If you are an adult, you have likely heard of this term called “6 month braces” or “6 month smiles.” As an orthodontist, let me assure you that this is not an appropriate modality of treatment when you are trying to get your teeth fixed. I am posting this blog because of the amount of […]
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Are you concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit?
Thumb habits and Impact on the development of the jaws Thumb sucking is a very normal process for babies and toddlers. It is soothing and calming, and there is no reason to worry if your child is under 5 years of age. In most cases, if the thumb habit is ceased around age 4-5, the […]
Orthodontist v. dentist
The difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist Why is it so important to see an orthodontic specialist for braces as opposed to your general dentist? 1. A qualified orthodontic specialist must first receive his/her doctorate in general dentistry – the same as the general dentist. Then, they must complete an additional three years of […]
Can you skip phase 1 orthodontics?
Often, YES!!! This is another article showing there really is no huge advantage to EARLY treatment in patients who present with a class II (aka- large overjet). An example of this bite is shown here in this picture Unless there are pressing bite issues (like a crossbite or severe crowding), it may just be best to […]
When should I take my child to the orthodontist?
Great article on when to see an orthodontist Many people wonder when is the best time to take their children to see the orthodontist. While the American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7, that does not mean it is time to start anything at that time. An orthodontist does not just straighten teeth, but we […]
Braces are for adults too!
So you think because you are a mother or father that you are too old to get braces? Or you are in college and don’t want them because of your active social life? Well, no one is too old for braces! The truth is that teeth move through bone, so the fallacy of teeth not […]
Common Questions about Invisalign
Looking for answers to the common questions about Invisalign? Common Questions about Invisalign that we hear are variable but it is best to answer as many as possible before starting treatment. Invisalign is a modern approach to moving teeth, which uses a set of clear plastic aligners that you can be remove to eat and […]
Trauma to front teeth? What can orthodontics do?
I am sure many of you have heard of or seen firsthand the stress of a child getting hit in the face in a sport and the front tooth either completely comes out (in dental terms-AVULSION), or the tooth significantly moves due to a fracture in the tooth. While these teeth can be saved, there […]
So, you just finished braces, NOW WHAT? (ALL ABOUT RETAINERS)!!!
Most of you have heard that when your braces come off, you will wear a retainer. This is intended to help you understand the importance of retainers and what they are. Retainers are custom-made devices, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after any method of straightening teeth. They are […]
If I have braces, when should I wear a mouthguard?
Many patients and parents ask me when it is appropriate to wear a mouthguard. First of all, my favorite mouthguard for braces is shockdoctor. It is designed to fit over the braces, so no need to boil it and bite into it. It is very comfortable and also adjustable. They also come with football straps […]
Informed consent – Cooperation
Informed consent – Cooperation An important part of orthodontics is COOPERATION from the patient. Dr. Bauer’s job is to get your teeth straight and bite perfected, but I cannot do it without YOU. Here are the patient responsibilities: Brush/floss as directed to avoid the problems listed below (cavities, gingivitis, decalcification) Show up to your appointments! […]
Other items related to Informed Consent
While these are not risks, there are topics that need to be discussed that pertain to orthodontic treatment. Anyone who is in orthodontic treatment needs to be aware of these topics! 1. TMJ dysfunction: The TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Problems may occur in these joints, […]
Some risks involved in Orthodontics
As with any type of procedure, there are risks and benefits associated with treatment. Luckily for orthodontics, the risks are minimal and very rare. Let’s discuss some risks, starting with the most common: 1. Root resorption (WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?!): The portion of the tooth that you see in your mouth is called the crown. […]