Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 29th, 2015
What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

When you are referred to see an orthodontist, the first thing that comes to mind are usually braces, rubber bands, expanders, and maybe even extractions (pulling teeth). Some patients who come to see me for pre-treatment evaluations are shocked when I mention that their treatment may also require jaw surgery. What is orthognathic surgery and who needs it? Some patients have crooked teeth but their jaws are in good position. Other patients have teeth that are pretty straight, but their jaws are not properly aligned. Then there are those with both crooked teeth and jaws that are out of alignment.…

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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 21st, 2015
What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Many patients are referred to the orthodontist by their dentist because their “bite is off.” Often when they arrive in my office however, they are confused because they are already happy with the appearance of their smile. What does an ideal bite really look like? The best way to describe a healthy bite it is by looking at it from three different views. Let’s start from the front. The front view is what patients first see when they look in the mirror. Ideally, the edges of the upper front teeth should parallel the top of the lower lip. If the…

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Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 21st, 2015
Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

There is nothing more frustrating than getting your braces on and then having one come loose. What causes this and how can it be avoided? If there was only one reason that orthodontic brackets come off, this would be a very short article. Surprisingly, there are at least three variables that must be considered when trying to diagnose the cause of bracket failure, 1) the tooth, 2) the placement technique, and 3) the patient. Let’s start with the tooth. Ideal bond strength is most easily achieved between normal ivory colored enamel and a new orthodontic bracket. Although there are different…

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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 not less expensive than conventional braces 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 this “new” technology? Can it really…

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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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