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Some Pointers for Poking Wires

We know that having metal in your mouth doesn’t always feel like the most natural thing. Fortunately, after you get your braces on and have your initial adjustment, most people don’t even notice their braces are there. However, sometimes a pesky wire will escape and remind you that your braces are there. Have no fear though, most of the time you can fix rogue wires on your own without having to make an extra trip to the orthodontist. Loose or pokey wires are the most common problem people experience while in braces, so if that happens to you, here are [...] Read More

The Relationship Between Asthma & Cavities

The headline of this blog post is pretty shocking isn’t it? Many people are unaware of the link between asthma and tooth decay resulting from a dry mouth. Here is some more information from Dr. Sepi Torkan at iSmile Orthodontics.

You may be wondering what does asthma have to do with cavities. When people aren’t easily able to draw in their breath, most people compensate by breathing through their mouths. This causes your mouth to dry out. Insufficient saliva leaves you more vulnerable to decay-causing bacteria because saliva helps to protect and clean your teeth. Moreover, asthma and allergy medications [...] Read More

5 Fun Activities to do with Your Kids at Home

With many of us transitioning to the “new normal” of homeschooling our children, the change can be tough. Balancing work and home life can be challenging for any parent. But how can you make learning fun and engaging while social distancing? Don’t fret! Dr. Sepi Torkan of iSmile Orthodontics has 5 activities you can do at home that are educational and fun.

Science Experiments

From Bill Nye to YouTube, DIY science experiments are a fun way for kids to learn while using resources from around the house. Check out Read More

4 Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Appointments

Virtual orthodontic appointments are nothing new, yet have become more common practice since the spread of COVID-19. As an alternative to meeting in-person, virtual orthodontic consultations are a great way to stay healthy while social distancing. If you or someone you know is considering braces or clear aligners, Dr. Sepi Torkan of iSmile Orthodontics shares 4 benefits of virtual orthodontic appointments to keep in mind:

No Need for Waiting Rooms

Virtual appointments remove the need to sit and wait while being exposed to others who may carry the virus. In many cases, [...] Read More

When is the average age for kids to get braces?

One of the big questions parents have is when their kid is ready for orthodontic treatment. You are probably seeing a pediatric dentist for your kid. The pediatric dentists do a really good job screening your kid’s teeth and determining when they need to see an orthodontist. If your pediatric dentist notices something out of the ordinary, they will refer you to an orthodontist. American Association of Orthodontics recommends every kid be seen at an orthodontist as early as age 7. This does not necessarily mean your kid will need braces at age 7, but it means that [...] Read More

How can I fix my bite?

Orthodontic treatment is not just about aesthetics. Yes, It is a way to perfect your smile, but at times, it is all about function. If your bite is not right, you know exactly what I am talking about. Here are a few signs that your bite is not right:

You bite your cheeks and lips a lot when you eat food You cannot eat or chew food efficiently Your teeth do not meet properly Your jaw hurts or pops a lot

When your teeth do not meet  right, your function is compromised. That can lead to social anxiety and severe [...] Read More