You can’t argue the cosmetic benefits of invisible aligners Invisible aligners simply look better (and more natural) than traditional orthodontic braces. However, they have a hidden secret that some patients aren’t aware of until they begin researching the product. It may seem like invisible aligners just “sit” on your teeth, quietly bringing them to orthodontic […]
Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) isn’t new, but it is catching on as an alternative to traditional metal braces. In CAT, the orthodontist creates a series of removable clear plastic aligner trays that fit the patient’s teeth. By slowly changing the aligners through the course of therapy, the orthodontist can align the patient’s teeth. Although you […]
Straight teeth are important to orthodontic health, by themselves, they don’t always produce a Hollywood smile. Some patients develop “black triangles” – small voids between teeth at the gum line. (Orthodontists call these spaces “open gingival embrasures”) While open embrasures aren’t harmful, some patients think the spaces diminish their appearance. Several different conditions can cause […]
Many people think their orthodontic treatment is complete when their braces come off or they’ve finished with their aligners. Most often, however, a retainer plays an important role in the completion of an orthodontic treatment plan. Retainers hold your newly moved teeth in place. We also use them to prevent teeth from moving as a […]
Temporomandibular joint disorders Temporomandibular joint disorders (commonly referred to as TMD), have gained an unfortunate association with orthodontic treatment. Patients who suffer from TMD want to know whether their orthodontic treatment (even treatment they had in the past) could have caused their TMJ maladies. Orthodontists believe that the link between TMD and orthodontic treatment might […]
When you think of orthodontics, you think of a teen in braces. The truth is that a growing number of people are opting for adult orthodontic treatment. According to a recent survey, “Economics of Orthodontics”, conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists – over a two year period the number of adult patients (those over […]
Planning a great summer vacation? If you have braces, take a few minutes to prepare for an orthodontic emergency before you leave home. Being ready to deal with orthodontic trouble that might arise while you’re on the road can ensure an enjoyable, stress-free trip. The first step to a trouble-free vacation is to follow the […]
Snoring occurs during inhalation if a sleeping person’s airway is blocked in some way as it passes through the back of the mouth. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 10% of children snore frequently while they sleep. Small children tend to snore “softly” when they are in the deepest part of the sleep cycle. […]
The American Orthodontic Association recommends an orthodontic evaluation when a child reaches the age of 7. At this time, children still have most of their primary teeth. Can anything be done as this age?
The palatal expander is one of the most common orthodontic appliances used in young children. During this time, it is possible to take full advantage of a child’s own natural growth process to correct and even prevent future crowding and crossbites. In children with small and narrow mouths, the emerging adult teeth compete for space.