The Benefits of Braces

It’s no secret that a majority of those interested in orthodontic treatment are striving for a straighter smile that will give them a better appearance. While Dr. Hook and the team at Hook Orthodontics always deliver beautifully straight smiles to all of our patients, we want to inform those who are looking into orthodontic treatment that there are greater advantages to wearing braces.   One of the biggest and most noticeable advantages of orthodontics, beyond a transformed smile, is the overall improvement in self-confidence that comes from looking one’s best. This is the most anticipated reward that the entire Hook Orthodontics team looks forward to when a patient completes their orthodontic treatment. But the benefits of braces go well beyond pure aesthetics. Braces ensure correct bite and tooth alignment which has many positive side-effects.   Easier Brushing and Flossing - Your teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between when they are crooked or crowded

Are You Too Old For Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too. We promise…you are not too old for braces. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same for both children and adults. The science of orthodontics relies on placing pressure on the teeth to change their position. Dr. Hook accomplishes this by attaching braces to the teeth to gently push them in the desired position. Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of the teeth, as long as you are healthy your teeth can be straightened at any age. The thought of having braces may be disc

Summertime is the Best Time for Braces

Summertime is a wonderful time of the year where families spend their days by the beach, have backyard barbecues, and schedule visits with their orthodontist. Yes, that’s right, we said schedule visits with their orthodontist.  If you ask any teen, they’ll probably tell you that there is no good time to get braces, however, summertime is actually the very best time to get braces. Why Summertime? 1. Time to Adjust - It’s no secret that getting braces can be pretty daunting to the self-esteem of a teenager. Giving them a few months to get used to their braces without being surrounded by their peers at school can make a huge difference in their confidence overall. Similarly, summer helps teens learn important things about wearing and caring for their new braces. For example, Eating a braces-friendly diet. Learning proper brushing and flossing techniques. Feeling comfortable (less pain) with braces on their teeth. Gaining co