Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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1401 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

When Do I Need a New Orthodontic Retainer?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 20th, 2015
When Do I Need a New Orthodontic Retainer?

Perhaps the happiest day of treatment for orthodontic patients is the day the braces come off. Patients are happy. Parents are happy. Doctors are happy! Getting your braces off however is more like a “commencement” from high school than a graduation from college. No matter what treatment was provided, no matter how perfectly the teeth were aligned, the day the braces come off is just the start of a life-long need to retain (or hold) the teeth in the best position possible. Lifetime retention should not come as a surprise to anyone as there is nothing else on the human…

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My Orthodontic Retainer Isn’t Fitting Any More

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 5th, 2015
My Orthodontic Retainer Isn't Fitting Any More

Orthodontic retainers are devices that we orthodontists give our patients to keep their teeth as straight as possible after their braces come off. I say “as possible” because as I’ve explained in several other blog posts, there is no retainer that can prevent all tooth movement. Even retainers that are glued to every tooth allow some change. The goal is keeping these changes to a minimum. Some movement following the removal of braces is not only acceptable, it is welcome. “Settling,” as we call it, means that the teeth erupt and drift slightly so that they actually fit BETTER than…

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What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 29th, 2015
What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

When you are referred to see an orthodontist, the first thing that comes to mind are usually braces, rubber bands, expanders, and maybe even extractions (pulling teeth). Some patients who come to see me for pre-treatment evaluations are shocked when I mention that their treatment may also require jaw surgery. What is orthognathic surgery and who needs it? Some patients have crooked teeth but their jaws are in good position. Other patients have teeth that are pretty straight, but their jaws are not properly aligned. Then there are those with both crooked teeth and jaws that are out of alignment.…

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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 21st, 2015
What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Many patients are referred to the orthodontist by their dentist because their “bite is off.” Often when they arrive in my office however, they are confused because they are already happy with the appearance of their smile. What does an ideal bite really look like? The best way to describe a healthy bite it is by looking at it from three different views. Let’s start from the front. The front view is what patients first see when they look in the mirror. Ideally, the edges of the upper front teeth should parallel the top of the lower lip. If the…

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Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 21st, 2015
Why Did My Orthodontic Bracket Fall Off Of My Tooth?

There is nothing more frustrating than getting your braces on and then having one come loose. What causes this and how can it be avoided? If there was only one reason that orthodontic brackets come off, this would be a very short article. Surprisingly, there are at least three variables that must be considered when trying to diagnose the cause of bracket failure, 1) the tooth, 2) the placement technique, and 3) the patient. Let’s start with the tooth. Ideal bond strength is most easily achieved between normal ivory colored enamel and a new orthodontic bracket. Although there are different…

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