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

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Hage Orthodontics! With Thanksgiving almost upon us, its a great time to ask ourselves what we are thankful for.  With our friends and family around us, we celebrate the blessing given to us in the past year. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Stop by our office and write what Read More

Celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month!

It’s October and Dr. Hage would like to recognize National Orthodontic Health Month.  What are the best and worst treats to enjoy or stay away from during orthodontic treatment? Here at Hage Orthodontics, we love October, and not just for the changes in the weather and Halloween excitement.  It’s National Orthodontic Health Month! Every year, Read More

There Are Many Benefits of Straight Teeth

The Benefits of Straight Teeth People want straight teeth and a nice smile for many reasons. While a nicely aligned smile can be the part of your looks that pulls everything else together, a crooked smile can draw attention away from an otherwise striking appearance. A great smile is vital to your self-confidence. However, the Read More

A Child’s First Orthodontic Visit

As  parents, one of our primary concerns is our children’s health, and their smile is no exception. When starting a child on the path to dental health many parents wonder when to bring their child to an Orthodontist. The majority of dental professionals agree the ideal age for a child’s initial orthodontic visit is 8. Read More

Adult Orthodontics

While the thought of braces often conjures images of adolescents with metal brackets and wires in their mouths, the fact is that 20 percent of patients who seek some type of orthodontic treatment are those over the age of 21. Many adults who seek orthodontic treatment to fix long-standing problems and straighten crooked teeth often Read More

Proper Orthodontic Hygiene Techniques

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces Having braces can present some new challenges when it come to keeping your teeth clean. Braces can trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets leading to cavities. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing braces: