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Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 26th, 2017
Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Since starting my private practice in 1992, I have observed that the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased every year. For whatever reason, the percentage of adults in active treatment has grown from about 15% to over 30% in 2017. What are the pros and cons of adult treatment and how is it different from adolescent treatment? I love my adult patients. They are typically better informed, more motivated, follow instructions better, and usually have better oral hygiene than adolescents. With the availability of information on the Internet, most adult patients have a better understanding of their own…

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Are You Too Old for Orthodontic Braces?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 27th, 2017
Are You Too Old for Orthodontic Braces?

When most people think of braces, they usually think of teenagers. The ideal age to get orthodontic treatment is usually after the 12-year-molars have erupted and the last of the baby teeth are gone. As you can tell from several of my other posts about two-phase treatment, I believe in providing an interceptive phase of treatment in 7 and 8-year-olds if they have complex crowding, crossbites, excessive overbites, or underbites. But what about at the other end of the spectrum. How old is too old? Why would someone get braces later in life? And what are the differences in treatment…

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What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 2)?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 30th, 2016
What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 2)?

(This is Part 2 of a 2-part Invisalign post. Part 1 of this article discussed the design and manufacturing of Invisalign aligners.) After your Invisalign aligners have been designed by your orthodontist and manufactured by Align Technology, the entire set is shipped to your doctor’s office. There is more to achieving a successful result however than merely handing a box full of plastic shells to a patient. If that were not the case, Align would merely ship the aligners directly to the patient and cut out the “middleman.” There are three additional procedures provided by your orthodontist at the delivery…

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What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 1)?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 4th, 2016
What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 1)?

Before 1997, practically the only way to straighten the teeth was with braces. While colored rubber bands made kids a little more excited about having treatment, adults were less enthusiastic, even if the braces were tooth colored or attached on the inside of the teeth. In 1997, a company called Align Technology introduced a technique for moving teeth using a series of customized clear aligners they called Invisalign. Invisalign is an orthodontic system comprised of a series clear plastic shells that fit tightly around the teeth. Picture the thermoformed plastic packaging surrounding most items you purchase at retail stores. This…

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Why Are My Braces Having Trouble Closing the Spaces Between My Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 18th, 2016
Why Are My Braces Having Trouble Closing the Spaces Between My Teeth?

One of the most frustrating problems that occurs during orthodontic treatment (or reappears afterwards) is space between the teeth that just won’t close. This may be due the teeth themselves, the bone around the teeth, or interference from teeth in the other arch. Let’s look at each of these possible causes. The most common reason spaces don’t close (or stay closed) is the size, shape, or position of the teeth themselves. A tooth may be too narrow at the top, too narrow at the bottom, or just too small overall. Such a tooth just can’t fill the entire space between…

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