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Why Are My Braces Having Trouble Closing the Spaces Between My Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 18th, 2016
Why Are My Braces Having Trouble Closing the Spaces Between My Teeth?

One of the most frustrating problems that occurs during orthodontic treatment (or reappears afterwards) is space between the teeth that just won’t close. This may be due the teeth themselves, the bone around the teeth, or interference from teeth in the other arch. Let’s look at each of these possible causes. The most common reason spaces don’t close (or stay closed) is the size, shape, or position of the teeth themselves. A tooth may be too narrow at the top, too narrow at the bottom, or just too small overall. Such a tooth just can’t fill the entire space between…

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What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on September 22nd, 2016
What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

One of the most common procedures in orthodontics for children and teenagers is palatal expansion (maxillary expansion). Orthodontists use expanders to eliminate posterior crossbites, reduce crowding, and broaden the overall width of an arch. Expansion in orthodontics can be classified into two categories, dental and skeletal. Dental expansion occurs when the teeth move outward to create an arch that is bigger than before treatment. In the front of the mouth, dental expansion moves teeth forward. In the back of the mouth, the teeth move sideways. If only the crown of the tooth (the top part of the tooth that is…

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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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Why Do Orthodontists Charge Different Fees for Braces?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 22nd, 2016
Why Do Orthodontists Charge Different Fees for Braces?

Some orthodontic patients are surprised to find out that the cost of braces commonly varies from office to office. Assuming that the treatment plan and final results would be similar (which may or may not actually be the case), what causes fees to be higher in one office than another? What factors affect orthodontic fees and how are they calculated? As with any product or service, the cost of getting braces is determined by multiple factors. Among these are 1) the cost of the materials and supplies, 2) the cost of staff salaries, 3) the cost and maintenance of the…

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What Causes Dark Triangles Between the Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 19th, 2016
What Causes Dark Triangles Between the Teeth?

Why do some patients have little dark triangles (spaces) between their teeth before, during, or after orthodontic treatment? In an ideal smile, teeth are aligned in a smooth row with each tooth touching the one next to it and healthy gum tissue in between. After treatment, some patients notice that the gum tissue between their teeth doesn’t look the same as it did before. Why is that? Does orthodontic treatment change the shape of the gum tissue? Can anything be done to correct or improve it? The place on the teeth where they touch each other when they are side…

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