How to Become an Orthodontist

28 You’ve been to your orthodontist for many appointments and you thought, wow, this would be a great job. I want to be an orthodontist. Many people, who have had braces, get to see their orthodontist at work.  They like – CONTINUE READING –

Does It Hurt When Braces are Removed?

Does it hurt when you take braces off? Many patients speak with their good friends and ask if it is painful while they have their braces taken off. Their pals, seizing an opportunity, will say, “Oh yes, it really hurts – CONTINUE READING –

How Long Will My Braces Hurt?

When a patient initially gets their braces placed on their teeth, they will have some discomfort or sore teeth.   The normal period of time to get use to braces, right after they are placed, is about one week or less. – CONTINUE READING –

What are Tooth Mamelons?

When your child’s permanent incisors erupt, you may notice, on the top of the teeth, the incisal edges, has bumps. These bumps are called tooth mamelons. Tooth mamelons vary from patient to patient.  Some patient’s mamelons are very prominent and some – CONTINUE READING –

How are Orthodontic Hawley Retainers Made?

Orthodontists use retainers to help keep your teeth stay in their new position after braces are removed. A standard retainer that is used often is a hawley retainer. This retainer is made of acrylic and wire. It is very durable and can last – CONTINUE READING –

What are Impressions for Braces?

When a patient starts orthodontic treatment there will be some preliminary steps that are taken before braces are placed.  One of the items performed are impressions. Most young patients have never had impressions before and they are nervous about going through it.  – CONTINUE READING –

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 –