Blog Archive

Tips for Taking Care of Your Retainer Jun 1st, 2022

Retainers ensure your newly straightened smile remains aligned after completing treatment with Invisalign® or braces. However, retainers require the right care to maintain their effectiveness. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to squeeze retainer care into even the busiest schedule. Dr. J.A. Duval and our team at Duval Orthodontics in Albany and Warner Robins, Georgia, offer...

3 Reasons Why Summer Is the Best Time to Start Braces May 1st, 2022

If you’ve been thinking about getting braces for yourself or your kids, summer is a great time to begin orthodontics treatments. At Duval Orthodontics with offices in Albany and Warner Robins, Georgia, J. A. Duval, DDS, and our skilled care team provides comprehensive braces services to improve the appearance of your smile and...

What Makes Gold Braces Unique? Apr 1st, 2022

About 6 million Americans are undergoing orthodontic treatment right now — about 4 million children and about 2 million adults. Not too long ago, having braces meant having a series of stainless steel brackets and wires attached to your teeth.  In recent years, though, that’s changed — a lot. Today,...

4 Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth Mar 4th, 2022

Most people say they want straighter teeth and a whiter, brighter smile to improve their appearance. But straighter teeth do more than improve your looks — they can give you a healthier mouth, too.  Crooked teeth can trigger negative dental health effects, and when oral health declines, your overall health...

How Long Do I Need to Wear My Adult Retainer? Feb 1st, 2022

Retainers may be cumbersome, but they’re the key to preserving the results you’ve achieved after wearing braces. Depending on your age and the type of orthodontic treatment you underwent, you may be recommended one of the following types of retainers:  Bonded retainer Hawley retainer  Clear plastic retainer Bonded retainers are...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow Jan 1st, 2022

Whether you realize it or not, the expression on your face is your message to the world. If, however, you’re hiding your smile because your teeth are yellow or discolored, you’re not just concealing the way you look, you’re holding yourself back in social situations. You’re also not alone —...

Keep Smiling With Clear Braces Dec 1st, 2021

Whether your kid is protesting a mouthful of metal, or you’re an adult looking to improve your smile without drawing stares, you have options. One of the most popular is Invisalign®.  While this highly effective treatment has revolutionized the field of orthodontics, it doesn’t completely replace the need for traditional...

What is a Malocclusion? Nov 1st, 2021

Your teeth are a vital part of your body’s ability to digest food, so when they’re not healthy, it can lead to more problems than you want. One of the reasons that your teeth may not work perfectly is because they’re misaligned. This is what’s known as malocclusion.  At Duval...

Thrust Your Tongue? We Can Help Oct 7th, 2021

Tongue thrusting is a condition that affects babies. It is normal while breast and bottle feeding. However, if the condition doesn’t correct itself, it can continue into childhood and adulthood, causing orthodontic problems. But not to worry, there are appliances available to correct tongue thrusting. At Duval Orthodontics, located in...

How Botox Can Erase Your Wrinkles Sep 6th, 2021

We all wish that our skin would stay as tight and beautiful as when we were young. But wrinkles and age lines are an unfortunate part of getting older. There are lots of skin creams and cleansers that promise to work, but none can get rid of wrinkles like Botox...

Does Teeth Whitening Really Work? Aug 12th, 2021

Your smile is one of the things people notice first. But when your teeth aren’t perfect, you want to hide your pearly whites. Discoloration is one of the many reasons that you may be self-conscious about your teeth. With so many whitening options out there, how do you know which...

How a Herbst Can Lead to a Beautiful Smile Jul 14th, 2021

Your smile is one of the first things people notice, so making sure it’s beautiful should be a priority. Not only does a straight smile make you feel better, but it also helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. But if your teeth aren’t straight, are braces your...

Why Invisalign Might Be Right For You Jun 28th, 2021

Your teeth are one of the main focal points on your face — so when they aren’t as pretty as you’d like them to be, your confidence is affected.  As an adult, you don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces that bring even more attention to your crooked teeth....

Understanding the Different Types of Orthodontic Appliances May 13th, 2021

Your teeth are something everyone sees when you smile, so of course, you want them to look perfect. However, you might not have been blessed with perfectly straight teeth, which sometimes leads you to hide your smile. But don’t fret; orthodontic appliances can help you get the smile of your...

The Difference Between In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening Apr 1st, 2021

Your teeth are a focal point on your face, so when you’re not confident with your smile, your confidence may waver. Foods and other factors may discolor your teeth, but what can you do to get the glowing smile you’ve always wanted? Whitening kits are widely available for at-home treatment,...

The Importance of Wearing a Retainer Mar 4th, 2021

If your teeth aren't straight, you may have used braces or invisible aligners to improve your smile. Once you have the smile you've been dreaming of, you don't have to worry anymore, right? The truth is, to keep your smile beautiful, you need a retainer.  At Duval Orthodontics, our team...

When It's Time for Your Children to Get Braces Feb 8th, 2021

All you want is the best for your child. That is especially true when it comes to their health. And you’ll do whatever you need to do to help them acquire straighter, healthier teeth. Braces are a traditional treatment for children with crooked teeth, so knowing when they require them...

What’s the Difference Between Clear Braces and Invisalign? Jan 27th, 2021

Your smile is a big part of your appearance, so even the slightest blemish can be a confidence killer. Having a straight and healthy smile is probably on your wish list, but how do you get it? You could consider clear braces to straighten your teeth or clear aligners, such...

Can You Make My Teeth White? Dec 28th, 2020

Your smile is one of the first things people see. So naturally, the color of your teeth set the tone in social situations. If your teeth are dull or discolored, it can make you self-conscious.  Dr. J.A. Duval, of Duval Orthodontics, offers professional teeth whitening treatments in Warner Robins and...

How Botox Can Help You Look Younger Nov 23rd, 2020

Are your wrinkles becoming more pronounced? Whether it’s from the natural aging process or from too much time in the sun, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make you feel self-conscious. At Duval Orthodontics, located in Warner Robins and Albany, Georgia, we want everyone to look and feel their...

4 Reasons Why You Need a Retainer After Braces Oct 11th, 2020

Your braces are off, so orthodontic treatment is over! Right? Wrong. Realigning your bite with braces is just step one. Once your orthodontic treatment finishes, you need a way to keep your teeth in place. That’s why you need a retainer. At Duval Orthodontics, located in Warner Robins and Albany,...

5 Tips to Keep Your Invisalign Trays Clean Sep 3rd, 2020

Invisalign® trays can correct bite problems and straighten your teeth quickly and discreetly. And unlike many orthodontic appliances, they’re removable. For these reasons, Invisalign tray aligners are one of the most popular alternatives to traditional orthodontics, like braces. Since Invisalign trays are clear and removable, they do require a little...

Myths and Facts About Botox Everyone Should Know Aug 13th, 2020

When it comes to limiting the signs of aging without surgery, Botox® reigns supreme. With more than seven million procedures performed each year, it’s become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. But, the benefits of Botox don’t end with cosmetics. It’s effective at treating a wide range...

What Makes Adult Braces Different than Child Braces? Jul 17th, 2020

Braces are still one of the most common and proven methods for correcting bite problems and misaligned teeth for both children and adults. And with the types of braces available today, they’re growing increasingly popular among adults. Regardless of age, braces do the same job: shift and realign teeth and...

Tips and Tricks to Extend the Results of Your Teeth Whitening Jun 10th, 2020

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Some people choose to whiten their teeth at home but having it done professionally gives your teeth a noticeably brighter appearance. And it’s much safer. Here at Duval Orthodontics, located in Warner Robins and Albany, Georgia, Dr. J.A. Duval and his team...

It's Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth: Learn About Adult Orthodontics May 6th, 2020

Orthodontics isn’t just for children. Adults have crooked teeth and misaligned bites, too. It can stem from crooked teeth that were never straightened during childhood or as a result of tooth loss or trauma. Regardless of the cause, Dr. J.A. Duval, of Duval Orthodontics, offers a variety of teeth straightening...

The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer Apr 23rd, 2020

Now that your orthodontic treatment is finished, you feel good about your smile and your straight teeth. But, to keep your smile healthy and aligned, you need to wear a retainer.  Retainers are essential to maintaining a perfectly aligned smile long after braces or other orthodontic treatments are finished. So...

Choosing an Orthodontist vs Dentist for Orthodontics Mar 11th, 2020

You want your smile to be healthy, beautiful, and to function properly. And you probably already know that orthodontics, such as braces, can help you achieve this goal. But should you opt for your braces or other oral appliances from an orthodontist or a dentist?   While both dental experts...

Put the Final Touch on Your New Smile With Professional Teeth Whitening Feb 25th, 2020

You’ve put in the work to straighten and realign your teeth. But, now that they’re straight, you want them to shine as well. If so, it’s time to put the final touch on your new smile with professional teeth whitening at Duval Orthodontics. Why choose professional teeth whitening over store-bought...

3 Orthodontic Systems You May Not Know About Jan 2nd, 2020

You have more choices than ever for aligning your teeth with orthodontic systems, and in fact, there may be some options you’ve never heard of before. Choosing the right orthodontist is a key part of finding the ideal alignment system for you, and Duval Orthodontics is a specialist in both...

5 Reasons to Love Invisalign® Dec 13th, 2019

It’s no secret that one of the main ingredients in a winning smile are straight teeth that exude great health and vitality. Unfortunately, only the lucky few naturally develop perfectly straight teeth, leaving the rest of us mere mortals to deal with any number of imperfections and misalignments. But thanks...

What's the Best Age to Get Braces? Nov 25th, 2019

Many of our adult patients want to know the best time for their children to get braces so their kids can enjoy straighter teeth and a healthier mouth. And, perhaps surprisingly, an equal number of adults in our Warner Robins and Albany, Georgia, orthodontics practices also want to know if...