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 –

How Do You Treat White Spots After Braces?

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 –