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Braces RX App

June 14, 2019

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Have you seen our new app? Braces RX app is the easiest way for people considering orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign to get a free consultation and be on their way to achieving the smile they have always wanted without all the hassle!  Take 30 seconds to snap a few pictures or a v ...More

Vivera retainers

February 01, 2019

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Orthodontics can create nice and straight smiles, but after the braces are taken off, the teeth will move back to their original position if left to their own devices.  This is why we strongly urge our patients to wear their retainers to ensure a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Vivera ret ...More

Orthodontics and TMJ Disorders

January 11, 2019

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Disorders of pain in the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) can range from a minor annoyance to debilitating pain.  The cause of discomfort is very difficult to diagnose and is often multifactorial.  Because of the severity and difficulty in treatment, sufferers often seek the professional advice of nu ...More

Invisalign Attachments

December 14, 2018

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You came into the orthodontist's office excited to try in your new Invisalign trays to get that straight smile you have wanted since you were in middle school.  Soon the snaggle tooth struggle will be no more, and the doctor said braces weren't even needed!  How sweet is that?! The do ...More

Ancient tooth fillings

November 26, 2018

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Dentistry may have been around longer than we thought.  The need for treating teeth has certaintly been around.  Anthropologists have taken a closer look at 6,500 year old human remains from Slovenia and found evience of tooth fillings (made out of Beeswax!).  Another interesting note is that by ...More

Old Mill Middle and High School: Trunk or Treat

November 05, 2018

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We support our community!  It is my belief that as medical professionals, it is our job to support and educate our community on the importance of health, especially maintaining straight and healthy teeth!  Here we at Old Mill Middle School's annual trunk or treat  ...More

Spooktacular Halloween Pumpkins

October 19, 2018

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Every year, we decorate pumpkins for Halloween and display in the office.  Here's a sampling of this years pumpkins!   ...More

Can math explain how teeth are supposed to look?

August 03, 2018

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Could it be possible that math can explain something as subjective as  the perfect smile?  The "Golden Ratio" is number used to describe an occurence when the ratio of two numbers is the same as the ratio between the sum of those two numbers with the larger of the two.  This number is often short ...More

Gummy Smiles

July 02, 2018

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Ever watch TV or movies and notice that one of the actors and actresses show a lot of gums when they smile?  This is something we as orthodontists consider when we are treatment planning as braces can either increase or decrease gum display on smiles, depending on what the patient's goal is. ...More

5 things you should know before selecting an Invisalign Provider

June 08, 2018

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There are likely many doctors in your area that provide Invisalign to straighten teeth, but how do you choose the right provider for you?  Here are the top 5 things to consider when selecting a doctor. 1.  Are they an Orthodontist? Orthodontists are dentists that trained for an additional 2- ...More

Bite sticks for Invisalign, now that's something to gnaw on!

May 14, 2018

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Clear aligners are being used by orthodontists more and more as patient demand for these esthetic, almost invisible tooth straighteners increases.  At our office, we are adept at treating with braces and clear aligners for which we use the Invisalign brand.  One of the main differences between bra ...More

Expanding the upper jaw with a Quad Helix

March 09, 2018

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Occasionally, we as orthodontists find patients with a narrow upper jaw.  This causes the relationship of the upper and lower teeth to be out of sync, leading to potential problems with the jaw joints and how you bite.  Constant chewing and eating with a crossbite can lead to excess wear of the te ...More

Can you ditch the Headgear? The Carrier appliance might be an alternative!

February 01, 2018

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Often people go to the orthodontist to address an "overbite" or an "underbite.  These malocclusions appear when either the upper or lower teeth are too far back or forward.  Traditionally, headgear appliances were the standard of care to treat overbites and underbites, but wearing a headg ...More

Dark Triangles between teeth?

January 15, 2018

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When crowded teeth are aligned, sometimes there will be a space that appears between the teeth that is not filled in with gum tissue.  This appears as a "Dark Triangle" which can be unsightly for one's smile.  In this blog post, we will discuss why dark triangles appear and how they can be ...More

It\'s not just about looks! Top 5 problems caused by crooked teeth

December 12, 2017

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Crooked teeth can affect more than just your looks... 1. Poor oral hygiene Those with crowded teeth know, it can be a pain to brush and floss around them properly or even at all. The plaque and bacteria that subsequently build up can cause gum disease or even cavities. 2. Tooth wear If a ...More

Retaining Retainers?

December 02, 2017

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After getting those teeth nice and straight, we want to make sure that they stay that way. That is why we always give retainers at the end of orthodontic treatment. The clear plastic retainers we use are called Essix retainers and with proper care, can last a very long time. Here is a breakdown of t ...More

Trick or Treat, Give me something good to eat!

October 17, 2017

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Halloween season is arguable the time of year when the most candy is eaten, and with it, the most brackets broken meaning you'll be carving out time to spend in the orthodontic office instead carving up pumpkins. Click Here for a poster from the AAO spelling out which candies are and aren' ...More

Why 7 years old is the age your child should see the Orthodontist

October 03, 2017

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Most kids get braces right before they become a teenager, so why should they go see the orthodontist even earlier than then for an evaluation? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends to start seeing the Orthodontist at 7 years old. Some orthodontic problems can be addressed at this age ...More

Back to School!

September 05, 2017

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Labor day has passed and the shiny yellow school bus is coming around the corning signalling the start of a brand new school year! For both those that just got braces and those who have had them before, school is a brand new chapter in life and Noorani and Cramer Orthodontics wants to make sure you ...More

TMD Problems and How You Can Prevent Them

July 03, 2017

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Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) describe a set of conditions that involve trouble with your jaw and face muscles. They result from a problem in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects the temporal bones, in your skull in front of each ear, to your jaw. The joint ena ...More

Smile Tips & Tricks Movie Stars Use

May 22, 2017

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Celebrity smiles arenât created overnight and stars like Emma Watson and Zac Efron werenât born with straight, brilliant white teeth. In fact, both of them underwent orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening to get those picturesque chompers. Just because youâre not strutting down the red c ...More

Dr. Noorani and Dr. Wu Donate $1000 to a Local Non-Profit!!

March 07, 2017

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Dr. Noorani and Dr. Wu recently donated $1000 to a Local Non-Profit Organization to support their local community! Congratulations to the D.O. Believe Foundation and Nikki Spagna Stagnoli! Nikki started the D.O. Believe Foundation after losing her 7 year old son to pediatric cancer and has since ...More

The Wedding Experience Bridal Show Feb. 4th & 5th

January 27, 2017

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Today, we finished our Facebook drawing for 5 pairs of FREE Bridal Show Tickets to the Wedding Experience Bridal Show at the Baltimore Convention Center on Feb 4th and Feb 5th! Congratulations to all of these beautiful brides-to-be! Dr. Noorani and Dr. Wu will be hosting a booth there to showc ...More

$1000 Donation to a Community Organization

January 09, 2017

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Dr. Noorani and Dr. Wu met prior to the New Year and set their 2017 New Yearâs Resolution to be more involved in the community. They decided to give back to the community and help build the community with a Facebook Competition where they will post photos about local non-profit organizations. The ...More

Make sure your Orthodontist is Board Certified today!

December 19, 2016

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A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. Not all orthodontists are Board Certified. Today, only 33% of o ...More

I have to wear my retainers for how long?!

November 21, 2016

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Retainers are for life! This is for two reasons. After Damon braces, traditional braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, or any other orthodontic treatment, teeth want to move back to where they started. That's why it is very important to wear your retainers all the time immediately after treat ...More

Making A Great First Impression Without The Goop Or Gag!

April 04, 2016

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Weâll Make a Great First Impression The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your teeth and gums. Not only is this process f ...More

How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners

July 17, 2015

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Is it possible to straighten the teeth without braces? Yes, it is. Welcome to the world of Invisalign aligners. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is custom made to fit your teeth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. More importantly, th ...More

What if I miss an appointment over the summer?

June 05, 2015

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If you are planning on taking a vacation this summer, we ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may schedule your summer appointments more efficiently. We also encourage patients and their parents to be proactive in determining when they make their summer appointments. If you will be g ...More

Five Fun Ways to Count Down Your Braces Time

January 07, 2015

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Braces can straighten your teeth to give you a more attractive smile for life. The process can take 18 months to two years or more, and this amount of time can seem unending when you first get your braces. Counting down your brace time can help the time pass more quickly and build the excitement f ...More

Smile! -- It Is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 01, 2014

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Did you know that October really is National Orthodontic Health Month? Our Team at Cramer and Noorani Orthodontics wants you to join us in celebrating the power of a smile during October. Whether you are 12, 16 or 60â¦a perfect smile is one of your best assets. People everywhere appreciate a frie ...More

Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!

May 15, 2014

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Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Cramer and Noorani Orthodontics. Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly wh ...More

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

January 10, 2014

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A popular option for straightening teeth at Cramer and Noorani Orthodontics, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more. Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces, works by applying ...More

Adults Say Healthy, Beautiful Smiles Transform Lives

December 18, 2013

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A recent survey by the American Association of Orthodontists shows that a majority of adults report improvements in career and personal relationships after orthodontic treatment. Adult orthodontic treatment contributes to significant ,improvements in both professional and personal lives say res ...More

Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment

November 25, 2013

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Our team at Cramer and Noorani Orthodontics 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, you should have a successful treatment. ...More

Prevent Accidents, But Know What To Do If One Occurs

October 15, 2013

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Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective gear available. They can help prevent or minimize tooth and jaw injuries. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends mouth guards be worn any time the teeth could come into contact with a ball, a hard object, another player o ...More

Straight Teeth, What should they look like?

September 16, 2013

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There is no normal smile because everyone has a different tooth shape, size and bone structure. This is why it is important to assess straight teeth on the basis of 32 adult, healthy, working teeth arranged correctly in the upper and lower jaws. Do you feel that your understanding of the term â ...More

Orthodontic Emergency Care

August 16, 2013

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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 until your next scheduled appointment for care. Here are some guidelines t ...More

Energy and Sports Drinks Eat Away at Teeth, Study Says

August 10, 2013

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Sports and energy drinks cause irreversible damage to the teeth of teens and young adults. A study which was published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry states that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they begin destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. Ac ...More