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Choosing the Right Orthodontist

March 18th 2024
Wazio OrthodonticsA dazzling smile is not just about aesthetics…it's also crucial for maintaining proper oral health. When it comes to perfecting your smile, choosing the right orthodontist is paramount. With numerous options available, navigating the sea of orthodontic practices can be overwhelming. However, with some thoughtful consideration, you can find the perfect match for your orthodontic needs. First and foremost, prioritize qualifications and credentials. Look for an orthodontist...  [Read full blog post]

Improved Dental Health Through Adult Orthodontic Treatment

February 21st 2024
Wazio OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment is often associated with adolescence, but the truth is, it's never too late to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Many adults were unable to get orthodontic treatment during childhood and, as a result, have simply lived with misaligned teeth or a dysfunctional bite most of their lives. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in adult orthodontic treatment, driven by advancements in technology, increased awareness of dental health, and a...  [Read full blog post]

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

January 15th 2024
Wazio OrthodonticsEmbarking on the journey to a straighter smile often involves an investment, not only in terms of time but also financially. In recent years, Invisalign has emerged as a popular choice for those seeking a discreet and flexible orthodontic solution. However, with its undeniable advantages comes the question...What is the cost of Invisalign orthodontic treatment? Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment by introducing a clear and removable alternative to traditional...  [Read full blog post]

Achieving the Ideal Bite

December 13th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsA radiant smile isn't just about straight teeth; it's also about achieving the ideal bite. The term "ideal bite" refers to the harmonious relationship between the upper and lower teeth when they come together. Orthodontics, the field dedicated to enhancing dental aesthetics and function, places a strong emphasis on achieving an optimal bite for long-term oral health and overall well-being. At the core of the ideal bite lies occlusion, which refers to the way the upper and...  [Read full blog post]

Guard Your Gums

November 15th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsA radiant smile is often associated with straight, well-aligned teeth. However, the benefits of orthodontics extend beyond cosmetic appeal. Proper teeth alignment plays a crucial role in preventing oral health issues, particularly gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can range from mild inflammation to severe damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease is a common oral health concern characterized by inflammation of the gums...  [Read full blog post]

Orthodontic-Friendly Halloween Treats

October 24th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsHalloween is a festive time filled with costumes, decorations, and, of course, an abundance of sweet treats. For those undergoing orthodontic treatment, the allure of Halloween candy may seem daunting, but fear not! There are plenty of delicious and orthodontic-friendly options that allow you to indulge in the festivities without compromising your braces or aligners. Soft Chocolate Bliss: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Many chocolate treats are braces-friendly. Opt for classics...  [Read full blog post]

The Power of Precision

September 15th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsEmbarking on the journey of orthodontic treatment is a commitment to achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. While the focus is often on the orthodontic appliances themselves, the importance of oral hygiene cannot be overstated. Among the key practices for maintaining optimal oral health, the simple act of brushing for a dedicated 2 minutes stands out as a powerful tool in ensuring a successful and comfortable orthodontic experience. Orthodontic appliances, whether traditional...  [Read full blog post]

Your Ultimate Guide to Orthodontic Dental Wax

August 28th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsEmbarking on a journey towards a beautifully aligned smile through orthodontic treatment is a commendable decision. However, this journey often comes with its fair share of discomfort as the braces work their magic on your teeth. Luckily, there's a simple solution that can alleviate much of this discomfort…orthodontic dental wax. Orthodontic dental wax is a soft, pliable material that's designed to provide relief from the irritation and soreness that can be caused by...  [Read full blog post]

Achieving a Confident Smile with Clear Braces

July 13th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsA beautiful smile has the power to light up a room and boost your self-confidence. However, not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth. For many years, traditional metal braces were the go-to solution for correcting dental misalignments. While effective, metal braces came with their own set of drawbacks, such as aesthetic concerns. Enter clear braces, a modern orthodontic innovation that combines the effectiveness of traditional braces with the aesthetic appeal of...  [Read full blog post]

Chewing Ice Can Damage Your Teeth

June 20th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsChewing ice is an incredibly common habit. Some people chew on ice after finishing a drink, while others do it to cool off in the summer heat. Chewing ice may also help relieve stress or aid in relaxation. No matter what the reason people chew ice, just like many other hard foods, chewing ice can cause a myriad of oral health issues, and even cost you an expensive trip to your dentist or orthodontist. If you already have fillings, crowns, or veneers, or if you wear braces,...  [Read full blog post]

It's Time For A BraceLift

May 4th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsAs we grow older, many of us turn to expensive and invasive cosmetic treatments in an effort to retain a youthful appearance. Despite all of the gimmicks out there, studies show that your smile can do more to make you look younger than anything else! “Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of...  [Read full blog post]

5 Reason to Love Your Braces

April 13th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsBraces are an investment in your smile, your health, and your overall well-being. Braces can transform your teeth, give you a more comfortable bite, and give you a beautiful smile that will boost your confidence. Advances in orthodontic treatment are not only perfecting smiles, but also correcting misaligned jaws and teeth. Misalignments can impact chewing, oral hygiene, and they may cause future jaw joint problems. Teeth that are not correctly aligned can be difficult...  [Read full blog post]

5 Ways You Can Speed Up Orthodontic Treatment

March 7th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsOne of the most asked questions when patients get their braces on is… “How long will my treatment last?” While there is no quick fix, there are ways to speed up your orthodontic treatment. The following tips will help you get the most from your orthodontic treatment in as little time as possible. 1. Follow Dr. Wazio’s Instructions - If you want the best possible result from your orthodontic treatment, it is especially important that you follow the instructions we give...  [Read full blog post]

Choosing Your Orthodontic Look

February 9th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsAt Wazio Orthodontics, we help patients of all ages receive the professional orthodontic treatment they deserve to achieve and maintain a beautiful healthy smile. With various types of braces and aligners, we can customize a treatment plan to help straighten your teeth for the smile you have always wanted. When most people think about visiting the orthodontist, they think traditional metal braces for teenagers is the extent of the orthodontic services provided. The reality...  [Read full blog post]

Eating With Orthodontic Appliances

January 10th 2023
Wazio OrthodonticsCertain dietary habits are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Dr. Wazio’s aim is to achieve treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. When taking care of braces or an orthodontic appliance, softer foods are recommended…especially after an appointment when your mouth may be sore. If you have to question whether you...  [Read full blog post]

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

December 14th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsTiming is everything…especially when it comes to your child’s orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment is a great way to spot any problems within your child’s developing mouth and treat them before they turn into lifelong problems. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age 7. By age 7 your child has...  [Read full blog post]

10 Common Orthodontic Questions

November 10th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsIf you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child, you might have some questions. Below are the top 10 questions the team at Wazio Orthodontics has gotten from patients who are just starting their smile journey. 1. How soon can I bring my child in to see Dr. Wazio? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to see an orthodontist by the time they turn seven years old. Bringing your child to see an orthodontist this...  [Read full blog post]

5 Things You Didn't Know About Your Teeth

October 20th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsWhen it comes to our teeth, many of us still have a thing or two to learn. Here are 5 facts about your teeth that you might not know. 1. Your enamel is the hardest part of your body - Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of a tooth. It covers the crown of the tooth, which is the part you can see outside of the gums. Like a hard shell, enamel’s primary purpose is to protect the rest of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium and phosphate, like your bones, but is...  [Read full blog post]

Can You Get Braces From Your Dentist?

September 19th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsA question we are often asked is, “Can my general dentist give me braces?” The simple answer is no. While orthodontists and dentists help patients improve their oral health, they do so in very different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth and gums, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites. The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care. They are...  [Read full blog post]

Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners

August 18th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsIf you’re considering orthodontic treatment, you’re probably trying to decide between traditional metal braces and Invisalign. You have most likely heard that Invisalign looks better, but does Invisalign work as well as metal braces? Can you actually achieve the smile you have always wanted with these thin, plastic aligner trays? Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created just for you. The aligner trays are made...  [Read full blog post]

Why You Need Orthodontic Care

July 21st 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsOral health is a window into your overall health. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and creates healthy smiles. A good bite makes it easier for you to chew and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures. Orthodontic treatment can yield life-enhancing results: better function (biting, chewing, speaking).In the simplest terms,...  [Read full blog post]

Orthodontic Care is More Affordable Than You Think

June 28th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment has positive effects on the health of your mouth. Aesthetics and function go hand in hand. A straighter, more beautiful smile will distribute the force of your bite more evenly and be less prone to dental problems. Teeth that aren't straight are more prone to damage. If you want your smile to last a lifetime, orthodontics can help. When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned, you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down....  [Read full blog post]

Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

May 25th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsInvisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is having the ability to take the aligners out to eat and drink…but that doesn't mean they don't get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is a vital part of your treatment, and it's the only way to keep them invisible, odorless, and free from germs. Without proper cleaning, your aligners can discolor, smell, and...  [Read full blog post]

Trust an Orthodontist with Your Family’s Smiles

April 20th 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsIf you have been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, you may be wondering if your family dentist is the best person to turn to for the high-quality care you need. Although many people believe dentists and orthodontists are interchangeable, there are significant differences between a general dentist and an orthodontist. It’s important to understand these differences in order to make an informed decision about your orthodontic care. In...  [Read full blog post]

Preparing For Orthodontics

March 21st 2022
Wazio OrthodonticsWhen you or your child are ready to visit Wazio Orthodontics for an evaluation, you may have a few questions and maybe even some concerns. It is completely normal to feel a bit apprehensive when you first consider going to an orthodontist. Whether your dentist has advised you to seek care from Wazio Orthodontics, or you have decided to do so on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial exam with Dr. Wazio and his team. Before your initial...  [Read full blog post]

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