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My Orthodontist Wants to Remove Healthy Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 3rd, 2015
My Orthodontist Wants to Remove Healthy Teeth

One objection that some patients have to getting orthodontic treatment is that they just don’t want to have “healthy teeth” removed. Is it wrong to remove teeth when there is seemingly nothing wrong with them? Are there alternatives to removing healthy teeth? As I’ve explained in other articles, there are several reasons why orthodontists prescribe the removal of permanent teeth in some treatment plans. The most common are crowding, overbite, protrusive teeth, and asymmetries. While it is may be theoretically possible to treat all of these orthodontic problems without removing teeth, orthodontists must consider the overall picture when determining if…

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 14th, 2014
Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

It is challenging to brush your teeth when you have orthodontic braces. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off. First, always use a soft toothbrush. The most important place to keep clean while your braces are on is above your braces (between the braces and the gums). Since this space is right next to the gums, it is impossible to brush the enamel surface without contacting the gums with the bristles. Hard and medium toothbrushes can damage gums and must be avoided.…

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Extraction of One Lower Incisor for Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 15th, 2014
Extraction of One Lower Incisor for Orthodontic Treatment

Every now and then I’ll get a question from a reader whose doctor has recommended the removal of a single lower incisor to fix their crowding. Why would anyone remove just one lower incisor? Is this an accepted treatment technique? What are the pros and the cons? In some patients it seems that the only crooked teeth are those right down in front. It is tempting to ask, “Why don’t you just pull out one of the overlapping ones? Although the technique is not new, the removal of a single lower incisor has recently experienced a resurgence with the increased…

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How to Floss Your Permanent Retainer

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 11th, 2014
How to Floss Your Permanent Retainer

One of the most challenging things about having a permanent retainer is keeping it clean. Retainers that are bonded behind the teeth look nice and do their job pretty much without your help. Unfortunately they also tend to accumulate plaque and require more time and effort when you are flossing. As you know from my other articles, I’m not a fan of permanent retainers that are bonded to every tooth. Although they are the most reliable when it comes to preventing tooth movement after your braces come off, they are also the most difficult to care for afterwards. There are…

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Is It Normal for My Teeth to Move Immediately After the Braces Come Off?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 31st, 2014
Is It Normal for My Teeth to Move Immediately After the Braces Come Off?

There is nothing more troubling than to get your braces off and notice almost immediately that your recently perfect teeth are already moving! Is it normal for teeth to shift that quickly? Did the orthodontist do something wrong? Can it be prevented? How can these slight movements be fixed when they occur? There is nothing in your body that does not wrinkle, sag, or weaken with time. Our hair gets thin, our tummies sag, and our faces wrinkle. Is it any surprise that the alignment of our teeth changes after our braces come off? The law of entropy states that…

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