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5 things to know after an orthodontic surgery
05/10/2022

Dental treatment at your Niagara Falls orthodontics office Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics provides high-quality orthodontic care for all ages and levels of need. Whether you are looking for a treatment to combat cosmetic insecurities or need treatment that improves your health and quality of life, your Niagara Falls orthodontics office is here to help.

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6 Facts About Two-Phase Treatment
04/08/2022

Two-phase treatment is an orthodontic method developed for young patients who show early signs of orthodontic issues such as crossbites, crowding, and crooked teeth. Conditions such as these can pose challenges to children later in life and will sometimes require costly and lengthy surgeries if not taken care of early on with two-phase treatment. Here at Niagara Orthodontics, your local St. Catharines orthodontics providers, we believe that no child should have to suffer through painful and unsightly orthodontic conditions, which is why we recommend two-phase treatment in cases where it is appropriate. Check out these six facts that everyone should know about two-phase treatment and how it can help your child avoid orthodontic problems later in life!

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How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?
03/31/2022

Many patients seek Invisalign care to straighten teeth, because of its convenience. Invisalign is a great option for anyone who wants orthodontic treatment, however often patients wonder how long the process will take. With each Invisalign case, the treatment time can vary. However, we strive to ensure that each patient finishes their treatment on time. Learn what factors determine how long your Invisalign treatment can take, and what to expect going forward.

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Who Needs Surgical Orthodontics?
03/31/2022

Sometimes conventional orthodontic solutions cannot successfully treat a bite problem. A severe malocclusion (bad bite) may require surgical treatment, especially if it is causing functional problems. Surgical orthodontics is used to treat severe cases of jawbone abnormalities and malocclusion. This can include speech difficulties, inability to properly chew food, and facial dysfunction. At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we strive to educate all of our patients on what options work best for them. If your orthodontist has determined that you need surgery, here’s what you need to know and what to expect.

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What Vitamins Are Recommended For Teeth With Braces?
02/28/2022

Braces will do most of the work of straightening your teeth and giving you a beautiful smile, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them with the process. Your teeth and gums are supported and strengthened by a variety of vitamins and minerals, and making sure you are getting enough of certain nutrients can increase the effectiveness of braces and give you healthier-looking teeth! Here at Niagara Orthodontics, your local St. Catharines orthodontics provider, we want each of our patients to get the most out of their orthodontic treatment which is why we have put together this list of vitamins that can complement your orthodontic treatment and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Learn about which vitamins are recommended for strengthening your teeth and gums, particularly for patients with braces!

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Why Wear Retainers After Braces?
02/05/2022

So, you finally got your braces off. Congratulations! All the hard work and patience have finally paid off. But treatment is not over. Retention is one of the most important phases of orthodontic treatment- and for good reason. In order to keep your teeth and bite straight and aligned, retainers are used. At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, all of our treatment plans include retainers. No matter what type of braces you’ve had, retainers are essential. Learn why retainers are important, and what options there are on the market.

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Back To School With Invisalign Teen
10/05/2021

With campuses opening up in the Fall and the days of zoom school on their way out the door, all of those old anxieties and apprehensions about the first day of school are rearing their heads: What do I wear? Who do I hang out with at lunch? Where is my locker going to be? The list goes on. When going back to school the last thing you need is to add another concern to the pile—worrying about how your teeth look or having anxiety about your braces can make those first few days even more difficult. Luckily, Invisalign Teen is here to whisk those worries away! Here at Niagara Orthodontics in St. Catharines, Invisalign Teen is now available to our younger patients, so they can feel confident in their smile throughout their orthodontic treatment!

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Can TMJ Be Permanently Cured?
10/05/2021

If you suffer from TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, you have probably searched for a permanent cure for the chronic ache in your jaw well, look no further, we have your answers! Here at Niagara Orthodontics, your local orthodontist in St. Catharines, it is our mission to provide painless and beautiful smiles to the people of the Niagara Peninsula, and that means treating TMJ as well. Find out how Dr. Neeraj Pershad in Niagara Falls can help find a solution to your TMJ and get you one step closer to leading a pain-free life!

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Orthodontic Emergency Steps
10/01/2021

Niagara Orthodontics in Niagara Falls, ON is here for all your orthodontic needs. Sudden emergencies can happen during your treatment and we have some tips to help with these situations! We can always be reached through email and our emergency phone number, but sometimes these emergencies can be resolved at home and wait to be seen during the week when our office is open.

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Can My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?
06/17/2021

When thinking about the future of your child’s teeth, you will most likely want them to develop good oral hygiene, a healthy set of teeth, and a beautiful straight smile but when should you bring your child into the orthodontist to ensure that your child has all of these things? Here at Niagara Orthodontics, we believe that all children should have a chance to develop a glowing smile that will serve them well into their old age, which is why we recommend early orthodontic treatment for our young patients. Check out our quick guide to early orthodontic treatment to find out when you should bring your child to the orthodontist and how early orthodontic treatment can prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth!

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Signs You Need Braces
03/16/2021

People get braces at all different ages, and there is a strong chance you know someone who is undergoing orthodontic treatment. This might cause you to wonder: do I need braces? Niagara Orthodontics has enhanced the smiles of countless patients across the Niagara Peninsula, and each one is unique in his or her smile goals, concerns and treatment requirements. Read on to hear some of the reasons our patients need braces and why you might too.

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Orthodontic Trends in 2021
02/17/2021

New technology has revolutionized orthodontic treatment for today’s patients, making once difficult procedures effortless with shorter recovery times and faster results, for lasting smile transformations. Niagara Orthodontics offers world class orthodontic care to patients throughout the Niagara Peninsula, and we are proud to introduce you to four of the current orthodontic trends and treatments that can help you achieve your smile goals in 2021.

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Braces Seasonal Style Guide
01/07/2021

If you or your child are preparing to get traditional metal braces this year, you might be wondering how they will fit into your day to day style, and how you can make it fun to choose your look for the spring, summer, and during holidays. This is a common concern for fashion conscious teens getting braces for the first time. Traditional metal braces means the style of braces that have a wire secured to the brackets by small rubber bands.

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4 Reasons to Get Braces at the End of the Year
12/21/2020

As the New Year approaches, many people begin to think about resolutions or changes they want to make in their life. If you are looking to gain confidence or just think you’d be more content with straighter teeth, adult braces could be the perfect gift to yourself.

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Tips to Enjoy the Holiday Season With Braces
11/16/2020

We all look forward to the holiday season: unwrapping gifts, the snowy landscape, and most of all, the delicious food. If you got braces this year, you may be wondering, am I going to have to miss out on all those sweet holiday treats? The answer is no, but there are certain foods you do have to watch out for if you have braces.

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Relieving Pain From Shifting Teeth
10/15/2020

At Niagara Orthodontics, we provide high quality orthodontic care to children, teens, and adults. We use treatments like braces and Invisalign to slowly shift a patient’s teeth into the desired, straight position for a beautiful smile. Our orthodontist and staff understand that orthodontic care isn’t always the easiest, it can involve some minor pain due to shifting your teeth.

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Best Ways To Use Wax For Your Braces
09/09/2020

When you first get your braces, you may experience discomfort on your mouth's soft tissues caused by the braces rubbing against these areas. Once your mouth adjusts to the braces, you will no longer feel any pain, but until then, dental wax will be your new best friend.

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How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces
08/17/2020

We know that braces can be a challenge to take care of, but it’s essential to the outcome. The last thing you want is discoloration or white spots on your teeth due to poor oral hygiene.

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COVID-19 Orthodontic Care
Coronavirus Update: Orthodontic Care & Emergency Treatment
07/10/2020

At Niagara Orthodontics, we understand the severity of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of our patients and community. Our hearts go out to anyone suffering during this time for one reason or another. As orthodontic healthcare professionals, it is our job and responsibility to protect patients and staff by continuing to work safely and diligently as always.

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Kid's Oral Health
Tips From Your St. Catharines Orthodontist
06/11/2020

Niagara Orthodontics is not only passionate about beautiful smiles—we’re committed to helping our patients establish healthy habits for life. As your trusted St. Catharines orthodontist, Dr. Neeraj Pershad wants each of our patients to have straight, perfect smiles that last for years to come. That’s why we’re proud providers of Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, clear braces & more in St. Catharines. We know that good oral health starts from a young age, and habits formed in childhood are often habits for life. With this in mind, we proudly bring you the following tips for teaching good oral health habits to your children.

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Why Do Braces Make My Teeth Sore?
02/13/2020

You've just got braces and within the first week or two, they're starting to get sore. Or maybe you recently got your braces tightened again and you're feeling some pain around your jaw.

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Foods to Avoid with Braces
10/21/2019

You’ve received braces from Dr. Pershad, but are now in charge of taking care of them & your oral health. How? Not to worry! Read these helpful tips on foods to avoid with braces!

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Is It Better To Floss First Or Brush First?
06/13/2019

As a leading orthodontist in Niagara Falls, Beamsville, Fonthill, St. Catherine’s, Pelham and the surrounding areas, Dr. Neeraj Pershad is frequently asked by patients whether it’s better to start by brush first or floss first. Patients are constantly curious about this, and it’s easy to see why--both theories have sound explanations and a lot of proponents in both the professional community and the general public. We’ll cover both sides to get a better understanding of each.

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Benefits of Straight Teeth
Benefits of Straight Teeth
06/13/2019

At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we're proud to have helped countless patients in the Beamsville, Fonthill, St. Catharines, and greater Niagara Falls area achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. The aesthetic advantages of a more beautiful smile are obvious – but as we've heard from patient after patient, a new smile does more than improve appearances. Straighter teeth come with a wide range of benefits, affecting almost every area of your life.

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What Causes Bad Breath?
What Causes Bad Breath?
01/17/2019

At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we strive to help patients throughout Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and the surrounding areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. But in addition to providing high-quality orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign, we also believe that patient education is vital to a lifelong healthy smile. Bad breath is one of the most common dental problems, but for many people, the cause is a mystery. We all know that onions and garlic can leave a pungent odor mixed into our breath – but what causes bad breath outside of the foods we eat?

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Braces-Friendly Fall Recipes
11/01/2018

At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout Niagara Falls, ON and the surrounding areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through quality orthodontic treatment. While we strive to make treatment as convenient as possible, we understand that there are inevitable difficulties when achieving a new smile – especially when it comes to food. While wearing braces, you'll need to avoid any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, gooey, or chocked with sugar. To help you do it, here are a couple of braces-friendly recipes that are perfect to enjoy this fall!

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Tips And Tricks For Flossing With Braces
10/17/2018

When you have braces, keeping up with oral hygiene is especially important. But flossing can be more complicated, and sometimes even painful. That’s why your local Ontario orthodontist is committed to helping you, our braces patient, create and maintain an oral hygiene routine. This includes flossing. Here are a few tips to make the job easier.

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Summertime Braces Care Guide
08/24/2018

If you’ve ever taken a summer trip, you know half the adventure is planning the fun. While your family reads guides, checks maps and makes reservations, you start packing your bags. You’ve already got sunglasses, a swimsuit and your favorite beach read, but don’t forget the essentials for keeping your braces fresh and clean!

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The History of Invisalign
02/19/2018

You’ve probably heard of Invisalign, but did you know how it grew to be one of the most popular orthodontic treatments around? At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we want to provide you with the facts about Invisalign, before you visit one of our four office locations for a consultation.

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National Orthodontic Health Month
10/18/2017

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, celebrated by orthodontists and dental health professionals in both the United States and Canada. It’s also the month of Halloween, which can be a rough time for teeth! Dr. Pershad and his team want to remind everyone why it’s important to pursue treatment, as well as protect your teeth during this sugar-filled holiday!

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Benefits of Late Summertime Orthodontics
08/23/2017

At Niagara Peninsula Orthodontics, we’re open all summer long to make it very convenient for the residents of St. Catharines, Fonthill, Beamsville, and Niagara Falls, Ontario to start improving their smiles! For many people, the summer season is the ideal time to start orthodontic treatment. Free from the demands of school, kids are able to get a jump start on their treatment during the summertime when there are no classes to attend and extracurricular activities to plan around.

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The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics
06/12/2017

When you’re looking for a local orthodontist that you can rely on, we at Niagara Orthodontics want you to know that we make our patients’ safety and well-being our number one goal during orthodontic treatment. Therefore, we feel like it’s important to warn you about a scary new trend that continues to make headlines: DIY orthodontics.

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Caring For Your Smile After Invisalign
04/26/2017

Once you finish treatment with Invisalign, we know you'll be excited – after all, you've done the work to achieve a beautiful new smile! But be careful, because you're not quite out of the woods yet. After the active phase of your treatment comes the retention phase, and this is critical to maintaining your brand new smile. Without retention and conscientious post-treatment care, your teeth will just move back to their old positions, erasing all your hard work!

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5 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist About Invisalign
02/22/2017

At Niagara Orthodontics, we’re proud providers of one of today’s most popular orthodontic treatments: Invisalign. It's little wonder why it's become a sought-after treatment: Invisalign doesn't use brackets and wires like traditional braces. It consists of a series of clear aligners that are virtually invisible when worn, and they're easy to pop in and out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing – so no one has to know you're straightening your teeth! You can still eat your favorite foods, and maintaining oral hygiene is as easy as ever.

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10 Must Know Invisalign Tips
12/20/2016

The first step to a straighter happier smile is very exciting. Whether you choose to use braces or Invisalign at one of our offices in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fonthill, and Beamsville you’re going to love your smile at the end of treatment. At Niagara Orthodontics, one of our most popular treatments is Invisalign, the nearly-invisible clear aligners that give To help you get the most out of your experience with Invisalign, here are ten tips you should know while you’re wearing your aligners.

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The Holidays & Braces
12/20/2016

The holidays are almost here, and while we're all looking forward to some time spent relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones, the holidays present a unique challenge for those wearing braces. That's because many of the foods and sweets we love to indulge in during the holiday season pose a major danger to the brackets, wires, and bands of braces and orthodontic appliances. To help out, here are a few tips for making it through the holidays without breaking your braces.

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Halloween With Braces
10/13/2016

Dr. Pershad and his friendly team at Niagara Orthodontics wants all our patients to enjoy a trouble-free experience while they’re getting the beautiful and healthy smiles they deserve! Whether you’re improving your smile with metal braces or clear braces, you must be careful about what you eat for the duration of your treatment process.

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Welcome to our blog!
10/08/2015

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and read our blog! We like to keep our patients up-to-date with what’s happening in the office, so check often for the latest posts. We may post an informational article, an announcement about an office contest or a spotlight on a special patient or staff member!

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