Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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Archive for the ‘Gum Issues’ Category

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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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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What Causes Dark Triangles Between the Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 19th, 2016
What Causes Dark Triangles Between the Teeth?

Why do some patients have little dark triangles (spaces) between their teeth before, during, or after orthodontic treatment? In an ideal smile, teeth are aligned in a smooth row with each tooth touching the one next to it and healthy gum tissue in between. After treatment, some patients notice that the gum tissue between their teeth doesn’t look the same as it did before. Why is that? Does orthodontic treatment change the shape of the gum tissue? Can anything be done to correct or improve it? The place on the teeth where they touch each other when they are side…

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What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 15th, 2016
What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

It is normal to be nervous anytime you are doing something for the first time. If you’ve never been to see an orthodontist before, it is not surprising that you may be wondering what is going to happen at that visit. Here’s what your first visit will be like in my office… As with all visits to any healthcare provider, there will always be some preliminary “paperwork” that will need to be taken care of before we get started. This can take place on our website, by filling out the paperwork that we’ve mailed to your home, or by filling…

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What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 18th, 2016
What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Do you show too much gum tissue when you smile? What causes this and how can it be fixed? The official term for a “gummy smile” is excessive gingival display. Excessive gingival display can be the result of several different conditions and the most appropriate way to correct it depends upon the underlying cause. There are three primary components of the smile that determine how much gum tissue is visible, 1) the lips, 2) the teeth and supporting bone, and 3) the gums themselves. If all other factors are normal, the upper lip may be responsible for a gummy smile…

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