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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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Treats For Troops 2013

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 31st, 2013
Treats For Troops 2013

Treats 4 Our Troops is a grassroots organization with it’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The organization was founded in 2007 to collect and distribute surplus Halloween candy to our nation’s deployed military troops. Candy began being collected at the national level in 2009. The annual candy collection kicks off the first week in November with “Operation Trick-or-Treating 4 Our Troops.”  Treats 4 Our Troops, which in 2010 was granted nonprofit status, operates and is funded by donations collected during the annual post-Halloween candy collection. For the past four years, general dentist Dr. Casey Allman and local orthodontist Dr. Greg Jorgensen…

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on September 19th, 2013
I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

I recently finished treatment on a patient who started with crowded, crooked teeth, a bad bite, and multiple crowns and restorations throughout her mouth. After two and a half years of treatment, I had accomplished all that I could with braces given the condition of her teeth. The crowding was resolved, the teeth aligned, and the bite corrected. I was pleased with the result. To my surprise however, the patient was still unhappy. She grabbed the plastic models of teeth that I have for patient consultations and said, “My teeth don’t look like this. I want a perfect smile when…

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Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 15th, 2013
Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

Few events are as exciting for you, your parents, and your orthodontist as the day your braces come off. Few things can ruin that celebration like discovering white spot lesions on the teeth at the end of an otherwise well-treated orthodontic case. Do braces cause white spot lesions? Can they be prevented? Can they be fixed after they appear? These are the questions I hope to answer in this article. White spot lesions (also called decalcification or demineralization) are subsurface porosities caused by dental plaque (the same thing that causes cavities). The white, chalky marks on the teeth appear when…

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