AS PARENTS, WE ARE often impressed by the ingenuity of our tweens and teens, but not every idea they come up with is a good one. One of the more alarming new trends that’s been popping up lately is do-it-yourself braces.
Quite a few teenagers have been posting videos demonstrating to their peers how to make their own braces at home as a cheap alternative to braces. While we hope these teens’ passion for straight teeth takes them into the field of orthodontics someday, there are many reasons why...Read More
YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED that your teeth aren’t all the same shape, but do you know the reason? Humans have four different types of teeth, and they each serve specific purposes, both in helping us chew and in giving us our beautiful smiles!Types Of Teeth And What They Do
The reason we need so many different types of teeth is that we are omnivores, which means we eat both plants and meat. We need teeth that can handle all of our favorite foods!Incisors
At the very front of the mouth,...Read More
YOU DESERVE A SMILE that reflects your best possible you, which is why you deserve an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), like Dr. Aljanabi.
It takes three additional years of specialized study beyond dental school to become an orthodontist. Those extra years are what make us experts in straightening teeth and correcting bites to give our patients healthy, beautiful smiles, and only dentists who complete them are eligible to become members of the...Read More
CAN YOU IMAGINE an Ancient Egyptian in braces? Are you picturing an appliance made out of metal bands and catgut? That’s right; the practice of straightening misaligned teeth has been around since ancient times! So how did we get from there to the braces of today?Ancient Orthodontics
Evidence suggests that those braces made of catgut and metal bands were likely only used as part of a burial ritual, to make sure the dead person’s teeth looked nice for the afterlife. Similar burial rituals were...Read More
For some, it might seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well.Consequences Of Crooked Teeth
There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life....Read More
Many people who want to undergo orthodontic treatment have concerns about the effect on their appearance. Adults, particularly, may worry that braces will affect their professional and social lives. Teens may also have these concerns. These patients may want their treatment to be as discreet as possible.Discreet orthodontic treatment
Fortunately, there are many options for orthodontic treatment that are very discreet. Clear aligners (the most well-known of which is Invisalign) are one of...Read More
Although there are many people who would like to improve their smiles through orthodontic treatment, there are also many who are concerned about the cost of their treatment. Unfortunately, some people who would benefit from having this treatment don’t ever visit an orthodontist because they believe that they can’t afford it.
Our office is strongly committed to bringing orthodontic treatment within financial reach for everyone, and we want people to know about the options they have for...Read More
Many people want to straighten their teeth and achieve a better smile. However, many also don’t want to commit to braces for the full treatment time required. For many adults, this is a professional issue; those who interact frequently with clients or customers may be concerned about the impact of braces on their professional reputations.
Fortunately, it’s not necessary to give up on your dreams of a perfect smile because you can’t commit to braces. Another technology exists that...Read More
Braces provide a lifetime of benefits, but they do require investment of time and energy while you’re wearing them, to get the best results. Many patients ask Dr. AlJanabi about what they can eat while they’re wearing their braces. There are only a few simple rules about this, so it’s not too complicated. These apply whether you’re wearing metal braces, clear braces, or lingual braces. (Those...Read More
The American Association of Orthodontists has issued a warning about the risks of do-it-yourself (DIY) orthodontic treatments. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in popularity of these treatments, which are being heavily promoted online. The DIY movement in general has been gaining momentum, and in some cases, this makes sense. For instance, making your own clothing is a great idea. However, trying to do...Read More