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May
05
Upper Permanent Retainer? Eh, Maybe Not.

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As if a metal bar cemented to your lower teeth isn't enough, you want an upper one too? This comes down to a case by case basis, but typically the bottom teeth will hit against an upper permanent retainer and cause it to break and therefore require you to keep purchasing them. A simple removeable will do the trick to hold those beauties in place if worn just at nighttime and it will save your pocketbook!



May
04
How Long Will I Be in Braces?


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Are we there yet? How much longer? Til I say so! Actually, that is partially the correct answer. Everyone is unique and no case is the same, which is why it is so important to see a Board Certified Orthodontist. Dr. Bailey completed 4 years of dental school and then an additional 2 years in orthodontics focusing on the growth, development, and movement of teeth. There is a science to moving teeth in a very prescribed way. When you come for an exam, he will use a visual exam of the teeth as well as cutting edge technology from our iCAT 3-D imaging to find the best treatment plan for YOU as an individual. The average for most individuals is 2 years, but many times, if you are a 5 star ortho p...

Feb
25
Do You Take Adult Patients?

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We get asked this question a lot. Yes, we treat adults and they are some of our favorite patients! It is never too late to get the smile you've always wanted. About 30% of our patients are adults, with the oldest patient we've treated being 83!



Feb
25
Retainers...How Long Will They Be A Part of Me?

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Unless you had so much fun the first round and want to repeat the whole orthodontic process all over again, the answer is, yes, retainers are necessary and a lifetime commitment. Teeth continue to move and shift over time as we age. Teeth are held in place by bone and ligaments. Ligaments have a memory and often want to return to their original position. Other forces that apply pressure to the teeth can cause shifting including: chewing, clenching, nail biting, outward pressure of the tongue and inward pressure of the lips. However long you want to keep your teeth aligned, that's the length of time you wear a retainer. In short, this means they should be going with you when you check into th...