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How Has Orthodontic Material Evolved Over Time?

Posted on February 21, 2024

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Orthodontics has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Yes, even people in ancient times were fascinated about getting straight teeth. We’re going to take a trip across time to see how orthodontic material has evolved from the most rudimentary sort to the clear aligners that are available now. Ancient Times… Read more »

What to Do If You’re Embarrassed to Wear Braces as an Adult

Posted on January 22, 2024

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You’ve just found out that you need to wear braces as an adult. At first, you feel embarrassed and self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal. Braces are seen as something for awkward teenagers, not professional adults. But more and more, grown-ups are getting braces these days to fix longstanding dental issues. Here are… Read more »

Daily Adjustments You’ll Make When Living With Braces

Posted on January 2, 2024

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Are you or your child trying to prepare for braces treatment? Whether you are getting traditional braces or Invisalign, such treatment can improve your tooth alignment and give you a better smile. Getting braces for straight teeth means making certain adjustments. Read on to learn how wearing braces can affect your regular habits. Oral Cleaning… Read more »

How to Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

Posted on March 29, 2018

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Many of us young and old love playing sports! Whether it is the exercise, the excitement, or a number of other reasons, there is something about a game that we cannot resist. If you are an adult athlete who has braces, or if you have a student-athlete who wears them, it is important to make… Read more »

Do Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces?

Posted on February 12, 2018

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At Bret Johnson Orthodontics, we care about patient concerns. A frequent question we’re asked before orthodontic treatment is: “Should I have my wisdom teeth removed, so they don’t impact my professionally straightened smile?” Similarly, other patients who have completed their orthodontic treatment may notice their wisdom teeth starting to erupt, and they wonder if these… Read more »

Dentist Vs. Orthodontist For Braces

Posted on January 31, 2018

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If you’re considering braces, you may be wondering if this is something your dentist can do, or if you’ll need an orthodontist. Patients often question the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. In fact, some people mistakenly assume the two are interchangeable. While there are many similarities, there are also significant differences. When you’re… Read more »

Spokane Invisalign 101

Posted on December 27, 2017


Even though the world has seen some amazing advances in orthodontics in last decade, when faced with the news that they need braces, many patients react with dread. Sadly, traditional metal braces have a history of being awkward, restrictive, and less than aesthetically pleasing. While they are more comfortable and attractive than they’ve ever been,… Read more »

What Age Should I First Take My Child to See an Orthodontist?

Posted on November 29, 2017

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As children begin to lose their baby teeth, you may be curious about the right time to bring them to the orthodontist for their first visit. Thankfully, at Bret Johnson Orthodontics we have a wealth of experience with first-time visitors, especially children. We are happy to help parents through this sometimes confusing and stressful time…. Read more »

The Importance of Retainers After Braces

Posted on October 30, 2017


The day you finally get your braces off is a big day! You get to enjoy some foods you haven’t eaten in quite a while, and you will get to show off your beautiful new smile! While it can be exciting, you do need to remember that just because your braces have come off, your… Read more »

Orthodontic Emergencies

Posted on September 27, 2017

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Like most new experiences in life, orthodontic treatment takes a little getting used to. Whether you’re investing in traditional metal braces, trying out Invisalign’s clear aligner system, or something in between, there’s a learning curve involved. It’s not unusual to be nervous about all the ins and outs of this journey towards straighter, healthier teeth,… Read more »

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