Orthodontic Tips May 27, 2014
Cavities under braces are a real danger.
What can we do about it?
There are three things to do about it: and there are three times to do it.
The three things are the same as the three actions for pediatric dentistry: Tell, Show, Do.
The three times to do it are when the braces go on, during the orthodontic treatment, and again during the orthodontic treatment.
Tell: Instruct the new orthodontic patient how to brush their teeth. The danger area is gingival third of the tooth so the bristles of the brush need to be pushed into that area to get rid of plaque there. Continue reading
Orthodontic Tips May 20, 2014
Can Orthodontic treatment be sped up?
Yes it can.
If the patient is motivated and has the extra cash there are choices available to speed up orthodontic tooth movement.
AcceleDent is a vibration platform with claims of accelerated tooth movement. Their best evidence is testimonial. The science behind the product is based on mouse studies; however, the product seems incapable of causing harm (if not a slight headache). Continue reading
Orthodontic Tips May 12, 2014
Do you have a mentor?
They say that when the student is ready the teacher will appear.
Choose a mentor to help you stay challenged but out of trouble.
This past week one of my patients came to see me with a pressing question. I had been treating him for TMJ and Sleep Apnea. He asked me if he needed orthodontic treatment for the spaces between his teeth. Continue reading