Orthodontics 101

Orthodontists are dental specialists who concentrate on fixing irregularities in teeth and jaws. They straighten teeth and help correct problems such as crowding, overbites and underbites. Many patients believe that getting orthodontic treatment is all about cosmetics. This is a common misconception. The proper alignment of teeth can benefit a person's overall dental health as well as benefit overall well being.

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Protect Your Kids' Teeth This Summer!

As more people get vaccinated over time, we are all hoping that this summer starts to bring things back to normal for everyone. And now that good weather is finally here, the kids are starting to get back out there and enjoy time with friends! To kids, summer means playing lots of sports and participating in fun outdoor activities. If your child is currently in active orthodontic treatment or they have recently finished with their orthodontic treatment, consider taking some extra steps to protect your kids’ smile this summer!

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Clear Aligner Orthodontic Treatment

When clear aligner orthodontic treatment is discussed, most patients are familiar with the company Invisalign. Today, there are other companies providing clear aligner therapies, including some “do it yourself” options which will be discussed.

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AAO White Paper on Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics

The specialty of orthodontics involves much more than just moving teeth, and the management of sleep apnea bears witness to this. As such, there is increasing interest in the role of the orthodontist both in screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and as a practitioner who may be valuable in the multidisciplinary management of OSA in both children and adults.

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Orthodontists Role in Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep plays a very important role in overall body health. Sleep disordered breathing is the disruption of a restful sleep by snoring or gasping. ​Poor sleep can lead to multiple health issues including increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

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Jaw Expansion in Orthodontics

Jaw expansion, or widening of the maxilla and/or mandible has become common occurrence in children 7-10 years old. Why is it that so many kids of this age are having this type of treatment recommended? Is it really necessary? ​What is trying to be accomplished? The purpose of this article is to shed some light on this treatment approach in orthodontics.

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Early Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child’s first visit to the Orthodontist to be at 7 years old. At this age, most children still have 12 primary or baby teeth remaining in their mouth. Since braces are usually placed on the adult teeth, this age is typically too young for full Orthodontic treatment. ​So why is there a recommendation for an early evaluation?

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