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On behalf of Dr. Lauren Windhorst and the whole team at Choice Orthodontics, we would like to welcome you to our practice’s official blog!

From traditional orthodontic treatments like metal braces and ceramic braces to more modern appliances like Invisalign, SureSmile, and AcceleDent, our skilled orthodontist and her team of trained professionals offer exceptional, compassionate care to children, teens, and adults at every turn.

With two convenient locations in St. Joseph, MO and Gallatin, MO, our practice is proud to be the trusted hometown orthodontist of many different communities across Northwest Missouri, including Savannah, Maryville, and Cameron. No matter where you’re from, our orthodontic office can provide you with the right treatment to reach the beautiful, more confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Learn more about the types of braces we offer, Invisalign, SureSmile, and other oral and dental topics by checking out our latest blog posts. Or, contact the team at Choice Orthodontics today. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about getting started with an orthodontist!

Why Choose Invisalign Clear Aligners?
Why Choose Invisalign Clear Aligners?
10/09/2018
Orthodontic technology is continuously improving in terms of comfort, results, and appearance. This last element “appearance,” in particular, is an element of orthodontic treatment that has been innovated over the years in order to offer orthodontic patients treatment plans that are as discreet as possible. Invisalign clear aligners are a leading solution to this aesthetic quest.
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How to Tell If You’re Having an Orthodontic Emergency
How to Tell If You’re Having an Orthodontic Emergency
09/15/2018
Having braces or Invisilign takes a bit of getting used to at first, and a lot of care. You may heed all directions from your orthodontist and still experience minor aches and soreness, which is completely normal. There may come a time however, although rare, that you may actually experience an orthodontic emergency. But how do you know when it’s just regular pain or an emergency? Continue below to read a summary of some common orthodontic problems, learn if they’re emergencies or not, and discover how to treat them.
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How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
08/08/2018
Invisalign is a great option for orthodontic treatment. The aligners are practically invisible, they’re removable, and best of all, you can eat any foods that you want. However, to get the most out of your experience with Invisalign, you have to take good care of your aligners and make sure you clean them properly. The Choice Orthodontics team has created a comprehensive list of the biggest do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of and cleaning your Invisalign aligners.
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Canker Sores
Canker Sores
07/26/2018
Imagine that you’re brushing your teeth or diving into a plateful of your favorite food and you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your mouth. Once you get in front of a mirror you get a closer look and you see a small, white sore. You’ve just found yourself a canker sore, and they’re never fun. The good news is that your local Saint Joseph and Gallatin, MO oral health experts at Choice Orthodontics are here to help you with all the information about canker sores that you need to know for prevention and treatment.
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Early Orthodontic Treatment
Early Orthodontic Treatment
04/13/2018
It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. But when it comes to your child’s teeth, earlier is better than later. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial screening at age seven to determine if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child. In most cases, if orthodontic work is not needed, your orthodontist will simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until the best time for treatment is determined.
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Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction
03/18/2018
Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction.
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How to Prevent Tooth Decay
02/02/2018
At Choice Orthodontics, we work hard to provide high-quality orthodontic care to families across Saint Joseph, Gallatin, Savannah, Cameron, and other Northwest Missouri communities. Dr. Windhorst and her highly-trained staff want to make every patient feel at home in our offices.
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Orthodontic Headgear
01/02/2018
Sometimes braces alone aren't enough to move teeth into a better position, or correct a problematic bite or misaligned jaw growth. In those situations, your trusted St. Joseph and Gallatin orthodontist may recommend the use of special appliances, such as orthodontic headgear. Orthodontic headgear is worn partly outside the mouth and applies just enough force to move the teeth properly and guide the growth of the face and jaws.
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Thumb Sucking & Tongue Thrusting
11/29/2017
Thumb and finger sucking habits are a perfectly natural way for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as a child grows there comes a point when this comforting habit can cause more harm than good. While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit could cause social awkwardness and damage to the jaw’s growth pattern.
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Sleep Apnea
11/03/2017
Most people don’t associate teeth with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). However, a 2012 study revealed that many children who are diagnosed with ADD don’t really have the condition. Rather, their behavioral problems are actually due to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), such as sleep apnea.
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Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth
10/05/2017
At Choice Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. As part of this commitment, we’re always happy to share information on how you and your family can maintain great dental and oral health. For example, for all those soon-to-be parents out there, did you know that there are steps you can take during pregnancy to ensure your child develops healthy teeth?
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