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First orthodontist appointment, what to expect, girl smiling wearing yellow sweater showing peace sign, Cool Braces

4 Things to Expect at Your First Orthodontist Appointment

May 17, 2023

So you’re preparing for your first orthodontic appointment ever – how exciting! You’re about to embark on a life-changing journey that makes you …
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Are traditional braces my only option?

May 1, 2023

So you’ve ready to straighten your teeth and get that cool, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. But doesn’t that require undergoing treatment …
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Can braces stop teeth grinding?

April 17, 2023

Has a friend recently told you that you grind your teeth at night? Or maybe you know you‘re guilty of grinding your teeth, you …
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Can I use charcoal toothpaste with braces?

April 1, 2023

Charcoal toothpaste has become more popular lately, with well-known brands like Colgate, Crest, Hello and Burt’s Bees entering the charcoal toothpaste market.  Is this trend …
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Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist in Berwyn or Oak Lawn?

March 17, 2023

Before you see a health specialist, you typically need a doctor referral from your primary care provider or family doctor. So does that apply to …


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