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Three Questions to Ask When Choosing an Orthodontist

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 25th, 2018
Three Questions to Ask When Choosing an Orthodontist

I recently broke a tooth. Being a child of the 1960’s, my mouth is full of good old-fashioned silver fillings. Like everyone else in my generation, I didn’t enjoy the benefits of fluoride in the drinking water. In fact, one of the most popular toothpaste commercials of my day showed a young child bouncing into the house after a dental checkup bragging “Mommy! Mommy! I only have one cavity!” Today we’d be upset if our kids had a new cavity at each visit, but back then cavities were the norm. The minute my tooth broke I knew that I was…

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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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My Orthodontist Wants to Remove Healthy Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 3rd, 2015
My Orthodontist Wants to Remove Healthy Teeth

One objection that some patients have to getting orthodontic treatment is that they just don’t want to have “healthy teeth” removed. Is it wrong to remove teeth when there is seemingly nothing wrong with them? Are there alternatives to removing healthy teeth? As I’ve explained in other articles, there are several reasons why orthodontists prescribe the removal of permanent teeth in some treatment plans. The most common are crowding, overbite, protrusive teeth, and asymmetries. While it is may be theoretically possible to treat all of these orthodontic problems without removing teeth, orthodontists must consider the overall picture when determining if…

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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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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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