Early Intervention Resolves Problems Before They Progress

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and was he ever right! So many times in life, you can avoid more significant problems if you’re proactive and preventive in your efforts, whether it’s keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen for an emergency or seeking orthodontic care before an issue officially becomes a major problem.

Dr. David Rad, Dr. Mehdy Rad, and Dr. Carmine Petrarca are philosophically in agreement: It saves you time, money, and often considerable pain and discomfort for your child if you address a minor orthodontic issue now before it becomes full-blown.

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Adjusting to Invisalign: 5 Tips

InvisalignⓇ clear aligners have taken the world by storm because they’re so much less visible than traditional metal braces, in addition to a host of other benefits. Having anything on your teeth takes some getting used to when you first start wearing braces but adjusting to Invisalign is a bit different than to metal braces.

If you’re interested in checking out Invisalign aligners, the best first step is to talk to an orthodontist who has lots of experience with them. Rest assured that the Rad Orthodontics team — Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, and Dr. Carmine Petrarca — has [...] Read More

How to Care for Your Braces

Orthodontic care — specifically braces — solves a host of problems, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. The exciting thing is that braces treatment options are more diverse than ever before.

Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, Dr. Carmine Petrarca, and the whole RAD Orthodontics team are dedicated to evaluating your situation, whether you’re a child, teen, or an adult, explaining your treatment options, and helping you decide what route is best for you.

No matter what type of braces you opt for, they all require special care, and you need to be consistent. We [...] Read More

Does TMJ Cause Headaches?

The hinge-like temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, plays a pivotal role in your body: it’s the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull, and one is located on each side of your jaw. Because of your TMJ, you can yawn, swallow, speak, and chew — all vital everyday activities.

When there’s a problem with how your TMJ functions, it can lead to a world of pain, from discomfort in your face to jaw and neck pain. Unfortunately, you can also suffer jaw muscle spasms and bite problems. Still, a particularly debilitating and persistent problem those afflicted with TMJ disorder experience is [...] Read More

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you’ve been on the receiving end of teasing about your snoring, you may assume it’s an annoyance to your partner or family, and not much more. Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs due to the improper relaxation of your throat muscles.

When this happens, your airway narrows, sometimes to a dangerous extent. This causes you to stop breathing — for up to 30 seconds — and once your brain registers this threat, it sends a signal that awakens you momentarily, disrupting your sleep. This seemingly minor interruption can occur as much as 30+ [...] Read More

Self-Ligating Braces Mean Less Treatment Time, More Comfort

You may have grown used to hiding your teeth to conceal an imperfect smile. There’s no doubt that your self-esteem takes a hit when your teeth are misaligned, crowded, and in need of straightening, but did you know these problems can also affect your ability to chew and speak?

If thoughts of endless treatment time, countless trips to the orthodontist, and being saddled with oral discomfort over the long-term enter your mind when you think of braces, it’s time to learn about self-ligating braces. This treatment may be perfect for you.

Self-ligating braces work just as successfully as traditional braces [...] Read More