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By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 9/7/2015 1:42 PM
What is innovation? It’s a term one encounters a lot in business, and whether it’s being used as high praise or as a something to strive for, innovation can be as elusive to define as it can be to achieve. At the very heart of it, innovation is the ability to imagine better ways of doing things and it can be applied to almost any situation. If we take a fairly simple design—braces, for example—we may see how innovation has transformed it and continues to do so.



The use of braces or other tools to straighten teeth dates back thousands of years, and even up until modern times innovation in braces has been oriented towards the function of the braces themselves. It is only recently that the focus has shifted from this—since it has effectively been perfected—to conquering other challenges.

The comfort of the wearer was the next hurdle cleared, which left the question of the aesthetics...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 9/1/2015 1:29 PM
Whether or not you personally wore them back when you were a kid, braces are a part of growing up. We generally associate braces with our teenage years, the time in life when most people receive orthodontic treatment. Think back to school assemblies where it seemed like every kid had either braces or a retainer; braces were like of a rite of passage as teens and pre-teens stumbled through the awkward phase of puberty.



Adults who did not receive any orthodontic treatment, who didn’t need to be seen back then or whose issues only became manifest later in life, may be hesitant to get braces now because they are embarrassed and think braces are only for teenagers. This, however, simply isn’t true. There are now more options available for adult braces today than ever before! So what type of braces are best for adults?

Clear Braces

Clear braces are made of ceramic and come in...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 8/25/2015 1:56 PM
An adult human being has thirty-two teeth. While each individual tooth is very small, every single one of them are used every day. Teeth are important for so many things. They’re not just important for eating, but for both verbal and facial communication; a smile really is worth a thousand words.



On incredible fact is that our teeth change throughout our lives, and adult orthodontic treatments can help direct those changes into a beautiful smile. You will be amazed what a huge difference even the smallest change to your teeth can make for your smile. Your smile is incredibly important because this is how you present yourself to other people and create that lasting first impression. Our smiles can shape how other people perceive us and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves as well.

This is why you need to know how to get the most out of your braces. Booking a consultation at Cordoba...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 6/26/2015 11:33 AM
Congratulations! Getting your braces removed is a big deal. Now, get ready to say good-bye to your braces, and hello to a fantastic new smile!



Braces are necessary for people who need help straightening their teeth. But it’s all behind you now—your teeth are straight and braces are a thing of the past.

We know you’ve been dreaming about this day for months. You should pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work. Making it to the end of this journey wasn’t easy—but you did it! Having straight teeth is a great reward for sticking with your braces, but we think you should do something fun to commemorate this awesome day.

To start with, enjoy some of the foods you couldn’t eat while you were in your orthodontic treatment. Chow down a bag of popcorn, eat corn on the cob, or even chew a stick of gum.

While you’re having your snack, read through these funny puns we’ve...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 6/26/2015 11:28 AM
So you’ve selected Invisalign to help you straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Congratulations! Invisalign is one of the most subtle and effective orthodontic methods, and is a great choice for adults and teenagers alike. Just because it’s a great choice, however, doesn’t mean that you won’t have to do your fair share to make your treatment a success. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts for tips on how to make the most of your Invisalign experience.



Do’s

Do follow what your doctor says. He or she has the training and experience to know exactly what your teeth need, and to create the perfect treatment plan for your individual case. Put your trust in your orthodontist and do what they say.

Do keep your trays clean. Instead of brushing around brackets and trying to floss between wires, Invisalign makes it easy to keep your orthodontia clean. Be sure to clean your trays...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 6/26/2015 11:22 AM
A person’s smile is one of the first things someone notices when meeting a new person. Consequently, it’s also one of the things people feel the most self-conscious about when it comes to their appearance.



There are a lot of different things that can factor into making a person self-conscious about their smile, and unfortunately it’s too easy for individuals to focus on teeth that aren’t completely straight or perfectly white. Below are the three main changes you can make to your mouth to restore confidence in your smile.

Teeth Straightening

If crooked teeth are haunting you, there are several ways to straighten your teeth. From subtle braceless options to the standard metal brackets and wires, there are many options that will work with your price range and your comfort level. Fixing the straightness...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 5/27/2015 12:25 PM
Getting braces is a big change for teenagers. Not only will their teeth be physically changing, but there are also several new oral hygiene rules and practices they need to follow. Between new dietary restrictions and increased brushing and flossing regimens, it can be hard to remember all the new rules that will protect your teen’s smile and prevent prolonged orthodontic treatment due to broken brackets and wires.



Here are 5 things your teen is most likely forgetting to do with their braces.

1.  Forgetting to Use the Right Tools

Make sure your teenager has everything needed to keep his or her mouth healthy. Select an ADA approved soft-bristle toothbrush. You can also invest in bi-level toothbrushes made especially for braces. Floss, fluoride and good quality toothpaste are especially important to have on hand when dealing with braces.

2. Forgetting to Say No to Sticky Foods

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By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 5/27/2015 12:18 PM
Invisalign is a great treatment option for straightening teeth, especially for adults and teenagers. The clear aligning trays make it a more subtle option, since they negate the presence of the metal wires and brackets that are usually so visible. This alone is a big reason why many people select Invisalign—the braces are invisible and don’t interfere with a patient’s self-confidence.



However, although many people feel Invisalign is a more attractive option, they still worry about the cost. Many individuals wonder, how much does Invisalign cost, and how does the cost of Invisalign compare to traditional wire braces?

Well, patients who use Invisalign in Florida find the costs are comparable to traditional braces.

Based on the national average, Invisalign orthodontic treatments typically range from $3,000 to $6,000 if provided...
By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 5/27/2015 9:00 AM
Finding the perfect orthodontist for your child can be challenging—you want a practitioner you can trust, someone your child feels comfortable with, and someone whose treatments are proven. Most treatment plans take at least a year from start to finish, and the last thing you want to do is change providers in the middle of your child’s treatment, so making a good choice at the beginning is imperative.



One question most parents have is how can they find the right orthodontist to straighten their children’s teeth? Too many patients leave it up to chance and pick a name off their insurance policy. We recommend these five steps to help you find an orthodontist that is the right fit for your family.

1. Ask for Recommendations

Ask your dentist if he or she can recommend a good orthodontist for your child.  General dentists can gauge the effectiveness of orthodontic treatments during routine check ups, so they can give you a good opinion of which orthodontists are successful. Also, ask any friends, relatives, and colleagues if they know any good orthodontists; their advice can be invaluable in your selection process.

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By John X. Cordoba, DDS, MS on 5/14/2015 3:22 PM
Orthodontics is often seen as treatment for only teenagers, but pre-teen orthodontics is also a common way to straighten teeth and prevent future orthodontic issues. However, putting a younger child in orthodontics comes with a separate set of guidelines. Parents need to be more involved in their child’s oral care routines, to ensure teeth are kept clean.



To help parents know what to expect with kids orthodontics, we’ve outlined the top three things parents wish they knew earlier about their child’s orthodontic treatment.

Wax is Your Friend

Your orthodontist will give your child wax to put on the areas where the braces make his or her mouth tender. Keep this on hand. Braces are uncomfortable at first, and often can get caught on the lip and cheeks—which can be very painful. The wax can be applied to reduce the friction and pain in your child’s mouth....
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