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Adult Braces: Debunking the Myths

July 12, 2020

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an adult woman pointing to her metal braces

Worried you might be too old for braces? Think traditional metal brackets and wires are the only way you can achieve the smile of your dreams? When considering adult braces in Cumming, there are many myths that may have you wondering if they’re worth the time and energy. Fortunately, an orthodontist is here to debunk them, set the record straight, and help you take the first step toward a more aesthetically pleasing, straighter, and healthier smile.


How to Avoid White Spots from Wearing Braces

June 26, 2020

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a young woman holding her head between her hands and smiling while wearing metal braces

When completing orthodontic treatment with regular braces in Cumming, GA, you want the first time you look in the mirror to be a memorable and happy moment. How would you feel if you were anticipating a beautiful smile only to be met with marring white spots on the surfaces of your teeth? Although not uncommon for individuals who have worn metal braces, these imperfections are preventable. Read on to find out what steps you can take to avoid these flaws and instead, embrace a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.


Want a Straighter Smile? Discover the Benefits of Hybrid Braces

June 15, 2020

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a young woman preparing to insert a clear aligner into her mouth

You recently learned that you have a misaligned bite, and you’re dreading the potential idea of wearing a mouth full of metal braces. To most people, this type of problem can be solved with clear aligners; however, in your case, the problem is too significant for Invisalign to fix. What other option do you have? Are you destined to spend the next 2-3 years shying away from as many social gatherings as possible because you’re embarrassed by your smile? Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the solution. Instead, discover the benefits of hybrid braces and learn how they can help you achieve the smile you deserve without compromising your daily appearance.


3 Ways to Help Your Child Stress Less Over Their Upcoming Orthodontic Appointment

May 21, 2020

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a young girl with braces smiling in preparation for seeing her orthodontist in Cumming, GA

Adults are not the only individuals being impacted by COVID-19. Apart from their classrooms morphing from those in a school building to time spent at the kitchen table, children are also trying to better understand the new rules and guidelines of social distancing and minimal time, if any, spent with friends. As businesses and dental offices begin to slowly reopen across the country, you may notice your child becoming more stressed about returning for a simple orthodontic treatment. How can you minimize the worry and instead help them get excited about moving forward with their new smile? An orthodontist in Cumming, GA, shares three things you can do to prepare them for what they can expect at their next appointment.


5 Summertime Care Tips for Braces

May 18, 2020

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Smiling girl with braces holding strawberries follows tips from Cumming, GA orthodontist

Now that summertime is just around the corner, there’s a lot to smile about! The warmer weather is a tell-tale sign of sunny days, fun with friends, and relaxation to come. However, it’s important that you don’t slack off on taking care of your braces while enjoying the season. Here are five tips from your Cumming, GA orthodontist to help keep your smile healthy, sunny, and straight this summer.


COVID-19 and Orthodontic Treatment

April 23, 2020

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Coronavirus has altered the way we learn, communicate and receive healthcare.  These are uncharted waters in which we are swimming. During a time like this where extreme social distancing is being recommended and we are all cooped up in our homes and planning what our needs will be. We understand many of you may be wondering about your ongoing or planned orthodontic care. Braces set your teeth into a healthy position like the foundation of a house. We believe Orthodontics to be an important preventive measure for a life long healthy mouth. Braces seldom require urgency and so our office is following the recommendations of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association in postponing non-urgent care. These mandates by public health authorities to postpone all non-emergent care to are in effort to support (1) social distancing recommendations, and (2) preserve critical medical personal protective equipment for the ongoing nationwide shortage, we want you to know a number of things:

  • Although the offices are physically closed, we are still here for you, and can be contacted easily by phone or e-mail. We are often able to provide important information, recommendations, or even services via an virtual visits.
  • For those in active treatment, your treatment is still active, and is progressing daily. Modern braces, wires, brackets, appliances, and aligners all have in common that they “work” continually and only require assessment at proper intervals depending on their use. This means that for the most part, you need not worry about your orthodontic course progressing as planned, it is still actively placing force to give you desired results.
  • Some patients may have situations that may need closer monitoring, for example, if this closure goes on longer than we expect. In those cases we have developed a method for having you deliver pictures of your teeth, braces, aligners to us for our evaluation.

Should any of you have questions or concerns at this time, please view our instructions for doing a “Virtual Visit” at this link:

Questions and Answers

March 27, 2019

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Questions and Answers with Dr. Susan Podray

Why did my teeth space apart after my braces came off?

Well, teeth tend to space apart after braces, and other orthodontic treatments like Inbrace and clear aligner treatments for 3 main reasons: first, freshly moved teeth are loose and they can shift if you don’t wear your retainers properly. In general, my patients are asked to wear removable Essix retainers for 3 month’s full time then night time for a lifetime unless they also have fixed or permanent retainers. If they have fixed retainers, then they may wear them just at night for life.


Listen to Dr Podray and Dr Prince discuss the importance of dental health and orthodontics as it relates to total body health on The Nations Bedside Doctors radio talk show.

February 1, 2019

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Scholarship of Smiles

December 10, 2018

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This week, local charity Smile for a Lifetime and Serenity Orthodontics in Cumming bestowed two scholarships on local teens as part of their continuing outreach effort to improve the lives of students in need.

But the selected students weren’t presented with a monetary scholarship, even though there was an oversized check at the giveaway; instead, they were given a scholarship for new braces and the beginnings of a more confident future.

“Today we are changing the lives of both Stormy and Paola by giving them an opportunity that they would not normally have with braces,” said Niki Adams, president of Smile for a Lifetime, at a ceremony held Thursday. “Changing their smiles to build self-confidence and really change their future.”


Paola Ruiz and Stormy Sumner received braces as part of a scholarship program from Smile for a Lifetime at Serenity Orthodontics. – photo by Bradley Wiseman

According to Adams, over the last year and a half Smile for a Lifetime has searched the community looking for young people in need of braces and orthodontic work but who would normally be unable to pay for such expensive work on their own.


Digital Technology and Othodontics

August 14, 2018

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Is it a Que-tip or cotton swab? Perhaps Kleenex or tissue paper, brands labels sometimes get used interchangeably with products. Clear aligner therapy for orthodontic purposes is also known to the general public as Invisalign. This therapy though isn’t just a product it is a service meant to deliver beautiful healthy cosmetic and functional results to your teeth and surrounding bones and soft tissues like your lips.


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