Just because you have a pretty smile doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy, explains the best orthodontist in Ripley WV

A Nice Looking Smile Isn’t Always a Healthy Smile

By Dr. Amy Smith

When people think about getting orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners, it’s often purely for cosmetic reasons. After all, if you know someone who has completed orthodontic treatment, the difference in their smile is what you notice. However, there are plenty of other benefits of getting orthodontic treatment beyond a nicer-looking smile. In fact,…

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Learn how the bad habits of pacifiers and thumb-sucking affect your child's smile.

Are Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking Safe for Your Child’s Teeth?

By Dr. Amy Smith

Kids can develop habits at a young age that will likely dissipate as they grow older. However, some habits can wreak havoc on your child’s development. Pacifiers and thumb-sucking may seem innocent at first, but the effect these habits have on the mouth can be detrimental. Learn how two of the most common oral habits…

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Learn why your child might need an expander before getting braces in Ripley or Parkersburg WV

Why Does My Child Need an Expander?

By Dr. Amy Smith

When you bring your child into our orthodontic office to discuss potential early phase orthodontic treatment options, you may end up hearing your child needs a palatal expander. Not every child who undergoes early orthodontics will need one, but it could be beneficial in certain cases. What Is an Expander? A palatal expander is a…

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Orthodontist with happy child.

Does My Child Need Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

By Dr. Amy Smith

You may not realize that orthodontics doesn’t always start with braces. There are times when your child may need to begin with another type of treatment between the ages of 7 and 10, before getting braces. This helps to prevent issues from arising later on, and can prepare your child’s teeth and jaws for future…

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National Children's Dental Health Month & Dr. Amy Smith

Was Dr. Amy at Your School for Children’s Dental Health Month?

By Dr. Amy Smith

Dr. Amy had a great time hanging out with hundreds of kids from a few local schools in February. Here are some photos from her visits. Parkersburg Catholic Elementary Smith Orthodontics is a Partner in Education with Parkersburg Catholic Elementary, where Dr. Amy visited the first, fifth, and sixth grades. She absolutely loved the collage…

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Child learning proper dental hygiene

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!

By Dr. Amy Smith

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we’re gearing up for a successful month of educating children on the importance of proper oral hygiene and its effects on our health. Creating awareness about this factor in our lives starts young. By developing good habits, children are more likely to adopt these habits and keep…

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