A Guide to Permanent Retainers

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According to the American Association of Orthodontists and Stanford Children’s Health, about 5 million people in the U.S. have worn braces. If you’ve had braces, or if you’re getting braces, then you might be aware that getting a retainer is the next step after getting your braces off.  Retainers prevent …

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An Overview of Tooth Decalcification

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Decalcification, in general, refers to the reduction and eventual elimination of critical minerals from calcified structures in your body. The most common parts of the body that suffer decalcification are your bones, cartilage, and teeth. This process is often subtle, gradual, and can affect anyone.  Decalcification is sometimes an intentional …

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What Is an Orthodontist?

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Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial issues. Generally, orthodontists must obtain a six or seven year degree — four years in dentistry with an additional two or three years in an orthodontic residency program accredited by the American Association of Orthodontists …

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