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With So Many Options Now — Should I Even Consider Traditional Braces? Aug 8th, 2022

Millions of people wear braces, enjoying not only the aesthetic benefits of straighter teeth but the oral health benefits too. Straight, evenly spaced teeth aren’t just more attractive — they can decrease the risks of tooth wear, bite imbalances, and other oral health problems. Today, when people think of orthodontic treatment, they tend...

How Are Digital Impressions Different from Traditional Impressions? Jul 1st, 2022

Orthodontic treatment offers lots to look forward to: Straighter teeth, a more beautiful smile, and reduced oral health risks are just a few benefits. But there’s one aspect of treatment that most patients don’t look forward to: gooey, sticky, gag-inducing impressions. Impressions act as stand-in models of your teeth, and...

7 Problems That Invisalign Corrects Jun 1st, 2022

More than 10 million people have been treated with the Invisalign® orthodontic system, a popular alternative to braces. One major reason so many people turn to Invisalign: The aligners are clear which means that while you’re wearing them, they’re pretty much invisible.  Another reason: The patented design means the aligners...

Who Needs Jaw Surgery? May 1st, 2022

When you think about orthodontic treatment, what do you think of? Braces? Aligners? Retainers? Yes, they’re all a big part of orthodontic care. But for many people, jaw surgery is also a part of their treatment.  Also called orthognathic surgery or orthodontic surgery, jaw surgery helps address serious alignment issues...

Say Goodbye to Gooey Dental Impressions Made with Putty Apr 6th, 2022

Millions of American kids and adults have orthodontic treatment every year, and even though their treatment plans will vary, they all have one thing in common: They had impressions made before their treatment began. Impressions play an important role in orthodontic treatment — but until recently, having impressions made meant biting...

What to Expect When You Get Braces as an Adult Mar 8th, 2022

Think braces are just for kids and teens? Think again. More than four million Americans wear orthodontic braces, and that includes about one million adults. In fact, braces are designed to work for patients of all ages who have all or most of their adult teeth. As long as your jawbones and teeth...

How to Take Care of Your Retainer Feb 1st, 2022

Your braces are off! Finally, your orthodontic treatment is over — right? Not quite. You still need to wear your retainer. Retainers help hold your teeth in their new positions while your roots stabilize and “take hold.” Wearing your retainer as directed is an important part of orthodontic treatment, “locking...

How Long Does Treatment with Invisalign® Take? Jan 1st, 2022

There’s no time like the New Year to make a commitment to a healthier, more beautiful smile, and for plenty of people that means straightening their teeth with the Invisalign® clear alignment system. If Invisalign is on your list of resolutions, you’re probably wondering, “How long will my treatment take?” ...

What to Expect During Your Scan for Digital Impressions Dec 13th, 2021

Mmmm, there’s nothing so tasty as a big tray full of soft, sticky putty — said no one ever. But until recently, biting down on a couple of putty-filled trays was the only way for your orthodontist to get impressions of your teeth, and those impressions were (and still are)...

Traditional Braces or Invisalign®: Which Is Best for You? Nov 11th, 2021

More than 4 million Americans wear braces, including about a million adults. Those numbers show the importance of having a great-looking smile, no matter what age you may be. On top of that, more than 10 million teens and adults have had Invisalign® treatment since the clear aligners were first...

Am I a Good Candidate for Surgical Orthodontics? Oct 13th, 2021

When most people think of orthodontics, they think of braces and aligners. But orthodontics includes other treatments too, depending on the issues that are causing poor alignment and bite problems. Surgical orthodontics is a good example. Also called orthognathic surgery, surgical orthodontics focuses on special orthodontic treatments designed to correct...

5 Benefits of Straighter Teeth Sep 9th, 2021

A lot of people think of orthodontics as a cosmetic treatment. And while braces and aligners can certainly make your smile look better, the benefits of straighter teeth go far beyond what you see in the mirror. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, and the team...

Best Practices for Making the Most of Your Retainer Aug 16th, 2021

If you’re one of the millions of Americans with braces or aligners, one thing’s for sure: Getting straight teeth and a gorgeous new smile is going to be a fairly big investment of your time. Once your initial phase of treatment (the straightening part) is over, you want to be...

How Long Will I Need Braces? Jul 15th, 2021

More than 4 million Americans wear braces. If you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering how long it will be before you can enjoy your final results.  At Freedom Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, and our team customize your orthodontic treatment from start to finish. That...

Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth Jun 23rd, 2021

Everyone knows having straighter teeth can drastically improve the way your smile looks. But aesthetic benefits are just one reason to consider braces or aligners. There are plenty of other benefits as well. Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, and the team at Freedom Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, help their patients...

5 Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety May 24th, 2021

As many as 20% of school-age children have dental anxiety. In short, that means they’re afraid of going to the dentist. But what exactly is dental anxiety?  Dental anxiety is a term that encompasses anything from nervousness about seeing the dentist to a debilitating phobia that makes it nearly impossible...

Recovering From Dental Surgery: What to Expect Apr 16th, 2021

When most people think of orthodontics, they think of braces and invisible aligners. But orthodontics also involves more complex treatments, like orthodontic surgery, to improve the shape and function of your jaw. Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, is a leading provider of orthodontic surgery, also called orthognathic surgery or surgical orthodontics....

How to Brush Your Teeth When You Have Braces Mar 16th, 2021

More than four million Americans are undergoing orthodontic treatment right now — that includes kids, teens, and adults. Regardless of their age or their reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, they all have one thing in common: They all need to learn some new techniques for keeping their teeth, gums, and...

The Advantages of Digital Impressions Feb 16th, 2021

About 4 million people in the United States have braces — that includes kids, teens, and adults. And it’s almost certain that every one of those people had impressions made before their treatment began. Impressions are three-dimensional models or molds of your teeth that enable your orthodontist to develop a...

Orthodontics and COVID-19 Jan 17th, 2021

Orthodontic care is important not just for the beautiful smile it provides, but also for helping you enjoy years of better oral health. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many people away from the orthodontist, despite the fact that practices remain open. That’s not surprising — many people are worried...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

6 Reasons to Consider Braces Dec 13th, 2020

More than 4 million people in the United States wear braces, and that includes about a million adults. At Freedom Orthodontics, Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, and his team offer a variety of braces options for teens, preteens, and adults in Cedar Park, Texas. If you’ve been wondering if braces might...

What to Do When Your Brackets Break Nov 9th, 2020

Braces help millions of Americans — kids, teens, and adults — enjoy beautiful, more confident smiles, along with better oral health. As sturdy and durable as today’s braces may be, that doesn’t mean problems can’t happen, and broken brackets are one of the more common orthodontic issues patients face. At...

Why You Shouldn't Brush Off Wearing Your Retainer Oct 13th, 2020

Orthodontic treatment is one of the best things you can do to improve your smile aesthetics and oral health. But wearing braces or aligners is definitely a time commitment, and by the time this part of your treatment is complete, you’re probably ready to put orthodontic treatment in the past...

You're Never Too Old for Braces Sep 11th, 2020

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, a lot of people tend to associate it with teens and preteens. But in recent years, more and more adults have been turning to orthodontics as well. That might be because they missed out on having braces as a kid, or it might be...

The Benefits of Digital Impressions Aug 12th, 2020

Are braces in your future? Then dental impressions are too. In fact, in the United States alone, about 4 million people have braces at any given time — and it’s a safe bet that every one of them began treatment with impressions, or molds, of their teeth. Impressions provide your...

Follow These Tips for Invisalign® Success Jul 16th, 2020

As you already know, Invisalign® is an incredible system that provides you with the same results you’d get from metal braces, but with a cleaner look and less hassle. Once you start on Invisalign, you’ll be on your way to a straighter, more beautiful smile. Yet while Invisalign does most...