Orthodontic Blogs

What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment

It’s perfectly understandable for patients to be nervous about their first orthodontist appointment. After all, orthodontic treatments are an investment in your smile. In this blog post, we hope to dispel any concerns you have about your first orthodontist visit by explaining what you can expect.

Should You Choose Braces or Invisalign

Invisalign, ceramic braces, and metal braces are all options for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smiles. In this blog post, we will go over the differences between braces and Invisalign so you can feel informed during your first consultation with a Grand Rapids orthodontist.

How is Adult Orthodontic Treatment Different

Have you ever felt self-conscious about crooked teeth or experienced pain from a misaligned bite? If so, you owe it to yourself to ask about orthodontics for adults. While most of our patients are children and teenagers, we are still able to straighten adult teeth with beautiful results. It’s never too late to fix your smile.

How Long Will I Have to Wear Orthodontic Braces

As orthodontists, we often get asked by patients how long they’ll have to endure braces. It’s a fair question, considering the dental discomfort and self-consciousness that can come with wearing braces. However, it’s a question that we have to consider on a case-by-case basis.

Why We Use Orthodontic Elastics (Rubber Bands)

What purpose do those little orthodontic rubber bands have? (Besides popping up in random spots throughout your house years after treatment?) If you or your child has recently started wearing rubber bands, this blog post will help you understand the latest development in your orthodontic treatment.

Why It's Never Too Late For Adult Braces

Did you miss out on having braces when you were a child or teenager? It’s never too late to straighten your smile, which is why your general dentist may recommend you see an orthodontist for adult braces. It’s never too late for adults to get teeth braces.

Invisalign® FAQ's

If you have ever felt self-conscious about crooked teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with an Invisalign orthodontist. An orthodontist has the necessary education and experience to properly move teeth in optimal alignment.

4 Reasons to Choose Orthodontists over Dentists

There are many dentists that offer orthodontic services to their patients. However, they don’t offer the same expertise as orthodontists. While a dentist may focus on your overall oral health, orthodontists focus solely on correcting bites and aligning teeth.

Differences Between Orthodontists and Dentists

It’s not uncommon for general dentists to offer orthodontic services to their patients. However, family dentists can’t offer the same level of expertise as orthodontists for Invisalign, metal braces, ceramic braces, and more. While both dentists and orthodontists take care of your teeth and gums, they play different roles.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of braces prevents many patients from getting the smiles they want. However, how much do braces really cost? Finding online estimates for orthodontic treatment is difficult because each patient’s needs are different. During your consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with an estimate for how much money it’ll cost to fix your bite and align your teeth.

How do Ceramic Braces Differ from Traditional Braces?

Would you like to feel more confident when you smile, but don’t want to wear metal braces for months or years on end? We understand that some of our patients can be uncomfortable with the idea of everyone staring at their teeth, which is why we sometimes recommend clear braces treatment.

When Should I Take my Child to the Orthodontist?

How soon is too soon for children to go to the orthodontist? This is a question we get asked all the time, and the answer depends on the child. There is a window of opportunity while the child’s jaw is still growing when orthodontists can help correct crowding teethand other dental issues. However, some issues can be set aside to be corrected once the child is older. For more information on pediatric orthodontic treatment, we recommend you consult with an Grand Rapids orthodontist.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist is a special kind of dentist that corrects misaligned teeth for optimal smile and bite. In other words, orthodontists are responsible for helping patients achieve their best smile. In this blog post, we will explain what orthodontists doand what kinds of patients benefit most from their treatment. For further information on the benefits of orthodontics, we recommend you consult with an Grandville orthodontist in your area.

Increase Self-Confidence with Invisalign Aligners

A smile can tell a thousand stories. It can tell how you view yourself, whether you have self-confidence or whether you are embarrassed by your appearance. Research shows, if you try and hide your teeth when you smile you are telling the world that you lack self-esteem. Invisalign can help boost that self-esteem and confidence and enables you to tell the world that you are ready to face any challenge – with a healthy-looking smile on your face.

6 Reasons to Choose Invisalign Instead of Braces

Some people aren't aware of the new alternative to braces for getting perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign is a cutting-edge technology that uses clear aligners to fix crowding, bite imperfections, and spacing issues. If you're considering getting braces, check out these six reasons why you may want to choose Invisalign instead.

The Connection Between Oral Hygiene, Orthodontics and your Overall Health

You probably know that poor oral health can lead to cavities and gingivitis, but are you aware that health issues in other parts of your body can arise as a result of poor oral care?

How Invisalign Compares to Traditional Braces

At first glance, Invisalign and traditional metal braces seem similar — they both provide you with straight teeth and a stunning smile. However, our orthodontists have provided a closer inspection of the two dental treatments that reveals several key differences and significant benefits.

5 Reasons Why You Might Need Braces

Are you interested in braces for either you or your child? At Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, our free consultation can inform you if orthodontic treatment is necessary.

To further help you in your decision, we have compiled a list of five reasons why you may need braces. Our helpful descriptions make it easier for you to identify if you or your child could benefit from our orthodontic services.

Orthodontic FAQ

Are you considering orthodontic treatment for either you or your child? If so, you’ve come to the right place. For your convenience, our Grand Rapids orthodontists have compiled a list of questions most commonly asked by our patients during their first visit. At Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics we make sure that all our patients feel comfortable by knowing what to expect before sitting in the orthodontist’s chair.

Why Orthodontic Expanders Give You That Gap

At Armbrecht & Wierenga, our Grand Rapids Orthodontists make every attempt to avoid extracting teeth by expanding the arches when there is crowding present. Expanders work great, but there are some side effects that catch parents and patients by surprise. One of them is the appearance and disappearance of a gap between the two upper front teeth.

Made In America Orthodontics

At Armbrecht Wierenga Orthodontics, we get our supplies from a company that manufactures 95% of their products in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. We think it is important to supply our offices with quality orthodontic products made in the U.S.A. That’s why we value our relationship with American Orthodontics for all our supply needs.

Braces Care Instructions

Braces can trap a lot of food, which can lead to cavities and gum problems if your teeth aren’t adequately cleaned. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you’re wearing braces. Following these brushing and eating tips will keep your smile healthy!

Invisalign Info

Are you someone that’s concerned with the look or feel of traditional brackets and wires on your teeth? Did you know there are other options available for moving your teeth? Perhaps clear aligner therapy is right for you.

Phase 1 Treatment

Is it time to see an orthodontist? At Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, our goal is to meet your child’s needs and your desires while also achieving the highest quality results. Whenever possible, we prefer to treat our patients in one succinct phase of treatment.

Why Do I Need Orthodontics?

Are you considering orthodontics in Grand Rapids for either you or your child? For children, especially, there can be a narrow window of opportunity for optimal tooth alignment. However, at Armbrecht Wierenga Orthodontics, we have found that adults can also benefit from our orthodontic services.