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A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign for Teens


One of the questions I get most from parents is: “which is better: Braces or Invisalign?”

It’s a hard question to answer because so much of it depends on each teen’s personality and their specific needs. That’s why I prioritize spending time with them, and listening to their parents. T...

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Adult Orthodontic Treatment


It’s never too late to achieve the confident, beautiful smile you always wanted.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. It is a common misconception that adults cannot receive orthodontic treatment like children and teens. Adult orthodontics is becoming more popular today a...

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Stickables, The Newest Accessory to Your Child’s Smile


If you’re a parent of a 6-9 year old, you’re going to want to know about Stickables.

They’re the newest release by Invisalign - the leading manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners - and your kiddo is going to be interested.

While many parents come to our practice with teens, ...

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Foods That Make Your Teeth Look YELLOW!


No one wants yellow teeth!

What can you do to make sure you maintain your pearly white as long as you can. Certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth, and ultimately lead to discoloration. Coffee, tea, soda, dark juices, popsicles, and even soy sauce can stain your teeth. Sugary, ...

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Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment? Think Again!


Although adolescence is a common time to get orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign and Braces, there’s no reason for adults of any age to have to deal with crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or other dental issues.

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that dema...

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Do I Need to See My Dentist While Getting Invisalign or Braces?


Yes, Yes and Yes!!!

If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day during your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Nadia Nizam and our team think that’s wonderful! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every six months, or as recommended, in addition to bru...

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Is Bottled Water Good For ME?


As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride!

Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friend...

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What Questions Should I Ask During My Orthodontic Consultation?


If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling an orthodontic consultation at Impressions Orthodontics.

During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your ...

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Sugar and Orthodontic Treatment


In summary, sugar and orthodontic treatment are not best friends.

One word no one likes to hear is “cavity!”

For those patients of ours wearing braces, hearing that word is especially problematic, considering that delaying any dental work may result in delaying treatment time...

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Is Fluoride Important for Your Teeth?


Our team at Impressions Orthodontics knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment.

If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, you should have a successful trea...

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How to Protect Your Teeth while Playing Sports?


Proper mouth protection is recommended by Impressions Orthodontics and Dr. Nizam when you participate in any sports activities.

If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your l...

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Nail Biting.. is it OK to continue?


Nail biting is also known as Onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom.

Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say th...

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Can I just use Mouthwash, Instead of Flossing?


Hmmm..I know when you ask that questions.. you probably don’t like flossing.

While mouthwash goes a long way in improving your oral care, it is not a substitute for flossing. Mouthwashes and flossing provide different benefits that you should understand. For a healthy mouth, it is be...

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What Does it Mean to be a DIGITAL Orthodontist?


Dr. Nizam has always believed in staying well informed about the advances in orthodontics.

We are a digital orthodontic office in Calgary, AB. What that means is we are completely impression free! No more goop and gagging issues!

At Impressions Orthodontics we opt to use a sta...

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Dr. Nizam's Kids Friendly Recipes: Turkish Simit


We are back with another of our favourite recipes.

Turkish simit is a traditional sesame crusted bread that makes for a delicious breakfast or snack. If you’ve followed along with our other go to cinnamon donut and vanilla mug cake recipes, you probably already know about our HelloFres...

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Dr. Nizam's Kids Friendly Recipes: Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


When not practicing orthodontics, Dr. Nizam enjoys whipping up delicious meals and treats for her family.

We are sharing some of her go-to, kids approved recipes—guaranteed to put a smile on your face. In our second edition of Dr. Nizam’s Kid Friendly Recipes we are sharing this melt in...

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Dr. Nizam's Kids Friendly Recipes: Vanilla Mug Cakes


When not practicing orthodontics, Dr. Nizam enjoys whipping up delicious meals and treats for her family.

We are sharing some of her go-to, kids approved recipes—guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If your looking for other great recipes, be sure to enter our Hello Fresh Giveaway! ...

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I grind my teeth ... Should I get a Night Guard made?


A night guard, also known as a splint or dental guard, is a removable dental appliance worn while you sleep to protect your teeth against the effects of night-time teeth clenching or grinding.

Dr. Nizam will recommend a night guard if you show signs of bruxism. Such symptoms include fra...

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Happy Father's Day


It’s that time of the year that we celebrate our Fathers for all that they do for us.

The Father's Day is celebrated across the world with the objective of realizing and honouring the contribution of fathers in the society. It is a day which celebrates the fatherhood, paternal bonds ...

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How fast can I notice a difference in my teeth after starting Invisalign?


If you decide to invest in Invisalign Clear Aligners for your smile transformation, you will likely be eager to start seeing your results.

Most patients will be able to see noticeable changes in their smile as quickly as six weeks into their treatment. However, exactly how quickly you s...

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Invisalign - The Clear Choice for Orthodontics During Social Distancing


We live in strange times - gestures once taken for granted - handshakes, hugs, fist bumps - are now taboo; even our smiles are often hidden behind masks.

But that doesn’t mean no one is seeing your smile. COVID-19 has meant socially distancing ourselves but it has also meant a boom in...

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What is Sleep Apnea? Can Orthodontics Help the Symptoms?


Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

The main types of sleep apnea are:

  • Obstructive sleep apn...
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Happy Mothers Day!


“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Impressions Orthodontics. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or fo...

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Earth Day!


During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies.

The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosp...

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Covid 19 and Orthodontic Emergency Care


Although major orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare, when they do happen it is important to seek immediate attention.

With Covid-19, seeing you in the office is difficult and so we are hoping this blog will help you navigate through minor orthodontic emergencies at home. Here are...

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Covid-19 and Invisalign Care


During these times of self-isolation and our office being closed, Invisalign patients are at an advantage.

When Dr. Nizam creates the aligners for you, she designs your teeth to move in advance, which means as long as you are wearing your trays, there is no delay in your treatment. If ...

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Covid-19, Orthodontic Emergency and Parts of Braces


Most orthodontic emergencies can easily be taken care of at home, if you try and still need help feel free to give us a call we are always here to help!

Here are a few tips on caring for orthodontic emergencies. If you are unable to correct the discomfort or it continues to be bothersom...

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Covid-19 and What is considered an emergency?


The guidelines that we have received from Alberta Dental Association states that the following are considered emergent while all other orthodontic emergencies are not considered emergent and we are mandated to stay closed.

Elective vs. Non-Elective Procedures:

Non-elective pro...

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Can I find out if my teen is wearing their aligners?


Due to the technological improvements more and more teens are using Invisalign to straighten their teeth.

In the age of social media, a lot of teens would rather not have braces. Although Invisalign teen is a great option, compliance has to be monitored closely at home. If you’re worrie...

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Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?


In Canada, you do not need a referral to see an orthodontist.

Why Would You Need to See an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are specialists in their field of dentistry. They generally concentrate on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregulari...

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What are Invisalign Attachments?


Invisalign has quickly become a well-known and popular option for straightening teeth discretely.

While the treatment is marketed as not using wires or brackets, some patients do require Invisalign attachments for the treatment to be effective. But, there’s good news: just like the alig...

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What to avoid when my child has braces?


Food That Should be Avoided with Braces

The following foods should be avoided with braces:

  • Whole apples & pears – rather than biting into hard fruits, cut it up into small, thin pieces
  • Carrots & Other Raw Vegetables – biting into a whole carrot can break th...
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What can my child eat with braces?


Food That Can Be Eaten with Braces

You can still eat most food with braces. It’s important that your child cleans their teeth properly after eating because food can easily get stuck in their braces. Foods that can be eating with braces include:

  • Bread – pre-cut loaves ...
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Invisalign Chewies: What are they and how do I use them?


Invisalign chewies are a soft chewing device the size of a cotton roll that can be used by patients treated with Invisalign.

It is a small cylinder made of a soft spongy plastic like material called Styrene Copolymer. The function of the Invisalign chewie is to eliminate the air space b...

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Playing musical instruments with Braces


Playing a wind instrument with braces can be very difficult.

For many children and teenagers the fear of loosing the ability to play their instrument can be a real barrier to getting braces. In fact some who are very serious about their music may choose not to fix their teeth, to avoid ...

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What is the right age to take my child to an Orthodontist?


As a specialist orthodontist, we like to see a child when they’re 7-8 years old.

This also coincides with the eruption of the permanent front teeth, to asses if there is likely to be any need for treatment. Modern orthodontics takes a holistic approach to the overall wellbeing of a chil...

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Should you clean your tongue?


Even if you brush and floss your pearly whites twice or thrice a day, you cannot think of going cavity-free.

This is because the bacteria residing on the tongue are not being addressed. Cleaning your tongue is recommended as it is beneficial in fighting bad breath as well as maintaining...

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Why do some people have crooked teeth and how do you fix them?


Everyone wants to have a perfect smile that you see on models and people on television.

But if you take a close look at people around you, you will see that people have crooked teeth more than the perfect straight.

What exactly are crooked teeth and its types?

Is Flossing really required?


We get asked this question on a daily basis.

Do I need to floss? Does floss really prevent decay? Does flossing really prevent gum disease? My parents’ don’t floss and their teeth and gums are fine.

One thing is for certain, all dental professionals will tell you that flossing...

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How long does it take to straighten teeth with Invisalign?


Invisalign is growing in popularity as an orthodontic treatment because people like that the aligners are clear and nearly invisible, and they can take them out to eat.

One of first questions people ask our Orthodontists about Invisalign is:

“How long will it take to...

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What is Orthodontics Wax and What is it used for?


After braces or Invisalign have been placed, it will take some time to get used to them in the mouth.

This is when you will most require wax. The braces or the edges of the aligners might irritate causing some discomfort on the inside of the mouth. Wax helps to create a barrier between ...

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Why did that bracket fell off?


We understand it can be frustrating when after getting your braces on, one of the brackets come loose.

What causes this and how can it be avoided? There are at least three reasons why this happens:

  1. The tooth
  2. The placement technique
  3. The patient (y...
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Why aren't my child permanent teeth coming in?


Did your son or daughter lose a baby tooth months ago and there is still no sign of a replacement tooth?

Here are two common reasons (and three rare ones) why this sometimes happens.

First, for a permanent tooth to erupt into place, there must be sufficient space. The permane...

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Some New Years Resolutions for your TEETH


We all make new year's resolutions, but many of us are not likely to follow through.

Turning over a new leaf in the New Year can be tricky, but finding a way to stick with it is important when that new leaf benefits your health. If you want to take better care when looking after your te...

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How to prevent teeth from staining?


Everyone wants white stain-free teeth.

It is sometimes harder to achieve pearly whites if you have habits, such as drinking 5 cups of coffee a day and smoking. Here are some of our favourites that can help you maintain your pearly whites.

  1. Brushing

    No surprises here,...

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How to live LONGER?


Don't we all want to find the fountain of youth and eat cheesy's all day long.

Well, its not that easy but it just might be. Here are some ways, we can live a longer and healthier life.

No matter what your age, you have the power to change many of the variables that influence ...

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Does Smiling Effect Your Life For the Better?


It was actually Darwin, who first proposed in the 19th century that facial expressions didn't only reflect emotions, but also caused them.

Your smile brings others towards you, can show your mood, but more amazingly can alter your mood. Smiling can make you feel happy. Smiling also mak...

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Invisalign Teen.


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system where transparent aligners are used instead of brackets and wires to gradually shift the teeth into their ideal positions.

Each aligner or tray is worn for one week and we recommend wearing them 20 hours 7 days a week. The aligners are only ...

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Why Summer is a great time to start Invisalign Teen?


Orthodontic treatment can be started at any time, but as we approach summer, we wanted to share three reasons why it’s a great time to start your teen’s treatment.

As you may know, Invisalign uses a series of progressively changing transparent aligners that are each worn for two weeks....

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What is the right age to start treatment for a Child?


I get asked this question on a daily basis. Not just for kids younger than 10 but also teens.

Parents have heard different things and some end up waiting till the child is 14-16 years old, limiting my range of treatment. Before I begin, All children should receive their first orthodonti...

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Does Orthodontic Treatment (Braces) Cause TMJ?


TMJ problems can be a real burden for many patients, that leads to pain, limitations on eating and embarrassing jaw joint noises.

I often get asked, “Can braces cause TMJ?” Although there’s no easy answer, I’ll do my best to explain.

Following a landmark lawsuit in 1987 where ...

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What kind of retainer is best for you?


Every Orthodontist is different when it comes to selecting a retainer.

The decision is based on their experience with a particular type of retainer and years of knowledge on success rate for each type of retainer. Although somethings for you to consider when selecting a particular type ...

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Soft drinks and orthodontic braces... not a good combination!


According to the American Association of Orthodontists, soft drinks, including regular and diet soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, weaken tooth enamel and can lead to decay.

They are even harder on teeth when orthodontic appliances such as braces or Invisalign are pres...

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Do you need to floss or not?


YOU’VE BEEN HEARING a lot about flossing in the news these days.

Recent articles stating that flossing doesn’t do any good for your oral health have left many patients feeling shocked and confused. As your trusted orthodontist, we’re here to set the record straight!

It all st...

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How to care for your retainers after orthodontic treatment?


THE DAY YOU HAVE BEEN waiting for has finally arrived… your braces are off.

Congratulations! A lot of people mistakenly believe that orthodontic treatment ends after braces, but it’s important to understand that wearing a retainer has an equally essential part in creating and maintaini...

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How will your diet change with braces?


GOOD NUTRITION IS extremely important to having a healthy smile.

It also aids in orthodontic treatment! By eating right during your treatment, you can make sure your teeth are strong enough to support braces as well as avoid any setbacks.

Avoid Hard, Chewy Foods Wit...

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Want to get rid of bad breath?


WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING…

you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of t...

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What's all this hype about Invisalign Teen?


WE ARE A CERTIFIED INVISALIGN TEEN PROVIDER

Bummed out about having braces? Invisalign Teen aligners give you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

I have enough to worry about...

...now I need braces too?

The team has a game this F...

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Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?


I’m not a strong believer of Two-Step or Two-Phase treatment unless it is required for correction of posterior/anterior (back/front) crossbite, limited space preventing adult teeth from erupting and social/self-esteem improvement for a child.

A question a lot of parents ask, do all b...

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Why Do Different Orthodontists Charge Different Fees for Braces/Invisalign?


Usually parents/patients are surprised when they realize that the cost of braces/Invisalign differ from office to office.

There are lots of factors that determine how an office will charge for braces/Invisalign, such as, cost of braces/invisalign, cost of staff, cost of the facility an...

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Does smoking affect oral health?


It’s general knowledge that smoking is bad for you.

But the truth is its broad-reaching health effects are not all known by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Listed below are some of the serious repercussions of smoking:

A. Oral Cancer

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What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?


In 2010 the Canadian Dental Association reported that there were 19,563 licensed dentists in Canada (this number is probably a lot higher in 2016).

Of these, only 735 were orthodontic specialists. That’s a small number! Every year, there are only 12-14 spots in the entire country for d...

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What causes dark triangles between teeth?


It is common to have dark triangles (little spaces between two teeth) before, during or after orthodontic alignment of teeth.

With healthy gums and well-aligned teeth that are touching each other in a row, we normally see no spaces between the gum and the teeth. Dark triangles are cause...

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What is the right AGE TO SEE THE ORTHODONTIST?


Most people associate orthodontics with teenagers, because most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 10 and 14.

That being true, there is an optimal age earlier than age 10, when you should take your child to see an Orthodontist for an evaluation. The American Association of Orthod...

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Why is SUMMER the best time for kids to start Braces/Invisalign?


Being a parent myself, I know when September 1st rolls in, my blood pressure rises for all the prep I have to do get the kids ready for school.

If you are a parent reading this, you understand the pressure. We seldom stop to think the pressure on kids during the start of the school year...

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It's a FAST world, let's ACCELERATE your treatment!


Advances in any field is a great thing. When it happens in Orthodontics, we get very excited.

Almost 3 years ago, FDA approved this device called ACCELEDENT in Canada to be used to accelerate your orthodontic treatment. Acceledent is a hands free device used 20 mins per day while you a...

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Best Invention Since Sliced Bread!!!


I get asked routinely, why I love INVISALIGN for my patients and my answer is: “It works and it looks great!”.

Don’t get me wrong, I was trained to straighten teeth even with a wire and a thread but if I can make it easier for my patients, than why not. What I have realized as I use I...

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The Top 7 major misconceptions of Orthodontics


There are many myths about orthodontics and braces.

This blog post will help you to understand the major misconceptions that most people seem to have regarding this very important health care service.

  1. My child has to wait until all his adult teeth are in place ...
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Is age a factor when it comes to straightening teeth?


Am I too old to get straighten my teeth?

You probably couldn’t do anything with my teeth mess, could you? Do you think Invisalign would work for me as I am 50 years old?, etc. These are question I get asked on a weekly basis from parents and grandparents of current patients. My answer...

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A New Year, a New Beginning


New Year’s Day is a unique day of celebration because it not only entails a day where you promise yourself some goals for the upcoming year but also envision what these changes are going to do for you.

For myself, the team and Impressions Orthodontics, the year 2015 was full of growth a...

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What should I do if my child is sucking his/her thumb?


The habit of thumb sucking can be a nightmare for most parents but it is comforting and calming for the child.

Your child probably practiced this habit while in the womb and perfected it as an infant.

Should you be worried? Should you get medical help? Accordi...

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