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Does smoking affect oral health?

February 21st, 2024

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. To give you a better idea of how smoking can affect your oral health, Drs. Vaughn…
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Valentine Candy: Is It 4 U?

February 14th, 2024

It’s Valentine’s Day. Love and friendship are in the air, and candy is on the gift list. Are there tasty Valentine treats that are safe to eat even with your braces? We have some sweet news for you! Safe Valentine candy, like the rest of your braces-friendly diet, won’t stick to your braces (potentially causing…
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Why choose an orthodontic specialist over a general dentist?

February 7th, 2024

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 Drs. Vaughn and Spencer in Sedalia or Knob Noster, MO of course! This may seem obvious, but there’s misinformation circulating…
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Hey, Metal Mouth, Hey, Train Tracks! Six Funny Comebacks for People Who Wear Braces

January 31st, 2024

Brace-ism: believe it or not, it’s a concept. The Urban Dictionary defines brace-ism as “acting mean to people who have braces on their teeth.” Phrases like metal mouth, brace face, and train tracks are common jokes uttered by gap-toothed fools who like to make fun of people with braces. While ignoring these comments and taking…
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