• Orthodontic issue during the holidays?

    December 26th, 2012

    Millions of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment will not be smiling
    this holiday season, and not because they didn’t get the gift they wanted.
    These are people whose teeth and/or braces fall victim to the hard, chewy,
    gummy or sticky holiday treats.

    We know orthodontic issues are never convenient nor timely. If you are a
    patient of record, we are committed to your oral health and are available
    to you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience
    severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t
    take care of yourself. You might be surprised to learn that you may be
    able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an
    appointment. When working with your appliances, you need to know the
    names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what
    part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it
    is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible
    to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to
    remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions
    in your treatment plan.

    If you have a orthodontic issue after regular office hours, please give us
    a call and follow the voicemail prompts to contact our team! We hope
    you’re having a great holiday season!

  • Season’s Greetings!

    December 18th, 2012

    In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones?
    Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

    Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year? We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to limit the amount of sweets you eat!

    Happy holidays from our family to yours!

  • Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about a healthier, more beautiful smile?

    December 10th, 2012

    2013 is almost here, and it’s a great time of year to get started on achieving a straight, dazzling and confident smile that will last you a lifetime. We are proud to offer some of today’s most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth quicker, they also offer greater comfort for you, and require fewer visits to our office.

    So if obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to give us a call to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation. Happy holidays!

  • Where’s your bite? The differences between crossbites, overbites, and underbites

    December 05th, 2012

    Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

    Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?

    • Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
    • Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occur when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.
    • Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth (molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

    Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.