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COMT (Catechol-O-methyl transferase) role in TMD – Wheaton dentist


New research has shown one of the genes that increases the likelihood of development of chronic pain.  COMT (Catechol-O-methyl transferase) enzyme degrades catecholamines such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine in our brain and there are multiple variants of this enzyme.  COMT is associated with pain responsiveness and contains some combination of amino acids valine and […]

Magnification in dentistry

dental loupes

Why is magnification in dentistry important? Magnification in dentistry is critical to great care. The higher the magnification the greater the visual acuity and even if we actually work at a lower magnification viewing the higher magnification helps. Magnification in general dentistry You can’t treat, diagnose, or understand what you can’t see!   More magnification makes […]

Diana Orthodontic Assistant

invisalign damon, Wheaton Orthodontics

 Diana Orthodontic Assistant Diana is a part time orthodontic assistant and one of our patient’s favorite! She has been working in orthodontics since 2006.  Diana and Dr. Danielle Bauer go together like peanut butter and jelly.  They have worked together since Dr. Bauer started her orthodontic practice.  Diana loves orthodontics and provides excellent care. She […]

Canine substitution vs implant

canine substitution

Canine substitution vs implant vs Maryland bridge Canine substitution vs implant is a debate many orthodontists have internally with cases of missing laterals. Another solution is also the Maryland bridge, although many consider this more of a long term temporary solution.     When deciding between canine substitution and dental implants what should you consider? […]

Laser frenectomy

Dental steps for Laser frenectomy Anesthetic .8-1.4 W continuous Release upward to form diamond Removal all vertical fibers to periosteum Score horizontally with blade Hydrogen peroxide to clean Vitamin E oil   I like to treat this few months prior to ortho being removed   Post-op Avoid spicy or acidic (citrus, wine) foods or drinks […]