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How to handle emergencies with braces

Thankfully, there are very few medical emergencies that are associated with wearing braces. There are a number of issues of concern that can arise while you are in braces though, and I will discuss the most common “emergencies” and what to do should they occur.   A bracket (or “brace”) has come loose  A bracket… Read more »

Our trip to the national AAO convention in San Franciso

Julie and I just returned from four days at the national American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) convention in San Francisco. I wanted to write a quick blog about the latest and greatest that is going on in the world of Orthodontics, Braces, and Invisalign treatment. I spent the first day teaching the preparatory course for… Read more »

Thank you Castle Rock Mothers!

All of us at Meadows Orthodontics would like to say happy Mother’s Day to our patient’s moms, and to say thank you for your help in making the task of aligning your children’s teeth possible. Mothers of Castle Rock (and beyond)- here is a partial list of the things you do as a mom that… Read more »

Colors for your braces!

After writing so many “serious” articles in a row, it is time to lighten things up a bit. Let’s talk about the color choices for your braces! Once your braces are placed, kids and adults are usually very extremely excited to make their first color selection. After all, it is an extremely important decision- this is what… Read more »

Do wisdom teeth cause your teeth to become crowded?

  One of the most common things that I hear from my adult patients who come in for an exam is, “I had braces as a teen and my teeth were straight. But then my wisdom teeth came in and caused my front teeth to become crowded.” This belief that wisdom teeth “push” the others… Read more »

Orthodontic Treatment for Underbites (Class III relationships)

This is the second of a two part blog addressing the most current research and options for the treatment of underbites, or what orthodontists and dentists refer to as Class III relatioships. This facial type is one of the most difficult to treat in orthodontics, and the earlier it is identified and diagnosed, the higher… Read more »

Treating Underbites

The treatment of underbites (or anterior crossbites) in orthodontics is in a special category of its own, both in terms of jaw growth, and the challenge and difficulty in treating these cases. It is very important for patients and their parents to be educated as early as possible about the unique pattern of growth that… Read more »

Wearing Elastics (“rubber bands”) with Your Braces

We all have seen kids and adults in who are in orthodontic treatment connecting rubber bands (we call them “elastics”) to their braces. In addition to the wire that runs through the braces, these elastics are a way of placing forces on teeth to make them move (see the previous blog: “How do braces and… Read more »

Do Braces Hurt?

When the time comes to get your braces put on, and the big day is getting closer, many kids (and adults!) get nervous about what it will feel like. Concerns that I hear often at Meadows Orthodontics include: Will it hurt getting braces put on? Once they are on, what will it feel like? Will… Read more »

How do braces and Invisalign make teeth move?

A question that I am often asked by my patients is, “How are braces able to move my teeth?” A very simple answer is that when gentle forces are placed on teeth, the bone around the teeth remodels, or “reshapes” to let the teeth move to a new position. In reality, the physiology of tooth… Read more »