Top Recent Advancements in Orthodontics

Orthodonic Advancements

Orthodontics is a field that has been around since the early 1700s, meaning that modern day orthodontists have had generations upon generations of predecessors to model their techniques after. However, that’s not to say that modern day orthodontics hasn’t changed, or that the advancements in the pursuit of better technique and more efficient procedures haven’t been made. Naturally, as any process does, orthodontics has evolved throughout the ages. New discoveries and inventions have allowed orthodontists to bring better experiences to their patients with less of the hassle. Like any field in the fast-paced twenty-first century, orthodontics is no stranger to new technologies and advancements in process and procedure. Read more ›

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Top Tips for Proper Tooth Care with Braces

Braces Care

When it comes to maintaining good, healthy hygiene, taking proper care of your teeth is an essential part. As you grow up, you lose your set of baby teeth which are then replaced by a permanent set of adult teeth, and the only set you get. The teeth that we have at ages eight or nine, must last us for the rest of our lives. For our teeth to remain happy, healthy and strong, we need to make sure that we are providing optimal dental care. This fact is especially true when it comes to taking excellent care of braces.

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Accelerated Orthodontics – What is it, and how can I finish my treatment faster?

“Good things come to those who wait” or maybe not thanks to the recent emergence of auxiliary products and minor surgical procedures used to shorten orthodontic treatment time.

One main issue in choosing to straighten your smile with braces or Invisalign is the time commitment needed to finish orthodontic treatment. This can sometimes lead patients, (especially adults) to avoid treatment altogether, or opt for a “quick fix” like implants or veneers. However, these options are not the optimal choice for most patients and can cost tens of thousands of dollars compared to a braces or Invisalign treatment plan option.

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Orthodontist vs General Dentist

Why should you choose an orthodontist over a dentist to provide your braces or Invisalign treatment?

Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Your orthodontist is a specially trained to provide that beautiful and healthy smile.  An orthodontist not only focuses on a healthy bite and straight smile, they are also experts in facial and jaw orthopedics. A healthy and straight smile gives you confidence and self-esteem and when your bite fits together properly it is easier to keep your teeth clean.

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Why Invisalign?

invisalign retainerInvisalign straightens your teeth using a series of removable clear plastic (BPA-free), smooth and comfortable aligners custom made for you and only you. No more poky wires or cheek irritation. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place – just like traditional braces.
The edges of the aligners are laser-cut to your gum line so, they do not irritate the sensitive gum tissues at the gingival margin. The plastic used is thin enough that speaking while wearing your aligners is a breeze.

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Fall Football – How to Avoid Traumatic Accidental Dental Injuries


How to Avoid Traumatic Accidental Dental Injuries

Fall (i.e. Football Season!) is a great time to remind you about the importance of taking a few precautions to preserve your teeth and be protected from dental and facial injuries. Whether at a practice, at a game, or simply enjoying some fun in the neighborhood, it’s important to play it safe.
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Orthodontic & Dental Emergencies – Tips and Tricks

A true dental or orthodontic emergency can occur if you experience one of the following:

Major Dental Emergencies:

  • Trauma or Injury – If a tooth is broken, chipped, or loose, or your lip or cheek has been punctured or is bleeding heavily, this likely needs medical attention.
  • Infection or Swelling – If your face or mouth, including gums, appears to be infected or has significant swelling, you should seek medical help.
  • Severe Discomfort or Unmanageable Pain – Soreness is normal, but intense pain in these areas may indicate a more serious problem and should be examined.

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Is 3D imaging the standard of care for my Orthodontist?

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3D CBCT Technology:

Orthodontists around the world are using 3D imaging (CBCT – Cone Beam Cat Scan) technology to better diagnose and treatment plan for your and your child’s orthodontic treatment. Although we don’t take a 3D image on every patient that walks through our door, we use this method often to better diagnose conditions and share this information with your general dentist or other specialists to give the best care.

2D (2-dimensional) digital x-rays are still used as a first line of diagnosis however, a 2D x-ray is like taking an entire loaf of bread and squeezing all the information contained within that loaf of bread down into one sheet of paper. If you have a bubble near the back of the loaf, you cannot tell on a 2D x-ray in what plane of space that bubble exists. By taking a quick 5-second scan, we can view the entire skull, jaws, teeth, sinuses and airway in 3 moveable dimensions; suddenly there is no question where that impacted canine lies.

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What Age Should I Take my Child to The Orthodontist?

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Your son or daughter is in the 4th grade and may be coming home from school to report that kids in their classroom have braces… What?

Many dentists today are savvy and know to what to watch for, and when to refer to the orthodontist for your first check-up.

Incisors (your front teeth) are beginning to or have erupted and problems can be detected such as: crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some jaw mismatches.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends age 7 for your first orthodontic visit – We follow this “7 & up” recommendation and even say, “8 is great, 9 is fine, 10 where yah been?” for your first orthodontic evaluation.

Many conditions can be intercepted and guided in the early stages of growth. This early phase of treatment provides an enormous benefit to the ultimate treatment outcome when early treatment (Phase I) is indicated. Essentially, prevention is better than the cure. Many times, absolutely nothing is needed, whew. A piece of mind is worth the visit!
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