What do the Elastic Rubber Bands on Braces do?

During the course of orthodontic treatment, a patient with braces may have to wear elastic rubber bands to help with the correction of their malocclusion. Rubber bands come in different lengths and colors, and they place forces on the teeth and – CONTINUE READING –

What are Ankylosed Teeth?

Dental Ankylosis is an abnormal dental condition where there is a solid fixation of a tooth from a fusion of the root to the bone.  Normally, around the roots of our teeth, there is gum tissue that is called the periodontal ligament.  Inside the – CONTINUE READING –

How do I get rid of these sores in the corners of my mouth?

Patients that develop sores in the corners of their mouth may have a condition called angular cheilitis. Angular Cheilitis is also known as angular stomatitis or perleche.   Angular cheilitis is a bacterial or fungus infection of the corners of the mouth. – CONTINUE READING –

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 –

Can I Play Sports with Braces on My Teeth?

A lot of people enjoy watching sports and participating in sports activities.  It’s exciting when we see our team or the underdog come back and win the game.  Some parents are concerned about their children playing sports while they have braces on – CONTINUE READING –

Ten Questions to Ask an Orthodontist

Orthodontic treatment is a long endevor and good information known upfront can be beneficial in obtaining a good experience and good results.  Here are some questions you should consider asking your potential orthodontist. 1. Did you graduate from a recognized – CONTINUE READING –