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Common Problems with Braces and How to Fix Them

Traditional metal braces have been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean they’re antiquated. Today’s metal braces are better than ever, made with advanced materials that help us move teeth more efficiently and predictably. Although the latest technology makes problems with braces less frequent, there are still some issues that can pop up now and then. Here’s how to fix …

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What You Should Know About At-Home Aligners

Have you heard of SmileDirectClub? It promises at-home orthodontic treatment with clear plastic aligners, similar to Invisalign, at a much lower price point. What’s not to love, right? As with most things in life, you get what you pay for––and with SmileDirectClub, you might be paying for a mouthful of problems. In the most recent development in its ongoing battle …

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How to Brush Teeth with Braces

When you have braces, brushing and flossing can be a challenge. How can you do a good job getting your teeth clean with all those brackets and wires in the way? It might not be easy, but it can be done. Here are the step-by-step instructions we give our patients on how to brush teeth with braces. You don’t even …

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5 Benefits of Invisalign

Nowadays, Invisalign has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available. Instead of the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces, the system uses clear, plastic aligning trays to reposition the teeth. Designed from advanced digital imaging to fit the precise contours of your mouth, the Invisalign trays rest comfortably over the teeth as they apply gentle aligning pressure. …

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Invisalign FAQs and Answers

Many of our patients want to know if Invisalign is right for them. While we can’t answer this question without seeing you in our office first, we can answer other common questions about Invisalign treatment here on our blog. Read on for our Invisalign FAQs and answers, and find out more about Invisalign in San Ramon on our website. Invisalign …

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Can You Get Braces or Invisalign Just on Your Bottom Teeth?

A common question we hear from patients is, “Can I get braces or Invisalign  just on my bottom teeth?” Once Dr. Bigman fully evaluates both the top and bottom arches with state-of-the-art digital x-rays and a comprehensive review of the patient’s oral health, he will help decide the best treatment option. In some cases, that may just mean braces or …

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Getting Braces – What You Should Know

Although many patients are interested in Invisalign®, metal or clear braces remain an incredibly popular way to straighten teeth.  We recommend an early orthodontic appointment around your child’s 7th birthday. This lets us analyze the emerging teeth and take preventive measures to give them the best chance of being naturally straight. Still, pediatric braces are often needed! We generally place …

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Should I see an Orthodontist or a Dentist for Invisalign® Treatment?

Invisalign®, “the clear alternative to braces,” is the category leader in orthodontic aligners, an established company with hundreds of thousands of hours in specialized training, regulated guideline reviews, and trial and error overseen by professional orthodontic committees. It is the go-to solution for basic to complex orthodontic issues, with a strong network of board-certified, licensed, specialized orthodontists.  In recent years, …

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Adult Braces – Still a Top Choice!

Braces are most commonly placed on teenagers or pre-teens, but many adults need their teeth straightened, as well. Whether you simply never got around to it, your teeth shifted later in life due to natural changes in bone structure or trauma, or your teeth are reasonably straight but not picture-perfect. Regardless of the reason, many adults choose to straighten their …

Invisalign Vs. At-home DIY Aligners

Invisalign® vs. At-Home DIY Aligners – An Expert Assessment

Invisalign, “the clear alternative to braces,” is the category leader in orthodontic aligners, and for good reason…the company has been established for decades, garnered hundreds of thousands of hours in specialized training, regulated guideline reviews, trial and error overseen by professional orthodontic committees (unpaid, non-endorsed), and supported by intensive research. It is the go-to solution for basic to complex orthodontic …