Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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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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Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 17th, 2016
Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?

I’m a believer in two-phase treatment. I recommend two-phase treatment when young patients (usually 7 to 10 years old) have problems so severe that waiting until they are teenagers would make treatment more difficult, take longer, or leave them socially handicapped through their elementary and junior high years. But what about starting treatment in teenagers who still have baby teeth remaining? Do all baby teeth need to be gone before the second or comprehensive phase of treatment begins? One of the first things I look for in an initial orthodontic exam in teenagers is the presence of primary or baby…

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How Long Will My Braces Be On?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 14th, 2016
How Long Will My Braces Be On?

The estimated time that your braces will be on is not just an average quoted by your orthodontist to every patient, nor is it a number that is determined by the kind of braces or specific treatment technique employed. How long you’ll have your braces on is dependent upon the problems that exist in your mouth at the beginning of treatment and the goals that you and your orthodontist have for how you want them to look at the end. Here are some of the important things that will affect the length of your treatment. Let’s start at the end…

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Does Six Month Smiles Really Move Teeth Faster Than Regular Braces?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 23rd, 2015
Does Six Month Smiles Really Move Teeth Faster Than Regular Braces?

Summary: Dentists offering Six Month Smiles cannot move teeth faster than orthodontists The braces used in Six Month Smiles are the same as those used by orthodontists Treatment time is shorter with Six Month Smiles because typically only the front teeth are moved Six Month Smiles is not less expensive than conventional braces I have recently had several patients who have asked me about ads they’re hearing on the radio and TV about a “new” orthodontic technique that can straighten teeth in only six months and do it cheaper than regular braces. What is this “new” technology? Can it really…

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My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 15th, 2015
My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

I have received several questions about a new company called the SmileDirectClub (formerly SmileCareClub). The slogan on their website is “Invisible aligners done at home” and their claim is “Identical results for less than 50% of the others.” In a nutshell, their process involves taking a set of impressions and photos of yourself at home, mailing them away to their company, and then receiving a set of aligners that you wear to sequentially move your own teeth until you have a “perfectly straight smile” in 4 to 8 months. Could it be that easy? Does it work? Here are my…

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