Common Orthodontic Terms You Should Know

Do you or a loved one visit our office for treatment and you are confused with the terminology that you hear? We know that it can be a little tricky to understand not only the different treatments we offer, but the vocabulary and terms used for each one. It is important to have some idea what the more popular terms mean especially if you or a loved one experience an emergency and have to explain over the phone what is broken. We have created a glossary of ten popular orthodontic terms to help guide you. Read on to see how many terms you are familiar with.

Three Things To Know Before Starting Orthodontic Treatment

Are you or a loved one planning on starting orthodontic treatment in the near future? Whether you are starting treatment with traditional braces or clear aligners, it can be an exciting time to imagine what your teeth will look like in the future. It can also be a little nerve-racking to begin, especially if you are a new patient with no prior experience with orthodontics. We wanted to share some important information that is important to know before starting treatment.

Come Be A Part Of Our Family

Are you looking for an orthodontic practice that is going to give you the care you deserve and results that can help your appearance as well as the function of your teeth? If so, then you have found what you are looking for! Our team has recently compiled a video sharing more about our office environment, our staff, as well as the viewpoints of some of our patients. We hope that you will click here to watch the video and learn more about what separates our practice from other orthodontic offices.

We Can Help Jaw Discomfort

Are you suffering from persistent jaw tenderness and discomfort? We know that issues with your jaw can affect much of your daily life. If you are having trouble eating, speaking, or even breathing, we can help. By combining jaw surgery and orthodontics, we are able to improve not only your comfort, but also the function and appearance of the mouth. Orthognathic surgery is surgery of the jaw that helps to correct form and function. It realigns the jaw into the proper position and improves the way it works. This procedure, although extremely involved, can be a blessing to a patient who struggles daily with discomfort. It can make life enjoyable again.

How To Keep Teeth And Braces In Tip-Top Shape This Summer

Summer is a favorite season for many of our patients. It is a time to let loose, enjoy the longer days and nights with family and friends, travel to favorite destinations, and not have to worry as much about rules and regulations… unless we are speaking about orthodontic care. As carefree as the summer can be, patients who are receiving orthodontic treatment need to be mindful of their oral health this summer. Treating your mouth properly can ensure that your treatment stays on target and orthodontic emergencies are avoided. Continue reading to learn our suggestions on how to keep your braces intact this summer.

Can’t Wait To Start Treatment? Now You Don’t Have To With Same-Day Braces!

Are you looking to straighten your teeth, but feel like you never have time and are always in a rush? Or are you interested in starting orthodontic treatment, but your busy schedule is unpredictable and it keeps you from scheduling appointments in advance? We know that many of our patients lead busy lives. Between work, school responsibilities, extracurricular activities for kids, plans with friends and family, and much more it can seem like there is never time to put yourself first. It can be hard to fit anything else into your schedule, let alone an orthodontic treatment plan to straighten your teeth. We never want our patients to feel like they can’t get the orthodontic treatment they need. This is why we are proud to share about the ability to schedule same-day braces!

The Fastest Way To Get Straight Teeth

Are you interested in straightening your teeth but are hesitant due to time constraints? We know how busy life can be with work, school responsibilities, extracurricular activities for kids, plans with friends and family, and the list seems to go on and on. It can be hard to fit anything else into your schedule, let alone an orthodontic treatment plan to straighten your teeth. We were sad to hear patients put their desire for straight teeth aside due to their busy schedule. We now have a solution that is a win-win for all. Continue reading to learn more about this convenient, easy, and fast treatment option.

What to Know About Palatal Expanders

Many parents are surprised to learn that we recommend that children are seen for their first orthodontic visit when they are over the age of seven. It is not uncommon for parents to think that our job is to merely to straighten teeth and not realize all of the components that need to work together to create the perfect smile. Long before we can work on straightening the teeth with braces, we need to improve the jaw alignment if the upper jaw is not the proper size. When the jaw is too narrow, we may introduce hardware known as a palatal expander.

Play Ball!…Even With Braces

With the arrival of spring and the brighter and longer days upon us, we know that many of our patients are returning to playing a variety of sports. We are often asked if patients need to refrain from sports during their orthodontic treatment, and our answer is always that our patients are free to enjoy all the sports they love. However, we do make our patients aware that athletes with braces carry a higher risk of injury to the mouth while playing sports. It can be nerve-wracking and expensive to deal with the consequences of mouth injury while playing. Continue reading to learn about proper care for braces while playing sports.