Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual braces vs. clear aligners

April 10th, 2024

For more than a century, braces have helped patients achieve straighter teeth, and treatment methods continue to emerge. Today, braces have the potential to be discreet while still producing great results. If you want straighter teeth without the look of traditional metal braces, Dr. Melanie Parker can offer multiple options to give you the smile…
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Retaining That New Smile

February 21st, 2024

For months and months, you’ve been dedicated to following your orthodontic treatment plan. Wearing your bands or putting in the hours with your aligners. Eating orthodontic-friendly foods. Seeing your orthodontist on a regular basis. But that’s all in the past. Today, your braces are coming off! You’ve finished with your last set of clear aligners!…
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Why is orthodontic treatment important?

February 15th, 2024

The goal of orthodontic treatment at Melanie Parker Orthodontics, which may include the use of braces, retainers, and aligners, is to straighten your teeth. Treatment often starts in the pre-teen or teenage years, but adults may also need orthodontic treatment. The treatment can feel like a chore that lasts for several months or a couple…
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How do braces move my teeth?

February 7th, 2024

Great question! Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time (usually two years). Braces work by using brackets that are glued onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where Dr. Melanie Parker and our team insert orthodontic wires. These wires are…
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