The Importance of Seeing Your Dentist

Did you know that during orthodontic treatment, it is very important to see a general dentist or pediatric dentist on a regular schedule? We know it may seem like you are in an exam chair more than normal while you are wearing braces or Invisalign®. But don’t forget that an orthodontist and a dentist are two different kinds of dental providers.


The Difference in an Orthodontist and Dentist

Orthodontists and dentists are both important people that make sure your mouth stays healthy and who improve your overall oral health. But they do it in different ways. Dentists cover a wide […]

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The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer

Just because you get your braces off, doesn’t mean your orthodontic journey is over. Teeth can – and will – shift over time. Meaning, that your newly straight beautiful smile might not last a lifetime if you don’t do something to help. Enter retainers! Keep reading to find out what they do and why they’re so important to keep your smile bright.


What is a Retainer? 

Retainers are orthodontic appliances that are usually made out of clear plastic and wire. Each retainer is specially made for each patient. The purpose of a retainer is to keep your […]
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2 Phase Treatment

Have you heard about phased orthodontic treatment? It’s a pretty simple concept that is basically exactly what it sounds like – phased steps over several years to achieve ultimate orthodontic goals.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is for younger children before their permanent teeth have all come in. This may include partial braces or other appliances. Phase 1 treatment is also known as interceptive because it’s a way to get ahead of any potential problems. The most common need for Phase 1 treatment is to correct bite problems.

Resting Period

After Phase 1, chances are that your child will get a […]

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Adult Orthodontic Options

Think that braces or orthodontic treatment is just for kids or teenagers? Think again! Orthodontic treatment is something that can benefit patients of all ages. Many, many adults come to us to improve the look of their smile or overall oral health. Let’s talk about adult braces and the various options that are available.

Why Get Braces as an Adult?

The most obvious reason that patients – especially adults – seek out orthodontic treatment is to achieve a bright, beautiful smile and straight teeth. And it is true that crooked teeth can severely affect self-esteem. We love helping patients who have […]

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A Winning Smile, The Importance of Wearing a Mouthguard

A mouthguard is crucial to keeping your smile safe from injury. If you play sports, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from potential blows to the head. You just never know when sporting equipment or other team members may accidentally hit you in the mouth.

Potential Risks

The risk of injury to the mouth increases no matter what sport you play. Without a mouthguard, you risk hurting your teeth and jaw, and even damaging your braces. If you get injured during orthodontic treatment, you may need to have your braces removed to […]

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What To Do with an Emergency

Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies happen without warning. If you have an emergency occur that you cannot fix on your own, call our office ASAP to see when we can fit you in. If you already have an appointment scheduled, please call us ahead of time to let us know you have an emergency need, so we can make sure we have plenty of time to help you and fix your appliances.

Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

Eating the Right Foods

After you get your braces, remember stay away from tough, chewy, and overly crunchy foods. These foods can damage your appliances, costing you more money and […]

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Protecting Our Patients & Our Community

Protecting Our Community Through COVID-19

Protecting our patients, team and community has been our number ONE priority throughout the rapidly changing circumstances that defined March and April 2020. Throughout, we have weighed information provided by Governor Ivey, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal Government COVID-19 Task Force, the Alabama Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and closely followed data regarding Alabama’s projected curve.

Dr. Durham and the Durham Orthodontics team did not make the decision to reopen lightly. You will begin to receive appointment confirmations for your upcoming appointment. We have always taken caring […]

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