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Archive for the ‘Expanders’ Category

What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on September 22nd, 2016
What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

One of the most common procedures in orthodontics for children and teenagers is palatal expansion (maxillary expansion). Orthodontists use expanders to eliminate posterior crossbites, reduce crowding, and broaden the overall width of an arch. Expansion in orthodontics can be classified into two categories, dental and skeletal. Dental expansion occurs when the teeth move outward to create an arch that is bigger than before treatment. In the front of the mouth, dental expansion moves teeth forward. In the back of the mouth, the teeth move sideways. If only the crown of the tooth (the top part of the tooth that is…

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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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Can Orthodontic Expanders Be Used on the Lower Teeth to Avoid Extractions?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 13th, 2013
Can Orthodontic Expanders Be Used on the Lower Teeth to Avoid Extractions?

I don’t think I’ve ever had a patient excited about having teeth removed as part of orthodontic treatment. Nevertheless, there are some mouths that just don’t have enough room for all 32 teeth (in fact, if you count wisdom teeth, less than 15% of Americans keep all their teeth). Parents seem relieved when I offer the option of an expander in the upper arch as an alternative to extractions. Can expanders also be used in the lower arch? The anatomic feature in the upper arch that allows for the use of palatal expanders is the mid-palatal suture. In children younger…

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My Orthodontic Expander Made a Huge Gap Between My Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 25th, 2013
My Orthodontic Expander Made a Huge Gap Between My Teeth

Over the past couple of decades there has been a shift in orthodontics from extracting teeth to expanding the arches when there is crowding present. Expanders work great, but there are some side effects that catch parents by surprise. One of them is the appearance and disappearance of a gap between the front teeth. The palate or roof of the mouth is made up of two bones joined together down the center by a junction called a suture. When a patient is young, this suture is made up of stretchable cartilage that is the area where growth takes place (a…

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