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Orthodontist v. dentist

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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?

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 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 […]

Condylar resorption

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Progressive idiopathic condylar resorption or PCR Condylar resorption is degenerative condition seen mostly in adolescent and young women. It is fortunately very rare, since it can be very damaging. Orthodontics typically encounter ICR at a rate of 1 care per 5000. The average office will likely see 0-2 cases in a career. Causes of idiopathic […]

What kind of Mouthguard should I use?

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Located in wheaton, IL we have a cosmetic dentist, a pediatric dentist, and an orthodontist on location and see the results of no mouthguard occasionally.  We are often asked by our wheaton orthodontic patients, what mouthguard can I use. Long story short….use Shock Doctor Ultra STC Mouthguard or Shock Doctor Double Braces Youth Mouthguard if […]

Invisalign protecting it’s good name

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 This email just came to my wife, Dr. Danielle the wheaton orthodontist. I think this is another instance of Invisalign not wanting their product’s reputation tarnished by less than ideal practitioners trying to do Invisalign on patients who should be treated conventionally with brackets.  Invisalign is a great tool but it is not for everyone.  […]

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!  […]

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. […]