What are Separators, Spacers and Orthodontic Bands?

An Orthodontist uses many different items to move teeth.  A lot of people have heard of separators or spacers. Yet, they don’t know what they are or how they are used.  Some of the items that an orthodontist will use during – CONTINUE READING –

Why can’t I chew gum while wearing Braces?

The Do Not Chew List When a new patient gets their braces placed on their teeth, a Do Not Chew List is usually given to the parent and/or patient.  This list is a list of items you should not chew – CONTINUE READING –

My lower fixed retainer came out, what should I do?

If your lower fixed retainer fell out or is loose, call your orthodontist as soon as possible.  As soon as this type of retainer comes out or is loose, natural forces can move the teeth immediately.  You can talk to – CONTINUE READING –

How Do You Clean a Retainer & Retainer Case?

At the end of orthodontic treatment, a patient will wear retainers to hold their teeth in proper alignment.  If retainers are not worn, the teeth have a high chance of moving out of position.  So, after braces are removed, we – CONTINUE READING –

What is a Crossbite?

When a patient puts their teeth together we call that relationship – in occlusion.  One of the things an orthodontist looks for, in a patient’s occlusion, is that the upper teeth are out over top of the lower teeth.  That is normal – CONTINUE READING –

At what age should I take my child to see the orthodontist?

A parent asked today, “What is the best age for my child to see the orthodontist?” A good time for an orthodontic exam is between 6 to 8 years old. The main reason for the exam is to evaluate the – CONTINUE READING –

Why are Braces So Expensive?

Many people don’t go through orthodontic treatment because it is cost prohibited. It’s just too expensive. Quotes for treatment can range from $5,000 to $7,000 for full orthodontic treatment. After the examination and during the consultation visit with an orthodontist, – CONTINUE READING –

The Parts of Orthodontic Braces

The parts of braces are: The Bracket – is the piece that is attached by adhesive to the enamel of the tooth.  It can be made out of different materials like stainless steel or ceramic.  The adhesive does not harm the enamel long – CONTINUE READING –

How do you stop a thumb or finger habit?

A child sucking their fingers or thumb can produce some drastic changes to the growth of the jaws.  This can be a very hard habit to break.  Due to the child being emotionally attached to sucking their thumb or finger – CONTINUE READING –