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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 »

Why an Orthodontist (What is an Orthodontist?)

  For those who have had braces, most are familiar with who an orthodontist is. But there are still many people who don’t know exactly what an orthodontist is, and how they differ from their general dentist. Ready for an explanation? Here we go… An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment… Read more »

How to Select an Orthodontist

Posted  Sept. 10, 2012 in Dental Life How to Select an Orthodontist Thank you to Mommy DDS.com, who wrote this great article (Posted  Sept. 10, 2012 in Dental Life) about selecting the best orthodontist for family. We took the original text, and then added how it pertains to Dr. Dan Rejman and Meadows Orthodontics (in the… Read more »

Murals in the Meadows!

How about a break from Orthodontics and teeth? As our patients know, I am really into painting, sculpting and encouraging the arts. Aside from the artistic side that great orthodontics benefits from, I think having an artistic outlet can add a lot of flavor and beauty to life in general. I thought it might be… Read more »

Advice on Relocating when a Family Member is in Braces

Sometimes families need to relocate while one of their family members is in the middle of orthodontic treatment. If the move is a significant distance, they likely will have to find a new orthodontist to continue their treatment. In my experience, the majority of these “transfer” scenarios proceed smoothly. There are times though, that this… Read more »

What are self-ligating braces, and are there advantages in using them?

The last several decades have seen an increase in popularity (and marketing) of what are called self ligating braces (brackets). Not unique to one manufacturer, self ligating braces include Empower (American Orthodontics), Damon (Ormco), Smart Clip (3M Unitek), and In-Ovation (GAC Dentsply) among many others. Basically, self ligating brackets use a permanently installed, moveable component… Read more »

How long do I need to wear my retainers?

When you think about it, the ability to move teeth within your jaw bones is an amazing and unique thing. While teeth are being moved by braces or Invisalign, the surrounding bone is remodeling to the new position that the teeth are in. It would seem that after this remodeling is complete, or “set”, that… Read more »