A Brief History Of Orthodontics

Orthodontics might seem like a relatively modern field of medicine but the desire for straighter teeth has been around since ancient times.  Even in ancient times, they were trying to invent devices to improve the position of teeth.  Here is a brief history of orthodontics. Ancient Greece and Rome The history of orthodontics starts back Read More

Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought to yourself, “I sure wish I could’ve had braces when I was a kid”? You can’t go back in time, but you can still get the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wished for.  It’s not too late! Orthodontic treatment can be as successful for adults as Read More

7 Myths About Orthodontic Treatment

Hage Orthodontics wants to set the record straight on seven common myths about orthodontic treatment.   Myth #1:  Anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist. FALSE. While some general dentists or online companies offer braces or aligners, only an orthodontist who has taken additional years of advanced training at an accredited residency can Read More

Have Braces? Never Leave Home Without These 5 Things

If you’ve ever had braces, or been a parent of someone who has, you know braces will transform your smile. You also probably know there can be bumps along the path to that perfectly aligned smile.  From that post-adjustment period, poking wires and broken brackets, having braces isn’t always sunshine and roses. Luckily, we’ve been Read More

Thumb Sucking Solutions

  Many parents ask Dr. Hage about their children’s thumb or finger sucking behavior. WHAT HAPPENS IF THUMB SUCKING DOES NOT STOP? Between the ages of two and four, most children stop sucking their thumbs on their own.  It tapers off naturally as children become more active and use their hands for other activities.  Children Read More

When Do I Get My Braces Off?

The first thing our patients want to know when they get their braces on is when those braces will come off.  In other words, “When will I have that beautiful smile I’ve always wanted?”  Braces can be a pain, literally! We don’t want to endure them any longer than we have to, but that smile Read More

The Importance of Lifetime Retainer Wear

When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances  you’ve had to put up with — brackets, wires, aligners, and so on.  However, while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it.  That comes Read More

National Orthodontic Health Month

Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids of all ages…but it can be a ‘nightmare’ for an orthodontic practice if patients damage appliances by eating the wrong treats. At Hage Orthodontics we love a Halloween! However, we also try to be proactive about educating patients and parents of the potential hazards that Read More

Orthodontist or Dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways.  Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with a wide variety of oral health issues including, hygiene, tooth and gum care and various decay and structural problems.  Orthodontics, meanwhile, focuses on the alignment of teeth and jaws, using non-surgical solutions Read More

Orthodontic Myth Busters

Many have opinions about orthodontists based on all sorts of information, and some are not always accurate. Here are some facts to bust the myths… Myth: My family dentist can put braces on and straighten my teeth. Fact: Sure any dentist can put a brace on a tooth and attempt to straighten things out. However, Read More

To Bleach or Not to Bleach: The Top 5 Things to Consider Before Whitening Your Teeth

While a variety of teeth whitening systems are available including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter strips and trays, and whitening systems obtained from your dentist.  Dr. Michael Hage, who provides braces for adults, reminds our patients that there are several important considerations to determine if tooth whitening is right for you. Following are the five top things Read More

Vacation Emergencies

Handling Out of Town Emergencies Fortunately, most problems with your braces aren’t medical emergencies. Let’s talk about a few things you can do while you’re away to avoid the inconvenience and expense of trying to find an orthodontist in an unfamiliar area. Take an emergency kit with you – include orthodontic wax, nail clippers or Read More

April is National Facial Protection Month

Mouthguards Everyone knows that the first thing to consider before playing any sport is getting the right protective gear. Whether it’s a helmet in football or shin guards in soccer, protective gear is important because it gives you the freedom to enjoy your sport while minimizing the risk of injury. One of the most often Read More

The Right Toothbrush

Choosing The Right Toothbrush Your toothbrush is an essential part of maintaining oral hygiene.  There are dozens of different toothbrushes and other oral health aides available.  How do you choose the right toothbrush and then properly care for it? The best toothbrush is one that fits your hands properly, reaches all areas and is soft Read More