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Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 5th, 2011
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

It seems that getting your wisdom teeth removed is just a “rite of passage.” But is it true that all wisdom teeth have to be removed? Although some people are born without wisdom teeth (and some have extras), most of us have four. Officially known as “third molars,” wisdom teeth become visible in x-rays between 10 and 15 years of age and become a concern around the time we graduate from high school (age 17). Some patients become aware of their wisdom teeth because they hurt, but most find out they have them from their dentist as he (or she)…

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Do Wisdom Teeth Make Your Teeth Crooked?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 28th, 2011
Do Wisdom Teeth Make Your Teeth Crooked?

Most of us get our braces during junior high. We are about 12 years old when that last baby tooth falls out and the orthodontist tells us it is finally time. Since most orthodontic treatment lasts about two years, our braces come off right around the time we start high school. Then it happens! Our wisdom teeth come in when we are juniors or seniors and they screw everything up… or do they? What is the relationship between the wisdom teeth and the teeth getting crooked after braces? Because lower front teeth seem to start getting crooked about the same…

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Can’t I just get orthodontic braces on my bottom teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 25th, 2011
Can’t I just get orthodontic braces on my bottom teeth?

My teeth were perfect until my wisdom teeth came in. Now the lower ones are all messed up. Can’t I just get braces on my lower teeth and put them back where they were? Single arch treatment is possible… under the right circumstances. The determining factor is the relationship between the lower and the upper front teeth (commonly referred to as “the bite.”) The depth of the bite as well as the amount of “overbite” both figure in to the decision. When crooked or overlapping teeth are straightened with braces, they move forward. If you have and overbite before treatment,…

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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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