What Is a Herbst Appliance?

what is a herbst appliance

With all the treatments available for treating your child’s orthodontic issues, it can be hard keeping them all straight. If you’ve heard your child’s orthodontist mention a Herbst appliance, you might have a lot of questions about it. Here at Fravel Brewer Orthodontics, we want to take a couple minutes to answer all your questions…

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

keeping your child's teeth healthy

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an educational 28 days sponsored by the American Dental Association. This is a month to highlight the positives of good oral hygiene and how to practice it, with the focus on bringing this awareness to children, their parents, and other caregivers. In honor of this month-long celebration, here…

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New Year, New Smile!

new year, new smile

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, according to a USA Today poll, so why not make it the best it can be? With the new year comes the opportunity for a new smile, one that is healthy, straight, and bright. If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment for a while, this…

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Tongue Thrust with Braces

Tongue Thrust with Braces

Braces are becoming more common every day, with around 4 million people in the US currently wearing them. But should you get them if you have a tongue thrust? Or is there a better way to treat this condition? Below is advice from Fravel Brewer on treating tongue thrust with braces.  What is tongue thrusting?…

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Worst Halloween Candy and Treats for Braces

worst Halloween candy

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and the ghosts and ghouls are craving treats. But they’re improving their smiles with braces and know there are certain things they shouldn’t eat. What are the worst Halloween candy and treats for braces, the ones that cause orthodontists to scream in terror? Read on if you dare! Caramel Apples and…

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean with Braces

teeth clean with braces

If you have recently started orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering how you can keep your teeth clean with braces. The proper routine for keeping your braces clean is essential for your long-term oral health. Brackets and wires often trap food particles against the teeth, leaving you at risk for tooth decay, plaque build-up, cavities,…

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How to Handle a Braces Emergency

braces emergency

A braces emergency can seem scary, but the good news is a true emergency is rare. Most problems can be resolved at home, which can save time and provide immediate relief. However, true braces emergencies can happen. Below is a guide to provide you with an overview of what to do for common problems you…

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Can I Still Get Braces with Crowns or Veneers?

braces with crowns

With more adults seeking braces later on in life, patients who have already had various forms of dental work are now looking for a straighter smile. Braces shift teeth into proper alignment, so getting braces after you’ve already had costly dental work is a very legitimate concern. First of all, just like there are many…

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How to Avoid Tooth Stains with Braces or Invisalign

avoid tooth stains

One of the biggest surprises patients experience when their braces come off is seeing that their teeth are stained! However, this discoloration can be prevented with a few simple tips and a good oral hygiene routine during treatment. Let’s look at how you can keep your teeth stain-free while wearing braces. It probably isn’t the…

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Will Braces Change My Face?

will braces change my face

If you look at someone’s face before and after braces or Invisalign, you may notice some slight changes in their appearance. So, it’s common for patients to ask if or how much braces may change their face. Orthodontic treatment can bring changes to a person’s face. However – these changes are completely positive! Wearing braces…

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