, beautiful smile when their oral hardware comes off. Since they will be spending a good chunk of their time away from... read more »

The Benefits of Wearing Braces as a Child Versus an Adult

With the unique advancement in orthodontic technology, it’s no longer your “grandma’s braces” at Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics. With clear aligners, we can design a custom plan to achieve specific tooth movements as efficiently as possible, even for our little smiles. Finding the time in your busy schedule may be difficult, but increasing your “face value” is the investment of a... read more »

Fix Your Child’s Bad Bite and Relieve Their TMJ With the Help of Orthodontics

With school out early for the year, now may be a good time for your child to be evaluated for braces. Braces are often recommended to improve one’s smile (or orofacial appearance) by correcting crooked or crowded teeth. Braces can also fix problems with the bite, including overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints. When Your... read more »