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Can You Eat Popcorn, Chocolate, or Gum with Braces? Which Foods to Avoid

A close up of a person eating a chocolate bar with nuts in it while wearing braces, which can cause damage to the brackets and wires.

If you’ve recently gotten braces, congrats on taking the first step toward a beautiful, straight smile! While braces can take a little time to get used to, they offer many benefits. Orthodontic treatment can be a great investment in your oral health and overall appearance. As you adjust to wearing braces, you may wonder what […]

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Can Braces Help TMJ Disorder?

A female teenager is showing her teeth with braces. Braces to help relieve the pain, pressure, and discomfort associated with TMJ.

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, can be a chronic issue for millions of people. In fact, the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 25–30% of people experience jaw dysfunction and pain. There are a few key elements to understanding TMJ disorder. An individual’s experience with this condition, including their specific symptoms […]

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