Do You Know How to Keep Your Braces Clean?

Did you know that braces need to be cared for and maintained to ensure optimal functionality? Do you know how to keep your braces clean? To begin, you should not do or attempt anything while wearing braces that you wouldn’t attempt without them, including playing contact sports or high-risk activities without mouth guards. Braces may… Read more »

Keys to Correcting Misalignment Damage

Are you in need of an orthodontic alignment? If any of your teeth are out of their proper positions or alignment, it will be in the best interest of your oral health to ensure they are back where they need to be if you wish for your smile to truly function as intended. Listed below… Read more »

Tips for Taking Care of Your Teenage Teeth

Have you been taking care of your teenage teeth? The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth erupt above the gum line, completing the set that needs to last for the rest of your life. It is also a… Read more »

Athletes with Braces May Need a Custom Mouth Guard

Your Bradshaw & Hathaway orthodontist installed braces hardware in your mouth, as part of a long-term effort to realign your teeth for a more function mouth and an appealing smile. If you participate in a contact sport, you are at increased risk of oral trauma. This is why many schools, and athletic groups make using… Read more »

Reach a Healthier, Straighter Smile with Invisalign®

For individuals who have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, gaining a straight, beautiful, healthy smile doesn’t have to be troublesome. With Invisalign® in Johnson City, Tennessee, you’ll know what to expect during the entire process. To begin the Invisalign process, schedule a consultation with Drs. Bradshaw and Hathaway and discuss your needs and goals…. Read more »

Common Questions About Keeping Your Braces Clean

Caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatments begins with keeping your braces clean. If your braces are damaged, they will need to be repaired. However, you should never try to repair them yourself, but rather, leave it up to your orthodontist. For more information, consider the following questions about keeping your braces clean: True or… Read more »

Do Your Braces Rub You the Wrong Way?

Although canker sores can arise in your mouth anytime, they can especially show up when you are first wearing braces. What do they look like? Canker sores are white (or yellow) shallow ulcers surrounded by a red border. They crop up as the soft oral tissues in your mouth may be irritated for one to… Read more »

Avoid These Habits if You Want to Keep Your Orthodontic Appliance in Pristine Condition

It’s important to keep your braces in tip-top shape, especially because it helps you have a smooth and successful orthodontic experience and treatment. One way to keep your orthodontic appliance in pristine condition is by avoiding habits that can harm and damage it. Those habits are: –Forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse: Oral hygiene is… Read more »

Choosing Between Invisalign® Braces and Traditional Braces

Are you in need of braces and not sure which type would be the best for your situation? There are a lot of different types of braces available. One of the most popular brands is Invisalign® clear plastic braces. They have many benefits they offer over traditional braces, however, they may not be for everyone…. Read more »

Smile Assessment

Ideally, orthodontic assessments should start early. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven. Drs. Bradshaw and Hathaway can detect any issues with jaw growth and development and emerging teeth at this age. Most children begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. Drs…. Read more »