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Braces emergency: Know when to call

June 1, 2022

Various brackets, wires, elastics and other appliances are used during orthodontic treatment to achieve a marvelous result. Unfortunately, some appliances can cause discomfort and different pieces can come loose if not cared for properly. Read on to learn what a true braces emergency is and when to call us for a repair. What is a…

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Do you have to wear a retainer forever?

January 18, 2022

There are some pivotal moments that you never forget, like learning to ride a bike, graduating from high school and, of course, the happiness you feel when you finish orthodontic treatment. When you get the first glimpse of your new smile you can’t imagine it ever looking any other way. But do you have to…

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No orthodontic referral needed for initial visit

January 5, 2022

Are you noticing something concerning with your child’s smile? Maybe they have some crowding present or a tooth out of place. If this is the case, don’t delay in making an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. At Vivid Orthodontics, we do not require an orthodontic referral from your child’s dentist for an appointment. Initial consultation…

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Insurance and orthodontics: 6 questions answered

November 16, 2021

Understanding the cost of orthodontics and how insurance factors into the mix can be tricky. At Vivid Orthodontics we want to be a partner in helping you understand your orthodontic insurance benefits. From submitting your orthodontic claims to keeping you updated on changes we encounter, we do our best to make it a smooth process….

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Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Who should you see?

October 21, 2021

An orthodontist and dentist combined are a dream team when it comes to your oral health. They work together to create a comprehensive plan to ensure your smile not only looks great, but also functions properly. However the question still remains; when should you see an orthodontist vs. dentist? What services are provided by an…

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Invisalign® FAQ’s: What you need to know

October 7, 2021

Invisalign® is a well-known system for achieving a beautiful smile, but a lot of questions arise about the process for the treatment. So, we’ve rounded up some common frequently asked questions to give a guide on what to expect with Invisalign®. How does Invisalign® work? One of the most common Invisalign® FAQ’s is about how…

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Orthodontic observation appointments: Why are they important?

September 3, 2021

Your child has been to the orthodontist for an initial visit but isn’t quite ready for braces: Now what? If Dr. Michel determines your child isn’t ready for any orthodontic treatment your child will be scheduled for orthodontic observation appointments. What is an observation appointment? Orthodontic observation appointments are shorter visits to our office every…

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Can you get your teeth cleaned with braces?

July 23, 2021

One of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment is making sure you keep your teeth clean and in good health. When braces go on you’ll be instructed on how to properly floss and brush, but it will still be important for you to visit your general dentist during your orthodontic treatment. So, if you’ve…

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4 Common questions about adult orthodontics

July 9, 2021

A lot of adults wonder if it is too late for orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, at Vivid Orthodontics in Appleton, we offer a variety of adult orthodontic treatment options for our patients looking to get their perfect smile. What types of braces for adults are offered? If you are looking at traditional brackets for your treatment,…

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Uncomfortable impressions for braces a thing of the past!

June 15, 2021

Goodbye goopy impressions, hello digital scanning! At Vivid Orthodontics, digital scanning has replaced getting impressions for braces and aligners, making starting your orthodontic treatment easier than ever. How does a digital scanner, the alternative to dental impressions work? Our iTero digital scanner uses a wand with a camera on the end to capture images of…

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