Retention

Hurrah, my braces are off!!  But what are these bonded retainers on the back of my teeth for?  The need for retainers and how long retention should be maintained is a common topic among orthodontists and those having had orthodontics.   The discussion has concluded that if you want your teeth to stay straight then you must have some type of lifelong retainer.  Our teeth continue to move throughout…

Plaque HD

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is extremely important, especially during orthodontic treatment. If teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, plaque can begin to build up. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky substance that contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque use sugars in food and drinks to produce acid which can remove minerals from…

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed. If they come in correctly positioned, have an opposing tooth and can be kept clean, there is no reason that they cannot be maintained. In many individuals though, this is not the case.  Sometimes the wisdom teeth become impacted…

Foods to avoid

 

The first question that most of our patients ask when they get their braces on is: “What foods do I need to avoid?” Put simply, any foods that are hard and crunchy or soft and sticky can loosen your braces or bend the wires. When this happens it can cause discomfort. It is best to visit your orthodontist right away so that whatever is broken can be repaired.

 

Orthodontic Emergency: What Do I Do?

Fortunately, orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare. Some complications can be avoided by taking good care of your braces and avoiding certain foods. Other issues are unavoidable and if they do occur, it is important to let us know right away so that we can help.

 Injuries:

If you injure your mouth or teeth, it is important to…

Sports and Braces

 

 

Sometimes we may wish we could wrap our kids in bubble wrap to prevent them from injuries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoNMDb5_KSA&list=UUPnvqxStvKLAPLfMII3G6gg.

Unfortunately, this is not the most practical solution.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA),…

Digital Radiography: What does it mean to you?

In the 1980s, intraoral sensors were developed that could be used to take digital radiographic images in the dental office. It took another decade for the technology to become available to orthodontists who rely on a different type of image (extraoral) for diagnosis.

We are pleased to be able to provide digital radiographs (x-rays) for our patients because it provides many distinct advantages…

Orthodontic Myths

More and more people wear braces today than ever before. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about having braces and some of them may even make you apprehensive about having orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists has examined some of the popular myths regarding orthodontic treatment and here are some of them resolved: 

MYTH:  Braces are for kids.

FACT: …

Why do I need to wear rubber bands?

If you have braces or know someone who does, you may have wondered what those little rubber bands that people wear on their braces do. First, we have to distinguish the elastics that go around each of the braces from those that connect the top and bottom teeth together. Unfortunately, these are generally referred to by the same name so it can become very confusing. The tiny rubber bands that are…

Temporary Anchorage Devices

The temporary implants that are used by orthodontists for moving teeth are generally known as Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs). They are also referred to as orthodontic implants or Mini Screw Implants (MSIs). These little implants have allowed orthodontists to move teeth in ways that were not previously possible and have been called the greatest advancement in orthodontics in the past decade.

Teeth,…

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