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Orthodontic Treatment

Welcome to the Fry Orthodontics blog, where we answer your questions and provide information about orthodontics and oral health.

If you have a question about braces or Invisalign, search our current blogs or contact us.

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What Age Do You Start Braces?

August 14, 2018

What age do you start braces? Though everyone’s teeth develop differently, braces can be beneficial for children,...

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7 Tips to Consider When Starting Invisalign

July 23, 2018

Starting your Invisalign treatment is an exciting time! In an average of 16 months, you’ll have a...

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The My Invisalign App Has Arrived!

June 15, 2018

Are you looking for a way to track your orthodontic progress and see how your smile is...

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Braces or Invisalign? Which Option is Best?

February 22, 2018

Braces and Invisalign are two of the most common orthodontic treatment methods, but which is best for...

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Can I Whiten My Teeth While I Have Braces?

September 8, 2017

Do you want to whiten your teeth while you have ceramic, metal, or Invisalign braces? It may...

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At what age should my child start seeing an orthodontist?

July 20, 2017

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents bring their children in around the age of 7. ...

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Invisalign
Can I use my Flex Account at work to pay for braces?

July 6, 2017

Many employers provide a tax-free option called a flex account or a health savings account. Although the...

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Invisalign
What Happens when I finish my Invisalign Treatment?

July 5, 2017

Well the day is finally here and you have completed your Invisalign treatment…now what? First of all,...

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CAN CHEWING GUM HELP ME WITH MY BRACES??

June 29, 2017

Whether you just got your braces on or you have had them for several months, you know...

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Invisalign
What Restrictions Are There To Eating With Invisalign?

June 22, 2017

None, absolutely none.  The aligners are designed to be removed each time you eat or drink.  Remember...

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Wisdom Teeth Care
Wisdom Teeth and Orthodontics

June 15, 2017

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get asked is “How will wisdom teeth affect...

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Wearing braces twice (first phase & second phase)

May 30, 2017

Some children may be told they need two phases of braces. The first phase occurs when they...

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CAN INVISALIGN TRAYS MELT?

May 23, 2017

Be careful in the summer heat!! Your trays will melt and become distorted in a hot car!...

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Use a Mouth Guard to Prevent Sport Concussions
SPORTS SAFETY

May 18, 2017

If you play sports, it’s important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing...

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My Dog Ate My Retainer

May 11, 2017

Ever find yourself having to explain to your orthodontist that you need a new retainer because your...

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Use a Mouth Guard to Prevent Sport Concussions
How to Prevent Concussions in Sports:

May 9, 2017

How can you reduce concussions in sports? If you want to reduce your child’s risk of a...

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What are Orthodontic Appliances?
What are Orthodontic Appliances?

May 4, 2017

Orthodontic appliances are tools that are used to help straighten teeth, prepare the teeth and mouth for...

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Orthodontic Treatment Sleep Apnea
Orthodontic Treatment For Your Sleep Apnea

April 25, 2017

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a disorder that pauses breath and causes shallow breathing during sleep. Throat...

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Fry Orthodontics Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

April 21, 2017

  Please join with us as Fry Orthodontics celebrates 40 years of providing orthodontic service in Kansas and...

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Braces and Root Resorption

April 20, 2017

Root resorption occurs in childhood, when the roots of baby teeth are broken down by the body...

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Invisalign
Invisalign: A Patient’s Perspective

April 18, 2017

Here at Fry Orthodontics, we’ve shared with you before some of the advantages of the Invisalign system,...

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Retainers
Retainers Are Your Teeth’s Best Friend

April 13, 2017

Our goal at Fry Orthodontic Specialists is to ensure that our patients enjoy their beautiful smile for...

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What If I Don’t Get Braces?

April 8, 2017

Fry Orthodontic Specialists is committed to providing you with the best quality care to ensure a healthy...

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Am I Too Old For Braces?
Am I Too Old for Braces or Invisalign?

April 6, 2017

This is a common question at Fry Orthodontics! The bottom line is this: healthy teeth can be...

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Will I Have To Wear Braces Twice?
Will I Have To Wear Braces Twice?

April 5, 2017

This is a frequently asked question at Fry Orthodontics! You may have known someone who wore braces...

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Modern Braces

April 4, 2017

Orthodontic braces weren’t invented until the early 1800’s, but people have been trying to artificially straighten teeth...

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Does Having Invisalign Mean I Need to Watch What I Eat?

March 23, 2017

Have you been tossing around the idea of getting Invisalign treatment, but are afraid you will have...

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When Do Children Lose Their Baby Teeth?

March 21, 2017

At what age should the first baby tooth be lost? When should the last one fall out?...

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Fry Makes Braces More Affordable

March 14, 2017

As your child approaches adolescence, you might worry you won’t be able to afford the cost of...

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How To Have a Spotless Smile

March 7, 2017

What Are White Spots? “White spots” are one of the most common problems associated with wearing braces,...

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Using Wax During Orthodontic Treatment
Using Wax During Orthodontic Treatment

February 28, 2017

If you are going through orthodontic treatment, you will find that the wax given to you at...

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How to Treat Gingivitis with Braces

February 24, 2017

Brushing with braces and other orthodontic appliances can make it more challenging to clean your teeth. Over...

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5 FAQ’s About Retaining that Beautiful Smile

February 23, 2017

Now that you have the smile you always wanted, how do you keep it? Retainers are an...

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Myths About Orthodontics
Orthodontic Myth Busters

February 21, 2017

Many people have formed opinions about orthodontics based on myths. What you may have heard or read...

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Orthodontic Emergency
What to Do When You Have an Orthodontic "Emergency"

February 16, 2017

While we know that orthodontic “emergencies” are not life-and-death situations, some situations may occur that can cause discomfort...

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The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-up

February 9, 2017

Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good...

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Invisalign with Coffee or Tea

February 2, 2017

IS IT OK TO DRINK HOT BEVERAGES WITH INVISALIGN? This is a common question we get asked...

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Invisalign
Align On Time: Invisalign App

January 26, 2017

ALIGN ON TIME:  AN APP TO KEEP TRACK!   Invisalign is an easy and convenient way of straightening your...

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What is "Tightening Braces?"

January 19, 2017

“Tightening your braces?”  This is really an ‘old school’ term.  Braces don’t really get tightened anymore.  Nowadays, the...

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HOW CAN I AFFORD BRACES??

January 17, 2017

Fry Orthodontic Specialists offers many flexible, affordable payment options. We will always try to work with each...

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Invisalign
I want to know more about Invisalign…  

January 12, 2017

When it comes to straightening your smile, we know that having a mouth full of metal braces...

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Invisalign
Listen up parents…it’s your turn now!

January 10, 2017

A lot of parents put their child’s needs before their own. To all you parents out there...

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Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea

December 29, 2016

Many people snore, but some people have sleep apnea (which is when a person stops breathing for...

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Retainers
What is a 3-D Clear Retainer?

December 22, 2016

After having braces, you will need a retainer to keep your teeth positioned the same as they...

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Kids with Braces
When will my child get braces?

December 8, 2016

There are many reasons that kids need braces. Seeing an orthodontist is usually recommended around age 7;...

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Braces
Self Ligating Brackets

December 6, 2016

The brackets used for orthodontic treatment are now being manufactured with doors or clips to automatically hold...

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I lost my Invisalign tray, HELP!

November 29, 2016

Stephanie was on vacation and lost her Invisalign trays. Since she was only gone for 5 days...

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Myths About Orthodontics
Scanning in the dental office

November 24, 2016

Is a scanner going to replace impressions in the dental office? Impressions are probably on every patient’s...

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Protect Teeth Against Erosion
What to do Before You Get Braces

November 17, 2016

If you would like to start orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you should do beforehand....

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Is it normal to feel sore after the braces are placed?

November 15, 2016

YES! When you get your braces on, you may feel a general overall soreness in your mouth....

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Tooth Crowding (Yaeba)

November 10, 2016

The trend “Tooth Crowding” originated in Japan a few years ago, but has gained a lot of...

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Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth 101…

November 8, 2016

A lot of patients ask “when is the best time to get wisdom teeth out?” Do they...

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Dr. Robert Fry Introduces New Invisalign One-Week Aligner Recommendation

November 3, 2016

New advances in technology allow one-week aligner wear with up to 50% shorter treatment times for Fry Orthodontic...

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How to Properly Care for Your Teeth
If there is a loose tooth…

If you or your child gets hit in the mouth and has a loose tooth, the best...

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Retainers After Braces

November 1, 2016

Wearing retainers after braces is crucial in order to retain the teeth to the perfect alignment the braces created....

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Are gap teeth a current fashion trend?

October 27, 2016

The fashion industry is bored with perfection. Recently the most sought after models are gracing runways with...

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Why choose an Orthodontic Specialist?

October 25, 2016

Orthodontics is one of the oldest specialty fields in dentistry. An orthodontic specialist completes three or four...

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First Orthodontist Visit at Fry Orthodontics
What to Expect at Your First Orthodontist Visit

October 21, 2016

Your first orthodontist visit at Fry Orthodontic Specialists is free and a great way to meet the...

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My orthodontic experience with braces

October 20, 2016

I did not have braces as a child, but waited until I was an adult to have...

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Retainers
Which treatment would be faster….braces or Invisalign???

October 13, 2016

The length of treatment is determined by the severity of each specific case. If there are bite...

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Here a wire, there a wire, everywhere a poking wire…..

October 11, 2016

During orthodontic treatment, it is normal to experience some rubbing or irritation from the braces, wires, or...

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Do dogs really eat retainers?

October 6, 2016

Dogs are attracted to the saliva and the smell of the retainers. Dogs have strong mouth muscles...

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Dental X-rays
Do Dental X-Rays Cause Brain Cancer?

August 30, 2016

There is a lot of discussion through the media and among the dental community about a recent...

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Overbite
Is an Overbite Bad?

August 29, 2016

Overbites are common, and sometimes a misaligned bite can impact your dental health. Let’s consider the causes,...

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What Age Do You Start Braces?

August 23, 2016

This important dental question is one that we get every day in our orthodontic offices, and is...

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Caring for your smile with braces
Caring for Your Smile with Braces

August 5, 2016

When you have braces, it’s important to take great care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly...

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Recent Article from a Great Friend, Dr. Ben Burris from Jonesboro Arkansas

July 28, 2016

This is a recent article published by a great friend of mine and Fry Orthodontic Specialists, Dr....

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Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

January 28, 2016

Are you considering Invisalign or metal braces as part of orthodontic treatment? Fry Orthodontic Specialists provide both...

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Invisalign FAQ

July 2, 2015

Invisalign treatment is a great option for adults or teens who want to straighten their teeth but...

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5 Reasons For Adults to Consider Braces

February 25, 2015

Braces aren’t just for children and teenagers. Adults of all ages wear braces to achieve a healthier...

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Do Braces Hurt?

December 15, 2014

What to expect after you get your braces on… When you have braces placed or have recently...

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Fake braces becoming a trend??

April 5, 2013

In early 2013 a new trend came into the spotlight. In East Asia, teens are buying ‘non-medical’...

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Adult Braces
Faith Hill Shows Off Braces at 45

February 12, 2013

Did any of you catch Faith Hill wearing braces at the Grammys?  She is an inspiration to...

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What Age is Best for Braces

July 22, 2012

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about braces and timing. It is one of...

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Article Shows the Social Importance of Straight Teeth

December 9, 2011

A British website posted this great article about the struggles of some children who have crooked teeth....

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