NEW ORTHODONTIC TECHNOLOGY

New Orthodontic Technology   A recent innovation for tooth movement is called AcceleDent.   What is it? The patient will wear a mouthpiece daily for 20 consecutive minutes. Using SoftPulse technology, small vibrations or micropulses go through the mouthpiece into teeth and bone surrounding the teeth, allowing the time for tooth movement to be greatly accelerated. If you’ve ever had...

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Adjustments of Teeth After Braces

Adjustments of Teeth After Braces  Getting my braces off was a big moment for me as a teenager. The headgear was uncomfortable, and I never did really get used to rubber bands and the like in my mouth. Even though I needed a retreatment in my early 30s, it has all been worth it. A person works hard and goes through a lot to straighten their teeth, and getting those braces removed is a big...

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WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET BRACES?

When Should Your Child Get Braces? I have been practicing dentistry for 35 years and have witnessed many changes in materials, instrumentation, and basic thought processes on many areas of dentistry. One of the biggest philosophy changes is with regard to braces. When I was growing up I had braces put on at age 12. My younger brother and sister also had braces put on about that age. We all had...

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Broken Jaws

Broken Jaws   The jaw is the 10th most common broken bone in the body according to emedicinehealth. The jaw is a very complicated bone. It holds the lower teeth in place, there is a part fits into the skull, and there are many places where muscles and ligaments attach so that all of the movements of the jaw can take place. My personal experience with a patient is when he came in and told me...

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Can You Grow Three Sets of Teeth?

Can You Grow Three Sets of Teeth?   I had a patient in yesterday who has a 5 year old son. He was born prematurely and has had some growth difficulties, hormone deficiencies and basically a difficult time although his appearance and intelligence are normal. She took him to the pedodontist (children’s dentist) who said that it looks like he has 3 sets of teeth. Supernumerary...

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ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS: DO YOU REALLY NEED THEM?

Orthodontic Retainers: Do You Really Need Them? So, you’ve been wearing braces for anywhere from 6 months to 4 years.  It seems that the treatment will never end. Then that long awaited day arrives and you FINALLY get your braces off or finish your Invisalign treatment and now the dentist tells you that you have to wear a retainer. What’s the point of that?  Is the dentist just trying to...

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