1. Primitive Orthodontics…

    Don’t try straightening your teeth at home... Did you know that Marie Antoinette had braces? Well not actually braces but she did have an early form of orthodontic treatment that was part of a whole body makeover to morph her into a more desirable bride to the family of the Dauphin of France, Louis XVI. Along with her unfashionably high forehead, scattered with patches of missing hair at the hai…Read More

  2. What Causes TMJ Part 1

    What Causes TMJ TMJ stands for ‘temporomandibular joint’ but is also sometimes called “locked jaw.” This phenomenon occurs when there is a problem with the muscular and joint functions of your jaw. TMJ issues are located in the muscles and bones at the lower jaw bone. When you suffer from TMJ, you could experience a range of pain and loud clicking sounds. These sounds are related to the st…Read More

  3. Why is Early Orthodontia Necessary?

    Why Does My Kid Need an Orthodontist? As a parent, this is an understandable question to ask. After all, aren’t braces for teenagers? This is a common misunderstanding, as anyone and at any age, can need an orthodontist. For children, however, orthodontists are needed to help guide their teeth and jaw into place. Though teenagers are typically the ones with braces, younger children can have them…Read More

  4. George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, oil on canvas, 1796.

    Removing a Common Myth About Our First President

    Taking care of your teeth now alleviates problems in the future... Contrary to the popular urban myth, George Washington did not have dentures made with wooden teeth. However, the truth behind his dentures may be more unsettling. The first president of the United States suffered from gum disease and tooth decay for most of his adult life, having his first tooth extracted at 24 years of age. By the…Read More

  5. What is TMJ?

    What is TMJ? Commonly called by its acronym, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is a serious issue concerning the muscles and joints in the jaw. If you have ever experienced jaw popping or clicking sounds, you may be experiencing TMJ symptoms. However, you will know if you have TMJ when you experience intense pain in your jaw. Unfortunately, jaw pain is one of the main determinants of TMJ. Wha…Read More

  6. Nobody wants to kiss an ugly mouth on February 14th!

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and what better holiday to illustrate the importance of a healthy mouth. An unseemly mouth including halitosis (bad breath), decayed, stained, and/or missing teeth can ruin that romantic night out. Appropriate oral care important to avoid all of these problems. This includes seeing your dentist at least twi…Read More

  7. 5 Snacks that Get Stuck in Your Braces

    Braces are an amazing invention! Amazing in that they actively work over time to correct and straighten your teeth. No one can deny that there is a difference in the appearance between someone who has had braces and who has not. When you have crooked or broken teeth, your outward appearance immediately looks disheveled and unkempt. When you have sparking, straight teeth, however, you look better! …Read More

  8. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

    ORAL HEALTH: Good Dental Hygiene Begins Before The Teeth Come In Good dental health begins at birth A child is born with 20 baby teeth already developing in the alveolar bone of the jaws. These teeth don’t generally start to erupt into the mouth until six months of age. However, it is not unusual for some children to get their first tooth around age one. It is important to promote good oral hygi…Read More

  9. What is Two Phased Orthodontic Treatment?

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some significant orthodontic conditions such as severe dental crowding, impacting teeth (especially upper canines), and significant dentofacial skeletal discrepancies (such as underbites) are better treated early, around age 7, than waiting until age 12 or later. Intercepting these orthodontic problems early is akin to “an ounce of prevention is w…Read More

  10. 5 Reasons You Need to See an Orthodontist

    With the incoming winter season two things are certain: you will attend many social and familial gatherings and there will be a lot of pictures. Holiday pictures are different than any other pictures because they generally have a greater number of your family in them. Holiday pictures also are different because they are generally photographs that last forever, plastered on every mantle, wall, and …Read More