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 –

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 –

Do I need to wait until all the baby teeth are lost before starting Orthodontic treatment?

The answer is no.  A lot of parents think that all the baby (primary) teeth need to be lost before orthodontic treatment can begin.  There are reasons to start orthodontic treatment before all the baby teeth are lost.  Below are some reasons: 1.  Some – 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 –

Can toothbrushing too hard cause damage to my gums?

Can you brush too hard?  Yes you can.  Some adult patients, when they go to see their dentist at their regular six month check up, are sometimes surprised that they are informed they are brushing too hard.  Their family dentist – 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 –