A Wider Perspective

In many cases, orthodontic treatment may focus as much on bone alignment, positioning and growth as it does on tooth placement. For instance, dental arches that are too narrow to accommodate all the teeth in the jaw may result in tooth crowding. Instead of extracting teeth, the orthodontist may elect to use an active appliance [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:07:59+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments


Just as an interception can be a game-changer in football, “interceptive orthodontic treatment” can make a big difference in the treatment plan of very young patients. In the past, orthodontic treatment didn’t begin until around age 12-14 years, when all of teens’ permanent teeth had already erupted. Conventional wisdom also held that it was common [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:08:44+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Adult Orthodontics

Faced with crooked/crowded teeth and/or bite problems that detract from their appearance and increase the potential for gum disease and possible tooth loss, more American adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment . The number of U.S. adults wearing orthodontic appliances currently stands at about 1.2 million, or 20 percent of the 5.9 million orthodontic patients [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:09:57+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Adult Concerns

The majority of adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment are getting “braces” for the first time. Their primary reason for doing so is to correct crooked teeth that are preventing them from displaying the “picture-perfect” smile that garners attention on Facebook and helps promote advancement at work. Others are compelled by pain, discomfort, or dysfunction to [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:10:50+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Relieving Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding, known as “bruxism,” is not only an annoyance to fellow sleepers, but it can also be a real problem for those who grind their back teeth together at night. As a result of sliding their teeth over one another (generally in a sideways, back-and-forth movement), bruxers can cause tooth wear and fractures. If [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:13:15+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

New Bruxism Detection Device

Unconscious grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth at night (known as “bruxism”) can be severe enough that it damages tooth enamel and leads to jaw disorders (including malocclusion). This condition is often caused by stress and can lead to damaged teeth, headaches, insomnia, and a sore jaw. Before the orthodontist can begin treatment to correct [...]

By | 2017-05-07T18:30:45+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Working at Cross Purposes

“Crossbite” is a malocclusion that occurs when the rows of teeth in the upper and lower dental arches essentially cross one another. It can be caused by inadequate jaw size, heredity, or mouth breathing (induced by large adenoids and tonsils), which results in an upper jaw that is too narrow to fit properly outside the bottom [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:14:14+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Wired for Success

The “arch wires” that attach to the brackets on each tooth on a set of braces are so named because they extend along the arches created by the jaws. While traditional stainless steel arch wires exert more force on the teeth initially, the force dissipates relatively quickly. Newer nickel titanium wires keep the pressure on because [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:14:53+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Upfront Advice

Treatment of prominent front teeth (commonly referred to as “buck teeth”) is undertaken to improve a child’s appearance and self-esteem as much as it is to improve his or her bite. While single-stage treatment during adolescence is often preferred, there is an argument to make for earlier treatment. Research shows that two-stage treatment (beginning at [...]

By | 2017-07-12T02:05:56+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments