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Amazing Smiles Summer Fun

Brace Yourself For Summer Fun!

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

We love summer in the midwest, don’t we? The sun is out, the pools are open, and everyone is ready to have some fun! Whether you’re traveling over summer or enjoying a stay-cation, here are some ways to enjoy the season while straightening your teeth. Summertime Treats That Are Braces-Friendly We know it can be…

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7 Year Old Goes to the Orthodontist

Does My Child Need Adult Teeth before Seeing an Orthodontist?

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

The short answer? No, there is no need to wait! In fact, when it comes to having your child’s teeth examined by an orthodontist, the sooner the better. Here’s why: It’s About More Than a Pretty Smile Most people think of orthodontists as giving patients straight teeth and beautiful smiles, but that’s not all orthodontists…

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Help! My Dog Ate my Retainers!

Help! My Dog Ate My Retainers!

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

You’ve checked by your sink, by your bed, and in your mouth. It’s official—your retainers are nowhere to be found. Now what do you do? Your first thought may be that you don’t really need retainers anyway, now that you’ve completed your treatment and your teeth are perfectly straight, right? Wrong. Your Teeth Will Move…

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Man and Woman with White, Bright Teeth

Is Whitening Bad for my Teeth?

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

There are lots of things that are deemed “bad” for your teeth: sugar, coffee, soda. But, what about teeth whitening? How Teeth Whitening Works Both at-home and in-office teeth whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents. At-home systems contain from 3-20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxides). In-office systems, like you would get from your dentist or…

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Middle Schooler with Braces

3 Myths about Braces That Every Teen Should Know

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

At Amazing Smiles, we are all about straightening things out – including the rumors that start when teens talk about braces! Here are some of the top misconceptions and myths we hear before people start orthodontic treatment: MYTH #1: I can’t play sports in braces The days of needing to sit on the sidelines during…

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Best Ceramic Braces treatment in Glen Carbon, IL

Surviving the Holidays with Orthodontic Treatment

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

The holiday season is filled with travel, family, and lots of good food – but none of that should stand in the way of a healthier smile! Here are a few tips for navigating holiday events and travel while continuing your orthodontic progress.

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Orthodontic Technology

The Difference Tech Makes in Your Treatment

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

The orthodontic industry has made incredible technological strides over the last several years, therefore raising the standard of care across the board. How do these new technologies affect you as a patient? Here are a couple of ways our cutting edge office uses tech to improve your treatment.

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Adult with orthodontic treatment payment plan

Can I Afford Treatment?

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

Orthodontic treatment gives us more than just a beautiful smile – it can also correct how we bite down, help with jaw alignment, and alleviate chronic headaches. But even when treatment seems like a win-win, making the investment can be a big decision. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your family but…

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Insurance paperwork

All About Insurance

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

Insurance helps make orthodontic treatment possible for millions of people, but if you don’t know how to navigate the tricky waters, you could be missing out on certain benefits! With open enrollment right around the corner, here are some of your top insurance questions, answered: Who should I talk to about my insurance? Many orthodontic…

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Friends stand up to bullying

Stand Up to Bullying

By Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni

A brand new school year brings all kinds of exciting things – new friends, new teachers, and tons of new experiences. But unfortunately, many children are not so excited for the start of school, especially those prone to bullying. Getting bullied in school is harmful to a child’s education, school involvement, and can seriously affect…

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