Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 26th, 2017
Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Since starting my private practice in 1992, I have observed that the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased every year. For whatever reason, the percentage of adults in active treatment has grown from about 15% to over 30% in 2017. What are the pros and cons of adult treatment and how is it different from adolescent treatment? I love my adult patients. They are typically better informed, more motivated, follow instructions better, and usually have better oral hygiene than adolescents. With the availability of information on the Internet, most adult patients have a better understanding of their own…

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What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 30th, 2017
What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Children typically lose their last baby tooth around age 12. In most, the loss of a baby tooth is followed almost immediately by the eruption of the corresponding permanent one. If a baby tooth has been lost and a replacement does not appear in a reasonable amount of time, it could be because it is crowded, impacted (headed in wrong direction), or missing. The best way to determine what is going on is a dental x-ray. What can be done if your child is missing a tooth? There are three options when a permanent tooth is missing: 1) preserve the…

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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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