What are Impressions for Braces?

When a patient starts orthodontic treatment there will be some preliminary steps that are taken before braces are placed.  One of the items performed are impressions. Most young patients have never had impressions before and they are nervous about going through it.  – CONTINUE READING –

How Can an Ankylosed Primary Tooth Effect Jaw Growth?

Young children fall all the time when they are playing and starting to learn to walk.  When a young child falls, they could hit their front primary teeth causing a primary tooth to become ankylosed.  Usually the traumatic event is not – CONTINUE READING –

What is a Rapid Palatal Expander?

A Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) is an upper appliance that places pressure on the upper jaw (maxilla) by turning a midline screw. The pressure separates the mid palatal suture thus making the maxilla wider, which can correct crossbites and creat space. RPEs are used often to correct posterior crossbites. – CONTINUE READING –

Top 10 Reasons to Choose an Orthodontist

In most locations in the United States, there is competition among Orthodontists.  We try to put our best effort in making a parent/patient comfortable about their decision in who is going to provide them with orthodontic services.  To determine what – CONTINUE READING –

How are Braces Removed?

Having your braces removed is an exciting time.  You’ve waited a long time and finally the time has arrived.  Yay!! Some patients, before their braces are removed, will ask their friends about getting their braces off and their friends may – CONTINUE READING –

What are the Types of Malocclusions?

When an orthodontist performs an examination, they look at a variety of factors outside and inside the mouth.  For instance, we look at jaw gowth and development, tooth eruption sequence, relationships when the patient bites down and many other factors.  – CONTINUE READING –

My Wire Came Loose and is Poking, What Do I Do?

It’s the weekend. Something just happened with your braces and it feels odd.  Then you notice, a wire is poking your cheeks.  Ouch.  Orthodontic breakage is common and can happen at inconvenient times. Most orthodontic patients will have problems with their wires – CONTINUE READING –