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 –
A rare genetic abnormality that can occur with tooth buds is Fusion and Gemination. Tooth Fusion is when two tooth buds fuse together to make one large wide crown. The fused tooth will have two independent pulp chambers and root canals. – CONTINUE READING –
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 –
One abnormal variation of the patient’s dentition, that can effect the occlusion, is supernumerary teeth or extra teeth. The etiology of supernumerary teeth is not known but it may be due to patient’s genetics in tooth bud formation.
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 –
Many people wonder how braces work? How do they move teeth with braces? Here is some information that will help you understand the mechanics of braces.
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 –
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 –
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 –
What are these white spots on my teeth? A very common problem that can occur while a patient has braces is the formation of white spots during treatment. When the braces are removed, some patients will have unsightly white spots – CONTINUE READING –