An orthodontic mouthguard is a thing of beauty… didn’t Shakespeare say that? No? Well maybe after you read this, you’ll be the one saying that.
I know, it sounds like you’ve been sentenced to solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, but it’s only retainers we’re talking about here..
What are retainers all about?
Retainers are designed to keep your teeth stable after the braces are removed.
Why do I need them?
Teeth are programmed to move forward throughout the course of your life, leading to a return of crowding.
How long do I need them?
That would be the “for life” part. [Read more…] about Retainers for Life!
Stay away from DIY orthodontics
There are a lot of DIY videos these days on everything from jewelry making to furniture painting… unfortunately you may also run across some for DIY orthodontics. It seems very tempting to take care of things on your own and avoid those pesky braces, but let me explain why this is notÂrecommended. [Read more…] about Leave the Tooth Movement to the Experts
Those of you who enjoy old westerns, might immediately think of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, but this is orthodontics we’re talking about here… so this is all about Life With Braces.
I think that the good is self evident, but can be sometimes forgotten when you are deep in the throes of orthodontic treatment. The good is the result. Whether the braces are something that you chose to do, or had chosen for you, the result is something good. We will be taking your smile from a place where it was esthetically and functionally compromised, to a place where everything is in balance. This is definitely The Good. [Read more…] about The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Today I’m going to share different options for the orthodontic treatment of adults. In any orthodontic treatment, there is no such thing as one size fits all. An ideal treatment plan always takes into account your primary reason for seeking treatment as well as the current relationship of your teeth and jaws, so that the final plan is one that meets your goals while maintaining the oral health and integrity of your teeth and jaws. [Read more…] about Adult Orthodontics
The good news is that the answer to that question is almost never. Now don’t get me wrong, things can happen that require attention, but in most instances, what is required is a modification to your next visit, not an immediate trip to the office.
The wires and brackets that make up your braces may occasionally loosen or break. Typically we see this in cases when foods that are hard or sticky have been eaten, or sports related injuries have occurred. If this happens, the first thing to remember is, DON’T PANIC! Broken brackets and wires happen from time to time. We understand this and are prepared to address it. In most instances, your next regularly scheduled appointment can be moved to accommodate the repair, it would simply need to be rescheduled to provide sufficientÂ time for the correction. [Read more…] about Orthodontic Emergencies… When Should I Panic?
What can you expect at your first visit to our office?
First, you should feel welcomed and relaxed. Your patient information form was filled out in advance online, so there is literally nothing left for you to do but relax and enjoy the ride. Patty will be the first member of the team to greet you. She will be sure that all of your paperwork is in order, take a quick photo for our records, and let me know that you are ready to begin. [Read more…] about Your First Visit
A New Year – A New You
For many of us, the new year signals a fresh start. Particularly when it comes to personal goals. We want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better… FEEL better about ourselves, inside and out.
What if I told you that orthodontics could help you achieve that goal? What is the first thing that you present to the world… your smile. Is it all it could be? Or could it use a little tweaking?
What reasons might you have for seeking treatment? Putting yourself through “all that”. I didn’t have braces as a kid, but wish I did…I had braces when I was younger, but my teeth have shifted over the years…
I want a new smile.