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Taking Charge of Your Dental Health Jan 22nd, 2020

What is dentofacial orthopedics? Now that you’re a teenager, you have a lot more responsibility and independence. Choosing high school classes and electives. Getting a driver’s license. Landing your first job. And those new responsibilities extend to your dental health as well! Braces If you’ve just gotten braces, you might...

What is Dentofacial Orthopedics? Jan 15th, 2020

What is a palatal expander? Taking Charge of Your Dental Health You may have noticed that we specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. And while most people we talk to have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title. Today, Dr. Crawford and our team...

What is a Palatal Expander? (2) Jan 8th, 2020

Emergency Care for Orthodontics What is dentofacial orthopedics? Orthodontists like Dr. Crawford recommend a first orthodontic visit and evaluation for your child around the age of seven. We will evaluate your child’s jaw and facial development and make sure that there is enough room in the mouth for the permanent teeth...

Emergency Care for Orthodontics Jan 1st, 2020

Smile, the New Year is Almost Here! What is a palatal expander? It’s vital to understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and minor orthodontic issues. Minor issues can be handled the next day, or at your next scheduled appointment. When a real orthodontic emergency occurs, however, you will need to...

Smile, the New Year is Almost Here! Dec 25th, 2019

Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth? Emergency Care for Orthodontics We’ve been celebrating the new year for a really, really long time. It goes way back, but it started formally in 1582, when Pope George XIII made January 1st the official holiday for ushering in the new year. The idea was...

Is Orthodontic Treatment Just for Straightening Teeth? Dec 18th, 2019

The Truth about TMJ Smile, the New Year is Almost Here! A lot of patients ask us why Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know...

Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays Dec 14th, 2019

Thanksgiving The Truth about TMJ There's something special about customizing the elastics on your braces to fit your unique personality. Once you embrace your braces (no pun intended) you'll realize how many color options and combinations there are to choose from. Although you'll have a fantastic smile afterward, you won't have...

The Truth About TMJ Dec 11th, 2019

Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth? TMJ is the quick way of referring to your Temporomandibular Joint. Pardon the pun, but that’s quite a mouthful! What is this joint, what does it do, and, if your Dr. Crawford and our team have told...

Thanksgiving Nov 27th, 2019

Play Sports? Use Mouthguards. Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays At Crawford Orthodontic Care, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! Dr. Crawford would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the Norcross, GA area to the national level! When Americans sit down to dinner...

Play Sports? Use Mouthguards. Nov 20th, 2019

Post-Braces Care: Wear your retainer! Thanksgiving Dr. Crawford and our team recommend always wearing a protective mouthguard to participate in most physical sports. We especially encourage this if you have braces that can potentially cut your mouth or cause damage to your teeth. You have various choices to consider when you’re...

Post-braces Care: Wear Your Retainer! Nov 13th, 2019

Why is orthodontic treatment important? Play Sports? Use Mouthguards. Many patients underestimate the importance of wearing their retainers after their braces come off, but it is one of the most critical post care practices to keep your teeth in alignment. Why spend all that time, energy, and money to straighten your...

Why is Orthodontic Treatment Important? Nov 6th, 2019

Don’t let braces ruin your Halloween Post-Braces Care: Wear your retainer! The goal of orthodontic treatment at Crawford Orthodontic Care, which may include the use of braces, retainers, and aligners, is to straighten your teeth. Treatment often starts in the pre-teen or teenage years, but adults may also need orthodontic treatment....

Don’t Let Braces Ruin Your Halloween Oct 30th, 2019

How Long Will I Wear My Braces? Why is orthodontic treatment important? Halloween is a time to enjoy delicious candies you might avoid the rest of the year. Youngsters who get to dress up and ask for sweet treats out trick-or-treating cherish this holiday. If you have braces on, Dr. Crawford...

How Long Will I Wear My Braces? Oct 23rd, 2019

Does my child need two-phase treatment? Don’t let braces ruin your Halloween How long? Well, a beautiful smile is both science and art—proper teeth and jaw alignment united with aesthetically pleasing results. Orthodontists achieve both these outcomes with a careful analysis of any dental and facial problems, a treatment plan designed...

Does My Child Need Two-phase Treatment? Oct 16th, 2019

Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment How Long Will I Wear My Braces? Two-phase orthodontic treatment involves two separate and distinct periods that your child receives orthodontic treatment. It allows your son or daughter to begin early treatment of bite and jaw problems, in order to reduce the dental issues he or...

Fluoride And Your Orthodontic Treatment Oct 9th, 2019

Year-End Insurance Reminder Does my child need two-phase treatment? Our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage,...

Year-end Insurance Reminder Oct 2nd, 2019

Top Ways to Ensure You and Your Braces Have a Good Relationship Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment Now that October is upon us, Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care wanted to send you a friendly reminder to schedule your orthodontic appointment prior to the end of the year...

Top Ways To Ensure You And Your Braces Have A Good Relationship Sep 25th, 2019

Top Things to do BEFORE You Get Braces Year-End Insurance Reminder You and your braces will become good friends over the coming months or years, so it’s important to get your relationship off to a good start. Consider the following recommendations to prevent rocky times ahead: Floss, floss, floss. Yes, it’s...

Top Things To Do Before You Get Braces Sep 18th, 2019

Help! My gums hurt when I floss! Top Ways to Ensure You and Your Braces Have a Good Relationship So you’re about to get braces. Congratulations! You are taking a very smart step to improve the health of your teeth as well as get that killer smile in shape. But, as...

Help! My Gums Hurt When I Floss! Sep 11th, 2019

Going Back to School with Braces Top Things to do BEFORE You Get Braces By no stretch is it rare for your gums to hurt during and after flossing. Even some bleeding is to be expected. This is especially true if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if...

Going Back To School With Braces Sep 4th, 2019

Celebrate Labor Day by Getting Away Help! My gums hurt when I floss! Going back to school is already an exciting (and sometimes nerve-racking) time so we don't want your braces adding to that. Our Norcross, GA team has compiled some helpful tips to make the process as easy and fun...

How To Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment Aug 21st, 2019

Wax Facts Celebrate Labor Day by Getting Away Our patients at Crawford Orthodontic Care hate the thought of delaying their treatments and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Today, Dr. Crawford and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you...

Wax Facts Aug 15th, 2019

My Mummy had Braces! Weird Facts about the History of Braces How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment In the long run, wearing braces is so worth it. Whether you’re working toward straight teeth, an improved bite, or both, you’ll end up with a beautiful smile! But sometimes, in the...

My Mummy Had Braces! Weird Facts About The History Of Braces Aug 7th, 2019

Orthodontic Emergency Care Wax Facts Sometimes real life is stranger and more interesting that any made-up story. These weird and interesting facts about braces will amuse you … and make you glad you didn’t have to get braces “way back when.” Mummies with braces: Archaeologists have discovered mummies with crude bands...

Orthodontic Emergency Care Jul 31st, 2019

Tips to Keep Braces Clean My Mummy had Braces! Weird Facts about the History of Braces Although major orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare, when they do happen it is important to seek immediate attention. By comparison, a minor orthodontic issue is something you can usually take care of yourself, or wait...

Tips to Keep Braces Clean Jul 17th, 2019

Early Orthodontics Orthodontic Emergency Care Orthodontic technology changes and improves all the time. Today’s braces are lighter, smaller, and more efficient than those of past years. Wires are thinner and more flexible. Even brackets come in different styles and colors. These developments are all great news for braces wearers. Unfortunately, there...

Early Orthodontics Jul 10th, 2019

Happy Fourth of July! Tips to Keep Braces Clean Perhaps you are already planning for the years when your teenager will need orthodontic work. But hearing that your seven-year-old would benefit from orthodontic treatment? That might come as a complete surprise! It’s a recommendation with real benefits, though—early intervention can save...

Happy Fourth of July! 07.04.2019 Jul 3rd, 2019

Find Out how Your Diet can Cause Cavities Early Orthodontics Happy Independence Day from Dr. Crawford and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence! Today...

Find Out How Your Diet Can Cause Cavities Jun 26th, 2019

Breakfast with Braces Happy Fourth of July! Sometimes food that’s good for your body isn’t necessarily the best for your teeth. Dr. Crawford and our team want you to know which healthy foods can harm your teeth and gums, and what steps you can take to continue enjoying these foods, even...

Breakfast With Braces Jun 19th, 2019

Does smoking affect oral health? Find Out how Your Diet can Cause Cavities Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day for many reasons. Children need to refuel after a long night’s sleep, and studies suggest that school kids who eat a good breakfast have more energy, better attendance...

Does Smoking Affect Oral Health? Jun 12th, 2019

Tips to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer Breakfast with Braces By now, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. But the truth is its broad-reaching health effects are not all known by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Smoking can have serious repercussions in this regard....

Tips to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer Jun 5th, 2019

Can I use mouthwash instead of flossing? Does smoking affect oral health? The dog days of summer are upon us, and with the temperatures soaring, our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care wants you to be extra careful about sun safety when you’re out and about. Check out this incredibly helpful article...

Can I Use Mouthwash Instead of Flossing? May 29th, 2019

Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer Tips to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer While mouthwash goes a long way in improving your oral care, it is not a substitute for flossing. Mouthwashes and flossing provide different benefits that you should understand. Mouthwash Benefits Mouthwash comes in two categories....

Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer May 22nd, 2019

At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation? Can I use mouthwash instead of flossing? Memorial Day didn't become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right after the Civil War....

At What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation? May 15th, 2019

Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is right for you? Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer You may have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces and other orthodontic care a lot earlier these days. There was a time, only a decade or two ago, when braces were mainly seen...

Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is Right for You? May 8th, 2019

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month! At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation? When the time comes for Dr. Crawford to remove your braces, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you...

May is National Teen Self-esteem Month! May 1st, 2019

Why is flossing so important when I have braces? Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is right for you? The month of May has the unique distinction of being National Teen Self-Esteem Month. What does that mean? National Teen Self-Esteem Month was created to raise public awareness about how low self-esteem can...

Why is Flossing So Important When I Have Braces? Apr 24th, 2019

Earth Day May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month! You've made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment?  Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care will tell you it is just as important to develop a...

Earth Day Apr 17th, 2019

Questions, questions… Why is flossing so important when I have braces? The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and...

Questions, Questions… Apr 10th, 2019

Play it Safe this Spring Earth Day When beginning orthodontic treatment, most patients ask Dr. Crawford and our team a lot of questions about what to expect, while others choose to just "go with the flow" and leave it to us to build for them a beautiful smile. And for our...

Play It Safe This Spring Apr 3rd, 2019

What role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics? Questions, questions… It's springtime and it's again time to remind our patients at Crawford Orthodontic Care to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and...

What Role Do Elastics (Rubber Bands) Play in Orthodontics? Mar 27th, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Play it Safe this Spring Wearing orthodontic braces may be the best choice for correcting your teeth and improving your smile, and that's why you've come to see Dr. Crawford at Crawford Orthodontic Care. Braces, which consist of brackets and wires, work by gently applying pressure to the...

St. Patrick's Day Mar 13th, 2019

Will my child benefit from early orthodontic treatment? What role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics? On March 17, everyone has a little Irish in them. St. Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration of Irish heritage. The holiday originated as a commemoration of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland....

Will My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment? Mar 6th, 2019

The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment at a Young Age St. Patrick's Day According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment for children should start at around age seven. Dr. Crawford can evaluate your child’s orthodontic needs early on to see if orthodontic treatment is recommended for your son or daughter....

The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment at a Young Age Feb 27th, 2019

Foods can Wreak Havoc on Your Enamel Will my child benefit from early orthodontic treatment? When you think of orthodontic treatment, you may automatically assume that it only relates to older children and teens with alignment and spacing issues. But this isn’t the case: Orthodontic treatment at Crawford Orthodontic Care offers...

Foods Can Wreak Havoc on Your Enamel Feb 20th, 2019

The Start of Valentine’s Day The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment at a Young Age It’s possible to develop tooth decay even when you take great care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep your teeth healthy, depending on your diet. Cavities, discoloration, and decay are still...

The Start of Valentine’s Day Feb 13th, 2019

Not-So-Sweet Sweets: The five worst candies to eat during orthodontic treatment Foods can Wreak Havoc on Your Enamel Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, has been said to originate with a Catholic priest named Valentine several thousand year ago. Valentine defied the emperor at the time by secretly marrying...

Not-so-sweet Sweets: the Five Worst Candies to Eat During Orthodontic Treatment Feb 6th, 2019

What band color is right for your astrological sign? The Start of Valentine’s Day Sticky, hard, and gooey: these candies fill your dopamine receptors with spasms of sugar-filled joy, but if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at Crawford Orthodontic Care to straighten your teeth, then these sweets are not so sweet. While...

What Band Color is Right for Your Astrological Sign? Jan 30th, 2019

Stars Who Had Braces Not-So-Sweet Sweets: The five worst candies to eat during orthodontic treatment For centuries, many have believed in messages written in the stars and constellations. Some people look to their astrological sign to understand their personalities and preferences better, and even to foresee their destiny. Whether you’re a...

Stars Who Had Braces Jan 23rd, 2019

Not everyone is born with a million-dollar smile, not even some celebrities. The following stars have all had their moments as a “brace face,” either as a child, teenager, or adult. You might be surprised to learn about stars who had braces (including Gwen Stefani, who got braces just because...

Kristin Cavallari and Palatal Expanders Jan 16th, 2019

Misconceptions About Orthodontics Stars Who Had Braces It’s no easy feat to have one of the best smiles in Hollywood. The reality TV starlet Kristin Cavallari attributes her gorgeous smile to routine oral hygiene, the removal of two impacted wisdom teeth, and having undergone orthodontic treatment. Kristin’s treatment began in sixth...

Misconceptions About Orthodontics Jan 9th, 2019

Tooth Protection and Winter Sports Kristin Cavallari and Palatal Expanders While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what Crawford Orthodontic Care does for our patients and how exactly Dr. Crawford can help...

Tooth Protection and Winter Sports Jan 2nd, 2019

It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile! Misconceptions About Orthodontics Just because it’s cold out there doesn’t mean you’ll give up keeping fit and active! Winter is the season for some of our favorite team sporting activities, and when you’re donning your protective gear, don’t forget to protect your...

It's a Wrap: Ending the Year With a Smile! Dec 26th, 2018

What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment? Tooth Protection and Winter Sports People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year. At...

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment? Dec 19th, 2018

What is a palatal expander? It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile! Orthodontic treatment should begin earlier than most parents are apt to assume. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment should start at around seven years of age. Dr. Crawford can evaluate your child’s existing and...

What is a Palatal Expander? Dec 12th, 2018

How Braces Can Work at Any Age What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment? If Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care have recommended a palatal expander, you might be wondering what it is and how it will help you. A palatal expander is a small appliance fitted...

How Braces Can Work at Any Age (2) Dec 5th, 2018

Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces? What is a palatal expander? The team at Crawford Orthodontic Care loves to help adults achieve straighter teeth and a beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here are some things you’ll need to know. Can braces work...

Do I Really Need to Wear My Rubber Bands With My Braces? Nov 28th, 2018

Thanksgiving in North America How Braces Can Work at Any Age Most of our patients at Crawford Orthodontic Care will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth...

Thanksgiving in North America Nov 21st, 2018

Whitening Teeth with Braces Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces? Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may...

Whitening Teeth With Braces Nov 14th, 2018

Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces Thanksgiving in North America Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits...

Your Five-step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces Nov 7th, 2018

Are you visiting the dentist during your orthodontic treatment? Whitening Teeth with Braces If you’re wearing braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into...

Are You Visiting the Dentist During Your Orthodontic Treatment? Oct 31st, 2018

The Intriguing History of Halloween Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day during your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Crawford and our team think that’s wonderful! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every six...

The Intriguing History of Halloween Oct 25th, 2018

What Your Braces Rubber Band Color Says About You Are you visiting the dentist during your orthodontic treatment? Halloween is fast approaching, and Dr. Crawford wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is familiar to most...

What Your Braces Rubber Band Color Says About You Oct 17th, 2018

What makes teeth crooked? The Intriguing History of Halloween However you may feel about having to wear braces, choosing the color of your rubber bands is sure to bring a smile to your face. Whether you want to express your creativity, coordinate your braces with your outfits, or show some serious...

What makes Teeth Crooked? Oct 10th, 2018

October is National Orthodontic Health Month What Your Braces Rubber Band Color Says About You Dr. Crawford and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include: Thumb sucking Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing Premature loss of...

October is National Orthodontic Health Month Oct 3rd, 2018

Your First Orthodontist Visit What makes teeth crooked? What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the northern hemisphere, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly: heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start...

Your First Orthodontist Visit Sep 27th, 2018

Why choose an orthodontic specialist over a general dentist? October is National Orthodontic Health Month If you’ve never been to an orthodontist before, you might be wary of what to expect during your first visit. Your dentist may have recommended an orthodontic appliance if it could improve the state of your...

Why Choose an Orthodontic Specialist Over a General Dentist? Sep 19th, 2018

Braces-Friendly Foods Your First Orthodontist Visit Patients have so many choices for straightening their teeth nowadays — clear aligners, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces — but who is best suited to guide them through orthodontic treatment? Well, an orthodontist like Dr. Crawford in Norcross, GA of course! This may seem...

Braces-friendly Foods Sep 12th, 2018

What was your favorite part of summer? Why choose an orthodontic specialist over a general dentist? Having braces can be frustrating when you have to be cautious about eating certain foods or having to avoid them altogether. Making sure your braces don’t bend or break is vital when you’re trying to...

What Was Your Favorite Part of Summer? Sep 5th, 2018

Labor Day: Our favorite holiday to rest! Braces-Friendly Foods It's the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about...

Labor Day: Our Favorite Holiday to Rest! Aug 29th, 2018

Orthodontic Treatments What was your favorite part of summer? Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday each September here in the United States, is a holiday devoted to the American working community. The purpose of the holiday is honoring the country's workers and their contributions to the strength of our country...

Celebrate Labor Day By Getting Away Aug 28th, 2018

How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment Going Back to School with Braces Labor Day honors the contributions that workers have made to this country, and for many Americans, the holiday is a great time to relax at home with family and friends. But there are quite a few people...

Orthodontic Treatments Aug 22nd, 2018

When Clear Aligners aren’t the Answer Labor Day: Our favorite holiday to rest! It’s not unusual for a patient to be unaware of the range of services that orthodontists can provide for their patients. Knowing which services Dr. Crawford and our team perform can help you better understand your options and...

When Clear Aligners Aren’t The Answer Aug 15th, 2018

Brushing with Braces: How to Keep a Clean Mouth Orthodontic Treatments Clear aligners like Invisalign® have become increasingly popular over the past several years and rightly so. They’re removable, easier to clean than braces, and hardly anyone knows you're wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they aren't...

Brushing With Braces: How to Keep a Clean Mouth Aug 8th, 2018

It's time to go back to school! When Clear Aligners aren’t the Answer A clean mouth is a happy mouth. And when Dr. Crawford and our staff see you have a clean mouth, we are happy too. Of course, all of this should make you happy because you’re the one preventing...

It's Time to Go Back to School! Aug 1st, 2018

Make Your Braces Bands Work for You! Brushing with Braces: How to Keep a Clean Mouth Now that many of the schools in Norcross, GA are back in session, Dr. Crawford would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports,...

Make Your Braces Bands Work for You! Jul 25th, 2018

Treatment Options for TMD It's time to go back to school! Well, of course, they already are working for you—as an essential part of the alignment process. Rubber bands, also known as elastic ligatures, are used to secure the wires inside your brackets. But bands can be more than functional. Since the ligatures...

Treatment Options for TMD Jul 18th, 2018

How Long Do I Need To Wear Retainers? Make Your Braces Bands Work for You! Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) refers to a diverse range of disorders that relate to muscular function in the jaw and face — the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That could mean difficulty opening your mouth, pain in the jaw...

How Long Do I Need to Wear Retainers? Jul 11th, 2018

Five Great Reasons to Visit Our Practice this Summer Treatment Options for TMD Once you get your braces off, you want to make sure your smile remains straight! This is where retainers come in. Once your braces come off, you’ll be fitted for a retainer provided by Dr. Crawford to keep...

Five Great Reasons to Visit Our Practice This Summer Jul 4th, 2018

Happy Fourth of July How Long Do I Need To Wear Retainers? We’ve heard all the reasons why folks put off scheduling an orthodontic consultation: not quite ready to begin treatment, vacations, busy schedules, financial concerns, etc. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t delay another day to make an appointment...

Happy Fourth of July Jun 27th, 2018

Avoid Brushing After Every Single Meal! Five Great Reasons to Visit Our Practice this Summer  Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large...

Avoid Brushing After Every Single Meal! Jun 20th, 2018

Adults and Braces Happy Fourth of July Here is some surprising yet worthwhile advice you might be hearing for the first time: Brushing after a meal can be incredibly bad for your teeth if you do it after eating certain foods. Enamel is an extremely hard mineral on the exterior of...

Adults and Braces 06.14.2018 Jun 13th, 2018

Don't forget your retainer this summer! Avoid Brushing After Every Single Meal! Nowadays, many adults are taking advantage of getting straighter teeth with braces. Dr. Crawford and our team love to help patients create the dazzling, confident smile they’ve always wanted. Our adult patients usually fall into two categories: some had...

Don't Forget Your Retainer This Summer! Jun 6th, 2018

Common Braces Problems Adults and Braces As we start our summer, our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care wants to remind our patients who have completed treatment that it is very important to wear your retainer as prescribed even while away for vacations and summer camps. If you are away from home...

Common Braces Problems May 30th, 2018

Memorial Day Don't forget your retainer this summer! It’s useful to know some of the common problems that can arise when you get braces. Even if you take great care of your braces and teeth, you might not be able to avoid certain issues or side effects that accompany braces. But...

Memorial Day May 23rd, 2018

Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath Common Braces Problems Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the...

Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath May 16th, 2018

Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day! Memorial Day Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad...

Wishing All Our Moms a Happy Mother’s Day! May 9th, 2018

Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile! Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath "Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." - Robert Browning We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Crawford...

Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a Bright, White Smile! May 2nd, 2018

Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day! Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Crawford Orthodontic Care. Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around...

Braces-friendly Recipe: Breakfast Apr 25th, 2018

Every Day is Earth Day Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile! Kids can be picky eaters. How many times have you seen your child try to hide the peas under a mound of mashed potatoes? At Crawford Orthodontic Care, Dr. Crawford and our team understand how hard...

Every Day is Earth Day Apr 18th, 2018

Too old for braces? You Might be Surprised Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay...

Too Old for Braces? You Might Be Surprised Apr 11th, 2018

April is National Facial Protection Month Every Day is Earth Day Although adolescence is a common time to get braces, there’s no reason for adults of any age to have to deal with crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or other dental issues. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that demand...

April is National Facial Protection Month Apr 4th, 2018

What is malocclusion? Too old for braces? You Might be Surprised The Importance of Facial Protection Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association...

What is Malocclusion? Mar 28th, 2018

Helpful Hints for Dealing with Braces Pain April is National Facial Protection Month The term malocclusion refers to misalignment of teeth. You may have been born with malocclusion, so your teeth simply grew in crooked, or the misalignment and crowding of your teeth occurred over a period of time. Either way,...

Helpful Hints for Dealing With Braces Pain Mar 21st, 2018

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day What is malocclusion? Your first few days with braces will feel rather odd, awkward, and even painful. The day you get your braces you will probably just feel weird, like you have something in your mouth – because you do. You are most likely to...

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day Mar 14th, 2018

Periodontics and Braces Treatment Helpful Hints for Dealing with Braces Pain Millions of people, around Norcross, GA and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt,...

Periodontics and Braces Treatment Mar 7th, 2018

Going Beyond Braces Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day Most people think braces are all about their teeth. While it is true orthodontics is meant to move your teeth into proper position, there's more to it than that. To safely move your teeth with braces, you're going to need healthy and...

Going Beyond Braces Mar 1st, 2018

Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces During Orthodontic Treatment Periodontics and Braces Treatment At Crawford Orthodontic Care, we aren’t just concerned with straightening your teeth and giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are also committed improving the oral health and the well-being of all our patients. Dr....

Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces During Orthodontic Treatment Feb 21st, 2018

When is the best age to begin orthodontic treatment? Going Beyond Braces After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you...

When is the Best Age to Begin Orthodontic Treatment? Feb 15th, 2018

The Transformation of Valentine's Day Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces During Orthodontic Treatment Most parents know that routine dental care should begin during their child’s toddler years. And many assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit Dr. Crawford for...

The Transformation of Valentine's Day Feb 7th, 2018

My teeth don't line up any more. Why? When is the best age to begin orthodontic treatment? Did you know the actions leading to the beginnings of Valentine's Day were actually centered on the avoidance of war? A Catholic priest named Valentine defied the orders of the Emperor Claudius II and...

My Teeth Don't Line Up Any More. Why? Jan 31st, 2018

Love your new smile? Tell us about it! The Transformation of Valentine's Day If your teeth don't line up like they used to any more, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, often called TMD. This is a term that can actually be applied to any condition that occurs because...

Love Your New Smile? Tell Us About It! Jan 24th, 2018

Dental X-Rays: Are They Safe? My teeth don't line up any more. Why? At Crawford Orthodontic Care, we proudly treat adults, teens, and children; no matter what your age, we believe you deserve a great smile. Our warm and welcoming team is known for their for their exceptional orthodontic skills. Dr....

Dental X-rays: Are They Safe? Jan 17th, 2018

Orthodontic Treatment through the Internet Love your new smile? Tell us about it! X-rays have been a function of dental healthcare for a long time. That in and of itself should be good news, because it means we've had plenty of time to improve them. While there is always some risk...

Orthodontic Treatment Through the Internet Jan 10th, 2018

Looking Back at the Old Days of Braces Dental X-Rays: Are They Safe? You can learn just about anything on the Internet these days. You can also order just about anything on the Internet these days. But would you order your braces on the Internet? There’s a new trend involving websites...

Looking Back at the Old Days of Braces Jan 3rd, 2018

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New Year's Eve Orthodontic Treatment through the Internet Braces can be painful, but if you are a teen who loves being social, the worst part about them can be their look. They show up in your photos, and you will not be able to take...

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New Year's Eve Dec 27th, 2017

Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet Looking Back at the Old Days of Braces It’s no secret that New Year’s Eve is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. Dr. Crawford and our team love it too. It’s a fresh start, another year of surviving the crazy...

Dangers of Diy Orthodontics on the Internet Dec 20th, 2017

Should I use a water pick during my treatment? Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New Year's Eve All over the Internet you'll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there —...

Should I Use a Water Pick During My Treatment? Dec 13th, 2017

Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth? Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care know that for some of our patients wearing braces, it can be difficult to weave through those wires and brackets as you brush and floss...

Diet Soda Vs. Regular Soda: Which is Better for Teeth? Dec 6th, 2017

Eating with Braces: Braces-friendly snack recipe Should I use a water pick during my treatment? When most patients ask Dr. Crawford this question, they're thinking strictly about sugar content — cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that's present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better...

Eating With Braces: Braces-friendly Snack Recipe Nov 29th, 2017

Thanksgiving Trivia Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth? At Crawford Orthodontic Care, Dr. Crawford and our staff know that eating with braces can be tricky. You want to avoid damaging the bands, brackets, and wires, since any damage can delay the progress of your treatment. After adjustments,...

Thanksgiving Trivia Nov 22nd, 2017

Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces Eating with Braces: Braces-friendly snack recipe At Crawford Orthodontic Care we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Dr. Crawford wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help...

Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces Nov 15th, 2017

A Helpful Site on Orthodontics Thanksgiving Trivia Today, Dr. Crawford and our team thought we would offer a few tips for our patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. For those of you wearing braces, it’s important to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene than those not currently in treatment. After...

A Helpful Site on Orthodontics Nov 8th, 2017

What's in my mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces As you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care would like to point you to a helpful website. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have lots of important information about...

What's in My Mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances Nov 1st, 2017

Halloween Fun with Braces A Helpful Site on Orthodontics Dr. Crawford and our team correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. We do this by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these...

Halloween Fun With Braces Oct 25th, 2017

Proper Diet while Undergoing Orthodontics What's in my mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances Halloween is a favorite holiday among children due to the festive games, imaginative costumes, and candy. Modern celebrations stem from a combination of traditions from Pagan and Christian traditions throughout the centuries. The original holiday was called...

Proper Diet While Undergoing Orthodontics Oct 18th, 2017

What's the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Halloween Fun with Braces Many people undergo orthodontic treatment during childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood. Wearing orthodontic appliances like braces is sure to produce a beautiful smile. Though orthodontic treatments at Crawford Orthodontic Care are designed to accommodate your lifestyle, chances...

What's the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist? Oct 11th, 2017

What's on your fall reading list? Proper Diet while Undergoing Orthodontics Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting...

What's on Your Fall Reading List? Oct 5th, 2017

When should I floss during the day? What's the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care encourage you to...

When Should I Floss During the Day? Sep 28th, 2017

What is early intervention? What's on your fall reading list? A vital step in your oral health routine is flossing. We hope our patients at Crawford Orthodontic Care maintain good oral hygiene, including daily flossing between each visit to our Norcross, GA office. A toothbrush is not always enough to get...

What is Early Intervention? Sep 20th, 2017

When You Need Immediate Care, We are Here for You When should I floss during the day? Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Dr. Crawford and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no...

When You Need Immediate Care, We Are Here for You Sep 13th, 2017

September is Self-Improvement Month! What is early intervention? At Crawford Orthodontic Care, we know orthodontic emergencies are neither convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, Dr. Crawford and our team are more than willing to see you after hours or over the weekend. As a general rule, you...

September is Self-improvement Month! Sep 6th, 2017

Happy Labor Day! When You Need Immediate Care, We are Here for You These days, Americans everywhere are putting greater emphasis on health and self-improvement, and more people are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. September happens to be Self-Improvement Month, and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care knows that...

Happy Labor Day! Aug 30th, 2017

How Braces Can Work at Any Age September is Self-Improvement Month! Labor Day is upon us, and that means the non-official end to summer. Before the kids head back to school and temperatures start to cool down, this is your last chance to barbeque in the beautiful Norcross, GA community, head...

How Braces Can Work at Any Age Aug 23rd, 2017

Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath Happy Labor Day! Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In...

Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath Aug 16th, 2017

Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces How Braces Can Work at Any Age Bad breath, or halitosis, is probably not a matter of life or death. But it can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative impact on your life. The majority of people suffering from bad breath are dealing...

Importance of Oral Hygiene With Braces Aug 9th, 2017

Positive Aging with Orthodontics Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath 15.00   Normal0 falsefalsefalse EN-USJAX-NONE     /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Cambria",serif;mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Proper oral hygiene techniques are always worthwhile, but they are especially crucial when you’re wearing orthodontic appliances such as braces. When you don’t maintain an effective...

Positive Aging With Orthodontics Aug 2nd, 2017

Considerations When Picking the Right Mouthwash Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces   Crooked or crowded teeth aren’t always just a cosmetic issue; they also are more difficult to clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, if your teeth don’t align properly when you bite (known as...

Considerations When Picking the Right Mouthwash Jul 26th, 2017

The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment Positive Aging with Orthodontics A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Few patients ask Dr. Crawford about different mouthwash options, so...

The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment Jul 19th, 2017

Protecting Your Smile with Mouthguards Considerations When Picking the Right Mouthwash It's the big day and your braces are finally coming off! Does that mean you are completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at Crawford Orthodontic Care, Dr. Crawford and our team will recommend you wear...

Protecting Your Smile With Mouthguards Jul 12th, 2017

Tell us about your summer! The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment If you participate in sports or other physical activities, it’s wise to consider getting a mouthguard. Also known as mouth protectors, mouthguards are a device worn over the teeth to lessen the impact of a blow to...

Tell Us About Your Summer! Jul 5th, 2017

Fun Facts for the Fourth Protecting Your Smile with Mouthguards The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Crawford and our team to ask our patients about their summer! Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in Norcross,...

Fun Facts for the Fourth Jun 28th, 2017

The Evolution of Braces Tell us about your summer! The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress...

The Evolution of Braces Jun 21st, 2017

What is hyperdontia? Fun Facts for the Fourth Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? Crawford Orthodontic Care thinks of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights...

What is Hyperdontia? Jun 14th, 2017

Are braces ruining your photos? The Evolution of Braces When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth, and our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care calls this oral condition "hyperdontia." Primary teeth are the first...

Are Braces Ruining Your Photos? Jun 7th, 2017

Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips! What is hyperdontia? While it’s normal to feel self-conscious, there is no reason to avoid photos just because you wear braces. Many people wear braces and you do not need to be embarrassed about them. There are also ways you can enjoy your photos...

Going on Vacation? Remember These Simple Tips! May 31st, 2017

Memorial Day: Parades, remembrance, and the unofficial start of summer! Are braces ruining your photos?   If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at Crawford Orthodontic Care would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have...

Memorial Day: Parades, Remembrance, and the Unofficial Start of Summer! May 24th, 2017

Welcome to Our Blog! Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips! “The purpose of all war is peace.” - Saint Augustine Fire truck sirens, baton twirlers, marching bands covering patriotic tunes, colorful floats, costumes, and millions of red, white, and blue American flags being waved in the air on a beautiful...

Welcome to Our Blog! Feb 21st, 2017

Memorial Day: Parades, remembrance, and the unofficial start of summer! Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news...