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Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 27th, 2017
Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

One of the most common orthodontic problems that we encounter in new patients is a small lower jaw. This may manifest itself as an overbite, a deep bite, or crowding (in either jaw). Wouldn’t it be great if we had some way to encourage the jaws to grow in the amount and direction needed to correct these issues? This has been the dream of orthodontists and their patients for over 100 years. Is there really a way to change the size a jaw without surgery? Can functional appliances actually “grow” the jaws? Functional appliances are so named because they are…

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What Are Orthodontic Elastics (Rubber Bands) And How Do They Work?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 29th, 2017
What Are Orthodontic Elastics (Rubber Bands) And How Do They Work?

One of the most common “adjuncts” or additional tools that orthodontists use to straighten your teeth are orthodontic elastics or rubber bands. Why are they used? How do they work? How many hours do you need to wear them? Braces and aligners are both effective ways of aligning your teeth. Braces are devices glued onto the teeth (either on the inside or outside) that move the teeth via forces produced by wires that span from tooth to tooth. Aligners (most commonly Invisalign) move teeth using a series of clear plastic shells that snap over the teeth and produce force by…

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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 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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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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