Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 24th, 2014
Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

For years dentists have told patients that anterior open bites (bites where there is a gap between the upper and lower front teeth) are created when the tongue is pushed between the front teeth during swallowing. Although the tongue is one of the strongest and most active muscles in the body, does swallowing actually cause open bites? University research that measured the length of time the tongue actually contacts teeth during a swallow helped to bust this myth.  Researchers counted the number of times that patients swallow during a day and then timed the duration of a single swallow. By…

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Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 15th, 2013
Does My Child Need To Have Baby Teeth Removed?

One of the most common questions I get from parents in my office and on this blog is whether or not their child should have baby teeth removed. Most baby teeth (primary or “milk” teeth) fall out on their own. There are times however when having them removed by your dentist is not only necessary, but beneficial. Conversely, there are times when you should not have baby teeth removed. While I cannot diagnose your child’s problems online, here are some general guidelines to help you understand when removing primary teeth is appropriate. For a detailed explanation of when baby teeth…

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on September 19th, 2013
I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

I recently finished treatment on a patient who started with crowded, crooked teeth, a bad bite, and multiple crowns and restorations throughout her mouth. After two and a half years of treatment, I had accomplished all that I could with braces given the condition of her teeth. The crowding was resolved, the teeth aligned, and the bite corrected. I was pleased with the result. To my surprise however, the patient was still unhappy. She grabbed the plastic models of teeth that I have for patient consultations and said, “My teeth don’t look like this. I want a perfect smile when…

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Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 15th, 2013
Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

Few events are as exciting for you, your parents, and your orthodontist as the day your braces come off. Few things can ruin that celebration like discovering white spot lesions on the teeth at the end of an otherwise well-treated orthodontic case. Do braces cause white spot lesions? Can they be prevented? Can they be fixed after they appear? These are the questions I hope to answer in this article. White spot lesions (also called decalcification or demineralization) are subsurface porosities caused by dental plaque (the same thing that causes cavities). The white, chalky marks on the teeth appear when…

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Why does my orthodontist only want to remove two teeth in the upper arch?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 23rd, 2013
Why does my orthodontist only want to remove two teeth in the upper arch?

The articles that attract the most comments on my blog are those addressing the removal of permanent teeth (also called pulling or extracting teeth). I sympathize with parents and patients who are worried about having perfectly healthy teeth extracted for orthodontic purposes. The explanations I’ve provided in other articles have helped many patients to understand why this can’t be avoided in many cases (see Are There Alternatives to Having Teeth Removed for Orthodontic Treatment?, Will Having Teeth Removed Ruin My Face?, and Why Do I Need Teeth Removed for My Braces?). Today’s blog post addresses a specific extraction pattern that…

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