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Common Misconceptions about Braces and Invisalign (Part 1)

Everyday at Meadows Orthodontics, we explain to our patients how braces and Invisalign work. There are a number of common misconceptions that keep coming up, so I thought I would write an article with a list that addresses these issues. “As an adult, I am too old to get my teeth straight, or my bite… Read more »

A Guide for Halloween Candy and Braces

Halloween is such a fun time for children, with costumes and candy. For kids with braces, it can be tough to judge what candy may harm their braces. I tell my patients that for this night, it is OK to enjoy some treats, but to follow some guidelines. Here is a list of common candies that… Read more »

Deciding what Type of Retainer to Wear

When the time has come to where you have almost completed treatment with  braces (or Invisalign), Dr. Dan will help you decide which retainers will be best for you and your bite. There are three main types of retainers that we offer (four including Invisilign Vivera retainers), and each has distinct advantages that different people… Read more »

What to expect with Early (Phase 1) Orthodontic Treatment

In the last blog, I addressed why early treatment (often called Phase 1 treatment) may be recommended, and the conditions that often require early intervention. As a summary, early treatment has been recommended by Dr. Rejman only if a window of opportunity will be missed (due to age and skeletal growth patterns) that will negatively affect… Read more »

About Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment

A while back I wrote an article titled, “Why do I see so many eight year-olds in braces these days?” I believe it is imperative that a parent knows why early treatment has been recommended by an orthodontist, as there should be a clearly defined reason that treatment cannot wait for one comprehensive phase when… Read more »

Starting with a Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)

A rapid palatal expander (RPE), is very commonly used in orthodontics as a means to gain space for crowded teeth, and to correct crossbites. This device may look a bit intimidating, but treatment with an RPE is actually very gentle and is usually quite comfortable for the patient. Here is what to expect if Dr…. Read more »

How to finish your braces faster!

Kids are generally really excited to get started with their braces, but about half way through their treatments, they get just as excited to finish and have the braces removed. I get asked, “Is there anything that you can do to get the braces off sooner?”  Here are some tips to help get you finished… Read more »

“Why does my child grind their teeth at night?”

During the course of an initial orthodontic consult, we discuss whether parents notice if their children grind their teeth at night. Surprisingly, a large percentage of parents report that they can actually hear their kids grinding, which can often be alarmingly loud. I remember being able to hear my daughter grinding her teeth from outside… Read more »

The Genetic Influence of Facial Structure and Tooth Development

I just returned from the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics annual summer meeting. I attended four days of speakers presenting research related to how genetics influences the treatment of our orthodontic patients.  Topics included the genetic influence on temporomandibular disorder (TMD), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), missing and malformed teeth, external apical… Read more »

Early Orthodontic Correction of Posterior Crossbites

I see many young patients who have what is called a posterior crossbite, and it is important for parents to understand why certain crossbites should be corrected at an early age. Basically, a posterior crossbite means that the back teeth are located on the wrong side of one another. As an orthodontist, I determine what… Read more »