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 –

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 –