Braces for Adults

Many people believe that braces are only for children and teenagers. This is incorrect. More and more adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment. According to Harvard Health Publications, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. It is never too late to have your teeth straightened so you can have a healthier, more… Read more »

Overcrowding Can Occur as Permanent Teeth Replace Primary Teeth

As your child grows their oral structure will naturally expand to accommodate their 32 permanent teeth. As you know, primary teeth are not lost all at the same time. Sometimes this can allow two or more teeth in one area to emerge close together. Genetic and environmental factors can also contribute to overcrowding with permanent… Read more »

Your Child Will Need a Retainer After Braces

Each of your child’s adjustment sessions at Schouten Orthodontics in Springville, Utah, tightened their braces to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor their teeth in the sockets. Gradually, this has brought your child’s teeth into a beautiful, even alignment. Once this process is fully complete, the braces can be uninstalled from your child’s mouth. However,… Read more »

Types of Malocclusion

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting the position of the teeth and jaws. This is important, as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly, are at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and can cause extra stress in the jaw, which can lead to headaches and TMJ disorders…. Read more »

Braces Come in Diverse Styles

Alignment issues with your child’s teeth can create several different issues. While cosmetic issues can impact self-esteem, what matters more is those physical imperfections which lead to oral health problems in the future. Misaligned teeth in childhood can create dental attrition, cavities and even dental fractures in adulthood. Fortunately, most orthodontic alignment issues can be… Read more »

The Tips You Need to Help Your Orthodontist Provide Your Perfect Smile Results

Your orthodontist is smart and accomplished, especially when it comes to providing beautiful and aligned smiles. However, doesn’t do it all by self. In fact, needs patients’ help to provide the perfect smiles. So, if you’re aligning your chompers, Dr. needs you to do what you can to help provide the smile of your dreams…. Read more »

The Tips You Need to Properly Clean (Floss) Around Your Permanent Retainer

Do you have a hard time flossing around your permanent retainer? If so, you’re not alone. Many people find it tricky to remove food particles and plaque around the appliance and also deeply clean the gums. Our orthodontist, Dr. , is happy to give you the tips you need to properly clean around your retainer… Read more »

Dealing With Damage to Your Braces

Aside from the very important job that they do, let’s be honest: braces are an expensive investment, and you will want to protect them so that they can do their job effectively. Avoiding hard and sticky foods, and wearing a mouthguard when you play sports or recreate can help protect your braces. However, accidents can… Read more »

Athletes Should Wear a Mouthguard When Necessary

Dental trauma can vary in severity from chips, minor fractures, severe dental fractures, and dental avulsion. Certain sports and athletic activities come with an increased risk of suffering a blow to the face. This can potentially cause dental trauma and soft tissue injuries to the mouth. One easy and effective way to reduce your chances… Read more »

Cleaning Your Braces So They Can Align Your Smile

If you wish to salvage your smile with an orthodontic treatment such as braces, make sure to do your part to clean and care for them during the treatment process. Over time, braces can weaken and fail if your oral health is neglected, so take the necessary steps to continue on the fastest path to… Read more »