Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Archive for the ‘Two-Phase Treatment’ Category

What is the MARA Appliance?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 26th, 2016
What is the MARA Appliance?

The MARA appliance is one of many orthodontic devices that is designed to correct overbites (actually called overjet in the dental community).  The MARA (short for Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Device) is made by Allessee Orthodontics Laboratory in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Because is it non-removable by the patient, it fits into the category of “fixed functional appliances.” Although there may be variations in design, the MARA appliance is basically a CAM system that requires a patient to position their lower jaw forward in order to bring their front teeth together. It is called a functional appliance because it requires the patient to…

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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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Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 15th, 2013
Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

One of the most common questions I get from parents in my office and on this blog is whether or not their child should have baby teeth removed. Most baby teeth (primary or “milk” teeth) fall out on their own. There are times however when having them removed by your dentist is not only necessary, but beneficial. Conversely, there are times when you should not have baby teeth removed. While I cannot diagnose your child’s problems online, here are some general guidelines to help you understand when removing primary teeth is appropriate. For a detailed explanation of when baby teeth…

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What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Observation or Recall Appointment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 17th, 2012
What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Observation or Recall Appointment?

Moms and dads have busy schedules. Picking their children up from school and taking them to the orthodontist is no small task. Sometimes the appointments are very short and seemingly meaningless. One of these appointments is the observation or recall visit. These appointments are usually less than 15 minutes and many wonder if they are necessary at all. Recall or observation appointments are very important, and here’s why… Observation or recall visits are scheduled for orthodontic patients who are either not yet quite ready for braces or have had an interceptive phase of treatment and are waiting for their remaining…

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What is the Best Age for My Child to See an Orthodontist?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 12th, 2012
What is the Best Age for My Child to See an Orthodontist?

Have you noticed more young kids with braces on these days? Why so young? Don’t they still have baby teeth? When should I take my child to see the orthodontist for the first time? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best age for children to be seen by an orthodontist for the first time is 7. Why age 7? What can be done at that age? As you might guess, not every orthodontic problem can be treated at age 7. Surprisingly however, most problems can be identified by that age. Here are a few things that I’ll look…

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