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Impacted Cuspids

Impacted cuspids are a frequent problem that orthodontists see.  The upper cuspid is the second most common impacted tooth. Third molars or wisdom teeth are the most common impacted tooth. Often, the correction of an impacted cuspid requires a surgical [...]

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Frenectomy

I have had several questions recently about frenectomies. When they are needed and when it should be done. I wanted to review a few basics about heavy frenum attachments and the timing of a frenectomy. A frenectomy is the removal [...]

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Consumer Alert from the AAO to School Nurses

Thousands of online videos offer purported “advice” and “instructions” on do-it-yourself (DIY) orthodontic care.  The proliferation of misinformation led the American Association of Orthodontists to issue this consumer alert: Beware of Internet videos and websites which encourage people to try [...]

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Carriere Appliance
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Carriere Appliance

This appliance is a nice adjunct prior to braces or Aligner therapy. Most Class II relationships are due to a mandibular retrusion and in those cases growth appliances are generally used to advance the mandible. However, when there is a [...]

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Secondary Degenerative Arthritis of the TMJ

Radiographically, it is hard to distinguish between osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or secondary degenerative arthritis. Secondary degenerative arthritis is obviously secondary to something and that something is trauma.      This is generally seen in patients 20- 40 years old after [...]

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Open Bites in Children

Open bites remain one of our most difficult problems to correct. We will discuss open bites in non-growing patients in the next newsletter- as we do have some new tools to help us (such as tads to intrude molars and [...]

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