Orthodontic Info

Clenching and grinding of teethDental or Orthodontic Splints are devices that are used when patients suffer from certain types of dental problems. These problems include TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint disorder, common snoring, sleep apnea, and teeth grinding (bruxism).

In orthodontics, a “splint” is designed to fit on top of the upper or lower teeth. Treatment varies based on each patient’s individualize needs and is most often used to stabilize the teeth and/or jaws to alleviate discomfort. A TMJ splint may be used prior to placement of braces to help alleviate discomfort if the problem is a result of a bad bite or be used during orthodontics to open the bite. It is also used upon completion of orthodontic treatment if a patient is neurologically prone to grinding. In this scenario, the splint may also act as a retainer.Read more on SPLINTS ARE FOR MORE THAN JUST BROKEN BONES…….

Faith Hill proudly displayed her new smile with ceramic braces at the 2013 Grammy Awards. They weren’t noticeable on TV but the photographers were able to clearly capture her tooth colored braces that she has been wearing for about seven months. She first mention the fact she was undergoing orthodontic treatment in Nov 2012 in an interview with country radio station KNIX 102.5.

Faith Hill Wearing Braces

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Teeth Whitening Teeth whitening kits are available everywhere today; online, over the counter, and from your dentist. Studies report that bleaching or whitening products can improve the color of teeth that stain over time. But before you decide to embark on a whitening program, Hess Orthodontics would like to review some facts about these products and what results you can expect.Read more on Straight Scoop on Whitening Teeth – What you Need to Know…

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” -Mark Twain

Do Wisdom Teeth cause crowding of your front teeth?

How many times have you heard this? Did you know this all started after a paper was written on by an orthodontist over 50 years ago?

In 1961, orthodontist Dr. Leroy Vego, published an article, “A Longitudinal Study of Mandibular Arch Perimeter” which examined the role of wisdom teeth on lower front tooth crowding. This study was run over six years with patients from ages 13 to 19. He reported that there was a significantly greater degree of crowding in patients with wisdom teeth. Dr. Vego concluded: “that the erupting lower third molar can exert a force on approximating teeth.”

Wisdom teeth eruption by age

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