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Why Orthodontists Want to Close Gaps

Tooth Gap Orthodontics

Has an orthodontist expressed concern over the gap(s) in your teeth? There’s more to it than aesthetics, especially since many people find gaps in teeth charming. However, not all orthodontists have a healthy chairside manner or the skills to fully explain why the gaps in your teeth should be closed. Sometimes, leaning too much on the “improve your smile” line overshadows real troubles that gaps in teeth can cause. Big gaps can lead to poor tooth alignment at any point in your li

Orthodontic Statistics: Did You Know …?

Orthodontics Statistics

What’s it like being an orthodontist? How much about braces, aligners and tooth manipulation do you really know? Even if you’ve worn braces (or your child has), learning some fascinating statistics about this dental specialty might serve you well on trivia night (or when considering orthodontics in the future). The American Dental Association reports that 70 percent of braces are on females, and largely for aesthetics. The majority of these patients are 12-15 years old. Adults a

When Braces are Left on Too Long

Braces Left On

Braces, candy, exercise and water — no matter what it is, you can definitely have too much of a good thing. You should always see your dentist twice a year, but attending regular appointments is even more critical for orthodontic patients. If you or your child has braces, your orthodontist is watching how the teeth and mouth are responding to treatment and can gauge the ideal time to remove the braces. However, if you skip appointments and your braces have to stay on longer, serious

Invisalign Doesn’t Fix Everything

Invisalign Wins Lawsuit

A California judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the makers of Invisilign, an alternative to metal braces, who claimed the treatment did not correct her malocclusion. The lawsuit, filed in 2015, claimed an Invisilign brochure falsely advertised the product as a means of treating a malocclusion, a condition in which unusually smooth molar surfaces cause a poor bite. Crowns usually are recommended to treat this condition, because they help give the patient a better grip with their bac

Our Ancestors Didn’t Need Braces!

Ancestor Braces

Cavemen didn’t wear braces, and it’s not just because they weren’t invented yet. Did you know our teeth are more crooked now than in past centuries — and creature comforts are to blame? Imagine your distant cavewoman ancestor. She really used her teeth to chew, tear and as a tool. And if she was progressive, she came up with some inventive ways to clean and pick her teeth. Just like every other part of your body, the more you “work out” your mouth, the healthier and stronge