Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 18th, 2016
Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

One of the most basic and sincere questions that I get asked by potential patients is, “Do braces hurt?” If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that I’m a straight shooter and I tell it like it is. Here’s what it feels like to get braces. Although the retractors used to hold the tongue and cheeks out of the way may be a little uncomfortable, the process of conditioning, rinsing, drying, and sealing a tooth is completely painless. Neither is there any pain when the orthodontist places a bracket (brace) nor when the technician cures the cement…

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My Orthodontic Retainer Isn’t Fitting Any More

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 5th, 2015
My Orthodontic Retainer Isn't Fitting Any More

Orthodontic retainers are devices that we orthodontists give our patients to keep their teeth as straight as possible after their braces come off. I say “as possible” because as I’ve explained in several other blog posts, there is no retainer that can prevent all tooth movement. Even retainers that are glued to every tooth allow some change. The goal is keeping these changes to a minimum. Some movement following the removal of braces is not only acceptable, it is welcome. “Settling,” as we call it, means that the teeth erupt and drift slightly so that they actually fit BETTER than…

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Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 21st, 2015
Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

There is nothing more frustrating than getting your braces on and then having one come loose. What causes this and how can it be avoided? If there was only one reason that orthodontic brackets come off, this would be a very short article. Surprisingly, there are at least three variables that must be considered when trying to diagnose the cause of bracket failure, 1) the tooth, 2) the placement technique, and 3) the patient. Let’s start with the tooth. Ideal bond strength is most easily achieved between normal ivory colored enamel and a new orthodontic bracket. Although there are different…

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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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It’s That Time of Year Again… or Why Teenage Patients Have More TMJ Problems in the Springtime

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 2nd, 2013
It’s That Time of Year Again… or Why Teenage Patients Have More TMJ Problems in the Springtime

Every spring without fail our office receives an increased number of phone calls from patients (current and former) asking to be seen for suddenly appearing jaw pain. Parents report that the teenagers have pain in their jaw that wasn’t there before and they are now experiencing trouble eating, studying, and sleeping. This happens at the same time every year and it is no coincidence. The last few weeks of April and the first couple weeks of May are the busiest and most stressful time of the year for our student patients. They have papers, projects, tests, graduation, and other end-of-year…

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