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At What Age Should Children See an Orthodontist?

It may be time to bring your child to see an orthodontist if you notice the following:

  • Your child's baby teeth fall out early (before age 3) or late (after year 8).
  • Chewing or biting food is difficult for your child.
  • Teeth overlap or crowd other teeth.
  • Upper and lower teeth don’t fit together.
  • Your little one’s jaw seems to shift or make sounds while eating.
  • The jaw seems to protrude or recess unusually.
  • The jaws and teeth are not in proportion to the size of your child’s face.
  • You see that your child inadvertently bites the cheek or roof of his or her mouth.
  • Your child engages in thumb or finger sucking.

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Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Holidays

The season of delicious holiday treats is here! Grandma’s crunchy gingerbread cookies, bright peppermint candy canes, and party bowls filled with fancy nuts are plentiful, along with sweet drinks like eggnog. It's time to celebrate with family and friends.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Invisalign® Clean

You and the Mountain View Orthodontics team decided the Invisalign® system would effectively straighten your teeth. Now, it's time to review essential tips for keeping the aligners clean. By following these 6 tips, you won't discolor the trays, and you'll avoid a buildup of bacteria that could cause an odor and affect your oral health.

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The Hidden Dangers of DIY Teeth Straightening: 5 Facts about Smile Direct Club from Mountain View Orthodontics

For many of us, a do-it-yourself (DIY) project is satisfying:

  • The time and effort you put into the project make the results more valuable.
  • You get to use your creativity and your hands.
  • You’re not relying on someone else to do the work for you.
  • Sometimes, you even save money on the cost of the project.

When it comes to creating a new smile, however, DIY solutions like those provided by mail order companies like SmileDirectClub can be dangerous.

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Deciding Between Invisalign and Braces? What You Need to Know

You're thinking about improving your smile and wonder, "Would braces or Invisalign be best for me?" How do you choose the right option? How do you find an Invisalign orthodontist near you?

The team at Mountain View Orthodontics in Roanoke, VA, is here to help answer those questions.

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When is it Time for Braces? Advice from Mountain View Orthodontics – Roanoke, VA

Are you trying to decide if your child needs braces? Are you thinking about braces for yourself but aren’t sure if you really need them? As a first step, review the list below. If you experience or see any of these signs, you or your child may benefit from braces:

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How to Manage Discomfort from Braces 3 Tips from Mountain View Orthodontics – Roanoke, VA

People who begin wearing braces - adults, teenagers, and younger children - are alike in 2 ways:

  1. They’re all starting a journey that ends with a great smile.
  2. They’re all going to experience some discomfort during the process.

Why Braces Cause Discomfort

Whether you wear metal, ceramic, self-ligating, or clear aligning braces, you’ll have some aches and pains:

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Empower® Braces Will Have You Smiling Soon: Find Out More from Mountain View Orthodontics – Roanoke, VA

Flashback to the 1980s: Wearing braces often meant you had at least one set of small rubber bands stretched between your top and bottom teeth. Occasionally, one of the rubber bands would fly out of your mouth across the lunchroom table toward another student (or that's the story you told the cafeteria paraprofessional!). Every four to six weeks, you'd be in the orthodontist's office choosing a new color of elastic bands to wrap around each metal brace on your teeth. The glow-in-the-dark ones were cool, and you could choose your school colors for homecoming. Cleaning your teeth around all the rubber bands in your mouth was a challenge!

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Thinking about a New Smile? Mountain View Orthodontics and Invisalign in Roanoke VA Can Help!

Thinking about a New Smile? Mountain View Orthodontics and Invisalign in Roanoke VA Can Help! When you’re confident about your smile, you look happy and successful. People are more likely to respond positively to you. If you’re covering up a crooked smile, you could be making your life more challenging. Invisalign’s modern no-metal method for straightening teeth can give your smile back to you!

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