Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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I Only Want Braces on My Top Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 8th, 2011
I Only Want Braces on My Top Teeth

“I only want braces on top teeth. No one sees my bottom teeth anyway.” This is a common request, especially with all the recent buzz about Six Month Smiles. Is single arch treatment good treatment? One-arch treatment is possible and gives excellent results in some patients. The success of one-arch treatment is determined by the starting position of the teeth in both arches and the way they are related to each other (the bite). Any time you align teeth that are crowded, they tend to move forward. This is a wonderful thing if the upper teeth are behind the lower…

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How many hours do I need to wear my orthodontic retainer?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 1st, 2011
How many hours do I need to wear my orthodontic retainer?

My orthodontist told me to wear my retainer every night but my friend has to wear hers 24/7 for the first 6 months. Why the difference? Is there any research to support one approach over the other? There is no happier day for an orthodontic patient than the day your braces come off. It is the culmination of months of difficult brushing, flossing, watching what you eat, and wearing those pesky rubber bands. The last thing in the world you want is for the teeth to move. So how much retainer wear is really needed? As I’ve discussed in previous…

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Help, I’m wearing my orthodontic retainer, but my teeth are moving!

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 24th, 2011
Help, I’m wearing my orthodontic retainer, but my teeth are moving!

The most exciting day for an orthodontic patient is the day that their braces come off. Getting a smile that is as close to ideal as possible can be a long and involved process, and everyone, including the orthodontist, wants that smile to last the rest of the patient’s lifetime. But is that realistic? Believe it or not, although the teeth may look great on the day the braces are removed, they will look better and be healthier a few weeks after the braces have come off. One reason for this is that the gum tissues, which suffer during treatment because…

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How Long Should My Orthodontic Retainer Last?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 16th, 2011
How Long Should My Orthodontic Retainer Last?

How long should my retainer last? While “your mileage may vary,” here are some good estimates: Thin wire retainers bonded to the backs of your teeth will eventually come loose, especially the top ones! The glue used to hold them in place just wears out as you eat, brush, floss, and play with them with your tongue. An upper bonded retainer will last somewhere between 1 and 3 years. A lower will usually last longer since is it not “in the line of fire” when you eat. Although all retainers allow some movement and change in tooth position, you should…

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3 Reasons Why Canine-to-Canine Retainers are Best for Your Lower Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 8th, 2011
3 Reasons Why Canine-to-Canine Retainers are Best for Your Lower Teeth

Orthodontists prescribe many types of lower retainers for their patients. Selection of a retainer depends upon the initial problems, the age of the patient, and the desired balance of cleansability, control, and cooperation. There is no perfect retainer. Retainers that allow the best oral hygiene (those that can be removed by the patient) are also the ones that depend most upon patient cooperation. Those that require the least cooperation (those glued to every tooth) are the hardest to clean. Since there are compromises with every retainer, we strive to find the best mix of features that will best minimize changes…

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