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The Who, What, Where, When and Why of HEADGEAR

WHO? Usually headgear is recommended for the younger patient.  Headgear works best while a patient is still growing so it can be used to guide jaw growth in the right direction. WHAT? Headgear is a removable orthodontic appliance worn to retract the upper molars and restrict excessive growth of the upper jaw. WHERE? Bands with [...]

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PATIENT PROFILE: ADULT/INVISALIGN

I remember meeting this patient and her husband on the day they came in for her initial consultation with Dr. Coombs. She was in her mid-sixties and finally ready to deal with her crooked, crowded teeth.  Because her bite was off, she was also dealing with some dental/periodontal issues.  With coordination from her dentist to [...]

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When Should My Child See The Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by an Orthodontist at age 7 7 is the age when children begin to get their adult teeth.  Of course we can see a child younger than 7 if there is an issue of concern. Taking your child to the Orthodontist will not necessarily result [...]

By |2021-12-08T08:10:29-07:00December 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on When Should My Child See The Orthodontist?

Botox® For TMJ?

Can botulinum toxin A (more commonly known as Botox®) be used to help TMJ disorders? The FDA has approved the use of botulinum toxin A for cosmetic purposes, to smooth lines and wrinkles.  It has also been approved to treat certain medical conditions, including migraine headache, but it has yet to be approved for the [...]

By |2021-11-05T09:00:50-06:00November 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Botox® For TMJ?

Having braces won't ruin your Halloween!  Dress up, go trick-or-treating, eat candy... have fun!  Of course, you have to be careful when it comes to eating candy.  Anything sticky, chewy or hard should be avoided.  Our concern is that you might damage the braces.  Chomping down on a hard candy and/or eating sticky candies like [...]

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FSA Accounts: 7 things to know

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an account, provided by your employer, that you can place funds into to pay for qualified, out-of-pocket, healthcare and dental expenses.   You don’t pay taxes on the funds placed in your FSA account.   Orthodontic treatment is one of those qualified expenses.    Funds in the account can [...]

By |2021-10-06T11:13:54-06:00September 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on FSA Accounts: 7 things to know

 It's an exciting time of year for kids as we get back to school!  For those of you who got braces during the break, here are a few tips from us to help make the transition back to school a little easier... In the Backpack: Pack a few items in your backpack to keep your [...]

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Missing Permanent Teeth

How will I know if a permanent tooth is missing? An x-ray will be necessary to confirm that a permanent tooth is missing.  Sometimes the issue of a missing permanent tooth is noticed because a baby tooth is retained too long or a baby tooth was lost but the replacement tooth never erupted.  Sometimes it’s [...]

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Why you should choose an ORTHODONTIST for your Invisalign treatment

  What is an Orthodontist? An orthodontist is a specialist in orthodontic treatment (proper alignment of teeth and jaws) and dentofacial orthopedics (guidance of dental, jaw and facial development). Only those who graduate from dental school, usually a four-year program, and who successfully complete an advanced study in orthodontics at an accredited two-to-three year orthodontic [...]

By |2021-05-12T11:39:19-06:00May 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why you should choose an ORTHODONTIST for your Invisalign treatment

The Key to Avoiding White Spot Lesions During Braces

What are white spot lesions?  They are chalky white stains that can develop during braces as a result of decalcification. Braces do not cause those white spots to develop, bacteria does.  Decalcification or demineralization is a loss of the hard minerals on the tooth surface caused by bacteria that has built up around the brackets [...]

By |2021-08-10T15:37:22-06:00April 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Key to Avoiding White Spot Lesions During Braces
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