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Six Helpful Tips To Reduce Pain From Braces

If you’ve been living with your braces for a while it’s likely that you’ve either gone through a tightening of your braces or are about to go through your first. Discomfort and oral pain following this procedure aren’t uncommon, though it is temporary. Unsurprising consider that during the procedure your braces have likely been tightened, […]

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Invisalign and You

If you’ve decided it’s time to embrace a more perfect you and have decided to start that process by straightening your teeth with Invisalign, then this guide is going to be a must-have for you. Invisalign is an incredible way to make over our appearance and ensure that we embrace the power and potential of […]

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Keeping Your Gums Healthy With Braces

Braces are a wonderful way of correcting issues with misalignment and gaps in the teeth, and thousands of Americans receive them every year. For all their benefits, however, it’s necessary to spend a little extra time on oral health care while you have them. Braces irregular shape provides numerous places that food, plaque, and tartar […]

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How To Know When It’s Time To See An Orthodontist

While smiling is a natural response in many people, one that doesn’t come with any forethought and isn’t given any consideration afterward, there are those for whom smiling is the cause of much worry. Often due to irregular or crooked teeth, their smile is often hidden behind a hand or consists of a tight-lipped grind […]

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Think You Can Skip The Retainer Phase Of Orthodontics? Think Again!

We know, you’ve just gotten through a long and grueling journey with your orthodontics, and now you’ve found out that your dentist wants you to wear a retainer. You’re probably wondering whether its necessary, your teeth look great now after all and if maybe they’re trying to get more money out of the insurance company. […]

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Safe Foods To Eat When You Begin Your Braces Journey

So the big day has finally come, and you’ve gotten your braces in! It’s an exciting moment to realize that your path to a straight, beautiful smile has begun, but daunting as you realize that for the next few months to years your diet is going to be affected! The good news is there’s a […]

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A Life With Braces: What To Expect

It’s finally time to start your journey to a great smile with straight, beautiful teeth, but you’re understandably nervous about what the future with braces means for you. While those who can benefit from braces are often excited about the smile that they’re going to wind up with, they know that people can be cruel […]

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How Children’s Orthodontics Differ From Adults

Orthodontics, the practice of treating oral irregularities in the teeth, jaws, and gums of dental patients, is something that most of us experience at some point in our lives. Orthodontics, however, are not equal across all age groups. The considerations that must be taken into account for young patients isn’t the same as those for […]

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Having Braces a Second Time

While it’s not uncommon for people to have to get braces at some point in their life, there are certain instances where a second round of braces is required.  While this may seem like a bit of a nightmare, it’s actually becoming a more common occurrence in countries around the world. Experts like Dr. Gregg […]

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Different Types of Braces

Most people will elect to have braces at some point in their life to help straighten their teeth and properly align their bite. Although most people tend to envision traditional braces as being the only kind of braces, there are actually several types of braces available. Dr. Tartakow will assess your orthodontic needs and help […]

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Phases of Orthodontics

Orthodontics work wonders for crooked or misaligned teeth and can correct a host of dental irregularities including overbite, under bite, cross bite, and overcrowding. Straightening teeth through the use of orthodontics has many benefits, from an enhanced for of self esteem to enhanced jaw function in relation to biting, chewing, and speaking. Because the nature […]

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Braces Care on Vacation

With summer right around the corner comes vacations spent on the beach, up in the mountains, or in any number of places that are not your house. However just because you are on vacation does not mean your braces care is as well. While you are on vacation, there are a few things to do […]

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Having a Good Relationship With Your Braces

Getting braces put on can be exciting because it is the start of your journey to straighter teeth, a more correct bite, and a beautiful new smile. Yet, many individuals getting braces for the first time find themselves worried or even anxious about their braces. To help alleviate this worry, there are a few things […]

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Maintenance After Invisalign

Many of the patients who plan to start the transparent orthodontic treatment Invisalign will have heard about the famous “Phase of Refinement,” also called the 2nd phase or the “refinement” phase.

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Welcome to the Orthodontic Center of Santa Monica

Thank you for visiting the blog of the Orthodontic Center of Santa Monica. Don’t forget to check in periodically to see our latest posts.

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