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Does Six Month Smiles Really Move Teeth Faster Than Regular Braces?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 23rd, 2015
Does Six Month Smiles Really Move Teeth Faster Than Regular Braces?

Summary: Dentists offering Six Month Smiles cannot move teeth faster than orthodontists The braces used in Six Month Smiles are the same as those used by orthodontists Treatment time is shorter with Six Month Smiles because typically only the front teeth are moved Six Month Smiles is usually more expensive than conventional braces (because you only get partial treatment) I have recently had several patients who have asked me about ads they’re hearing on the radio and TV about a “new” orthodontic technique that can straighten teeth in only six months and do it cheaper than regular braces. What is…

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How to Find a Good Orthodontist in Your Area

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 14th, 2015
How to Find a Good Orthodontist in Your Area

Every time I read an orthodontic blog written by another orthodontist, there is almost always an article about how to choose an orthodontist. Predictably, when I get to the conclusion, the best orthodontist for the reader is usually the doctor writing the blog! I’ve always thought that was a little self-serving and vowed I’d never write an article like that myself. Surprisingly however, I’ve had quite a few readers who really want to know how to find a good orthodontist in their own area of the country. Since the vast majority of you reading this live nowhere near Rio Rancho,…

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What is the Difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist That Does Orthodontics?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 16th, 2015
What is the Difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist That Does Orthodontics?

Summary: An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has two to three years additional treatment after dental school Orthodontic residents receive between 4,000 and 6,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience treating every type of smile and bite problem General dentists typically receive a single orthodontic course in dental school and may not be required to provide any hands-on orthodontic treatment to graduate For-profit continuing education courses after dental school may provide general dentists with as little as two-days of lecture before “certification” and usually provide no hands-on experience on actual patients at all It is getting harder to tell the…

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My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 15th, 2015
My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

I have received several questions about a new company called the SmileCareClub. The slogan on their website is “Invisible aligners done at home” and their claim is “Identical results for less than 50% of the others.” In a nutshell, their process involves taking a set of impressions and photos of yourself at home, mailing them away to their company, and then receiving a set of aligners that you wear to sequentially move your own teeth until you have a “perfectly straight smile” in 4 to 8 months. Could it be that easy? Does it work? Here are my thoughts about…

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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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