Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 18th, 2016
Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

One of the most basic and sincere questions that I get asked by potential patients is, “Do braces hurt?” If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that I’m a straight shooter and I tell it like it is. Here’s what it feels like to get braces. Although the retractors used to hold the tongue and cheeks out of the way may be a little uncomfortable, the process of conditioning, rinsing, drying, and sealing a tooth is completely painless. Neither is there any pain when the orthodontist places a bracket (brace) nor when the technician cures the cement…

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What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 18th, 2016
What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Do you show too much gum tissue when you smile? What causes this and how can it be fixed? The official term for a “gummy smile” is excessive gingival display. Excessive gingival display can be the result of several different conditions and the most appropriate way to correct it depends upon the underlying cause. There are three primary components of the smile that determine how much gum tissue is visible, 1) the lips, 2) the teeth and supporting bone, and 3) the gums themselves. If all other factors are normal, the upper lip may be responsible for a gummy smile…

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How to Clean an Orthodontic Retainer

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 13th, 2015
How to Clean an Orthodontic Retainer

Orthodontic retainers are the devices that orthodontists give patients to minimize the movement of their teeth after the braces have been removed. As I have discussed in other articles about retention, retainers are forever! There is no part of the human body that does not sag or wrinkle with age, and the teeth are no exception. Since you’re going to need a retainer from now on, let’s talk about how to keep it clean. First of all, realize that all retainers get dirty and wear out with use. Like contact lenses or shoes that are worn daily, your retainer will…

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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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