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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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Is It Possible to Treat All Orthodontic Patients without Removing Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 27th, 2014
Is It Possible to Treat All Orthodontic Patients without Removing Teeth?

I have been writing this blog now for over three years, have had almost 500,000 visitors, and have responded to over 2000 comments. No subject has attracted more attention than the removal of permanent teeth. A few skeptical readers have suggested that orthodontists remove teeth to make more money, because they are uneducated or old fashioned, or even that they just don’t care about the looks of their patients after treatment.  I would like to use this month’s post to address these three concerns. One visitor suggested that orthodontists recommend the removal of teeth to make more money. The truth…

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Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 24th, 2014
Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

For years dentists have told patients that anterior open bites (bites where there is a gap between the upper and lower front teeth) are created when the tongue is pushed between the front teeth during swallowing. Although the tongue is one of the strongest and most active muscles in the body, does swallowing actually cause open bites? University research that measured the length of time the tongue actually contacts teeth during a swallow helped to bust this myth.  Researchers counted the number of times that patients swallow during a day and then timed the duration of a single swallow. By…

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Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 15th, 2013
Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

One of the most common questions I get from parents in my office and on this blog is whether or not their child should have baby teeth removed. Most baby teeth (primary or “milk” teeth) fall out on their own. There are times however when having them removed by your dentist is not only necessary, but beneficial. Conversely, there are times when you should not have baby teeth removed. While I cannot diagnose your child’s problems online, here are some general guidelines to help you understand when removing primary teeth is appropriate. For a detailed explanation of when baby teeth…

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