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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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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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