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At the San Antonio Orthodontic practice of Dr. Keith Blalock, we strive to keep you informed of the latest advances in orthodontics as well as best practices to keep your treatment as healthy as possible.

  • Benefits of Having a Straight Smile Through Orthodontics

    A crooked smile or unflattering teeth can make anyone feel self-conscious. You may avoid smiling altogether, if you happen to be someone with an unattractive set of teeth. It’s not a rare fear. Millions of people worry that their smile is damaged and may be......

  • October Is National Orthodontics Health Month

    What comes to mind when you think about October? If you are like most people, then you probably think about pulling out your winter jackets and packing up your summer clothes. You may also be enjoying the changing weather and making plans to celebrate the......

  • Orthodontics and Your Smile

    Everything you’ve wanted to know about Orthodontics, including the role of the Orthodontist, your dentist and more....

  • Why Is It Important to Get a Second Opinion for Orthodontic Treatment?

    After surveying 2,000 adults, Harris Interactive discovered that only 19 percent of those asked would seek a second opinion for a medical diagnosis. Out of these 2,000 adults, 6 percent would get a second opinion before undergoing an orthodontic procedure. However, when it comes to......

  • The Benefits of Braces for San Antonio Teens

    A smile is your introduction to everyone you meet, and a bright, beautiful smile shows the world that you feel good about both the world and yourself. Being a teenager is always challenging and sometimes confusing, as you grapple with all sorts of emotional and......

  • 4 Steps To Choosing The Best Orthodontist for Your Child

    Orthodontic treatment holds many benefits for your child’s future. In addition to improving their confidence, you can also know that getting braces helps with hygiene, speech problems and prevents problems down the road such as jaw disorders. By now, you may have already been told......

  • Orthodontics for better health

    We all know that orthodontists can make a world-class smile out of even the most misaligned teeth and bite; but what what you probably didn’t know is orthodontics can correct many different health problems that are surprisingly caused by issues with the jaws, teeth, and......

  • Learn how braces work in 5 steps

    One of the most common concerns expressed by San Antonio orthodontist patients is whether or not the process of having braces placed onto their teeth will cause any pain or discomfort. The truth is, each individual person will gradually adjust to the discomfort levels associated......

  • Should I use a water pick during my orthodontic treatment?

    San Antonio Orthodontist, Dr. Keith Blalock and his team at Braces By Blalock understand that some patients who wear braces may have difficulties brushing and flossing between hard to reach wires and brackets. Fortunately, there’s something called the water pick. A water pick (oral irrigator)......

  • Owners Guide To Braces

    San Antonio Orthodontist Dr. Keith Blalock believes that taking care of your braces can have a great impact on the way they should work to make your smile straight and beautiful.   After all, if your braces aren’t properly attached to your teeth, the teeth will......

  • At What Age Should Children Get Braces?

    From the first few teeth that a child gets, a parent can tell whether or not their child’s teeth are going to need to be straightened out later in life. Going to an orthodontist can be very daunting for young children and parents alike, so......

  • How to floss with braces

    Our San Antonio Orthodontics team at Braces By Blalock knows how important oral hygiene is, whether you have braces or not.  So if you do wear braces, caring for your gums and teeth can be a little challenging. If you aren’t practicing daily oral hygiene,......

  • Summer – A Good Time to Start Orthodontic Treatment

    At Braces By Blalock, we love nothing more than seeing our patients start down the path towards a beautiful, healthy smile. It warms our hearts to help our patients improve their oral health, aesthetic appearance, and overall confidence with a brand new smile, and nothing......

  • Fun Facts on Orthodontics

    It’s a New Year and time for some fun facts on Orthodontics.  The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that we at Braces By Blalock thought you might enjoy. Nearly 4 million people are currently undergoing......

  • AAO Response to New York Times Article on DIY Orthodontics

    There is concern about the increasing prevalence of do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth straightening treatment videos on the Internet because of the potential harm that could result from attempts to straighten teeth on one’s own. Video and internet sites are targeting both teens and adults; all are......

  • How a straight smile can help you in life!

    San Antonio Orthodontist, Dr. Keith Blalock and staff have found that patients with straight teeth have more self-esteem and exude a sense of outwards confidence that is truly contagious.  Conversely, people who don’t like their smile are often skittish about talking to other people and......

  • Fitting Braces into Your Life

    By following some simple guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and successful treatment period. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts” of wearing braces, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Eating When wearing braces, there are certain types of foods that can......

  • Top Reasons to Keep Your Braces Clean

    With so many children starting their orthodontic treatment in the fall, we’d like to provide a helpful reminder to make sure they keep their braces clean and tidy. In this blog, we’re going to touch on the top reasons your child needs to keep their......

  • Soft Drinks + Orthodontic Treatment = A Recipe for Disaster

    Soft drinks, including regular and diet soda pop, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, weaken tooth enamel.  They are even harder on teeth with orthodontic “appliances,” such as braces or aligners. It is recommended that you avoid soft drinks during your orthodontic treatment so......

  • First question to ask your orthodontist

    Did you graduate from a recognized post-dental school graduate program? Any general dentist can offer orthodontic treatment, but they are NOT specialists in orthodontics. To be a specialists of orthodontics, dentist must have attended an orthodontic graduate program for 2-3 years after graduating from Dental......

  • Your Most Common Orthodontic Questions Answered!

    No matter what age you might be, the decision to start orthodontic treatment is one that has many questions. The team at Braces for Blalock, the premier orthodontist in San Antonio, TX, has the answers you need. In this blog post, we’ll answer some of......

  • Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment at Braces By Blalock

    Some orthodontic conditions are much easier to correct if they’re detected early on. Plus you will have the peace of mind in knowing that your may or may not need corrective orthodontic work.  Early orthodontic treatment is about preventing more severe problems later on. It......

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